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Philadelphia recommendations, summer special snowflakes inside

What things should I be sure not to miss when visiting Philly July 6-11th? Difficulty: Attending a conference but free in the evenings, solo traveler, nervous driving in cities. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jun 29, 2014 - 9 answers

why did so much of Philadelphia smell like gas yesterday?

Yesterday morning it smelled like gas from South Philly though center city and up into Fishtown, but it wasn't actually natural gas. What was it? [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jun 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Cast Iron Radiators of Death

Mr. Kitty and I are pretty handy, but removing 100 layers of 100 year old paint from our cast iron radiators may kill us. Who can we pay to make this problem someone else's? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Men's Shave in Philadelphia on Sunday?

Trying to book a group shave/trim for a bearded wedding party this Sunday in Philadelphia. The only place that appears to be open that day is Art of Shaving and they're booked for the time we need. Any recommendations on places to try? We've researched so far and can't find anything open then. If there are any salons that do this service as well we'd be interested although hoping to keep it less than 50-60 a person. Thanks!
posted by JJ987E on May 21, 2014 - 5 answers

RoadTripFilter: Philadelphia to Omaha. What's fun to do?

I'm bringing a car to Omaha in very late June, early July. Dates are flexible. We're planning to take 2-3 days of driving split between two people. What are the best routes in terms of scenery and attractions to do overnight along the way? We are staying for about a week and flying back one-way to PHL. Ideas for what to do in Omaha are also needed. At least some of the activities in or around Omaha should be suitable for people under 21, although they don't all have to be. Museums, parks, sciency stuff, and hotel and restaurant recommendations all welcome. Assume an upper limit of $200 per person per day for 2-3 people, although this is fairly flexible both directions.
posted by skyl1n3 on May 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Unique Philadelphia area wedding venue ideas needed

Fiance and I are attempting to plan a wedding for less than 150 guests in early March 2015 in the Philadelphia area. We currently live in Montgomery county, but we are open to considering locations in the 5 county area (and are learning toward Philadelphia, which will make things easier on our out of town guests). We want to keep the venue/catering/booze costs around $15,000 if possible, which seemed super easy before we started searching. Help! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Apr 27, 2014 - 18 answers

What's this restaurant I barely remember in Philadelphia?

Sometime around 2005 I went to brunch in a converted farmhouse in a park in Philadelphia. What was that place? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Apr 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for a walkable Philadelphia suburb with ... (details inside)

Will be moving to Philadelphia metro soon for a new job. Looking for a place to live. Currently live in the NYC boroughs. Have a difficult list of must haves. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 22, 2014 - 23 answers

The ring-on-it pun goes here

Searching for interesting, slim, yellow gold rings. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Feb 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me find volunteer work for theater gigs in Philly.

For reasons related to an interest in playwriting, I want to volunteer for Philly theater companies. I'll do anything as long as it is related to the theater and in the company of other theater folks. THE BIG CHALLENGE: I'm a wheelchair user. What is the best way to approach this looking-for-volunteer work situation?
posted by angrycat on Nov 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Pleasant stops on a road trip between Philadelphia and Buffalo?

I'm planning a road trip from Philadelphia to Toronto in October. I'm thinking of breaking up the trip by staying a night somewhere in between. Somewhere with a cute hotel, a nice breakfast and somewhere to wander around before taking off the next day. Just by google mapping it, I'm thinking Ithica, but id be welcome to other suggestions. Secondary question: are there any great hidden food spots to catch on the way? Thanks!
posted by cacofonie on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Best driving route Philadelphia to/from Long Beach Island?

Google is giving me several suggestions for driving from Philadelphia to/from Long Beach island... which is the best? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Aug 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Computer-fixer-type-people in Philadelphia? Halp?

PhillyPhilter: I need the services of folks in Philadelphia who might be able to fix or at least diagnose a busted laptop on short notice. Seemingly randomly, my high-end Clevo-style PC laptop started to show random visual artifacts when in Windows... and then even when booting up the BIOS... and then freezing horribly. I have no idea what is going on, and I have two academic manuscripts that are coming up to being due. However onerous, I could go to the university library to work on this, as I have all of my work backed up. Unfortunately, I have the misfortune that I am going to be traveling out of my area starting this weekend, for almost a full week. So I need help fast if at all possible, and I would prefer not to mail this damn thing to Michigan where it came from if I can avoid it. Where can I turn to in Philadelphia for this kind of PC laptop fixing service?
posted by Keter on Aug 7, 2013 - 3 answers

PhillyFilter: Random Rittenhouse Square Interestingness?

Girlfriend and I are going to Philadelphia tomorrow -- the plan is to eat fried chicken and donuts, hang out in a hotel room, go out and eat and drink some more, then go back to the hotel. We've been to Philly a bunch of times for various cultural things, and are big fans, but this trip the concept is basically: Do Almost Nothing. Still, we might want to take a stroll in the afternoon. Staying at the Radisson on 17th & Locust. Anything nearby we might not know about and should check out?
posted by neroli on Apr 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Please tell me about Philadelphia.

Bringing my daughter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a wheelchair. Looking for the best/easiest (yet cheapest?) way to get from the airport, where to stay, what to do. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Apr 7, 2013 - 21 answers

NYTimes article about home in Philadelphia

A couple years back, the New York Times ran a profile of a super-awesome home in Philadelphia. Help me track down the article again? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Quiet (not just empty) bar in Philadelphia?

Can you recommend a quiet (but not simply empty) bar in Philadelphia? My gf and I have trouble talking and hearing over the music at most places. If you've ever been to Burp Castle in NY you know what my ideal bar is like (monk costumes optional). [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Dec 30, 2012 - 13 answers

We don't need rust proofing, we just need a state inspection

Car inspection time in Philadelphia! Help us not get screwed over. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 11, 2012 - 6 answers

And I was really looking forward to this trip, too!

I'm supposed to be at a B&B in Philadelphia tomorrow evening, and right now I'm in Brooklyn. I don't have a car, rail isn't running, busses leave from parts of the city that are extremely difficult to access and I'm not even sure I could get a ticket. Suggestions? Am I not thinking of something? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Oct 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months?

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months? [more inside]
posted by mushtale on Oct 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Non-fluffy flexibility-promoting exercise classes in Philadelphia?

Where can I get the body workout without the soul workout - in Philadelphia? I'd like to find an exercise class that focuses on flexibility and reducing tension - without the spiritual stuff usually abundant in yoga classes. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

navigating SEPTA

Going to Philadelphia for the first time in a couple of weeks and need tips about making the best use of public transportation. [more inside]
posted by missriss89 on Aug 15, 2012 - 36 answers

All Philly in a Day

[PhillyFilter] You have a day to explore the city. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jun 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Park PODS in Philadelphia?

PODS/U-Haul Box/ABF U-Pack etc. - Any advice on the feasibility/advisability of using a service like this for moving to a Philadelphia apartment without a driveway? I'm particularly concerned about parking the storage container on the street while unloading it. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Jun 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Seed help please!

What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on May 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Massage therapist in Philadelphia?

Licensed massage therapist in Philadelphia? (that will talk to me a bit about anatomy?) [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Stalking The Elusive Apartment

So, I came out as transgendered about a year ago, and I'm finally financially secure enough to move out of my urban rednecky neighborhood. This, of course, leaves me with a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Toby Dammit X on Mar 4, 2012 - 16 answers

I went to Philadelphia and it was...

Quickie trip to Philly Museum of Art: how safe is public transit? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Feb 19, 2012 - 17 answers

UFOs in NJ? Fireballs in the sky? What's going on?

UFOs in New Jersey? Fireballs in the sky? WTF did we just see? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Buying glass bottles in philly.

Where can an individual order a small number of glass bottles in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on Nov 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Soft Pretzels

Oktoberfest is here. Looking for recommendations for mail order purveyors of 'Philly' and/or 'Bavarian' soft pretzels in the U.S. Which companies/websites do you recommend?
posted by ericb on Oct 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Where in Philly?

My girlfriend and I might be moving to Philadelphia. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux on Aug 2, 2011 - 18 answers

Where to buy a sari in Philly?

Where is there a good selection of saris/sarees in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on Jun 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Where is the cheapest place to buy neutral grain spirit in Philadelphia?

Where is the cheapest place to buy neutral grain spirit in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on Mar 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Find me a non-stuffy ballet class in northwest Philadelphia

Does anyone have suggestions for a high quality dance studio in northwest Philadelphia (especially Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy area)? I'm a twentysomething who is primarily interested in ballet, although I've enjoyed tap in the past as well. [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Feb 13, 2011 - 1 answer

A good view of sunset + buildings in Philly?

I need a good look at the sunset in Philly tomorrow. With the skyline and the sunset at once. This is for a ~1hr time lapse photo shoot. Any locations in mind? [more inside]
posted by phrygius on Feb 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Philly Hotels in City Center?

Philadelphia-Filter: I'll be heading to Philly at the end of March for business and will need to stay within walking distance (or easy transit) of City Hall. Recommendations for inexpensive hotels? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Feb 10, 2011 - 7 answers

What to do in Philadelphia: 2011 Edition

Travelfilter: I will be visiting Philadelphia with my wife this coming February for a few days. Please help me find things to do. [more inside]
posted by axismundi on Jan 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Philly for the holiday weekend

My girlfriend and I are in Philly Sunday/Monday. What shouldn't we miss? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jan 12, 2011 - 25 answers

Philly Spa Recommendations

What are your favorite spas in downtown Philadelphia (preferably near Rittenhouse Square or within reasonable walking distance of Market St Station)? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Car dealers in West Philly

Where do folks in Philadelphia buy used cars? - We need a used car, sensible Japanese economy style. Is there anywhere accessible from West Philly where there are those streets with multiple car dealers on them? The online reviews for some of the small local dealers here are ... scary. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Nov 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Trying to resist the throwaway culture(?)

Philadelphia-filter: I need a recommendation for a good quality camera repair shop where I can get an opinion on whether to fix my camera. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Oct 23, 2010 - 5 answers

I fought the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the PPA won?

Philadelphia residents, what's the likelihood of contesting Philadelphia Parking Authority tickets in court and winning? I'd like to not pay the tickets, but don't want to be hit with court fees and increased fines if I lose. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Do we want a car to visit Philadelphia?

Do we need a car for a four day visit to Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Sep 19, 2010 - 17 answers

where to get curly hair cut in Philadelphia?

asking for roommate - advice on where to get curly hair cut in Philadelphia [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Last minute gifts for a squirrel lover in Philadelphia?

Last minute gifts for a squirrel lover in Philadelphia? Pretty much anything squirrel-inspired and under $25 will do. Toys, stuffed animals, kitschy figurines (including ashtrays, paperweights, nutcrackers, etc.) are all great. [more inside]
posted by null14 on Aug 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Safe airspace, good neighbors

We just had a run-in with the neighbors that ended with calling the cops. We stand out in the neighborhood like sore thumbs. If you've been in a situation like that: How can we make this not come around to bite us? Much [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jul 12, 2010 - 51 answers

How much to pay an unskilled worker in Philadelphia?

What is an appropriate hourly rate for college-age summer worker to do some manual labor (in Philadelphia)? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jul 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Clothes. $?

I live in Philadelphia and I want to sell my clothes. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Jul 10, 2010 - 9 answers

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