Trinity Tuesday: Let There Be Light in Northern Liberties

1003 N Orianna St. APT A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

1003 N Orianna St., Unit A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

You’ll be as snug as a bug in a rug in this charming trinity in the heart of Northern Liberties. While this home is admittedly quite small at 800 square feet, this classic trinity with exposed brick on all floors offer a cozy retreat from a day in the grand city.

This home’s corner location means all the rooms have windows on two sides, giving them unusually abundant natural light. The generous amount of windows (for a trinity) creates a breathable space for the living room, highlighting the red oak floors and a newly built red oak spiral staircase with original plaster detailing. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Surprisingly Spacious Three-Bedroom in Northern Liberties

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | TREND images via RE/MAX Home Experts

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Home Experts

This Northern Liberties home retains the familiar elements of intimate trinity living, like the three-story structure, the spiral staircase, and the cozy one-room top floor. Should you invite your out-of-state friends to this home, they’ll still marvel at this classically Philadelphian build. But this expanded trinity home also features spacious living, dining, and kitchen areas on the first floor that will make entertaining them easier than finding a touristy-enough cheesesteak shop to take them to for dinner.

When you walk through the doors, you’ll be welcomed by the natural light-filled living room that features an exposed brick wall. The open floor plan enhances the airy and spacious feel, seamlessly connecting the living room to the dining room to the kitchen. The thoroughly up-t0-date kitchen features a built-in wine cabinet and a breakfast bar where you can enjoy your morning eats with a healthy dose of natural light. Nestled into a comfortable corner on the first floor, the laundry area adjoins the hallway leading to the backyard.

It’s hard not to fall in love with the serene, private patio behind this home. An impressive waterfall installation, bamboo walls and beautiful stone patterns add charm and more entertaining space to this unusually spacious (for a trinity) home. It’s also a great place to take a breather from your energetic friends.

The finished basement is perfect for an additional bedroom, storage or office space. Whether you want to host folks or catch your breath in the middle of entertaining them, this spacious trinity home can handle it.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 1,850

PRICE: $375,000

OTHER STUFF: If you find yourself wanting to get out of the home, the Schmidt’s Commons, Liberty Lands Park, and plenty of shopping and dining options are within walking distance.





 

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 [Liz Lutz | RE/MAX Home Experts]

Silk City Adds Every Day Brunch

Get brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

Get chicken and waffles for brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.

Check out what’s on Silk City’s brunch menu »

This Weekend’s NoLibs Spring Cleaning Sale You Can’t Miss

NoLibs sale

Treasures await. | Images via Ritual Ritual and Art Star.

In our humble opinion, it’s time to ditch the fast-fashion spring merchandise—i.e. seven variations of the floral romper, “hippie” fringe jackets and, frankly, other items we think need to go during your spring cleaning frenzy—and start shopping the collections at Philly’s finest indie boutiques. The Northern Liberties Spring Cleaning Sale is no April Fool’s joke, and you need to carve out some free time this weekend check it out. The stores have everything to update your wardrobe and home, at discounted prices that’ll make you want to replace everything you own. (You’re not alone.) Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An Updated Classic in Northern Liberties

1025 N Lawrence St. B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123

1025 N Lawrence St. B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

The front-facing exterior sets the tone for this week’s Trinity Tuesday house. The classic red-brick trinity exterior fits in with its neighbors, some of which are visible through the gate above at left. The juxtaposition between the bright red brick and the all-black door and windows, however, makes the house stand out amidst a row of similarly hued homes.

Inside, there’s the classic trinity setup. The front door opens onto a cozy living room with a brick fireplace. The exposed brick on the first floor’s fireplace adds a touch of symmetry with the exterior. (That actually continues to all three floors. Each floor has a small part of the wall that is brick so there’s a real sense of continuity.) Read more »

Two New Ways To Eat Dinner At Heritage

Chef's board at Heritage

Chef’s board at Heritage

Trey Popp loved Heritage when he reviewed it back in August of last year–giving plenty of love to the jazz program, but also to chef Sean Magee‘s rich, well-curated menu of properly modern plates that completely eschew any notion of bar food in favor of complex, filling, often locally-sourced fare. It got three stars then, and from the looks of things, Magee and his crew haven’t lost a step since.

We’ll start with the mildly interesting new thing first, then get to the good stuff.

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Write a Letter at Standard Tap Every Tuesday in March

standard tap pub letters 400When was the last time you sat down and wrote a real letter to someone, on paper, and mailed it to them? I can guess that it’s been a while—at least it has been for me.

Maybe now is the time to sit down with a pen and paper to catch up with an old friend, see how Grandma is doing, or just write to yourself about something that’s been on your mind. Even better, have a little beer by your side.

Every Tuesday in March at Standard Tap, you can do just that: drink beer and write a letter. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Yards Brewing Company is presenting Pub Letters, a special event that will provide free stamps and stationary to anyone who has something they want—or need—to say. And hey, maybe a little beer will get your creative juices going or give you that liquid courage you need before confessing your love to someone (don’t forget to proofread!).

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Armenian Restaurant Comes to Northern Liberties

apricotstone 400On Friday, ApricotStone opened on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. The restaurant is owned by Ara Ishkhanian and chef Fimy Ishkhanian runs the kitchen. Ishkhanian is turning out a menu of seasonally inspired Mediterranean and Armenian cuisine.

 Ishkhanian grew up in Aleppo, Syria and came to the United States in 1981. In 1993 she opened Fimy’s Kitchen on the Main Line and added a second location in 1995. Now she’s bringing her cooking to Northern Liberties.

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Same Same Debuts Seasonal Soup

SameSameEventually, winter is going to arrive. And when it does, what could be  more appetizing than a nice, hot, meaty bowl of soup to soothe your seasonal sorrows?

Well, lucky for you, Same Same Vietnamese restaurant in Northern Liberties recently introduced an authentic Bun Bo Hue soup just in time for winter’s cold-front.

Chef/owner Chad Kubanoff calls it “The King’s Soup” because of the oversized serving meant for eating double-fisted, with chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other.

Kubanoff also said, “it’s all about the side dish” and this soup’s authenticity derives from the traditional vegetable plate served on the side. The side plate includes shaved banana flower, shaved water spinach, bean sprouts, chili, lime and herbs like Thai basil that make this a real-life version of Bun Bo Hue.

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