Weekly Top Five – June 16

In the future I’ll be better about scheduling these things out, but my schedule has been weird this week (more on that later) so I figured better to post this late today than never!

I’m back in my hometown in Virginia right now because my youngest brother graduated from high school last night! Graduations can kind of drag on forever, but I was so impressed by the valedictorian, salutatorian, and class president giving their speeches! I’m sure I was not that poised and confident at age 17.  It’s been fun being back home for a few days and hitting up some of my old favorite spots. As I write this post, I’m sitting in Demolition Coffee, which has the BEST sandwiches.

A few highlights:

#1 – New bars and restaurants coming to the neighborhood! There have been a ton of new places popping up around West Passyunk lately (looking at you Second District Brewing – thanks for fueling my grilled cheese addiction). It’s been really exciting to see story after story about MORE new things that will be popping up soon nearby. I’m particularly looking forward to The Thirsty Soul coming in at 15th and Passyunk in a few months and Pistola’s Del Sur coming in just across Broad.

#2 – A lot of bands have been announcing their fall tour schedules and I am all about it. Just this week I bought tickets to see Max Frost at Boot & Saddle and Glass Animals at The Fillmore. I also scored a couple free tickets to both nights of shows at BB&T Pavillion during XPoNential Music Fest at the end of July. Seems like every time I think I’m about to hit a lull in shows to go to, three more great things pop up.

#3 – You’d Never Guess this Apartment is Mostly IKEA (…or Craigslist) – My friend Sarah (DC to a “T”) recently had her home featured on The Everygirl! Sarah has definitely mastered affordable decorating and it’s so fun to see photos of her apartment and an interview with her on a website I’ve loved for a while!

#4 People Who Email Me Keep Assuming I’m a Man. How Do I Tell Them I’m Not? This FiveThirtyEight Survey Says post is a really interesting case study on gender in the workplace. I really don’t know how I’d handle this situation and the panel that was surveyed about this particular issue was also totally pretty undecided on the best course of action.

#5 – Amazon is buying Whole Foods?!?!? – I’m really intrigued by the news that Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.4 billion and can’t wait to see what this means in practice. I’m especially interested because Instacart, an online grocery ordering service I use occasionally, is partnered with Whole Foods. Overall, this could be a game changer for online grocery ordering and delivery and could have pretty big implications for broader availability of fresh produce, especially given Amazon’s recent announcement of discounted Amazon Prime subscriptions for individuals receiving government benefits.