22 April 14
  • Our University City Shop Celebrates 10 Years with Metro Madness


    Metropolitan Bakery has been serving University City for 10 years and we’re celebrating with four days of Metro Madness, including a $5 gift certificate to every 10th customer on Saturday, April 26th.


    We’re proud to say we’re still a here, turning out great coffee, sandwiches, soup, salad, bread, treats (and more) to University City’s ever-changing community. Always all-natural, and always hand made. 

    Join us on the following days for reduced prices and giveaways:

    Thursday April 24:

    $0.50 off any iced or hot coffee or tea

    Friday April 25:

    $.50 off any specialty espresso drink or chai latte

    Saturday April 26:

    $5 gift certificate gifted to every 10th customer

    Sunday April 27:

    Free drip coffee all day!

    Thank you to all our wonderful and loyal customers. We look forward to serving you for many more years. 

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    21 April 14
  • Home Imagined: A solo exhibition by Brenna K. Murphy

    Metropolitan Gallery 250 and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists present “Home Imagined,” a solo exhibition by CFEVA Alumni Travel Grant recipient, Brenna K. Murphy.  


    A Philadelphia-based artist, Murphy creates work with her own hair, reflecting on the objects found in domestic spaces, the physical environments in which we dwell, and the human body in order to explore how materiality interacts with psychological processes to form our concepts and ideals of Home.  At Metropolitan Gallery 250, she presents a collection of small hair embroideries and “Home Imagined (Dollhouse),” a 4 x 6 foot hair embroidery created over five-months at artists residencies in France last year.

    Murphy elaborates:

    My work is an exploration of the merits and failures of this psychological process. While asserting that it is possible for one’s body to function as a surrogate Home, it also acknowledges the inherent temporality of the body and our collective cultural notion of what Home means. In this way, my art explores both the necessity and the futility of the human need to cultivate a sense of Home. It asks what Home means to us culturally, emotionally, and physically in our individual lives as well as the collective life of our communities.”


    Murphy holds a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is an alumni of CFEVA’s Career Development Program. She has exhibited widely in the Philadelphia region and greater Pennsylvania, as well as in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, France, Nepal, and China. She has received several grants and awards, including the Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Award, and her work has been acquired by The West Collection.


    Metropolitan Gallery 250 is pleased to host “Home Imagined”, opening on Saturday, May 3rd with special gallery hours (11am-6pm) and an opening reception between 3-6pm. As always, light refreshments will be available courtesy of Metropolitan Bakery.

    If you can’t make the “First Saturday” opening, Murphy’s work will be on view each Saturday and Sunday, 11-4pm, through June 1st and by appointment via jessie@metropolitanbakery.com. 

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    17 April 14
  • Dining Out for Life


    Join us on Thursday, April 24th in Metropolitan Café to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Whether you purchase a single latte or one of our made-to-order salads, pressed sandwiches or soups, 1/3 of your total check will be donated to ActionAIDS, the Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to creating an AIDS-free generation.   



    With your help, ActionAIDS can continue to provide case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing and HIV treatment via prevention and volunteer services. Dine out, make a difference; it’s as simple as that!

    *If you’d like to support the cause but won’t be in town to dine, consider donating directly to ActionAIDS*

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    3 April 14
  • The Art of Pairing Tea and Baked Goods


    Please join us on Monday, April 28th from 6-7:30pm in Metropolitan Cafe as we explore the art of pairing tea and baked goods with Alexis Siemons of teaspoons & petals

    There is an art to pairing tea that connects the aroma and flavor with what you’re eating; that’s why tea parties usually always include baked goods. Brewed tea can elevate the flavor of the food, and vice versa, in a deliciously exciting way,” said Siemons, “And while flavor pairings are personal, there are general guidelines to follow and we look forward to sharing those in this class.

    Welcome spring’s arrival with three warm brews and one chilled tea paired with Metropolitan Bakery’s finest sweet and savory bites. Tickets cost just $30 and can be purchased by calling 1.877.41BREAD. From herbaceous sencha green tea to an oolong that will sweep your senses into a garden of fragrant blossoms, winter doldrums will soon be a forgotten dream.

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    20 March 14
  • Spring 2014 Events Around Town


    Spring time is event time in Philly. Here are some of our favorites:

    Philly Farm and Food Fest – April 14, 2014 – A “huge marketplace of local deliciousness”, this one-day event allows you to sample all the best of local, small batch, artisan, and sustainable foods from Philly for just $25 ($20 in advance). And don’t miss the Shellfish and Libations lounges for a small upgrade fee. 

    Dining Out for Life – April 24, 2014 – Metropolitan Café will donate 33% of the café’s profits on Tuesday April 24th and an ActionAIDS volunteer will be on hand to answer questions.

    Rittenhouse Row FestivalMay 3, 2014, 12-5pm.Taste food and beverages from 40 Rittenhouse restaurants and bars, plus music and family friendly activities. Rain or shine.

    Broad Street Run – May 4, 2014, 8:30am– Burn off the Metro fig bars you eat daily with a ten mile run down Broad Street with 40,000 of your friends and neighbors. Or, enjoy family fun at the Navy Yard. 

    9th Street Italian Market Festival - May 17-18, 2014 – Run like Rocky down to the Italian Market for food, fun and all things Italian, Philly-style.

    Odunde Street Festival – June 8, 2014 – Celebrate African American culture at the largest African American street festival in the United States, attracting 500,000 attendees and covering 12 city blocks. Includes arts, crafts, events, food, and two stages of live entertainment. 

    Ball on the Square - Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Help raise money for improvements to the Square at this annual tented ball.

    Any that we missed? Email us!

    [Photo courtesy of Rittenhouse Row]

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