Archive for November, 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Everybody Loves Swag…in Northern Liberties


We immediately fell in love upon entering Swag, a gift shop next to Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties. The shop began selling gifts, showcasing locally made items, and featuring Philadelphia artists on Black Friday and was full of curious passersby this weekend. Blue walls set the backdrop for the colorful, fun-ctional wares, with collapsible colanders and ramen bowls for the kitchen guru on your holiday gift list, to eco-friendly totes, gift bags, and sweet treat extras for the last-minute birthday gift or a thoughtful just-because.


Swag has a section for Philly-made crafts, and the back wall of the store is currently showing off artwork from two talented Philadelphia art students, ages 12 and 14.


The unique items and appealing layout of the store make Swag a vibrant addition to 2nd Street – and we can certainly see a Swag bag or two in our future.

SWAG Boutique

935 N. 2nd Street

267-888-7246              267-888-7246      

Fri: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Monday, November 29th, 2010

Winter Designer’s Tip: Ruffle Those Feathers!

small-feather-treesWhat are the design experts over at Busybee Homestore & Design Center feeling this winter? Feathers, Feathers, and more Feathers.

When they showed us what they had in mind for holiday decor this December, we had to agree: ‘Tis the season for ruffling some feathers with fun embellishment and texture instead of the usual ho-hum decorations.

Dreamy, feathery ornaments will add both whimsy and natural elegance to your holiday. The neutral colors will work with almost any room and are a refreshing change from all of the bright reds/greens and flashy silvers/golds that many of us turn to.




At Busybee Homestore and Design Center, you can find Glass Feather ornaments (small – $7 extra large $22) and Feather Balls ($8) for your tree and mantle, Ostrich Feather Plumes ($9), and a Feather Headdress from Cameroon ($550). Feather Trees from Roost are a beautiful tree alternative (Busybee stocks both Roost Trees and Tabletop White Feather Trees, small-medium-large $13-$30). The feather trees are collapsible and store easily in your closet. Visit the shop at 734 South Street for your holiday decor needs before you start trimming that tree!



Related: Fall Designer’s Tip: Go for the Glow!




Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Thursday, November 25th, 2010


gobbleRE/MAX Access would like to wish you a very happy thanksgiving  surrounded by ones you love! Remember to take some time to think about what you are thankful for.




Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Natural Cure for the Common Cold: Straight from the Wellness Expert in Northern Liberties

Sick manWe asked Karen Rossignol of Urban Roots Wellness Center (our featured neighbor this month!) for a Wellness Tip.”This recipe is for anyone who feels that they may be getting a cold and a must for anyone who is feeling it go into their chest, ” Rossignol promises.

Got that achy, run down feeling, congested, coughing, or feeling like pretty soon you will be? Here is a recipe that is not only tasty but will kick that bug right out of the ballpark. With immune boosting ingredients that you can find at the local store…

Rossignol’s Cold Cure:

1 to 3 large garlic cloves

Piece of ginger root, skinned and grated – 1/2 thumb size

Juice of 1/2 lemon or more to taste

Some cayenne

Tomato juice or V-8

Blend together. Take three times a day for one or two days. It will loosen the mucus and bring it up and out of your body.

Find these health incensing ingredients at some of our favorite local stores such as the Palm Tree Market, The Almanac, the Pink Dolphin Market, and Penn Herb.


Wellness is a Journey. Just ask Karen Rossignol and Nancy Blum, your Neighbors

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Hyperion Bank Holiday Food Drive Helps Raise Money for Local Families


Hyperion Bank in Northern Liberties, along with several local businesses in the community, helped support the 26th Police District in their Holiday Food Drive this year. They raised $880.00 that will go towards feeding families and senior citizens in need of a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

We’d like to thank Hyperion and all of the generous contributors involved in these efforts, including the Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council (KSNAC), Girard Business and Arts Assocation (GBAA) and the Northern Liberties Business Owners Association (NLBOA). Hyperion matched their own employees’ contributions dollar for dollar. They also collected non-perishable food items.

Thank you and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday!

Originally posted on  The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The Health System is Going to the Dogs!

ar125457299758313….and cats and birds and reptiles in Northern Liberties and we are thrilled about it!

What does Northern Liberties need next? How about an animal hospital?

With all of the dogs, cats, and other well-loved pets keeping us company in our animal-friendly neighborhood, the Northern Liberties Animal Hospital will be a much welcomed addition to the community. Whenever our furry friends get sick or are in need of care, it’ll be nice to have a local place to take them.

The 10,000 square foot veterinary hospital will be completed in Fall of 2011, located across from the Piazza at 966 N. 2nd Street. It will service dogs, cats and exotic pets such as birds, reptiles and small mammals.

You can find more information on the Northern Liberties Animal Hospital Facebook.


Frankford Avenue Has Gone to the Dogs

 Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The Holiday Walk in Fishtown: Gifts, Galleries, and Gallivanting

holidaywalk2010eblastFrom Girard to Lehigh Avenue, over 20 local businesses have teamed up to present a Holiday Walk on Friday, December 3 in Fishtown.

The participating businesses will offer seasonal discounts on crafts, trinkets, wares, and gifts, as well as provide refreshments, live performances, and more. Brought to you by the Fishtown Area Business Association.

Think of it as First Friday, Holiday Style. What we like about this walk is that even if it happens to be chilly out, there are quite a few places now where you can stop and warm up with a hot chocolate or coffee (we like to think of such beverages as “handwarmers”) and then settle at one of the local pubs after your walk for a delicious meal.

Check out the map for participating businesses.

View Kensington Fishtown Holiday Walk 2010 in a larger map

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Parking Power in Old City

5285745We all know how valuable a parking space is. You don’t want to risk getting a ticket or leaving your car somewhere for a long period of time. So how do you achieve Parking Peace of Mind?

Your own 24-7-365 parking spot in Old City is waiting. Never worry about your car’s safety again at the Old City Parkominium at 231-235 N 2nd St. Your car will love you for this.

– Use it yourself if you live or work nearby.

– Sell it to someone who does.

– Build equity.

– Zero maintenance.

Condo Fee only $85/month. Taxes $85/year. A fantastic financing option is available at 4.25 percent. (10 years fixed / 20 year AM). Covered space: $20,000. Rooftop parking: $19,500.

Your parking worries just cruised away. For more information, please contact the Somers Team.

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Broker’s Tour Tommorow 12:30PM @ 1512 S Woodstock Street!


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

What’s New in New Kensington?

5715308New. Sometimes there’s nothing else like it, whether it’s the smell of a new car or your first run in a new pair of sneakers. When you’re buying a home, features like a new roof or new windows and an updated bath and kitchen really make the difference.

2074 E. Cumberland Street is your chance to start anew in New Kensington, a 3 Story 4 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath home offered below appraised value. In an exciting neighborhood where new ventures are appearing every day, we present to you a golden opportunity.

The New:

– New roof with downspouts & capping

5715308c– New Front Door w/ Self-Storing Storm Doors

– New Energy-Efficient Windows

– Recessed Lighting

– Ceiling Fans

– Hard-wired Smoke Detectors and In-Wall Adjustable Lighting

– Remodeled baths. Main bath has a restored and resurfaced ball foot tub and 4ft wide stall shower.

– All Electric w/ Brand New EnergyStar Hot Water Heater, Kitchen Appliances, and Hydronic Baseboard Heaters. Baseboard heaters save money & energy by heating only the rooms you need.

– New flooring throughout

The Extras:

– Extra room behind kitchen (option to create home office or breakfast room).

– Rear yard offers deck w/ optimum privacy & a lawn to bury your feet in.

– Extra closet space

– For buyers’ peace of mind, this property includes a sellers-paid 1 yr AHS Home Warranty.

– Located blocks from Frankford El, steps from major bus routes, minutes from I-95.

Come see for yourself why you should try on something new in New Kensington. For more information, please contact the Somers Team.