The dating gurus at SinglesEvents.com have teamed up with an array of local businesses to throw a four-hour bash of games, prizes, music, and drink specials for local single folk. Partiers can toast the evening with a complimentary beer, cocktail, or house wine (first drink free, additional drinks cost extra) on Bourbon Blue's new outdoor deck, admiring the blues and greens of the river. Rather than breaking metaphorical ice with literal nunchucks, guests can let personalities from 95.7 Ben FM and Date My Text warm up the crowd with mingle-making games. An indoor lounge invites visitors to bust their best dance moves or lean nonchalantly against the bar, which will serve drink specials such as $3 draughts and $5 martinis. Light snacks will sate stomachs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and complimentary cups of Illy Issimo coffee will keep drooping eyelids propped open, even if the DJ plays an all-lullaby set. Revelers can also compete for a trove of prizes, including Phillies tickets, a party at McFadden's ballpark, private dance lessons, and romantic, horse-drawn bus rides.
Flush with the success of their first restaurant, The Couch Tomato Cafe, business partners and college buddies Craig Mosmen and Michael Cassano have expanded their plant-themed empire with The Tomato Bistro. Situated in the Manayunk district among an array of boutiques, salons, and nightclubs, the comfortable yet formal dining space surrounds diners with loft seating, cut-stone walls, hardwood floors, and modern lighting fixtures.
The Bistro’s dinner menu is filled with thin-crust, New York style gourmet pizza creations topped in San Marzano sauces and Grande mozzarella cheese. Produce is ordered and prepared daily and used to cover pizzas, fill salads served with homemade dressings and rolls, and add splashes of color to otherwise lackluster chef uniforms. Gourmet small plates encourage sharing, while an intentionally limited menu of specialty pizzas, salads, wraps, paninis, and homemade soups allows The Tomato Bistro’s cooks to maintain a high level of quality.
When the owners of City Avenue Cleaning Service were kids, chores always came before fun, and this discipline helped them learn how to keep a house spotless. Now backed by 17 years in the cleaning business, they oversee a team that will polish houses and offices with no-streak cloths and their own cleaning solutions. On cleaning day, a team of trained techs helmed by a watchful supervisor heads to the client’s location, where they wipe down kitchens, sponge bathrooms, and mop floors before backing their work with a guarantee. They’ll gently tuck linens into beds and wash walls covered with scuffs, crayon marks, or mysterious hieroglyphics.
When they aren't doing regular cleanups, the team helps rescue homes sullied by flood and fire damage.
A hub for DHL, FedEx, and UPS shipping, US Mailroom also stocks handy shipping supplies to coddle precious cargo and proffers a plethora of varied document services. Bubble envelopes ($1.49–$2.99) and boxes ($1.49–$10.99) in a variety of sizes can transport belongings in cushioned, shatter-free safety; pouring a bag of shipping peanuts ($5.99) over a friend's head can help celebrate an intramural softball victory. Groupon holders can also slide paper through the phone with local and long distance fax services ($.75–$2/page), or copy the dictionary in triplicate ($0.10–$0.35/page for black-and-white copies, $0.37–$0.70/page for color copies).
Chefs adorn Il Tartufo's crisp white tablecloths with plates of house-made pastas and tender meats from a menu of elegant Italian cuisine. Attentive servers begin the gustatory parade with appetizers such as artichokes painted with garlic and olive oil, homemade mozzarella studded with colorful tomatoes and basil, and fire trucks decorated like a giant papier-mâché bruschetta. Homemade potato gnocchi wears a mantle of velvety four-cheese sauce, and a medley of seafood bubbles with arborio rice in plates of rich risotto. Nimble hands deal up veal Monte Carlo style, slicing tender medallions with apples and arugula before drizzling the dish in a light brandy sauce and slipping it into a loaded deck of baccarat cards.
The rates listed on Manayunk Self Storage’s website refer to heated and ventilated units only, not fully climate-controlled units. The administration fee is waived, but the sales-tax charge is not included in the cost of this Groupon.