Philadelphia, founded in 1682, has undeniably maintained many of its old world attributes through the preservation of historic architecture. The block-long row house, for example, is one of the more uniquely beautiful aspects of Philadelphia’s residential history and is now at the center of a new project by photographers Austin Hodges and Billy Cress.
Hodges and Cress first connected through Instagram, the ever-popular social media application and subject of Metropolitan Gallery 250's newest exhibit in which both artists are featured. The similarity between their work was hard to ignore, and before long, the two began a collaboration that manifested into a 5x5 soft-cover book entitled ”Homes of Philadelphia”.
The collection was created through Artifact Uprising, an environmentally friendly company based out of Colorado. With 60 images (30 from each artist), Austin and Billy simply hope to appeal to anyone who enjoys portraits of their beloved city.
Purchase your copy at the opening of 250x250 this Friday, March 7th from 6-8pm. Priced humbly at $35, “Homes of Philadelphia” is the perfect gift for any occasion. Which brings us to this little reminder: 100% of each sale goes to the artists.
University of the Arts graduate, Austin Hodges, has been a member of the Instagram community since day one. In October of 2010, Austin began sharing photographs of his daily life, posting snippets of his cat, his lunch and the occasional movie-still. It wasn’t until his work was featured on Instagram’s “trending” page that he began to take the ever-growing application a bit more seriously.
Today, Austin humbly boasts over 28,000 followers. Philadelphia’s architecture became his photographic focus, and during the summer of 2013, the 26 year old began to explore the many abandoned buildings scattered throughout the city.
Austin explains that his passion for abandoned places stems from the thought of what once was and what could be.
"My school photos are my favorite.These schools were once used to educated children and now they are left empty and waiting for new life. The schools with remaining desk chairs, chemistry equipment, text books, locks on lockers and even photos are sad to see. They’re left to rot away.
I am exploring these places as a hobby, yes, but on the other hand I want to show my followers and the world that most of these abandoned buildings are in decent condition and should be used again…”
Metropolitan Gallery 250 curator, Bailey Chick, discovered Austin’s IG fame after he began working part-time for Metropolitan Bakery. The thought of an Instagram show took root late last year and within just a few weeks, Austin was able to recruit four local photographers who, like Austin, have created names for themselves in the digital art realm. Bailey elaborates:
"The five Philadelphia based photographers of 250x250 have curated each of their Instagram accounts and made art a little more accessible. Popular social media applications like Instagram are challenging the ideas of what a gallery can be by making the digital screen the vehicle for a photo instead of a printed final product. Each 2x2 Instagram photograph is rarely, if ever, seen anywhere but a cellphone, which often makes them feel impermanent and demands little to no participation from the viewer.
250x250, however, embraces the idea of a social media application as a means and a vehicle for art, but also seeks to return photography to a physical reality. Its printed photos require people to be deliberate, to travel to a place, to relate to the collection and, at least on opening night, to the artists behind each handle in a physical gallery, challenging the notion that social media has made us all anti-social.”
Please join us on Friday, March 7th from 6-8pm as Metropolitan Gallery 250 debuts the physical work of Austin Hodges, Billy Cress, Koji Sese, Kory Zuccarelli and Rachel Hara. Connect the artists with their Instagram moniker, enjoy a glass of wine and snack on Metropolitan Bakery’s finest. Unframed prints will be available for purchase at $25 a piece (cash only).
250x250 is open to the public each Saturday & Sunday, 11-4pm, throughout the month of March. To schedule a private viewing, email Jessie@metropolitanbakery.com.
*Note: All purchases will be mailed to the buyer on April 1st*
Where to pick up macarons in Philly. Pictured: wares from the Sugar Philly truck.
Amid weekend crowds, it’s easy to overlook the extensive refrigerated section at our 19th St shop (we know — fresh pain au chocolat can easily take precedence).
Inside the cold case, you’ll find soups, salads, dips, butter, cheese, eggs, produce, yogurt and pre-made sandwiches. But it doesn’t end there…
When our cafe opened last February, James and his talented culinary team were given the opportunity to create delicious savory dishes that have since become as popular as the bread we’ve been selling for the last 20 years. Top crust pot pies, tarragon chicken salad, mac & cheese and housemade cream cheese (among other things), have all been added to the bakery’s daily spread. Which leads us to a commonly asked question: ”What does the cafe offer to-go?”.
Between the hours of 7:30am-12pm and 2pm-7pm, breakfast sandwiches, toasted bagels, warmed pastry, made-to-order salads, pressed sandwiches and pizza are all available on the go. Although we’d love to provide take-out during the lunch rush, our prep area just isn’t built for volume.
That said, we’re not ones for rigid rules. If you catch us on a slower day, we’re certainly happy to make you that to-go short rib sandwich at 1 o’clock. If we can accommodate your order without sacrificing quality (perfection cannot be rushed), we’ll hop to it.
And what’s the deal with espresso drinks? We can make to-go cappuccinos, Americanos, mochaccinos and chai lattes in both locations, at all times of day. Green Street’s Stella Espresso is one of the best in our opinion — and our regular customers would probably agree.
If you find yourself wondering which location will fit your immediate needs, don’t hesitate to ask an associate. But for now, here’s a quick guide to bakery vs. café offerings — and yes, there’s a little bit of crossover.
Bakery (think of it as a corner store specializing in local & artisan products)
Bread, sweets, pastry, pizza, focaccia, pre-made sandwiches, self-serve drip coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, hot tea, fresh squeezed OJ, spreads, salads, soup, cheese, fresh pasta, produce, local honey & jam, crackers, Little Baby’s Ice Cream pints, oven-ready top crust pot pies and mac & cheese and dinner-sized microwavable entrees (try our marinated chicken breast with lemon butter, roasted cauliflower & kale)
Café (think of it as your go-to spot for a quick or leisurely breakfast, lunch or supper)
Breakfast sandwiches*, baked eggs, pastry*, sweets*, warm cereal, granola with yogurt, fresh squeezed OJ*, drip coffee*, espresso drinks*, hot chocolate*, loose leaf tea, pressed sandwiches*, salads*, soup*, top crust pot pies, mac & cheese, pre-made cold sandwiches*, pizza or focaccia with salad* + daily specials
And don’t forget! Metropolitan Café is BYOB. Try our freshly squeezed blood orange juice with bubbles or vodka, Fentiman’s Tonic Water for the perfect G&T or a craft brew (grab one at Food & Friends) to pair with a warmed fennel pretzel and housemade beer mustard. Dine inside or al fresco — with outdoor heaters, you can enjoy a Parisian afternoon right here in Rittenhouse.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for decadent pastry of course! As we count the days ‘til Christmas (less than two weeks away!), we thought it the opportune time to remind you of our special holiday offerings, both in shops and online.
In honor of our twentieth Christmas season, an array of Metro classics are available to order along with a handful of new recipes guaranteed to please everyone around your holiday table. Choose an “everyday” bread like our signature Pain au Levain or leap for a seasonal loaf like Buckwheat Pear, Herbed Fougasse with Sea Salt, Normandy Apple or Roasted Garlic Parmesan.
And for dessert? Well… we’ve got that covered too:
- Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Tart $30.00
- Buche de Noel $45.00
- Chocolate Flourless Cake $24.50
- Chocolate Layer Cake $40.00
- Cranberry Pear Linzer Tart $28.00
- Double Crust Apple Pie $29.00
- Gingerbread Pound Cake $13.00
- Panettone (wrapped only) $16.00
- Stollen $15.00
Orders may be placed in person or over the phone (215-545-6655) for pick-up on Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th. But don’t forget, deadlines do apply:
- Order by 3pm on Friday, December 20th for Monday, 12/23
- Order by 1pm on Saturday, December 21st for Tuesday, 12/24
*Note: Due to space restrictions, orders can not be placed, nor picked up at Reading Terminal Market or Metro Café*
Tuesday, December 24th
- 19th Street 7:30-4pm
- Metro Café 7:30-2pm
- Reading Terminal Market 8-4pm
- Chestnut Hill 7:30-2pm
- University City 7:30-2pm
Wednesday, December 25th
- All locations CLOSED
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