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Velvet Lily Departs Northern Liberties for Midtown Village


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.”

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Morning Headlines, Closing Time Edition: Shampoo, Italiano’s, Pathmark

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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]

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Morning Headlines: NYT Profiles Philly’s 13th Street. Plus: Kenny Gamble, Firehouse Demo and Turtles

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Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC/visitphilly.com

• Slideshow: A Philadelphia Street, Transformed [NYT]
South Philly firehouse headed for demolition? [Inquirer]
Collingswood restaurant is up for grabs [Insider]
Threatened turtles Ridley Park’s costly ‘hidden jewel’ [Inquirer]
Kenny Gamble’s stewardship of Royal Theater dragged area down, neighbors say
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Building Collapse Tentacles: Woody’s New Bar, Rosewood, Shut Down By L&I

stop work order rosewoodThe 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.

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Fergie Talks About the “Fergie Tower” and Rumors of His Bar’s Demolition

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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.”

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