All Philly liquor stores temporarily close

Confused customers could be found outside several Fine Wine & Good Spirits shops yesterday, wondering why they were closed — no signage gave a hint. What happened? The LCB temporarily shuttered all 48 Philly liquor stores after more than a third sustained damage Tuesday night, Ali Mohsen reports.

Officials believe those and other break-ins were partially coordinated on social media to take advantage of the separate, peaceful protest following the dismissal of murder charges for the police officer who killed Eddie Irizzary. Unlike in 2020, however, the PPD was not severely overwhelmed. Over 50 people have been arrested so far, most between ages 18-22, including an influencer who livestreamed the chaos as over 10k watched.

Businesses that sustained damage can fill out a survey from the city to find out what services or resources may be available.

A Fine Wine & Good Spirits location on Main Street in Manayunk had no apparent damage, but was closed for business Wednesday. (Sophia Schmidt/WHYY)

Knitters across the U.S. are using Philly neighborhood patterns

Would you like to knit a “Germantown” hat? How about a “Spruce Hill” vest? A trendy national yarn supplier named its latest fall pattern collection after Philly neighborhoods — without ever mentioning Philadelphia. (Shoutout to the BP reader who tipped us off!)

Turns out the lead designer lived in Germantown and Mt. Airy for 6 years, Asha Prihar reports, and this style of yarn made her nostalgic for her time here. Continue reading…

Berroco, a Rhode Island-based, nationally distributed textile company, doesn’t give any hint that one of its new fall design collections is named after Philadelphia neighborhoods. (Screenshot)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Former city controller and mayoral candidate Rebecca Rhynhart, who came in second in the May primary, has a new gig: CFO at Drexel University. [BP X 2/Drexel]

• The latest class of Philly police recruits was the city’s largest in 5 years, and the most diverse. Officials attribute the change to a $1 million marketing campaign that focused on Black and Latino communities. [Billy Penn]

• Two months after launching a pilot, SEPTA is rolling out tap-to-pay. Starting tomorrow, you can use a credit card or smartphone wallet to tap in for a bus, trolley, or subway fare. Expect it on Regional Rail in 2024. [Billy Penn/WHYY]

• If you’ve ever paid attention to street stickers around Philly, you’ve likely seen “Praise Dobler.” What’s it mean? It started behind bars, as inspiration to get clean and live better, then took on a life of its own. [Streets Dept]

• A new restaurant called Insatiable is bringing “sexy cocktails” and Mediterranean small plates to a Point Breeze corner. [Billy Penn]

• The Phillies already clinched a playoff berth, but there was plenty of fun at last night’s game — including a service alligator at the gate. And despite what must’ve been a massive hangover post-celebrating, catcher Garrett Stubbs hit his first homer of the season. [Billy Penn/@howardeskin/@mattadelphia]


Nothing public scheduled for Mayor Kenney today. Yesterday he announced he’ll veto the legislation banning supervised injection sites in most of the city, calling the bill “troublingly anti-science and misleading.” City Council is expected to override the veto.


📷 Learn pinhole photography, chlorophyll printing, and cyanotype-making at the free 20/20 Photo Fest at the Cherry Street Pier.(12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30)

🌳 A walking tour takes you through the public art and historic properties in Rittenhouse Square, then to see the original documents at the Historical Society of Pa. Tickets are $15. (10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30)

🐾 Tattoos, food trucks, a graffiti wall, live music, beer and more await at Jawnaroo, and all supporting PAWS. Tickets are $23. (12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30) 

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