Philly’s Newest Coffee Shop Is Inside a Floral Studio

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When Peicha Chang’s Falls Flowers outgrew its space, she and her team reimagined the business for its next chapter. Now, Falls Flowers is Vault and Vine, a floral design studio, event space, plant and gift shop, and cafe at 3507 Midvale Avenue in East Falls.

And at their grand opening this weekend, you can sip on craft cider, taste locally roasted coffees, or learn how to make your own terrarium garden.

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Trans Worker Says Coffee Shop Fired Them After They Reported Harassment

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A former employee at South Philly’s Function Coffee Labs says they were terminated after making complaints about harassment on the job from a “transphobic” customer who frequented the shop.

The former employee, who identifies as transgender and prefers they/them pronouns, spoke with Philly Mag exclusively about their experience and requested anonymity because “it is often difficult for transgender people to find employment.” Read more »

Monday Morning TL;DR: This Is the Most Hated Restaurant in America

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Happy Monday, everyone. If you’ve found your way here yet again, it’s probably because you want to know about deadly summer margaritas, How Hunter Thompson ate breakfast or that restaurant in Crown Heights that bragged about the bullet holes in its walls.

And we’ve got the scoop on all of that. But let’s begin with something else first. Because friends, we gotta talk about Instagram…

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The Checkup: How a Dusty House Can Mess With Your Waistline (Nooooo!)

• Turns out all that dust floating around your house isn’t just making you sneeze, it could also be messing with your waistline. A new study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that dust can promote fat cell growth. Blame it on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, like phthalates, that sneak into dust through consumer goods, messing with hormones. [Science Daily]

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The Checkup: 14 Sneaky Ways to Strengthen Your Abs

• We’ve got good news for you: You’re already doing more than you think to strengthen your ab muscles. Here, trainers dish on how pretty much any exercise move that requires balance is tonin’ up your core and point out the common exercises — which are probably already a part of your gym routine — that are sneakily earning you that six-pack you’ve always dreamed of. [SELF]

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The Checkup: The Sneaky Way Your Body Is Telling You to Change Your Workout Routine

• Sore muscles seem to be the signifier that you crushed your gym sesh, riiiight? Well, it turns out that feeling that kicks in 24 to 48 hours after your workout, called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, could actually be your body’s way of telling you to change your workout routine. While DOMS can be a good sign after you’ve, say, tried out SoulCycle for the first time, it can be a bad sign if you seem to be sore after every single workout. If you seem to have chronic DOMS, your body may be telling you you need more rest days or that you need to reconfigure your workout routine entirely. [SELF]

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