Reading Terminal GM: Why We’re Staying Open for Pope

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Anuj Gupta, general manager of Reading Terminal Market.

After being named general manager of Reading Terminal Market just three months ago, Anuj Gupta was immediately faced with a tough decision. Can the market remain open during the World Meeting of Families when an estimated 1.5 million people will descend on Philadelphia?

Yesterday, Gupta finally offered an answer — a resounding yes. Read more »

Reading Terminal to Open During Pope Visit

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After much debate, the Reading Terminal Market will remain open during the World Meeting of Families and visit from Pope Francis.

The market will keep its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 21-24 (Mon.-Thurs.) and remain open an hour later on Sept. 25 and 26 (Fri. and Sat.). It opens an hour earlier than normal on Sunday Sept. 27, but closes two hours earlier than normal. Read more »

Headlines: Reading Terminal Market to Transform Filbert Street Entrance

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Reading Terminal Market is one of the crown jewels of Philadelphia. But if we took an informal poll about what changes might make it even better, we’d bet the top answers would be some form of the following: a free donut from Beiler’s upon entrance, extended the hours of operation into the evening and a less, um, cave-like entrance on Filbert Street near Iovine Brothers.

Philly Voice reports that the latter is set to take place (sorry, donut lovers), as Reading Terminal Market announced Thursday they are the recipient of a $160,000 grant through ArtPlace America to “transform and enliven Filbert Street.” So think a better lit, more inviting atmosphere that incorporates some yet-to-be-determined art installations. Plans also call for the tunnel entrance to become an event space for the market. Here’s the key, the new look could happen quickly, as one of the stipulations of the grant is that planning needs to be completed by end of 2016.

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This Weekend: Giant Ice Cream Block Party At Reading Terminal Market

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July is a lot of things (humid and long are the first adjectives that come to mind), but it is also National Ice Cream Month. If you have yet to begin celebrating (or are looking for a way to do it in the company of others rather than alone on your couch in your underwear with a pint of rum raisin), look no further because on Saturday, July 18th, Reading Terminal Market will be celebrating with the return of their Sidewalk Sizzle and Ice Cream Freeze.

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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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So You Want To Open A Restaurant: Speed Coaching Event For Small Businesses

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If you’re inspired by the recent restaurant boom in Philadelphia or impatiently waiting for your business to take off, Sam Adams may be able to help you out.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream campaign is coming to Philly on Monday, March 16 at the Reading Terminal Market. They, along with Fair Food Philly, are hosting a “speed coaching” event, which is sort of like speed dating, but instead of telling someone how many cats you have, you talk about your business model and professionals give you advice.

So actually nothing like speed dating. Except that it all happens very quickly.

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Instacart Adds More Reading Terminal Vendors

instacart-rtmInstacart, which we were just sending good vibes out to yesterday about how they allow us to shop local merchants from the comfort of home, has added more than ten new Reading Terminal Market merchants and vendors. Among the highlights, Beiler’s Bakery and Donuts and Riehls Deli and Cheese Shop. These vendors join the likes of La Divisa Meats and Iovine Produce as available vendors at the Terminal.

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Looking Back on 30 Years At Old City Coffee

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Thirty years ago, Ruth Isaac brought coffee roasting to Old City. Today, Old City Coffee has three Philadelphia locations and is still family operated by Ruth and her husband, Jack. All of the roasting is now done at their Reading Terminal location, where Ruth and Jack can be found helping customers, making drinks and offering suggestions for their favorite coffee.

The Reading Terminal location opened four years after Old City in 1988. “When I came in [to the Reading Terminal Market], there were major amounts of renovation that went on, and at one point, when it rained, the water just rained right into the market,” Isaac says. “It was really nitty-gritty. It wasn’t nearly as full, it wasn’t nearly as bright.”

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Finding Love At Reading Terminal

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With Valentine’s Day upon us and signs of love all around, romantic spots in the city like ice skating at Dilworth Park and couples taking pictures in front of the LOVE sculpture seem to be extra crowded as of late. But most people probably wouldn’t pin the Reading Terminal Market as a very romantic spot.

You know, that huge, loud indoor market that smells like fish?

Although it may not be the ideal destination to take your date, employees at the market seem to be hitting it off. Author and blogger Carolyn Wyman wrote an article on the Market Blog about couples who met while working at the Reading Terminal Market.

Like Flying Monkey manager Shane Monroe and previous manager Elly Koenig, who recently moved in together.

Or Roger Miller of Miller’s Twist Pretzels who married Shauna Glick, a waitress who started back in 2000.

Check out the full article here.

Brick & Mortar Gets Some Early Pre-Opening Ink From Details (And Has Free Food At Reading Terminal Market Today)

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Photo courtesy Details

Brick & Mortar–the new spot from ex-Franklin Mortgage partner Mike Welsh–isn’t open yet, but it just made Details magazine’s list of the Most Anticipated Bar Openings of 2015. Which is nice, right? It was the only Philly spot to get a mention, and got tagged for its promise of “quality drinks served quickly, [including] wine on tap, bottled and batched cocktails, and low-alcohol libations to keep locals sitting on barstools long into the night.”

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