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And Baby Makes Five

His wife’s back in town. There’s a baby on the way. And two new artists at his shop. For Frequency Tattoo’s John Howie, life is expanding in all kinds of exciting directions.

Congratulations to Frequency Tattoo’s John Howie and his beautiful wife Dana Michael! Our favorite hipster couple announced what had already been whispered at their famous Labor Day bbq:

“So Dana and I are up to no good,” John posted to Facebook with a pic of them mugging and Dana with a big “BABY” across her belly. The new Howie is expected this April – until then, John’s doubling down on building his business with new talent and a great special this month: The Return of Flash Friday the 13th!

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Local Tap Takeover Times Two

Welcoming our favorite beer to our favorite bar: WBC brings two of their most popular brews to Murphy’s. EFL was there!

When Tim Gill of Wissahickon Brewing Company reached out to us in email about his brewery’s first local keg delivery to Murphy’s, we dropped everything and raced right over. And it wasn’t just the chance to toast the occasion with the first drafts.

Then again, maybe it was.

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Big F for A-Plus

Neighbors demand answers about aggressive panhandlers at this local gas station/mini market. 

Have you seen the kids hanging out at the Sunoco/A-Plus mini mart on Ridge? We don’t usually get our gas there, but on a few Ben & Jerry’s runs this summer we encountered some teenagers with their hands out for spare change. “Nope,” we said, and they told us to have a nice day. Shrug.

Then Nextdoor started buzzing with comments from neighbors who’d been pressured by these kids to let them pump gas, hang up the pumps, buy them something in the store… There were reports of them stealing items from cars and even throwing things at customers. “The kid literally took the pump out of my hands and I had to ask him quite a few times to leave,” a woman wrote. Yikes.

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Fresh Start at Fresh Cuts

Fresh Cuts’ Joseph Davis, and a crew of Philly barber pros, help local kids start the school year right.

The way Joe Davis sees it, a fresh start for kids going back to school requires a fresh look. “It gives the kids a boost to get their hair cut and look their best. It’s a confidence builder,” said Davis, owner of Fresh Cuts on Midvale.

For 34 lucky local kids, they got their boost free of charge (and school supplies to boot) on September 2nd during Fresh Cuts’ 5th annual Community Giveback.

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Business Time

A hyper-local look at the coolest small businesses we met while planning a neighborhood bash for 2,000 people.

Last July, Alden Park welcomed East Falls and surrounding communities to explore its historical charms and 21st century luxuries. EFL helped spread the word and make it a full day and night by the pools under stunning architecture, with all the local attractions we could pull together.

Huge thanks to all the amazing vendors and talents who came out to make Miami Days so special for neighbors and residents alike.

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Hard Pressed to Drink Better

Last year we had a brewery open, this year it’s a cidery in nearby Germantown with cozy tasting room steeped in local history. BONUS: their fool-proof recipe you can try at home!  

Young American Cider is an emerging Germantown business producing distinctive hard ciders with crisp and complex profiles that we desperately want to tell you is available for purchase.

But no! They’re still jumping thru LCB hoops before they can sell their product – however they can provide it free at tastings.

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Say It Isn’t So!

Neighborhood fixture Epicure Café closes up shop (sniff).

Every morning since I moved here in 2010, we started our day with a cup of java from Epicure Cafe. That tradition comes to a screeching halt this summer, when Tom and Arlene Leschak close their corner coffee shop on July 23rd, to retire from over 40 years in the restaurant biz. It all went down so suddenly…

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High Fashion in the Falls

Jovan O’Connor‘s designs shine at iconic Alden Park. Photography by Captured by Caity.

Alden Park’s a historic location that never gets old. With its rose-colored towers, Art Deco pool, and sprawling, landscaped grounds, it’s like something out of a movie or Vogue.

And the perfect backdrop for Jovan O’Connor’s special occasion designs!

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Howl to Make the World a Better Place

Clothes that move & groove with you — plus give back to the environment and community. A very yogic swimsuit shoot at Alden Park, with PhillyU senior and sustainable living advocate Nicole Boychuck.   

Yoga has hit East Falls hard this summer, with all ages & body types coming out for communal stretch-fests from McMichael Park to Wissahickon Brewing Company — and even the Mills, where Opportunity Barks hosted “Doga” featuring asanas for two legs, and four.

Although yoga’s not a team sport, these days it’s a great social activity where you can get a glow going with your neighbors that often carries over into food, beers, conversation. What to wear, when you want to work out but look cute afterwards, too?

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Mmmm… Mmmm… MIAMI!

Local restaurants and caterers put their best bites forward for Miami Days. Enjoy a mini-food fest of small plates ($5 and under) from noon till 4pm at Alden Park Apartments. Is that a cider tasting?

Miami Nights will delight with Marvin Graaf’s authentic Cuban menu — paired with tropical drinks and beer! — but Miami Days will tickle your tastebuds with local flavor. We’re psyched to present this exciting mix of local chefs showcasing their favorite dishes, plus a lovely way to wrap a historical tour:

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