and

Chestnut Hill: Five Must-Try Cafes

Chestnut Hill: Five Must-Try Cafes

If you are sick of standing in Starbucks’ long lines and eating its pre-made food, you should check out the cafes in Chestnut Hill on Germantown Avenue. They are all mom-and-pop shops and unique in their own ways. Pennsylvania General Store Michael and Julie Holahan, owners of the Pennsylvania General Store (above), also own the Pennsylvania General […]

 

Somerton: Kosher Bakery Remains a Neighborhood Favorite

Somerton: Kosher Bakery Remains a Neighborhood Favorite

Hutchinson’s Bakery, located at 13032 Bustleton Ave., remains a local favorite in the Northeast after more than 25 years of operation and three location moves. The kosher bakery offers many cakes, cookies, donuts and danishes that cater to the demographic of the community. “We always have to have things with no butter, no dairy or […]

 

South Philadelphia: Vincent Iannelli Keeps Up 105 Year-Old Family Business

South Philadelphia: Vincent Iannelli Keeps Up 105 Year-Old Family Business

Walking down East Passyunk Avenue, you might miss this Italian, family-owned and operated pizza shop. Iannelli’s Famous Brick Oven Bakery may be small but third generation owner, Vincent Iannelli, knows his way around the kitchen. The 28-year-old Iannelli inherited the bakery from his grandparents, Terry and Mirna, who started the business in 1910. Iannelli’s grandparents […]

 By Christine B. Mattson

Brewerytown: Mt. Airy’s High Point Cafe to Add Life to Girard Avenue

Brewerytown: Mt. Airy’s High Point Cafe to Add Life to Girard Avenue

The Brewerytown section of Philadelphia has had its highs and lows but right now, it’s on the rise. Businesses are moving in and plans are being made for the part of the city that was once left in the dust. Entrepreneurs and development planners alike are devising their own ways to bring the Brewerytown section […]

 By Alexis Sachdev and Dominique T. Johnson

Olney: Family Bakery Serves Community for 110 Years

Olney: Family Bakery Serves Community for 110 Years

Countless cakes, cookies and other tantalizing pastries fill the cases of Oteri’s Italian Bakery, a family-owned business since 1904. The sweet-smelling bake shop and deli at 4919 N. 5th St. bustles with activity daily. And it’s no wonder: this old-school Italian bakery is a famous staple in Olney. Oteri’s history began in Sicily, Italy, birthplace […]

 Brittany Hahn

South of South Street: Sweet Freedom Bakery – A Treasure for Fussy Bellies

South of South Street: Sweet Freedom Bakery – A Treasure for Fussy Bellies

Sweet Freedom Bakery has been satisfying people with food allergies since 2010. Located on South Street just west of Broad, Sweet Freedom claims to be Philadelphia’s first and only all-allergy-friendly bakery. All of Sweet Freedom’s treats are vegan and free of corn, gluten, wheat, tree nuts and soy. The sweeteners used are the most natural […]

 By Chelsey Turner

South Philadelphia: Ms. Goody Cupcake Offers Up Sweet Treats

South Philadelphia: Ms. Goody Cupcake Offers Up Sweet Treats

Ms. Goody Cupcake is the sweet dream come true of Gigi Andrew who has run her bake shop in the heart of South Philadelphia at 1838 E. Passyunk Ave. for over a year. And yes, that’s “cupcake” not “cupcakes” Andrew stressed about her store’s title. Ms. Goody Cupcake opened in July 2011. Andrew loves to […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Fishtown: Vote for New Bakery Unanimous

Fishtown: Vote for New Bakery Unanimous

Zynthia Martinez worked for a medical device company but her heart was in her baking. “I was constantly late for work because [I was] always baking for them,” Martinez said. Ever since she was little girl all she has ever wanted to do is bake. She applied to open a bakery at Thompson and Marlborough […]

 By Kimberly Cuenca and Tina DiSerafino

Feltonville: Colombian Bakery Cooks Up Treats

Feltonville: Colombian Bakery Cooks Up Treats

Though the name may make someone think Delicias Criollas Colombians Bakery only caters to the large Latino community in Feltonville, shop owner Rosemary Paicedo said part of the reason why she loves owning the bakery in this area is the diversity of the clientele. “So many different races in this area like different treats, we […]