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Brews Under the Bridges

Beer, food, music, and vendors under the Twin Bridges every third Thursday from now thru September. 

Successful launch of East Falls’ new beer garden by the river. Thanks everyone for coming out for music, tacos, local vendors and beer of course.

We’ve got lots of pics plus great quotes from neighbors, businesses, and community leaders for our recap (on the way) — meanwhile, more video clips from the first spin of this monthly event.

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Rules of Engagement: Pack Play for your Dog

Dog parks, doggie daycare, and dog-friendly events can be awesome for social pups — but some temperaments can feel frightened or overwhelmed. Little White Dog’s Barb Berman shares insights from 3+ years of off-leash adventures in doggie daycare. 

While dogs are very social creatures not all enjoy interacting with other dogs whether it’s on leash or off.  Five quick questions can help assess your dog’s sociability:

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Raise a Glass, At Last!

Here’s to beer’s historic return to East Falls — may Wissahickon Brewing Company thrive and prosper at their spectacular location on School House. Pics & video from Opening Day, plus owner Tim Gill’s personal recap.

credit: WBC

After months of “open houses,” Wissahickon Brewing Company officially cut the ribbon (er, construction tape) on the first local brewery here since Hohenadel closed in the 50’s. And so kicked off a weekend-long celebration that filled the area with craft beer lovers, curious neighbors, kids, dogs…

“I don’t know, guys, I think East Falls might be getting some vibe,” said O Claire, neighbor & owner of Koco Nails on Ridge.  She and her dad, Myron, met us late Saturday night as the party was winding down, actually.

Earlier that day, WBC was almost too busy, with limited seating and long waits for beer — not that anyone seemed to care (us included, we had a blast!)

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Well Founded

Founded Coffee and Pizza is more than an innovative new business, it’s a classic immigrant success story.

Fahri and his brothers. (l to r) Ahmet, Fahri, Mustafa, and Halil

Fahri Demirpence, owner of Founded Coffee and Pizza on Henry Ave., didn’t always dream of coming to America. But when he was growing up in the village of Atmanek in Turkey (near Suruc and the Syrian border), the constant threat of violence convinced him early on that life had to be better elsewhere.

I was 5 or 6 and I can still remember the bullets, the red tracers, flying overhead. My brothers and I could see them from our bedroom….”

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Candid Cameras on Career Day

Our first Career Day at Mifflin did not go as planned — but what fun would that have been? We got schooled on social media when the kids turned our cameras on each other.

As bloggers, our goal for our first Career Day wasn’t just to teach the kids about blogging. We also wanted to get a blog post out of it, so we brought every recording device we owned (and one we borrowed!) in the hopes of getting enough pics and videos to showcase our experience.

With the exception of a stationary cell phone/webcam, Mifflin’s kids provide all the content in this post. They filmed and photographed each other, they interviewed each other using some questions we gave them, and also some they made up as they got comfortable talking on camera.

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Bon Voyage, Gina!

The former EFDC Executive Director exchanges an office space for a year-long adventure in the south of France.

Wow, what a surprise! One minute Gina Snyder’s planning a boat landing and next year’s Dance on the Falls Bridge, the next she’s off to the south of France. From Ridge Ave to Marseille, a fishing port on the Mediterranean, in a heartbeat. We had no idea (and neither did many other Fallsers) until she made the announcement late last month.

We’re sorry to see her go, but are excited at the prospect of her tooling around the ancient streets of France’s 2nd largest city. She won’t be leaving us just yet though. She has tendered her resignation but agreed to stay on with EFDC until a replacement can be brought up to speed (sometime this summer).

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Fallser Fashion: Marble Nails

East Falls doesn’t often set style trends but this weekend, all eyes were on nails by Koco after a write-up in Sunday’s Inquirer. 

So this weekend as hoards of beer lovers descended on our neighborhood for Wissahickon Brewing Company’s grand opening, the Philadelphia Inquirer called us out as a hot spot for fashion-forward nail art.

Elizabeth Wellington’s piece on “marbling” highlights subtle stone patterns for spring manicures, like Koco Salon’s design of soft grays with a swirl of pink sparkle. While the look is fresh, the effect is actually over two decades old — first popular in the 90’s, when Koco’s owner, Onisha “O” Claire, was first getting into the nail industry.

Now 20 years later, O’s overcome with gratitude and enthusiasm for her profession that’ll resonate with anyone else who’s doing what they love.

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Closing Time

Last call for Murphy’s? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! 

Unbe-freakin-believable. If you’re like us, you were stunned when you heard the news: a famous East Falls bar will soon be history. Say it isn’t so, Murphy’s Irish Saloonery!

“It’s time,” Mike Murphy told us — not nearly as gently as he should have, by the way (a free beer would’ve lessened the blow, just sayin’).

But this place is an institution, and it’s busy every night. The best Irish bar in the state, yet. What gives?

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LOCAL BUSINESS BUMP: Little White Dog

UPDATE April 2017: Barb scored the nomination, now she needs our votes. CLICK HERE to vote for Little White Dog to win the 2017 Reader’s Choice Award in Dog Daycare/Boarding.

East Falls represent! Calumet street resident — and Scott’s lane business owner — wins a Philly.com “Reader’s Choice” nomination. We’ve got five good reasons to cast a vote for her, plus: adorable dog pics! 

One thing to know about Barb Berman: she’s a friend of ours, and our votes were entirely personal — as is this post. But the whole concept of a “Reader’s Choice” award is subjective, right? We’re not voting for “Best Of” or even “Top Rated.” We’re voting as readers.

We’re voting as neighbors too — this is a Philly.com contest, after all. Of course we wanna cheer on a fellow Fallser who’s trying to bring some good buzz to our community!

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Ready for Commerce on Conrad

Space available in the former Hohenadel office building — including a turn-key deli/market with many possibilities for success in our growing neighborhood. 

East Falls’ secondary business corridor‘s been experiencing some growing pains recently. Neighbors are grappling to appreciate five modern townhomes at the corner of Conrad and Penn, while up the street at Sunnyside, once-promising businesses vacate — including the abrupt closing of a local favorite, Conrad Market.

What happened? And what could do better here, instead?

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