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Old 03-13-2007, 06:27 PM
 
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Hello, I am moving to Center City Philadelphia this June/July to attend the Art Institute. I am looking for advice as on wear to grocery shop, nightlife, etc. Thank you.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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I am going on the assumption that you don't have a car and will need stores in walking distance. For starters, there is the Reading Terminal Market (http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/) which is a wonderful farmer's market located at 12th and Market and a Philadelphia institution. There is a Trader Joe's at 21st and Market. There are two Whole Food Stores, one at 10th and South and one on 22nd and the Parkway. Super Fresh's are at 10th and South and 5th and Pine. You can also order food from acme.com and safeway.com.

Since I am probably much older than you, I will leave the nightlife part of your question to someone else, other than to say you will probably want to check out South Street.
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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Hello, I am moving to Center City Philadelphia this June/July to attend the Art Institute. I am looking for advice as on wear to grocery shop, nightlife, etc. Thank you.
In addition to Reading Terminal Market, for serious produce shopping, I would recommend Sue's on 18th Street, somewhere between Walnut and Chestnut. (I always forget where it is in relation to Sansom, which is between those two streets, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's probably north of Sansom.) Metropolitan Bakery has good baked goods (though I used to find their overly aggressive service a little annoying). There's one on 19th Street, south of Rittenhouse Square. Of course, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have a lot, but they have their limitations. Whole Foods' produce has been really disappointing, especially for the price, for many years now. They used to be more careful about keeping their greens fresh. Their baked goods are often laughably bad as well, along with a lot of their prepared food. But someone must like the stuff, because they seem to do well. (If you happen to want vegan baked goods, I would suggest trying Essene, on 4th Street, a few blocks below South. I'm so used to getting around on foot that I often don't know exact addresses. Essene also has some specialty vegetarian/macrobiotic type stuff that Whole Foods and Trader Joe's does not carry, especially in terms of specific brands.) There are smaller specialty stores to be explored, as well. DiBruno's at 18th & Chestnut is an Italian-oriented gourmet shop, with some good things, but their prices are quite steep.

Nightlife I don't know too much about either. Unfortunately, I have been away from it lately, and I only really went to a handful of places regularly. Delaware Avenue has a large number of clubs, and there are others nearby, in Old City. The weekly papers in center city, Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly, both available online, will give you plenty of information about what's available.
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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Yes, definitely Sue's. (Funny, I was just coming back to post about that) There is also the Rittenhouse Market at 18th and Spruce (although they are expensive) and The Spruce Market (a small grocery store) at 15th and Spruce.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:08 AM
 
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ill start with the fun stuff first. you have EDEN ROC aka FISO lounge on 15th and south street,FLUIDS on 4th and south street,clubs on DELAWARE AVENUE.Im not sure the type of music you like or environment but those are places i have gone.Shopping...reading terminal would be your best bet.There is a little market on 15th and spruce streets closer to the corner of 16th you can go.
Now to the ART institute.All i will say about that school is this.BE VERY CAREFUL. the art institute claims it is accredited..but check around.Most schools like Temple Penn etc will tell you that they do not accept nor recognize credits from them in case you wanted to further your education.I went there 1996-1999 got my degree and have not worked in graphic design ever.nor have I been able to transfer credits let alone my degree to get my BA. I refuse to go back to them to acquire my BA in graphic design.I am currently looking online for open lawsuits to join before i attempt to file my own.
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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These fine people already have the groceries covered for you. At 30-something, I'm largely out of the loop on nightlife... but I would recommend checking out the local weeklies philadelphiaweekly.com and citypaper.net. Each of them has a nightlife section that will help you out. These days Old City seems to be the epicenter of nightlife although you can find places to go in Northern Liberties, South Street, Rittenhouse Square... even Manayunk and University City for an excursion outside Center City. On the other hand, Delaware Avenue is pretty much dead these days for nightlife, if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:31 AM
 
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On the other hand, Delaware Avenue is pretty much dead these days for nightlife, if I'm not mistaken.
I wouldn't say that. Maybe it doesn't pick up until May, but the few times I was there last summer (for salsa dancing at Rock Lobster), it seemed that there were other things happening. When I walk north to Spring Garden (to more easily hail a taxi), I pass some sort of booming outdoor dancehall club. But I'm sure I've noticed some other clubs still active in the area. (Incidentally, I'm 40something and haven't dropped out of the nightlife, but of course if I were married by now that would probably be different. Also, the salsa scene is a bit more forgiving about age, and there are definitely some types of clubs I would avoid. I don't think I'd show up at a reggaeton night, even though I like a lot of the music.)
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:37 AM
 
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I wouldn't say that. Maybe it doesn't pick up until May, but the few times I was there last summer (for salsa dancing at Rock Lobster), it seemed that there were other things happening. When I walk north to Spring Garden (to more easily hail a taxi), I pass some sort of booming outdoor dancehall club. But I'm sure I've noticed some other clubs still active in the area. (Incidentally, I'm 40something and haven't dropped out of the nightlife, but of course if I were married by now that would probably be different. Also, the salsa scene is a bit more forgiving about age, and there are definitely some types of clubs I would avoid. I don't think I'd show up at a reggaeton night, even though I like a lot of the music.)
I stand corrected! I had forgotten that Rock Lobster was still around. I also wasn't aware of a salsa club on the riverfront. And FWIW, I don't count Dave & Buster's in the nightlife category since it's essentially a family venue until 10pm. With the demise of Egypt, Hooters and such combined with the proliferation of clubs in Old City (particularly on 2nd Street), it seemed to me that Delaware Avenue's time as a nightlife destination had passed. For the sake of a variety of places to go, I certainly wouldn't mind being wrong.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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I stand corrected! I had forgotten that Rock Lobster was still around. I also wasn't aware of a salsa club on the riverfront. And FWIW, I don't count Dave & Buster's in the nightlife category since it's essentially a family venue until 10pm. With the demise of Egypt, Hooters and such combined with the proliferation of clubs in Old City (particularly on 2nd Street), it seemed to me that Delaware Avenue's time as a nightlife destination had passed. For the sake of a variety of places to go, I certainly wouldn't mind being wrong.
There's no separate salsa club I know of, just Rock Lobster itself, which has a very popular salsa night every Sunday (in the summer). Maybe I am imagining there are more clubs open on Delaware Avenue than there are.

Did you hear that the Five Spot (an Old City club, for those unfamiliar with it) burned down?
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:34 AM
 
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There's no separate salsa club I know of, just Rock Lobster itself, which has a very popular salsa night every Sunday (in the summer). Maybe I am imagining there are more clubs open on Delaware Avenue than there are.

Did you hear that the Five Spot (an Old City club, for those unfamiliar with it) burned down?
Yes I did hear about the Five Spot burning down. I've never been there but I passed by it a lot on my travels. It's an unfortunate accident as I heard it was a rather classy club.
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