Monday, February 14, 2011

Reason #2 (Valerie Safran & Marcey Turney)

While you may think that two owners running almost all of the businesses south of Market to Locust on 13th street may be a bad thing, owners Valerie Safran and Marcey Turney are responsible for transforming my once-seedy neighborhood (before I lived there) into an almost-hip couple of blocks.

Yeah, it's a little weird when I spot a cool bag in Open House, then turn around and spot the same bag in Verde, but these two ladies' 3 restaurants on the block, Lolita, Bindi and Barbuzzo are all very different and equally delicious. But FYI advice from BJH and I: a BYO in which you pay $13 for the mixer is no longer a deal.

Check out the Barbuzzo website with links to all of their businesses and an article last fall about them on

So, Valerie and Marcey, can't wait to see your next business idea take flight outside my window. I love Philly because of you.
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