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Literary Love and Dance Party with APIARY

One of the very many organizations I work with is APIARY Magazine, where I’m a web editor. Our next print issue is about to launch, and we’re super excited.

With readings from APIARY authors, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, music from Napolean Dolemite & The Signifyin’ Monks, and a dance party with DJ PHSH, tell me why you wouldn’t be at APIARY 6 launch party.

Details

What: APIARY 6 Launch Party
Where: Underground Arts at 12th and Callowhill
When: June 8. Readings from 7 – 10 p.m., dance party from 10 – 2 a.m.
How much: $10
RSVP here

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First Friday Find — Night Owl Terrariums

Night Owl Terrariums

While strolling through Old City on Friday night, I was kind of surprised to see street vendors on 3rd Street. It’s embarrassing to say that this was my first First Friday in Old City. The vendor that really caught my eye was Night Owl Terrariums. They use thrifted, vintage, and found glassware to make a huge variety of terrariums.

Night Owl Terrarium DSC06755 Night Owl Terrarium with Elephant

Some of the terrariums come with animal figurines. I thought this elephant was super cute. I also spied a rabbit, a bird, and a chipmunk in other terrariums.

Night Owl Terrariums Moss Necklace

They also make and sell premade and custom jewelry. I’m tempted to order a custom mini terrarium necklace. They don’t have a website yet, but you can stop by their Facebook page or sign up for their email newsletter for more info.

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3rd Ward Philly Sneak Peak

3rd Ward is a coworking and makerspace in Brooklyn. I had been hearing for months that they were planning a second location in Philly, and I’m excited to say that it’s finally happening! The Philly location is at 4th and Thompson. It’ll offer coworking space, classes, and events, starting tonight! There’s an opening party from 8 to midnight with drinks, DJs, food, and something to make!

They’ll be open for free coworking this week from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday through Friday. You can definitely find me there during that time.

I was lucky enough to get a little tour a few weeks ago, when they were still furniture-less and setting things up. The space is beautiful, and I’m excited to spend a ton of time in it in the very near future!

3rd Ward Philly ceiling

3rd Ward Philly textures

3rd Ward Philly

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She Tech Philly — A resource for women in technology

Ever since Lady Hacks, I’ve been working with an amazing group of women on She Tech Philly, a central hub for women interested in the Philly tech scene to find meetups, events, and information. We’ve been meeting fairly regularly over the past month or so since Lady Hacks, and we were finally able to officially launch on Saturday, the day of the Philly Women in Tech Summit. Lauren, Darlene, and I were at the summit talking about the site, handing out stickers, and of course learning as much as possible.

She Tech Philly

I’ve really had an amazing and totally unpredictable year since last year’s first Women in Tech Summit. My year since that event is really worth a post in itself, but I consider this event to have been such a catalyst in the direction I’ve been moving towards. I couldn’t have imagined the ways my life has changed in the past year, and I’m so grateful for it and for the hardworking and supportive people I’ve met along the way. So here’s to LeeAnn, Darlene, Alexandra, Lauren, Kelsey, Leslie, and all the other women who had a part in the site coming together from its inception at LadyHacks! Y’all are the best, and I’m excited to see where we go from here.

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New Shop in Town: Occasionette!

I was first introduced to Girls Can Tell by my delightful bag o’ swag from Girl Crush. It was seriously the best gift bag I’ve ever gotten (not that they’re a common thing in my life, but still). The tea towel with Sara Selepouchin’s diagram of ranunculus still hangs proudly on my oven handle as one of my favorites. So I was pretty curious and excited when I heard that Sara would be opening her own gift shop in Philly on East Passyunk Avenue.

I stopped by Occasionette a couple of weeks ago to take a few photos of the merch she had set up. The Twitters tell me she’s added lots more since I visited. She’s having her grand opening tomorrow, April 13, and though I can’t be there, I’ll be sure to stop by sometime soon!