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South Philly Food Co-op hosting cool home-brew event

Now that’s a sweet idea for a fundraiser. Everyone’s favorite conceptual grocery store, the South Philly Food Co-op, is trying to raise money and sign up members with a home brew workshop on Saturday.

Sean and Andy Arsenault, twins who won the Home Sweet Homebrew’s Extreme Home Brew Challenge in June with a Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout, are inviting curious brewers to their house at 732 Clymer St. for some tips. According to the invite:

Sean, a beer connoisseur who has traveled the world sampling beers, and Andy, a brewer for Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company and Co-op member on the Programs and Events committee, will teach attendees to make a Sugarplum Porter. … In addition to conducting the Sugarplum Porter workshop, the Arsenaults will provide samples of some of their previous concoctions. They encourage other attending home brewers to bring samples of their handiwork.

Alison Fritz

Sounds intoxicating. Tickets for the event, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers (buy tickets here). Entry fees go toward helping the co-op get off the ground. Earlier this month, they released a timeline that pegged a projected opening sometime in mid to late 2014, which they can’t do if you don’t join. Christmas is coming, hint, hint

Meanwhile, we checked in with co-op board President Alison Fritz a while back, and she told us that they were up to more than 320 members, meaning they’re inching ever closer. “We’re starting to meet with a realtors and developers,” Fritz said. “As real estate opportunities come up in next six to nine months, we want to be at the front of their minds.”

Intoxicating, indeed. Learn more about Fritz here (it’s also where we got this lovely picture).


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South Philly Co-op sets timeline for opening

The Co-op has released a projected timeline that shoots for opening in mid to late 2014, assuming they can meet their projected membership numbers.

According to their nifty graphic, which we borrowed (stole below, sorry), they are in step 2A out of 3 steps. That means they’re developing their business plan, forming committees on real estate, member loan and finance, and exploring potential sites.

They also give an important reminder: “Note: the most important variable here on the left side – number of members. The faster we get more members, the more quickly we will get to opening!”

In September we wrote about the Co-op hitting the 300-member mark, and at the time we said they needed 400 members to secure financing. Should be getting close.

It’s $200 for a lifetime membership, and when you join early, you get a say on location and other key issues. To join, go here.

Meanwhile, we also wrote about interest from the developer of the old Annunciation school at 12th and Wharton in having the Co-op locate in a commercial space he plans there. We checked in with him again, and he said he met with the Co-op president last week.

“There is interest on both sides to explore further whether or not there is a deal to be made,” the developer, Leo Addimando, said in an email.

Intriguing, hmm? Sounds like the Co-op has already made some moves toward exploring possible sites. That’s good news, indeed.

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Good news for South Philly Co-op, plus a couple secret garden pics

Everybody’s favorite potential food co-op, the South Philly Co-op, hit a milestone this weekend when it signed up its 300th member at the second annual garden tour.

The event – which sold 111 tickets at $20 to $25 a pop, not a bad haul – featured 24 home and community gardens all over South Philly, and they all looked a lot nicer than the crumbling concrete slab that makes up the back yard of Passyunk Post world headquarters.

Why doesn’t our back yard look like that? Oh yeah, hard work (from Co-op’s Facebook page)

The 300-member mark is impressive, but it’s still short of the 600 members needed to be able to sign a lease. According to Plan Philly:

At 250 members, the co-op was able to create a real estate committee. At 400 members the organization will begin to secure funding, and at 600 members the co-op will be able to sign a lease.

Check out a ton of photos on the Co-op’s Facebook page. And click here for more info on how to become a member. It’s $200, but you can pay in installments, so what’s the hold-up?

Veddy nice, Facebook again
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Concert/membership drive for South Philly Co-op

Have some free time tomorrow night? The South Philly Co-op and Gold Star Park is hosting a concert/pot-luck dinner at 7 p.m.

On August 15, come out and enjoy the last days of summer with the music of East Coastamite, a good-time, get-down, instrumental four-piece preaching the word of 60s-inspired, soul, surf, and organ jazz. Course there will be food too–the Co-op is celebrating with a a potluck. Bring your favorite dish made with at least one local ingredient to share and don’t forget to BYOB(lanket). Event begins at 7pm at Gold Star Park on Wharton between 6th and 7th.

Sign up to become a member-owner that night and you’ll receive $15 in gift cards for the Farm to City farmers markets. And if that’s not enough of an incentive, the first 40 people who stop by our table will get a free Little Baby’s ice cream sandwich.

Here’s the Facebook invite.

Events like this make the Co-op that much closer to reality. When we checked in with them a couple weeks back, 280 people had become member-owners and a newly formed real-estate committee was beginning to meet to explore location options. That’s a lot of progress on something that will be huge for the neighborhood.
Also, make sure to plan for the Co-op’s fall garden tour fundraiser. For $20 in advance or $25 on the day of, you can get into 20 hidden South Philly gems. That goes down on a Saturday (Sept. 8). Plus there’s an after-party at the Cantina with 20 percent off drinks.
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