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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Together at last: Coffee and pizza joint opens on Broad Street

Opheliya’s Coffee and Pizza opened earlier this month at 2124 S. Broad St., and as you can guess by the name, it’s not the typical pizza joint.

Opheliya's coffee and pizza (2)

Owner Will Mamedoly opened the restaurant because he likes coffee and pizza, but most of all he wants to sell coffee and pizza at affordable prices. He buys the coffee from LaRoca by D & L Coffee , but he plans on branching out to bring in Costa Rica red bean from a friend’s plantation.

The dough is hand-tossed and the sauce is made from scratch. Mamedoly described the sauce as sweeter than other sauces. ”I want to put the labor in it,” he said.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing 

Indonesian organic hair salon opens on Snyder

Natural & Organix, an Indonesian hair salon specializing in organic hair treatments,  soft opened at 1205 Snyder Ave last week.

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Everything is organic, and they focus on hair cuts, deep hair conditioning and skin treatments instead of highlights, said manager Fourina Rockhill.

Rockhill said the body scrubs come from Indonesia, and the hair products come from local providers. She describes their shampoos and conditioners as friendlier for the hair than hair dyes and other damaging products in many other salons.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Italian Market festival kicks off this weekend

On May 17 and 18, the already bustling Italian Market will be even more busy with the “Best of Philly” 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

Italian Market festival courtesy of Uwishunu.

Italian Market festival collage via of Uwishunu.

Ninth Street from Fitzwater to Federal streets will be closed to vehicle traffic due to festivities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, rain or shine. As the city’s best-attended block party, festival-goers get to enjoy a weekend full of flavors and sights from the Italian Market shops, the Annual Procession of Saints on Sunday, Mexican-American treats and four stages of entertainment.

Festival-goers should also expect the lineup to include the John Marzano Half Ball Tournament on Saturday, contests, a beer and wine garden and DiBruno Bros’ 75th Anniversary Celebration.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

First Pics: Green Aisle Grocery opens second location in former juice bar

Sadly, !Juice! didn’t last long at 2241 Grays Ferry Ave. But it may be a net gain for the neighborhood as East Passyunk’s Green Aisle Grocery opened its second location in the former juice bar.

Owner Adam Erace said the new location is 1,000 square feet, about four times the size of the original at 1618 East Passyunk Ave. The bigger space also lets Erace and company spread its wings a bit. The Grays Ferry location has a kitchen to prepare foods such as salads, preserves, pickles, nut butters, hot sauce and more. Eventually, Erace plans on selling the prepared foods at the Passyunk store, as well.

“It will give us space to produce our private label line,” Erace said.

The new branch is 1,000 square feet.

The new branch is 1,000 square feet.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Vanilya bakery opens at 1611 E. Passyunk Ave.

The long-awaited Vanilya Bakery has finally opened at 1611 E. Passyunk Ave. in place of the former La Piu Bella bridal shop.

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Vanilya was ready for its grand opening on Friday.

Way back in October 2012, we reported that a bakery would be coming to this space, and lo and behold, owner Bonnie Sarana Noll pulled the paper off the windows last week on her shop. It is a special-occasion bakery (wedding cakes, birthday cakes, more) that also will sell individual desserts like cookies, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, cheesecake and two or three kinds of cupcakes with a flavor of the day.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Cafe Ynez opens at 2025 Washington Ave. Check out the menu

Cafe Ynez, a new Mexican cafe, opened at 2025 Washington Ave. last week with a variety of Mexican dishes and coffee drinks that are scarce along the avenue.

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The restaurant takes over the space that was Cafe L’Aube in the NextFab Studio maker space. Owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone also own Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 on South Street West.

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Cafe Ynez opened last week and sells a variety of coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.

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