Alma Mater Offers Mt. Airy Deals Galore


Alma Mater opens on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy | Photo via Facebook

Alma Mater celebrates its grand opening today at 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy. The former home of North by Northwest is a restaurant/bar/beer garden designed for sports watching in an ode to Philadelphia’s prep schools, colleges and universities. Alma Mater is open from morning to late night and offers reasons to come in at anytime of day.

The main floor offers an antique bar with sixteen beers on tap. Outside is a seasonal beer garden with its own boardwalk and ping pong tables. Downstairs is a sports lounge with plenty of TVs for watching live events.

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Reading Terminal Market Has a New GM

anuj-gupta-400The Reading Terminal Market has been looking for a new general manager since Paul Steinke stepped down in December, in order to run for City Council. Today, the Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation named Anuj Gupta as the new general manager. Gupta comes from Mt.Airy, USA where he served as Executive Director. Gupta has been instrumental in many improvements in Mt. Airy over the past five years including; the resurgence of some of the 6500-6700 blocks of Germantown Avenue; a second location for Wissahickon Charter School; and the birth of Street Fare – Mt. Airy’s successor to Night Market.

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High Point Cafe Opens Wholesale Facility


High Point Cafe in Mount Airy is having a pretty good spring. They recently expanded and opened a new wholesale facility at 6700 Germantown Avenue. The facility opened on April 24 in an old post office building.

The expansion will function as a coffee roasting facility and commercial bakery, due to high demand of owner Meg Hagele‘s baked goods. The new space is not a retail location, but will hold special events, such as tours of the facility and special tastings.

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Fundraiser for Family of Slain Earth Bread + Brewery Employee

bernard-earth-bread-brewery-940This Thursday, Earth Bread + Brewery is hosting a fundraiser for the family of one of its own. Long time employee Bernard Ray was killed Saturday night and leaves behind three young boys, a daughter and grand child. Earth Bread + Brewery will be donating all proceeds on Thursday to his family.

As Marcos Espinoza posted today, Ray was a welcoming face at EB+B and will be sorely missed. Owners Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver have always run their brewpub as more than a business and our condolences go out to them, the staff at EB+B and the Ray family.

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Architype: Off the Grid in Mount Airy

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Photo of celebration at Final-ly Friday by Michael Albany Photography via Go Mt. Airy

About six months ago, after 11 years in West Philadelphia, I decided to move. I’d been part of a wave of young white professionals who came to Cedar Park and made it possible for someone to open a haute-cheese patisserie where a friendly bodega used to be. I liked the bodega better, but it was my own fault.

Now I’d priced myself out of my neighborhood, but I still wanted trees, the birdsong, the mix of old and young, black and white, and the progressive vibe. So I moved to Mount Airy.

This decision has been met with undisguised horror. You’d think I moved from a 12-room penthouse on Rittenhouse Square to a shack next to a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. There also seems to be a significant degree of geographical confusion. A couple of people have said, “I never thought you’d leave Philly.” And absolutely everyone has said, “But it’s so faaaar.”

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PHOTOS: Mount Airy Street Fare 2014

This Saturday: A Germantown Avenue Brewpub Crawl

germantown-ave-cartelSaturday, September 20th from noon until 5 p.m. a continuous bus loop will connect three of Philadelphia’s most talented brewers; Paul Rutherford of Iron Hill Brewery Chestnut Hill, Scott Morrison of Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, and Tom Baker of Earth Bread & Brewery. The crawl will supply attendees with three one-of-a-kind brews made especially for the occasion. The brewers have come together to brew specialty collaboration beers at each brewery.

The Germantown Avenue Cartel Crawl costs $20 (tickets are on sale at all ofthe brewpubs) and each patron will receive a ticket to take with them to each stop where bartenders then stamp tickets for their allotted 12 ounce pour. Attendees may purchase additional Cartel beers at a discounted price, enjoy other in-house beers, and have access to each brewpub all day. The brewers will also be on site at each location to answer questions and provide insight into their brewing experiences.

 Germantown Avenue Brewers Cartel [Facebook]

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Next Thursday: Sip, Savor, Stroll in Mount Airy


The best way to dine is to walk off the meal so you can fill up some more, right? Mount Airy’s Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll will be hosted on Thursday, September 18th along Germantown Avenue (between Sedgwick and W. Mt. Airy Avenue). Tasty treats and beverages from over 50 gourmet food trucks and local restaurants in the region will be provided for the evening. Cuisines served will include Brazilian barbecueCaribbean soul food, authentic Indian and Korean, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Fare runs from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Music, crafts and other family activities will also be hosted.

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