By Jim Donovan: The University City District (UCD) kicks off the 2011 season of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll today. The stroll will happen each first Thursday in June through September – June 2, July 7, August 4, and September 1. From 5:30 to 8:30pm.

West Philadelphia’s Baltimore Avenue between 42nd and 51st streets will come alive and celebrate its unique businesses offerings and charm with one-night-only $1 bargains.

The special $1 items are as eclectic as the fifteen businesses offering them, including Milk & Honey, Dock Street Brewery and the new Mood Cafe. From $1 Bassetts ice cream to $1 mini okinomiyaki (Japanese crepes) to $1 PBRs to $1 Dock Street pint glasses.

In addition to the 15 participating Baltimore Avenue locations, the ever-popular Clark Park Farmers’ Market at 43rd and Baltimore will be offering a spectacular selection of baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, and much more every Thursday from 3-7pm. Check out Jose Garces’ Guapos Tacos food truck and Country Meadows Barbeque stand who will also compliment the market. Additional food trucks and vendors such as Jimmies Cupcake Co., and Maru Global Takoyai will also be selling $1 items along Baltimore Avenue.

If that isn’t enough, UCD will debut the free West Philly Mix Tape download card featuring tracks from some of the neighborhoods finest musicians including the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Stinking Lizaveta, Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken, Fan of Friends and many more. Stop by the UCD table in front of Calvary Church at 48th and Baltimore to pick one up.

See below for participating businesses or visit for more information.

Baltimore Pet Shoppe
4532 Baltimore Avenue, 215-236-6080
$1 cat and dog treats & accessories

Curio Theatre
815 S. 48th Street, 215-525-1350
$1 tickets to 2011-12 season
preview performances

4708 Baltimore Avenue, 215-726-6464
$1 lentil wraps with small salad

Desi Chaat House
501 S. 42nd Street, 215-386-1999
$1 mango lassis, $1 samosas

Desi Village
4527 Baltimore Avenue, 215-382-6000
$1 veggie pakoras, $1 samosas, $1 mango lassis

Dock Street Brewery
701 S. 50th Street, 215-726-2337
$1 focaccia, $1 logo pint glasses

Elena’s Soul Showcase, Lounge & Café
4912 Baltimore Avenue, 215-724-3043
$1 PBR cans

Green Line Café
4239 Baltimore Avenue, 215-222-3431
$1 espressos, $1 icy drinks, $1 vegan cupcakes,
$1 mini chomper sandwiches

Mariposa Co-op
4726 Baltimore Avenue, 215-729-2121
$1 beverages, $1 baked goods,
$1 packaged snacks

Milk & Honey Market
4435 Baltimore Avenue, 215-387-MILK
$1 Bassets ice cream

Mood Café
4618 Baltimore Avenue
$1 fresh squeezed juices, $1 mango lassis,
$1 ice cream, $1 samosas

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant
4511 Baltimore Avenue, 215-382-2099
$1 cans of beer

The Gold Standard Café
4800 Baltimore Avenue, 215-727-8247
$1 mini sandwiches, $1 wraps, $1 brownies

Vientiane Café
4728 Baltimore Avenue, 215-726-1095
$1 chicken or tofu skewers, $1 spring rolls,
$1 bottles of water

VIX Emporium
5009 Baltimore Avenue, 215-471-7700
$1 hand printed West Philly notecard,
patch or sticker