Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mike Williams Announces His New Website

Mayfair Business Association member Michael JP Williams Esq. is pleased to announce his new Website, www.michaeljpwilliams.com.

Please keep Mike in mind the next time you need a lawyer.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Google Calendar Change and Next General Meeting

Google Calendar Change
Instead of having separate calendars for all the various Mayfair community groups with lots of redundant events, there will now be one unified calendar. If you are subscribed to the MayfairBiz Google calender, please remove that one add the new Mayfair Google Calendar. You can do that by either searching for the Mayfair public calendar in Google Calendar or by going to our Calendar Page and clicking the + Google Calendar icon at the bottom of the calendar.

Next General Meeting
The next general meeting of the Mayfair Business Association will be Thursday, October 17th at 10am at Republic Bank at Cottman and Frankford Avenues.

We originally agreed to October 10th at the meeting but that had to be changed. Please update your calendar.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thirty One!!

One of our newest MBA members, Melinda Mulvenna, sells Thirty-One bags. She's a Mayfair local and one of the first people I knew who sold Thirty-One. You don't know what Thirty-One is? Clearly you've been living under a rock or are a single male with no female relatives. 

June is winding down but there are still great June specials to be had. Thirty-One's most popular product, the Large Utility Tote, is available at a great low price all June. I'm not even kidding you that I was skeptical about getting one of these but I had already bought some other stuff and it was $10 (just like the June special--hint, hint). I was thinking "What am I going to PUT in this?" The answer: EVERYTHING!!! The kids toys, soccer balls, beach gear, dirty laundry, groceries....everything. I've never been more happy with a purchase and the versatility of one product. 

See it here in the cutest flip flop print!! Gaaaahhh! Cute, summer overload!! 

You want it now don't you? Of course you do!!!! Contact Melinda at 215-964-3635 , email her at

 ken92min@comcast.net or visit Melinda's Thirty One Website. 

Melinda can also be found at most of the Mayfair Farmers Market's. Our next one is on Sunday, June 23rd from 9am to 1pm!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and the Mayfair May Fair!!!

Let's do a word association exercise. If I say, "Sunny and 72 degrees" what's the first thing that pops into your head? The word "perfect!" right? As in perfect weather to do something outside with the kids in your own neighborhood? Exactly!! It's the 2013 Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and the Mayfair May Fair on Saturday, May 18, 2013!!

Before you head over to the MFMF make sure you support a GREAT cause by either running or walking in the 2013 Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run 5K honoring Officer Chuck Cassidy. You can still register online here until Wednesday night or you can register the day of the run starting at 7:30am in the Lincoln High School Parking Lot on Ryan Avenue. The race begins at 8:30am and goes around Lincoln High School and Pennypack Park. 

After you are done setting the world record (ok, the Mayfair record, but either way, it's more than I'm doing) you can head up to Frankford and Cottman for a neighborhood celebration sponsored by the Mayfair Business Association. We've got the Neighborhood Awards, a craft fair, the Mayfair Town Watch dunk tank.  The Original Soft Pretzel Factories Customer Appreciation Day is also being held with games, Moon Bounce and a pretzel eating contest! 

Live music from AJ Slick & Soul to Soul, Mike LeCompt, and REV, military vehicles and entertainers. Bissirri's Pansy Garden and the Horticulture Academy of Lincoln High School will also be helping kids make their own potted plants! 

It's a fun-filled family day so bring the kids up to the Avenue for some fun!!

Don't forget!!  Our next Mayfair Farmers Market is on Sunday, May 19th from 9am to 1pm and we are PACKED with vendors this week!! Check it out:

Cardinal Hollow (wine)
Mill Creek Apiary (honey, beeswax candles)
Farmers Pride (fresh eggs, pastured poultry)
Grateful Acres (starter plants, whole bean coffee, produce)
Wild Flour (artisan breads)
Stern Farms (starter plants, produce, mushrooms)
Great Awakenings Coffee (fresh brewed coffee, whole bean coffee)
Desiree's Desserts (homemade gourmet desserts)
Cheyenne's Road Market (starter plants and flowers, cider donuts, produce)
Torresdale Flowers (flower bouquets)
Neil's Sharpening Service (bring your old kitchen knives and gardening tools to be sharpened!!

We've got FIVE food trucks this week:
Chewy's (gourmet burgers, tater tots, BLT's)
Sum Pig Food Truck (BBQ)
The Cow and the Curd (deep fried cheese curds--calling all my transplanted Mid-Westerners!!)
Farm Truck (gourmet, locally-sourced fare)
Jimmies Cupcake (Cupcakes, homemade ice cream sandwiches)
Head to Bow (Handmade bows for children)
Steel Your Idea (wine racks, artisan crafts)
Tastefully Simple (pre-packaged goodies!!)

Plus St. Matt's Ride the Tide Tickets and the Friends of Torresdale Library Chess demonstration.  Music by Matt Roach and Josh the Balloon Guy and Caricatures by Donna are back!

Monday, May 6, 2013

This Week In Mayfair (05/06/2013)

I'm finding it really hard to draw any form of inspiration today because I'm EXHAUSTED! Busy weekend with one of the kid's birthdays and then the Mayfair Farmers Market. I also ran the 10 mile Broad Street Run...bwhahahahaha! That's a total lie. I don't run and probably never will. While I'm a big fan of carb loading,  if you ever actually SEE me running you should probably start too because chances are something deadly is following me. However, if they ever give out medals for buying gourmet cupcakes and baked goods, stuffing my face with them while drinking coffee sitting around at a farmers market you can consider me the frigging champion of the WORLD!!

Winner, winner. Cupcakes for dinner.
Well, if you ARE into running you should make sure to sign up for Mayfair's own Fallen Heroes Run taking place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:30am. This year's run is in it's 5th year and honors Officer Chuck Cassidy who was killed in the line of duty. You can register online here: Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run.

Runners and non-runners alike will love all the events at the Grey Lodge Pub this week. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday and Wednesday is Quizzo. Then on Thursday, the beer event "Anchor--The San Francisco Treat" will be held from 6-9pm. On tap will be: Steam, Libery American Pale Ale, Porter, Humming, Bock, Zymaster Milk Stout, Summer and 2012 Our Special Ale. There will be glassware and prizes!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week In Mayfair (4/29/13)

Let me give you a little back story. My family moved around a lot when we were younger.  I was born in Philly but when I was 2 we moved to Iowa, then to Indiana, then Massachusetts and finally back to Philly when I was starting my freshman year of high school. Upon hearing that, most people assume my dad was military which isn't true; he was a college professor which I guess is like being in the military because you move around like nomads. My parents, who were apparently on crack and completely insane used to drive 18 hours straight through from Indiana to Philadelphia on most Christmas holidays and every summer with 4 kids and a dog.

Bye!! Well aware, we're fully insane!! Get in the car kids!
There were no seat belt laws back then so they used take the row of seats out, throw the 4 of us in the back of our Dodge Ram with a queen mattress and let us bounce around the whole trip. Our cocker spaniel, Lady, was also unluckily relegated to the back and by hour 17 of the trip she would have the four of us cornered in the back the van snarling at us if we even tried to move. We'd try to tell my parents but they were either a)ignoring us,  b) beyond caring or c) all of the above.

F**k this! I'm driving. You two get in the back with the kids.
They weren't drunk (I think) and I honestly don't know HOW they didn't stop to imbibe at least a little. I can barely make it through one day in my house with my 2 kids without wanting to take shots at lunchtime, much less driving for 18 hours through the very non-scenic Heartland (ooh look! a cornfield!) with 4 animals and one dog. So instead they would tell us crazy stories to pass the time. I can't really get into all of them but I'll give you the most memorable one that at least Philly people can relate to as an example of my parent's deep and sick sense of humor. Here goes...

One of the big indicators to us that we were nearing the end of our 18-hour ordeal on the way to my Grandomom's house in Fishtown, was passing Manayunk. Usually it was at night and the large antennae were all lit up. You know the ones I'm talking about...there's about maybe 6 or 7 of them. When we were little it seemed like there were at least a hundred of them and at that point in the trip, they looked like the promised land to us. My parents told us that they were part of an antennae farm; that's where ALL the antennaes in the United States were grown and when they were full grown they'd replant them wherever an antennae was needed and then start the process all over again. Being gullible and stupid children and just a little bit desperate for the trip to be over with, we believed them probably until I was about 8 years old. To this day my brother and sisters and I STILL refer to it as the "Antennae Farm".

 As it ALWAYS is in life, any and all traces of weirdness and our pitch black sense of humor is clearly our parent's fault.

(**Total aside but still a funny story: It's also why my brother JP told my sister Marianne that there was a witch that lived in the toilet and that if she sat down on it the witch would jump up out of the hole and grab her ass and pull her down into the toilet. She peed her pants for awhile until my parents found out what my brother was telling her. Safe to say he got in trouble and that was also the day that my sister Marianne learned an important lesson about snitching.  She came running into the house crying saying to my mom "JP said he's going to BURY me!!" Sure enough, my mother looked out the window to see my brother happily digging a grave in the backyard.Good times, good times....)

Snitches get ditches.

So anyway enough about me and my crazy family...let's talk MAYFAIR!! Woot woot!!

Farmers Market this Sunday, 9am to 1pm!! Lots of starter plants to sell. produce and other crafts and goodies! It's going to be a gorgeous day so bring the kids out!!!

This weeks vendors are:
Cardinal Hollow Winery
Tastefully Simple
Grateful Acres Farms
Wild Flour
Philly Dog Biscuit Company
Sterns Farms
Cheyenne Roat Market
Great Awakenings Coffee
ShopN Bag
Tacony Gear

Jimmies Cupcake Co.
Chewy's Food Truck
Head to Bow
Steel Your Idea
Musical Groups
10am--Anthony Viscounte
11am--Problem Solving
12pm--Shouting at Satellites 

The Grey Lodge also has a busy week ahead!!
Taco Tuesday!! Wednesday Quizzo!! And then not one, but TWO beer events!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm
Shittel Load of Sixtels from Dogfish Head!!  On Tap: Dogfish Head 2012 Worldwide Stout 
Dogfish Head Namaste 
Dogfish Head Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Ale 
Dogfish Head My Antonia 
Dogfish Head Bitches Brew 
Dogfish Head Immort Ale 

Then same bat time, same bat channel (May 3, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm--duh) Gregory Heller will be selling and signing copies of his new book, "Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia". Accoring to the GLP website "Edmund Bacon through his work as city planner had a huge impact on the Philadelphia we know today. Bacon impacted every section of the city. Some of the results of Bacon's work were great, some less so. Besides being famous in his own right, Edmund Bacon was also the father of actor Kevin Bacon. By buying this book, you might bring yourself within one degree of Kevin Bacon. Or maybe not. Either way, this story of Philadelphia's somewhat recent history is a pretty fascinating subject." Go git some edumacation!!!

YOU! You need to get to the GLP and buy that book about my dad.

And don't forget...Mother's Day is on the horizon!! Start thinking about all the flowers, gifts, make-overs and jewelry you could be buying from all your friendly neighborhood MBA members!! We'll talk about that soon!