What You’ll See in Center City’s New Target

A mural inside Target on Chestnut Street shows Philly landmarks in Target's design style

A mural inside the new Chestnut Street Target. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The wait is finally over. Center City has a Target.

The new Target, located at 1128 Chestnut Street, is one of the discount chain’s 23 “flexible format” stores and the first located in Philadelphia. It is the 35th Target in the Philadelphia area.

The store can be entered from either Chestnut or Sansom Street, and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It’s smaller that an average Target, which is around 130,000 square feet. The one on Chestnut Street is just 19,000 — which means it won’t be selling big-screen televisions, couches or other big-ticket items you’d find at a Target store. Read more »

Tria’s Washington Square West Location Turning Nine

Tria before it was Tria

Tria before it was Tria and was just an old laundromat | Photo by Arthur Etchells

On Tuesday, July 19th, Tria Cafe’s Washington Square West location is celebrating nine years at 12th and Spruce. The wine bar will be pouring a variety of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines, all from the year 2007, the year Tria’s Wash-West location opened.

The wines will be available all day for the price of $9 per glass.

Tria will also have a special aged cheddar that also dates back to 2007.

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It’s Always Sunny Is Filming in Center City on Friday

It's Always Sunny flier

Few could have predicted the runaway success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when it premiered on FX in August of 2005. The show (now on FXX) recently wrapped up airing its 11th season, and has now been renewed through season 14. The show Rob McElhenney originally developed with Glenn Howerton is now a phenomenon.

While it shoots primarily in Los Angeles, It’s Always Sunny occasionally films some exteriors in Philly. On Friday, it’s filming in Center City around 12th and Locust. Read more »

Old Kanella Location Re-opening as Kanella Grill

Kanella's old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

Kanella’s old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

It has been a just over a year since Kanella closed its doors at its original location and set its sights on Queen Village. It came as a bit of a surprise when Konstantinos Pitsillides closed the super popular BYOB in favor of a bigger and better location but he continues to receive good reviews and the added revenue of a bar.

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Toll Drops Plans for Society Hill Playhouse Site

The apartment buildings Toll Brothers said would replace the condos it had planned to build on 8th Street above South won't happen either. | Rendering: JKRP Architects via Toll Brothers

The apartment buildings Toll Brothers said would replace the condos it had planned to build on 8th Street above South won’t happen either. | Rendering: JKRP Architects via Toll Brothers

First, it was condominiums. Then, rental apartments. Now, nothing.

Toll Brothers has dropped plans to build apartment buildings on two plots of land it owns in Washington Square West. The lots, which face each other across 8th Street, currently house the former Society Hill Playhouse and a parking garage.

After testy negotiations with near neighbors caused Toll Brothers to drop its original plans to build condominiums on the two parcels, the company announced that it would build two apartment buildings by right instead. Now those plans have been scuttled.

Toll Brothers City Living Division Vice President Brian Emmons declined further comment when we asked for details about the decision or any possible plans for the sites.

Trinity Tuesday: In Step With the Times in Wash West

1134 Waverly St. #R3, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1134 Waverly St. #R3, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Generally speaking, one of the charms of Philly’s trinities is the whiff of history that hangs about them. They don’t build ’em like this any more, these classic homes that housed the city’s working folk in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

But every once in a while, we run across one where just about the only thing that says “historic” is the trademark tight spiral staircase. These are the updated trinities, whose style cues come from all those new construction homes popping up around them. Read more »

Cheu Noodle Bar Adds Happy Hour, Lunch Combos

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Happy hour snacks at Cheu Noodle Bar | Photo via Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu Noodle Bar’s Shawn Darragh checks in with some news from Cheu. The Washington Square West noodle heaven is now offering happy hour and lunch combos.

For the first time, happy hour is now being offered. Darragh tells us they’ve always wanted to do happy hour but with the volume  Cheu has done since its opening, the logistics have been difficult to sort out. But now chef Ian Boothman has it under control and happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

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Two Beer Gardens Debut This Weekend

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

The first two beer gardens of the season open this weekend. Today, Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden softly opens at 6th and Market and tomorrow marks 8th anniversary and beer garden opening at Memphis Taproom.

Memphis is celebrating inside with some great beers from their cellar plus some of the newest beers in the state. The bar will be pouring four beers from Highway Manor Brewing of Camp Hill, PA. The beers are all all open fermented and barrel aged. The beers will be Mr. Blueberry, Taste My Place, Mr. Strawberry, and Sayjohn Saison.  There will also be bottles on hand for takeout, with labels illustrated by Memphis Taproom’s own Keith Warren Greiman.

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Jawdropper of the Week: 19th-Century Coating, Modern Filling

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

Many of our Jawdroppers of the Week are houses that are out somewhere on the Main Line or in Bucks County—places where you’ve got space to build a stunning property. This week’s Jawdropper isn’t one of those. It’s located at 1214 Pine Street, right in Washington Square West. At 1,750 square feet, it’s not an exceptionally large property, either. What makes this home jaw-dropping is its design.

The exterior is a standard 19th century façade of red brick and black windows and shutters. As we’ve remarked before, the juxtaposition between the bright red and the deep black makes for a sharp front to your home. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Little House with Big Rooms

This home's current owner uses the first floor space as a dining/sitting room.

This home’s current owner uses the first floor space as a dining/sitting room. | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It looks like a classic trinity on the outside, and it has the trademark spiral staircase on the inside. But this expanded trinity across from Starr Garden in Washington Square West feels bigger on the inside thanks to its open floor plans on the first and third floors.

Those plans led the home’s current owner to put the living room on the top floor, which is a single open space, and to use what would otherwise have been the living room on the first floor as a dining and sitting room.
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