By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store in Philadelphia, this one in the heart of center city.  It’s located at 1726 Sansom Street, next door to the Joseph Fox bookstore.

Franchise co-owner Katie Bertelson (top photo) says renovating the building for their new enterprise was an adventure.

“Anytime you renovate an old building, you find all sorts of funny things,” she notes.  “Like, we found a window in the middle of a wall.  We’re like, ‘Wow, this building must’ve been added onto.’  But it was really cool to see it come together.  You know, you go from this empty space to this beautiful store, and there have been some cool things we found along the way.  Like, the store has beautiful hardwood floors!  Things like that.”

Hear the full “Ben & Jerry’s Center City” interview (runs 7:59)…

The fifth annual Fringe Arts fundraiser known as “Feastival” takes place on Thursday, September 18th.

Nick Stuccio, president and producing director of Fringe Arts, says it’s a collaboration of the performing and the culinary arts — but he was reluctant to give away too many surprises.

“So it’s really fun — it’s food, it’s art, it’s the waterfront,” he tells What’s Cooking.  “There are some really cool…(pause)…  Along the bars and along the food there’s gonna be really interesting things to see.  But every year it really is about the food.  The food is absolutely extraordinary.”

(Nick Stuccio, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Nick Stuccio, at the KYW Newsradio studios. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

 

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Feastival” takes place on Penn’s Landing, in the “River Rink” parking lot.

Hear the full “Festival” interview (runs 7:34)…

Also on Thursday, September 18th, Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll takes place in in Mt. Airy.

Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, says this food-centric event is being held from 6pm to 10:30pm along historic Germantown Avenue, between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue.

“It’s a great way of bringing the community and the rest of the city together to highlight our food scene here,” he says.  “We have great ethnic dining, we have great pizza, we’ve got great beer.  We have a diversity of offerings here.”

(Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, on Germantown Ave at media preview for "Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll."  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, on Germantown Ave at media preview for “Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll.” Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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Hear the full “Mt. Airy Street Fare” interview (runs 5:18)…

And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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