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How to Be a Clean Water Partner Businesses in areas of the City are learning about simple pollution prevention practices to help keep stormwater pollutant-free and streams clean. Common urban stormwater pollutants include oil and grease, detergents, pesticides and herbicides, dirt and sediment from construction, litter, fertilizers and wastewater from cleaning operations. Here are examples of simple things your business can do to help! 1.       Green your property. Install plants and planters, which are eligible for a 50% reimbursement through EPABID’s Façade Program, to capture runoff and control pollutants while also beautifying your block. 2.       Sweep to keep sites clean.  Pick-up litter, dirt, sand, and silt from storefront, sidewalk, steps and parking areas using a broom and dust pan or other dry methods that don’t produce waste water. 3.       Cover and contain trash, materials, supplies and activities that can pollute stormwater when in contact with rain

and stormwater runoff. Secure lids to limit litter dispersal and liability. 5.       Pick your poisons (a.k.a., toxics) wisely. Reduce toxic product use to limit site hazards, reduce risks, cut hazardous waste disposal costs, and prevent pollution. 6.       Educate employees, clients, customers, and contractors about site Clean Water Partner pollution prevention practices.  7.       Keep cleanup supplies accessible and on-hand, including brooms, dustpan, shovel, rags, and strong, leak-proof disposal containers and bags. Clean Water Partners  pilot project is supported by the Philadelphia Water Department. In the coming weeks, a representative from PA Environmental Council will be visiting area businesses to encourage businesses to adopt a Clean Water Partners Pledge and take simple steps control stormwater runoff and keep our rivers clean.. When they contact you, please consider participating. 

Participation is free and businesses taking a pledge will be recognized. For more information or to sign up, contact Liz Feinberg at

Façade Grants If you would like to make improvements to the exterior of your building, including new signs, awnings, masonry, planters and planters, plants for existing planters and window boxes, windows, doors, professional cleaning, and security systems, we can help! Please contact Renee at 215-336-1455 or for information on the resources available to help you upgrade and enhance your property.

Eighth Annual Car Show & Street Festival

Sunday, July 28, noon-5pm (Rain Date: Sunday, August 4)

appreciate it if you can make arrangements to pull your gates up during the event. Please be advised that if you sell food and did not get a vendor license from the Health Department, you are not permitted to set up outside.

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District 1904 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District will be revving up its engines for the Eighth Annual Car Show and Street Festival (formerly the DooWop) on Sunday, July 28th, from noon to 5pm. The festival will be held on East Passyunk between Broad and Dickinson Streets. The festival will feature over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles lining a 5-block stretch of the Avenue, as well as live music and DJs on every block, activities for the kids including a free moon bounce and circus performers at the Mifflin Triangle, car memorabilia and other vendors, and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT!

Show at the Fountain hosted by Nice Things Handmade. The rain date is Sunday, August 4th and the festival is FREE for attendees, $15 for cars. Cars must register at EPA & Broad between 8am-1pm, but it is recommended to come early as the show usually fills up. Last year’s festival brought 7,000 visitors from the tri-state area down to the Avenue! If you own or manage a business in the district, we encourage you to stay open for the event. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your business to folks from the greater Philadelphia area and hopefully have a successful sales day. If you are not able to be open and you have security gates, we would

If you are not between Dickinson and Broad Streets, we will find a location for you to set up a table in the festival boundaries. Please contact Renee at 215-336-1455 or to make arrangements. If you are located between Moore and Mifflin Streets, Stogie Joe’s will have a band playing until 8pm but we will open the street by 6pm. You are also encouraged to stay open and take advantage of the foot traffic. We would like to offer a special thanks to our sponsors for the event, which includes Bai, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Pretzel Crisps, South Philly Review, WOGL 98.1 and Yelp.


Public Safety Alert Unfortunately warm weather can also bring an increase in thefts and other crimes, including bicycle thefts, purse snatching, shoplifting and graffiti. Some things to remember:

1,000 hungry guests packed our Food Tent this year!

Our 7thAnnual Flavors of the Avenue, held on Saturday, April 27, was a huge success! Visitors enjoyed a true taste of

New to the Avenue Addiction Boutique at 1713 South 12th Street offers trendy women’s clothing and will help you dress like you are going to see your worst enemy. Preview their looks at Parents looking for natural options for diapers, clothing, bath care, toys and more will be thrilled with the wide selection of cloth diapers and more at Cloth at 1605 EPA. They’re open seven days and will have classes and workshops for new and expecting parents. Learn more at Garage at 1231 EPA is offering a huge variety of cold cans of craft beer seven days a week right in the heart of America’s most famous cheese steak corner. They’ve also built a food truck inside which will feature rotating chefs, some from other trucks and some from traditional restaurants offering street food for a night. Cheers!

East Passyunk Avenue from our awardwinning restaurants, the Crafty Balboa craft show, vendors and live music by local bands and the Jackson School Rock Band. Thank you to everyone who participated – particularly our hard-working chefs, kitchen staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to put out wonderful local fare and drinks to 1,000 hungry guests! This year’s participating restaurants and cafes were: Belle Cakery, Birra, Cantina Los Caballitos, Chiarella’s, El Zarape, Fond, Fuel, Ippolito’s, Izumi, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Mamma Maria Ristorante, Marra’s, Ms. Goody Cupcake, Noir, Noord, Paradiso, Plenty, Sophia’s, South Philly Bar & Grill, Stateside, Stogie Joe’s,

Crafty Balboa Organizer Amy Buller, Kory Aversa, and Top Chef Contestant Jennifer Carroll at Flavors

If you have outside tables at your restaurant or café, ask your guests to come

Shoplifters often come in groups and not always at the same time and aren’t always just looking for unattended merchandise. Do not leave any personal valuable items like cell phones, purses, or laptops in reach. If you or your staff have to leave your business late at night, please make sure someone accompanies you/them to a taxi or bus. EPABID has police officers

Tre Scalini and Will BYOB. We would especially like to thank the participating restaurants for donating all of their food and labor so that we can use the money raised from Flavors to fund an increased security operation, which includes 2 officers patrolling the Avenue from midnight to 3am from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. Many thanks to our Sponsors! This year’s Premium Sponsors were Philadelphia Weekly and Yelp. Sponsors included Cavit Collection, Gold Medal Disposal, Origlio Beverage, ParkOps, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, South Philly Review, Urban Jungle and Where Magazine.

New Street Cleaning Equipment EPABID and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation are working hard to keep East Passyunk even cleaner with new street cleaning equipment! You may see us post ‘no parking’ signs from time to time to get to the hard-to-reach gutters – please help us reach the tough spots by following the signs.

If you or your tenants have expensive bikes or even just have expensive bike parts, try to bring them inside at night and always use a U Lock when this is not possible.

inside to pay so they don’t leave money on the table.

on the Avenue every Friday and Saturday from midnight to 3am, but it’s a long corridor and we all need to watch out for each other. If you don’t have security cameras, we will reimburse you for 50% of the cost up to $1,000. Call Renee at 215-3361455 or email renee@visiteastpassyunk. com for an application – you MUST be approved before you order them. Other great theft/graffiti deterrents include motion lights that should be set to go on when the sun goes down and signs announcing surveillance. These are also eligible for our façade program.

The EPABID is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. As such we are required to have a board of directors and meet on a regular basis.

Councilman Squilla presents a Citation to EPABID Executive Director Renee Gilinger and Board Chair Jim Gallo at a celebration for East Passyunk Avenue’s designation as a ‘Top 10 Foodie Street in America’ by Food & Wine Magazine!


The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is a non-profit and relies on the help of volunteers to complete our many projects and bring new ideas to the table. Our Promotions Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10am at the BID office. If you have an idea for a new event or promotion or something you’d like to see added to our existing programs, this is the venue

to have your idea become a reality! We also need volunteers for all of our special events. If you are interested in becoming a committee member or would like more information volunteering for any of our projects, please contact Renee Gilinger at 215-336-1455 or renee@ We need you to make our Avenue reach its full potential!

The East Passyunk Avenue Board of Directors: Jim Gallo, Chairman Varnana Beuria, Treasurer Francis Cratil , Secretary Councilman Mark Squilla Frank DiCicco Nancy Melchiore Lynn Rinaldi Thomas Rumbaugh Nicole Rae Styer Regularly scheduled Board of Directors’ meetings are open to the public by appointment. The Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9am at the BID Office. If you would like an item added to the agenda at a meeting, please submit a request to Renee at 215-336-1455 or

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