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Black Hound Clay Studio Crowdfunding


I’m working on opening a community clay studio at 711 South 50th Street, right off Cedar Park. This morning I launched a crowdfunding campaign to help this venture succeed.

I’m reaching out because I’d like to join BABA as well as possible get some coverage on your website for the crowdfunding campaign. I’m hoping I’m not too late to join the September Dollar Stroll as a participant, as i’m hoping I can use that as a launching pad for the business. Let me know what I need to do next to join.

The link to the campaign is here:

You can find out more about the studio at, and I am also active on Facebook and Instagram too.

Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing from you.

Bethany Rusen
Black Hound Clay Studio

Thank you from Spruce Hill!

Thank you to Annie, the BABA marketing team, and all of the BABA business owners who donated gifts and gift cards to the May Fair raffle! The BABA bag came together really nicely, and the winners were very excited about their prizes from local businesses. The weather cleared for us on Saturday, and we had a well-attended event and a successful raffle. Thank you, thank you for helping to make it a success!

Thank you!
Jon & the Spruce Hill Community Association

A Party at Dock Street Featuring Turkish Art and Entertainment

Sunday, February 16th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us for a gallery-style art show opening, a belly dancer, Turkish-inspired music, food and drinks!

We’re throwing a party to celebrate the opening of the first American exhibition of paintings by the Turkish artist Nimet Ozden. These paintings are stunning, done in the Ottoman style of watercolors known as Miniatures — not because of their size, which is the standard size, but because of the painstakingly intricate detail that goes into each piece.

Meticulously painted on paper that Nimet makes herself, these highly detailed — and just a little bit cheeky — paintings depict a heady mix of themes, that range from Turkish wives’ tales to historical events to Islamic stories, that represent the artist’s pride in her Turkish heritage as much as her sense of humor and her talent.
Nimet will be on hand to chat and answer questions — in English or in Turkish. Her art will be on sale, with most priced between $150 and $250.
Belly dancer Mariana Marchese will be performing throughout the evening.

About the Artist: Nimet Ozden was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She’s dedicated her career to pursuing art in various forms. Known for her non-traditional beliefs with regards to politics, religion, and history, Nimet is constantly seeking to question the known, explore the unknown, and push boundaries and comfort zones — both her own and those of her viewers. Her work in Miniatures is no exception, as she reveals in this provocative musing about what the art form has taught her:
“After delving into this style of art, I realized that miniatures can reveal so many missing pieces of information about history and mysteries within ancient manuscripts that even historians and scholars cannot or perhaps don’t want to uncover, due to political or religious reasons.”
Nimet currently lives in Turkey and divides her time between homes in Istanbul in the north and Marmaris in the south of the country.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Sexy Beast at Dock Street Brewery

Friday, February 14th

It takes two to make a great Valentine’s Day! And, we’ve got them if you want them. Our Valentine’s Day offering is made up of …

1 Part Sexy Beast — enjoy the debut of our new velvety chocolate stout brew. It’s made with 10 lbs. of roasted cacao nuts. It’s silky smooth and all too drinkable! The chocolate taste is embellished with hints of coffee and of malt.


1 Part Steak Frites — seared flank steak marinated in salsa verde, served with hand-cut fries.

The Gold Standard Cafe Mid-Winter Dinner Special!

Mid-Winter Dinner Special!  Three-Courses, just $20.00 !  …available after 5 pm daily

Starting February 1, every night:  Your choice of any soup or salad, choice of four or five entrees, mini-dessert assortment, plus coffee or tea …all of this for JUST $20!  Offer available every night including Valentine’s Day!

All other café menu items are also available.

January 30 Public Meeting: Discuss Development Around 51st & Baltimore

Cedar Park Neighbors and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA) invite you to a public meeting to discuss development around 51st & Baltimore including:

▪ Proposed expansion of Wellness Center
▪ Clarifications of blight certification in Philly 2035 Southwest District Plan
▪ Advocating for community input regarding development of city owned vacant land parcels

January 30, 6:30PM at People’s Baptist Church – 5039 Baltimore Ave

Facebook invitation page at