A cellphone store and gift shop has opened at 1166 S. 9th St. in the Italian Market, right next door to what is often the stinkiest, most putrid place south of South Street.
The fowl-smelling storefront (get it?) is the Shun Da live poultry market at 1164 S. 9th., which sells live rabbits, chickens and other small creatures for consumption.
Frankly, we’re amazed that anything would move in to that storefront, which had been vacant for some time. Seems like Shun Da is drag on that section of the Italian Market. On the other side of Shun Da, another store has been vacant for at least a year.
On Yelp, Shun Da does have a couple of fans: “Doesn’t get fresher than this!” says one reviewer. That’s certainly true. “Stop by and get a chicken or just to say hi,” says another.
But the other two reviewers have working noses and would steer clear of a social visit: “If you walk down its block you’ll find yourself being bombarded by the smell of death and feces that resonates around it, combining to form the WORST smell in all of Philadelphia. Add in the sites and sounds of rabbits and all kinds of birds being cramped together in cages that can hardly hold them, and you have one serious evil.”
Has anyone out there dove into the culinary world of freshly slaughtered livestock from Shun Da? Even though it stinks to high heaven, it’s at least intriguing.