UPDATED July 15th at 2:44 p.m: Owner Khoran Horn just got back to us and let us know they’ll be open “VERY soon,” though he didn’t give us a date.
ORIGINAL: Looks like Old City will soon be home to one of our favorite juice slingers, Stripp’d Juice. The other day, I came across the Facebook page for Stripp’d and noticed they have an address — 263 North 3rd Street — listed. We knew they had a brick and mortar location in the works, but we weren’t sure where exactly. Mystery solved, it seems!
Here’s an interesting one for you investment types: the building that houses Minima, a minimalist/modernist furniture gallery at 118 North 3rd Street in Old City, is up for sale for a cool $1.95 million. Here’s the catch, it also includes three designer units above the retail space–a pretty sweet package, if we do say so ourselves.
Eugenie Perret, owner of Minima, told us that they designed each floor of the property. “It started with the Minima space and kept going up and doing each loft,” Perret said. While the listing includes the prime retail space on the popular North 3rd Street corridor (it’s adjacent to Art in the Age), Minima still holds the lease and listing agent Mike McCann of BHHS Fox & Roach said the ideal situation would be for the buyer to lease the space back to Minima in the event of a sale.
Perret said they’re definitely not closing, but would be open to a wider space in the area, if that opportunity ever presented itself. “Commercial lease terms subject to negotiation,” as per the listing.
Cecil Baker is on a roll (not purposely, but still) and we love it! Just days after finding out his Candy Factory Home in Queen Village was sold, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey brings us this account of a recent Civic Design Review meeting during which the renowned architect, a member of the Committee, told it like it was to a developer looking to put a 216-unit residential complex in Old City.
According to Brey, Priderock Capital Partners’ Head of Real Estate Development Christopher Todd went before the committee to unveil the design of 401 Race. The development would fall right off the rejuvenated Independence Mall area, smack near some of Philadelphia’s treasured historical structures.
Failing to meet Baker’s standards, which Brey writes was caused by the “disrespectful” would-be building materials (“a mixture of metal and synthetic paneling and brick”), the architect had some choice words for Todd about the proposed project (emphasis ours):
“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.”
“This building has to look like an important, civic-minded building …” said Baker, who has designed the luxury condo tower rising at 500 Walnut Street, as well as Carl Dranoff’s One Riverside development on the Schuylkill. “Go back to the architecture and think about what it means to be on Independence Mall. It has got to be a great goddamn building.”
Let’s make this one short and sweet. Are you looking for an Old City condo with that clean, yet industrial, look? You know, those ones that are in an elevator building near Market Street a feature exposed ductwork and brick walls, an open floor plan and tall ceilings. Hit up this open house for unit 7 in Cobblestone Court on Sunday. Not only does it tick all of those boxes off of the checklist, including an en suite bath, it boasts quite an outdoor space that’s difficult to come by in these types of buildings.
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Lots going on at Victoria Freehouse this summer. First, Front Street Dive (the 2nd floor of Victoria Freehouse) is now open. Head up there on Thursdays for karaoke with Dr. Thunder or on Fridays and Saturdays for various DJs. The bar will be open from 9pm-2am on these days and available for private parties Monday through Wednesday.
Next, happy hour has begun at The Victoria. Mon-Fri from 4-7pm enjoy $5 Imperial (20-ounce) pints and half-priced pub snacks.
And now for their summer events. We’re talking 4th of July, Christmas in July, Harry Potter and more.
N3RD St Farmers Market, which brings growers, farmers and makers to Old City, will host Federal Donuts, Hocks N Coqs and Food Underground (among others) tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1st, from 12 – 7pm.
We’ve already had some FedNuts news today, but for those who can’t get to their National Fried Chicken Day celebration, there’s this: A N3RD pop-up that will offer donuts all day long for $2.50/ donut or $20/ dozen. Tomorrow’s flavors are Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Tahina and Creme Brûlée.
UPDATE: A request to the Philadelphia Historical Commission for an image of the proposed building at 218 Arch Street was answered several hours after this post was published. The rendering can be viewed below.
Among the projects the city’s Architecture Committee is set to hear tomorrow, PMC Property Group’s proposed 10-story mixed-use building in Old City is one of the big ones. Plans include ground-level retail along Arch, two stories of underground parking, and “five or six stories of apartments” with more stories rising in stages the farther back it goes.
However, the Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman reports committee staffers have already expressed a desire for the project to “be scrapped.” Dead on arrival? Not quite. As Adelman notes, the committee “makes non binding recommendations to the full commission” (emphasis ours).
Set on a parking lot at 218 Arch Street (and extending all the way to 226), the intended $28.5 million development would fall on Little Boy’s Court, a small passage said to be “the city’s last remaining cobblestone lane” and a point on which officials noted developers had not voiced significant information regarding its restoration, though their plans do call for it to be included in the development in relation to a courtyard.
We’re going to keep this one short and sweet, mainly because you’re going to want to skip directly to the gallery. We get it.
This second-floor (walk-up) near 3rd and Vine in Old City is chockfull of tasty treats, including deep ebony floors, spacious rooms painted in fashion-forward color schemes and a wonderful kitchen with glossy cabinets and a super-cool backsplash. Here’s the deal, if you happen to hit up the open house on Sunday, we recommend you tour every single room in this unit and finish with the master bathroom. Why? Oh, you’ll see. Read more »