The River Wards’ business boom

Fishtown neigh­bors en­joyed the grand open­ing of Pizza Brain, a pizza shop and mu­seum, just one of the busi­nesses that opened in the River Wards in 2012. STAR FILE PHOTO

New busi­nesses popped up all across the River Wards in 2012, and we’ve roun­ded up the finer points of just a few. Wheth­er you’ve checked them out be­fore, or have yet to ven­ture in, make your res­ol­u­tion to throw a little cash at the new­est places neigh­bor­hoods have to of­fer.

Ed­it­or’s note: if you’d like us to fea­ture your new-in-2012 River Wards busi­ness in this story, please email ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on at mjam­is­; we’ll keep up­dat­ing this on­line ver­sion of the art­icle.

The Head & The Hand Press pub­lish­ing house:
After self-pub­lish­ing his book, “Seeds of Dis­cent [sic]” last year, Nic Es­posito used Kick­ to raise $5,000 for his star­tup craft pub­lish­ing com­pany, The Head & The Hand Press. The pub­lish­ing house opened at 2031 Frank­ford Ave. late in 2012. There, loc­al writers co-write from 6 to 8 p.m., and then hang out un­til 10 p.m. Check out the, or call 267-702-6744 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Catch & Re­lease Mer­chants boutique:
Ry­an Koz­ar and Mel­lisa Co­losi moved in above the store­front at 1832 Frank­ford Ave. in 2005, and then opened shop Nov. 30. The store of­fers only Amer­ic­an-made products, and a cloth­ing line cre­ated spe­cific­ally for the store. Vis­it the shop on­line at www.catchan­dre­lease­mer­, or call 267-319-1844. ••

Eatalia BY­OB res­taur­ant:
Res­taur­at­eur Frank Cro­cetto runs Eatalia, a South Itali­an BY­OB at 2723 E. Cum­ber­land St., pre­vi­ously Bis­tro Ju­li­ana. The cash-only joint opened in late-Novem­ber, and boasts stel­lar re­views on, with one pat­ron writ­ing that Cro­cetto at one point said, “Whatever you want, I’ll make it hap­pen.” Call them at 215-423-6911. ••

Lloyd whis­key bar and res­taur­ant:
Formerly Hot Potato Caf&ea­cute;, this whis­key-cent­ric spot opened in late Oc­to­ber, and was named for own­ers Scott and Taylor Coudriet’s fath­er, Lly­od, a re­tired Penn Treaty Middle School sci­ence teach­er. Lloyd car­ries over 70 vari­et­ies of the brown li­quor and a di­verse menu. Stop in at 529 E. Gir­ard; call 215-425-4600.  ••

Bottle Bar East take-out beer and gast­rop­ub:
Bottle Bar East, which opened up shop in Oc­to­ber at 1308 Frank­ford Ave., of­fers takeout beer — and a staff of self-de­scribed “beer geeks”— as well as a spot to have a full-ser­vice meal or play darts or foos­ball. It also boasts a full cock­tail bar. Call 267-909-8867; vis­it the shop on­line at bot­tle­ ••

Bubba’s Texas BBQ res­taur­ant:
Bring­ing a taste of the lone star state to Philly, Bubba’s opened at 19 W. Gir­ard Ave. in Oc­to­ber. Bubba’s menu of­fers Texas dry-rub bar­be­cue, and plat­ters are served with all the tra­di­tion­al Texas sides. Call them at 257-324-3530. ••

Fette Sau BBQ res­taur­ant:
Just around the corner from Bubba’s, Fette Sau — Ger­man for “fat pig” — Steph­en Starr’s Brook­lyn-based BBQ joint also opened in Oc­to­ber, be­gin­ning the battle of the bar­be­cue in Fishtown. It of­fers loc­al brews, whis­keys, meats by the pound and simple sides. Vis­it at 1208 Frank­ford Ave., call 215-391-4888. ••

Keys to At­tic vin­tage and re­sale boutique:
Also in Oc­to­ber, Fishtown’s Cath­er­ine Jen­nings opened her shop, Keys to the At­tic, at 314 E. Giard Ave. She had ditched “cor­por­ate Amer­ica” for her pas­sion for vin­tage and re­pur­posed home goods. Jen­nings, who said she con­siders “Ikea” and “plastic” to be bad words, sells pieces in-store for 90 days, with mark­downs every month. Check key­stotheat­ or call 267-324-3681 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Breath­ing Room yoga stu­dio:
In early Novem­ber, Port Rich­mond’s Roe Piet­ro­paula opened shop at 3168 Rich­mond St. “I want this to be for people like me, who aren’t ‘yo­gis.’ I want to bring it to every­day people,” she said. A walk-in yoga class at Breath­ing Room is $10, and a pack­age of five class passes is $40. Vis­it Breath­ing Room on­line at www.face­­in­groom­rich­mond; call 215-370-5362. ••

Mumzie’s Boutique:
Marge Weryn­ski opened Mumzie’s Nov. 1 at 3112 Rich­mond St. Named for the term of en­dear­ment Weryn­ski’s grand­moth­er gave her, the boutique of­fers men’s and wo­men’s fash­ions and jew­elry. Asked if she had tapped in­to her pas­sion in open­ing Mumzie’s, Weryn­ski said she ab­so­lutely has. “Now, I’m happy do­ing it,” she said of her every­day work. Call 215-360-9865 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Peg and Awl hand­craf­ted goods:
In its own words, Peg and Awl of­fers up “treas­ures found and re­covered from mis­for­tune and neg­lect, rel­ics of the un­usu­al…wear­able curi­os­it­ies, keep­sakes and longlast­ing treas­ures.” Peg and Awl’s own­ers Mar­gaux and Wal­ter Kent moved out of their home and in­to an old fact­ory in Port Rich­mond at 3211 Ce­dar St. in Novem­ber.  Check out pegandawl­ ••

Pizza Brain pizza mu­seum and Little Baby’s Ice Cream shop:
Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s are next-door neigh­bors con­nec­ted by an open walk­way, so ven­tur­ing in­to Little Baby’s for takeout ice cream while you wait for your pizza pie is a no-brain­er. Pizza Brain, with its vast pizza mem­or­ab­il­ia and unique pies, opened to na­tion­wide ac­claim in early Septem­ber, fol­low­ing Little Baby’s open­ing a month pri­or. Vis­it 2311 and 2313 Frank­ford Ave. Also check out pizza­b­ and lit­tle­ ••

Star­board Side Art Sup­ply and gal­lery:
In the spring, Star­board Side Art Sup­ply began work­ing to­ward its goal of a com­munity art space and sup­ply store on the ground floor of the Port­side Arts Cen­ter, at 2531 E. Le­high Ave. Star­board Side sells high qual­ity art sup­plies at low cost, and runs off of com­munity de­mand — simply let the store know what you need. It sells paint­ing, draw­ing, print­mak­ing and sculp­ture ma­ter­i­als, and also does cus­tom or­ders. Vis­it star­board­­ply-store.html for or­der­ing in­form­a­tion. ••

Star Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on can be reached at 215-354-3113 or mjam­is­

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