Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall in Germantown, where they will be opening a bakery and coffee shop next week. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall in Germantown, where they will be opening a bakery and coffee shop next week. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Here’s a look at stories you may have missed last week:

1. Mt. Airy to lose independent community bookstore that meant much more

After nearly two decades in business, Walk A Crooked Mile Books will close its doors in August. Part of the reason, said owner Greg Williams, is old age. Lugging books around the cozy shop has gotten more difficult. But he’s also ready for something new. Residents will surely miss the community hub. Check out Karl Biemuller’s story to learn more.

2. Little Jimmie’s brings coffee-roasting business to Germantown’s Maplewood Mall

At the end of next week, Germantown will be home to a brand-new coffee shop. Little Jimmie’s Coffee Roasters is the brainchild of Jimmie Reed, who also runs a café on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. Reed’s new venture will also feature sweet treats, but also fresh-roasted coffee thanks to his partnership with coffee connoisseur Jimmy Duran. Check out Neema Roshania’s story to learn more.

3. Community effort brings Houston Elementary’s forgotten library back to life

Two years ago, students at the Mt. Airy public school found themselves without a library. That’s when the school’s librarian was laid off. Neither the community nor the school’s new principal was happy about it. Check out Jana Shea’s story for more details.

4. National Signing Day turns a dreary Wednesday into a celebration at MLK High

This school year was full of memorable moments for Martin Luther King High School’s football squad. Winning the school’s first-ever public league championship was certainly one of them. Wednesday’s event, however, will also surely be one that players will look back on fondly. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more. Also be sure read about where players from Imhotep Institute Charter High School will be competing in college.

5. Insomnia Cookies opens its doors on Main Street

For years now, the Philadelphia-launched business has been quieting the late-night hunger pangs of college students and residents. Now, Northwest Philadelphians can enjoy soft, fresh-baked cookies too. The company recently opened a location in Manayunk. Check out Emily Brooks’ story for more details.

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