Pair Break Into Kensington Home, Take Car Keys, Steal Car

Police in Philadelphia are looking for a duo that broke into a woman’s house in West Kensington, took her car keys, then walked up and down the block until finding her car and driving away in it.

The burglary took place Wednesday at around 7 in the morning. The victim was asleep in her house when two people entered her home through the back door and/or window. They took her purse containing ID, credit cards, cell phone and laptop — as well as her car keys. Read more »

Federal Distilling Opening in Kensington

stateside-vodka-federal-distilling-940Philadelphia is getting another new distillery. Federal Distilling is coming to 161 Cecil B. Moore Avenue (next to Keystone Mini Golf) in the Kensington neighborhood. The distillery’s first product, Stateside Vodka should be hitting restaurant and select PLCB stores in mid-October. Further down the road, a tasting room will open at the distillery.

Federal Distilling is the result of Clement “Clem” Pappas and brothers Matt and Bryan Quigley. Matt Quigley is the distiller, he has completed a distiller apprenticeship through the University of Michigan and been a spirits consultant for several brands in the United States and Poland. The three met through a mutual acquaintance who strategically left Matt’s business plan at Clem’s 40th birthday party around the 2013 holidays. The plan worked and the distillery project took off.

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Police Made 68 Drug Arrests in One Neighborhood in Two Days

From left, drug-dealing suspects Alexis Salamon, Gina Collette, Alfredo Negron, and David Nowicki were among last week's arrests. Photos via Philadelphia Police Department photos

From left, drug-dealing suspects Alexis Salamon, Gina Collette, Alfredo Negron, and David Nowicki were among last week’s arrests. Photos via Philadelphia Police Department.

Most drug users in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs know that one of the best places to score dope in the Philadelphia area is in Kensington, where open-air drug deals have long been a staple of neighborhood life. Well, the Philadelphia Police Department tried to show that it means business with two operations last week that led to 68 arrests. Read more »

Property’s Photo of the Week: Sidecar Fun in East Kensington

We don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week for some of us and we could certainly do with some feel good vibes. That’s why Property’s Photo of the Week this week is something we can all probably get behind: sidecars and proto homes!

Say what? Well, we found the #phillyscape capture on Postgreen Homes’ Instagram account. According to the caption, the pic was snapped by one Sam Oberter who didn’t use any filters (not that there’s anything wrong with Willowing up your photos!). The pictured home is one of Postgreen’s protypes built in 2011, and the people on the motorcycle and sidecar are its owners…who we think should let us take it for a ride this weekend!

Sigh…isn’t spring wonderful?

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Tomorrow: Saint Benjamin Brewing Company Begins Tours

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin's. Get a growler to go.

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin’s. Get a growler to go.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, the Kensington-based brewery is hosting its first round of tours this Saturday. The brewery opens up at 12 pm until 4 pm, with tours running until 3.

There will be samples of beer, the opportunity to fill your own Saint Benjamin’s growlers, keg sales and food provided by the Farm Truck.

The brewery plans to hold tours two Saturdays per month, with the next one being on April 25.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company [Official]

Memphis Taproom Beer Garden Opening Saturday, April 18

The Memphis Taproom Beergarden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

The Memphis Taproom Beer Garden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

It’s that time of year again when the weather decides to get drunk and say it’s cool to have 40 degree mornings, 68 degree afternoons and violent thunderstorms. But we put up with this transition stage for the same reason we put up with adolescence: it’s unpleasant now, but soon it will be over and things will be better.

To celebrate the onset of almost summer (did I just jinx it? Sorry…), Memphis Taproom is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a special draft list inside, and a  grand re-opening of its outdoor beer garden on Saturday, April 18th at noon.

The beer garden will feature a brand new menu for their truck. Expanding beyond just hot dogs, the new menu offers “truck fries” (fries covered in ground beef, fried onions, cheddar cheese and “truck sauce”) and a New England clam roll. The beer list for the season is also set to be released in the coming week. Additionally, every Thursday there will be Beer Garden Quizzo at 6pm.

Get ready, it’s almost beer garden season. We promise.

Memphis Taproom [Foobooz]

Spotted in South Kensington: Warehouse to Be Converted Into Seven Loft-Style Apartments

Its days as a cabinet factory have long disappeared from the rear view mirror, so it was only a matter of time before the as of late disused warehouse building at 1737 N Howard Street caught the eye of developers looking to convert some fresh space near Fishtown.

Enter Civetta Property Group’s Mike Tomasetti, who teamed up with Doug Fath for this project. Their plans? Repurpose the warehouse into seven loft-style apartments, which Tomasetti tells us will be single- and double-bedroom rentals that are likely to be in the $1,200-$1,600 range.

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Spotted in Kensington: Two Historic Bank Buildings to Be Redeveloped

Jewelers’ Row may be one of the last surviving niche districts in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean all remnants of previous ones have been erased. Case in point, two structures which rose out of Kensington’s once-thriving textile district — the Ninth National Bank and Industrial Title and Savings Trust Co. buildings — are now in the redevelopment pipeline.

Philadelinquency reports the properties located at 1942-58 N. Front Street had been facing demolition at one point, with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project planning to replace the buildings with low-income housing. However, neighborhood objections to the project’s design resulted in a legal battle that stalled the proposed development, which was eventually scrapped. Instead, here’s what will happen with the site:

Onion Flats, a development group on West Norris St. that has had extensive experience with historic redevelopment projects in the area will restore and redevelop the bank buildings.

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First Look: Helm

Helm, the Old Kensington BYOB from chef-duo Kevin D’Egidio (recently at Stateside), and Michael Griffiths (former sous chef at Fork), is set to officially open tonight. For the past few evenings the pair have been cooking dishes from their first menu for friends and family, and based on our first tastes, these dishes are going to be an easy sell even to folks who aren’t related to them.

We’ve got the menu, a look at the interior and plenty of pictures, all after the jump.

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Sets Date for 10th Anniversary Run

pressrelease_logosNew Kensington Community Development Corporation and the East Kensington Neighbors Association have released date details about their 2015 Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival, which turns 10 this year with a fresh logo and a couple new developments. 

The beloved parade of human-powered sculptural thingies will take place on Saturday, May 16th from noon to 6 pm. It’s happening in conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, hence the new name, and Philly graphic-design studio J2 Design is celebrating all the newness by creating a new logo. The design (right), say creators, mimics the event’s “playful, gritty vibrancy.”

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