Friday, July 1, 2016

Retail Roundup

Some new retail has shown its face on the northern edges of the neighborhood.  First off at the intersection of League St & Washington Avenue, in what was a Summit real estate office, Pennsporter noticed some work happening to the storefront and a fancy new sign in the window.

Technically not Pennsport, but on our count it.

Looks like it will be replaced with a custom cabinetry company called Goldenhome Kitchen.  Not much in the way of domestic information on the company but it looks as though they do a lot of international business.  This adds some life to this strip of Washington Avenue with Society Hill Beverage a few doors down and B&J Flooring as well as Washington Kitchen & Granite on the next block.  Best of luck to this new company, although would have been great to have another concept here, especially with the green space at the end of the building, other then another building supply store.

Also of note is something we found the other day on the Passyunk Post, and its in regards to a new facial spa & massage store called Hand & Stone opening up next to Beer Heaven in the Riverview Shopping Center.  Hours of operation & other information can be found here.  I see a massage/beer/pho triple play in my immediate future.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Old Champp's site is getting up off the canvas

While at the civic meeting on Wednesday, which for future reference are always on the second Wednesday of the month (done for the summer months, will resume in Sept.) someone mentioned that they saw some action happening down where Champp's Bar was.  For those who aren't aware where that is, its the corner pad site at Columbus Boulevard & Snyder Ave next to the Longhorn.  This restaurant closed back in 2014 and has been vacant since.  

Being the inquisitive type, we made our way over there to find that there was some serious work happening on that building.  Site fence was up, facade has been cleaned off and prepped for some work, interiors looked to be being worked on.  

A Liquor Control Board poster was posted at the sidewalk along the Blvd which led us to determine that Miller's Ale House would be the new tenant.This is a national chain that is based out of Florida.  Seems to be in the same vein as the restaurant that preceded it in terms of offerings, you can find the menu here and just as important the drinks here.
Alas, as I and the original Pennsporter opined, this will not be the non national chain entity we wished for the neighborhood (looking at you Iron Hill or Tired Hands) but it will definitely add to the options for everyone.  Welcome to the neighborhood!

We've reached out to the owner for additional information and an opening date.

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Construction: Monarch Townhomes

Slowly but surely getting underway over here.  Want to first and foremost thank Jim Jennings for starting and growing an awesome local blog that provided a fantastic service to the community.  I can only hope to continue what he started, be forewarned though, I am a novice.

Going to start off with an update from a familiar developer.  Pennsporter has been updating you on their progress since Day 1.  From the same company that completed the Metropolis project on 2nd & Wharton, we now have a new project called The Monarch Townhomes of Moyamensing from Rock Construction
Manages to be regal and continue the development alliteration....Metropolis, Monarch
 5 luxury townhomes with 2 car garages will be taking the place of the lot that sits at the corner of Wharton & Moyamensing and the LRC Services cleaning company that used the single story garage next to it.
Will update this story with more information as we get it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Want a Philly Bike Share station anywhere near Pennsport? SPEAK UP!

Here's the map of potential Philly Bike Share locations that was recently released by the City of Philadelphia and one thing should immediately stand out. It ain't lookin' pretty for Pennsport or Whitman. That is, of course, unless you speak up and have your voice heard.

It's pretty simple, almost the entirety of Southeast Philadelphia has been left off of the map. It's like the world ends at Morris Street. Sure, there are a few stations that are close. Take the one at Front and Washington, for example. Or the three conveniently located on East Passyunk Avenue. That's great - except none of these stations are located within Pennsport.

What can you do about it?

Visit the website, click on the location (I chose the one located at Front and Washington) and complete the short survey if you'd like to see one placed in Pennsport, like along the rapidly development Delaware River Trail, Dickinson Square Park or even Snyder Plaza. It's quick, relatively painless and could end up being the difference in whether our neighborhood gets a bike share station the first go-around.

The question is simple: Would you use the new Philly Bike Share in Pennsport? Then let it be known!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Meet The Authors of "Philadelphia's Old Southwark District" This Sunday at DSP's Farmers' Market

Stella approves of the Farmers' Market
I know your Sunday ritual already includes a visit to the Farmers' Market at Dickinson Square Park. Be sure not to miss it this Sunday, September 14th, as fellow Pennsporter's Mehron Moqtaderi and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show off, sign and answer questions about their new book entitled "Philadelphia's Old Southwark District."

As you can tell by the title, the book highlights the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Pennsport, Whitman, Queen Village and Dickinson Square West - an area formerly known simply as Southwark.
Here's what the book looks like
The Moqtaderi's, who hail from nearby Tasker Street, offer splendid sepia-toned images of a bygone era from our slice of Philadelphia that hand its hand in shaping the city. Some of these rare photos have never been published.

So stop by on Sunday. You can say hey to some neighbors, grab some awesome produce and get your hands on a wonderful book that visually tells the tale of our area's rich history along the Delaware River.

Can't make it on Sunday? You can easily purchase the book on Amazon.

Here's more info from the press release:
Telling a story in pictures is Philadelphia's Old Southwark District, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series. The book by local authors Heather Gibson Moqtaderi and Mehron Moqtaderi boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

The area along the banks of the Delaware River originally known as Philadelphia's Southwark District encompasses the present-day neighborhoods of Queen Village, Pennsport, and Dickinson Square West. Southwark's deep history is tied to its relationship to the waterfront and the multitude of immigrant communities that settled its streets. The Washington Avenue Immigration Station, Southwark's counterpart to Ellis Island, was a testament to the waves of immigrants reaching America's shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the immigrants who stayed in Philadelphia found inexpensive housing in Southwark and employment along the waterfront.  

Today, the neighborhoods of old Southwark continue to embrace diversity. Many of the area's historic houses still stand alongside newly built homes. While the construction of high-volume roadways cut off the neighborhoods from the waterfront, new efforts are reconnecting Southwark to the river through improved access points and attractive waterfront recreation areas.
Highlights of Philadelphia's Old Southwark District include:  
  • Numerous photos come from private collections and have never before been seen by the public. 
  • The book provides views of several buildings that are no longer standing, such as the grand Southwark Commissioner's Hall that stood at Second and Christian Streets.
  • A chapter is dedicated to the Pier 53 Washington Avenue Immigration Station, which was recently renovated to create a public park.

Mehron Moqtaderi and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi

Friday, August 29, 2014

Federal Donuts is back open on Two Street

These are free today. 

Good morning! Remember how Federal Donuts surprisingly closed up shop a few weeks ago for some maintenance issues? Well, it's back open and this time, they're debuting new "Mini Jimmies" - a mini, vanilla glazed donut with rainbow jimmies.

The best part? FedNuts is giving them out today as part of their grand re-opening of sorts. In true Federal Donuts fashion, it's first-come, first served and one per person - so you best get there early.

I'll shut up now and just show you the pictures of your future free donut. Enjoy!

Federal Donuts is at the corner of 2nd Street and Manton, just south of Federal Street.

Images via Federal Donuts. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reminder: The 2Stock Music Festival is not for another 50 days!

Here's a quick hitter. 2Stock, Pennsport's awesome music festival, will be held at EOM on September 27, 2014. You're not going to want to miss it.

Check out our 2Stock coverage from last year and give them a follow on Facebook for all the most up-to-date info.

Also, check out this video of New Sound Brass from last year that's sure to get you pumped for September: