After six years in business, Philadelphia Community Acupuncture Clinic (PCA), located in in Cedar Park, will be closing its doors on October 16th. PCA currently resides in a spacious loft space, located on the third floor of the well-know firehouse building which also houses Dock Street Brewery and Firehouse Bikes. The clinic has no plans to re-open in a new location in West Philly, but will continue taking in patients at its Mt. Airy location at 538 Carpenter Ln.

The building

Sign looks like it's been there more than six years

Philadelphia Community Acupuncture of West Philadelphia has been a favorite among locals with its welcoming vibe and interior elements of hardwood floors, exposed beams, brick walls, and soft lighting. Owner Ellen Vincent informed community members and patients on the PCA blog that the organization would not be renewing their lease due to the lack of acupuncturist.

A peek inside

Vincent writes “I know of someone who is thinking of opening something up there in a couple of years, but if any of you are interested in petitioning the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture to try to get another clinic going out here, the first thing to do would be to become a POCA member. POCA exists in part for this very reason: so patient members can work through a greater network to try to get a clinic opened in their community.”

So while it seems possible that another clinic could open in the area in the coming years, it’s clear that this space won’t be its home. There’s little doubt, however, that the space will be occupied soon enough by some other business. As we’ve ceaselessly reminded you, a variety of new businesses have moved to the Cedar Park area in the last year or so. Examples include Cedar Park Cafe, Hibiscus, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream to name a few. And more are on the way.

–Haley Waugh