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Photo: Pete Mazzaccaro What makes you feel Welcome when you visit or move to a new place? Maybe you get started by finding a school for the kids, a place to worship, and navigating our neighborhoods. But after that it’s finding those little hidden secrets that make you feel like you belong: the local landmarks you can show others that make your new home unusual, the best bakery in town to catch a coffee and croissant, the little shops where you can put your style together. In this issue of Welcome, we touch on all of these. We take a trip around to find some local landmarks and architectural attractions you might have missed even if you’ve been here awhile. We survey some old and new bakeries in

what must be the highest yeast factor for any small area in America and offer a quick look at a couple of places that might help you update your fashion sense. In this busiest time of the year, we also list a good many of the events that make this area unique. The Harry Potter Festival has grown into an internationally famous extravaganza which will host tens of thousands of muggles and wizards. Did you know there will be bronco busting at a rodeo just down the road? And the holidays bring back a growing and revived Chestnut Hill tradition, an old fashioned parade down Germantown Avenue. Let us know what you think is special about where we live so we can tell everyone about it in a future issue.

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WELCOME TO CHESTNUT HILL Chestnut Hill, located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, is one of the city’s most beautiful, affluent and historic neighborhoods. Anchored by Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill is surrounded by Fairmont Park and adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood as well as the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland, Wyndmoor and Lafayette Hill. Chestnut Hill is known for its walkable, village feel and for the great shopping and dining options along its

Belgian-block-lined artery, Germantown Avenue. The neighborhood was designated one of the top seven urban enclaves in the USA by Forbes.com and selected as a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chestnut Hill is the home to Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum and the Woodmere Art Museum as well as the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Its housing stock ranges from modest row houses to architectural landmarks by Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. (Continued on page 10)

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Shopping Chestnut Hill is home to more than 100 unique shops and businesses, most of them in convenient storefronts clustered on Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike. Antiques, gifts and clothes, banks and spas, two yarn stores, two cigar stores, two independent toy stores, an old fashioned candy store, a neighborhood co-op grocery, a farmers’ market, a country market and more than a few bakeries and cheese shops. Dining From fast food to fine cuisine and from neighborhood bars to BYOBs, Chestnut Hill has something for everyone. There’s a McDonald’s and also Mica, a new offshoot of Blackfish that was named Philadelphia’s best restaurant, and CinCin owned by the owner of Yang Ming, named America’s best Chinese restaurant. There are two coffee shops, a froyo and pretzel place (this is Philadelphia after all) and McNally’s (home of the famous Schmitter) as well as well as Cake, a restaurant in a former greenhouse. There is outdoor dining at the Chestnut Grille and a farmer’s market with a dozen restaurants of all cuisines. Chestnut Hill features no less than five bakeries.

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Attractions On the northern end of Chestnut Hill is the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas, featuring the new Out on a Limb tree adventure for kids of all ages as well as the Woodmere Art Museum, a 19th century stone mansion converted to a Philadelphiacentric museum and surrounding grounds. To the south is Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest city park with scenic trails for walking, biking and horseback riding and fishing along the Wissahickon Creek (including one of the area’s only covered bridges). There is ice skating at the Wissahickon Skating Club and tennis, golf and cricket at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and indoor activities at the Water Tower Recreation Center. Events Fall in Chestnut Hill brings the fantastic Fall for the Arts Festival and spring the Garden Show which closes Germantown Avenue for tens of thousands of visitors who fill the streets for food, fun and shopping. Every other October a tent rises in the middle of (Continued on page 12)


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Germantown Avenue for the elegant Black and White Ball and every December hundreds of people pull on blue booties to tour some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most elegant homes in the Holiday House Tour. Summer nights bring the outdoor Pastorius Park concert series; July features dozens of readers and writers at the Chestnut Hill Book Festival. History of Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill became part of Philadelphia in 1854 when the state legislature annexed some 129 square miles to the old city of Philadelphia, which occupied the land between the Schuykill and the Delaware Rivers. The village of Chestnut Hill lay ten miles north of city hall and served as a way station for travelers and a gath-

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As autumn descends upon us with its usual blaze of turning leaves and crisp air, short sleeves are traded for longer ones and jeans take the place of shorts. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to stay in fashion, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to leave Chestnut Hill. Germantown Avenue has a lot to offer anyone looking to make sure that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall behind the latest trends. We checked with The Co-op Shop, Greene Street Consignment and Roots in order to find the latest fall trends in clothing as well as in hairstyles. At Roots, I spoke to owner Heather Stauffer as well as Nina Graff. At Greene Street I spoke with manager Jaycine Durnell, and at The Co-op Shop I spoke to co-owners Angel Pabon, Shaun Miller, Kelsey Baranek and Larry Milillo to learn about the new trends. Clothing: The fashion trends this fall are as nostalgic as they are practical. For women, high-quality statement

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Other shoes to be on the lookout for are shoes with a block heel, as well as sturdy but fashion-forward boots. Fall is a time when comfort is important, as the weather is getting cooler but it is still a great time to be outside. Footwear should acknowledge this and should be easy and comfortable to wear without sacrificing too much in terms of trendiness. Raw edges on jeans and jackets are also in; they harken back to a more nostalgic and vintage look. When it comes to accessorizing this fall, quality is more important than quantity, as a few high-quality pieces are more trendy than many accessories. The trends of this fall seem to be more minimal in general, which makes the trends easier to interpret and wear on an everyday basis. These styles can be incorporated into your fall wardrobe by finding some statement pieces that speak to you, as well as some accessories that are easy to wear. Trendier styles can be expensive, so finding some at a local consignment shop, like Greene Street, can be a good way to start. More specialized pieces can be bought from a smaller boutique, like Roots, but they do come with a steeper price. Either way what is important

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as are other 90s-inspired looks. A style that has become quite popular is athleisure, which means wearing well-made athletic clothing in a way that is both comfortable and puttogether. This look can be seen all over the runway and is relatively simple to imitate. Another way to look more trendy is to investigate mixing prints. It takes a bit of practice to get right but it can make an outfit interesting and unique. Men trying to wear these styles should find pieces that work within their existing wardrobes. The more adventurous styles you shouldn’t intimidate you. Do some research and try clothing on to see how it looks on you. The styles this fall are easy enough to accomplish, however men can push

the envelope and explore new trends. Because many of the current styles pull from the 90s, look over things in your closet that may seem outdated can be a good starting place, as can shopping at your local consignment store. Greene Street Men’s is a good place to start, and because the clothes are second hand there are usually good deals. Watch Fresh Prince of Bel Air for inspiration! Hair: Women’s hairstyles this fall are all about low-maintenance looks that embrace the natural texture of your hair. Clean looks like the “lob” (long bob) are in because of how versatile they are in terms of styling. The lob looks good on many hair types, and (Continued on page 23)

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This season’s trends for African American women’s hair are a little different. Protective styling, such as braids, is in this fall. Extensions are also trendy, as are shorter trends like bobs. Haircuts with wispy layering are in as well. These styles can be relatively simple to maintain, and can be gotten from most stylists. Natural hair styling has also been in this year, and like any style that shows off your natural hair texture, in order to do this most effectively your hair must be properly moisturized and taken cared for. While products to do this are readily available, a more Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach has been more popular lately. You can create hair masks and other products from things around your house. This type of project should (Continued on page 24)

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From do-it-all cafés like High Point Café and Baker Street Bread Co. to traditional-style bakeries, such as Bredenbeck’s and the Frosted Fox Cake Shop, Northwest Philadelphia has a concentration of bakeries which is perhaps unmatched anywhere. The bakeries in our area all have something in common; there is a recurring theme of quality over quantity. No preservatives, no fillers, and most importantly, no surprises. What seems to separate the local

bakeries from the national brands, such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, is the amount of individual attention paid to each line of product. Locally grown fruit, freshly-made ingredients made by scratch and great service are all key to manufacturing a great product and generating revenue. “Quality matters,” said Meg Hagele, owner of High Point Café, located at 602 Carpenter Lane, Mt. Airy. “We rely on consistency.” “Owners are typically on-site,” said (Continued on page 28)

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Tom Ivory, owner of Baker Street Bread Co., located at 8009 Germantown Ave. “We are very hands-on, involved in every facet, and we help the area financially.” Baker Street is incredibly versatile, as they make sandwich bread, including brioche rolls and baguettes, and flavor bread, including chocolate and banana. “Bread art is our thing,” said Ivory. While most local bakeries lack a national profile, these bakeries have expanded their product across the country. “We reached 30 states last year for Christmas,” said Jake Boyd, whose mother Karen Boyd-Rohde owns Bredenbeck’s, 8126 Germantown Ave. Boyd also mentioned Bredenbeck’s increase of sales over the past few years.

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Opened in November, 2015 by Williams and his wife, Germantown native Jennifer Low, Frosted Fox is a newcomer to the bakery community, but already has quite a following. “We’ve also done a few cakes for a few schools in the area,” said Low, most notably Project Learn School, which is located just a few doors down from the bakery. Along with the season change, the menus will change too. Most menus will accommodate the holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah. The spring and summer months are commonly known as “Wedding Cake Season,” which will also brings an increase in sales. “We sold over 1,000 wedding cakes last year alone,” said Boyd.

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While keeping the business local has helped, there is always room for expansion, as the demand for quality food has continued to rise. After opening a location on Carpenter Lane in 2005, High Point Café expanded services to Allens Lane train station in 2008. In 2012, High Point began by selling wholesale coffee. Bredenbeck’s has its own plans as well. “Keep expanding wholesale, more towards an automated system to become more efficient, and to reduce labor costs,” said Boyd, who also offers gingerbread workshops. Yet another bakery, Barry Buns opened in May, in the Market at the Fareway, 8229 Germantown Ave., specializing in “gourmet sticky buns, cinnamon buns and liege waffles.” (Continued on page 31)


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The menu also includes “an offering of six sticky bun flavors and an additional seasonal flavor.” Joe Singer and his wife Jen, are excited for the opportunity to move to a great area and contribute to the rising number of family-owned, private bakeries. “We know the customers are going to LOVE the sticky buns and the variety of flavors offered!” they said in a statement. The spirit of these shops also add to the allure of being a privatelyowned store. Since they are outnumbered by the national brands, the local bakeries have always supported each other. “I’ve known some of the [other owners] for years and they are fantastic operators,” said Ivory. “Starbucks coffee is going to taste

the same throughout,” said Hagele. “Northwest Philly wants to support their individuals.” Here are some other locations around the area for baked-goods fans: Cake 8501 Germantown Ave. 215-247-6887 In addition to breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Cake offers cookies, bars, and cupcakes, along with trays to help satisfy your sweet tooth. Night Kitchen 7725 Germantown Ave. 215-248-9235 Night Kitchen offers small sweets, wedding cakes, and specialty cakes by your request (i.e. theme cakes, children’s cakes, graduation cakes, etc) (Continued on page 32)

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French Bakery 8624 Germantown Ave. 215-247-5959 Albeit small and quaint, the French Bakery offers traditional French items such as croissants and pastries for both breakfast and lunch. Fresh Market 8208-18 Germantown Ave. 215-248-9180 The Fresh Market has a multitude of food options, but its desserts and baked goods section offers a variety of breads, cakes and pies, among other goods. Little Jimmie’s Bakery Mt. Airy 6669 Germantown Ave.

267-336-7139 With a cult following, Little Jimmie’s Bakery serves all kinds of pasties, including scones, brownies, biscuits, bagels, and more! The Market of Lafayette Hill 531 Germantown Pike 610-941-7101 Similar to the Fresh Market, the Market of Lafayette Hill offers a variety of baked goods, including cakes, pies and cookies, among other sweets. More than Cakes, Lafayette Hill 444 S. Bethlehem Pike 215-654-7600 With a variety of cheesecakes, pies, and tarts, More Than Cakes may offer more, but their staple is desserts.

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Landmarks to see in Chestnut Hill

Gravers Lane Station

If you’re talking about Chestnut Hill, you’re talking history. The history of the neighborhood, the beginnings of which predate the American Revolution, is layered with significant events, figures and landmarks. There is a story behind everything on the

Hill, so much so that you could be standing in the midst of history without even knowing it. As such, no matter where you go, whether you are strolling alongside the cobblestone of Germantown Avenue or wandering down a dirt path through the Wissahickon, the past is always within reach. Because Chestnut Hill’s history is so deep and ubiquitous, you may not have time to see it all during one visit. So if you are strapped for time but your curiosity is getting the best of you, below is a brief list of five landmarks to check out while you’re in town. If you don’t get around to seeing them all the first time around, feel free to read about them further – or just start planning your next visit. (Continued on page 34)

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James Turrell’s Skyspace (Continued from page 33)

Gravers Lane Station – 300 East Gravers Lane Gravers Lane Station is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the National Register. The building was designed and constructed between 1872-79 by Frank Furness of the architec-

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tural firm Furness & Evans. Furness, an architect of the Victorian Era, designed more than 600 buildings, most of which were in the Philadelphia area. Two of his most notable works include the University of Pennsylvania Library (now the Fisher Fine Arts Library) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The station is located on the former tracks of the Reading Railroad, which opened for traffic on 1854 and operated until 1976. Today the station operates along the SEPTA Regional Rail Chestnut Hill East Line. Vanna Venturi House – 8300 Millman Street Robert Venturi, one of the most important figures of twentieth century architecture, designed the house in 1962 for his (Continued on page 35)


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mother, Vanna. Construction on “Mother’s House,” as its often called today, was completed in 1964, and not long afterwards it was being hailed as one of the first significant works of postmodern architecture. The 5-room house, with 3-bedrooms and a staircase that leads to nowhere, has won an array of awards, such as the Twenty-five Year Award, given out by the American Institute of Architects, and the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The house was featured on a US postage stamp in 2005 and is included on PBS’s list of “10 Buildings that Changed America.” Valley Green Inn – Valley Green Road and Wissahickon Drive What is a visit to Chestnut Hill without a visit to Fairmount Park? If you want to

Vanna Venturi House

get some fresh air and hit the outdoors, there is no better place to go than the Wissahickon Valley – but make sure after your stroll through nature to stop by the Valley Green Inn. Constructed in 1950, the inn, once named Edward Rinker’s Temperance Tavern, dates back to a time when roadhouse inns and taverns lined (Continued on page 36)

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the Wissahickon, when after a long day of traveling you could drop by an inn for a dinner of “Catfish & Waffles” before getting some rest. Nowadays there may not be catfish and waffles on its menu, but the charm and comfort the Valley Green Inn afforded weary travelers over 100 years ago is as present as always. Quaker Meeting House – 20 East Mermaid Lane Although the building isn’t as old as some of the others on the list, the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House contains a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike – the Chestnut Hill Skyspace. Contemporary light artist James Turrell designed the skyspace as a place to

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silently reflect while taking in the abounding sunsoaked visuals and natural environment. The gabled ceiling and light-filled room is perfect for introspective moments and those times when you need a little bit of peace and quiet. Pastorius Park If you like your outdoors green and historically significant, visit Pastorius Park. The park is located on 15 acres of land that was donated in the early 1900s to the City of Philadelphia by Dr. George Woodward, one of the major founders of modern Chestnut Hill. It was designed in 1935 by local landscape architect Frederick W. G. Peck, who wanted it to be a passive recreational park.


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A Quidditch match at Chestnut Hill College

Saturday October 1 8 a.m.-noon Whitemarsh Township Community Yard Sale Those interested in selling can rent a space for $15 or $25; those interested in browsing can shop the rows of treasures to find what they are looking for at

Whitemarsh Township’s Cedar Grove Park, 100 Cedar Grove Road. For information or to purchase space, call 610 828-7276. Saturday October 1 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Revolutionary Germantown Festival (Continued on page 38)

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Cliveden House 6401 Germantown Avenue This annual festival begins with a reenactment of General George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle with British Colonel Thomas Musgraveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40th Regiment on Germantown Avenue at Benjamin Chewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cliveden House and the Allen Home across the street. For more information, visit revolutionarygermantown.org/ Saturday October 8 7-11 p.m. Black and White Gala and Live Auction An outdoor parking lot is transformed into a tented ballroom dance floor as the Chestnut Hill Community Association presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz on the Avenue,â&#x20AC;? a black-tie dance and fundraiser 7-11 p.m. behind the

Woodward Building. For information or tickets, call 215 248-8810. Sunday October 9 Springfield Township Community Day and 5K Race 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A 5K Race and 1 mile fun run will be held starting at 9 a.m. at Cisco Park, 200 Montgomery Ave Erdenheim followed by Community Day, a fun and free event with food, activities and entertainment, sports challenges, face painting, shelter dogs, and a dj. For more information, visit erdenheimcivic.org/events/springfieldtownship-community-day/. Thursday October 14 Mid-day Susan G. Komen 3-Day Visitors and citizens of Chestnut Hill (Continued on page 40)

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can cheer and support thousands of pinkclad survivors of breast cancer and supporters of a cure as the Susan G. Komen 3-day 60-mile walk and fundraiser wind their way through Chestnut Hill. Visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3Day for more information. Friday-Saturday October 21-22 Harry Potter Festival and Chestnut Hill College Quidditch Tournament Chestnut Hill is transformed into Hogsmeade for this annual fun-filled event that has grown in size each year and for the first time this year will close the avenue in Chestnut Hill for thousands of muggles and wizards. A seminar at the college Friday afternoon gathers Harry Potter scholars for lectures and discussion. A pub crawl Friday brings costumed revelers to town. Events Saturday start with the Hogsmeade Express train to town followed by a read-a-thon, seminars, concerts, a Hunt for the Horcrux,

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fortune tellers, school-sorting, music, costumes and more. A day-long Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College completes the “Potter” experience. October 21,22,28,29 7-9:30 p.m. Whitemarsh Township’s Haunted Barn Cedar Grove Barn , 100 Cedar Grove Road (at Wells Street) is converted to a house of horrors for those who dare to enter. A family hour for younger ghouls is 6-7 p.m. October 28. Admission is $5 for pre-purchase and $7 at the door . For more information, call 610 828-7276. Tuesday October 25 10 a.m.-noon Teenie Halloweenie A Halloween party for littie ones in costume featuring games, crafts, music and treats will be held at the Whitemarsh Township Parks & Recreation Building, 2391 Harts Lane, Lafayette Hill. $5 per (Continued on page 42)


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child. For more information, call 610 828-7276. Saturday October 29 5-9 p.m. Ghost Walk Halloween festivities begin in Chestnut Hill with a spooky ghost walk through the haunts of Chestnut Hill with cider, cookie decorating and snacks. As the night gets later, the stories get scarier. Run by and benefitting the teenagers of Teenagers Inc. For more information, call 267 368-6411. Sunday October 30 2 p.m. Halloween Parade Children in costume can enjoy a parade, the famous Woodmere straw maze and music by the Springfield High School township pep band at 2 p.m. in this annual parade on the grounds of the Woodmere Art Museum. No extra charge with $8 admission to the Woodmere Straw maze ($20 for families of three or more). For more information, call 215-247-0476. Saturday November 5 7-10 p.m. Architectural Hall of Fame Gala The Chestnut Hill Historical Association celebrates the best in Chestnut Hill architecture with a cocktail gala 7-10 p.m. at a historic home in Chestnut Hill to honor the community’s most treasured structures and landscapes.. Tickets are available for $175 and up. Chhist.org/architechtural-hall-offame, 215 247-9329 x 202. Saturday November 19 Circle of Trees Woodmere Art Museum 9201 Germantown Avenue Family and friends come together to cel42 / WELCOME / FALL • WINTER 2016 / 2017

ebrate the annual tree lighting and the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special surprise guest. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. For more information, visit chestnuthillpa.com/events/circle-of-trees. Sunday November 20, 2016 6-9 p.m. A Taste of Chestnut Hill Restaurants and food providers from around the Chestnut Hill area stage an impressive International buffet as part of the annual gathering and fundraiser to benefit Teenagers Inc., which supports and entertains teenagers around the area. Tickets are $50, $20 for students and teens. For more information, call 267 368-6411. November 21 – December 31 Holidays on the Hill Weekly events and sales along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill leading into the Holiday season. For more information, visit chestnuthillpa.com/events/holidays-on-the-hill/. Saturday November 27 Small Business Saturday Merchants in Chestnut Hill -- almost all of them small, independent, family-owned businesses, open their doors to holiday shoppers eager to find unique local holiday gifts. Saturday December 3 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour Hundreds of visitors ride trollies and put on blue paper booties to visit five of Chestnut Hill’s unique homes beautifully decorated for the holidays, sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association. Tickets are $110-125. For tickets or more information, call 215 248-8810.


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