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2012 in Review: 10 New Northwest Businesses

Take a look back at what businesses came to Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy in 2012, and see what we're looking forward to in 2013.

2012 was an active year for businesses in the Northwest. We've broken down a list of 10 new businesses that have come to Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy in the past year and the businesses we'll be looking for in 2013.

Now, there's no way we could get them all, so if there's a new or re-opened business we're missing on this list, let us know in the comments below

  1. Though there was some dispute between the business and its neighbors, Chestnut Hill welcomed
  2. A Taste of Olive opened its fourth boutique location in Chestnut Hill this past fall.

  3. Mt. Airy's own Jimmie Reed opened the mexican restaurant he'd been dreaming of, in the old Wired Beans Cafe location.

  4. While it isn't a new business, people could be forgiven for thinking the recently-renovated Weavers Way space in Mt. Airy is a new grocery.

  5. Chestnut Hill got a new clothing store, and a new sidewalk to boot, when J McLaughlin opened its doors in November.

  6. Mt. Airy's booming food scene got another boost when 7163 Cafe opened in September.

  7. A new tattoo boutique got residents of the Northwest talking when it received approval from the city's zoning board to open up on Germantown Avenue. The shop hopes to open early in 2013.

  8. The restaurant has been playing it pretty close to the chest, but considering its search for new staff, it seems like Goat Hollow will be opening its doors sometime in the new year.

  9. Many neighborhood groups were interested when word came down that a new grocery store could be coming to the Northwest.

  10. As a native of Upstate New York, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the forthcoming Wingstop in Mt. Airy in this list.

Like I said, there are a ton of other business that could be on this list, so you tell me: what new businesses made an impact on you in 2012?

Dane December 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
You missed Philly community acupuncture in Mt Airy! It seems odd that you'd name a business not even open yet (an unnamed tattoo shop) and miss this small business that has been so successful in bringing affordable acupuncture to this community.
Gene E. December 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Please don't try to sugar coat the tatoo parlor by calling it a "tatto boutique". A "boutique" is a small retail shop that sells gifts, fashionable clothes, and acceessories. This is an establishment that does nothing more than sucker young people out of their money. I have seen young parents spend hundreds of dollars on a tatto but can't take care of their children. Does the tatto parlor offer counseling? Example: Tatto on the face limits employment opportunities. I am shocked that Mt. Airy has stooped that low to allow a tatto parlor. I am sure politics played a part.
Shirley December 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Is the 7163 Cafe still operating? It seemed to pop up during election period and poof, I haven't seen it since after the elections. Are you sure it is still there? And what about the Indian restaurant Jyoti that was supposed to open in June and is still not open at the corner of Nippon and the Ave? And a comment to Gene E., you have to be 18 to get a tattoo and if a parent wants to pay for his/her kid to get something that will stay with them for a lifetime, that is their choice. And if politics played a role, it was at the community level so Mt. Airy could bring in more revenue. And I'm sure the tattoo place will bring in more revenue than say Doc C Clothier and Ground Zero together!
Gene E. December 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Shirley, Just because a parent pays for their child to get a tatto does not make it right. Parents make bad choices, especially the ones who are trying to be their child's friend instead of being good parent. Would it be safe to say you paid for your child to get a tatto? And as far as generating revenue, would be okay if there was a brothel in the neighborhood if it generated revenue?
Shirley December 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Well, Gene E., personally I don't think too many parents choose to pay for their child's tattoo. Like you, I think they refrain from it and that's why a person must be 18 to get one, the age at which a child doesn't need their parents' permission. I'm sure if the child is still living under their parents' roof, some heavy duty arguments will be going on, however. And no it wouldn't be safe to say I paid for my children's tattoos because I do not have any and that choice to not have any even though I was married was because I couldn't. But I've paid for the ones I have, having gotten my first one when I was 18 while visiting a relative in California on my very first vacation. Since I worked in a professional environment, I got my tattoos where they wouldn't show because of the dress code. And while at that job for 26 years, I got a few more, also undetected while at work and at college at night. My only tattoo visible to people is the one I got for my 60th birthday, a facial tat of a seahorse. And when the tat parlor opens in Mt. Airy, I plan to get another one, the moon and stars with an overlay of a dragonfly (the unofficial yet widely accepted symbol against breast cancer). And since brothels are ILLEGAL, no I would not be okay with one in my neighborhood; tattoo parlors are legal. Have a nice day!

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