When it was announced that the city had ceded a large part of its say-so over the Italian Market to the South Ninth Street Business Association, I knew there would be griping. For better and worse, the curbside marketeers along Ninth, especially its elders, are a skeptical bunch who stare down any and every potential change with jaundiced eyes. (I live there, so I know.) They don’t like all the new condos in the area because they’re eating up all the parking spaces, making things difficult for shoppers and eaters. (To say nothing of the fact that all those damned new yuppie-hippie inhabitants shop mostly at Whole Foods and run to the Di Bruno’s on Chestnut rather than the one on Ninth.) They’re unhappy with any work that will be done to the water main along Washington Avenue. I’m pretty sure they’re leery of gluten-free bakeries like Taffets. Even though none of the vendors have to move or stop burning things in metal barrels, they’re not happy; listen close and you’ll overhear their displeasure with the potential artsy-crafty-organic-y new stalls that will eventually fill the empty spaces along the market’s newly extended boundary, from Passyunk Avenue to Federal Street. Luckily, the annual stall-rental fee will hold solid at $300 a year, an old-school bargain at twice the price. If the area’s new Business Association bosses can just keep the gluten-free stuff to a minimum, things might just work out.
“I have been so fortunate and have had the most incredible experience, but it’s just time,” says Philadelphia designer and clothier Sarah Van Aken. She’s talking about the closing of her brick-and-mortar SA VA shop at 1700 Sansom St., the retail store she opened in the summer of 2009 as a counterpart to her online design enterprise and her burgeoning side business designing chef and wait-staff uniforms for Philly’s best restaurants. Van Aken starts her shop’s half-off sale this week, with a Dec. 11 party to follow. SA VA’s big, sad close is on Dec. 22. Check sarahvanaken.com for her latest adventures.
Morrissey: The Autobiography and its accompanying audiobook (with The Walking Dead’s recently killed The Governor, David Morrissey, doing the dramatic reading) comes out this week, so there should be a book tour, right? “We’re trying to get Morrissey here, but not all is sanguine,” says the Free Library’s Andy Kahan. “I figure we had 800 people for [The Who’s Pete] Townshend’s signing and sold plenty of books. That’s got to move Moz.” I know he turned down millions for a Smiths reunion, but promise a veggie meal and who knows?
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