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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

New handmade-gift shop called Knack moving to 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.

Era Atomica has only been out of 1726 E. Passyunk Ave. for two weeks, and already a new store is set to move in.

It's the brown one on the right, next to Fringe Salon.

It’s the brown one on the right, next to Fringe Salon.

A gift shop called Knack will specialize in handmade goods locally made (not to be confused with the ever-charming Nice Things Handmade across the street). Owner Jen Pirrone says she hopes to open in the last weekend of March.

“Just about everything I will stock in my store is made by artisans and crafters that live in (or have lived in), work in or just love Philadelphia and the surrounding areas,” Pirrone said.

The shop also plans to offer small crafting classes taught by the artists themselves, as well as free coffee and tea for shoppers.

Pirrone says the grand opening weekend will be March 29 and 30. Get to work, Jen. You only have a few weeks!

Era Atomica moved about a block away into a much bigger space at 1835 E. Passyunk Ave.

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5 Responses to New handmade-gift shop called Knack moving to 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.

  1. Tami March 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Totally not cool. Nice Things is right across the street and has been there forever. There is no need for a copy cat business.

    • Albert Stumm March 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      Really? I kind of think of it as complementary. You know, making a handmade gift destination out of the avenue. Does that make sense?

    • AnthonyG March 13, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      LOL! Not cool?? I shop Nice Things, they’re great. They have not been there “forever”, unless your world view goes back like 5 years.

      Maybe there should be “one resturaunt per block” rule?

      • Cassidi March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

        I think having many thriving and diverse businesses in the neighbor is great! But having two of the same very specialized shops across the street from each other is kind of weird. It would be one thing if this shop was even a few blocks down but being across the street? I just wish something different would have gone in there to help keep the neighborhood more well rounded. I work and live in this area and I think we need more options then fancy restaurants, salons, nail salons, and now 3 handmade gift shops.

  2. Kathy March 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    I say the more the merrier. Us makers need more options to sell our wares, and competition goes a long way in keeping businesses honest.

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