Monday, May 25, 2009
It seems that one of the most popular streets in Port Richmond is Aramingo Avenue. Located on this particular street are rows of strip malls with various stores that could be seen in any area of the suburbs. Pet stores, grocery stores and retail stores mostly line the street. It is an extremely busy place to be on a Saturday. Cars were everywhere, and even when pulling up to a store it was hard to find close parking. Some people would go up and down the aisles a few times trying to wait for people to leave. It was a holiday weekend, so perhaps that is why it was so busy. Yet, it does seem that Aramingo Avenue is the place where many Port Richmond residents do their shopping.
Another popular place on the road is the Aramingo Diner, which had a full parking lot. Many of the residents that I came in contact with spoke very highly of the restaurant, which actually closed for a little bit about two years ago due to a fire. I was told they have great cheesesteaks and cheesecake. One man that was about to go in told me he visits the restaurant every Saturday for lunch, orders the same exact thing, and gets great service by everyone there.
I thought it was very nice to hear so many people speak highly of the diner, because it isn't IHOP or the Dunkin' Donuts down the street. Many of these people preferred the Aramingo Diner. It just shows how much people in Port Richmond like their mom and pop stores. Yet, surrounding those mom and pop stores are now many chained retail stores.
When I use to think about Philadelphia, all I thought was row homes and small businesses for the most part. Many of the streets in Port Richmond are just residential, yet Aramingo Avenue was the first area I saw with a lot of stores side by side, and a lot of residents together. I guess it is their version of a mall. It was definitely a popular area in town.
Aimee Otis and Brandie Page, Port Richmond 7
Posted by Aimee Otis at 12:01 AM