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Firehouse Bicycles opens a second location in West Philly

Posted on 14 December 2011 by WPL

Firehouse Bicycles has just expanded into a second location in West Philadelphia after purchasing the legendary Wolff Cycles at 4311 Lancaster Ave. Wolff Cycles has been in operation since the 1930s and is possibly the oldest continuously operating bicycle shop in Philadelphia.

The shop has been re-named “Wolf Cycles” – the new owners decided to drop one “f” to make a fresh start, but also to preserve some of the legacy of the old shop. Firehouse Bicycles at 50th and Baltimore continues to operate. Their current staff has been divided to serve customers in two locations.

Wolf Cycles has on tap the same new and used bikes, gear and services that Firehouse offers. The store hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 – 6 p.m. For more information or if you have questions please call 215-222-2171.

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Young men on bicycles sought after shooting at 50th and Florence

Posted on 20 October 2011 by WPL

A 21-year-old man was in stable condition this morning after he was shot on the steps of a home near 50th and Florence last night.

The unidentified man told police he was standing in a doorway at 900 S. 50th Street at about 11 p.m. when two or three young men approached him on bicycles. One man pulled out a shot gun and fired once, striking the man on the porch once in the left arm. Police found the victim in the kitchen of the home running water over the wound.

Police said the alleged assailants fled west on Springfield Avenue on bicycles.

The victim described the attackers as black males wearing black clothing.

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Penn move in: Spruce Street closings this week

Posted on 21 August 2017 by


This is this time of year again when the Penn’s campus portion of Spruce Street gets closed to allow a smooth move-in for students.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 23, Spruce Street will be closed to all traffic (including bicycles) from 34th to 38th Street, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 26, Spruce Street will be closed from 38th to 40th Street, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Septa buses will be rerouted around the closure (please check for specific bus routes and detour info). Penn Police will be on scene to assist with traffic detours.


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West Philly Community Strike and Rally planned for Friday in solidarity with general strike (updated)

Posted on 16 February 2017 by

West Philly Strike and Rally flyer.

In an effort to provide an opportunity for West Philly residents and businesses to protest the decisions by the current administration and to show solidarity with the general strike that is taking place across the country, a West Philadelphia Community Strike and Rally is being planned for Friday, Feb. 17.

Neighbors and businesses in West Philly will be gathering for a rally in Clark Park from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. the rally that will include interactive work by Theater of the Oppressed, puppets from Spiral Q, and a speaker from local activist organization West Philly Forward Together. Participating local businesses will be closing their doors from 12 – 2:00 p.m., if not for the entire day, according to event organizers, local activists Thomas Morello and Jessica St. Jacobs.

“Another aspect of this event’s purpose is in the location, as travel to Center City presents a barrier to some members of our community and does not highlight and empower our specific neighborhood as such,” Morello wrote in an e-mail.  Continue Reading

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Buy Local for the Holidays

Posted on 01 December 2016 by


“Shopping local is a way to keep more of your dollars in your own community, rather than add more strength to giant multinational companies. Dollars spent at a “mom and pop” directly support a local family, who then support other local businesses… Shopping local is a vote for individualism, creativity, sustainability and independence.”

– Emily Dorn, owner of VIX Emporium

“Shopping locally for the holidays means you can find something truly unique for everyone on your list – while supporting your local community.

– Annie Baum-Stein, Milk and Honey Market

West Philly Local encourages residents to support local businesses by doing as much of their holiday shopping as possible in their neighborhood. You can buy gifts, locally produced food items, dine/book a holiday party or pamper yourself or loved ones for the holidays at a bunch of West Philly businesses. By shopping locally you keep your money where you live.

This annual campaign is part of our effort to help local businesses thrive. But we are a very small part of this. You have the power to make your neighborhood a great place to live.

Our campaign partners share our commitment to sustainable neighborhood businesses. Check out their holiday messages below and please consider shopping locally this holiday season.


Baltimore Avenue Business Association


There’s more to explore on Baltimore Avenue. You never know what’s in store! Find a bookstore, pet boutique, co-op grocery, game store, restaurants, cafés, artisan’s gallery, art gallery, shared office space, studio space, pharmacy, theater, brewery, bicycles, ice cream, tacos, hair styling and more. The Baltimore Avenue businesses invite their neighbors to invest in the future of the neighborhood by shopping the Avenue. BABA, the Baltimore Avenue Business Association, is a group of businesses located on Baltimore Avenue. Start exploring now on

You’re invited to our Seasonal Shopping Special – The Winter Express Shoppers’ Trolley (W.E.S.T.) – on Saturday, Dec. 3, 12-5 p.m. Featuring: great gifts and discounts galore from dozens of local businesses and free trolley shuttle service between Baltimore Avenue and Lancaster Avenue. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details.


Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd.)

Deck the halls with our beautiful selection of decorated and undecorated wreaths, centerpieces, fresh evergreens and more at our Holiday Greens Sale on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Enjoy seasonal music, stocking stuffers, and refreshments at our annual Greens Sale, and visit our Holiday Marketplace vendors and the Welcome Center shop for great gift ideas. Purchase ornamental greens and roping to create your own decorations for the holiday season while also supporting the Garden!

We’re also running our usual holiday season promotion for gift memberships: New members (or old ones that renew or gift a membership) receive a free pewter leaf ornament—this year it’s an oak (last year’s was a ginkgo). All gift memberships should be purchased by December 14 to ship in time for the holidays; those purchased afterwards ship Jan 2. Please note that our membership structure is going to change a little: lower-tier members will have a limited number of tickets to the Tuesday river boating events in the summer; upper-tier ones will have unlimited access. For more information, visit:


Ice Cave (4507 Baltimore Ave)


Stop by Ice Cave on Baltimore Ave. in December and enjoy the following specials:

1. One free topping for all teas!
2. All small size shaved ice and shaved water ice are 10% off!
3. Buy one regular popsicle, get one 50% Off!

*All three events are available from December 1st to December 31st.


Greensgrow West (4912 Baltimore Avenue)


Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow

December 2–4 and 9–11.

Join us at both of our locations for the second annual Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow. This season we are planning fun holiday activities for the whole family. The event kicks off on December 2. We will be stocked with fresh cut holiday trees, wreaths, greens and gifts and we are open 12-8 Wednesday–Friday, 10-4 weekends for holiday shoppers. Enjoy hot chocolate and warm cider while you check out live music, and all of the kids activities. For more information, go here.


Local 44/Bottle Shop (4333 Spruce Street)

Visit the Bottle Shop at Local 44 for all your merry making this holiday season! Beer Baskets, brewing and beer books, stocking stuffers, gift cards, fancy beer glasses and so much more are on sale now thru January 1. Plus! Stop by December 10 from 12-3pm to visit with Santa! BYO-camera and kid and hang with your neighbors over a beer while the big guy reads stories, takes photos and hands out treats! Don’t forget to bring your toys and personal care item donation to benefit the residents of the People’s Emergency Center — a West Philly shelter that helps Women and Children battling homelessness. (Bring your donations to the Bottle Shop at Local 44 any time thru December 15!)


Penn Museum Shop (3260 South Street)


Shop around the World this Holiday Season at the Penn Museum Shop

Shoppers can save 10% (25% for Museum members) at the shop’s Holiday Sale from December 13 – 21.

With the holiday season upon us, the Museum Shop at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street across from Franklin Field, is ready with a wide variety of unusual and one-of- a-kind gift options with one thing in common: they all draw upon a world of human diversity, ingenuity, artistry, and plain old fun, through time and across the continents. As always, the Museum Shop offers up a wide range of fair trade arts and crafts from around the world, as well as clothing, accessories, books, and jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary world cultures and the Penn Museum’s expansive international collections.

For a memorable gift, the shop offers: jewelry that reflects the breath of cultures represented in the Museum collections; Fair-trade pottery from San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua; Unique hand-crafted, fair-trade, and ethically sourced collection of art from throughout Africa.

The Museum Shop is open during regular Museum hours: Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (until 8:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every month); and Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed Mondays and major holidays). For more information, call 215.894.4040 or visit:


People’s Emergency Center/Lancaster Avenue


All are invited to a Tree Lighting Celebration on Lancaster Avenue, Sunday, Dec. 18, 5 – 7:30 p.m. at 3750 Lancaster Ave. (United Bank Building). Light up a beautiful tree in the neighborhood to shed hope and light together for all. Make decorations and memories together!

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 5 p.m., visit our Holiday Village at 3750 Lancaster Ave. Buy gifts for your loved ones from local artists and vendors! This event is part of the FREE W.E.S.T. Winter Express Shoppers’ Trolley that offers free transportation and shopping deals on Lancaster Avenue and Baltimore Avenue.

For more information about these and other upcoming events on Lancaster Avenue, visit our website.


Philly Homebrew Outlet West (1314 S. 47th St)


We’re having Santa Claus at our West Philly store, along with Hanukkah Harry for anyone to come see on December 17th from 2-4pm. We will not have a photographer, but everyone is encouraged to snap pictures with their cell phones, or personal cameras. While at the store, check out our new vegetable fermentation kits, kombucha kits, soap making kits, and more! For December schedule of our FREE Homebrew classes and clinics, visit our website.


Renata’s Kitchen (4533 Baltimore Avenue)


Happy Holidays from Renata’s Kitchen!

Brand new gift cards are in stock and ready to be gifted! Cookies, Cakes, and Breads will be made to order for holiday gifts, and catering is always available for large and small holiday parties. Check our Faceboook and Twitter page for more specials and events as the Holiday Season approaches.


VIX Emporium (5009 Baltimore Avenue)


VIX Emporium is West Philly’s go-to spot for unique, locally made gifts and cards. Everything is produced by over 200 independent artists, craftspeople and small businesses, primarily from the Philadelphia area. The mix at VIX includes artisan jewelry, functional handmade ceramics, home wares, art prints, accessories, natural bath & body products, candles, baby gifts, holiday decorations and more. The storefront itself, a former 1940s millinery with original built-in cabinetry, inspired the Emporium’s name — VIX (with a bar over the V) is the Roman numeral for 5009, its Baltimore Avenue address.

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Street closure info for Penn Move-in

Posted on 23 August 2016 by


Is the summer already over? Penn students will be moving into their dorms this week, so the following annual Penn Move-in street closures have been scheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday:

Wednesday, Aug. 24: Spruce Street will be closed from 34th Street to 38th Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25: Spruce Street will be closed from 34th Street to 38th Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Spruce Street will be closed from 38th Street to 40th Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the street closures, no traffic except for emergency vehicles will be allowed on the street. This also includes bicycles and public transportation. Buses will be detoured (check for more info).

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