Head over heels at the Italian Market (Instagram/@billient)

Who’ll be Pa.’s next attorney general, following Shapiro’s path?

Northeast Philly state Rep. Jared Solomon is aiming for statewide office. Yesterday he declared for Pa. attorney general, joining three other Democrats and a Republican in the race for the position that propelled Josh Shapiro to the governorship.

Meir Rinde has the rundown on the former lawyer, who’s a big backer of the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway and served as a Krasner impeachment manager.

Northeast Philly state Rep. Jared Solomon (center) stands with wife, daughter, and supporters to announce his campaign for Pa. attorney general. (Meir Rinde/Billy Penn)

Woman-owned Philly brewery celebrates 4 years

Six months after Tess Hart opened Triple Bottom Brewing, the Callowhill brewery with a do-good mission, the pandemic shut things down. So she collaborated with other food and drink entrepreneurs to launch a delivery service called Joy Box — and somehow they made it through. 

Three-plus years later, Hart is finally shifting from “surviving” to “thriving,” she tells Ali Mohsen, who has the lowdown on a week of parties and chef pop-ups that embody the spirit of collaboration

Custom art by local artists covers the walls at Triple Bottom Brewing. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• From Fetterman’s mock shock to Republicans’ party-line approval, Pa.’s congressional delegation had varying reactions to the announcement of a Biden impeachment inquiry, [@lizbrownkaiser/Politics PA]

• Approximately 8,000 Comcast employees are now required in the office four days a week. Overall, about 57% of Center City office workers have returned to their desks vs. pre-pandemic numbers. [Axios]

• Park(ing) Day returns this Friday. The annual celebration will see local artists and residents transform metered parking spots into temporary mini-parks. [Park(ing) Day/NBC10] 

• Exploring Pennsylvania’s Amish country: Check out three dozen photos from a 48-hour journey without a car. [Billy Penn]

• As the Sixers organization pushes for a new home, the Wells Fargo Center is finishing up a $400M renovation. Heated entrance canopies and over 10,000 square feet of exterior LED screens are coming by next year. [WHYY]

• A ranking of trust level for the Phillies pitching staff. Spoiler: It ain’t great. [Billy Penn]

Boathouse Row in September 2021. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

• A special series from NBC Philadelphia tells the story of gun violence survivor Oronde McClain and his work uplifting young Black men. McClain now works for PCGVR. [NBC10/PCGVR]

• Philly’s strategy for solving violent crime relies on the public’s trust. The police killing of Eddie Irizarry, 27, threatens to strain that trust even more. [Trace]

• After-school programs could reduce gun violence among young people, but Pa. doesn’t fund them. In Philly, rec centers often try to pick up the slack. [Trace/Billy Penn]

• West Philly resident Shawna Smith founded “A Chance at Life” to help kids escape gun violence with fun activities like cooking and bowling. [6ABC]

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 26: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 33 the week prior. [PCGVR]
  • 1,264: Shooting victims this year so far, down 25% vs. this time last year. [PCGVR]
  • 301: Year-to-date homicides, down 22% vs. last year’s pace; up 31% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Today city lawyers present to the Pa. Supreme Court their case that Philadelphia should be able to make stronger gun laws — which the state constitution currently forbids — and Mayor Kenney hosts a post-argument press conference at City Hall (1 p.m.).


💐 BP Quizzo at Fitler Club! Our monthly Philly trivia night lands at this sleek spot next to the Schuylkill in Center City. We’re doing things a little differently for this one — your $25 ticket includes an all-you-can-eat food buffet. Space is limited, RSVP today. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20) 

🎨 Rittenhouse Square’s Fine Art Show returns for its 96th year of a weekend of paintings ringing the park. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday, Sept. 15-16; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17)

🍻 Human Robot’s “USA vs. the World” Oktoberfest takes over a Kensington block with music by Polkadelphia, German sweets, a yodeling contest, and lots of local lager. (12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16)

📘 Billy Penn is participating in Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)