Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A Spring Cleanup project turns into a new park.
It’s not everyday that a new park is born. Yvonne Haskins and her team went out last month for the Philly Spring Cleanup. Their goal—an overgrown patch of land next to the SEPTA depot located in the 6700 block of Germantown Avenue. “It’s really been a transformation,” Haskins said. “People keep coming up and telling us how much they like what we’re doing.” Haskins, along with about a dozen other people, including five SEPTA workers, went to work digging and weeding and planting with the goal of creating a new park. “It was a real mess in front of the fence there,” said Mt. Airy Business Improvement Director Hollie Malamud-Price. “Now, we have a park.” Slowly, piece-by-piece, Haskins has been battling back the invasive species and hard to…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Mt. Airy mainstay will give away free water ice to celebrate April Fool's Day.
The Trolley Car Diner will give away free water ice on April 1, and owner Ken Weinstein insists it's not an April Fool's joke. "I’m sure people would rather have homemade Trolley Car water ice than practical jokes,'' said Trolley Car owner Ken Weinstein in a press release. “Especially if it’s free.” Trolley Car has 10 flavors of water ice, including Mango, Black Cherry, Lemon and Grape. The Trolley Car also carries 16 flavors of ice cream ice creams, sundaes, gelatis, milkshakes, pretzels, nachos, banana splits, root beer floats and more. ''We’ve done this event for 10 years now, and every year more and more people come out,” said Weinstein in a press release.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Mt. Airy mainstay has been named one of the best in the city.
Uwishunu has put out a list of what it considers the top "old-school" diners in the city, and Mt. Airy's Trolley Car Diner has made the cut. According to Uwishunu: We decided to put together a quick roundup of some of the most well known and well-frequented classic diners in Philadelphia, making an effort to cover as many neighborhoods as we could. To see the complete list of Philly's top diners please click on the link: here.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Frozen yogurt in Mt. Airy is largely limited to the Trolley Car Ice Cream Shoppe.
When it comes to FroYo in Mt. Airy, Trolley Car Ice Cream Shoppe definitely takes the cake. The shop, which primarily serves ice cream and water ice, also has frozen yogurt on hand. And it's one of several locations around the area that serve FroYo. Gozen Yogurt, which is a frozen yogurt food truck, also has appeared in Mt. Airy in the past. What's your favorite frozen yogurt spot? Let us know in the comments.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Independent We Stand, a national organization to support local businesses, honors the Trolley Car Diner.
The Trolley Car Diner is one of six nation-wide semifinalists in Independent We Stand’s 2012 Independent Small Business of the Year (“The Indie”) Award. Independent We Stand (sponsored by Stihl), a country-wide coalition of consumers and locally-owned businesses promoting the social and economic benefits of buying local, looks to award independent businesses that go the extra mile for their customers or provide help to the community. Trolley Car Diner is featured alongside businesses in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Michigan, and Florida. Independent We Stand cites Trolley Car Diner for its weekly donations to local organizations, help with community service projects and events, and its habit of purchasing locally grown produce. …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The market is coming up Aug. 16.
There will likely be lots of food trucks at the Mt. Airy Night Market on Aug. 16, just like there have been at previous iterations of the festival in Northern Liberties and the Italian Market earlier this year. But the Night Market festivals, which are run by The Food Trust, also focus on keeping things local. That's why nine local food establishments, as of now, have worked to sign up to sell food along Germantown Avenue during the Mt. Airy version of the market. The market will close down the avenue between Carpenter Lane and Mt. Airy Avenue from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on the 16th. Here are the local food businesses that have applied to participate (many of them are the usual suspects): Mt. Airy USA Director of Commercial Corridor …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Trolley Car Cafe and Earth Bread & Brewery are up for the award.
One Mt. Airy restaurant and one Mt. Airy-connected cafe are up for "Philadelphia's Best Green Restaurant Award." The contest is being put on by the Nature Conservancy and voting is open for the people's choice winner of the award here. Earth Bread & Brewery is one of the options, as is Trolley Car Cafe in East Falls (Trolley Car Diner is in Mt. Airy and both the cafe and diner are owned by Mt. Airy resident Ken Weinstein). You can vote for the award here. Fare Restaurant and Kennett Restaurant in Philadelphia and Twelves Grill in West Grove, Chester County are also candidates. The contest is also being run in Richmond, Va.; New York City; New Jersey; Connecticut and other locations. Voting will last through 11:59 p.m. June 21 and winners …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Trolley Car Diner, Malt House Ltd. and Geechee Girl Rice Cafe are having gatherings.
Philly Beer Week began on Friday and will last through Sunday. Here's a look at some of what's going on in Mt. Airy:
Friday, May 11, 2012
Cobblestones are being replaced.
Construction work near the intersection of Cresheim Valley Road and Germantown Avenue hasn't exactly caused traffic to stop. But it could be something that has drivers wondering what's going on. Essentially, cobblestones are being replaced there. That has caused lots of cones and other construction implements to be placed around the area that's being repaired. Because of the work, a large section of cobblestone is empty on Germantown Avenue right now, right in front of the Trolley Car Diner. Another section has already been replaced. A Newsworks article says the project will likely be finished in June. The work isn't affecting the Trolley Car's operations like a Germantown Avenue project several years ago did. Traffic isn't really being …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The series will last from June to August.
A summer movie series will come to Mt. Airy for the second time in two years. The series, called "Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy," kicks off June 22. And just like last year, Mt. Airy USA, which is running the series, is asking residents to vote for which movies they'd like to see. You can cast your votes here. Options include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Friday Night Lights, Rent, Karate Kid and Up. There were a few rainouts during last year's series, which took place on the Lovett library branch lawn. It will happen there this year too. The series is also being sponsored by the Trolley Car Diner. It will last from June through August.