“Black Friday” has become a household marketing term propagated by corporations that is now synonymous with the shopping frenzy for hot deals that is the day after Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t Walmart or Target or Best Buy that created the term itself. It was Philadelphia Police in the 1960s. No, really.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, the Graduate Hospital pizzeria-slash-bakery that took over an industrial space at the corner of 22nd and Washington in July 2013, has closed for good. The sudden shuttering took staff completely by surprise — they found out via text message from owner Adam Ritter late Thanksgiving night, per a former employee — and now 20 workers are stranded without jobs right at the start of the holiday season.
There’s really no escape from the commercialism of the holiday season, but what if you could combine Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday into one single purchase that also expressed your love for Philadelphia? From now through the end of Tuesday, Nov. 29, Emma Fried-Cassorla (aka Philly Love Notes) is donating all profits from sales of her sweet hand-cut maps to Philadelphia nonprofits.
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Apparently it was considered patriotic to drink hot chocolate (or coffee) during the American Revolution — unlike the much more common tea, it didn't come from British trade. Hear more and sample the drink the colonists enjoyed at this repeating midday demo sponsored by Mars Chocolate's American Heritage arm.
Where: Betsy Ross House at 239 Arch St.
When: November 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free with $7 admission
Town Hall Provisions is a fledgling local links company that has been impressing chefs even before it goes public. Try three different sausage sandwiches at this pop-up in chef Nick Elmi's kitchen. First come, first served.
Where: ITV at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: November 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Family is great and all, but if you're feeling the need to get loose, hit up this joint hosted by the Bearded Ladies cabaret. DJ sets and dance on the ground floor; live band in the basement.
Where: West Philly BeardCave (beneath St. Mary's Church) at 3916 Locust Walk 19104
When: November 26, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to November 27, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Puppetry is an age-old artform that has charmed and delighted kids and grownups through the ages. So why are they so damn freaky when projected on the big screen? Assess the situation with experts at this special puppet anthology screening.
Where: The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut St.
When: November 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $8