This Expansive Persian Rug Showroom Is Manayunk’s Best Kept Secret

Parisa rugs

Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for

Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.

One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.

“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

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Trinity Tuesday: A Cool Pad in Manayunk

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

Trinity homes all predate the era of modern climate control; the first residential air conditioning systems were developed in the 1920s, right around the time this cute trinity just up the hill from Manayunk’s Main Street was built. No builder in Philadelphia at that time would have installed the new technology in such a modest home.

But that was then, and this is now. City building codes and consumer preferences require air conditioning in all new construction. And while it need not be installed in an existing home that’s being renovated or rebuilt, the owner of this home decided to throw it in anyway when it got a top-to-bottom makeover a short while ago. Read more »

The 18th Annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest is This Weekend


Saturday afternoon, Manayunk Brewery is hosting their 18th annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., not only can you taste over 70 craft beers, but also multiple bourbon samples, plus munch on some BBQ and other food items. Of course, there will be live music throughout the day  including blues and classic rock by The Fermentors. 

Tickets are $50 for general admission, which include unlimited craft beer samples in a souvenir tasting glass, multiple bourbon samples, and an event program listing all of the beers. Designated driver tickets are $25 and include one complimentary BBQ food item and free soft drinks.

Get your tickets here.

BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Craft Beer Fest [Official]

More Food Truck News: Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival Is This Weekend


If you just can’t find it within yourself to wait until June for the Food Truck Border Brawl we wrote about earlier today, take heart. Food truck season is just beginning and we already have something else with which you can tide yourself over.

This Sunday, April 10, over 50 food trucks, nearly 20 gourmet food vendors, a beer garden, and a handful of local merchants will fill Main Street in Manayunk for the bi-annual StrEAT Food Festival. The event is kicking off Manayunk Restaurant Week, which goes from Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 22.

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Cryptocurrency in Real Estate: Manayunk Condos Being Marketed to Bitcoin Buyers

Images via Keller Williams

Images via Keller Williams

In what very well could be a first for the Philadelphia marketplace, four condos in Manayunk’s Falcon Condominium development are being marketed specifically to Bitcoin buyers.

Bitcoin, a digital “cryptocurrency” and payment system, has been slowly gaining some traction among Philadelphia-area businesses, including boutique shops, food trucks and, in the case of Philadelphia Brewing Company and Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, even beer.

The condos in Manayunk are being offered at a starting price of 795 bitcoins, which might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the current exchange rate is hovering around $430 to a single bitcoin. That puts the price of the 2-bedroom plus den units at $342,374 and change.

“This is just a different approach to offering real estate,” said Susanna Kunkel, listing specialist with Keller Williams and Philly Living, who is marketing the available units. “I want Bitcoin buyers to know they’re respected just like a cash buyer. They basically have the same buying power as the cash buyer.”

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Venice Island Transformation Receives 2015 Groundbreaker Award

Image via Buell Kratzer Powell

Image via Buell Kratzer Powell

Seems like yesterday that the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk had its grand unveiling. Point in fact, it and its surrounding renewal, which involved infrastructure, landscape design, stormwater management improvements, were opened to the public just over a year ago. And now, believe it or not, the results continue to be sung praises.

Its latest prize? The 2015 Groundbreaker Award from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

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Manayunk Hosting Cocktail Week

manayunk-cocktaill-week-400The Manayunk Bridge trail opening is definitely the big news in Manayunk this week. But the “Place to Drink” is also living up to its name with Manayunk Cocktail Week. Happening now through Sunday, November 8th, nineteen bars and restaurants are offering $5 cocktails including the brand new Anastasi Raw Bar.

There is also are a series of events happening throughout the week, including a scotch and jerky pairing this evening (Wednesday, November 4) at Lucky’s Last Chance. Fidel Gastro, aka Marcos Espinoza will be offering samples of Side Project Jerky and flights of whiskey from 8 to 11 p.m. The pay-as-you-go event will feature whisky from Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Monkey Shoulder. Also on hand will be a film crew to film a piece for the Guardian’s Side Hustle series that is featuring Espinoza and his jerky.

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Anastasi Raw Bar Opens Today in Manayunk

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Anastasi Raw Bar officially opens today in Manayunk. Brother and sister Thomas and Mia Anastasi of the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood, Thomas’ in Manayunk and Pescatore in Bala, along with partner Frank Kemp have joined forces for this oyster bar and seafood grill at 4161 Main Street (the former home of Beast & Ale, Bisou, Gemelli, and MangoMoon).

Chef Ken Wallace, most recently of Vesper but with European experience that includes London’s The Fat Duck, is in charge of the kitchen. He’s preparing a seafood-focused menu that will offer daily oysters and chilled seafood favorites at the bar. Also look for a handful of meat and vegetarian options.

The bar will offer five beers, one cider and four wines by draft as well as wine by the bottle and glass. There will also be a list of oyster shooters that will be rotate seasonally.

Menus and happy hour »

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