It’s funny when we spent a Saturday afternoon on PassyunkAve. a week ago it was the first time I spent any significant time on the Avenue since I was in high school. I went to high school just a block away from a bunch of restaurants, shops, boutiques and several other neat one-of-a kind stores.
We were given a grand tour of Passyunk Ave. last week we met up with our group at the Alphabet Academy a place that if we had to do it all over again would have sent our daughter here for pre-school, what an incredibly nice place to get your start on the road of education. Big, bright, stimulating and interesting. All things needed to keep kids interested in learning, my daughter let us know she wished she could have gone here for pre-k!
We took a walk down to the Urban Jungle where my daughter got to plant a flower, she’s already better than I am with horticulture her plant is sprouting and growing where as I seem to kill plants with ease. I’m the black widow of planting; my husband says I have a black thumb.
I do, I wish I didn’t but everything I attempt to grow I manage to kill quickly. It’s tough here I am sitting in the middle of a place with so many interesting plants that I’d love to have and nurture but I’d have an empty pot in less than a week if I took one home. My mom has a garden and grows things regularly, and I kill things regularly….here’s to hoping it skips a generation!
We took a lunch break at Mama Maria’s Ristorante and stuffed ourselves silly on some wickedly delicious Italian food. We’re spoiled having grown up in a city with a large Italian population we have really good Italian restaurants and Mama Maria’s is one of the best.
My husband still can’t stop talking about the lunch we had and how sad he was that when the dessert plate came around we were too stuffed to have any! The thing that really got me with Mama Maria’s was the portion size of her kid’s meals. IT WAS HUGE! My daughter had a salad that size of her head and chicken tenders that were more cutlet than tender. She happily stuffed her face it was the only time of the day she was quiet.
After lunch we took a stroll down the Avenue and my husband who spent a lot of time as a kid shopping here pointed out to me things that were once there that are now gone. For a time Passyunk Avenue seemed like it was dying but over the past several years has been building itself up reclaiming the position it held for years as the place to shop for the residents of South Philadelphia. You needed anything growing up as a kid “Passhunk” Ave (yes that is spelled wring but that is how he said it as a child) is where you went from clothes, to sneakers, to specialty foods they had it all, who needed to go to Jersey?
It’s nice to see more open shops than closed shops, it’s great to have a place to go when I want to do some shopping and not have to use a car to get there. Come black Friday I can walk up to Passyunk Ave. and do my shopping, no need to drive and circle a mall lot for hours when I can simply walk there in a matter of 10 minutes. We had a great Saturday and enjoyed rediscovering something that was always there and it better than ever!
Make sure to check out the Second Saturday EPA merchants host art openings, music, special events, sales & many offer complimentary refreshments!
Passyunk Ave. also has many seasonal events that the family will love. An upcoming event is trick or treating on the Ave. My daughter is looking forward to dressing up and trick or treating, and I am looking forward to shopping some more.
So if you are in the area in Philadelphia why not check out the great shops at Passyunk Avenue. they have a little bit for everyone.
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