We have more news to share about the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue in the Cedar Park neighborhood in West Philadelphia. A few weeks ago, a small public meeting was held at Seeds Gallery at 5011 Baltimore Ave. by its owner, Sabda Tedla, and local developer Ryan Spak, about their idea to create a garden center on the grass lot at the southeastern corner of 51st & Baltimore, owned by the Spak Group.
Tedla and Spak envision the corner location, 5050 Baltimore Ave., which the Spak Group acquired this March, as an opportunity to answer the demand for a neighborhood garden supply store. Nearby, there’s a Lowe’s close to 52nd & Parkside but that’s a hike and it’s kind of corporate, no? The two envision that perhaps it could be created…
In West Philadelphia, as the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor has strengthened, it has continued to crawl west block by block. The relocation of the Mariposa Coop to 48th & Baltimore in the spring of 2011 marks one of the more prominent landmarks in the corridor’s westward crawl from Clark Park to Cedar Park.
Since then, The Marvelous! and Little Baby’s Ice Cream (actually at Catharine Street, about 20 yards away) have joined the 4900 block, Seeds Gallery opened on the 5000 block, and there are plans in the works for two new restaurants on that same block, including a jazz club at 5037 Baltimore Ave. and Babylon Bistro (from the owners of Seeds Gallery and Aksum) just a few doors down.
Restaurant coming soon
Right around the corner from…
Out in Cedar Park, on the 5000 block of Baltimore Ave., plans for new businesses keep coming, adding to an already diverse neighborhood neighborhood that in recent months has seen new businesses open and old ones burn, literally.
Sometime early next year, Babylon Bistro should open at 5021-23 Baltimore Ave., properties we wrote about last year when they went up for sale. This fusion restaurant from the folks at Aksum will offer breakfast all the time like Eggs Vita: 2 poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked salmon and guacamole, as well as speciality sandwiches and classic American and International dishes. After months of litigation because the seller tried to back out of an agreement of sale, Saba Tedla, who also opened Seeds Gallery at on this block last summer, acquired the buildings in January for $283K.
“Someone has to take the plunge, essentially,”…
In West Philly, Baltimore Avenue near Cedar Park has seen numerous businesses come and go in the past year or so.
Last March, the Mariposa Food Co-op moved a few blocks west to 4824 Baltimore Ave., into a much larger (and cooler-looking) space than they previously inhabited. Prior to Mariposa’s arrival, the adjacent building was renovated, and Urban Traveler opened in retail space. One of its unique features was a humidor room that we told you about last spring. But that room was never finished and Urban Traveler closed before its first birthday. According to Michael Froehlich, Cedar Park Neighbors president, community members are unsure whether the building’s owner has plans for a new tenant.
Mariposa and former Urban Traveler next door
Meanwhile, just on the other side of 49th Street, Little Baby’s Ice Cream received the needed approvals last…
Cliché be damned, in Cedar Park, neighbors are showing how seriously they take being members of a community. When Elena’s Soul (4912 Baltimore) caught fire on Christmas Eve, its subsequent demolition toppled more than one business. Its neighbors on each side caught wind of falling debris to such an extent, owners were forced to close as well.
Three closed businesses
At the Cedar Park Café (also 4912 Baltimore), which opened last year, the felled forces crashed through the roof. Gary’s Nail’s (4910 Baltimore) was bordered up around the turn of the New Year.
This evening from 7-10pm, a fundraiser will be hosted to benefit the employees who were put out of work due to the turn of circumstances, at the recently incarnated Cedar Works artisan studio space in Cedar Park, located just behind Elena’s at 4919 Pentridge Ave. The event is sponsored by…
If you can’t judge a book by its cover, can you judge a neighborhood by its structures?
At Aksum, just outside of University City at 47th & Baltimore, owner Saba Tedla combined two storefronts, a former African and Asian grocer and an African clothing store, gutted the interior and made renovations concordant with the area’s local historical district specifications. The windows open accordion-style along the 40 foot storefront to let in the atmosphere of the neighborhood.
“It was one of the things I think the neighborhood lacked,” said Tedla about her Mediterranean kitchen. She also opened Seeds Gallery this past summer at 50th & Baltimore.
The kitchen’s red interior walls, contrasted against its black outdoor columns provide an aura of open space. Aksum was awarded the extreme makeover award in this year’s Citywide Storefront Challanges, hosted by the City’s Department…