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Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe is proud to be hosting an art installation in conjunction with Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Adrienne Theater & Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.

As many of you know FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that stretches the imagination and boldly defies expectation. As the city’s lead experimenter in the arts, FringeArts exposes audiences to unpredictable dance, theater and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who are pushing the boundaries of art-making and redefining the artistic landscape worldwide.

The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

Year-round programming is presented at FringeArts’ state-of-the-art center on the Delaware River Waterfront—a renovated historic building that also houses a restaurant and beer garden. Each September, the organization presents the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day celebration that fills the city’s neighborhoods with more than 1,000 curated and independently produced contemporary performances.

For Fringe 2016 Front Street Cafe is the proud host of an interactive art installation.

Front Street Cafe & Fringe Arts
A Similar Fringe Arts Installation will be at Front Street Cafe, Photo courtesy of Bobbi Block

Tongue & Groove is installing a Before I Die interactive chalkboard mural, to be unveiled on Sept 8 at 6:30pm at its groovy location at the Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.  For the installation party they will have music from the booty-shaking Brazilian Samba band, Unidos da Filadelfia!  And you can enjoy delicious food, beer and fresh juices from the Cafe.
The Mural prompts anyone to complete the phrase “Before I Die I Want To…’
Anyone can add their hopes and dreams to it; responses from the mural will be added to audience responses to inspire each T&G Fringe performance.

The board will be located on the outside-facing wall of Front St Cafe at N. Front and W. Thompson Streets.  (

Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater
Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater

The day after the mural unveiling, Sept 9, T&G Debuts

the performance!

Sept 9 @8pm • Sept 10 @ 5pm
Sept 17 @ 5pm • Sept 23 @ 8pm • Sept 24 @ 5pm

The PlayGround at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St

Responses off the wall will be mixed with audience responses submitted at the theater.
The actors will use these anonymously-submitted bucket-list dreams to inspire a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues.

For more information, video clips:

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe Sponsors Philly Block Project

Front Street Cafe is honored to be an official sponsor of the Philly Block Project and Philadelphia Photo’s Arts Center’s year long project.

Philly block project

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.

Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
Residents of N. Cadwallader Street in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia PA pose for Philly Block Project artists Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery in June, 2016.
From October 2015 to November 2016, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) and renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, curator Kalia Brooks and other collaborating artists, including Lisa Fairstein, Wyatt Gallery, Hiroyuki Ito, and Will Steacy, have partnered to launch the Philly Block Project—a year-long, socially-engaged collaboration that provides a visual narrative of South Kensington’s past and present through photographs, while creating shared spaces for fostering interconnectivity, celebrating the history, and preserving the heritage of the community.   
See the article in Philly Mag here.
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Photo by Steve Weinik c/o City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

On September 7th 2016 Front Street Cafe was the proud host and sponsor of the VIP dinner for the project, along with donations from local  Philadelphia Brewing Company,  Faber Distilling, and Stateside Spirits the evening was one to remember!  The Cafe served 75 guests in the private garden and the weather was perfect.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice and appreciation of contemporary photography. We offer classes and workshops, fine art printing services and the option to create work in our Artist Lab, exhibitions and lectures.
Check out all the upcoming events!
  • Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122, running from June 9-August 28, 2016, comprised of photos submitted by individuals who have called South Kensington home over the years.
  • The Philly Block Exhibition from Hank Willis Thomas and collaborating artists, opening September 8, 2016 and featuring images from South Kensington’s present. Then come back to PPAC for the project’s wrap up celebration with a street festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
  • And at the Philly Block Project’s core, ongoing community dialogue and engagement. Over the course of the year, PPAC will serve as a meeting place for residents, wherein monthly community meetings, free artmaking workshops and performances will be hosted in the PPAC gallery. These gatherings will allow residents and partners to inform the direction of the community-driven project as it moves along, while sparking connections between neighbors new and old.



Fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry

Front Street Cafe fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry Please join us this Thursday at Front Street Cafe Philadelphia from 6pm-8pm for Networking for a Cause. We will be raising money for Broad Street Ministry while building our professional network! Tickets are $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres and 1 free drink. We will be auctioning off Philadelphia Flyers merchandise including Flyers vs. Red Wings game tickets, Flyer’s Wives Carnival tickets, 2 autographed game sticks (Claude Giroux and Steve Mason) and much more!
Tickets can be purchased with the link in the invite below or at the door. If you are unable to attend but would like to bid or donate you can do so on the Community Builder website in the invite. Hope to see you there!  More info about Broad Street Ministry hereBroad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (“BSM”) is a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters and nurtures artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality and—works for a more just world through civic engagement. Learn more about our mission and core values. Also, read about our vision and purpose here.

Learn about the astonishing history and the exciting future of Broad Street Ministry in “Our Story.”

Find out about the dynamic individuals who are leading Broad Street Ministry into the future in Leadership.

Learn about Broad Street Ministry’s Financial Information here.

Common Questions and Answers about BSM and HC

To take a look at our Hospitality Board or Board of Trustees go here.

As Broad Street Ministry makes a difference for a community, many writers have taken interest and written about BSM. Read about Broad Street Ministry in the News here.

BSM also welcomes into its body not just those who are on the margins of faith but those who are on the margins of society. Here, a member of a prestigious private club worships alongside a person experiencing homelessness. The gay and lesbian activist passes the peace with the Pentecostal lay preacher. The possessor of a PhD. in theology prays alongside the summa cum laude graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. Churches should regularly feature this kind of diversity but in our experience—they seldom do. We believe that diversity of belief, skin tone and life circumstance strengthens our witness as a Christian community—and we work hard to extend it. We worship weekly at 4pm.

Star newspaper notices the Front Street Flea

Front Street Flea

Wheth­er you’re on the hunt for loc­ally craf­ted jew­elry or ar­tis­an­al soaps and lo­tions, Front Street Flea, hos­ted by Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front St., of­fers a wide ar­ray of items pro­duced by makers and en­tre­pren­eurs in the River Wards.

Great original article by Amanda Staller/Star Newspaper is here.

The first of a reg­u­larly sched­uled monthly event took place on Sunday, Jan. 31, pulling in dozens of loc­als in search of hid­den gems.

Front Street Flea Vendors

“This is just a beau­ti­ful of­fer­ing to give the com­munity and the artists of the com­munity a place to show their gor­geous­ness,” said Nicole Barclay, own­er of Front Street Cafe.

With Barclay’s love of the arts and Front Street Cafe’s vi­brant second floor space, the own­er de­cided the Front Street Flea would be a per­fect event for not just vendors, but the sur­round­ing com­munity to be ex­posed to artists and busi­nesses they may have not yet en­countered.

“I’m an artist my­self,” Barclay said. “I just  en­joy cre­at­ing and paint­ing and mak­ing all kinds of stuff. We had this ex­tra second floor space so we figured we would of­fer people in the com­munity a space to of­fer their things too.”

Barclay re­cently began reach­ing out to vendors and word kept spread­ing. The idea of Front Street Flea began to spread among many ar­tis­ans in the River Wards; the event is already booked with vendors for the next six months.

Front Street Flea is set to take place the fourth Sunday of every month at Front Street Cafe from 4 to 8 p.m.

The big vis­ion for Barclay is to move the event out­side, where vendors and pat­rons could take to the cafe’s out­door garden and bar.

“I’m hop­ing that when it warms up, we can double the size of what it is right now and really sup­port the com­munity in that way,” Barclay said.

The first Front Street Flea drew in dozens of neigh­bors, with vendors lin­ing the walls of Front Street Cafe. The Tin Goat, a Fishtown-based com­pany pro­du­cing all nat­ur­al soaps and oils, was one of the many busi­nesses that came out to show their products and sup­port the com­munity.

“This is fant­ast­ic, ac­tu­ally,” said J.R. Raudabaugh, co-own­er of The Tin Goat. “We’ll be back here again next month. This is an awe­some space.

With The Tin Goat up-and-run­ning for just a little over a year now, Raudabaugh is selling his product in sev­en shops in the city. Many of the products pro­duced are made with goat milk, in­clud­ing candles, lo­tion bars and lip balm.

Aside from bath and beauty products, many vendors dis­played hand­craf­ted jew­elry. Monk E. Burn­swell, 49, gave neigh­bors a glimpse at the nov­el jew­elry his busi­ness HM Pyro­tech­nics is pro­du­cing.

“We build ef­fi­gies in the sum­mer­time,” Burn­swell said. “In the win­ter­time, we play with fire an­oth­er way.”

In­stead of full-blown sculp­tures, Burn­swell sold items a little more port­able for those look­ing for their next buy.

“This is cus­tom bling. It’s jew­elry,” Burn­swell said. “I’m selling hand-torched stain­less steel medal­lions.”

If you’re look­ing for something even more off the beaten path than goat milk soaps and hand-torched medal­lions, Hedy Sirico, 46, gave cus­tom­ers a look at her take on ter­rari­ums.

“I design terra-scapes,” Sirico said. “It’s not quite a ter­rari­um be­cause it’s not en­closed so I call them terra-scapes. I like to put ar­chi­tec­tur­al ele­ments in­side of them like bones and little an­im­al skulls. It’s just something dif­fer­ent.”

Neigh­bors young and old came to browse the in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of items, pick­ing up hand-made trinkets as they made their way around the room. Fishtown res­id­ent Liz Palmer, 33, picked up a few items for her­self and dis­covered loc­al busi­nesses that she had not been aware of un­til vis­it­ing Front Street Flea.

“It’s nice to meet people from the busi­nesses around the neigh­bor­hood,” Palmer said. “I wasn’t even aware that some of these places were around here, but this has de­fi­antly en­cour­aged me to try to shop more loc­ally.”

With a huge amount of pos­it­ive feed­back for the first Front Street Flea, Barclay hopes that the event con­tin­ues to grow and that the com­munity and loc­al artists con­tin­ue to be­ne­fit.

“People have been lov­ing it. Even all the vendors are just so grate­ful to be here,” Barclay said. “There’s so much love go­ing on right now in this space and it feels really good.”

Front Street Cafe “What the Neighborhood Needed”

Original Article by the Inquirer’s Michael Klein, article here

As Fishtown’s development progressed, moving west into Kensington, Lee Larkin and Nicole Barclay were watching.

He owned a grand, 19th-century building on the southeast corner of Front and Thompson Streets, a block north of the Girard Street El stop. And as the influx of new residents reached a critical mass, they began developing what they imagined to be “what the neighborhood needed”:

A cafe serving organics and sustainably raised foods, catering both to omnivores as well as to vegetarians and the lactose-intolerant and gluten-free crowds. And while the mission of Front Street Cafe is clear and respectable, it appears they have avoided much of the preachiness that has a way of turning off mainstream audiences.

Front Street Cafe (1253 N. Front St., 215-515-3073) opened in stages this fall, and now that dinner service has been added, it’s gotten around to marking its grand opening.

This roomy spot has it all: a coffee/pastry counter opening at 6 a.m. weekdays (7 a.m. weekends) for locals who need a cup and even a quiet table, breakfast starting at 8 a.m., lunch and dinner that is served on two floors, a moderately hopping bar that is open past midnight six days a week, a patio/garden set out back in the nicer weather – and for no additional charge, the rhythmic chug-chug of the El as it rumbles past at the building’s roof line.

Larkin says they’re experimenting with live music upstairs one or two nights a week.

About 90 percent of the building materials were reclaimed, recycled, or repurposed: the Schuylkill pine floors and third-story cornice remain, old wooden doors cover the bottom of the bar, benches from the bar come from a shuttered restaurant, steps were built from joists taken from a home being demolished at Temple University, tin was cut and pieced together to create a ceiling, reclaimed brick was used on exterior walls. The irrigation system was set up to funnel rainwater to the plantings.

Chef Andrew Petruzelli, who helped write the menu, is general manager.

About 85 percent of the menu – executed by chef Chris Rubinstein – is vegan/plant-based, and produce is purchased from the local distributor Riverwards Produce. Organic chicken, free-range grass-fed beef, and sustainably harvested seafood are offered.

Two lunch recommendations: the vegan burger (a mildly seasoned quinoa base, studded with mushrooms) and the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (with mustard maple aioli, pickles, applewood bacon, butter lettuce, and tomato jam on a toasted brioche bun), served with a Hasselback-style, spiral-cut oven-fried potato that’s a conversation-starter in itself.

Original Article by the Inquirer’s Michael Klein, article here

A Sustainable Business

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Front Street Cafe is the perfect example of a small locally owned business that supports sustainability in every aspect of its operations.

From initial design, concept development, to daily management, Front Street Cafe maintains these principles with the highest intention. The Cafe purchases all of their produce from a small local distributor in the neighborhood (Riverwards Produce) who sources as much as possible from local and organic farms. All fresh squeezed juices and teas are 100% organic and non-GMO while the coffee is sustainably harvested, Fair Trade Certified, and organic as well. All of the raw artisan cheeses are sourced from small family owned dairies here in the United States.

Front Street Cafe supports the local community through job creation and 90% of employees live within 1 mile of the Cafe and 100% live in Philadelphia. Almost all employees including owners walk, bike or take public transportation to work.

When the Cafe was being constructed, green design was in mind. LEED elements were considered in all aspects of construction with over 80% of the building materials being reclaimed, recycled and repurposed from other old buildings in Philadelphia that were being demolished. Continue reading “A Sustainable Business”