The Queen Village "Mondrian house" (Instagram/@twistedphilly)

How Ikea caters to Philadelphia customers

From skyline shots in the (fake) rowhome windows to “Go Birds” on the chalkboards, the Ikea in South Philadelphia caters to its local audience with lots of little quirks. Turns out it’s all based on careful research, from visits to volunteer homes to surveys of regional customers.

“We just want people to see themselves within the store,” the Philly Ikea shop designer explained to Asha Prihar. Continue reading…

A plate at the South Philly Ikea touts it’s the perfect size for a cheesesteak — if people used plates for cheesesteaks. (Asha Prihar/Billy Penn)

Philly’s C. DeLores Tucker: An activist and a force

From civil rights leader to political pioneer to gangsta rap foe, C. DeLores Tucker was a powerful figure. Born in North Philadelphia, she led her first protest at age 16, went on to become the first Black woman to hold a cabinet position in Pennsylvania, and is remembered for much more. 

In the latest edition of Headlines of Yore, Avi Wolfman-Arent tells the story of Tucker’s rich life in the public eye. Continue reading…

C. DeLores Tucker (right) joins Gloria Steinem (far left) and Melba Moore (center) to sing during a protest against lyrics they say promote violence against women outside Time Warner offices in New York on Dec. 18, 1997. (AP Photo/Michael Schmelling)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• On outgoing PPD Commissioner Danielle Outlaw’s last day on the job, she posted a farewell video touting the department’s accomplishments and expressing gratitude. With the pandemic, protests, and gun violence spike, she had a tumultuous tenure. [Billy Penn/YouTube/NBC10]

• Last Thursday, a student ran into the building of Penn Hillel, a Jewish student organization, shouted antisemitic comments and knocked over furniture before being chased away and taken into custody. [CBS3]

• Some former USciences students say they’ve become disillusioned since the merger with St. Joe’s University, which cut some programs and stopped offering students birth control. [34th Street/BP 2022]

• Rain couldn’t stop Philly’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, which brought performers and celebrants to the Ben Franklin Parkway for an afternoon of wet-but-colorful pride and fun. [Billy Penn]

• The Phillies newest pitcher, former high school phenom Orion Kerkering, closed out last night’s win. The magic number to clinch a playoff spot: 1. [Billy Penn/MLB]

• Noted Eagles fan Taylor Swift was clad in Chiefs red as she cheered on Travis Kelce in Kansas City. The two were later spotted leaving the stadium together, confirming the rumors everyone had been asking Philly’s Jason Kelce about. [Fox Sports/@NFL/@paytonsun/94WIP]


No public appearances on the schedule today for Mayor Kenney. On social media yesterday he sent wishes for a “solemn reflection and meaningful fast” to Philadelphians observing Yom Kippur.


🐕 Bring your dog to the Museum of Illusions’ Puppy Pawty for treats and photo-ops. Tickets are $25; half of proceeds benefit Philadoptables. (5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28)

👗 College students can pick up free professional clothing at all locations of The Wardrobe — just show your student ID. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28)

📙 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)

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