East Passyunk Avenue is Now 50% Women-Owned Small Businesses

-Courtesy of Punch Media

Like nowhere else in Philadelphia or beyond, women mean business on East Passyunk Avenue. East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID), home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, recently reached the 50% mark of those businesses being woman-owned-and-operated – a roughly 5% increase since last year. In honor of this milestone and Women’s History Month, East Passyunk Avenue is showcasing both fan-favorite businesses and new neighborhood additions that locals and visitors alike should be proud to support.

East Passyunk Avenue is home to some of Philadelphia’s most noteworthy woman-owned culinary destinations like the widely-acclaimed River Twice, popular brunch hotspot The Dutch, andaward-winning culinary destinations Ember & Ash, Gabriella’s Vietnam and Juana Tamale. The flavors of Italy come alive at Le Virtù, Mr. Martino’s Trattoria, and Noir. Fabulous sweets and baked goods can be found at Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse, Essen Bakery, and Vanilya Bakery, while Favors & Flavors, and Milk Jawn offer tempting treats and premium ice cream. Other notable eateries include Big Catch Poke, Ocho Rios Parrilla, P’unk Burger, and the newly opened ramen, pho, and banh mi joint MoonNight.

In addition to restaurants, the Avenue boasts a plethora of woman-owned cafés, bars, and beverage spots. B2 Café, Black & Brew, and Ground Up Café & Coffee are great places to get a morning coffee-fix, while a trip to Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar is sure to help take a load off while mingling with neighborhood regulars, and The Bottle Shop is filled with an amazing variety of beer, cider, and wine with knowledgeable staff ready to help you find something new.

Curated and trendy fashion for both every day and special occasions can be found at boutiques such as August Moon Co., Bianca Simone, Carolyn Zinni, Mesh Vintage, and NRS Boutique, while the latest in beauty and self-care is available from the experts at Birds of Prey Artistry and Aesthetics, Headhunters Hair Design, Heavy Metal Hair Salon, Kala’s Estetica Unisex, Mockingbird Salon, Styland Beauty, and Today’s Nails. Pets can also look their best with assistance from Amelie’s Bark Shop and Sally’s Paw Spaw.

Those seeking improved physical activity and mental wellbeing should consider a session at Movement Source Pilates, Uprising ACM, or Palo Santo Wellness. Train & Nourish, Sweat Fitness and Society Hill Dance Academy are also excellent for physical fitness needs. For those interested in alternative treatments and therapies, Mystical Life Meditation Center and South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture provide a wide range of services that address a similarly wide range of issues, both mental, spiritual, and physical. CBD retailer Super Loa also stocks a diverse array of products including those specifically for women’s health.

RE/MAX One Realty is adept at finding new residences in the area that can be filled with amazing artwork, bespoke designs, and locally-made home goods from Frame Fatale, Nice Things Handmade, and Occasionette. Liven things up with colorful floral arrangements and houseplants are available from the botanical experts at Creations by Coppola and Urban Jungle, or fill a bookshelf with page-turners from A Novel Idea. Smaller residents can be looked after and taught at Alphabet Academy’s three Avenue locationsduring the day. They can also find delightful discoveries (or distractions) at Tildie’s Toy Box or a custom outfit at A Star Is Born or The Painted Lady.

East Passyunk Avenue will also be honoring Women’s History Month with Women Mean Business: Rock Your Revenue on Monday, March 13 from 6 – 9pm at Society Hill Dance Academy. The event is a follow up to last year’s inaugural and highly successful Women Mean Business event held in conjunction with She Rocked It, a media and mentorship platform where creative, courageous women rock it together. This event is open to the public and will feature a panel discussion, community conversations, and networking opportunities with local women business owners. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchases here.

For additional information and for a complete list of businesses along East Passyunk Avenue, go to their website https://www.visiteastpassyunk.com  and follow  EPABID on Facebook.com/eastpassyunk  |  Twitter:  @EPassyunkAve  |  Instagram:  @eastpassyunk.

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