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Today on ChildCheese, we’d like to introduce to you yet another new segment: Street Cheese, brought to you by our good friend and colleague, John Sterling aka SterlingStreetS. SterlingStreetS is a local Philadelphia photographer documenting graffiti and street art wherever he goes. Every Monday, he will curate his favorite finds from the week. This week, he focuses on the 9th Street mural which can be found just South of the Washington Ave. and the Italian Market on the East side of 9th Street. If you like his stuff, be sure to follow him on Tumblr and Instagram, and stayed tuned each week for a new batch of local finds.

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9th Street Mural - 9th Street between Washington Ave. and Ellsworth St.

Mad Men is back and here at ChildCheese we couldn’t be happier! Here’s a recap of episode one in hair.

(Source: zeeprofessor)

Well, we’ve finally made it. It’s Sunday, April 7th, which here at ChildCheese only means one thing…Mad Men is back! So in preparation of this blessed event, we’d like to share with you one of our favorite local shops, Era Atomica. Located on Passyunk Ave., this tiny shop is consistently stocked with pieces to help you achieve the perfect mid century modern vibe for your apartment or home. No need to dream longingly about living in 60’s with Don and company, because at Era Atomica, they can help make that dream a reality.

Whether you are looking for furniture, clothes, artwork or household accessories, these guys have you covered. Are you a Pyrex fiend? Well this is the place for you! Need a light up 8-track player? These guys have you covered! The prices are always legit and I would highly suggest following them on Facebook because they often post daily deals. For example, in honor of Mad Men, they have just added four boxes of barware to the floor and are having a sale on all things bar related. That means glasses, shakers, ice buckets, bar trays, coasters and anything else that will help you drink like the men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper (Price?). You think they’re gonna cut that name out? Regardless, they even offers rental services of both their space and the furniture itself. I know what you’re thinking, perfect for that 60’s photo shoot you’ve been meaning to put together!

Era Atomica is by far one of the most interesting shops in town, with one of the most friendly and knowledgeable staffs to boot. Today they are open from 12-6 so stop on by and get your retro on.

Era Atomica - 1726 East Passyunk Ave. - 215.551.2345

Try to look past one of Britain’s greatest sex offenders and creepy Top of the Pops’ host Jimmy Savile, and enjoy a little “Tobacco Road,” by the Nashville Teens in preparation for tonight’s premier of Mad Men!

The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road (1965)_HQ (by nyrainbow5)

Mad Men song of the day! Tenessee Ernie Ford’s 1955 hit, 16 Tons. Just one more day, guys!

Tennessee Ernie Ford - 16 Tons (by LordEgan)

New York is such a massive metropolis that even if you are a native who has lived there your entire life, there is never a shortage of places to go and things to do. With every establishment that closes, five more seem to pop in its place. So whenever I go up to New York, I try remain conscious of where I go, in order to try out new places each time. That being said, there are some places about town that are just too good to pass up. These places become your regulars that you find yourself fighting the temptation to return to over and over again. And for me, one of those places is Pearl Oyster Bar. 

Located on one of those fictitiously, quaint West Village Streets, the cozy, little dining room inside Pearl exists in a constant state of bustle. There is even the addition of a line filled with excited customers, that forms outside of the door before dinner service. Whenever I have gone, it has been for lunch and we’ve always been able to sneak in right before the kitchen closed in preparation for dinner service. If you want to avoid the crowds, I suggest doing the same as we’ve always been able to snag a seat and receive really friendly and attentive service from the staff.

Now on to the food. The oysters are a must, (obvi) but another dish that we can never seem to pass up is the lobster roll. Who doesn’t love lobster especially when it is served with a massive side of shoestring fries!? Last time we were in, we also ordered the shrimp cocktail and were treated by a friend of ours in the kitchen to the fried oysters app. Insanely good. In order to avoid getting a carbon copy of what we had ordered during our previous visit, we reluctantly traded in our beloved fried oyster roll for the skate sandwich special, and we weren’t disappointed! Always fresh, filling and most importantly delicious, you’ll have a hard time convincing me to forgo my lunch at Pearl Oyster Bar whenever I’m up for a visit.

Pearl Oyster Bar - 18 Cornelia St., NY, NY. - 212.691.8211

Mad Men song of the day! What 60’s-based tv show is complete without a little French Pop? Here is Gillian Hills performing the 1962 hit, “Zou Bisou Bisou,” which you may also remember Megan performing for Don’s surprise birthday party. 2 days!

Gillian Hills - Zou bisou bisou (1962) (by MrNonosse1)

Today is First Friday which here in Philly translates to the opening night for many galleries about town. For our monthly gallery pick, we stopped in at the James Oliver Gallery to view the current solo show, Colossal the Small, by street artist, Nosego (Yis Goodwin). And if the above pictures look familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen his work before as it has been showing up around town more and more as of late. Whether you have seen his stickers on newspaper boxes and street signs, or his large scale murals at establishments such as Elixr Coffee, The Electric Factory and the building facade on 5th St. just North of Bainbridge, it’s become difficult to walk the streets of Philadelphia without enjoying a personal open air exhibit of his work. And with the energetic figures, vibrant colors and patterns, and his mix of cartoon and realism, his pieces really add a lot of life to the city. Colossal the Small opened last Saturday, but they will be open to the public today from 1-7pm. The show runs through May 4th with a closing reception that evening from 6-9. When we stopped in by appointment earlier this week, we were shocked to see how many pieces had already been purchased. So if you’re looking to buy, I suggest heading over sooner rather than later. And one last tip, the gallery sits in a lovely 4th floor studio space, however there is no elevator on site. But don’t let that deter you. Skip the gym for the day and scale stair mountain! The work is definitely worth the hike!

James Oliver Gallery - 723 Chestnut St. 4th Fl. - 267.918.7432