Weekend Roundup

Friday, Sept. 21

Courtesy of Lynn Wilson

The AIDS Walk kicks off with a special presentation in Rittenhouse Square (11 a.m.) documenting the last 30 years of the disease. Read all about it here.

Lynn Wilson exhibits her collages at Gleaner’s Cafe Gallery (5:30 p.m.).

Yikes celebrates its LEED Platinum status during an unveiling ceremony (5:30 p.m.) at their headquarters on East Girard Ave. The owners of the web design firm are featured in the current fall issue of G Philly.

Pancakes 4 Supper benefits the Philly Trans March (6 p.m.) at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Gender EDGE presents “an evening of bleeding ears” (7 p.m.) at the Turnerdome with bands Sex Gender, Hivebent, Heather Holepuncher and Ex by V.

The Voice contestants Tony Vincent and Juliet Simms perform at Parx Casino (8 p.m.).

The Shortbus Sisters go back to school (10 p.m.) at Tabu with drag performances by Satine Harlow, Navaya Shay, Cherry Pop, Misty Maven and Omyra Lynn.

September Stimulus celebrates with the Second Annual Back 2 School party (10 p.m.) at Shampoo. There’s even an under 21 lounge.

DJ Deejay spins BBG vs. KKR at Sisters (10 p.m.).

Saturday, Sept. 22

It’s Family Play Day at the William Way (10 a.m.) with wildlife experts from the Philadelphia Zoo. Join Philadelphia Family Pride for the fun, free and educational event for kids of all ages.

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YIKES Gets LEED Certification

Tracey, Phine and Mia in the East Girard office of YIKES (photo by Christopher Leaman)

When we talked with Mia and Tracy Levesque, life and business partners, about the work they’ve been doing to achieve LEED certification for their web design business YIKES (in the new fall issue of G Philly), both were confident in the steps they were taking to make going green a reality. When they purchased the headquarters at 204-206 East Girard just two years ago – it was vacant and falling apart. But during that time period, the partners turned the 5,720-square-foot space into a green business with residential units.

This month, it’s paid off. The buildings will officially be certified LEED Platinum, the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This makes the pair of buildings the first LEED Platinum mixed-use rehab in the state, including two ground-floor storefronts – one of which serves as the office for YIKES, the web design and development company – and four apartments on the second and third floors.

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Moms at Work

Tracey, Phine and Mia in the East Girard office of YIKES (photo by Christopher Leaman)

Together for 20 years (and married for nine), Mia and Tracy Levesque, the owners of YIKES, share not only a thriving web design and development business but also an inquisitive six-year-old daughter, Phine (short for Josephine). Over the past year, these techie moms have been putting the finishing touches on their new Fishtown headquarters, which is in the final stages of LEED certification.

“It’s been an adventure,” admits Tracy, who says much of the building on East Girard—which dates to the 1880s—has been outfitted with reclaimed, recycled and eco-friendly materials. The original wood floors have been used for soffits in the new office space, which now houses seven employees who help create online projects for clients including Philadelphia FIGHT and Penn’s OncoLink, and the building is powered with 100 percent renewable energy through Philadelphia’s Energy Co-op. (Tracy even hopes to take the next step someday—rooftop solar panels.)

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