Clarkville is located at the corner of 43rd and Baltimore in West Philly. We are slinging home spun comfort food out of a giant double decker pizza relic and guzzling craft beer and wine seven days a week. Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly are the owners of this fine establishment, as well as Local 44 (West Philly) and Strangelove’s (Center City). Put March 1st on your calendar as the day to stop in, try some pizza and brews, and meet the Clarkville owners, as well as other Baltimore Avenue business owners.
Then, on May 17th, visit Booker’s on the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue and meet owner Saba Tedla, who also owns and operates Aksum on Baltimore Avenue. Booker’s grand opening was January 21st, so stop on in to visit and try out the new menu any time, but stop in on May 17th from 5 – 7 p.m. to party down with your neighbors.
Thursday, June 15th, 5 – 7 p.m. This event also showcases new businesses along the constantly growing commercial corridor. The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll has become a signature event for the neighborhood, routinely attracting crowds into the thousands. To go along with the dollar deals are live music, family entertainment, and more. Full details on participants and live entertainment coming soon athttp://www.universitycity.org/baltimore-ave-dollar-stroll.
The Baltimore Avenue Business Association, (BABA), represents the businesses along the vibrant Baltimore Avenue corridor in University City, West Philadelphia. All of the businesses are easily reached by taking the Green Line 34 Trolley or by following the bike paths. You can, of course, walk or drive.
This business corridor serves the diverse West Philly community which cuts across several neighborhood associations: Cedar Park, Garden Court and Spruce Hill. The heart of the community, of course, is beloved Clark Park where everyone can be seen at one time or another. Young or old, families, students, business people, anarchists, artists, musicians and their 4-legged friends all relax and play at the park. And twice a week, the Clark Park Farmers Market is jammed with people buying fresh farm produce.