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Brother Issa not only sells his own beautiful artisanal jewelry, but he also gave back to his West Philly community in a big way by participating as a key business stakeholder in our Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan Update in 2016. He is story #25 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series; read on to learn more about him! A Revolutionary Artisan Brother Issa has been a vendor of vision for over 40 years. His kiosk is filled with treasures from the African Diaspora as well as handmade artisan metal jewelry that he crafts himself. His Kiosk is located in front of retailer Babe’s at 110 South 52nd St., and you can usually find his space by following the music. The Ojays, Ohio Players, and Teddy Pendergrass are often heard emanating from the multitude of fragrant oils, incense, portraits of activists, and jewelry. He has owned physical stores in both Center City Philly and in Atlanta, and he has sold art on 52nd St. for over 15 years. Brother Issa takes pride in not only being an artisan but also a master teacher. He is keen on passing on his artisan skills to the next generation. If you’d like to learn more about his process, his politics, and his art, please visit his kiosk!
Today is Eid al-Fitr, and we're featuring a new modest-wear fashion store for story #24 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series.: The Showroom. Celebrate with a beautiful new hijab! Eid Fashion at The Showroom Simone S. Murphy, her supportive Husband and Mother in Law run the newest and arguably most beautiful shop on 52nd St. The Showroom, located on 5222 Chestnut St., brings a higher end and fashion conscious take on modest wear. The Showroom is meant to not only be a place to pick up fashions and Halal nail polish but to be an experience, says Simone. the beautiful Hijab, Abaya, and scarves come from as far as Dubai and new inventory comes every few weeks. It is important to the entire Murphy family to showcase Black American entrepreneurship at the highest levels. The Gorgeous modest designs will be on full display during Eid al-Fitr which celebrates the ending of Ramadan. Stop by the Showroom to see the fashions for yourself.
"In our community, McDonald's is not just a restaurant: it is a daycare, it is a senior center, and it is a youth rec center. " - our Corridor Manager Tempest Carter, emceed the ribbon cutting on the newly-renovated 52nd St. McDonald's, and she touched on the various ways that the community uses the McDonald's space. Franchisee Derek Giacomantonio was given a positive citation from City of Philadelphia Government, presented by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Community partners like Freedom Valley YMCA, the Free Library, and Friends of Malcolm X. Park were also on hand to celebrate.
It's ShoeTime! This new shoe store is story #23 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series! 52nd St. is known for putting its best foot forward with over 5 shoe stores. However most of those stores are geared towards sneakers and male consumers. ShoeTime brings gorgeous stilettos and heels to 52nd St. with affordable glamour. The owner of ShoeTime, Shawn Dilshad, has been in the retail business for 13 years and has always wanted to set up in Philly. He saw a void after BareFeet shoes closed, and he hopes to sell shoes to everyone. He also employs locally. Jose works in the shop everyday and can help you with all your shoe and fashion needs. Visit ShoeTime at 14 N 52nd to check out more!
Do you have plans for Saturday night? The Urban Art Gallery is hosting Caribbean Creative's Day this Saturday from 6pm-9pm, and it's story #22 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series! Caribbean Dreams on 52nd The Caribbean countries conjure up images of white sand beaches, incredible music, vibrant colors, and delicious foods. Karl Morris’s Urban Art Gallery will bring everything but the sand at the annual Caribbean Creative’s day THIS SATURDAY from 6pm to 9pm. The event will spotlight the music, costumes, food, and visual artists of Caribbean descent in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month. The Art will be showcased amongst the two floors of the gallery located at 262 S 52nd St. This event is free for the public and a great date night option!
With support from TEC-CDC People's Emergency Center (PEC), our partner Mt. Vernon Manor CDC is hosting a "Health is Wealth" Community Workshop on Saturday, June 16th from 10AM-12PM at Mantua Haverford Community Center. In addition to helpful information, the event includes free breakfast & grocery store gift cards for the first 20 attendees! See flier below for more details.
Jazz Heritage Performance series kicks off at Malcolm X Park TONIGHT! It's (of course) story #21 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series.Tonight's show is going to be fantastic...but if you can't make it tonight, there is going to be a FREE Jazz Performance in the park every Thursday from now until September 13th! Did you know that you can experience high quality jazz for free in Malcolm X Park? Jannie Blackwell and the Friends of Malcolm X Park present Jazz Heritage Series. Thursday’s guest performer is the funky and smooth Keni Jackson Experience. Showtime is 7pm on 52nd and Pine. It’s a great place to meet with friends, go on a date, enjoy solo time, or bring out the family.
Today we attended the Supplier Diversity Fair and Expo at University of Pennsylvania to showcase our work with local food entrepreneurs as well as our MBCA-PA office, which helps connect minority owned businesses to capital and contract opportunities. US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) GELAT'OH Brick & Motor Rebel Ventures
Six of our CCE clients vended at The African American Museum in Philadelphia 's fundraiser last night. Guests enjoyed a feast featuring Birdies biscuits, Sweet Nina's, Authentic Ethnic Cuisine, Eatible Delights Catering, Rio Brazilian Steak Truck , GELAT'OH Brick & Motor !
The Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts debuts a new show tomorrow at 7pm: Thurgood. Thurgood's debut is story #20 in our 52 Stories about 52nd series: read on to learn more about it! New Show at Bushfire Theatre The beautiful Bushfire Theater of Performing Arts is set to premier a new show on Friday, May 18, 2018, which will run for the entire weekend. The show is entitled Thurgood and details the life and career of Thurgood Marshall. The Bushfire Theater is located 224 S 52nd St at the corner of 52nd & Locust. Tickets range from $15 for youth to $30. For many, the theater is mysterious as it holds a limited amount of shows per year: here is a chance to check out a theater that is over 100 years old while taking in art on 52nd St!
Miya and Emma are getting the garden at CHOP Karabots Pediatric Care Center, West Philadelphia ready for tonights Books and Cooks event. Bring the kids out for story time & some delicious, nutritious food! This free event is from 6-7PM tonight in the garden behind CHOP Karabots Center at 4865 Market Street ! Cobbs Creek Neighbors West Philly Local University City Review Walnut Hill Community Association Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
We visited our CCE graduate Sofia Deleon's lovely new ElMerkury restaurant at 2104 Chestnut Street in Center City and the Central American street food was amazing: flavorful and colorful. Congratulations, Sofia! Sofia was able to make her restaurant dreams come true... be sure to attend one of our foodie forums to learn how we can help make your own food business dreams come true. For more info and to register: http://www.theenterprisecenter.com/business/cce
Here's some photos from the gorgeous new Broken Chains mural at 52nd and Larchwood, in case you weren't able to make it out there this afternoon. Mural Arts Philadelphia Ryan Spak Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School-Extended Family Network West Philly Local West Philly News University City Review