It has been weeks since the last email. Promised myself this week I would get one out - was hoping for something before Friday happy hour but that is not the way it worked out.
In looking at my notes, there are many things on my mind....
A) Bunny Hop in Fairmount - still a fun night with lots of new and old faces around. Always the Thursday before Good Friday. Worthwhile event.
B) Congrats to my buddy Jay for winning the Drink Philly award for new best bar.
C) Obviously the events in Boston a few weeks back are awful. Philly had a nice solidarity run that I took part in that was a nice event.
D) I am volunteering some of my time with the PHL Convention and Visitor Bureau. They are looking for bands that want to play outside on Market Street this Spring and Summer some afternoons to entertain the convention goers. Location is on Market outside of Fieldhouse Bar. No pay but good exposure and some food/drink included. If you know of any bands that would be interested, please send them my way, thanks.
E) PHILLLIES - we all know they are not hitting. But someone needs to explain to me why our best relief pitcher can only be used in the 9th inning. If there is a possible turning point in the 7th or 8th inning when our backs are against the wall and we need the outs - in order to make the 9th inning relevant - how come we do not use Pappelbon? The highest paid relief pitcher in baseball sits in the bullpen while we struggle and usually fail to get the key outs - and hence lose the game. Drives me insane.
H) Philly and our stupid state stores are making national news in the National Review.
I) Can someone tell me how come Facebook took away the link to see where people 'checked in'? Now it shows your places nearby you and not people who checked in.
J) Rite Aid - for 2013, I have a 20% discount at Rite Aid. If you want to take advantage of it and keep me in the 20% discount club, all you have to do is enter my phone number at the time of check out when they ask if you have a wellness card. My cell is 215-519-9482. Take advantage....if we do, we all can have 20% off at Rite Aid in 2014 too...
K) My friends at Public House opened up a new bar in Midtown, Pennsylvania 6. Info here. Good luck with another new place to Gary, Puri, and Chris.
And finally, I have a new home on the market as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This is our 5th home we completed in the program. Fully updated Mt. Airy home: 1328 E Sharpnack. As always, happy to help you buy or sell homes in Philadelphia - or assist in finding a contractor. Curious to know what your neighbors home sold for, just email me the address. Happy to help.... - Mark
SPONSOR: PREAKNESS 2013 (May 18th) (Email me for $20 off)
We are heading to The Preakness! An amazingly fun day of outdoor concerts, games, horses, and new people to meet!
The PREAKNESS Headline acts have been ANNOUNCED!!!
PITBULL and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Along with Afrojack, Chevelle, Florida-Georgia Line & Kristen and the Noise!
SPONSOR: PREAKNESS 2013 (May 18th)
1) Young couple in Northern Liberties seeking a full time nanny.
We're looking for someone willing to work 9-6, 5 days a week. Must have some sort of experience with babies. Our daughter will be 3 months in June and that's when we're looking to start. We also have a very nice apartment attached to our home (seperate entrance) that could possibly be part of the compensation if it's mutually beneficial.
Interested parties please email Adam firstname.lastname@example.org with a little about yourself.
2) The Philadelphia Craft Beer & Oysterfest
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ Doc Magrogan's Oyster House
Announcing the 1st Annual Philadelphia Craft Beer & Oyster Festival at Doc Magrogan's! You and your friends are in for a treat as Doc's opens it's doors to the first of a summer long series of festivals paired with some of the area's best food. Tickets Include craft brew samples, fresh-shucked oysters (see list on website), and oyster menu item, and more! beer-only tickets available
B) Barnes raising prices - First Sunday of the month is FREE
C) 10 Highest Beer Prices In Major League Baseball (Phillies #3 - but only 37 cents an ounce)
E) Loews Hotel spends $14 million on renovations
G) Court rejects routine no-warrant DUI blood tests
J) Where does the Phillies payroll rank?
K) Play Ball!: Your Calorie Guide to Concessions at Citizens Bank Park . A nutrition guide to the Phillies stadium's most popular snacks. READ MORE
L) Marijuana goes mainstream and now the suits want pot brownies, natch
P) Study: Taste Of Beer Makes People Want To Drink More
Q) Philly coffee shop ranked #1 in America
A) "The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short." Abraham H. Maslow
B) "If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life." Abraham H. Maslow
C) "The greater danger for most men lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark." Michelangelo
D) Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." Robert F. Kennedy
E) "The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision." - Maimonides
5) Hop Sing Laundromat
extending business hours and overhauling the menu starting today. And, no, this isn't an April Fools gag. Hop Sing Laundromat is now open 7-days-a-week from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., starting tonight. There's a new happy hour going down every Sunday through Tuesday, too, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with cheaper drinks, but always top quality spirits.
In addition to the new hours, there's a whle brand-spanking new menu, too, with crazy concoctions like the Cuban Missile Crisis (Jameson Gold, El Dorado 21-year-old rum, with a lemon twist and orange peel), and the Philly Colada (Don Q Grand Anejo, a shot of El Dorado 151, fresh pineapple juice foamed up, mint, cream, and coconut liqueur).
6) Food truck takeover at 30th Street (April)
The lunchtime selection at the Porch at 30th Street (just outside 30th Street Station) will include food trucks from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in April.
Wednesdays: The Cow and The Curd (cheese curds), Cupcake Carnivale, Lucky Old Souls (burgers), and the Sunflower Truck Stop (sandwiches)
Fridays: Just Jackie's Food Truck (sandwiches, soups, sides), Say Cheese (grilled cheese sandwiches), Spot Burger, and Sweetbox Cupcakes.
7) City Grant Program Subsidizes Security Cameras for Businesses - Half the cost reimbursed
TheCity's Department of Commerce has a new program for every legal business in Philadelphia to install exterior cameras. Each business has a chance to get 50% reimbursement up to $3,000. Get the guidelines and application from the NLNA's web site by clicking here.
The digital camera security system must have the ability for remote login by the Philadelphia Police Department and be installed on the outside of your building.
Questions? Contact Samuel Kuang-hsien Chueh, Dept. of Commerce, 215-683-2014, Samuel.Chueh@phila.gov.
You can also contact the NLNA's security camera vendor, Corey Nydick, 215-264-4234 or email@example.com for information about cameras and other technology issues.
8) HAPPY HOUR AT THE PATIO (1818 Market)
As long as good weather is abound, we will be out there with live DJs starting 4:30pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at Marathon 1818 Market.
Don't forget, Karaoke Happy Hour inside on Thursdays.
Drink & Food Specials 4:30 - 7:00pm
$3 Yard's Pale Ale | Miller Lite :: $4 House Merlot | House Chardonnay :: $5 Don Q Rumrita | Don Q Cuba Libre :: $3.50 Basket of Dogs :: $3.50 Sweet Potato Fries
$3.50 Margherita Flatbread MUSIC UNTIL CLOSE!
9) Mr. Greengenes' Last Show! @ XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
10) SUNDAY, April 28th, Fairmount Arts Crawl, 2pm - 6pm
11) MANAYUNK BREW FEST
Join in the Area's Longest Standing Brew Fest!
Manayunk Brewing Company's 15th Annual Brew Fest
Home Brew to Pro Brew - 4 Hour Craft Beer Tasting Extravaganza
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
12) PIFA Street Fair
11-7 :: April 27th
Broad Street shut down
13) Flavors of the Avenue
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) welcomes a record-setting 25 restaurants to South Philadelphia’s largest outdoor food and drink festival on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy a true taste of East Passyunk as award-winning restaurants and bars offer samples of their signature dishes and drinks under the cover of a big top tent between Morris and Dickinson streets. Exciting debuts this year include Noord, Sophia’s, Will BYOB, Pollyodd, Plenty and Ippolito’s. Outside the Flavors tent, guests will enjoy a free street festival with vendors and live music. At the Singing Fountain, Crafty Balboa presents the annual April Showers craft market from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event is rain or shine. VIP tickets are $50 per person and include early access and special perks. General admission tickets are $30.
14) Help Philabundance Squash Hunger! The 3rd Annual Cupcake Smash! PYT @ The Piazza
Philabundance is once again joining forces with PYT, America’s craziest burger joint, to challenge area cupcake enthusiasts to enjoy, create, and most importantly fight hunger in the third coming of Cupcake Smash! Hitch a free ride to or from the event with Uber*.
Rain or shine!
WHERE: PYT, In the Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
COST: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. ALL AGES are welcome to attend. *Must be 21 and older to drink, ID’s will be checked. Proceeds will go to Philabundance.
15) Taste the Nation
April 28, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm - Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
After party admit with vip ticket…
We are having 25ish of philly finest restaurants providing food. Bevo’s are beer both local and international, wine and alcohol drinks from area mixologist
Fab raffle prizes and silent auction…..
Proceeds go to eliminating childhood hunger – 1 in 4 kids in Philly.
16) New rock gym in Philly
17) EducationWorks Champions for Children
Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
MORE: For more information and to RSVP Click HERE
18) Mike Tyson at Kimmel Center
Kimmel Center presents
Directed by Spike Lee
In association with Larry Magid Entertainment Group
19) South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 pm
South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147, United States
On Saturday, May 4th from 12:00pm – 8:00pm, the South Street Headhouse District will hold its new signature street event, the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival. The Spring Festival will be a free, all-ages . . . Read More
20) The Great Urban Race
Saturday, May 4th
21) Derby De Mayo
The greatest two minutes in sports just got even more exciting! BarCrawls.com is throwing a Kentucky Derby Party at TAVERN ON BROAD! A ticket to the Kentucky Derby Party gets you access to the party on Saturday, May 4th from 2pm-9pm with drink and food specials. Place your bets with us as we celebrate outlandish feathered hats, mint juleps, and racing horses for the 139th Kentucky Derby!
$3 Coors Light
$4 Mint Juleps
$5 Makers Mark
1/2 off appetizers
22) Zumbathon for MS
Multiple Sclerosis is a deadly autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and has been diagnosed to over 2.1 people worldwide. Come take part in Zumbathon on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at one of Philadelphia's landmarks, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dance this disease away!
This two-hour fitness party features Zumba, a fun, high energy, and calorie burning workout that incorporates dance through Latin, Indian, African, and other international beats. To dance, Zumbathon participants must raise at least $125. The money that you raise will benefit over 14,000 local people suffering from this disease. Not only will you dance your way to a world free of MS, but you will also be working on your fitness, getting in shape for the new year, and actively supporting your community!
There is presently no cure for the disease, however, with the money raised for research initiatives, we can join together to fight the ongoing battle.
Register today at ZumbathonForMs.org or call 1.800.548.4611 and make a difference while grooving to some beats, enjoying some laughs, and bonding over a common cause.