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TeA-lightenment: Tea-Infused Juices & Smoothies in Northern Liberties

Meet the newest neighbor in Northern Liberties, Tanya Parker. Tanya Parker moved to Philadelphia just to open this cool juice bar. Of all the neighborhoods she had to choose from she decided Northern Liberties was the best spot for her new business. Thank you Tanya! We welcome her and her yummy organic concoctions to Liberties Walk, in the former Candy Shop. Having tried another local business's juices (Lithe Foods), I have found myself really enjoying the natural flavors and health giving properties in fresh juices, smoothies, and tea infused drinks. Free Wifi too!

On the menu you will find made-to-order juices with snappy names such as "Beet Me Up", "Green Day Live", "Eye Eye Captain", "Light My Fire", "Simply Green" and more!


Shake Your Tailfeather at Ploome in Liberties Walk

ploome liberties walkThe fitness scene here in Philadelphia offers something for literally every body. Here in Northern Liberties alone, there are yoga studios, boxing gyms, martial arts centers, full service gyms, and pilates-inspired classes. You might see people hula hooping in the Piazza. If you're in the mood to try rock climbing, well, there's a spot for that, too.

Yes, we're a fit neighborhood, and we're always ready to welcome a new movement center into the mix.

We're feeling hot right now for Ploome in Liberties Walk,  a movement arts boutique for birds of a different feather: Twisted Pilates, Burning Man Prep School, Fan Dancing, and Channeling Jane Fonda Barre are just a few of the classes on the action-packed schedule. On Sundays, fruit and champagne are served and costumes are encouraged for discounted classes.  So whether you want a serious workout, a fun outside-of-the-box release, or the right balance of both, Ploome will get you going.

Founder Christina Stoltz showed us around and gave Stephanie a run-through on the pilates machines at her cool new studio.

"I hate exercising but Pilates seems to be my calling. Christina at Ploome really knows her stuff. She is patient, knowledgeable and passionate," says Stephanie.

Check out the schedule here and we hope to see you in a class!


Shhh! Our Favorite Philly Speakeasies and the Opportunity to Own One!

In Philadelphia, a speakeasy is not just a bar, although we certainly have a few of those. A speakeasy can be one of those businesses that are passed on through mostly conversation and reputation, that may not even appear to you as you walk by. And when you do finally discover yourself in this special, well-kept secret, you ask yourself "Why was I the last to know?"

One of those spaces that we dare to shed a little blog-light on is Betty's Speakeasy. This local, organic, fair trade confectionery in the Graduate Hospital area is an outlet for cupcakes, fudge, lunch, and even hosts monthly "Speakeasy Dinners".  You may see their cupcakes at places like Bodhi Coffee in Society Hill. But when you finally end up their shop and try a Yard's Saison cupcake with Apricot Buttercream, well, you won't want to share this secret with anyone else.

Another such business, for us, was the Little Candy Shoppe in Liberties Walk. Not many people realized that there was an actual candy store with ice cream and all of the candy you used to eat as a kid up for grabs inside in Northern Liberties. But those that did loved it and spread the word.  Soon enough, Daily Candy had voted it one of the  Top 12 Mom & Pop Candy Shops in the Country, 2011.  This candy shop is actually up for sale, so if you've ever wanted to own your own speakeasy (with sugar the controversial treat of choice!), then here is your chance to get in business!

Hush may sound like a salon tucked in the shadows, but this beauty destination, located on the second story of an historic Old City building, has high profile clients such as John Bolaris from Fox News.  Ask for Ruth or Nick, but don't tell 'em I sent you!

While we love stepping underground to have a cocktail at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., we know there's a good chance we won't always get in. This bar is seats-only, so if there's no room for you, you have to wait until there is for entry.

Head to the back alley (on Ranstead Street) of El Rey Restaurant to have a drink at its sexy, low-key Ranstead Room.  It's incredibly dark inside, so watch your step. The best part? You can order some food from up front. Guacamole by candlelight...there's nothing quite like it.

Can't keep a secret? Spill on your favorite haunts.


Own One of Daily Candy’s Favorite Candy Shops!

Whatever Happens at HUSH Salon Stays at HUSH Salon


[image via Betty's Speakeasy]


Own One of Daily Candy’s Favorite Candy Shops!

All future Willy Wonkas out there, we've got a super SWEET Turn Key Business For Sale! The Little Candy Shoppe located at Liberties Walk, the very same that Daily Candy voted the Top 12 Mom & Pop Candy Shops in the Country, 2011, is up for grabs! The purchase of this DREAM BUSINESS includes:

1) "The Little Candy Shoppe" brand name/integrity/reputation. This business is loved by Northern Liberties for its sweet service and retro selection of favorites that bring out the kid in all of us.

2) Five years of candy-loving clientele.

3) All candy, equipment, fixtures & furniture. The lease will be done separately.

1,000 SF shop w/950 SF  basement workshop/office and outdoor seating. Rear & front entrance, custom shelving, work table, basket making equipment, new fridge/freezer, all food cases, shelving, & furniture. Upgraded w/2 hot water heaters, 3 compartment sink, custom painting, tile work, & more. Inventory & financial documentation available. Free 3 Day Training Consult included. Buy before September & cash in on the Holiday Season. Tap into the lucrative bridal, corporate, & internet world of CANDY.

Location, Location and a little Love. Are You Open For Business? Lease good through 5/31/12 w/same lease terms offered by Liberties Walk Associates, LP.

Please contact the Somers Team for more information.


Beer and a Blowout? Only at DNA Salon in Northern Liberties.

Get Suds in your hair and in your glass at DNA SalonYards Brewing is now the exclusive and  complimentary beer beverage being offered to customers while they get their quaff perfected by one of the talented stylists at the salon in Liberties Walk.

Typically, upscale salons will serve wine and champagne. But the owners of DNA realized that many of their trend-forward discerning clientele chose suds and hops over the grape and bubbly. Come enjoy a cold Yards at your next appointment, Northern Liberties style.


Your Pre-RainCamp Agenda 2010

We are certainly no strangers to the Piazza, it's where our office is located. So we were beyond excited to hear that there will be a blogger meetup on November 29th right here at the Swift Half Pub, the night before RainCamp Philadelphia.

If you plan on attending RainCamp, we strongly urge you to come hang out with us at Swift Half and visit the Piazza the day before. While the location for RainCamp has not yet been announced, we are already trying to guess where it'll be. Could it be in Northern Liberties? We sure hope so, because it's the neighborhood that inspires us so much when it comes to our blog, and whenever we have visitors, we love giving tours of this unique, modern, and totally plugged in area. Northern Liberties is packed with bloggers, photographers, gourmands, and trendsetters, and it's a buzzing hub of information and advanced thinking. It makes perfect sense to begin your RainCamp experience here.

We are ready for the Rain.

So, with all of you RainCampers in mind, we put together a list of some places worth checking out before we meet at Swift Half Pub. Remember that there is free parking for visitors to the Piazza at 2nd and Germantown Ave.

  • First, you should come say hello to us at the Re/Max Office on the 5th floor of the Rialto.We have an amazing view of Northern Liberties and the city beyond and you should definitely bring your camera for some cool photo ops.

  • Do check out Amberella Gallery in the Piazza, which has extended its November exhibition, arrtist Katherine Allan's show Love is a Special Way of Feeling, through Tuesday, November 30th.  Amberella Gallery, 1050 N Hancock St, Suite #62. [image via Amber Lynn Thompson]
  • Need a place to blog and keep your energy up with the neighborhood's best peppermint mochas? One Shot in Liberties Walk, across the street from the Piazza, is your go-to coffeeshop, serving beans from Stumptown.
  • Check in on Foursquare at PYT, the Piazza's burger bar, for a free beer. Better yet, find out what the Burger of the Week is, and order it. You only live once. [image via PYT]

If you somehow manage to do all of these things, we will give you some kind of badge for Unlocking the Piazza. See you on the 29th!

Update: RainCamp will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. For more information, visit Jeff Belonger's link below:

Come party with the Forefathers - RainCamp invades Philadelphia


Read more about the Piazza

Swift Half Offers the Ultimate Tailgate !

A Peek Inside Bloom in Northern Liberties

Meet Your Neighbors: Borrowing a Cup of Sugar

The Piazza…Home of Schmidt’s

Regional Land Use Program of the Year Goes to…the Piazza at Schmidts

What the Piazza Needs Now: Capogiro Gelato


Sonata – A Northern Liberties Delight !

Sonata - A Northern Liberties Delight !

If you have not been to Sonata yet in Northern Liberties, you are in for a treat !  This BYOB has all you can ask for:  a great atmosphere, terrific service and delicious food !  When we were dining outside, folks walked by and exclaimed  "It is in the best food in Northern Liberties ! " And you know what ?  They may be right !

Stephanie and I definitely plan on going back to test other items on the menu.  The night we went we had the blackened  tuna and the sirloin steak for entrees and a wonderful clams casino soup for an appetizer.   The sirloin was so tender I could have sworn it was a filet !  Did I mention they also have a great brunch menu for Saturday and Sunday ?

Outside at Sonata - Northern LibertiesBlackened Tuna at Sonata - Northern Liberties

Sirloin Steak at Sonata - Northern Liberties


A Sneak Peek at Liberties Walk Townhouses from Tower Investments

We were able to get inside of one of Tower Investments' newest rentals, the Liberties Walk Townhouses, during last night's Meet the Builders Tour (which we will provide a full recap of on Monday).

Tina Roberts from Tower was a great tour guide and we thank her for participating and giving our guests some details about the new project.

Set directly behind Liberties Walk on George Street (with the smells of El Camino Real wafting onto the street, yum), the Townhouses are just across the street from the Piazza and right down the block from the new location of One Shot Coffee on George (set to open later this fall). That means you will have some of the greatest scents of the neighborhood perfuming your little section of Northern Liberties heaven.

We especially loved the view of Center City from the deck and the sexy bathroom tile. Well-thought-out bathroom tile gets us every time...

This location is simply fantastic for anyone who wants to have the full Northern Liberties experience with a rental that is bigger in size with a townhouse layout.


19 New Construction Rentals in Northern Liberties from Tower Investments

19 New Construction Rental Units at 2nd and George Streets

Developer: Bart Blatstein

Tower Investment Group is currently developing 19 New Construction residential single family rental properties that circle the Piazza and Liberties Walk. Two of the 19 structures are completed and rented with rental values of $2,500/mo and up.

Stay tuned later today for a wonderful opportunity to meet the builder and tour this New Construction development in Northern Liberties!


Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Philadelphia

Wondering what to do with the kids this summer?  It's not too early to start thinking about it.

  • The young set in Northern Liberties are just like their parents - they dig music and crave their pizza with more adventurous toppings. So we suggest the Kids Summer Concert Series in Liberties Walk, hosted by Home Slice Pizzeria and the Little Candy Shoppe. Both shops will have pizza and ice cream specials during the outdoor Thursday night events, which start at 6 pm.  Suggested donation is $5 and families are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to watch acts like the Lara and Joe Show and others, soon to be announced on the Home Slice Facebook page. It all starts this Thursday, May 13.
  • Keep your Old City kids from chalking up the cobblestone. Come June 1st,  take your lot to Kids Yoga with Lauren at Shanti Yoga Shala, held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:15 pm. That's 45 minutes where you can catch a breather.  We recommend the trashiest novel you can find and an iced tea at nearby Cafe Ole.  By 4:15, your kids should be feeling pretty zen, too.
  • What kid didn't want to join the circus at one point?  Give them a taste of acrobatics that's also an excellent form of exercise at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts' Summer Camp.  Children ages 5-15 are welcome to join the full day program, which is bound to exhaust any adventure seekers in your family.  The program has three summer sessions.

Phone: 215.253.6818