Sometimes a season passes without us getting a chance to really appreciate the things we see. In the spring, sometimes we’re too busy to notice the flowers blooming all around us. Summers can go by quickly, especially if you have kids and you’re shuttling them around from one event to another.
So, take a moment and breath deeply. It is summer time and you should appreciate it before it’s gone.
In Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, summers always mean spending some time in the Wissahickon Valley. The trails draw you into the woods and it’s easy to forget that you’re still in the city of Philadelphia.
On Germantown Avenue, it’s certain businesses that you can always found a crowd at. Photographer Bas Slabbers found Bredenbeck’s busy with customers. If you visit you can also check up on the progress of the mural. One photograph shows the scaffolding on the side of the building where a new mural by Ann Northrup is being painted. The mural depicts the confluence of Cresheim and Wissahickon creeks.
In Mt. Airy, Trolley Car’s Ice Cream Shoppe had a regular stream of customers when we visited. But things could have been much different. It wasn’t far from this spot that John Thain wanted to bring Rita’s to the former TLA Video space. But Trolley Car Diner owner Ken Weinstein threatened legal action saying a Rita’s in that shopping complex would have violated a long standing agreement against fast food franchises. Thain dropped his plans for a Rita’s and the vacant spot he wanted is now filled with new tenants.
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