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Win FOUR free tickets to the Escape the 1980s game on Passyunk Ave.

Escape The 1980s opened games to the public this month at 1804 E. Passyunk Ave. with a concept that crosses a scavenger hunt, a detective show … and time travel.

And the best part is, we’re giving away a pack of FOUR free tickets.

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To enter the contest, just sign up for our weekly newsletter by clicking here. You can enter for another chance to win by finding this post on our Facebook page and liking it. The winner of four tickets will be selected from our newsletter subscribers and the entrants on Facebook on Friday.

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. Artists, programmers and engineers built it to take participants through a retro mini-mall where they utilize old-school technology, interactive codes, and clues to escape the era of AquaNet.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Buckingham Winery opening tasting room, cheese shop at 1841 E. Passyunk Ave

A Pennsylvania winery plans to open what appears to be the city’s first wine and cheese shop at 1841 E. Passyunk Ave., next door to the demolished King of Jeans building.

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It most recently hosted a telemarketing company, but that’s been closed almost two years.

Building owner Damon Costantini says Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery, about an hour north of the city in Durham, hopes to open a tasting room in the next couple of months.

Before you say, what, a private wine store? Be aware that state law allows local wineries to open a tasting room offsite, much like the Pollyodd distillery’s retail shop a block down Passyunk.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

3 building package sold at 12th and Passyunk

The three-building package on the prominent corner of 12th and Passyunk sold in May for $765,000, according to Zillow. That’s more than $200,000 shy of the original list price in April 2014.

Image from ReMax listing

Image from ReMax listing

Two of the buildings currently house a dollar store in a conjoined storefront, and the third has Jillayne’s Boutique, which just opened this spring shortly after the “Mob-Wife”-owned Addiction boutique closed.

The buildings, which are 1709, 1711 and 1713 S. 12th St., at Passyunk and Watkins, also include four apartments. The listing had said that all the residential leases were month to month, providing “potential for significant increase in rental income.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Laurel plans expansion to double seats, add bar

Top Chef winner Nick Elmi’s jewel-box of a BYOB, Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., is one of the city’s toughest tables to get, with only 20 seats.

Maybe soon you’ll get a shot at eating there. The Insider reports that Elmi plans to take over the space next door, which for a hot minute was the breakfast place Dante after being the original home to Metro Men’s clothing.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Improvements being finalized for wonky intersection at 12th and Passyunk

Remember back in February 2014 when we reported the city would spend $300,000 on pedestrian improvements at 12th, Passyunk and Morris?

Plans are being finalized to make that a reality, and the even better news is that it is supposed to turn out a lot better than the lipstick-on-a-pig renovation up at 10th Street.

One side of the intersection is really far from the other

One side of the 12th and Passyunk intersection is really far from the other. Pic taken last winter.

Plans have not been set in stone, but they include adding a traffic island in the middle of the intersection, expanding the curb at most street corners to shrink the distance pedestrians have to cross, extending the peninsula in front of A Man’s Image, adding pedestrian timing lights and of course, adding greenery and improving lighting.

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East Passyunk gateway project set to break ground tomorrow, with updated renderings

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow night on the gateway project at East Passyunk, Broad and McKean, which was announced with much fanfare in January 2014.

This is the flashiest of four lighting options under consideration. Renderings provided by PARC.

This is the flashiest of four lighting options under consideration. Renderings provided by PARC.

The sparse plaza will be torn up to turn that little wedge into more-usable “flex” space, complete with what is becoming a common refrain for avenue projects: seating, better lighting and improved landscaping.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Triangle at Passyunk and Mifflin to be rebuilt into community space

UPDATE: As of Monday, the newsstand was removed from the triangle. This post has been updated with new photos.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which was responsible for turning the area around the fountain at Passyunk and Tasker into a usable space, plans to take its methods to another triangle a few blocks down.

The view from the Mifflin Street side.

The view from the Mifflin Street side.

PARC director Sam Sherman told us the organization bought the newsstand and plans to tear it down. They’ll then add seating, better lighting and landscaping to the triangle, which includes the bronze statue of boxer Joey Giardello.

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