Happy New Year!
In this special monthly digest, we took time to reflect on 2017 as we prepare for a fruitful and community-filled 2018. Below, we share with you the most popular #artmuseumarea headlines of 2017 (spoiler: we all love stories about food and dining!), as well as some of our favorite photos from the past year. It was a year of growth, collaboration, and new business. We saw dedicated neighbors coming together again and again to enhance our neighborhoods. We are so thrilled to have you aboard, and look forward to working together in the year to come.

Check out our local Top Ten Headlines below, as well as some of our favorite images. To review our year in photos, be sure to visit @fairmountcdc and @artmuseumarea on Instagram and Facebook, as there are many more notable moments catalogued there. Stay tuned for updates on transformative projects in the pipeline for 2018. 

Kevin Moran
Executive Director
Fairmount CDC
Making Headlines in 2017 - The 10 Most Clicked Stories
#9 | What's the Deal: Philadelphia's top 5 booming neighborhoods - 6ABC
#8 | Before Demolition, A Neon Sign Installation at Santoro's Beer Distributor - OCF Blog
#7 | Pizza Dads: Pizza Brain's Brewerytown spin-off is open - Philly.com
#6 | SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry - PlanPhily
#5 | Gin & Pop: New pub for a Francisville corner - Philly.com
#4 | Fairmount Avenue Is Getting a Sushi Spot and a Deli, Both Named Engimono - Eater Philadelphia
#3 | RIP Rembrandt's: The Fairmount institution is closing after 32 years - BillyPenn
#2 | Fairmount sandwich shop to relocate ... but not far; to more than double capacity - Philadelphia Business Journal
#1 | How 10 Townhomes Sold Quickly in Fairmount - Philly Mag
Staff Picks! Here are the Top 5 photos from the year, as selected by Ashley and Kevin...
It was challenging to choose just a few favorite images to represent all of the dynamic and successful community events and programming we experienced in 2017! The photos below represent best our unique and thriving community. 

In May, the Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl brought together local artisan vendors, performers, and neighbors, to mingle and celebrate the arts in the beautiful spring weather. In July, Fairmount CDC and Urban Consulate gathered with residents, business owners, and developers at Block Talk, where we discussed the balance between preservation and development at The Monkey & the Elephant Cafe. In August, we spent a  Saturday  assembling and distributing planters along Fairmount Ave. with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Goose Island, and a group of amazing volunteers. In October, our board members celebrated Halloween with children and families from the neighborhood in the courtyard of Eastern State Penitentiary. 

While our capacity for planning here at FCDC makes community engagement such as this possible, your participation is what ultimately makes these events memorable. Thanks for all you do for the neighborhood, and we'll see you for more neighborhood gatherings in 2018!

GAMBA Happenings
Check out these deals, offers and events from local businesses!
  Come see what's new at Best In Show

We're excited to offer our North Fairmount and Brewerytown neighbors a selection of dog coats, sweaters, training pads, cat litter, litter boxes, collars, leashes, harnesses, brushes,  poop bags and holders, waterless shampoos, and more.  Check back to see what else may have arrived. INSTAGRAM:  @bestinshowbarreltown

Cerulean Arts

Cerulean Arts is pleased to present An Exemplar Model, featuring bronze and terra-cotta figure sculptures by Colleen O'Donnell and still life  oil paintings by Kristin Balmer and Leo Robinson.  Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 5-8pm.  

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Logan Square

Hand and Stone Logan Square offers professional Massage, Facial and Hair Removal services tailored to your individual needs. We are open 7 days a week with extended hours so you can look and feel your best affordably. Introductory Service Prices: Swedish Massage or Signature Facial...$59.95; Hot Stone Massage...$79.95; Couples Massage...$69.95 ea. Whether you just need a day of rejuvenation from everyday stresses or have a specific problem or pain that can be alleviated with massage, our expert therapists will have you feeling better. http://www.handandstone.com/spa/Pennsylvania/Philadelphia-Logan-Square

Mindful Stress & Anxiety Management Center

8 Week Mindfulness Class: Starts January 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm. Register @ www.anxietyocdbala.com. The recommended donation is $30, paid at the time of each class. If the donation amount is above your budget, we ask that you give whatever amount you believe is generous.

Univest Bank and Trust Co.

The New Year is here! Is your business ready for a prosperous 2018? There are certain things that can be done to help make the coming year even better than the last. Check out this article from Univest Bank and Trust Co.'s blog for five New Year resolutions for your business: http://my.univest.net/2016/12/30/5-new-year-resolutions-for-your-business/

Community Causes
Project HOME Art Show: By Light, Shadow and Form
January 26, 2018 | 5-6:30 | 1515 Fairmount Avenue

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