Last week, we told you about Teaful Bliss relocating from 11th & Spring Garden to the corner of 28th & Cambridge, in Brewerytown. When we were up there snapping photos and grabbing a tasty cup of tea, we noticed a touch of new construction just down the block. If you visited the 2700 block of Cambridge Street a couple of years ago, you would have probably been struck by the number of vacant homes on the block. While several remain, at least one has disappeared in recent months.
In the past
LJR Investments Inc. bought both of these properties last year. As you can see, the vacant home has been demoed and the previously vacant lot is now gone. Both lots have seen new single-family homes framed out, which should be finished in the coming months. LJR also owns another lot on the block, closer to 27th Street, which looks like it could become a construction site pretty soon.
About two years ago, we brought you the news that a new cafe, Teaful Bliss, would be opening at the corner of 11th & Spring Garden. This seemed to make a lot of sense to us, as the neighborhood to the north was experiencing a revival and the surrounding blocks of Spring Garden Street were seeing several new businesses pop up at that time. Unfortunately, the shop closed earlier this year and we figured it was the end for Teaful Bliss.
Former space now for rent
But a reader gave us the great news the other day that Teaful Bliss has been reincarnated! In Brewerytown! We passed by their new digs at 918 N 28th St. the other day, and were pleased to see that the place has indeed been reborn across town. Their new space is larger than the old one, and offers beverages, sandwiches, and salads. They also apparently do a little catering, if you're interested.
If you're ever at the corner of 30th & Cecil B. Moore, you'll quickly find yourself starting at an impressive and unusual building that's got an interesting history and some legitimate architectural significance. The Eastern building, as it's commonly referred to today, was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Realty Company, and designed by Harris & Richards (not to be confused with Richard Harris, may he rest in peace). The building was constructed as a parking garage for the American Railway Express Company, which was sort of like an early 20th century version of FedEx. AREC only used the building for about a decade though, and after a decade of vacancy Esso Standard Oil took it over until around 1950. After that, it was a factory for the Eastern Electric Company, the folks who hung the sign that (mostly) remains on the building today. Though the structure today now lacks a roof and generally appears to be in fairly rough shape, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
A thread on Philadelphia Speaks first tipped us off that a new brew pub could soon be coming to West Girard, but it was only after doing a little digging that we were able to find out the details. According to a representative from MMPartners, the new brew pub will be called Crime and Punishment and will open at 2711 W. Girard Ave. some time next summer.
This location is currently occupied by Give and Go Athletics, a non-profit based in the neighborhood. To make room for the brew pub, they will be moving to a co-working warehouse that MMPartners is currently developing. More on that next month.
As for Crime and Punishment, they will brew beer on site, sell beer, and also serve food. The space has high ceilings, exposed brick, and original wood floors, so it should really have that brew pub feel that you'd look for in such an establishment. This will thankfully mark the return of beer brewing to Brewerytown after a significant hiatus. What's next, Graduate Hospital reopens?
Philly has caught green fever. From Green2015 to Green City, Clean Waters, to green and stormwater improvements at schools and rec centers, the green movement has more than arrived. And late last month, SEPTA unveiled its first green roof with the completion of the $4M 33rd & Dauphin Bus Loop Improvement Project.
The project provided a significant facelift for the loop, which serves over 2,000 riders daily, according to spokesperson Andrew Busch. In addition to the green roof, a stormwater management drainage system has also been installed. Not only did the project include green elements, but also elements of sustainability and public art. “Arches of Resurgence” is an installation by British-born artist Michael Morgan, and features brick arches that are designed to inspire hope and renewal, and link elements of nearby Fairmount Park with the community and a line from John Coltrane, the jazz legend who used to live a few blocks away. His historic house near 33rd & Oxford is now being restored.