Spotted on East Passyunk: The Avid Organizer’s Ideal Abode?

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

In the spirit of spring cleaning, which Shoppist has so generously helped us tackle, we present you this organizer-friendly South Philly house. Per the listing, the second-level bedroom has built-in storage taking up an entire wall, while the master bedroom boasts another whole wall built-in closet and walk-in closet. Additional storage space and a home office can be found in the finished basement. Guess keeping things from disarray should be easier now, huh?

Other features of note include swing doors with bamboo inset, two wood fireplaces, mid century chandeliers and light fixtures, a solar powered water heater, trellis patio, and a kitchen overlooking the open elevated dining room. It also has a newly installed A/C unit and there’s access to the roof from the family room.

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Al Pastor Taco Shop Coming to Oregon Avenue

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Vetri veteran Justino Jimenez is opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina, a taco shop at 6th and Oregon that will focus on spit-roasted, Al Pastor style tacos. Food Junkets has the details on the shop which will open around April 1st.

You may have already had Jimenez’s tacos if you have been at the Garage on a night he was in the cart. We have only heard good things about his tacos.

Spit Roasted Al Pastor Focused Taco Shop Coming to 6th & Oregon [Food Junkets]

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina [Foobooz]

Spotted in Hawthorne: Three-Bedroom Right Around the Corner from Moonstone

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

A starter home if there ever was one, this South Marvine Street row home is right on the border of Hawthorne and Bella Vista, a convenient situation that allows for short walks to the nearby Whole Foods, Super Fresh, dog park, and Palumbo Playground. It’s also just four blocks from the Italian Market. But its true trump card? It’s quite literally just steps from Moonstone Preschool, that vaunted toddlertopia your child might (but probably won’t?) get into.

Of course, that’s not the only family-friendly feature it has going for it. Its back yard includes a garden area with two trees and room for gas grilling, which the listing claims will “give you that suburban feel.” Additionally, the home got renovation work back in 2007 that left it with a finished basement, complete with exposed beams, ceramic tile floor, and a “closet plumbed to add a third bathroom.” The home is in move-in condition, offering new occupants all of its custom lighting fixtures and appliances, as well as Brazilian cherry wood floors, an exposed brick wall, and wiring for surround sound.

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NOW OPEN: The Lanes at South Bowl

south-bowl-lanes-940The long awaited South Bowl has softly opened on Oregon Avenue, just east of I-95. The 26-lane bowling alley from the team that brought us North Bowl is currently open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to being much bigger than its neighbor to the north, South Bowl also offers pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

The two-floor space includes a large bar, private lane nook and a roof deck. Grand opening festivities will be announced soon.

More on the food at South Bowl

South Bowl [Foobooz]

Here’s the Original “King of Jeans” Sign Being Installed in 1994

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

I remember when this sign went up – “what a disgrace” was how most felt but it somehow grew to be accepted and now loved.” – comment on Philadelphia magazine’s Facebook page.

Since news of its removal, people have been reacting with everything from genuine sorrow to pointed apathy. But whatever their feelings, people have been responding, something which has surprised Steve Calabrese of Uneeda Sign, the local sign manufacturer who helped make the original and collaborated with artist Angel from Angel’s Fine Art Studio to make the most recent “King of Jeans” sign.

Calabrese was kind enough to provide us with a few photos that he took of the original’s installation in the summer of 1994. Perhaps some old memories will stir up for you as it did for another Facebook user?: “And whenever anyone would look at this sign directly, Depeche Mode would play softly in the background…” 

Click here to see the rest of the photos…

Philly Mag Offers Their Goodbyes to The “King Of Jeans” Sign

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We’re guessing you’ve already heard the news, but if not, the above photo should say it all: the “King of Jeans” sign in East Passyunk will soon be taken off its original spot. So what’s going to happen to it? More importantly, does anyone care?

You can see how some Philadelphia magazine staffers felt in the words they offered below, but there’s at least two groups in Philadelphia who we know may have taken the sign’s removal to heart: the East Passyunk Civic Association, whose zoning chairman David Goldfarb recently revealed the sign would be displayed at the Provenance Salvage in Northern Liberties (“under the condition that it not be re-sold,” per Philly.com), and the Philadelphia History Museum.

I spoke to Charles Croce, the museum’s executive director, who lamented not being able to acquire it for the museum’s collection. “Documenting the city’s history is what we do, […] we wanted it very much,” he said, explaining that the “iconic” sign represents a specific period in the contemporary history of Philadelphia retail. “Unfortunately,” he said, “it is quite huge” and there was “no place we could have stored it.”

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Morning Headlines: Proposed 2401 Washington Ave. Project Moves Along

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

Last month we filled you in on the plans developer Green Construction LLC has in store for the vacant lot at 24th and Washington, which after speaking to Harman Deutsch, the architecture firm signed on to design the mixed-use apartment complex, seemed poised to get the thumbs up from local neighborhood associations. But according to PlanPhilly‘s Jared Brey that only’s the case for some groups.

Brey reports the “oddly shaped” 113-unit development has received support from the South of South Neighborhood Association, whose zoning committee voted unanimously in favor of the project, while others were openly opposed:

But other nearby residents said that SOSNA’s support didn’t represent them. Madeleine Shikomba, of the North of Washington Avenue Coalition, said the project is too big and has too many units. Another Coalition member and Democratic Committeeman, Jonathan Purnell, said the development would make it even harder to park in the neighborhood.

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And This Summer’s PHS Pop-Up Garden Will Be …

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The Passyunk Post
was at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presented two possible locations for this summer’s PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden. Being considered, is the former Ice House location, just in from the corner of 9th and Washington and a smaller lot at 9th and Wharton, near Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks.

The 9th and Washington Avenue location would surely help the Italian Market be seen as more than just a daytime destination while 9th and Wharton already has a lot of energy, 24-hours a day.

The Post also reports that in addition to this South Philadelphia location, PHS is considering a second garden in another area of the city this summer.

PHS pop up garden could be coming to one of these vacant lots [Passyunk Post]

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