The other week we attended East Passyunk’s first Second Saturday for Families. They invited a group of bloggers and their families to come take a tour of the street to see what they have to offer. First drive down the street doesn’t really lead you to anything fancy. It’s an old street, filled with old buildings, if you like that sort of thing. I do. I love old buildings. However, if you don’t really care about old buildings you will pretty much drive through and say “YAY! Businesses. Big deal.” But that’s the thing. East Passyunk isn’t just businesses. It’s a living breathing culture, with old beaten buildings on the outside, and vibrant colors inside. With living bodies inside, keeping the heartbeat of what is old, alive and young. Over the next few weeks I will share spotlights of different businesses with more pictures to show what the weather beaten exterior hides.
We had the opportunity to check out different businesses and the services they have to offer. We toured Alphabet Academy and Alphabet Aquarium while the kids planted watermelon or sunflower seeds, tried out yoga, painted with apples and sifted for sea shells. I will share more about them in another post but I loved their design, philosophy and how well they incorporated being green into their old city buildings.
The kids decorated cupcakes at Ms. Goody’s cupcakes, practiced the drums at Kings Music store, and made a small craft reminding them that Nice Things…Handmade carries all handmade items, mostly made in the USA. They learned all about the impact plants have on the air we breathe and our everyday life, at the gorgeously designed Urban Jungle.
We enjoyed lunch, complements of FUEL, and when I say we enjoyed lunch, we THOROUGHLY enjoyed lunch. (A post dedicated to lunch at FUEL coming soon.)
We visited so many shops and had so much fun I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts spotlighting the different businesses on East Passyunk Avenue. There were so many businesses I stopped in to see, and so many great business owners who took the time to visit with me and share their history and what drives them.
Thanks to Alphabet Academy for sponsoring this event. Also, a big thank you to all the businesses who are participated in Second Saturday for Families (and Bloggers).