Call it old-school crowd sourcing.
Freddie Renzulli, the owner(-ish, see below) of a building under renovation at 1830 E. Passyunk Ave., wants to open a business there. He’s just not sure what, exactly, so he put a suggestion box out front to see what the neighborhood wants.
|1830 E. Passyunk Ave. So festive, and open to suggestions|
For months, brown paper has covered the windows on the building, which used to house the Airbrush Place that is being renovated up the block. For much of that time, a crudely drawn sign on the paper said that office space was coming soon.
Instead of building an office, Renzulli cut a hole in the paper and installed a TV, which was playing Charlie Brown’s Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation the two times we passed by. He told us he wanted to draw attention to the storefront.
Well, it worked. Now you just have to tell him what he should to do with it by dropping off a suggestion in the wooden box.
|Is that Linus?|
He said he’d rather open his own business than rent it out because he knows no business owner in their right mind would sign a lease. The ownership of the building is actually in dispute, embroiled in a family drama involving the owners of 12 Steps Down at 9th and Christian, which Foobooz detailed about a year ago.
Renzulli and his sister Danielle bought that bar in 2002 but parted ways in 2011. Foobooz reported that she has a restraining order against him, so, yeah. That’s a bad split.So, what should go in there? And what do you think of his method?