Public Auction for Old Galeria Frozen Beauty Antique Shop

Galeria Frozen Beauty was known for its collection of Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces since it opened in Queen Village in 2000. Regulars also knew it as a reliable source for Chinese and Japanese art and Cuban Vanguardia paintings and as the exclusive representative for the noted Art Deco artist Gustave Kaitz’s estate. The three-story building has been announced for public auction at $800,000.

The first floor has served primarily as the antique shop’s showroom. The listing recommends buyers use the second floor as an office and turn the third floor into a bedroom/living room combo. Interestingly, it’s unclear whether there is a kitchen on site. The basement is currently being used for storage. Note the tiled staircase that thoughtfully matches the exterior wall. The listing makes no mention of the roof but photos suggest that someone has been hanging out up there and keeping warm.

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For Sale: Offbeat Queen Village Home That’s the Very Definition of Mixed Use

Interior shot of 313 Fulton Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Interior shot of 313 Fulton Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Once an artist’s atelier, this quirky Queen Village house has since evolved into something roomier…and multi-use. Perhaps to its advantage, the home’s unconventional layout leaves it open to a wide range of possibilities

To begin, the main residence has three bedrooms, one on each level. The top floor houses the master suite which has views of the neighborhood and plenty of closets. A loft area hovers above the high-ceilinged open space that is the ground floor kitchen and dining room.

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Brauhaus Schmitz Crew Going American at Whetstone Restaurant

jeremy nolen whetstone squareBrauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is opening a restaurant of his own. Whetstone Restaurant will be a casual American bar and restaurant that will take over the former Tapestry space at 5th and Bainbridge. Nolen will be the chef at Whetstone as well as Brauhaus. He’s joined in the venture by his Brauhaus Schmitz compatriots, Doug and Kelly Hager.

Nolen says that Whetstone, which will feature 20 or so drafts plus a wines and brown liquors will open this summer.

The bar will be a welcome addition to Queen Village, which supported Tapestry but saw the popular bar close anyway. Some have suggested the corner, which was also Adsum and Coquette, is cursed but we have a feeling that Whetstone will be a winner.

Whetstone Restaurant [Foobooz]

The Revisit: Ela


How do you keep the spark alive?

Restaurants face the same question that haunts many a marriage—only, with restaurants, it comes ‘round a whole lot sooner. If spouses can hope for seven years before the proverbial itch begs scratching, restaurateurs are lucky if they can make it past the first anniversary.

That thought chorused through my head during a recent meal at Ela—repeating like the 90-minute loop of down-tempo indie-rock throbbing softly in the background of Jason Cichonski’s Queen Village resto-bar.

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Flying Fish Takeover at Catahoula Tonight


Tonight, Tuesday February 4th, Flying Fish is taking over the taps at Queen Village’s Catahoula.

Four Flying Fish beers will be pouring including the recently re-released Exit 1 – Bayshore Oyster Stout. Each of the beers can be purchased independently or with a suggested pairing.

Check them all out. The special pairings run from 7 to 9 p.m.

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