Rehabbing with Salvage In The Italian Market

Congrats to Greensaw Design & Build and Brendan Jones for an awesome finished project at 1205 S. Eighth Street (although our opening party invite must have been lost in the mail).  This rehabbed South Philly row home used a variety of reclaimed materials and came out looking spectacular. Jones’ collected architectural salvage that he couldn’t use in other projects, bought and completely gutted the Italian Market home and began pushing the boundaries to test features […]


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Nikki Beach Won’t Die

Nicole Cashman, CEO of Cashman Associates, has partnered up with Bart Blatstein of Tower Investments to open Arrow Swim Club to the public on May 1 at 1031 Germantown Avenue in Northern Liberties (coincidentally right near the Cashman offices. Long lunches perhaps?). This power duo has created a Delano-esque scene right in the city (something Philly can afford space-wise) for those who didn’t make the four-year waiting list at the Palm Springs-esque Lombard Swim Club (gotta’ […]


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NoLibs To Get Best Yard In Town

Northern Liberties Real Estate has created a new way to think about development in Philadelphia at 860 North Leithgow Street, a property owned by Jesuele Joseph. NLRE is planning to begin construction of a 2700-square-foot single-family home with a design that blows the lid (did we really just say that?) on what you’d expect from urban areas (read: yards, any semblance of freedom or sky). NLRE consolidated three conjoined lots to make one 37-foot-wide lot, […]


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Minesweeper Champion To Open Restaurant

1214 Chestnut Street, which used to be retail store Unica, will be taken over by a new mystery restaurant. Shimshon Zaken has applied to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for a certificate for an eat-in-only restaurant on the ground floor. The posted zoning notice (as well as the facade of 1214) seem like something out of Silent Hill, and we’ve never heard of Zaken before (unless you’re talking about the famous Israeli Minesweeper champion). While […]


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12th Street Space Stripping Down To Its Raw Form

Coming to the former Blue Lotus Gallery at 111 S. 12th Street is Jar Bar. Based on the Catalyst cleansing system, which is a five-day juice cleanse, Jar Bar will focus its menu on a raw food diet; how trendy of them! Raw foodism (breaking out the technical term) is a lifestyle that promotes only consuming uncooked, unprocessed and generally organic foods. The Catalyst juice system (similar to the haute NYC Cooler Cleanse business) is […]


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In with Live Music, Out with Spaghetti

As you may have heard, the Spaghetti Warehouse, formerly located at 1026 Spring Garden Street, closed this past December. While there will be no more serving of mediocre-yet-reasonably priced Italian food, there are new plans for this larger-than-average warehouse space. The North Philly Landmark building will be turned into a live music venue and is said to be opening its doors in September of this year. While the plans for the venue have not been […]


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Makiman Sushi Rolls Into Washington Square West

While Makiman Sushi (web designers, please help them out here) has made its name in Northeast Philadelphia over the past several years, it is now getting its shot in Center City. The new location has opened its doors at 1326 Spruce Street, a tucked-away location that hasn’t fared so well for other Japanese boites in the past (do you even remember Misso, Muntin and Hasu?) Since its recent opening, the consumer response has been overwhelmingly positive. Makiman Sushi […]


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The Grainery to Barrel Over Former Joe Pesce Location

Fork & Barrel owners will be taking over Joe Pesce at 1113 Walnut Street with a new restaurant named The Grainery. The concept for the restaurant is going to be a mix between Fork & Barrel and Bethlehem’s Bookstore Speakeasy and is being tagged as a “sort-of brewpub.” The restaurant will be bringing in brew master Terry Hawbacker from Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport to concoct approximately four house-brewed beers to put on tap. Walnut Street […]


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Matthew Izzo Opening In Midtown Village

A new Matthew Izzo location is taking over what used to be the Blue Lotus Gallery located at 111 S. 12th Street. The gallery closed at the end of January and although it’s impossible to see the progress going on within (unless you read his Twitter), Matthew Izzo already has his decals on the windows as well as plenty of teaser flyers. The boutique will be moving from their Old City location, which was scaled […]


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