The Velvet Lily specializes in some rather spicy merchandise — and we’re not talking about food. Adult aids, pretty lingerie…but while some associate it with sex toys, the Lily takes education and sex-positivity seriously. And after five years, the company was looking for a neighborhood where its message could reach more people than it might on it prior location on Liberties Walk.
Velvet Lily owner/founder Khara Cartagena says, “There’s a lot more going on in the Gayborhood or Midtown Village–I don’t even know what to call it anymore; in New York they call it Midtown Village but I say Gayborhood–there are more interesting restaurants, more interesting shopping. We get closer to the hustle and bustle of hotels.”
Ed Hermance, owner of the pathbreaking LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, is looking to make a change, reports WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler.
“I’m hoping to sell the store,” Hermance told her. “I’ve been looking for a partner, a successor for 25 years, and I think I’ve come close several times but it’s never actually happened.”
Hermance says he’s open to proposals from people who’d like to buy the store.
• Owner Selling Philly LGBT Bookstore Giovanni’s Room [G Philly]
It’s a sad and shocking development. Sisters has been the most prominent gathering place for lesbians/women-interested-in-women for many years. The closure sounds like it was abrupt, according to G Philly. More details here.
Photo of Shampoo via Shampoo's Facebook page.
• Three Pathmarks in South Jersey will close [philly.com] • Italiano’s Water Ice Is Closed, Long Live Italiano’s [Philly Post] • Shampoo Nightclub Disappears Into Blur(r) [philebrity] • Update: Agent denies vandalizing neighbor’s yard [Inquirer] • Paesano’s Is Now Open at Woody’s [foobooz] • The Real Story of the Gayborhood Revival [Philly Post]
Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC/visitphilly.com
The popular Gayborhood bar Woody’s recently expanded to include Rosewood, its upscale extension. Turns out, Griffin-Campbell Construction–the demolition contractor for the collapsed building at 22nd and Market– was the company in charge of the new bar’s “major alterations.”
Last night at 10 p.m., Rosewood was issued a Stop Work order saying all construction must cease at the site. Probably a good idea given that Griffin-Campbell’s most recent job has resulted in six deaths.
Rendering of Sansom Street after the building of Fergie's Tower via Ten Arquitectos
A frightening epistle came over the transom a few days back saying restaurateur/bar-owner Fergus Carey was selling his eponymous bar on 12th and Sansom so it could could be demolished to make more room for the U3 Ventures/Ten Arquitectos 26-story apartment/hotel/retail tower planned for 12th and Walnut. The email made it sound as though the demolition of Fergie’s was Carey’s decision, so it seemed essential to call and yell at him.
“That’s not true at all,” Fergie said, in that soft Irish brogue that hardly registers along the phone lines. “I don’t even own the building.”
Philadelphia’s Magazine April 2013 issue featured the Philly area’s hottest neighborhoods, and it should come as no shock that Washington Square West–or Wash West, if you’re cool–makes the list of the city ’hoods.
There are times when hyperbolic listings copy is justified, and this is one of those times. “SPECTACULAR PENTHOUSE,” it says, and in fact, that’s a pretty accurate description. (It’s amazing to see what passes for “spectacular” in listings–check out these hilarious examples from Curbed New York.) This four-bedroom, three-bath unit is in the Jewelers Building, which was featured in a 2006 New York Times real estate piece called “Tax Breaks Drive a Philadelphia Boom.”
Today is the day. What started as a delusional dream of late New York/Miami developer Tony Goldman and was then nurtured by the insistent watering cans of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran has now reached its full potential.