This December 4th, from 5-9pm, the Fishtown Area Business Association, in association with area merchants and the NKCDC, is organizing Fishtown and Kensington’s biggest, most festive First Friday ever! Spanning Frankford and Girard Avenue with nearly 30 different merchants, galleries and artist’s studios participating, the neighborhood is getting ready to ring in the holiday season with an evening of arts and crafts, good food and drink, live music, and shopping discounts from your favorite merchants!
This event will also feature five new(ish) businesses on Frankford Avenue: the art gallery Extra Extra, café Bella Sera, vintage boutique two percent to glory, dance academy the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, and artist collectivesPart-Time Collective and Piranha Betty’s Art Market. Be sure to check out these exciting new additions to the Avenue!
In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to shop locally and support the small businesses that are the life blood of our cities and main streets. Help keep money in the community by coming out and doing your holiday shopping in the neighborhood.
There is plenty to do. See Philly’s hottest emerging artists, learn to tango, check out live music, get your headshot taken and start that acting career, or just play board games and drink wine! With Christmas trees, cocoa and all the yule tidings you can handle, we sure hope to see you there!
Check out the participants and specials after the jump!
Please bear with us as events are updated throughout the week!
Frankford Avenue Area
Angel Studios, 2452 Frankford Avenue
All holiday pictures, head-shots, portraits and family pictures discounted to $45 from 5-9pm.
Art Shop, 2007-09 Frankford Avenue
A veritable bazaar, featuring 60+ local artists selling their fine crafts for the holiday season.
Bella Sera, 2106 E Susquehanna Avenue
Board Game Night! Bella Sera busts out their collection of board games, with a sampling of their vegan pastries and fine wine.
Bicycle Stable, 1420 Frankford Avenue
5-20% off all 2008-2009 Bianchi bicycles.
Circle Thrift, 2233 Frankford Avenue
Holiday Sale Happy Hour: All holiday items 50% off from 6-7pm!
Craftivity, 2215 Frankford Avenue (Caterpillar Lot)
Our Christmas tree needs decorating! Come make your own decorations to help spruce it up. The tree will be on display for the remainder of the holiday season.
Cycle Studios, 2212 Sepviva Street
Live music featuring The Spooks in the Liberty Cycles motorcycle garage, with refreshments from proprietor Adam Cramer. Grunge to the max.
Extra Extra (@Cycle Studios), 2222 Sepviva Street
Fishtown’s newest art gallery, in a wing of the Cycle Studios garage. Featuring a collection of artwork entitled “Magic Show”, with Scott Ache, Justin Kelly and Alexandr Zhikulin. Musical performance by Adam Keller and Kid Krusher. Don’t miss the artists’ bookshop upstairs, with artist made books, prints, and more.
Garden Center, 1825 Frankford Avenue
Christmas Tree and holiday sale, all day long.
GERM Books, 2005 Frankford Avenue
Featuring “Slo Mo”, a self described ‘exhibition of artists from strange underground collectives’. Nine seperate artists will be featured.
Highwire, 2005 Frankford Avenue
Musicians from Fire Museum Records will be performing, with an open call art show as their backdrop. Come see emerging artists and bands Tiny Concept, Cash Slave Clique, and Two Years on Welfare
Mendez Realty, 2480 Frankford Avenue
Return of “Anarchists in Dress Shoes”, featuring the work of politically radical painters from Philadelphia. Holiday refreshments will be served.
Memphis Flats, 1714 Memphis Street
Featuring artwork by Phoebe Sutherland-Kaufman. Live performances by Dee Jay JK and Jim Reds. Light fare and refreshments will be served.
Michael’s Decorators, 2214 Frankford Avenue
Hot cocoa and snacks will accompany Michael’s extended hours and a display of their fine furniture in their newly renovated showroom.
Perpetua, 2039-41 Frankford Avenue
The artwork of painter Veronika Kaderova. 15% off Perpetua’s entire collection of fine antiques and vintage baubles. Perfect holiday gifts.
Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, 2030 Frankford Avenue
Free ten minute lesson for walk-ins! Come off the street and start to tango.
Part Time Studios, 2031 Frankford Avenue
Grand opening of a hot new artist collective on Frankford Ave. There will be much refreshment, but also crafts from the art group behind this new project.
Philly Book Co, 1113 Frankford Avenue
Art showing and a late night DJ set! Starts at 7pm.
Piranha Betty’s Art, 2475 Frankford Avenue
Live music, holiday snacks, and Christmas tree decorations for sale amongst other contributions from the artist collective behind PB’s.
Proximity Gallery, 2434 East Dauphin Street
Presenting a solo exhibition by Fishtown-based artist Chris Clark, with lots of Christmas-y food and drink.
Rocket Cat Café, 2001 Frankford Avenue
The Rocket Cat will be hosting their yearly craft fair at the cafe. Stop in and check out even more arts and crafts for sale by local artists.
Two Percent to Glory, 1817 Frankford Avenue
New vintage boutique opens its doors in preparation for their grand opening in the upcoming weeks.
Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue
Opening exhibition for the Philadelphia Art Hotel’s 2010 Calendar Project featuring 12 miraculous miniature museum models. Designed by 14 seperate artist, these miniatures depict museums from imaginary worlds. Food and drink served. Reception from 5 – 10pm.
Girard Avenue Area
Affordabe Skin Care, 537 E Girard Avenue
A lavender and chamomile bath fizzie from Lilith’s Apothocary with any purchase of a gift certificate.
Ed’s Barber Shop, 600 E Girard Avenue
Raffle for a free haircut!
Barefoot Doctor, 618 E Girard Avenue
Buy one holiday giftcard, get a free treatment for yourself or a second giftcard free! (giftcards $20). And featuring art show “To the Sea”, a group show with work by Darla Jackson, Aubrie Costello, Anne Canfield, Margaux Kent, Katie Marlowe, and Kaitlin Mosley.
Holiday goodies, food, wine, and cheer!
Cornerstone Market, 19 W Girard Avenue
Special Discounts on Cornerstone’s gourmet food items, and a beer sampling by the folks from Yards Brewing.
DiPinto’s Guitars, 407 E Girard Avenue
10% off all purchases over $500.
Fishtown Airways, 200 E Girard Avenue
Featuring live performances from musical artists Kelley Cosgrove, Louis Middleton, and Jim Brooks. Several new artists will be premiering including Diane Fiessel, and Ellen Bischoff and local artist Minna Aaparyti.
Hot Potato, 529 E Girard Avenue
10% all gift certificates.
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Free cookies from master foodsmith and co-owner Paul Kimport.
Music Fountain Café, 308 E Girard Avenue
Riverside Floral Design, 544 E Girard Avenue
Slingluff Gallery, 11 W Girard Avenue
10% off everything in the gallery!
Top Nails, 540 E Girard Avenue