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Former Tom’s Prime Meats making way for women’s clothing store

The tattered rags that make up the Tom’s Prime Meats sign at the old butcher shop will soon be coming down, making way for a women’s clothing shop called Miss Demeanor.

A mother-daughter team that runs a store by the same name in Cape May plans to open a second location at 1729 E. Passyunk Ave., according to their realtor, Daniel Baer of City Space.

Miss Demeanor Tom's meats

Tom’s Prime Meats has junked up the 1700 block of East Passyunk since before it closed in summer 2012. The new owners plan to completely renovate the building, said Baer. The women “have quite the following in the city, with friends, family, and regular shore patrons, so their is already a lot of excitement for them to bring the store to the city,” he said.

According to a statement from the owners:

“We’ve curated a collection of clothing and accessories from the Americas, dealing directly from the provider when possible. Miss Demeanor has clothes to get you through a day at the beach. Happy hour, first date, dinner with the girls, bbq, outdoor wedding? No problem, we’ve got that covered.”

They hope to be ready to go in the fall. Find the Facebook page for their Cape May shop here.

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23 Responses to Former Tom’s Prime Meats making way for women’s clothing store

  1. enneirda June 3, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    CAN’T WAIT!!!

  2. AnthonyG June 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Nice that something is going in, especially people with another location in operation. Though, part of me was really hoping another butcher would take the space.

    • rob June 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • ProvWitout June 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      I agree… I was also hoping a skilled but personable butcher would take the space and deliver some quality product…

  3. SH June 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    meh, I wish this was turned into a decent butcher shop.

  4. CheekyOne June 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Well its nice to see something in it’s place..but i think whoever wrote this little snip of news..sounds snobish to me.. Tom’s Junked up the area? Yeah.. Toms was there for ages..yeah its got an old look..and it was from a time you had people buying real food.not clorox soaked supermarket meat laying for days…my mom did..her friends did..its the days when even the Italian Market was really an Italian Market..i’d also would rather had seen a nice butcher shop again..not just another hippy dippy type store that fits the ‘new’ hipster look that really is of no appeal to those who’ve lived in the more for those who come from the burbs or center city..

    • Albert Stumm June 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

      I wrote it, and I would also like to have a good butcher. But that guy was incredibly rude, and the front of his store looked like shit for several years before he finally closed in 2012. If that makes me a snob for saying so, then so be it.

      • fast eddie June 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

        Ask Billy Motto, Passyunk Ave. Crime Lord, for an interview and get back to me.

        He, Vinnie Fumo, and Stevie Vento owned Passyunk Ave. when you were in diapers.

    • Art June 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! They are stripping the character out of the old avenue. Why can’t people learn to appreciate the place they are in without removing every semblance of what it once was.

      • AnthonyG June 4, 2014 at 11:35 am #

        @Art, are you oblivious? Tom, who lived in NJ, closed his butcher shop. He ditched Passyunk Ave. Nothing was ‘removed”.

    • Christian June 4, 2014 at 7:04 am #

      The old guard on the avenue (think Avenue Cheese) better step up its customer service skills or more will be going the way of the butcher. The old moms and dads who supported these stores are either dying off or enjoying their flight in South Jersey.

  5. Joecarpenter June 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Your a idiot cheekyone the more people in the neighborhood the better. More business that care and people who care. You should move to south jersey. People like you are negative and never have anything positive to say.

  6. spf5000 June 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Women’s clothing? The South Street-ification of East Passyunk Avenue continues. At least Ippolito’s now has meat.

    • jr June 4, 2014 at 6:31 am #

      agreed. what a lame development.

  7. Tiny Tim June 4, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Want more neighborhood serving retail? Shop at those places.

  8. SC June 4, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    God forbid a new clothing store replace an abandoned butcher shop. Guess we should leave all the rotting abandoned stores in place instead of breathing new life into them. That’d be a good way to keep the Avenue lively and full of people.

  9. Bubba June 6, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I hope they keep the rounded front window, and even consider using the existing display case in the front window. It is pretty amazing and it would be a shame if it were renovated away.

  10. DaveFame June 8, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    If you have a good product and good customer service people will patronize your business. It does not matter if you are old school or new schooI. I went in there a couple of times and and the display cases were always 2/3 empty. He never had what I was looking for so i would settle on what he had. Then I found Joey Joe’s (R.I.P) and didn’t have to go to Tom’s anymore. But now Joey Joe’s is closed, anyone have a recommendation for a butcher in the neighborhood???

  11. Siem Trap June 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    wish it was still a butcher shop…It will be vacant again in 5 years when all these transplants move back to jersey

    • AnthonyG June 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Uh… Siem Trap? You do realize that the store was vacated by Tom’s son, who LIVES IN NJ?! He inherited the store, moved to NJ, and let the business die.Your understanding of business on the Avenue is backwards.

  12. Patrick June 12, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I don’t have strong feelings on the tenant, but I agree with some here that the architectural character of Passyunk Ave is slowly being stripped away. It would be wonderful if the new owners can make efforts to maintain or restore the rounded glass and neon storefront.

  13. Enzo June 13, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I wish they would at least restore the old storefront. There are very few intact original storefronts from the early days of the Avenue. Termini’s and Marra’s re-did theirs recently, its very important to maintain the character of the neighborhood.

  14. Alane June 13, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I would love to see the façade of this little store fixed up to look original. Passyunk’s charm is that is retains it’s old school vibe. Especially with Era Atomica and Marra’s, having this butcher shop’s façade restored would make it blend better and maintain it’s charm. I agree, we don’t want Passyunk turning into South Street!!

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