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BABA Businesses | Baltimore Avenue Business Association of West Philadelphia

BABA Businesses

8 Limbs Academy Muay Thai Kickboxing

8 Limbs Academy is and always has been a WEST PHILLY gym. Our new location is a 7,000 sq/ft facility located on the 5100 block of Chancellor Street. 8 Limbs spans an entire city block with entrances on both Chancellor and Walnut Streets. 8 Limbs Academy provides a safe and clean environment where all are welcomed to learn Muay Thai kickboxing without discrimination, intimidation or fear. We want to empower people with the confidence to achieve their goals – whether it be getting fit, learning a martial art, testing yourself physically or pushing yourself to grow emotionally. We are here to offer Muay Thai as a means to grow as a community.

Acupuncture with Monica

If you’re feeling exhausted, drained, annoyed, or overwhelmed by chronic health concerns that just keep coming up, acupuncture can help you feel good again so that you have enough energy to do what you love. Monica Fauble’s practice specialties include: mental-emotional health concerns such as anxiety and depression, fatigue and burnout, digestive disorders, autoimmune conditions, and lingering health concerns that don’t respond well to western medicine or other interventions. Monica offers free consultations in-person or by phone to anyone wondering if acupuncture might be a good fit for the challenges they’re facing.


This restaurant features a bright Mediterranean menu that focuses on simple and fresh ingredients, with accents from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Aksum is one of Philadelphia’s favorite BYOB restaurants, serving dinner Tuesday – Sunday, and an award winning weekend brunch. Aksum is proudly Black and locally owned.

Algernong Allen

Algernong Allenphone: 267-934-5551
email: algernong@gmail.com
website: LinkedIn
Real Estate Entrepreneur and Community Organizer. Proprietor of Elena’s Soul, a neighborhood lounge and café on Baltimore Avenue, recently destroyed in a fire. Owner of GBLS LLC, a firm which invests in and manages residential properties.


Welcome to the Comfort Zone. Amari’s Restaurant in West Philly is a home-grown restaurant with great home-grown live Jazz, where we make the uptown feel like downtown with our warm staff and outstanding tasty food.

Amari’s Restaurant features: American cuisine, seafood specialties, breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday with Live Jazz. Free Wi-Fi, specialties such as Crab Benedict, fish wraps, Juice Bar coming soon.

Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods

This cozy wireless cafe features vegetarian, vegan and raw cuisine, traditional breakfast all day, sandwiches, wraps and nutritional drinks.

Baltimore Pet Shoppe

Baltimore Pet Shoppe offers quality pet products and nutritious foods selected with your pet’s health and happiness in mind. In addition to their diverse selection of pet supplies, they have cuddly cats and kittens for adoption from local rescue groups.

Bindlestiff Books

Bindlestiff Books is a volunteer-run neighborhood bookstore, with a carefully selected array of new and discounted books. We have children’s books, literary fiction, graphic novels, art, and much more.

The Cedar Works

The Cedar Works is a 15,000 sq. foot reclaimed warehouse, located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia, that has been renovated into a community-oriented work and meeting space. The Cedar Works is home to 25 studios that range from 230 to 600 square feet and is a mixture of artist workspaces and professional offices. The community meeting space is a multi-use room fitted to host meetings, trainings, workshops, and other community activities.

Chris Hershberger-Esh Web Consulting, LLC

I’m a Philadelphia-based website consultant that builds authentic websites and lasting relationships with my clients. I provide design services, WordPress development, content creation, and hand-holding to create the uniquely engaging web presence that you’re seeking. I specialize in nonprofits and values-driven small businesses.


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. We love to throw parties! Contact us today to throw a private birthday party, department happy hour, wedding reception, holiday party or anything else you can dream up!

Curio Theatre Company

Curio Theatre is entering its 9th season here on Baltimore Ave. in West Philadelphia. We are the only year-round professional theatre in the area. Besides offering high quality theatre, we bring arts education to the community with Saturday classes as well as outreach into many local schools.

Davis Pharmacy

Thoughtful, intelligent pharmacists who have worked at this local pharmacy for decades. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Dock Street Brewery

Founded in 1985, Dock Street Brewing Co. was the first microbrewery in Philadelphia and one of the first in the country. Today, Dock Street is a small artisanal brewery that finds its home in a magnificent historic firehouse on the corner of 50th and Baltimore Ave., in a progressive, eclectic and counter-culture neighborhood that reflects Dock Street’s philosophy. Dock Street has a rich brewing history, a reputation for exceptional quality and innovation with its award winning beers and wood-fired pizzas.

Farragut Street Architects

Founding principal Kathy Dowdell established Farragut Street Architects in June 2013. Focusing on adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and rehabilitation, Farragut Street Architects offers a full range of architectural design services for residential and small commercial clients. We love old houses and buildings, and we can help you update your building for continued productive and comfortable use. We are experienced with the approvals process for historical commissions and review boards, and with the design requirements for historic tax credit projects.

Fiesta Pizza

Pizza and more. Order in person, on phone, or online. Eat in, take out, or have it delivered.

Firehouse Bicycles

Firehouse Bicycles was established in 2001 by a group of friends who had a love and passion for bicycles. They were bike messengers, welders, artists, and tinkerers who loved and believed in bicycles. Today they’re the same passionate souls. They carry quality used bicycles, new and used parts and accessories. Their professional service shop does tune-ups and repairs on all types of bicycles from vintage cruisers to lightweight road bikes.

The Fire Works

The Fire Works is a coworking office space above Dock Street Brewery at 50th and Baltimore Avenue. It includes a conference room, small meeting room, kitchenette and a shared work table in an open space accessible to members only. Coworking hubs give professionals without a permanent workspace an opportunity to be independently productive while building a like-minded, synergized community.

The Gold Standard Café

Café Coffee Shop with homemade soups, salads, desserts, plus sandwiches, breakfast/brunch items, coffee drinks, other beverages, Counter/Waiter Service, Indoor/Outdoor seating, Free Wi-Fi. Vegetarian/vegan friendly. Open daily.

The Green Line Café

Green Line Cafe4239 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

phone: 215-222-3431
fax: 215-222-3616
website: greenlinecafe.com
The Green Line Cafe is a family owned and operated coffeehouse. Since 2003, starting with their flagship shop at 43rd & Baltimore Ave., brothers-in-law Daniel Thut and Douglas Witmer have transformed three neglected storefront properties in University City into bustling community hubs serving organic and fairly-traded coffees and a unique menu of fresh, fun, and affordable grab-n-go foods.

Greensgrow West

Greensgrow is a nationally recognized leader in urban farming and is open to the public year round. Greensgrow West is a garden center, a CSA pickup site and a farmstand.

Hair Vyce

Vyce Studio brings 16 years of experience and a refined dedication to the very best in hair care advice to the Cedar Park business district. We specialize in the latest hair color, cuts and styling trends to MAKE YOU YOUR VYCE!!!


Indie-Life is a creative agency specializing in event, tour and media production. Driven by a simple passion to connect creative people and activate niche communities, Indie-Life helps brands reach target audiences in unique and memorable ways.

Lee’s Deli

Lee’s Deli, is home to such unusual creations as the Game Over Cheesesteak (chicken topped with shrimp and broccoli or spinach) and Tanzanian Fries (an East Africa-inspired omelet stuffed with fried potatoes, cheese, green peppers, and onions, and topped with hot sauce). Eat in and take out, kid-friendly and affordable.

Mariposa Co-Op

Mariposa Food Co-op is a cooperative grocery store open to the public and owned and operated by its membership. We are 1,500+ members strong and growing! As such, the Co-op strives to provide residents of West Philadelphia and beyond with access to and information about food, especially healthy, locally-grown or otherwise sustainably-produced products.

Melani Lamond

3527 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

phone: 215-222-4800 Ext. 113
Community involvement; President of University City Historical Society; Local Realtor; Property developer on Baltimore Ave. and other locations in West Philly.

New Age Realty Group, Inc.

New Age Realty Group Inc. is a full-service property management company serving clients in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area since 1986. Founded on personally owned and managed Philadelphia property; we know what an owner expects from our service. If you own real estate that you need professionally managed, leased, or sold, or if you want to invest in real estate, contact us today; we will be pleased to discuss your particular needs with you!

Parallel Design, Inc.

phone: 215-476-4040
email: judy@parallel-design.com
Judith Lamirand. Graphic Design, Logos, Websites.

Penn Cafe and Pizzeria

Great pizza, cheesesteaks, wings. Open Late, WiFi, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out.


The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union provides full-service banking needs for consumers and small businesses in West Philadelphia and throughout the City. If you live, work, worship or study in Philadelphia, you can open an account. We offer better rates and fewer fees.

Queen of Sheba

Ethiopian Bar and Restaurant, open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., 7 days a week. Karaoke every Thursday!

Renata’s Kitchen

Located at the 40th Street Trolley Portal, we specialize in catering for both small and large groups, providing drop off catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Contact a catering specialist Monday through Friday 9am-5pm at 267-275-8254 or email us at catherine@renataskitchenphilly.com to put a your next catering package together.

Reclaim Print

A hot Philly resource that has been printing quality multi-colored tee shirts since 2005 and full-color copies. We believe that a small production print shop can also service as a community resource and political workspace. We offer quality products at affordable prices, and also print materials in solidarity with social justice.

Spak Group

Spak Group is a Philadelphia based real estate and development company that integrates ownership, development, construction and management of its projects to provide quality residences and amazing commercial spaces with outstanding customer service.

Spirited Tattoo

Spirited Tattoo opened to harness a realm of comfort and collaborative efforts toward being at peace with a creative and freeing atmosphere for folks. Especially for those in the world who are at loss to have such environments readily available to them. We offer a range of talent for those seeking appointment-based tattooing or dropping by for a session on the day of the session.

Talking Headz

I have been a loyal client of Heather since I first scheduled my first appointment at Talking Headz a year ago. She is an amazing stylist who makes you feel comfortable, listens to what you’re looking for in a haircut and executes it amazingly fast. The whole staff is extremely friendly and does fantastic work.

University City Review

West Philly’s community print and online newspaper, providing local urban news and advertising for the people who live and work in West Philadelphia. For over 25 years, the University City Review has been speaking out about vital community issues and giving readers a forum for their news and views.

Vientiane Café

The food and service are great at this tiny, family-run, Laotian gem serving Asian Fusion, Vegetarian & Vegan cuisine. Satay, Fish Cake, Banh-xeo, Fresh Spring Rolls, Steamed Dumplings, Grilled Vegetables, Fried Tofu, Edamame, and more. Open for lunch and dinner.

Vital Step Physical Therapy

Vital Step Physical Therapy & Fitness is a local private practice providing client centered physical therapy, rehabilitation, and fitness services to the West Philadelphia and University City community.

VIX Emporium

Purveyors of unique gifts for all occasions – jewelry, home wares, pottery, paper goods, art prints, baby gifts, natural bath & body products and much more – all made by independent artists & craftspeople, primarily in the Philadelphia region.

Wayne’s Garage

With over 50 years of collective experience, we are proud to be your local auto repair experts. As the premier auto repair shop in Philadelphia, our highly trained automotive technicians take pride in all of their auto repair efforts.