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31Mar/100

Summer in the City Honey: Host Your Own Hive

HYOH: Host your own hive? That's how we're referring to a project from Milk & Honey Market in West Philadelphia. The organic market is pairing up with Two Gander Farm for Summer in the City Honey.

HoneycombSimply put, if you have a roof or backyard in West Philly or Center City, you can host a beehive.  Now, before you start freaking out about bee incidents, relax. Trey Flemming of Two Gander Farm will bring the hive to your home, where he'll set it up safely, and he'll visit every three weeks to check up on your little honey-making machine. You'll host the hive from early May to the end of June. It'll be like your own inn of bee guests, and the resulting honey that is harvested will be sold at Milk & Honey Market. Some of the proceeds will benefit The Orchard Project, and all hosts will receive two pints of the sticky stuff. Yum. We can think of all matters of deliciousness that we could wreak with such honey.

Want to HYOH? Call 215-387-milk, email [email protected] or stop by the market at 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue.

[photo: sustainability2020.com]

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31Mar/100

University City Express: A Short Stop Out West

University City

Taking a break in University City? By trolley, train, bus, or car, University City is a lot closer than you think. Maximize your outing with these must-dos, all of which take up very little time and show off the quick fun that University City has to offer.

In need of a speedy lunch? The Blue Demon Express Lunch at Distrito will zip you through two courses for $15, beverage included. The colorful cantina from Jose Garces guarantees a prompt lunch service, so you can still fit some shrimp ceviche and carnitas tacos into your tight schedule. Vámonos!

Distrito Restaurant, 3945 Chestnut St

When is the last time you've played Skee-ball? It's been an exceedingly long time, but you can always find your childhood favorite at University Pinball, where you can roll a few games in minutes.  Quick history fact? Skee-ball was actually invented in Philadelphia.

University Pinball, 4008 Spruce St

Stop by the Green Line Cafe for...an espresso! You don't have time for that leisurely coffee.  The Green Line Cafe has three locations in University City, so chances are, you're only a few blocks away from one. You can also hit up the Hub Bub Truck, which pulls shots of Stumptown's Hairbender, for an immediate fix.

Green Line Cafe, 4239 Baltimore Avenue (check site for other locations)

Hub Bub Truck, 38th between Spruce and Locust

Hub Bub Truck

Hit up any of the food trucks if you are really short on time. They're quick, cheap, and delicious, and University City's food cart culture is one of the most diverse and largest offered in the country. You can find almost anything and there are plenty of benches and outdoor spaces where you can enjoy your food. From falafel carts to taco trucks to mobile creme brulee purveyors, the options are endless.

Food Truck Dining Guide

Wanna see something cool? The Institute of Contemporary Art is a smallish museum/gallery spot that always has contemporary art exhibits worth checking out from emerging artists. It's not very big, so you can go in and get a few minutes of inspiration without committing to a few hours.

ICA, 118 S. 36th St

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31Mar/100

Our Essential Guide to the Northern Liberties Picnic

Liberty Lands Park

There's no better place for a picnic in Northern Liberties than Liberty Lands Park. For one thing, alcoholic beverages are permitted (you can read the park guidelines at NLNA), and yes, there happens to be an amazing beer boutique just a few blocks away.

  • After selecting a few bottles at the Foodery and perhaps a sandwich from their deli or the grapes and cheese to go, head over to the well-groomed and super friendly park.
  • Pick a sunny day for the best crowd-watching and claim your spot.  We vote for this weekend. You can even reserve a picnic table or the grill ahead of time if you'd like.
  • Make sure your feet are sandal-ready with a pedi from Genesis Salon. (Take him along, too, why should you get to have all the spring beauty ritual fun?)
  • If you bring the dog or kids along, have a way of keeping them entertained and plenty of treats.
  • Pack a blanket, sunscreen, sunglasses, something to read or listen to, and you're all set.
  • Capture an amazing photo of the sunset, your puppy, or your partner when they aren't watching...
  • And our favorite way to end a picnic? On the way home, refresh with some tangy frozen yogurt from Palm Tree Market.

Related:
The Weekend in Northern Liberties: Fleur de Lehigh, Liberty Lands Park, and the Piazza Farmer’s Market

Wacky Weed and Other Wild Things in Northern Liberties

An Hour or Two to Relax at Liberties Walk and Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties

Get Your “Me Time” at Genesis Nail Salon in Northern Liberties

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31Mar/100

4 Bedroom Home for Sale in University City, Philadelphia – Fully Renovated Home w/ Hardwoods & Large Kitchen

4 Bedroom Home for Sale in University City, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620, RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

6111 Vine Street

What a deal! Over 1700 sq feet and fully renovated!

This 3 story home, 4 bedroom with 2 full bathrooms home for sale in University City, Philadelphia has hardwood floors throughout the first floor and hallways.

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Straight thru style property with an extremely large open kitchen. The kitchen and bathrooms are brand new and tiled.

Everything has been redone.

New Electric, Central Heat/Air and plumbing.  The basement has a freshly poured concrete floor and cemented walls. Ready to be finished!

We welcome your visit to this 4 bedroom home for sale in University City, Philadelphia.

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215-400-2620

Remax Access, Northern Liberties

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30Mar/100

Attention Philly Art Sphere: Emerging Artists and Designers

Moore College 2010 Senior Show

    Mark your calendars.  Moore College of Art & Design graduates will set off into the world (and hopefully, the Philadelphia art scene) this spring, but first, they're going to show you what they've got. If you're looking to recruit a few brilliant minds or hoping to purchase some artwork, this is the show to be at.  Enjoy them and employ them. Don't forget to RSVP.
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30Mar/100

Why Do You Love Philadelphia? Answer For a Sweet Prize

Philly in Bloom

You have from now through May 31 to come up with the reason why you're hopelessly devoted to the city of brotherly love. Better make it good.  The city will return the sentiment by giving away a prize each day until the end of the contest.

You can submit your entry at the phila.gov site and winners will be listed at phila.gov/phillyinbloom/. This week's prizes are listed and include: an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Main Line, Ballet X tickets, and $5 Smart Cards from the Philadelphia Parking Authority awarded daily.

We know it's a bit more difficult to love Philly when it's raining, but picture yourself at an outdoor table at Bar Ferdinand. Yep. There it is. Your heart is already thawing.

[photo: phila.gov]

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30Mar/100

Be In On It: Philly Retailers are Reshaping the City

Open House in Washington Square West

Open House in Washington Square West

Vacant storefronts don't stay empty very long in Philadelphia. Instead of giant malls and big box stores, the neighborhoods of Philly are lined with eclectic boutiques and specialty shops. Retail and restaurant business owners, both large and small, are profiled at philadelphiaretail.com, where you can go to find out  more about success stories and how to start a business.

Retail experts like Joan and Ellen Shepp of Joan Shepp boutique and Bill Mignucci, co-owner of Di Bruno Bros. are featured here. Considering the crowds that pack both stores on any given day, they know a thing or two about what their customers want. It's not just Rittenhouse Square that draws in shoppers, however, Philadelphia Retail also makes note of Philly's other retail neighborhoods, like Washington Square and Old City.

Whether you're interested in starting a business or simply curious about how these Philly go-getters made it happen, Philadelphia Retail wants you to Be In On It.

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30Mar/100

Could the “Slice” at Race Street Pier Look Like This?

Rendering for Race Street PierOver the course of design meetings for Race Street Pier, more than 4,000 citizens have shared their view on what they want in a riverfront park.  It's this type of civil engagement that will make the pier a truly useful addition to the cityscape.

Penn Praxis and the Central Delaware Advisory Group are working together on the project with a strong goal in mind: they want to reconnect the city to the waterfront. The design for the pier is being called "The Slice".

There are three different plans they came up with, which will be discussed at a public meeting on April 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Pavilion at Festival Pier.

Each scheme focuses on developing the Slice so that it has social elements like seating, walking paths,  and shade, and plenty of trees and green space. One even introduces the idea of having a beach section with umbrellas.

Which one do you think will best add to the Philadelphia waterfront? Get involved and share your ideas at the public meeting.

You can view the plans and renderings at the Delaware River Waterfront page.

[photo credit: PlanPhilly]

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29Mar/100

Got a Minute? 4 Quick Things To Do in Northern Liberties

Liberties WalkFound yourself in Northern Liberties with some time to spare? Not only is it the ultimate 5-minute community, with a myriad of services, retail destinations, and dining and entertainment options all within a short walk, there is plenty to do in that 5 minutes. Make every minute count with our list of neighborhood quickies.

Enjoy a Swift Half at the aptly-named pub, where a quick half-pinter will only set you back $3. This is a perfect pre-game spot if you're the one who always shows up early when meeting a group of friends for dinner.

Swift Half Pub, 1001 N 2nd St., the Piazza at Schmidts

In need of some immediate relaxation?  Treat yourself to a $1 per minute (minimum of 5 minutes) body massage at Spa East in Liberties Walk. If you find time for anything in your day, let it be this.

Spa East, Liberties Walk at Schmidts

If a massage doesn't release your tension, work in a speedy game of lightning fast air hockey. It'll keep those reflexes honed and challenge any competitive spirits.  You can find the game at North Bowl. By yourself? The pinball machine is calling.

North Bowl, 909 N 2nd St.

Pick up a bouquet of flowers at Beautiful Blooms on Liberties Walk, which is an instant mood boost for you or someone special. They'll have it ready for you in a matter of minutes, and you'll get days of pleasure out of it.

Beautiful Blooms, Liberties Walk at Schmidts

Related:

Swift Half Offers the Ultimate Tailgate

North Bowl Lanes: Trade in your Boots for Bowling Shoes

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29Mar/100

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Port Richmond, Philadelphia – Move-in Ready Home w/ a pass through sun room and Open Living Room

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Port Richmond, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620, RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

3247 Aramingo Avenue

3247 Aramingo Ave - 3 bedroom home for sale in Port Richmond

Spotless 3 bed home for sale in desirable Port Richmond with 1.5 baths and central air. This house needs absolutely NO WORK done to it!

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Pass through a sun room to a big, open living room. Kitchen leads to a large yard. All 3 bed's have ample closet space. Extra large basement is dry and freshly painted. Walking distance to many businesses.

This 3 bedroom home for sale in Port Richmond shows very well. Must see to appreciate!

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Remax Access, Northern Liberties

Contact Ryan Schaffer 267-226-1924, [email protected]

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If interested in buying or selling properties in Philadelphia, contact Chris and Stephanie Somers at [email protected] or 215-400-2612. For investment properties, check out our new investor site at Philly Investor Hub! If interested in checking out our new office in Northern Liberties, let us know !

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Areas of specialty include: Northern Liberties, Old City, Center City, Fishtown, Graduate Hospital, Art Museum, Queen Village, Pennsport, Old Kensington, Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Society Hill, Loft District, Spring Garden and more !

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