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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Opportunity piles up on Snyder Ave. as Superior Plumbing Supply plans to close

The Superior Plumbing Supply shop at 1218 Snyder Ave. will be closing at the end of September, according to the shop owner, who dished all about it when we went in recently to purchase a sidewalk grate. The phone number is already disconnected.

Google streetview screen grab

Google streetview screen grab

If you’ve never seen the store, it occupies one of the largest commercial spaces on Snyder Avenue, with toilets, sinks, and miscellaneous plumbing materials lining the window display. Above the shop are three floors of apartments.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Rumor Mill: Coffee shop coming to 13th and Snyder?

Not so fast.

Remember the abandoned “South Philadelphia Shipping Center” building on the corner of 13th and Snyder Avenue?

The view last week. Say hi, sir

The view last week. Say hi, sir

Well, it’s being renovated. After we posted about an architect’s office coming to Snyder and Juniper, we kept hearing rumors that a coffee shop was going to the 13th Street corner. But unfortunately, the “For Rent” signs in the window indicate it is still available, which the owner of the building confirmed.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Abandoned 13th and Snyder building finally getting renovated

The abandoned building next to Nick’s Charcoal Pit on SnyderAvenue seems to be getting a facelift. According to this listing on Trulia, the building at 1244 Snyder Avenue was sold on Dec. 4 for $205,000

Finally some activity at 1244 Snyder Ave

The old “South Philadelphia Shipping Center” sign is still attached to the side of the building, although that business hasn’t been open for quite some time. The building has been boarded up for years, so this is great news for this part of Snyder.

Construction workers began working on the building this week, but no permits were posted outside, and nothing was listed on the city’s website.

Maybe it’s just getting gutted right now for a better use in the future. Now if we can just get some activity in the old medical supply store half a block away, the East Passyunk boom can start spreading onto Snyder and beyond. Here’s hoping.

-Austin Case, @arcase

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Era Atomica being featured in a commercial

“NO STOPPING” signs were posted outside Era Atomica at 1726 E. Passyunk Avenue for Tuesday, Dec. 11. Turns out, Era Atomica is the site of a commercial for a Philadelphia-based Digital Filing System Company, NEAT.

A fellow East Passyunk resident and local producer fell in love with the shop for its vintage home-y feel and recommended the location to the client, NEAT, for the commercial. Hair and make-up will be setup in the back room of the store, while the commercial will be shot in the front.

The storyboard features a store owner with lots of clutter except for his Digital Filing System machine that solves the problem of disorganization by “transforming paper into useful digital information, and giving your scattered digital files a home.”

“If you happen to walk by the store tonight or tomorrow, you may notice a ‘For Rent’ sign in the stores front window, as well as all the holiday décor removed” says Taryn, staff member at Era Atomica, but she wants customers to know it is for the commercial shoot.

The production starts at 7:30 a.m. and should wrap up by 3 p.m. Taryn hopes East Passyunkers will avoid interrupting the shoot in hopes that it runs smoothly and on time. The store will open up for regular business around 4 p.m.

-Austin Case, @arcase
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Snyder Avenue medical supply store closes

Yikes. Not looking so good

If you ever venture over to Snyder Avenue and Juniper Street, you’ve probably noticed (or didn’t) a small corner store selling medical supplies, Accu Care, Inc. The store windows often feature boxes, medical shoes, and, frankly, junk.

But on Tuesday handmade signs popped up in the window at 1325 Snyder Ave. that read “Everything must go, Mon + Tues, Dec. 3 + 4 + 6, 10am” and “Medical Supplies and Furniture for Sale.”

Similarly, King of Jeans recently had an “all must go today” sale in preparation for the building to be turned into apartments, but their remaining merchandise was arguably a little more fun. Although there is no indication that this corner building has been sold – city records show it was last sold in 1993- it sure needs a renovation.

The facade paint is chipping, the side has some graffiti and the inside could use some TLC. We called the number listed for the shop, but there was no answer or voicemail option.

We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything new with this building. In the meantime, anyone wanna expand the East Passyunk boom a little south?

- Pics and words by Austin Case, @arcase

But where will we get our medical supplies?
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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Passyunk Christmas tree lighting brings out the masses

More than 300 neighbors and visitors poured onto the streets around the fountain last night for the Christmas Tree Lighting on Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street. As we told you last week, the street was closed off to cars and the block surrounding the fountain was bustling with couples, families, dogs and the big man himself, Santa.

Businesses along the Avenue provided free food and drinks for attendees. The hot chocolate from Black N Brew was the most popular treat given the chilly temperature. Stateside was offering a free cocktail, Belle Cakery gave out cookies and Ms. Goody Cupcake slung their treats, plus more, all for free.
The students of the Andrew Jackson School rock band played holiday classics while patrons waited for the tree to be lit. At 5:30 sharp, the countdown started and the tree lit up. Children cheered and singing filled the air well past the lighting. A group of youngsters from the Alphabet Academy hit center stage with Santa, while their parents watched in enjoyment.
The shops, street lights and houses along the Avenue are making East Passyunk start to look a lot like Christmas. For more Christmas spirit, check out this link for a line-up of the EPABID’s Deck the Avenue festivities,  running all month long.
- Pics and words by Austin Case, @arcase
Treats from Belle Cakery
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