It’s hard to believe, but gift-giving season is right around the corner. And whether you’ve already pounded out your first round of knitted goods or are still doling out apologies about last year’s gifts, this can bring on emotions ranging from glee to anxiety. For those that hover around the anxiety end, we’ve found relief: Occasionette’s workshops are now in session. Not only are you guaranteed to find (or make!) stellar gifts for family and friends, but you’ll also be way ahead of the gift-giving curve. Like, before Thanksgiving early. So, relax and put the glue gun down. You’re working with pros now.
The 2000 block of Washington Avenue is not where you would expect to find one of the biggest startup hotbeds in all of Philadelphia. Tile and building supply stores are crammed into nearly every available inch, filling the air with a must that threatens to choke you any given second.
But a well-hidden doorway leads you inside the 21,000-square-foot “gym for innovators” best known as NextFab, a DIY nirvana for metalworkers, 3-D printers, and everyone in between.
Peterson Goodwyn is inside, perpetually hard at work crafting the building blocks for the next generation of DIY-ers to enter the world of audio recording.
Treading along a path that NextFab has installed for guided tours, Goodwyn points out a massive lathe in the corner, and a water jet that operates at mach 4, all of which he has access to as a full-time member.
But the people Goodwyn is most intent on reaching are those who may not even know how to handle a soldering iron. Goodwyn wants to capture the largest untapped market in the DIY industry—the beginner.
Swap your summer pilsners and pale ales for something with a little more tang. Devil’s Den will soon be serving beers that are sour, tart, bitter and sharp. Beginning Saturday, August 16th until Friday, August 22nd, the gastropub will be celebrating their 5th Annual Sourfest. For seven days one draft tower will be completely devoted to sour beers. That’s a total of 8 lines and plenty of sours to try throughout the week.
In keeping with the celebration, Tuesday August 19th, Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack, will be hosting a sour tasting and brewing class. Devil’s Den will serve as your classroom as you learn the fine techniques behind preparing a pucker worthy brew. All students will also enjoy appetizers and a tasting of six different sour beers such as Free Will Peach Lambic, Bruery Oude Tart, Barren Hill Berliner Weisse, Bom Wild & Funky #1, Allagash Confluence and Tilquin Gueze. The class is $35 per person and tickets can be purchased at the bar or online.
Devil’s Den [Foobooz]
For today’s installment of the DIY recipe round-up we’re finishing up with a classic. A mojito. Paul McDonald of Society Hill Society shared his spin on the summer classic. We’re not only fans of the name, Quasimohido, but the cucumber syrup which offers a fresh flavor that isn’t typical to this summertime favorite. The prep time for this drink might be a little longer than you’re used to, but you won’t regret it when you’re down the shore with drink in hand.
Prepare to get your hands a little messy.
But you can lick them clean afterwards, because Lolita is holding a DIY Taco Night this Sunday, July 6th and Monday, July 7th.
Each person of your party will choose a primary taco filler, served family style, from a list which includes korean style flank steak w/ jicama kimchi and cornflake crusted mahi w/ chipotle mayonesa, just to name a couple. You can dress up your taco with mexican street corn a bit of queso de oaxaca or some avocado-tomatillo salsa if you prefer. Remember to leave room to finish your hands on dining experience with some Mexican spiced chocolate pot de crème. See the flyer below for more details.
The price of the event is $35 per person.
- There’s a fuzzy line between looking perfectly glowy and like you just left the gym—especially during the summer. Here’s the scoop on getting a summer-appropriate glow with your makeup arsenal. [Refinery 29]
- Ever wonder why Brazilian women burn their hair? Oh, you didn’t know Brazilian women burnt their hair? Neither did we. Turns out, it’s for a good reason and we might want to try it out. [Elle]
- Looks like Jason Sudeikis is a sneakerhead (maybe he should read Philly Sole). Find out what his wife Olivia Wilde’s vice is. [People]
So we’ve given you quite a few options to help you find a gift for dad this Father’s Day (see: here, here, and here). But if you’re looking to channel your inner Martha Stewart and make your gift the old fashioned way, we found your answer. Tomorrow, June 12 from 6pm to 8pm, go to Old City’s Art in the Age for a free belt making workshop with Norman Porter. (We included their jeans in our Philly Father’s Day Gift Roundup.) Interested? We figured.
We can all breathe a big sigh of relief because winter is finally over! Finally. In celebration of spring’s arrival, we found 12 amazing DIY household cleaning products to help you get the spring-cleaning ball rolling.
Don’t get us wrong, we at Shoppist love DIYs (see: here, here, and here), but some of them we see floating around Pinterest, are just really, well, bad (also, weird and nonsensical). There are just things that don’t need to be made wearable (read: utensils). Think of it like this: With all the amazing make-it-yourself tutorials out there, why waste your time repurposing curtain tassels and weaving seatbelts together? And if you still have a hankering for some safety-pin fashion, just step away from the seed beads. Please, for all our sake.
When giant ballerina buns were trending last year, I poured over Youtube videos and picture tutorials trying to emulate the look. And you know what? They were super helpful. Tube sock in hand, I coaxed my hair into a huge bun worthy of Audrey Hepburn. So with that in mind, I scoured the internet for hairstyling tutorials with step-by-step directions to amp up your everyday look. Leave your boring ponytail at the door.