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Roxborough: Retired Firefighter’s Antique Store Gives New Life To Old Kitchen Appliances

Roxborough: Retired Firefighter’s Antique Store Gives New Life To Old Kitchen Appliances

About 20 years ago, Rich Boris’ life took a turn to the past. Boris started working as a security guard at a shop on Main Street in Roxborough after retiring from the Philadelphia Fire Department. The shop called Two by Four sold old-fashioned appliances. Boris noticed that many people purchased these items and began to […]

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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 […]

 

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

The Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) is an organization that has helped to get animals adopted and into good “forever” homes for around 10 years. The animals they receive are older and usually have medical issues. Deb Rand, a woman who never thought she would work at a place like STAR, now sits on the board […]

 By Joel Mason-Gaines and Megan Matuzak

University City: Record Store Day a Success

University City: Record Store Day a Success

The Marvelous record shop in University City was bustling Saturday as customers gathered for the fifth annual Record Store Day. Crowds of vinyl lovers flocked to the store at 40th and Walnut streets in anticipation of new releases on the classic medium. Popular records such as those by James Brown, Wilco and Childish Gambino were […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore.

Mantua: Vacant Storefronts May Mean Opportunity

Mantua: Vacant Storefronts May Mean Opportunity

The site at 3911 Lancaster Ave. was once home to a furniture store, then it was home to a Salvation Army, but then it became another vacant Philadelphia storefront. Hidden behind mature pear trees, people driving by likely took little note. It sat vacant for three years, until this year, when someone did take note […]