​Hot or Not: MNYK Edition

Feb 17, 2022 0 comments
​Hot or Not: MNYK Edition

What's hot and what's so not right now!

Hot: Charcuterie Boards

We know you have also noticed, cheese has taken over social media. From rose shaped cured meats, to soft and creamy burrata, to sweet jams and toppings, we cannot get enough. Wine and cheese have become a dinner staple for any event and creating these boards has become an artistic practice.

Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar offers an array of delicious wines and their own take on Charcuterie.

Not: This Crazy Weather

What is going on?! This past week really was a tease for the spring. The temperature went way up to the 60’s and plummeted to a snow day right after.

Hot: Keeping Up with your New Year's Resolution

Keeping those New Year Resolutions can be a struggle, we know. Thankfully MNYK businesses make them easier AND fun. We have a variety of gyms and fitness studios, as well as healthy food options to make your resolution easier.

Pictured: LaunchPad Fitness , Never Give Up Training

Not: Fast Fashion

“Fast fashion is a design, manufacturing, and marketing method focused on rapidly producing high volumes of clothing. Garment production utilizes trend replication and low-quality materials (like synthetic fabrics) in order to bring inexpensive styles to the public.” - Audrey Stanton

Fast fashion has harmful effects on the employees of these companies and the earth. The fast shipping and cheap prices are not worth it. You can do your part to move towards sustainability and away from fast fashion by supporting your local small businesses and shopping second hand.

Do you love designer brands? Remix on Main is a luxury consignment shop reselling high end fashion.

Love antiques and rare nick-nacks? Redmond Gallery sells various valuable antiques and collectibles.

Looking to change up your home decor after some spring cleaning? UrbanBurb Furniture specializes in used, like-new, & custom furniture and art.

Hot: Live Music

Amp up your dinner outing with a side of guitar and vocals.

The Grape Room has been offering live music 5 days a week for 11 years.

“The energy they’re putting into emerging from COVID feels like a renaissance. Booked by Kevin McCall of Philly modern rockers Andorra, it is still very much a space for open mics and musician hangs that spill out onto the picnic tables lining the Grape Street sidewalk in the late night hours.” - John Vettese, The Key

Zesty’s Greek and Italian Cuisine is accompanied by live music every Wednesday night.

“This attractive bistro has an open kitchen and it's as bright as a Neapolitan folk tune and as graceful and earthy as a Greek dance.”

Not: Ben Simmons

The Ben Simmons fiasco that has dragged out for months is finally over. Philadelphia sports fans have been counting down the days until Simmons gets traded. Simmons has refused to play this past season and fans were not happy about it.

Brooklyn receives:

  • Ben Simmons
  • Seth Curry
  • Andre Drummond
  • 2022 first-round pick (unprotected)
  • 2027 first-round pick (protected)

Philadelphia receives:

  • James Harden
  • Paul Millsap

Looking for somewhere to watch Sixers games? Check out:

Manayunk Tavern , JC McGillicuddy’s , Pitchers Pub , Bayou Bar and Grill , Ryan’s Pub

Hot: Matcha Lattes

What is this interesting looking green drink? Matcha is a type of tea made by grinding the tea leaves into a powder. When it is whisked with hot water and paired with frothed steamed (or iced) milk it creates a unique earthy tasting beverage. Many of our cafes and restaurants on Main Street offer these lattes in their own unique ways.

Mi ‘N Tea’s “Calm Down & Perk up” is an iced matcha with cream topped with foamed coffee.

Pair a Matcha Green Milk Tea with your Pho from Main Street Pho.

Artesano Cafe offers hot or iced matcha lattes that can be flavored however you like.

Valerio Coffee Roasters features a Strawberry Rose matcha latte on their cafe menu.

Tsaocaa Manayunk signature bubble tea can also be ordered with matcha.

Not: Plastic Bags

“Philadelphians use about a billion plastic bags each year. Unless properly disposed of, many of these bags become litter in our streets, waterways, and commercial corridors. The plastic bag ban will help reduce single-use plastic waste and improve the environmental quality and cleanliness of our city.”

Starting this April, Philadelphia’s city-wide plastic bag ban will be in full effect! Start collecting your reusable bags and tote bags for your shopping trips.

Hot: Spring Mindset

Warmer weather is just around the corner, finally! Looking to step up your style? Shop for your new spring wardrobe on Main Street. Our stores are releasing their spring collections filled with bright colors and fun, flowy dresses. Vamp Boutique, Nicole Miller, Lila Philadelphia,

Trim away your winter blues with a haircut from one of Manayunk’s salons.

Sulimay's Studio on Main, Martelli's Men's Grooming Salon, Chloe Madeleine Salon, Salon Mane

Not: COVID Burn Out

As we move into warmer weather, leave your winter blues and COVID burn-out behind.

The World Health Organization defines pandemic fatigue as being “demotivated” and exhausted with the demands of life during the pandemic.

Extend your “spring cleaning” to your personal life and mental health, not just your kitchens.

According to Healthline, A few things strategies for dealing with this burnout include:

  1. Keeping your routines
  2. Strengthening ties with your most important relationships
  3. Being aware of addictive behavior risk
  4. Building your resilience
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