The King of East Passyunk Avenue & Nice Things Handmade

Earlier this month I headed over to East Passyunk Avenue to meet Kory Aversa for dinner. Kory is the king of East Passyunk Ave. He is a passionate supporter of all things Passyunk. You just can’t meet him for dinner, as he just naturally wants to talk about his favorite neighborhood, give you the lowdown and all the great things coming up. You’re stomach may be growling for grub, but he’s so persuasive and how a tour of all the going ons and what the East Passyunk Business Improvement District and what Queen Renee Gilinger are up to.

The night I visited, 2nd Saturday was winding down. 2nd Saturday is East Passyunk’s answer to Old City’s First Friday. The stores are open later in the evening. There’s wine cheese and special exhibits, art openings etc. I arrived as Kory was making his rounds, taking photos for facebook and chronicling the night. He said you have to come check out this cool store called “Nice Things Handmade”  at 1731 E Passyunk Ave
Elissa K Kara, Owner/Artist of Nice Things Handmade and Jennifer Nonas, a therapist/artist who is surviving cancer.

 Kara decided to host a fundraiser to raise funds to assist Jennifer in her medical bills/living expenses. Since Valentine’s Day was coming up she solicited artist friends to create these cute ornamental hearts. I bought a couple, they were so cute.

 Jesse Sweet, Amber Zaraza, Soozie Savage and Kim Mason

 Chris Guerrer, Rogue Theory, Amy Buller – B Goods and Paul Buller, who created Hipster Bingo

Hipster Bingo. You take it to a coffee store and every time you spot a hipster you check off one of the squares. It’s a good time killer, especially during writers block.

I found this item to be interesting. It’s an octopus mobile created by an artist of leftover crochet material her mother left unfinished when she passed away from cancer. I remember Judy (my sister) had a lot of left over projects when she died, I’m not sure what happened to it, but this is a good idea to do. We had dinner at BIRRA. It was delicious and a good time.

What else is coming up on East Passyunk Avenue  
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
When: Sunday, February 24-Saturday, March 2
Where: Participating East Passyunk restaurants
Cost: $15-$35
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