Luckily, with the support and good will of the community (and a nearby vacant storefront) owner Chelsea Peace, is back in business. While waiting for her landlord to deal with the smoke, water and structural damage at the old location, Pearce was recently able to open a pop-up store directly across the street at 749 S. 4th St.
Right now the plan is to stay at the new location until the end of August (“hopefully” she said) and if all goes according to plan the store will move back to it’s original location in September. But this is Philadelphia so don’t hold your breath.
No matter what happens, Pearce says that the incredible outpouring of support by the community for the firemen as well as her business has made her determined to find a way to stay in the neighborhood.
Pearce is planning a re-opening fundraising event with a portion of sales going to those affected by the fire on July 12. The event is from 5 – 9 pm with all new merchandise and plenty of summer clothes, shoes and handcrafted jewelry to choose from. Sign up for their mailing list to be notified of details.
Moon and Arrow, which will be open Wednesdays through Sundays noon to 7 p.m., will also have a booth at the Philly Brooklyn Flea during July & August.
Three other Fabric Row businesses were also displaced and according to Hidden City, have popped up nearby.
Jacks B. Fabrics, where the first started and whose original building is now a hole in the ground, also moved to a temporary location across the street.
Jack’s plans to rebuild on the same spot and reopen within a year, Hidden City said.
Urban Princess, next door to Jack’s, traveled less than two blocks north just below South Street. And Platinum Real Estate next to that is still operating in the field, though not out of a storefront until things get repaired.
- Martha Rich, martharich.com