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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Sit and Spin Records shop opens at 9th and Reed

Audiophiles rejoice! This past weekend independent record label Sit and Spin Records celebrated the grand opening of their new shop at 9th and Reed.

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Sit and Spin records/Glass on Glass at 1346 S. 9th St.

The new store shares the space at 1346 South 9th St. with Glass on Glass, a head shop that stocks all its pieces for, you know, tobacco, in the back.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

New dads meetup goes down at Watkins Drinkery on Thursday

In the mood for some adult conversation after spending most of your time baby-talking your way through meals? Then you’re in luck.

A new group called South Philly Parents Resource Center is hosting a “Dads Night Out” on Thursday at Watkins Drinkery at 10th and Watkins, about half a block down from Fountain Porter.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. and you’ll get 10 percent off food and drinks. SPPRC hopes to link parents together as a way of strengthening the neighborhood as a whole. Beer brings strength too, especially to dads.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West 

Dickinson Narrows out. Dickinson Square West in

On Tuesday, by a vote of 16-13, Dickinson Narrows Civic Association voted to change its name to Dickinson Square West Civic Association. The civic, covering the area from Washington to Mifflin between 4th and 6th, followed Washington Square West’s lead by selecting a moniker referencing a public space adjacent to, but not located in, the boundaries of the neighborhood.

Out with the old. The new is pending

Two other names were considered but received no votes: West Moyamensing and SoPhia.

DNCA president Jeff Wiesner explained that the name change was proposed due to feedback from the residents, and the civic wished to consider public input before deciding on a name. It was also noted that if a name change were to occur, “now is the time to do it,” as the civic is still finalizing its bylaws and filing for 501(c)(3) status.

Several longtime residents were in attendance and voiced their concerns with the proposal, but Mr. Hicks assured them that the name change in no way diminished or disrespected the residents’ prior contributions to the neighborhood and the association.

The Dickinson Square West Civic Association holds its general meetings every third Tuesday of the month at Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church, 410 Wharton Street.

- Dan Carr
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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

New Autumn mural looks even better without scaffolding

Last month we tipped you off that the new mural at the Fleisher Art Memorial near 7th and Catharine was nearly completed. Well, ta da!

That black box is a window

The new mural was based on a “reenvisioning” of the old one at 9th and Bainbridge, which was covered up by a new house. A dedication is planned for the spring. Not the autumn.

- Dan Carr
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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

New Autumn mural nearly finished on Fleisher Art Memorial

Fans of David Guinn’s now-covered Autumn mural (a landmark at 9th & Bainbridge for over a decade) will be happy to know that work on the artist’s “re-envisioning” of that mural is nearing completion.

The new Autumn at Fleisher Art Memorial

Tomorrow the scaffolding will be removed from the wall of the Fleisher Art Memorial on Catharine Street near 7th to reveal Guinn’s newest piece. This partnership with the city’s Mural Arts Program aims to better integrate the wall of Fleisher with adjacent Palumbo Park.

The artist based the trees in the mural on the trees in the park. There are three children painted to connect the mural with its original iteration: A child, who was a toddler in the original, is painted as the 13-year-old she is today, along with her brother, who was born during the painting of the original, and a baby, who is the artist’s daughter.

Guinn says that it was a “great honor” to paint the wall of Fleisher, having taken classes there as a child. He chose a “painterly” style for this mural, different than the pixelated style of his other murals, because it was better suited for its location and to reflect the “brushwork of the artist.”

A dedication is planned for the spring, but no date has been set.

A little somethin’ extra across the park
The old Autumn mural 

- Dan Carr
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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Global Crepes and Shakes coming (soon?) to 9th near Pat’s

Do you prefer crepes to cheesesteaks? Would you opt for goat cheese over cheez wiz? If you answered yes to either question, then you’re in luck (and have excellent taste).

Crepes are on their way

An opening date has not yet been set, but Liza Iezzi is set to open “Global Crepes and Local Shakes” in the currently vacant storefront at 1309 S. 9th Street, about half a block south of Pat’s. Her menu will include crepes, waffles, salads, coffee, and even some Japanese items. She wants to provide customers a healthy option in the neighborhood known for beef-and-cheese cuisine. PSCA zoning committee approved her submission in August, but an opening date has not yet been set. Contractors began interior work last month and she hopes to hear from L&I regarding inspections later this winter.

Liza chose the location because her grandfather owned a shop at 11th & Christian and she wanted to get back into South Philly and “make good food for people.”

If you’re eager for a sneak peek, get over to the city’s Christmas Village at Love Park where Liza offers “delicious, freshly-made sweet and savory crepes, and baked waffles topped with Nutella, whipped cream, bananas, and caramel.” More information about the Christmas Village can be found here.

And to get the drool really going, here’s a list of potential menus items that the Passyunk Square Civic posted on its Facebook page:

-Picadillo (cuban beef)
-A vegetarian crepe with spinach & caramelized onions (with or without cheese)
-Mascarpone & strawberry preserves
-White chocolate & raspberry
-Brie & sweet fig
-Dark chocolate & orange zest
-Bananas, chocolate, & coconut
-Daily specials the whole month long including Nutella & ‘Bananutella’ crepes!

- Dan Carr
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