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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Has Blue Belly BBQ bitten the dust? Yes (updated)

Could the absence of the smoky smell of barbecuing meat wafting down 6th Street signal the demise of Blue Belly BBQ at 600 Catharine St.?

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Butcher paper is up in the windows and there are dead plants inside.

We emailed them the see what’s up but haven’t heard back. The restaurant’s phone message says they would be closed from March 19 to April 1 for vacation.  That’s a bit long to extend a vacation.

UPDATE: We heard back this morning from co-owner Amy Giuffi:

We have decided to close.  We are considering reconceptualizing. Generally speaking, we were busy on weekend dinners,  but lunch and weekdays never got going to the degree we had needed to hit enough volume.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Queen Village 

Calling all artists for South Street spring festival, May 3

Did you spend your winter hibernation knitting socks and sweaters? Building bird houses? Painting masterpieces?

Avoid the need for a storage unit and apply for a booth at the May 3 Spring Festival on South Street. It’s the perfect place for local artists and craftspeople to get their creative genius in front of throngs of happy spring revelers with money to spend!

Pic of 2013's Spring Festival via South Street Headhouse District's Facebook page

Pic of 2013′s Spring Festival via South Street Headhouse District’s Facebook page

And of course, the festival will also include plenty of booze and food, plus a kids zone, live music on three stages stretched out along South Street between Front and 8th. This year’s event will be the city’s largest block party.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

For Pete’s Sake at Front and Christian expanding to second floor

For Pete’s Sake, the longtime taproom holding down the corner at Front and Christian, is planning to bust through its ceiling to take over the second floor of the building.

From Streetview

From Streetview

Representatives from the pub, at 900 S. Front St., went before the Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning committee last week to present revisions to the planned expansion, which includes extending the restaurant to the second floor and creating offices and storage space on the third floor.

At the previous zoning meeting, neighbors had concerns about parking, garbage disposal (mainly excessive cardboard loose and blowing down the street) and the unsightly mechanical equipment on the 2nd-floor outside area.

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Reminder: Spring Clean tomorrow, April 5, at sites across the city

In case you forgot, we’re going to remind you.

The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) has designated tomorrow, April 5, to kick-off its annual Philadelphia-wide spring cleaning effort. And as you can see from this map, there are dozens of places where you can volunteer to scrub the grime left by this historically shitty winter.

Click the map to go to the city's project volunteer site for more information.

Click the map to go to the city’s project volunteer site for more information.

Projects generally go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but if you can’t make it to an organized effort, just take a few minutes to sweep up in front of your house. That flattened milk jug that’s been on next to your stoop since January ain’t gonna pick itself up.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Queen Village 

First Pics: The Soap Box natural cleaning-products shop opens at 616 S. 6th St.

The birds are chirping and the daffodils are blooming, well they’re supposed to be. Grumpy winter complaining aside, these rites of passage signal it’s time for spring cleaning.

For those of you interested in green, chemical-free cleaning products to get rid of the salty winter grime you tracked inside, you are in luck. The Soap Box, which opened in December at 616 S. 6th St., carries a line of all-natural cleaning products created in-house by owner Ginger Kuczowicz.

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Kuczowicz, co-founder of Holistic Home, a green cleaning company, began making her own products at home for her employees to use after her concerns grew about the harsh chemicals in most cleaning products.

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