Archive for March, 2014

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Open House Schedule for Sunday, March 30th

Sunday, March 30th

Fishtown — 1834 Sepviva Street — 11:00am-1:00pm

Northern Liberties — 605 N. Bodine Street — 12:00pm-2:00pm

Fishtown — 2437 E. York Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Fishtown — 2620 Tulip Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Northwood — 946 Herbert Street — 2:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

FYI- Rad Philly Haps

by Karley Cohen


Is the weather effecting Philly buildings? How will Philly’s first Wine Week go? What is going on with SEPTA? Where are some rad home decor places?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Get Your Sneak On in NoLibs

by: Jarek Cottosole-controlfrontSneakers are a popular part of today’s culture. You can find every one from young people to “old heads” wearing the latest shoes. Jordans are the most popular choice of sneakers these days with all Nikes a close second. If you ask someone why they collect sneakers, they will be quick to tell you that it is a lifestyle. Always searching for the rarest sneakers or waiting in line for new drops like a pair of retro Jordans, it’s no wonder that this hobby is addictive AND expensive.


In Philadelphia, there are very few places with a collection as large as the one found in Sole Control. Located at 1050 N Hancock St. inside the Piazza, Sole Control is a sneaker boutique and consignment shop. Consignment means that they sell other peoples shoes and keep 20% of the profit for themselves.

Although I find their prices to be on the more expensive side, their selection proves why. They have some of the rarest shoes ever made ranging from OG Jordans with the Nike swoosh on the back to a pair of Bathing Apes. Whatever you may be searching for can be found within the walls of Sole Control, and if not, they will help you search for the shoe.

1227091763You can be sure you are getting your sneakers in the best condition when buying from Sole Control. They shrink wrap most of their inventory to keep them looking brand new much like another popular sneaker boutique named Flight Club in New York.


I have been retired from the sneaker game for some years now, but I still find coming to this place to be an exciting experience. I get to see all the sneakers that I once owned, or never got the chance to purchase. Even some that I have never even seen in person. If I was still in the “game”, then I would be at Sole Control at least once a month buying some of the rarest heat they’d have to offer.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Awesome Realtor Alert- Jonathan Mendys Saves the Day!

by Elizabeth FlynnJon-Mendys

One of our favorite realtors, Jon Mendys has been working hard to help his clients for two forevers, but recently he both helped a client sell their house in a “faltering” neighborhood, then helped them buy a house in a better school district.

Talk about turning a family’s future around! Jon Mendys is a perfect example of how choosing the right real estate agent can change your and your family’s destiny for the better.

There’s no way we could say it as well as Jon’s client- so we’re including the entire Zillow review below.

Go Jon! Check out his websiteJon Mendys Card!

“So, you’re thinking of buying or selling a house? Look no further for your real estate agent! Jon Mendys WILL help you accomplish your goal…no matter how out of reach it may seem at the moment! My quest to sell my house in a faltering neighborhood and buy a house in a much better neighborhood began a few years ago. I owed more than my house was worth according to market value, the neighborhood was starting to see more & more crime, and I HAD to move my family to a better area. I’m sure you are thinking the same thing I was…impossible. Then, I met Jon. He had helped my friend sell & buy and they recommended him to me. THANK GOD for this man! He is more than just a real estate agent! He became my friend! Jon took me by the hand, guided me through a very difficult sale of my house, directed me down each path, and went above & beyond the call of duty in every way! I can’t say enough good things about him! From being extrremely responsive (my pet peeve in life) to going to bat for us in every aspect of both settlements…Jon is the epitome of what a great real estate agent is! In today’s day & age it is difficult to find someone who is 100% vested in their client’s best interest and not just how much of a paycheck they will get after the sale. I am extremely lucky to have him in my corner and help me reach my goal of moving my family to a beautiful new house in a beautiful new neighborhood!”

Monday, March 24th, 2014

FYI- Go Outside and Ride.


Curated by Jarek Cotto

The weather is starting to get warmer as winter releases its tight hold on Philly. With temperatures reaching 68 degrees on Saturday, it looks like we can finally pack our scarves and gloves away for the season. Warm weather means one thing. Biking! More and more people are starting to bring their bikes out, including me, these past couple of days. If you have not joined the club do not fret, it’s not too late to grab a fixie or single speed. There are a lot of places to get bikes from in Philly. Breakaway Bikes and Jay’s Pedal Power are only a couple. Don’t sleep! Get your bikes as soon as you can.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Open House Schedule for March 22nd and 23rd

Saturday, March 22nd

New Britain — 409 Ferris Lane– 1:00pm-3:00pm


Sunday, March 23rd

Manayunk — 4452 Baker Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Port Richmond — 3539 Almond Street — 12:00pm-1:30pm

Northern Liberties — 605 N. Bodine Street — 12:00pm-2:00pm

Port Richmond — 3307 Livingston Street — 2:00pm-3:00pm

Waterfront Square — 901 N. Penn Street, unit 1004 — 1:00pm-2:00pm

Rhawnhurst — 8559 Benton Avenue — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Fishtown — 1834 Sepviva Street — 11:00am-1:00pm

Fishtown — 2155 E. Norris Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Dolphin Tavern- Dancing in South Philly!

by: Karley Cohen



The Dolphin Tavern is a bar/club at Broad and Tasker in the East Passyunk Crossing section of South Philly.  The club is approaching its 1 year anniversary since being taken over by Four Corners Management. I was able to talk with Murph, the rad General Manager over there about his bartending experience and some awesome things going on.

Murph is not new to the industry by any means, he started at age 14 working at a diner at 5am on Saturdays along with a pizza and pasta place called Pallantes Pasta Co. By senior year of high school he was the weekend manager, and proceeded to stay with the company and cook for their catering events during his time at college.




How did you get into bartending?

Murph: “by 21 I was bartending for a catering company called Feast Your Eyes, and it wasn’t long after that  began “guest bartending” at queer parties to get my foot in the door at bars.  I eventually proved my worth and was hired at Voyeur Nightclub.  I worked there and at Woody’s for 4 years as a bartender/promoter and even started booking local parties.  It was there I met Dave P. and was offered a management opportunity with the Dolphin.  Now here I am!”






How has the Dolphin changed since Four Corners took over?

Murph: “I can’t speak to what the old Dolphin was because I literally never set food inside of it before March 2013.  However, the bar has gone through some great interior changes like the addition of the light walls and satellite bar in the back that makes it easy for people to grab quick beers while staying on the dance floor.  We did try to keep the original charm of the famous old building to pay homage to everything it was before.”



There are a lot of big name DJs that come through, how have you managed to make The Dolphin a destination bar in Philadelphia?

Murph: “Working with Dave P. (Making Time) and Sean Agnew (R5) has been amazing.  They have managed to bring in huge artists for amazing DJ sets in an intimate venue.  Seeing artists like Animal Collective, Seth Troxler, and George Fitzgerald play a DJ set to only 200 people is amazing and it is an intimate experience that most other venues do not offer”


Are there any drink specials patrons should know about?

Murph: “½ off everything for happy hour 8-10 every day of the week”


The bar has a relationship with Art in the Age, what kind of cocktails have you created?

Murph: “We have a great cocktail list that we have curated with Art in the Age.  It features some of their premiere spirits (Sage, Rhubarb, Root, and Snap) in creative and fun ways.  Our most popular drink would probably be the Sageside, which is a refreshing martini-style cocktail with Sage, gin, fresh lime juice, and house-made simple syrup”



A few weekends ago you started having a weekly sunday night queer party, Clubhaus – do you have any other special events coming up?

Murph: “We have worked hard to be a bar that is inclusive to everyone and we really just want to throw great parties where people can dance and have a great time.  Clubhaus was our


premiere of our new weekly queer party on Sundays, and so far it has been amazing.  [The first Sunday] we had drag performances and burlesque dancers and the fantastic Drootrax spinning.  [This past] Thursday, March 13th, we premiered our new monthly party “Sissy Hop” which will be a queer soul night from the created of Cut N Paste.  We are super stoked for that!”



For upcoming events you can check out the Dolphin online at:

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

FYI- Cool Philly Haps You’re Missing


By Karley Cohen
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Hemp Milk at La Colombe! Sabrina’s Cafe in the suburbs! Point Breeze hidden businesses! New spin on the Franklin Flea.


La Colombe now offers hemp milk (City Paper)

Sabrina’s Cafe – Main Line (Philly Mag)

Point Breeze: The Breeze Is All Business (Philadelphia Neighborhoods)

Experimental Flea Market, Franklin Flea, Getting An Outdoor Springtime Venue (CBS)


Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Open House Schedule for March 16th

Sunday, March 16th
Northwood — 946 Herbert Street — 12:30pm-2:30pm

Northern Liberties — 989 N. 6th Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Fishtown — 1834 Sepviva Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Kung Fu Necktie- Fishtown Rocks

By Jarek Cotto


Photo By Jarek Cotto

Kung Fu Necktie is a concert venue and bar with an attitude. Located under the El at front street, this spot is gaining quite the rep in the neighborhood. Attracting a young crowd, this bar is anything but old and dusty. People from all over Fishtown come here to hang out, and watch sets by some of the local and popular musicians. Drinks come cheap with Philadelphia’s brewing company Kenzinger being the signature choice.

Photo by:

Photo by:

The stage has plenty of room for the performers to show out and there is plenty of space for concert goers to snap. The concert area itself is comfortable for a sold out show but still has the intimacy of a small venue. There is a diverse crowd that can be found here drinking whatever is on tap or just dancing on the floor.

Photo By Dan Cohoon

Photo By Dan Cohoon

Being in the hipster mecca Fishtown, it’s no wonder that this place attracts a large indie/artsy customer base. That definitely rubs off in the decor of KFN. Wood counters and shelves align the walls of this dimly lit space. With tables crafted from bowling alley lanes, its a fresh new look from when it was the Penalty Box.

Lantern. Photo by Kyle Costill

Lantern. Photo by Kyle Costill

With a new look creating a new atmosphere, it isn’t a surprise that Kung Fu Necktie is popular.  Anyone with a good taste in music and beer can be found here. Are you a part of the crowd?

Creepoid. Photo By Dan Cohoon

Photo By Dan Cohoon