In what is looking to be a banner quarter for the District, we welcome eight new businesses that opened over the past few weeks, with more announcements and openings waiting in the wings.
Lipstick Lounge is located on 2nd Street next to Headhouse Books. Owner Rita Marie Pinto is a Certified Professional Makeup Artist and specializes in bridal, prom, special occasions, parties, special effects, editorial, fashion shows, photo shoots. Any occasion is the right time to get your makeup done.
Lipstick Lounge, 621 South 2nd St
Argentine steakhouse Malbec opened on Headhouse Square just before Christmas to rave reviews. Chef Will Anderson employs the core cooking method that defines Argentina’s parilla style: a huge charcoal fired grill for preparing meats and vegetables. All of the staples of Argentine cuisine will be available to flank your steaks, from half a dozen variations on the empanada to hearty pastas, pampeano (grilled vegetables) and sausages like chorizo and salchicha parillera. On the 29th of every month, in keeping with a time-honored superstition, ñoquis will be served to bring good luck to those hard on financial luck. For hours and reservations, call (215) 515-3899.
Malbec, 400 S 2nd St
Liberty Drones has landed on 5th Street between Lombard & South with the goal of offering world class customer service for the burgeoning market for remote controlled fliers. In addition to sales, they will offer service, repair and flight training on the latest in the UAV, quad-copters and drones. Liberty Drones offers drones/UAVs for all levels and ages, from small toys for the kids to larger rigs for the expert commercial flyers. They can customize your purchase to fit your specific needs. A full service agency, Liberty Drones also offers aerial drone photography for special events, real estate and construction, or whatever your need to get the best angle.
Liberty Drones, 520 South 5th St
Cool Topic is a new retail clothing and accessories store that opened at 306 South Street.
After extensive renovations and a beautiful new storefront, the fine Italian furniture store Natuzzi Italia has arrived at 321 South Street. Sofas and armchairs of the Natuzzi collection are accompanied by a selection of home furnishings, lamps, accessories and living room furniture to bring shoppers style and refinement to their whole home. Natuzzi Italia products are naturally all Italian made and shipped direct to the customer. The South Street showroom is their newest location in the United States and is part of a partnership with Cella/South, just a few doors west on South Street, creating a new hub for elegant furnishings to the District.
Natuzzi Italia, 321 South Street
The wait is over. Hungry Pigeon, the new eatery on Fabric Row, has finally nested at the corner of Fourth & Fitzwater. Hungry Pigeon founders and chefs Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley have a long history of working together, beginning at the wildly successful ¡Pasion! Restaurant. The two have a combined 35+ years of experience in the restaurant industry and although the two have worked in different cities for the past ten years, they have remained close friends. The beautiful new space is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hungry Pigeon, 743 S 4th Street
Just around the corner at the intersection of 5th & Passyunk, The Living Room has new owners and a new menu. The ‘New’ Living Room Cafe will be a source of freshly prepared, ethically, locally and sustainably sourced food, with gluten free, vegan, organic and other alternative diet options. It’s a BYO, so bring your favorite champagne to brunch to create your own mimosa, with fresh organic OJ or your wine with dinner. Stop in for all breakfast, lunch, brunch, and caffeine needs during the morning rush and enjoy the good vibe.
The Living Room, 701-703 S 5th St
Last but not least, Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop, located at 630 South St., opened this week. Chef Kevin Kramer spent the past half decade running elaborate kitchens at ritzy steakhouses, but — like any good Philadelphian — he knows what’s really king of cuisine in this city: a great hoagie. Kevin opens his shop with the modest goal of creating the “best sandwiches in Philadelphia.” His exact menu is still being finalized, but the three core options are set: South Philly roast pork, a meatball sandwich that features marinara braised beef veal lamb balls, and a herb and parmcrusted grilled cheese that melts American and taleggio onto crisp slices of pear. In addition, there will be daily and seasonal specials. Hours will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop, 630 South Street