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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Inspections temporarily close local businesses

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Clean Plates Philly” report for April included three South Philadelphia establishments that were temporarily closed for assorted violations.

As the article notes: “Inspectors visit nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every two weeks. Each inspection is generally regarded as a snapshot in time, and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions. Most violations were corrected immediately in the presence of an inspector.”

Read details about the three sites in South Philly that were temporarily closed in the the monthly summary. Or click on the names below to see the actual inspection report. Before delving into the inspection report it helps to read this first.

K & L Store – 2324 S 7th St. From Google Maps

Snyder Retail
1849 S 12th St.
9 violations; none serious

K & L Store
2324 S 7th St
12 violations, 4 serious

Farm House Grocery
2553 S 7th St.
12 violations, 1 serious

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

Lipkin’s Bakery returns to South Philly

by Sandy Smith

When the Lipkin family started their kosher bakery at Fourth and McKean streets many decades ago, the neighborhood surrounding it was 90 percent Jewish.

Photo from www.lipkinsoriginalbakery.com

By the time Mitch Lipkin moved it to Northeast Philly’s Rhawnhurst section in 1975, most of those Jews had moved elsewhere.

“I think Mitch figured that only Jews would eat their products, so he moved it up to the Northeast, which was heavily Jewish then,” said Lipkin’s current owner, Steven Nawalany.

Nawalany had been a Lipkin’s customer for 50 years, and he liked it so much, he bought it from Mitch in 2016. Now he’s returning the bakery to its South Philly roots because he discovered to his delight that Mitch Lipkin was wrong: you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy kosher baked goods.

 Lipkin’s return to South Philly, with a retail store at 2153 S. Hancock St., has generated an enthusiastic response from the bakery’s many fans, Jewish and otherwise, and it hasn’t even opened yet. Nawalany is awaiting final inspection from the Health Department and expects to open the store’s doors in the next few weeks.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Escape the 1980s on E. Passyunk Ave. to close, residential units coming soon

Escape the 1980s, one of the city’s top escape rooms, will close its location at 1804 E. Passyunk Ave. on June 30th.  The business opened in August of 2015 in a former pharmacy that had been vacant for at least five years. According to a press release announcing the closure: “Building owner Vince DiBacco plans to develop a luxury condo unit[s] and [a] storefront. Construction will begin July 2018.”

Photo of 1804 E Passyunk Ave. captured by Google Street View before the trees were added out front.

The changes to the building required a zoning variance and were vetted at a public meeting of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association zoning committee on January 11, 2017. Plans call for the addition of a third floor to create three dwelling units above the first-floor retail space.  Roof decks (more akin to balconies) would be added to the back of the building above the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.  The top floor deck is initially permitted for maintenance purposes only.

The presenter, Ron Patterson, attorney for the owner, said the third floor facade will feature “a metal panel with wood slats. Lighting and a small canopy will accentuate the residential entrance.”  The plans were approved by the community and EPX zoning committee.

At the time the plans were presented, Escape the 1980s, which obtained an “assembly and entertainment” permit in 2016, was to remain as the tenant. According to their website, the business now hopes to relocate and add an Escape the 1990s room as well.

Photo of a group enjoying Escape the 1980s, courtesy of TripAdvisor

Escape the 1980s is an interactive game where 2-12 players figure out clues and codes to unlock doors and get through an 80s themed adventure. The award-winning game, conceived by Steel Owl Productions, was built in the summer of 2015 by Philly artists, programmers and engineers. It’s been featured in dozens of publications including USA Today and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

If you’d like to check it out before June 30th, go here.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly :  Bella Vista 

Spring Wellness Day at The Healing Arts Collective & South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture

By CT Liotta for the Passyunk Post

The Healing Arts Collective and South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture will host Spring Wellness Day at 519 S. 9th Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 21 from 12 to 4 p.m. Registration is free at www.healingartscollective-pa.com.

The day will feature food and drinks, community acupuncture, massage and bodywork, sound healing, reiki, yoga, pilates, Gyrotonic and meditation. Guests can win free services and classes and receive discounts good for future visits.

Adrian King, a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga instructor, founded the collective to offer holistic medicine and wellness services in South Philadelphia. “The focus of the collective is CAM, or complementary alternative medicine,” said King. “It’s not meant to replace going to the doctor, but to be part of an overall wellness plan.”

Heidi Lengel, a certified counsellor specializing in maternal mental health, agrees. “Many of us specialize in issues across the perinatal spectrum, treating everything from fertility difficulties to postnatal obstacles. It’s wonderful to work with other doctors and practitioners, and cross-refer and collaborate. Mental tension leads to physical tension. Fostering wellness in the mind fosters wellness in the body. We have to look at the holistic picture.”

Since its early days, the number of practitioners in the Healing Arts Collective has grown. Each practitioner brings a different service. Often, those drawn in by pilates or massage discover Gyrotonics, Sound Journey, or meditation services less-known to Western customers.

South Philly Community Acupuncture

The Healing Arts Collective recently welcomed South Philly Community Acupuncture. Founded in 2007 by Lauren O’Brien Buckley, a licensed Acupuncturist, the group has been a part of South Philadelphia since 2007 when it opened offices on East Passyunk Ave. Buckley and her associates offer both private and community acupuncture sessions. “The private sessions are longer, but the community sessions make acupuncture affordable to people of all income levels – one goal of South Philly Community Acupuncture,” said Buckley. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Tildie’s Toy Box Celebrates 1 Year on East Passyunk Avenue

Tildie’s Toy Box is celebrating one year on East Passyunk with a fun event featuring Crazy Aaron, the founder and inventor of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. We spoke with Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh about owning a toy store, running a business in Philadelphia and parenthood.

Tildie's Toy Box Celebrates 1 Year on East Passyunk Avenue
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