West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

West Poplar: Ridge Avenue Galleries Leave Imprint On Local Art Scene

Tina Rocha, co-founder of the Cerulean Arts gallery, recently left her job as an architect to focus on the gallery full time, which has been open for 15 years. Located on Ridge Avenue, a corridor that when passing through West Poplar does not appear to be commercially hospitable, the gallery was forward thinking, said Rocha. […]

 

West Poplar: Jose Morales Sets His Sights On Firearms Safety Education

West Poplar: Jose Morales Sets His Sights On Firearms Safety Education

The city office that issues gun permits sits directly across the street from the Philly Firearms Academy run by Jose D. Morales. It would seem to be an ideal location for Morales, who opened up shop in 2013. But it’s been less busy than he anticipated. “If I get one or two people a day saying, ‘I […]

 By Samantha Ortiz, Tasia Morgan and Angela Mayo

Plan Philly: West Poplar Locksmith’s Faded Sign Gets Repainted

Plan Philly: West Poplar Locksmith’s Faded Sign Gets Repainted

With the 115th anniversary of the Hermann Henssler Locksmith came the repainting of its faded business sign at the corner of 13th and Cambridge streets. Fifth-generation locksmith John Henssler was in disbelief when a stranger in bright-colored clothing, riding a bright bicycle, strolled into the shop asking if he wanted his sign repainted for free. Henssler […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan, Angela M. Mayo and Samantha Ortiz

Plan Philly: Poplar Library Branch Embraces Technology and Social Media

Plan Philly: Poplar Library Branch Embraces Technology and Social Media

Limited Internet access does not stop East and West Poplar residents from getting online. The 255 daily visitors of the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia are primarily there to use the computer services. In a 2012 article by Technically Philly, reporter Brian James Kirk revealed that 55 percent of […]

 By Kiara McKnight and Alise Hammond

West Poplar: Cafe Provides Healthy Alternatives to the Community

West Poplar: Cafe Provides Healthy Alternatives to the Community

Amid the busyness of Spring Garden Street lies a tranquil café nudged at the corner of 10th Street. Teaful Bliss provides customers a variety of teas, as well as coffee and healthy food choices made fresh to order in a calm atmosphere. Owner Jeffrey Mouzon’s love for tea began at an early age as he often […]

 By Kiara McKnight and Alise Hammond

West Poplar: Tennis Center Aims to Strengthen Community Ties

West Poplar: Tennis Center Aims to Strengthen Community Ties

Nestled in between Girard Avenue and the redeveloped Richard Allen Homes lies the Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center, an education and sports based program that services between 300 and 500 youths a year. The facility, open year round, offers after-school and summer programs for youth between the ages of 8 and 17, including […]

 By Kiara McKnight and Alise Hammond

West Poplar: Chosen 300 Not Affected by Mayor’s Ban

West Poplar: Chosen 300 Not Affected by Mayor’s Ban

Despite the gloomy, rainy day, a line forms alongside the tan brick building, it’s red awning displays Chosen 300 Outreach and Worship Center. Men and women patiently wait outside as volunteers set up for the first batch of meals to be served. It is estimated there are approximately 4,000 persons who are homeless on any […]