I love short weeks as much as the next person. The only drawback is that I get my days confused. I meant to put my Tuesday's about Town post yesterday but totally forgot!! woops. I must have been a very busy lady. (isn't that a cool poster, I saw it in a store window!)
As I have mentioned, one of my favorite parts of my day is when I walk to work. Along my route is my very favorite notions joint, Fleishman's.
This place is a throw back! Unlike your usual strip mall joint, this place has been there for eons. (and if it hasn't it sure acts and looks like it has). instead of little blue hairs shuffling around the gals who work here have spunk. You walk in and you are an immediate friend.
My first adventure in there was for zippers (dirt cheap FYI) and I got the usual comments:
"Girrrrllll - you are tall!!! How tall are you?! Oh my gawd! You must play ball."
What is usually a redundant and sometimes annoying question (no I don't, but I did) seemed genuine asked within their four walls. It was like they cared, wanted to get to know me, and were making immediate conversation. And they certainly weren't polite about it. Instead they were shamelessly curious and inquisitive. Ah, people after my own heart.
The other great thing about this place is that you don't just wander aimless through the aisles by yourself. In fact they really don't have aisles, instead you are lead behind the counter with a sales person to peruse boxes of buttons and zippers together. Again, what in most places would kind of seem annoying here feels kind of fun, like you are exploring the store together. Walking through Fleishman's doors often feels as if you have just stepped into a bygone era. They just don't have service like that in most places!!!!
I always walk out feeling happy and quite proud for living in such a cool city where places like this not only survive, but thrive. If you are ever in philly a stop in here is a must. I know you will have new friends on fifth street.
A couple of notes:
Also check out the New York Times, the JCOC coordinator got herself some real nice coverage for her pet project, America Supports You. It's a great piece about making cookies for the troops. yum yum.
And finally, check out Fabric Horse. My friend Trisha is a pattern cutter for 'em and I checked out her new fanny/ utility/ biker bad ass pack this weekend. pretty cool.