Fishtown Isn’t Playing Games When It Comes to Its Bar Scene

A new bar/arcade, cleverly named Barcade, is on its way to the Fishy. The original Barcade is in Brooklyn, but the owners are looking to expand to the city of Brotherly Love at 1114 Frankford Avenue. Pete Langway, Barcade’s owner, fell in love with this warehouse location because it has a similar feel to the Brooklyn digs (they will be maintaining the original façade at the locale). Much of the material used during the construction […]


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Fishtown’s Green and Reused Slow Build

Slow building must be trending in Philly! Tracy Levesque wants to take 204 and 206 East Girard Avenue to LEED standards, hoping to redesign the address using the materials they can uncover from the building. The space is sited in Fishtown’s prominent business corridor and sits right between Murph’s Bar and tattoo artist Josh Geisler’s newly opened tattoo/piercing shop and art gallery, Black Vulture Gallery. Many would see this eternally vacant address as a tear-it-down-and-start-fresh […]


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You Dirty Dog: DIY Doggy Wash Coming To No Libs

926 N. Third Street is the home of Pelladio Developers’ 950 Mode building in Northern Liberties and the ground floor retail spaces have been open to new businesses for some time. One particular spot was previously approved for a convenience store (boring) but the owners backed out; Jim Kernan wasted no time jumping into the neighborhood zoning meetings to try and get approval for the “do-it-yourself dog wash” You Dirty Dog. Dirty Dog should have no […]


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West Village Comes To West Philly Bearing Green Roofs

Gardens, green roofs and garages are three things you don’t often see in the city (at least not all together, unless you’re the guy who owns that killer mansion with the 5-car garage and landscaped front yard at 3rd and Walnut). The new gated community at 48th Street, West Village, is a residential construction of 86 bi-level and rent-able town homes from the same guys who brought you the homes at 16th and South and 919 N. Front Street, […]


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South Street Loses Another Store

Beyond The Wall poster store on South Street is closing at the end of March. This doesn’t surprise us seeing South Street is full of more “For Rent” signs than “Open” signs. We’re not sure if it’s tourists and locals, or just locals, that have come to view South Street as a place full of nothing-to-write-home-about stores. We need some more unique destinations over there, but if Gap couldn’t even survive, who knows. Either way, […]


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220 More Affordable Housing Homes Become Available

Philadelphia just received $149M in grant money for affordable housing developments. The new housing will go up at Fairmount Gardens, 1900 West Allegheny Avenue, near 1221-25 South 15th Street in South Philly and West Philly among others. Read more here.


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Krispy Kreme to Sabotage Any Ideas We Had Regarding a Summer Beach Body

Center City is about to get its very own 478-square-foot Krispy Kreme donut shop at the old Rite Aid locale at 1535 Chestnut Street (Children’s Place will take the 1729-square-foot corner lot), part of Philly brothers’ Brian Zaslow and Keith Morgan plan to bring 21 Krispy Kremes to Philly. Gardener/Fox is running the project and has plans for a visible-from-the-street area of the kitchen where street-goers will have the opportunity to watch the best part […]


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Hello. Pancakes. Hello. The Devil’s Aspirin?

Yesterday was IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept fame took some pics of last night’s crowd around Center City’s IHOP. As Brenner says, “seems like a lot of work for a couple of pancakes.” Click here for the Streets Dept Pancake Day post.


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iPads and Recycled-Plastic Uniforms: The Hilton at Penn Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

The Hilton in at Penn has launched a multi-million dollar renovation to modernize the 238 guest rooms and suites. Design firm RD Jones and Associates will spearhead the two-phase project to sustainably remodel the units into something more contemporary. WaterSense shower heads (these save thousands of gallons of water annually) and Apple iPads are two of the featured energy-saving technologies that will be added during the renovation; the iPads will allow guests to access hotel […]


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UJMN Architects Designs Two Spots In U City

UJMN Architects + Designers did such a good designing the new offices for University City’s Energy Plus, that EP wasted no time hiring them to design their expansion at the LEED Silver 3711 Market Street building. The contemporary and open project will be on the heels of Cushman & Wakefield’s new project at 3737 Market Street, the University City Science Center’s recently approved 824,132-square-foot office/auditorium/retail space.


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