Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Carlos Pérez Sámano wasn’t sure why his phone kept losing service on Sept. 19, but when he returned home from Center City and connected to the wifi, he was bombarded with text messages. “Everyone was saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK,’” Pérez Sámano said. “And I was like, what happened?” There had been a […]

 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 […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: Mariachi Flores

South Philadelphia: Mariachi Flores

Mariachi Flores, a local mariachi band, took the stage this weekend at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza for the Mexican Independence Fiesta. Clad in matching, white, traditional mariachi uniforms complete with sombreros, the six-brother ensemble lifted the crowd with their energetic song and dancing. Ernesto Flores, the youngest of the six, has been playing music for […]