Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns this Thursday

July 17, 2012

Are you ready for your first Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll this summer? This is one of the coolest summer events in West Philly. You can get $1 food, drink and other items from local businesses. The first of three Dollar Strolls schedule will be Thursday, July 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as always along Baltimore Avenue between 42nd and 51st Streets.

Over 20 businesses are participating in this stroll, both the usual suspects – Milk & Honey, Green Line Cafe, Dock Street Brewery, Baltimore Pet Shoppe, VIX Emporium, Elena’s Soul, Mariposa Food Co-op, etc. – and new businesses and vendors. Look for $1 items and deals from such new participants as Thrive Fitness, The Sunflower Truck Stop, Studio 34, Maru Global Takoyaki, Independent Rock, and a few others. And yes, Subway is participating too.

In addition to shopping for $1 items, don’t miss live music by The Makes (between 46th and 47th Streets), the Independent Rock School (50th Street), the Give & Take Jugglers and entertainment by various street performers and fire artists.

Check out the event’s flyer below for the full list of participants and what they are offering.

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16 Comments For This Post

  1. Tim Says:

    $1 for a bag of potato chips?! Sheesh!

  2. zerbdan Says:


  3. Ashley Says:

    Ah, thanks Subway. Now we can get a real taste of local flavor, instead of this mass-manufactured nonsense.

  4. Anonymous Says:


  5. Happy Curmudgeon Says:

    I’m going to buy up all the Subway chips and sell them for $2.
    Take that, industry.

  6. LoisB Says:

    remember the times when two other businesses recently failed in that location because no one in the neighborhood supported them?

    still, subway can go screw, i’ll be spending my cash on the $1 cans of PBR — a real taste of local flavor, instead of this mass-manufactured nonsense.

  7. julian Says:

    really, 1$ tubes at firehouse?? I’ll be spending more than a dollar there if that’s the case!

  8. thomas m Says:

    the firehouse bikes items are with out a doubt the best deal of the entire stroll. you can’t make a smaller tube like some places give you tiny servings of coffee, beer, cookies etc.
    i’m tempted to stock up on tubes for life, but i don’t want to be a jerk, since i don’t see how they are doing it without a loss.

  9. zerbdan Says:

    the site at subway during the dollar stroll made me feel uncomfortable. i assume the guy in the hawaiian shirt with flames on it was the owner? i felt sorry for the guy for being so painfully out of touch with reality.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Good lord, cookies, chips and drinks for a $1 and a coupon to get a second sandwich for $1 make you uncomfortable? How do you manage in the world?

  11. Stephanie Says:

    You know, Yes, it does suck that a Subway has entered the west philly, local business, area… however, I know that all of them are independently owned. I personally dislike the taste of subway and would MUCH rather local businesses in the area just like all of you. Now that it’s here, I don’t think it’s right to look down upon it. The guy who owns it is probably supporting a family… and we all know how much a family community west philly is. If you don’t like Subway, instead of complaining about it being in the neighborhood… do what I’m doing…. DON’T EAT IT.

  12. Stephanie Says:

    Also, how come Satellite doesn’t participate in the dollar stroll???

  13. Louis Greenstein Says:

    Stephanie – I agree with you in principle about Subway. I ate at one once, and the owner asked me if I liked it. I tried to be polite, he pushed me for a better response, and I said, “Eh, not my favorite.” He said, “We bake our own bread!” I said, “Well, ok, but it kinda sucks.”

    Thing is, before the Subway opened, another shop was there for about three weeks before it went out of business. Prior to that, it was a Hallel butcher for just a couple weeks, and before that it was empty for many months. If Subway can sustain a business there, especially since it’s franchise, not a national chain, the revenues are good for the tax base. So, begrudgingly, I say, more power to ’em.

  14. Kim Woodbridge Says:

    I’m not a fan of Subway but I was kind of impressed that they participated …

  15. S. Duggan Says:

    Subway not only participated but have done what I think is a good job of meeting the issues raised when they were being reviewed fo thier lisence.(other then being part of a chain/franchise)
    Having lived on the alley near them for over 13 years I have to say that the job they did in fencing the back yard is nice, they put up “no parking” signs, painted and fixed up the building including the decrepit door and windows on the lower level alley side, so far trash and patrons or deliveries blocking the alley have not been a problem. They seem to be doing their level best to be a positive part of the neighborhood and deserve credit for that.
    If you don’t like their food don’t eat it, I don’t like some of the offerings at some of the more “local” stores on the street and so I don’t patronize them. But like all of us they too are trying to make a living for thier families and deserve the same politness and respect that you would extend to the business you choose to patronize. So for they have been a good neighbor and that sure beats and empty store front.

  16. brendangrad Says:

    I have no problem with Subway being in the neighborhood. I think the main problem people have is that they are a corporately owned brand and people have a knee jerk reaction to think that all corporate brands are evil. But so the heck what? The store itself is owned and operated by franchisee who has to work just as hard as any other shop owner in the neighborhood to make a dime. And it’s not like there is any danger in the city that invented the hoagie and the cheesesteak that Subway’s power in the sandwich industry is equivalent to that of Starbucks in the cafe industry where Subway will be able to put independent shops out of business. Besides, they serve sandwiches where you can see the nutritional information and you don’t have to risk consuming vast quantities of fats, sodium, nitrates, etc that you may end up getting at a traditional deli like Koch’s for example. They are affordable and compared to most fast food joints, healthy. If you don’t like the Subway there is noone forcing you to go there instead of Fuwah, Fiesta Pizza, Best House, Milk & Honey, Saads Halal, Colonial Pizza, Koch’s, 2 Green Lines, etc, etc.

    Get over yourselves West Philly.

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