By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Vendors — licensed and unlicensed — are bidding for the business of delegates to the World Meeting of Families.READ MORE: Community Recalls Memories At Historic St. Leo's Church In Tacony As Fire Crews Work To Determine What Caused Blaze
“We have saint bracelets and pope bracelets! They’re two for $10!”
Vendor Ruthie Coutinho of Wilmington has a prime location on Arch Street in front of the Convention Center.
“This is something I’m passionate about, because it’s about my Catholic faith, and the pope’s here.”READ MORE: Funeral For Slain Officer, Delmar Police Cpl. Keith Heacook, To Be Held Monday
She said she’d sold 50 bracelets in 45 minutes. She’s licensed by the World Meeting of Families. Lamont Branch isn’t. He’s relegated to the end of the block, under the construction walkway at Broad Street. Branch wasn’t selling many pope T-shirts.
“I have a regular spot but it’s not in Center City. But even people that have regular spots in Center City can’t set up.”MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Police Chief Frank Vanore, Captain Jason Smith To Address Violent Weekend Across City
Branch says he believes local vendors are getting short shrift.