by Diana Lu
”In tight-knit communities, people have always taken care of their own, fueling a cycle of care and nourishment. The doctor. The grocer. The priest. In modern times, no matter the locale, anchor businesses help neighborhoods maintain a sense of place—of home. They can be keys to sustenance and community pride. Businesses that will accept a neighbor’s mail, a spot you dip into for daily gossip, or will revel in chance encounters.
Consider the old-timey trinity of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker?
Three Philadelphia businesses come to mind: They all provide a familiar product and they’ve also watched over their streets through the years, helping to ground distinct business districts in Fitler Square (Quetta Halal Market), South Philadelphia (Sarcone’s Bakery), and the Gayborhood (Duross & Langel). Their longstanding presence helps maintain a foothold for tradition and connections in a city swirling with change.
Here’s why they are irreplaceable.”
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