Frequently asked questions
What is the South Street Headhouse District?
The South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) is a business improvement district, or BID, which aims to provide a safer, cleaner, & well-managed community for the benefit of local business owners, residents, and visitors of the South Street area.
How is the SSHD handling the COVID-19 pandemic?
The South Street Headhouse District is working dilligently with our business community to help business owners follow the health & safety guidelines set forth by the City of Philadelphia. As a BID, we have been able to liaise between the city and the community, disseminating information & creating opportunities for business owners, residents, and visitors.
Please note that the South Street Headhouse District cannot answer questions regarding specific business’s COVID-19 precautions & proceedures. For more information, contact businesses directly.
How do I get to the South Street Headhouse District?
The South Street Headhouse District is located on South Street, between Front and 11th Street, and along numbered streets from Lombard to Bainbridge Street, and down 4th Street from Lombard to Christian Streets. The Historic Headhouse Shambles is located on 2nd and Pine.
We’re accessible via driving, cycling, public transit, and walking. For specific directions from your location, use our custom Google Maps Directions.
Where can I park in the SSHD?
The district has a plethora of metered & timed street parking, as well as several convenient parking garages. Please make sure to check the signage where you are parked as times and permissions vary throughout the SSHD.
For additional questions about parking, meters, fines, and what to do if your car has been towed, visit the PPA website.
Holiday Parking Tip: Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving, through New Year’s Day, metered parking after 11am every Saturday is FREE!
Is the SSHD bike-friendly?
Is the SSHD the same thing as Fabric Row?
The South Street Headhouse District is not a fabric store, but Fabric Row & the historic businesses of South 4th Street are part of the SSHD’s commercial corridor. Check out our Directory for a full list of businesses on Fabric Row.
What is the Headhouse Shambles?
The Headhouse was built in 1805, and it served as the first volunteer fire house. The cupola holding the bell announced the opening of market days.
Shambles are market stalls used to provide shelter for merchants. The Headhouse Shambles were built around 1760.
The Headhouse Shambles, once known as New Market, is home to a year-round weekly Headhouse Farmers Market, nightly outdoor dining, and a monthly Shambles Saturday Market! The Headhouse Shambles are also available for private event rentals.
How can I stay informed about what's going on in the district?
Join our BIDness Newsletter below (in our website footer) to receive regular updates about the South Street Headhouse District & our on-going projects.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person meetings will be held over Zoom until further notice. All committee meetings are open to the public.
SSHD Board Meeting: Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10am
Real Estate Renaissance Committee: Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4pm
Marketing Exchange Committee: Meets the first Monday of the month at 10am
Clean & Safe Committee: Reschedule pending
Strategic Planning: Ad hoc commitee
Please check our events calendar on our homepage for monthly meeting information & Zoom links.