Francisville: Kayuh Bicycles’ Hybrid Shop Serves As Community Space

Francisville: Kayuh Bicycles’ Hybrid Shop Serves As Community Space

On the corner of 19th and Girard streets, there is a mural of an individual riding a bright orange bike zooming passed cars. The mural reads “Kayuh: You’ll get there faster.” Kayuh means “pedal” in Malaysian. Izzat Rahman, who is from Malaysia, opened Kayuh Bicycles & Cafe in June 2012. The shop offers a range […]

 

Port Richmond: ‘River Wards Cafe’ and Apartments Coming to Richmond Street

Port Richmond: ‘River Wards Cafe’ and Apartments Coming to Richmond Street

When Joe Livewell uncovered the “ghost sign” beneath the plaster, a hand-painted advertisement of a boy holding bread, it solidified the fact that Richmond Street was once a place for foot traffic, a place where ads, like the one for Kolb’s Pan-Dandy Bread, were viewed on a street that held and still holds much of Port […]

 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 Elizabeth Diane Sim and Brianna Michelle Bosak

Mount Airy: Social Media Sheds Light on Local Businesses

Mount Airy: Social Media Sheds Light on Local Businesses

Technology is changing the way we live. So- it is interesting to observe how Mount Airy – a neighborhood as old as America itself – is staying up-to-date, while still preserving its historic charm and quaint village-like atmosphere. Unlike most places in America, Mount Airy remains rather untouched when it comes to commercial outlets and […]

 By Jake Adams and Antonio J. Boone

Brewerytown: His Dream Becomes a Coffee Cafe

Brewerytown: His Dream Becomes a Coffee Cafe

[vimeo 65353919] For roughly three decades J. Roger Powe III had an itch. After spending almost 20 years in broadcasting and marketing  Powe wanted to return to the restaurant business, an arena he once worked in long ago. But the ideal opportunity never presented itself until he joined the Brewerytown Community Development Corp. four years ago. […]

 By Andrew Weiser

Cobbs Creek: Café Rue 52 Aims to Revitalize 52nd Street

Cobbs Creek: Café Rue 52 Aims to Revitalize 52nd Street

“West Philly’s best kept secret.” Those were the words used by Mahari Bailey to describe Café Rue 52, the new creperie and espresso bar at 503 S. 52nd St., which  he owns. Bailey grew up in the Wynnfield section of West Philadelphia, but he said he has memories of 52nd street. “Fifty-second Street was where […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

At the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue, the Green Line Café in Powelton Village is more than just an average coffee shop.  The quiet, quaint space doubles as an art gallery, where the masterpieces of the café’s employees and local artists are displayed. It’s also a popular spot where locals go to work, […]