New Coworking Space Joynture Lands on South Street

Image courtesy of Joynture.

Image courtesy of Joynture.

The demand for coworking space in Philly hasn’t let up, and one new player in the local shared-workspace market is expanding Philly’s coworking perimeter: Joynture has set up shop at 417 South Street, right in the bustle of popular establishments like Fat Tuesday, Jim’s Steaks, and the TLA.

Perks for members at the 23,000-square-foot location include the usual unlimited coffee and beer on tap, free Wi-Fi, and bike room. But the space has some distinguishing characteristics in addition to its novel location. The space’s first floor will feature a retail Pop Up Shop, a brick-and-mortar setup for e-commerce companies looking to sell products for a limited time. Bigger brands that might be apprehensive about opening a location on South Street can use the space for a weekend or two to see if they can drive traffic there, Joynture co-founder Kyle Riggle told Philadelphia magazine. Read more »

Fat Tuesday Flashback: The South Street Mardi Gras Riot of 2001


Mardi Gras revelers vandalize a television news van on South Street in Philadelphia late Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001. About a dozen stores were looted or vandalized as police tried to clear thousands of Mardi Gras revelers from a popular entertainment district.

This post was originally published in 2015.

Easter is early this year, which means Lent is about to start when it’s about 20 degrees outside. That will probably prevent any outdoor celebrations of Mardi Gras today, and everything is scheduled indoors. The rowdiest event seems to be a “bead contest” at Xfinity Live! On South Street, Tattooed Mom’s is holding an Arts and Crafts Happy Hour with proceeds going to Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

That wasn’t the case in 2001. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Palace Just Off the Avenue of the Arts

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just off the point where the Avenue of the Arts and South Street cross, where Hawthorne and Washington Square West meet, is a stylish new development of luxury homes called Kater Court. The name strikes us as most appropriate, as these large (4,000-square-foot) homes are so lavishly equipped you’ll feel like modern royalty living in them.

There’s plenty of space for living, relaxing and entertaining, indoors and out, including two roof decks facing in opposite directions. Rich wide-plank wood floors (eight inches wide and six feet long) and modern iron stair railings add a touch of contemporary sophistication to the home, which has an elevator to carry you from floor to floor effortlessly.

The first space you see upon entry is the most breathtaking in the home: a dramatic living room with a 15-foot ceiling, the focal point of the split-level main floor.  Read more »

WATCH: Protests Outside Trump Campaign’s South Street Office

A group of women gathered outside Donald Trump’s campaign office on South Street this afternoon to protest the Republican presidential candidate’s comments about women over the last few decades. Wearing pageant sashes, they read inflammatory Trump quotes about women from over the years.

“On Howard Stern, Donald Trump proclaimed, ‘A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,’” one person read. Another said: “Donald Trump tweeted, ‘I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!’” The protest lasted about five minutes. The Trump campaign had no comment. Read more »

Donald Trump Opens Campaign Office on South Street

Donald Trump - with "prison for Hillary" shirt

The front window of the Trump campaign office on South Street. | Photo: Dan McQuade

South Street is a legendary Philadelphia street. It’s home of everything from high schoolers exploring downtown for the first time to young men blasting tunes and yelling at women. It’s the home of a solid cheesesteak rivalry (Jim’s vs. Ishkabibbles) and a concert venue that’s hosted everything from rap and rock shows to little person wrestling. It’s home to Fat Tuesday and a 24-hour diner and actually is kind of upscale now on the other side of Broad Street. It’s also now home to a Donald Trump campaign office.

The office, which is between 8th and 9th streets, sprouted up sometime in the last week or so. A worker inside, who did not give his name, said it was Trump’s second office — the first is in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s full of Trump lawn signs and other campaign paraphernalia. The worker told me no one from the campaign was yet ready to talk about the field office. Messages sent to the Trump campaign were not returned. Read more »

Mayor Kenney to Power-Walk Philly Free Streets on Saturday

L: Courtesy of The Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, R: AP Photo

L: Courtesy of The Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia | R: AP Photo

Ten miles of the city’s typically traffic-ridden streets will go carless for five hours on Saturday for Philly Free Streets, a “people-powered,” health-inspired initiative. And here is quite possibly the best part: somewhere in the crowd, leading a troop of speedy, sweaty power-walkers, will be Mayor Jim Kenney. Read more »

First-Time Find: Ready to Fly Solo in Bella Vista

706 S. Schell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Solo Real Estate

706 S. Schell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Solo Real Estate

Recall that yesterday, we said we usually don’t feature trinities as First-Time Finds?

Today, we’re making an exception to that rule, for there’s a trinity on the market that is so well-suited for the first-time home buyer that it would be a crime not to feature it here.

It’s especially well suited for someone who’s finally ready to move out from under his or her parents and experience the joys of living solo. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Urban(e) Chic Near the Delaware

621 S American St., #G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | BHHS Fox & Roach

621 S American St., #G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Ah, the loft. It’s the epitome of fashionable city living, the defining characteristic of the modern man’s home, the city girl’s crown jewel. But surely, this trendiness comes at a steep price.

For those who don’t want to shell out all their hard-earned cash, this charismatic trinity home offers an alternative that’s just as sweet–a stunning mix of classically Philadelphian features with a modern twist in the loft-like third-floor bedroom. Read more »

Is It Time To Start Thinking About Oktoberfest Already?

The Amory will become home to an Oktoberfest celebration | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

The Amory will become home to an Oktoberfest celebration | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

Oktoberfest has always been kind of a big deal in Philly–driven primarily by the large-scale block parties thrown by the crew behind Brauhaus Schmitz.

This year though? They’re doing their South Street party AND a three day Oktoberfest in Center City.

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It’s Official: MilkBoy’s South Street Dumpster Is Perfectly Legal

MilkBoy's controversial dumpster sits between two smaller trash containers on South Street. (Photo by Elizabeth Worthington)

MilkBoy’s controversial dumpster sits between two smaller trash containers on South Street. (Photo by Elizabeth Worthington)

Earlier, we told you of a kerfuffle that had erupted on South Street thanks to a dumpster sitting in front of the soon-to-open MilkBoy South Street, the only business we could find with a dumpster parked on the commercial corridor. MilkBoy partner Bill Hanson swore up and down that his dumpster was legal, while local business owners and residents complained that it wasn’t. And now the city has weighed in: The Milkboy South Street dumpster is 100 percent legit. Read more »

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