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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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Buy Local for the Holidays!

Posted on 03 December 2018 by WPL

“Shopping local is a way to keep more of your dollars in your own community… 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


Our annual “Buy Local for the Holidays” campaign is part of our effort to help local businesses thrive. Please support local businesses by doing as much of your holiday shopping as possible in your 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.

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



43rd and Baltimore


Monday, December 31 / Starts at 11 a.m.

Clarkville is home to many many future beer enthusiasts… and this party is just for them! Bring the whole family and COUNTDOWN TO NOON with us on New Year’s Eve! Stop by for kid meal specials, to mix and mingle with SANTA CLAUS and let the juice boxes flow at this special neighborhood tradition!

Buy Gift Cards at Clarkville.


Local 44/Bottle Shop 

4333 Spruce Street


Tuesday, January 1 / NOON-10 p.m.

Join Local 44 for a week of amazing beer on tap celebrating our TENTH anniversary plus an all day party starting at Noon on New Year’s Day! Get here for a spectacular draft list, all day raffle prizes and so much more!

Buy Gift Cards at Local 44.


Philly Homebrew Outlet West

1314 S. 47th Street

Holiday Gifts Galore at Philly Homebrew Outlet!

We are now stocking a large selection of ingredient kits for beer, wine, and soap. These kits make great gifts for new and experienced homebrewers!

Wine Kits:
We are stocking some new Vinifera, Summer Breeze, and Renaissance wine kits in all three of our locations. You can pick up one of the new kits and grab some our fresh juice to go along with it. Before you know it you’ll be sipping some fine wine at dinner time!

TrueBrew Beer Kits:
These new beer kits come in a variety of styles and contain all the ingredients you need on your brew day. TrueBrew kits are a great starting point for people new to brewing and are great for experienced homebrewers interested in trying a new style!

PHO Beer Kits:
These are our made-in-house beer kits! All recipes were originally brewed by a Philly Homebrew employee and went through a rigorous taste test to be made into a kit. Okay maybe the test wasn’t all that tough, but these kits have the special Philly Homebrew touch. Between the PHO and the TrueBrew kits, great tasting beer is only a few steps away!

PHO Soap Kits:
With these kits, making soap at home is easier than you think! The kit contains all of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own beautiful, hand crafted soap. Each kit yields 12 bars of soap, so you can stay clean and smell nice throughout the holidays!

Also check out our web store! Gift cards are also available.


Renata’s Kitchen

4533 Baltimore Avenue


Happy Holidays from Renata’s Kitchen!

Our gift cards are in stock and ready to be gifted! Party catering is also available.

Have an event coming up soon? Try Renata’s Kitchen for catering.

We specialize in catering for both small and large groups, providing drop off catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Contact a catering specialist Monday through Friday 9am-5pm at 267-275-8254 or email us at to put your next catering package together.

For more information about Renata’s Kitchen, visit:


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.

Our special holiday shopping event, West Craft Fest, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Rotunda (40th and Walnut). Find unique, creative wares by dozens of local makers! Go here for more information.

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Spruce Street to be closed for Penn move-out this Tuesday & Wednesday

Posted on 07 May 2018 by

Penn students will be moving out of their dorms this Tuesday and Wednesday (May 8-9), so a chunk of Spruce Street will be closed during the day for most vehicles, including bicycles. Buses will be detoured. Here are more details on the street closures and detours:

• Spruce Street will be closed between 34th and 40th Streets on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th between 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
• Bikes will need to be walked on Spruce Street while the streets are closed to traffic.
• Emergency vehicles and hospital patient transport vehicles will be permitted access.
• Access will be provided to the Ryan Vet Hospital.
• Septa Routes 40 and 42 will be re-routed (visit for information on each bus route).
• Garage 14 will be open and accessible throughout move-out.


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Jane’s Walk offers free walking tours this weekend

Posted on 30 April 2018 by

Jane’s Walk, the annual festival of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by the American-Canadian journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs, returns to Philadelphia on May 4-6 with 27 walks around the city! Three walks will be held in West Philly and University City – all on Friday, May 4th and all new. Here are more details:

3 – 5 p.m.: The Gardens of West Philadelphia walk and conversation with Jeff Barg of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will begin and end at UCity Square PHS Pop-Up Garden (3601 Filbert St.). Join PHS on a walking tour of one of Philadelphia’s most garden-rich neighborhoods. This two-hour walking tour will explore the gardens of Powelton Village and West Powelton, some of which boast decades of history. Kids, dogs and bicycles are welcome. Event Facebook pageContinue Reading

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Construction begins on The Azalea apartments at 40th and Pine

Posted on 18 December 2017 by

Construction has begun on the vacant lot on the southwest corner of 40th and Pine Streets (400 S. 40th St) where a 19th century Italianate mansion, designed by architect Samuel Sloan, once stood.

A developer, Equinox Management & Construction, is redeveloping the site into a market-rate apartment complex called The Azalea, which will be targeted at graduate students. The first construction permit – for the building’s foundation – was issued last month.  Continue Reading

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