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2nd Saturday Sidewalk Sale (and a 10-K) comes to Passyunk Ave. next weekend

In addition to the regular Second Saturday festivities on Passyunk Avenue, this month’s installment on Sept. 13 will have two new features: a sidewalk sale and an antique and vintage flea market.

(This story has been corrected from an earlier version.)

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About 20 boutiques and retailers will set up shop on the sidewalk along the avenue and at least 60 vendors will fulfill your second-hand shopping desires with special sales. Furniture, clothing and knick knacks are to be expected.  

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

First Pics: Volta Market opens with natural soaps and home products at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave

Another corner of Passyunk and Dickinson has been revived with the opening of Volta Market, which offers handmade soaps, natural household cleaning products and organic packaged goods like chocolate, mustards and snacks.

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Owner Lisa Volta opened her namesake shop last week — at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave., across from the POPE and B2 – about four years after launching her homemade soap line, Volta Organics. If the brand sounds familiar, she had already been selling at Nice Things Handmade and other shops around town, as well as online.

Volta makes a wide range of bath and body products, such as an all-in-one Ginger Grapefruit hair, face and body bar, customized mixes of bath salts, teatree lemongrass deodorant, a Dead Sea facial mask and many more. For men, Volta also has been selling A Man Kit (For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow), which includes aftershave, mustache wax and beard softener.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

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:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Knack handmade-gift shop opens at 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.

A gift shop called Knack, which we told you about last month, has moved into 1726 E. Passyunk Ave., which had been home to Era Atomica before it moved to a much bigger location a block away.

In what must have been a whirlwind, owner Jen Pirrone and staff got the place stocked and ready to open last weekend (the place was literally empty on Wednesday last week). The shop, which is similar to Nice Things Handmade across the street, offers handmade gifts from about 15 artisans, mostly local ones.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Queen Village 

First Pics: The Soap Box natural cleaning-products shop opens at 616 S. 6th St.

The birds are chirping and the daffodils are blooming, well they’re supposed to be. Grumpy winter complaining aside, these rites of passage signal it’s time for spring cleaning.

For those of you interested in green, chemical-free cleaning products to get rid of the salty winter grime you tracked inside, you are in luck. The Soap Box, which opened in December at 616 S. 6th St., carries a line of all-natural cleaning products created in-house by owner Ginger Kuczowicz.

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Kuczowicz, co-founder of Holistic Home, a green cleaning company, began making her own products at home for her employees to use after her concerns grew about the harsh chemicals in most cleaning products.

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