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New Coffee Shop Opening on East Passyunk

Just in time to keep us fueled-up during the darkest days of the year, a new coffee shop is opening its doors on the Avenue this morning. Jennifer Santore and her aunt, Valerie, will run Ground Up at 1926 East Passyunk Avenue. The site was most recently home to Vin Cafe.

Window signage before opening.

Jennifer grew up with family in the hospitality industry and attended culinary school with the goal of someday becoming a small business owner.  With deep roots in South Philly, she found there was no better place to open an establishment of her own than along the Avenue.

The interior. 

Ground Up will be open daily from 7 am – 3 pm serving coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, along with pastries and bagels from Rockland Bakery out of New York, where Jennifer’s uncle works.  With Jennifer’s background in cooking, she plans to expand the menu over time.

The coffee shop will seat about 24 and has window counter seats with charging stations so you don’t have to awkwardly crawl under a neighbor’s table to plug in your laptop. So swing by Ground Up this week on your way to work or while shopping along the Avenue and welcome Jennifer to the neighborhood.


Ground Up
1926 East Passyunk Avenue
Open Daily, 7 am – 3 pm

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4 Responses to New Coffee Shop Opening on East Passyunk

  1. MP December 10, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    I wish her much luck. I am curious when individuals open coffee shops on Passyunk, what type of market research shows that another coffee shop is needed when there are a multitude of coffee shops within a half mile.

    • Passyunk Easter December 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      You think most of these small businesses do market research?…

    • Todd December 30, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      Strolling around the neighborhood recently, it seemed to me there were a lot of places CALLED coffee shops, but They tend to put off a restaurant vibe. I found myself peering in the windows trying to decide if the folks would welcome a visitor seeking to kill time over a good of coffee without ordering food. This is my way of saying that there’s still room for coffee shops to offer something different, and businesses that give us a place to hang out and foster human interaction on the Avenue are alright by me.

  2. Cindy December 10, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    Great place to go relax and have a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, espresso, lattes and a little bunch of love. All kinds of great pastry’s you can think of. Along with bagels and muffins. You have to stop by to see how unique and quaint this place is. Good luck and love always!!!!!

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