Breezy’s Cafe Not Closing Permanently gave Point Breeze residents quite a scare when they announced in their headline that Breezy Cafe located at 1200 Point Breeze was closing. Kristin from Breezy’s Cafe was quick to ensure fans that Breezy’s Cafe is looking for a new location to move to and will not be closing permanently.

The building where Breezy’s Cafe now resides was listed on craigslist by OFC Reality, which caused a disturbance in the neighborhood. Ori Feibush of OFC Reality was singled out by some locals as a source of the confusion. Feibush addressed the criticisms thrown his way, but the details behind the situation remains unclear.

Breezys Cafe

Kristin’s Facebook message:

Hi friends,
I wanted to reach out and say thank you to everyone who has expressed concern about Breezy’s Cafe “closing”…and to let you know that it’s totally not true! Not sure why went with such an ominous headline, but we’re not closing! Take a deep breath, go to your happy place, and rest easy tonight on a bed of organic, sustainable greens wink emoticon.
We heard your feedback about the heating and cooling and, as many of you know, we’ve also had some (many) issues with water leaking. Attempts have been made to fix the problems, but so far without success. Since I’ve just been made aware that I will not be getting a new lease, you will not have to worry about those issues we’ve been having any longer!
Let’s worry about a better location to serve the community! We don’t just serve Point Breeze, we’re part of it, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.
Love you guys!
– Kristin
P.S. Point Breeze location suggestions welcome! Send me a message! ‪#‎pointbreezepride‬

Ori Feibush’s Facebook response:

Many of you asked me over the last few days why “I am pushing Breezy’s out” of their current location. I am not.
You asked me why I couldn’t try and make things work. I have.
You asked me why I haven’t given them a second chance. They had a dozen second chances.
You asked me why I had to let them find out through social media that their space was for rent. I did not. I told them 4 months ago.
You asked me why I couldn’t give them the first opportunity to lease their space again. I did.
You believed these tall tails because every story must have a hero and a villain and OCF must be that villain.
The truth is that Breezy’s had an opportunity that no small business owner ever gets. It’s an opportunity others could only dream of. Rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.
I spent $150,000 of my own money to help Breezy’s open up at 1200 Point Breeze. That amount does not include the year of free rent which I gave them to get on their feet, the fronting of their security deposit so they could open the doors without spending a dollar, or the thousands I spent with a smile on my face for taxes and insurance to make their lives as easy as possible.
You may also think that I own the building where Breezy’s is. I do not. I leased it for the sole purpose of giving them a real chance after they picked a terrible first location. Any of you who are disparaging my team are welcome to do the exact same thing for their next location.
All of that said, life is too short to hold ill will and I consider this to be a simple reminder that no good deed goes unpunished.
I wish Breezy’s nothing but success and hope they find their new location to be even better than their old.

SEPTA Key: New Fare System Launches

The latest update from Septa reveals that SEPTA Key will be launched at the end of this year or by 2016 at the latest. The new fare system, which has been installed in most SEPTA stations for months now, will allow users to purchase reloadable cards. Tokens will be phased out completely.

Modeled after Chicago’s transportation system, this new fare system will let users use their transit cards as debit cards and use their debit cards to pay for rides on buses, trolleys and the subway systems.

SEPTA Key fare system

SEPTA is still working out kinks to ensure that the failures and errors with CTA’s Ventra card will not be an issue with SEPTA Key.

SEPTA Key new system

TD Bank Robber Still Wanted in Whitman

Police and FBI are still searching for a suspect who robbed TD Bank in South Philadelphia last Wednesday, October 15th. The robbery occurred in broad daylight at the TD Bank branch on the 2600 block of South 5th Street in the Whitman neighborhood.

Investigators said the suspect walked into the bank at 3:22 p.m. and handed the teller a demand note. He then escaped with an unknown amount of cash before fleeing east on Oregon Avenue.

Whitman Bank Robber

Police described the suspect as a black male in his 30s, 5’5″ to 5’9″ tall with a medium build and glasses. He wore a black and white jacket, a black and white Nike cap, and dark-colored pants and shoes. This subject is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this robbery or this subject is urged to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There is a reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Additional images of the suspect:

TD Bank Robber

Whitman Bank Robber

Whitman Bank Robber

Whitman Bank Robber

Please help keep the neighborhoods safe and report any crime.

Want to submit a tip anonymously? Use the online form or email You can also call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text PPDTIP (773847)

Halloween for the Family in Whitman South Philly

Halloween is here already! If you and your family are looking for things to do in Philly, look no further than the Whitman neighborhood of South Philly. The Halloween events around the area focus on kid-friendly and family fun.

If you don’t want your little ones wandering the streets late at night to trick-or-treat, consider taking them to trick-or-treat at the Whitman Library! Take your kids to the Whitman Library located at 200 Snyder Ave on Monday, October 26th at 4pm. That will give kids the chance to go home and change after school – if they aren’t already in their costume!

Whitman Halloween

Looking for something a little more interactive for the family? On Thursday, October 29, Mifflin Square Park is hosting their Annual Halloween Park Cleanup & Mask Making Contest at 6th & Ritner Street from 3:30-6:30pm. Bring your joy and share it with the neighborhood!

Whitman Halloween Mifflin Square
Locals paint Mifflin Square Park for Halloween

Philadelphia Fall 2015 Cleanup

Do you want to help keep your city clean but don’t know where to start? Download the Philly Fall 2015 Cleanup Resource Guide to get started. Remember to talk to your block captain and neighbors to organize street cleanings!

Clean Up Philadelphia 2015
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Community Cleanup Resource Guide

Love Your Park Week: Every fall and spring, an Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy work with neighborhood groups to promote service opportunities in our city’s amazing parks. Learn more at

Wegmans Opening in South Philly? Close

Wegmans announces plans regarding new store openings, but not where everyone has been anticipating.

Rumor has been floating around about a Wegmans opening in South Philadelphia for years now. Most of it was wishful thinking, with a lot of wishing. In fact, the Wegmans fan base is so strong around here that there are dozens of Facebook fan pages and support groups based around it – despite the lack of stores. It doesn’t help that their are so many Philadelphia locations that would be ideal for the popular supermarket.

Wegmans plans new openings in PA in 2015 and 2016
Wegmans plans new openings in PA in 2015 and 2016

It has been confirmed again and again that Wegmans is not coming to Broad and Washington and most definitely not coming to Snyder Plaza, where ShopRite will soon move from.

All is not lost, however, as Wegmans has announced its plans to open two new stores in Pennsylvania. The first one opens in just a couple of weeks in Concordville. The second location, pending opening date, will be located in Lancaster. Although not in Philadelphia, fans of the store can be hopeful that Wegmans is expanding its stores and approaching the city.

New Wegmans Opening in PA:

Concordville, PA
202 near Route 1
Nov. 8, 2015

Lancaster, PA
Harrisburg Pike, just east of its
Interchange with U.S. Route 30

Snyder Plaza ShopRite moves to Oregon Ave as Pathmark Closes

A &P’s Pathmark located in Whitman Plaza on 3rd and Oregon will officially close come November 3rd, 2015. The ShopRite store at Snyder Plaza will be moving to the more spacious Oregon Ave location come Spring 2016, according to sources at ShopRite.

ShopRite hopes to expand its store at the new location by offering a sit-in cafe, dietician, and additional upscale features. Sources hint at a grand plan to develop Whitman Plaza and nearby neighborhoods, bringing in new residents, more jobs, and tight security features; all while maintaining the same low cost to consumers. The expected influx of businesses and jobs is intended to draw in new and diverse residents, further developing the neighborhood.

Snyder Plaza ShopRite moving to Whitman Plaza 2016

The building where Pathmark once stood will be completely renovated to give ShopRite a specific modern appeal, the first of it’s kind in Philadelphia. ShopRite was unclear about their planned security features and specific plans to clean up the neighborhood. Their decision to go green will mostly depend on neighborhood associations and nearby residents.

The new ShopRite does not advertise a pharmacy department. Pathmark’s pharmacy department closes October 31, 2015. Prescriptions have been sold to RiteAid Pharmacy. Consumers with prescriptions or refills at Pathmark Pharmacy in Whitman Plaza will have to contact RiteAid to get their prescriptions. Alternatively, customers can have their new pharmacy of choice contact RiteAid and transfer all their prescriptions.

Update: ShopRite announces opening of ShopRite of Whitman Plaza in early 2016 | ShopRite finalizes opening date of September 2016 after months delay

Rooftop Yoga at South Bowl in October

On October 18th and 25th, South Bowl on 19 East Oregon Avenue will offer one-hour of yoga on their rooftop, which is used as a rooftop bar on weekends. After the yoga session, yogis get the the option of free with tots, chips and salsa, and drink specials.

Did we mention it’s a bowling alley, complete with a full bar, pool table, and kitchen?

The class is $15. All profits go to keeping Breathing Room yoga studio up and running, the goal of which is to provide low-price, high-quality yoga to the Port Richmond area.

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Call and reserve your spot because each class will be capped at 30 people.

Temple Students Robbed at Gunpoint – Again!

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Two Temple University students were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents early Thursday in North Philadelphia.

Temple Robbed

The first incident happened at 1 a.m. near Temple’s campus, near the intersection of N. 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue.

Police say a 21-year-old male student was approached by two men who threatened him with a gun and took his wallet, phone and car. The student was not injured. Police are looking for the victim’s 2005 Cadillac with New Jersey license plates.

About two and a half hours later, around 3:30 a.m., a second male Temple student was robbed at gunpoint while walking home. That incident happened on Temple’s campus, in the 1800 block of N. 15th Street.

Temple TU Alerts from the University:

TU Alert: Armed robbery reported at 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Use caution. Avoid the area. Police are responding.
12:47 AM – 15 Oct 2015

TU Alert: Armed robbery reported at 1800 N 15th Street. Use caution. Avoid the area. Police are responding.
4:02 AM – 15 Oct 2015

Lucky $20,000 Winner and Tim Howard Four Blocked Penalty Shots

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — One skilled fan’s life became $20,000 richer when el Jimador Tequila “Your Shot at $1 Million” program awarded Bryce Pigott, from Gilbert, Arizona, the prize after he successfully kicked a penalty shot against U.S. National and Everton goalkeeper, Tim Howard. Five sweepstakes winners were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a penalty shot against Howard, and then a shot for the chance to win $1 million dollars. Tim Howard’s charity partner the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, prevailed as the ultimate winner collecting $105,000 in funds raised for the organization.

Randomly selected from more than 100,000 entries for the “Your Shot at $1 Million Dollars” program, the other four sweepstakes winners included Andy Acton of Rochester, NY, Dana Elaine of Philadelphia, PA, Matt Gold of Denver, CO and Alex Varela of Dallas, TX. They were all flown to New York along with a guest and had an opportunity to meet Tim Howard, attend the U.S. vs. Costa Rica game on Oct. 13, and enjoy some of New York’s hot spots, courtesy of el Jimador Tequila.

“Since becoming an active soccer sponsor, we’ve been committed to offering adult consumers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that go beyond soccer matches and bring fans closer to their favorite players,” said Ed Carias, Senior Brand Manager, el Jimador. “‘Your Shot’ has been one of the most successful programs to date and we could not have had a better partner than Tim Howard who is as passionate about his craft, as we are about making quality tequila.”

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, where Howard serves on the board, received funds raised throughout the program by adult consumers who used #KICKTS hashtag in their social media posts as well as $20,000 awarded for each shot blocked by Howard totaling $105,000.

“What a beautiful day for a shoot out here in New York City. Congrats to Bryce for an excellent shot,” exclaims Tim Howard. “And, we have another winner today – The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome. And, thanks to el Jimador for a wonderful partnership.”

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