Beery Fishtown Gets Two Wine Bars

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Frankford Avenue’s Fishtown Social is now open. The wine bar from Fishtown local, Vanessa Wong closely follows the Tria model of wine, beer, cheese and meat. Fishtown Social does however also offers cocktails.

The wines (8 white, 2 sparkling and 11 red) range from $8 to $15 a glass, beers are categorized as light, dark, hoppy and seasonal. The cheese and meats are priced at $7 a portion, three for $18.

The wine bar is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to late night and from noon to late night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fishtown Social joined by Root Restaurant + Wine Bar »

The Most Amazing Knitwear Comes From Fishtown (No, It’s Not Kit and Ace)

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A sneak peek of a top from Wol Hide’s spring collection. | Image via Wol Hide.

If Lululemon leggings and a comfy shirt are what you wear most days outside the office, we found the perfect brand to help you step up your style game without sacrificing any comfort. On the contrary, you’ll probably be next-level comfy in any of the amazing knitwear designs that Wol Hide has to offer. The brand calls Fishtown home, and the aesthetic of the cozy-yet-cool knits definitely reflects the laid-back, streetwise vibe of the neighborhood. We caught up with designer Leah D’Ambrosio, who runs the brand like a one-woman show, to hear about the inspiration behind her newest collection.  Read more »

Cheu Noodle Bar Opening in Fishtown

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Deep inside Craig LaBan’s multimedia extravaganza highlighting the food and drink of Fishtown and Kensington was this nugget:

Another developer’s property, the former Bike Stable, will become a larger version of Cheu Noodle Bar with an outdoor patio along Frankford by summer’s end.

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How an Urban Farm Keeps Things Growing in the Dead of Winter 

Hydroponic greens at Greensgrow | Photo by Lauren McGrath

Hydroponic greens at Greensgrow | Photo by Lauren McGrath

Last Wednesday, I spent a good chunk of the day outside of my grey cubicle — “grey” is seriously the most accurate description for my cubicle — in what can only be described as an urban oasis. This oasis was Greensgrow Farms’s greenhouse, located on the 2500 block of Kensington’s Cumberland Avenue. The city block is home to the urban farm and its greenhouse, three high tunnels filled with growing veggies, plus about two dozen hens, a pig, a cat and a duck named Ping. Yep, it’s a full house.

I was at Greensgrow — which, unlike the rest of Philadelphia in the dead of winter, was bursting at the seams with life, from hydroponic lettuces to tomato starts — to talk with the urban farm’s sole farmer, Katelyn Repash, about how an urban farm keeps things going (and growing) when mother nature, judging by the lack of leaves on trees around this town at the moment, isn’t capable of doing it on her own. After all, on the day we showed up — when it was snowing, by the way — the farm boasted between 15 and 20 harvestable veggies, from greens like kale and arugula and rumex to carrots to beets to turnips and more, which they sell at their farmstand every other Saturday in the winter.

So, how do they do it? We’re going to show you with lots of photos, so you, too, can squeeze an escape to an urban oasis — albeit a virtual escape — into your week. Check out the photos below. Read more »

Heavenly Pursuit: Saint Laurentius in Fishtown Could Become Apartments

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It’s amazing what a difference a year can make, especially in the case of Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown.

One year after facing the wrecking ball, developer Leo Voloshin has entered into an agreement of sale with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to purchase the building and convert it into an as-yet unknown number of apartments. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that there is the “overarching contingency on the agreement” is that Voloshin has to be able to make sure the project financially viable.

More from Brey:”[Voloshin] plans to meet with community groups and pursue zoning approvals over the next few months. Parts of the building will need expensive repairs, he said—though perhaps not as expensive as the Archdiocese has claimed in the past.” Voloshin also said the deal wouldn’t close unless he can’t get the necessary zoning approvals in place.

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City Fitness Opening New Gym (and Juice Bar!) on Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue

City Fitness's new Fishtown location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

City Fitness’s new Fishtown location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Get this, you guys: City Fitness is setting up shop on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, and they’re building a brand new gym that will have — wait for it — a TREE growing in the middle of it. Like, planted in the freakin’ ground of the gym. I can’t be the only one whose jaw drops at the thought of that. Read more »

City Fitness Opening New Gym (and Juice Bar!) on Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue

City Fitness's new Fishtown location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

City Fitness’s new Fishtown location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Get this, you guys: City Fitness is setting up shop on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, and they’re building a brand new gym that will have — wait for it — a TREE growing in the middle of it. Like, planted in the freakin’ ground of the gym. I can’t be the only one whose jaw drops at the thought of that. Read more »

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