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South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and Vincent Iannelli is working in the back of his bakery on Passyunk Avenue. Iannelli, 29, wears a sauce-smudged cooking apron and a baseball cap atop his dark, slicked-back hair. He takes his time while he pours homemade red gravy across freshly-rolled dough, scoops it onto a wooden paddle and into […]

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South Philly: Retro Video Game Lover Opens Shop For People Who Love Tech

South Philly: Retro Video Game Lover Opens Shop For People Who Love Tech

“I’ve made a lot of friends – the customers that come, most of the time they’re really good friends,” said Oscar Sosa Tapia, owner of King DVDs and Video Games. Kings DVDs and Video Games is a small store located at 1146 S. 9th St. in the Italian Market. Virtually every wall is covered with […]

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Bella Vista/Queen Village: Five Places to Grab a Cup of Joe

Bella Vista/Queen Village: Five Places to Grab a Cup of Joe

Bella Vista and Queen Village are neighborhoods in South Philadelphia that won’t stop growing. With a highly walkable neighborhood and an abundance of retail and restaurants, there are always great options to grab a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you want to enjoy a beverage in the comforts of these diverse coffee shops, or […]

 

South Philadelphia: Record Stores Are Prime Destinations For Philly Punk and Metal

South Philadelphia: Record Stores Are Prime Destinations For Philly Punk and Metal

For music outside of the mainstream, record stores have always served as a destination to discover and network. Metal and punk music is being played at many venues in the city such as Kung Fu Necktie, The First Unitarian Church and Union Transfer. It is not uncommon to see bands stopping in local record stores to […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: Hispanics Play an Important Role in the ‘Italian’ Market

South Philadelphia: Hispanics Play an Important Role in the ‘Italian’ Market

While South Philadelphia’s Italian Market has been considered a cultural hub since its beginning, a large influx of Mexican immigrants has been taking up the storefronts, revitalizing the marketplace and populating its surrounding neighborhoods. Alma Tlacopilco, an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, said that when she and her husband, Marcos, came to Philadelphia in 1997 many […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: From Factory Worker to Entreprenuer

South Philadelphia: From Factory Worker to Entreprenuer

“Variedades” about says it right. Located at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market, Variedades Veracruzana (Veracruz Varieties) highlights Mexican-American culture by selling an assortment of Mexican packaged food items as well as attire and religious figurines. Martín Herrera sat in a low chair behind the glass counter of the grocery store. He […]