Photos: New Target in Northern Liberties Opens

Photos: New Target in Northern Liberties Opens

Another Target has opened in “Center City”, this one in Northern Liberties at 456 North 5th, a building formerly the headquarters of Destination Maternity . Some people define Center City between Spring Garden and South Street (don’t get me started about the 6th Boro, ok). This Target is much different than the ones who have come on line over the passed two years when Target started opening the urban stores.

It’s much larger than all of the small format stores at 47,000-square-foot space, including the one near me in Callowhill  which is 30,000-square-feet. The parking lot is larger, and the merchandise selection is plentiful.
You can enter/exit via 5th Street, which is one way going towards Vine Street. It’s odd that they curved the driveway here, maybe to dissuade people from using it as a shortcut, which I saw someone do yesterday. They should probably put install a few speed bumps to discourage that from becoming a habit.

Or enter/exit via 6th Street, towards Spring Garden.

Let’s head inside, the doors are to the right of the cashiers, there are about 6 self check out stations. As you walk in the door there are seasonal items for sale,

and then the men’s department is straight ahead.Target is still in summer mode, so if you need shorts or a t-shirt they still have them unlike other department stores.


On the right of the entrance is the women’s department. It’s extensive, and has fitting rooms.

I headed to the “food market” in the back. Prices looked good, and it’s going to really convenient for the supermarket starved area. Acme on 2nd and Girard is about a mile away, but going in all over directions a grocery store is much further.

I checked out the soda prices, and again it looks like Target is absorbing the “Soda Tax” as the soda is priced without the tax. This is a 12 pack of soda for only $4.99

There’s a small selection of grab and go sandwiches, I was on my way to a gig and grabbed a turkey salad sandwich, and it was delicious. Only $4.29, that’s a deal.

The small format Target is chock full of items we need for everyday living, like cleaning supplies, paper products and shampoo.

There’s even a travel section, with luggage

A tech section with TV’s and other electronics
It’s fun to see all these Target’s open, a story I broke in 2014 when I wrote Target was looking to open
stores in urban settings. They’ve certainly opened more than I imagined, they’re taking over like a Wawa

Toys, and dolls. I picked up a few games for game night.
Children’s clothes
You’re going to need a coffee after the exhausting shopping trip. This one is perfectly in the far right corner, with tables, and a great view of the City.
I love the windows at the new Target, which allows so much natural light into the store

If you’re wondering where the new Target is, this is the building fronting Spring Garden Street, the former Destination Maternity building between 5th & 6th Streets. (Google)

On the left is Yards Brewing Company which moved in earlier this year. (Photo)

The right side will be the City Archives (Photo)

This was the back of the building (Google)

Which now looks like this
Finally when I took this photo yesterday, I was wondering what was going in the fenced in area on the right? This morning that has been answered in a Jacob Adelman column,

where he reports Alliance Partners HSP LLCs plan calls for a building apartments that would run along Fifth Street and retail space facing the Target parking lot. Check out Jacob’s column for more details.

Tonight is Diner en Blanc, so check back here tomorrow for all the fashions, table settings and fun!!


2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Reception

2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Reception

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.


Philadelphia’s Independence Business Alliance welcomed National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to Philly for their National Convention at a reception Reading Terminal Market


The SOLD Out conference attracted over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The opening night reception reflected the must attend event as it sold out as well.

Many local business leaders were on hand as well including Romulo Diaz – Vice President and General Counsel – PECO Energy and Deb Shinn, PECO
Eric Douglas, Russell Heid, Abraham Rivera, Dave McCann and Joseph Finnegan all of IBX
Magdalena Rodriguez, Board Member Golden Gate Business Association and Jose Carderon, Chevron

Anthony Reisinger, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and Wendy Lambour, Philadelphia Gay Mens Chorus

Mark Segal, PGN Publisher greets a representative from Borgata
Stephen Tornetta, Chatterblast and Jeff Smokler, Imre health

Katie Griffin Casting

Katie Griffin Casting

Parx Casino

Parx Casino


DjAktive’s Dope Ass Party, Alex Holley Flying High, Pat Croce Spotted

Hughe Around Town this week: DjAktive’s Dope Ass Party, Alex Holley Flying High, Pat Croce Spotted

Wicked weather came our way yesterday. Hope everyone arrived home safely. Back in the spring I do recall the weather people predicting a wet August, and a hot September. I don’t want to wish this month away, but I wish the rain would stop and we could enjoy the final rays of sunshine for the summer.
Let’s see what’s happening around town…

Philly’s DjAktive finished up the 2nd leg of the tour with Janet Jackson and Outside Lands (It resumes in the fall for a few more dates including a stop at AC’s Hard Rock Casino) in San Francisco Sunday , returns home this weekend and is throwing a “Dope Ass Party” at the Piazza. Stars scheduled to perform include:
Marsha Ambrosius
Mr Hollywood DJ
and many more
INFO and Tickets Here

Speaking of the Hardrock Casino, DJ Elephante spun at Daer Nightclub Sunday night, and was kind enough to pose with Rocco Cima, formerly a Q102 Dj, and currently the owner of Fuel, health food. DJ Elephante stops by NOTO  November 16.

Speaking of Down the Shore: On any given day  at Steve and Cookies you’re going to see a local celebrity, and on occasion a real one. Over the past few weeks I’ve heard Councilman Allan Domb was dining, across the room was Pat Croce who snapped his annual “we have to stop meeting like this” photo with PR gal Dallyn Pavey Uosikkinen, nearby  Lynsie & Evan Solomon were dining with Dana and Ron Donatucci, which reminds me that Ron Donatucci’s foundation “Michael’s Giving Hand” is being honored next year by the Philadelphia chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention; plus Ron will attend and speak at the annual walk October 7, 2018

Alex Holley tried her hand at the flying trapeze last week, which aired on Fox 29 on Friday. She passed with flying colors, sailing through the sky with the greatest of ease. Now it’s your turn as the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts announces the grand opening of Philadelphia Flying Trapeze. Philadelphia’s only permanent outdoor flying trapeze school now offers two-hour outdoor flying trapeze lessons at Circus Campus, 6452 Greene Street in West Mt. Airy – conveniently directly next to the Upsal SEPTA Station. Lessons will run Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 28, 2018, with weekday lessons running 11:00am to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
I noticed the other day that has changed its branding a bit, it’s more than just a bar, they serve coffee as well, plus delicious food.

This spot at 20th & Arch, has gone through many incarnations, now it seems that Indian Cuisine is rebranding as
Thanal an Indian Tavern. Best of luck to them.
Opening soon in Spring Garden, at the City View Apartments, is Art City Vets where MIGA restaurant used to be located.

11am – 4pm The Schmidt’s Commons | Northern Liberties, Phila

With Love: Super Adoption Day will once again be the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia history and one of the largest pet adoption events nationwide. Organized by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia (an animal welfare advocacy group), there will be rescue groups and shelters with adoptable animals for the public to meet and hopefully adopt! The event is going to be held on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00am – 4:00pm at The Schmidt’s Commons, formerly The Piazza (an 80,000 square foot open-air plaza in Northern Liberties) and will feature music, refreshments, shopping, special guests and more!

Here are important dates to remember if you haven’t registered to VOTE, or you’re going to be out of town on Nov 6.
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