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Wander Inn to a new watering hole in Whitman

By Catherine Murray

On a cold and misty afternoon, I briskly walked through Mifflin Square park and admired the Buddhist temple in the distance and marveled at the diversity that makes up South Philly. The fabric of our neighborhoods is woven together by families and individuals who are both new to the city and who have called Philadelphia home for generations. Whitman embodies that spirit and has a sense of charm that is notable even on the dreariest of days. As I approached my destination, I passed under twinkle lights strung over Ritner Street and homes with roomy front porches on my way to a new place that brings back an old name.

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Long time South Philadelphians will remember the former Wander Inn at 18th and Federal – the current site of the American Sardine Bar. That Wander Inn dates back to prohibition and was a bastion of jazz in its heyday, hosting legendary performers like Bessie Smith. Some say that the Wander Inn was one of the first successfully integrated bars in Philadelphia. It closed its doors in the early aughts.

Jon Klein, the owner of The Dive Bar and Watkins Drinkery, wanted to pay homage to the original Wander Inn with his latest establishment that opened in May 2018. The ‘new’ Wander Inn, located at 3rd and Porter, is quickly becoming a popular gathering spot in Whitman. During our conversation, Klein shared his passion for creating a cozy neighborhood bar that has something for everyone. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

Lipkin’s Bakery returns to South Philly

by Sandy Smith

When the Lipkin family started their kosher bakery at Fourth and McKean streets many decades ago, the neighborhood surrounding it was 90 percent Jewish.

Photo from www.lipkinsoriginalbakery.com

By the time Mitch Lipkin moved it to Northeast Philly’s Rhawnhurst section in 1975, most of those Jews had moved elsewhere.

“I think Mitch figured that only Jews would eat their products, so he moved it up to the Northeast, which was heavily Jewish then,” said Lipkin’s current owner, Steven Nawalany.

Nawalany had been a Lipkin’s customer for 50 years, and he liked it so much, he bought it from Mitch in 2016. Now he’s returning the bakery to its South Philly roots because he discovered to his delight that Mitch Lipkin was wrong: you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy kosher baked goods.

 Lipkin’s return to South Philly, with a retail store at 2153 S. Hancock St., has generated an enthusiastic response from the bakery’s many fans, Jewish and otherwise, and it hasn’t even opened yet. Nawalany is awaiting final inspection from the Health Department and expects to open the store’s doors in the next few weeks.

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Weekend events primer – May Day edition

Friday, May 4

  • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 3rd Annual Spirits & History at Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s Church), 916 Swanson St. Hear stories of the Swedish trailblazers now resting at Old Swede’s graveyard while tasting spirits matched to their life-and-times. Food & drink, story telling and jazz. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Gloria Dei Church. Get tickets at the door, or here.

Saturday, May 5th

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Whitman 

Two Street pitching in to help family of fallen female firefighter

Tragedy struck early Tuesday morning as Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis was killed fighting a blaze in the West Oak Lane section of the city, the first female firefighter in the history of city to lose her life in the line of duty.

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You’ll find these buckets in 45 different Pennsport/Whitman Mummer’s Clubs and businesses. (Photo: Matt Snyder)

Craig-Lewis leaves behind two children and neighbors in Pennsport and Whitman are looking to honor her memory by handing out buckets to Mummer’s Clubs and area businesses to collect donations for the family of the fallen 11-year veteran.

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

First Pics: Pub on Wolf is howlin’ on Wolf Street in Whitman

Corner of Front and Wolf is looking livelier these days (Photo: James Jennings)

Corner of Front and Wolf is looking livelier these days (Photo: James Jennings)

Pub on Wolf has officially opened on the corner of Front and Wolf streets in Whitman. You won’t miss it, it has a huge hand-painted wolf logo on the side of the building. Offering outdoor seating, cold beers and an assortment of food options, Pub on Wolf is yet another signal that good things are happening in Whitman. Let’s take a closer look!

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