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April 2015

There are 26 blog entries for April 2015.

South Street MaypoleYou can dance around the Maypole, drink a toast with a glass of bier and sample the best of the wurst during the second annual South Street Maifest outside Brauhaus Schmitz, part of this Saturday's South Street Spring Festival.

It's not Easter, it's bigger and better.

It's the South Street Spring Festival, and it takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. along South Street from Front to Eighth streets and in Head House Plaza, on Second Street from Lombard to South.

This all-ages family fun event features live music, a global food menu, arts and crafts, merchandise and collectibles, and kid-friendly play and activities. More than 40 bands will rock the festival's three stages and seven performance areas; more than 30 restaurants and

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Here are the big winners for April!

800 S 19th - 4 beds 2.5 baths - ~3,172sqft - $975,000
763 S Chadwick St. - 3 beds 3.5 baths - ~2,900sqft - $895,000
2330 Saint Albans St. - 3 beds 2.5 baths - ~2,700sqft - $805,000
2211 Fitzwater St. - 4 beds 2.5 baths - ~2,451sqft - $755,000
204 Admirals Way - 3 beds 3.5 baths - ~2,200sqft - $625,000

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Everything FreshThe experiment on Walnut Street is a success, says Ahold USA, so Center City food lovers can expect to see more stores like this one popping up all over town over the next several years.

Good things, it appears, really do come in small packages.

And that's good news for Center City Philadelphia food shoppers.

According to an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal, Ahold USA is so pleased with the performance of its Everything Fresh food store at 1222 Walnut St. in the Midtown Village-Gayborhood section of Washington Square West that it's going to repeat the experiment another seven times.

The new stores will be bigger than the 3,000-square-foot original—10,000 to 20,000 square feet, according to the story—but will retain the store's

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pulled pork tacos (carnitas)Carnitas (pulled pork tacos)? You bet, and more! All the fresh, fun flavors of Mexico will be served in a relaxed atmosphere at Tio Flores, the third restaurant from food and beer lovers Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico.

“Mexican food is easy, it’s comforting, it’s fresh, it’s spicy, it’s floral and it’s fun.”

Or try this: It’s a vacation every time you go out to a Mexican restaurant. “Margaritas are fun. Mexican cuisine evokes the beach, it evokes relaxation - it’s a vacation cuisine, if you will.”

Restaurateur Chris Fetfatzes has long wanted to open up his own little vacation spot. Now, with Calexico pulling out of the retail space at 1600 South St. in Graduate Hospital, he has his chance—again. And this time, he’s not letting it slip

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A gorgeous condo you need to see! Enter this secured, pet friendly, FHA approved building and admire the unit's seamless blend of renowned Old City character and stylish, modern finishes. Take a moment and admire the 1500 sq ft of living space which includes exposed beams, exposed brick and 15 ' high ceilings.

The spacious living & dining area provide plenty of space to entertain friends and family, and showcases the stylish kitchen with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, concrete countertops & mosaic glass backsplash. The 2 bedrooms are sure to impress with their original wide plank pine flooring and tons of closet space, not to mention the French doors in the master bedroom that open onto the cobblestoned, pedestrian friendly street.

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Given that Society Hill has now displaced Rittenhouse Square as Center City's most desirable address (right, Toll Brothers?), "Society Hill bargain" is relative: you simply will not find anything that lists for the citywide median listing price of $125,000. (But before you read on, consider that figure for a little while, then tell us whether there really is an "affordable housing" problem in this city.)

However, you can find new homes and condominiums—especially the latter—that list for less than the median listing price of $460,000 for Society Hill's ZIP code of 19106. The three featured here are great choices for a first-time buyer looking for an attractive home in a hot location that's convenient to everything.

10A Penn's Landing Square listing

130 Spruce St., Unit 10A
1 bedroom,

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Indego bike share stationAn Indego bike share station in Washington Square West is ready to receive its compelment of bikes. Uber app users can outfit themselves for the ride with Nutcase bike helmets delivered to their location today for a modest donation.

In case you haven't noticed, Philly's bike-share network is almost ready for takeoff. Indego bike share stations have popped up at numerous locations throughout Center City over the last month, ready to receive bikes for the big launch day.

That day is today. Nearly 60 Indego bike stations are now open for business all over Greater Center City, University City and parts of North and South Philly, and more are slated to open soon.

The system is simple to use. You can either purchase a membership and use your smartphone

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 SEC 13th and Locust; Bud & Marilyn's on street floorThe wraps will be off Bud & Marilyn's at 13th and Locust soon...

The gastropub Rhino got good reviews from both food writers and Yelpers during its way-too-brief existence at 13th and Locust streets in Washington Square West's Midtown Village-Gayborhood section, closing after only a few months in business in late 2013.

Not long after it closed, dynamic-duo restaurateurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran acquired the property and the smaller space next door, where Rhino predecessor Fish had moved to before it too shut down. The pair opened an intimiate Italian eatery called Little Nonna's in that space.

A recent swing past the property shows they're almost ready to open another.

The wraps are still on the windows and the Rhino sign

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A gorgeous, light filled townhome in Graduate Hospital with 1 car garage! This extra wide, 2700sq ft home with finished basement includes a number of desirable features throughout, including hardwood flooring, high ceilings, recessed lighting, tons of closet and storage space, large windows and three outdoor spaces for you to enjoy.

The first floor tiled foyer welcomes all, and includes interior access to the garage, as well as a full, tiled bathroom and light filled bedroom with sliding glass door to the rear yard- perfect for lounging on those warm, sunny days! You'll adore the home's open living and dining area, making it the perfect place for entertaining family and friends.

The spacious, modern kitchen is also a treat, featuring

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