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Bok gets caffeinated: Two Persons

New coffee house aims to keep it simple.

When the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools at the end of 2013 and auctioned Edward Bok Technical School in 2014, uncertainty surrounded its future. Developers who bought similar grand old schools in gentrifying neighborhoods turned them into private residences, sold them for high prices, and locked the community out.

Bok was different because it always has been. In 1935, Designer Irwin T. Catherine designed the 340,000 square-foot art déco building as a vocational school with vocation-specific classrooms and spaces. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lindsey Scannapieco of developer Scout, Ltd. saw a community space for makers, creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs. A seasonal bar opened on the rooftop, and artists and artisans moved in.

The only thing missing was coffee.

Under the antique curing lights of an old auto body bay, Whitney Joslin and Adam Gery of Two Persons Coffee sit at a butcher-block art table streaked with decades of paint. “Almost everything in this space is an adaptive re-use of the furniture and elements included in the sale of Bok,” said Joslin. A tour of the seating area is an homage to the school’s past. There are lab tables, card catalogs, old musical instruments and trophies of 1970s sport victories any other developer might have thrown away.

Even the name – “Two Persons” – is an homage to Edward Bok, who wrote a novel of that title.

Two Persons seating area

Gery, Two Persons’ manager and operator, managed Last Drop Coffee in Center City for a decade and a half and now devotes seven days a week to the new venture. Joslin, a managing partner, has a background in architecture and fell in love with the space.

Adam Gery and Whitney Joslin during construction at Two Persons, May 2018.

“One of our goals is to keep things simple,” said Joslin. “We want to serve the tenants in the building, but we also want contractors, people in the neighborhood, and people who once attended Bok to feel like they can come in, have a regular cup of coffee with no fuss, and enjoy the space.

The menu is simple – coffee, tea, basic espresso drinks and baked goods. The sourcing is simple, too, and based on personal connection. The pastries come from Machine Shop Bakery, a small-batch wholesale French bakery that also operates out of Bok. “We’re their first delivery of the day,” said Gery. “The coffee comes from Passenger Coffee in Lancaster. Our day-to-day blend is a light roast that people will find consistent and enjoyable. We sell the beans for home use, too. We hope to have single-origin varieties for sale in the future.”

“Keeping a simple business model means we do a few things well,” added Joslin. “It makes operations easy, fits in well with the community, and is environmentally responsible.”

Two Persons is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They accept cash and credit cards. Access is from the building’s southwest entrance at 821 Dudley Street.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Bok introduces new tenants, pop-up art installation

Since the former Bok Technical School was sold to Lindsey Scannapieco at Scout Ltd. after the great school sale of 2014, the large East Passyunk Crossing structure has seen quite a bit of transformation.

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

To add to the list of recent additions to the building including a boxing gym, a hairdresser and more, new tenants have been announced, along with a pop-up art installation that will be open at the school through the end of July.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Hive76 ‘hackerspace’ announces move to Bok School

The Bok School is set to be transformed into an 8-story, 340,000 sq. ft. mixed-use facility with plenty of room for retail and makers spaces thanks to Lindsey Scannapieco and her company, Scout Ltd. One of the first of the businesses to join the ranks at Bok has officially announced their move into this massive former school.

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Hive76, a shared “hackerspace” for makers and crafters, will be bringing their workspace to the facility. 

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Pop-up restaurant called Le Bok Fin opening on Bok School’s rooftop

Back when Bok was still a technical high school, a student-run restaurant called Le Bok Fin, a little play on the name of the now-defunct restaurant, Le Bec Fin, was operated at the school.

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

When Lindsey Scannapieco began her plans to transform the school, located at 1901 S. 9th St., into a makers space with community use, one of her dreams was to operate a restaurant there under the same name. That dream is now becoming a reality, with Le Bok Fin coming to life.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Sale of the Bok School finalized, redevelopment project moving forward

Plans to transform the former Bok technical school at 1901 S. 9th St. into a huge mixed-use facility are continuing to move forward. 

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

The project’s developer, Lindsey Scannapieco and her company, Scout Ltd., now officially own the property for $1.75 million.

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