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

Wol Hide

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 »

Bankruptcy Round Up: Tony’s Baltimore Grill and Johnny Manana’s

Tony's Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. Co-owner Christopher Tarsitano tells the Atlantic City Press that a $715,000 bill for withdrawing from a pension fund is to blame. In 2014, the business left Local 54, the Atlantic City hospitality workers union and the National Retirement Fund. Tarsitano says the business was paying$10-15,000 per month for ten employees to receive health and pension benefits. By withdrawing from the fund, the business is on the hook for a “withdrawal liability.” That’s where the $715,000 comes from. Tarsitano tells the Press, the business will not close and remains open as it has since 1927.

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Open House: Tour Fishtown’s Trenton Stables and Drink Some Beer, Too

TREND Images via Zillow/MGC Real Estate

We’ve seen a couple of really fun, outside-the-box open house events over the past year or so, and there’s another one happening tonight in Fishtown that looks to beat the impending doom caused by Friday’s snowpocalypse, and give you a chance to taste some delicious local beer. That’s right! We said beer.

MCG Real Estate Group is hosting a tour of at Trenton Stables, a 6-home project at 2331 Trenton Avenue (map) built by AGA Developers, this evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There’s only one home left, and it’s uniquely situated on the point where Trenton Avenue meets Frankford Avenue (so you’re steps from Pizza Brain).

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Philly Style Bagels’ Opening Day Menu

philly-style-bagels-940Anyone who knows Philly Style Bagels from their pop-ups at Pizzeria Beddia is already counting the days to the official opening of their permanent shop in Fishtown, opening this Saturday.

It’s been a long process for owners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber, but after a ton of hard work, a successful indiegogo campaign, and a true passion for making bagels, they officially have a place to call their own.

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