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Watch out for that wind! Izumi umbrella crashes through windshield

During that blast of blustery weather Tuesday night, a patio umbrella at Izumi launched into the air and speared the windshield of a car that was parked out front.

A reader who lives nearby told us that he heard the umbrella hit during a wind gust, then looked out his window and saw it sticking out of the windshield.

He ran outside and snapped this picture after they pulled the projectile out of the glass.

You can see the fountain and Davinci in the background.

You can see the fountain and Davinci in the background.

Yikes. Luckily, we haven’t heard about anyone getting hurt. Crazy stuff, huh?

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Dog bakery/toy shop called Amelie’s Bark Shop coming to fountain building

An online natural dog-treat bakery is going the brick-and-mortar route across the street from the fountain.

Amelie’s Bark Shop is shooting to open this summer at 1544 E. Passyunk Ave. Owner Jackie Starker says she’ll offer natural baked in-house dog treats, as well as eco-friendly pet products from handmade crafters.

Starker, whose online business used to be called Pupcakes, said she outgrew her kitchen. The new business is named after her own dog, Amelie.

There she is with a doggie bandanna ($15 on the Etsy store, where we got this picture)

There she is with a doggie bandanna ($15 on the Etsy store, where we got this picture)

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Sign of the future at Karina’s – in the form of a Brigantessa liquor license

The tell-tale orange liquor license application has appeared in the window of Karina’s, providing some evidence of the BYOB’s move into new digs a stone’s throw away at the fountain.

That little orange square is like a fortune teller.

That little orange square is like a fortune teller.

The move will make way for Brigantessa, an effort by the Le Virtu crew that will occupy both floors of the current Karina’s at 1520 E Passyunk Ave.

In case you hadn’t heard, Karina’s will pop back up next to Fond across from the fountain, in what used to be an accordion shop at 1535 S. 11th St.

If you’re pining for a last meal in Karina’s before it closes, make sure to hit it up at Passyunk Restaurant Week, which will be the last service before the new location opens. They’re doing four courses for $35, and you can find all the menus for restaurant week here.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

More details emerge on Brigantessa, planned for summer opening on Passyunk

Napolitano oven, pic from @Brigantessa_EPA's Twitter

Napolitano oven, pic from @Brigantessa_EPA‘s Twitter

The folks behind the upcoming Brigantessa, which is planned for a summer opening in what is now Karina’s at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., have already commissioned the handmade wood-burning oven that will be the centerpiece of the restaurant.

The heart of the restaurant will be the centrally located wood-burning oven, a show-stopping piece of equipment that is manufactured to order from Italy and hand-made from volcanic ash. Shipped via month-long boat journey directly from Naples, Chef [and co-owner Joe] Cicala and his team will install the enormous oven through a side window, and the entire restaurant will revolve around it, with trained pizzaioli throwing dough and Chef Cicala himself manning the flames.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Spotted: People of the neighborhood at Passyunk and Tasker

The relatively new tenants at the corner house at Passyunk and Tasker like the people in the neighborhood so much, they wanted to show them off to the rest of the world. So, they decided to do a photo set of more than two dozen Passyunk Avenue residents, workers, gadflies and pets and installed the portraits in their windows.

passyunkpeople2

passyunk people2

The photographs were done by Dave Christopher, who lives there with Kate Mellina. The project is a gift of sorts to the neighborhood, and comes with a sweet message:

Whoever said cities aren’t friendly doesn’t live on East Passyunk Avenue! Since moving here last year, we’ve had great fun meeting the people and pets who pass by our windows. So here’s our giant holiday greeting card to the neighborhood. Hope you enjoy it!

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Fountan tree lighting happens tomorrow – and Santa bar crawl next week

With the remainder of turkey day leftovers funkifying in your fridge, it’s time to focus on the true holiday rush – all the Christmas doings along East Passyunk Avenue in the next week.

The tree on last year's event, which drew more than 300 people. Pic by Austin Case.

The tree on last year’s event, which drew more than 300 people. Pic by Austin Case.

Tomorrow night, the fountain at Passyunk and Tasker will be lit as the neighborhood Christmas tree (after it’s transformed into one). The event, from 5 to 7 p.m., comes paired with free food and drinks from some of the surrounding restaurants – think hot chocolate, cookies and small tastes of soup. And yes, Santa will be there.

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has also coordinated extended happy hours at the bars and restaurants and many merchants will be offering special discounts, according to a press release.

Then next week, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the EPABID is hosting its Spirits & Suds with Santa bar crawl at 14 bars and restaurants along Passyunk.

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Karina’s is moving next door to Fond across from the fountain

Karina’s, the Italian-Spanish BYOB that is being replaced by Le Virtu’s Brigantessa, will be moving into the building next to Fond at the East Passyunk fountain.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which owns the building currently housing Karina’s half a block away, made the announcement on their Twitter feed.

The red one in the middle

The red one in the middle will be Karina’s

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