Oh Weaver’s Way, I love you! Let me count the ways:
I love your 38 year committment to doing good in the our community. By helping children garden, giving war refugees an opportunity to forage on your own Weaver’s Way farm, supporting efforts to help ex-offenders reintegrate into a less structured world, working hard to provide healthy food to under served neighborhoods, paying living wages and offering health care to your employees, and many, many more things that would take too much space to list here. I am grateful to the General Manager, Glenn Bergman, who came on board at a difficult time for the Co-op, and worked tirelessly to turn things around financially and helped to lay an even more solid foundation for greater good in our community.
I love the serendipitous meeting of friends and neighbors when I go shopping.
I love being able to shop with a cart at the Chestnut Hill store, which is much larger than the original store and can accommodate that way of shopping. At the Mt. Airy store, you grab a container at the door, which gets parked on a counter, and you fill it as you go. That works too.
I love that, as much as possible, the food on offer is from Weavers Ways own farm, and from other local farms and purveyors. There is an emphasis on fair trade, the cheese selection is great, the pizza dough from Cacia’s, the fresh mozzerella from Claudio’s, there are some D’Artagnan goodies at the Mt. Airy store and even more in Chestnut Hill, and I could go on and on. The Chestnut Hill store also has a full service butcher to go to for special requests.
I can count on the produce section to introduce me to unusual or hard to find seasonal items: sour cherries, key limes, Meyer lemons, persimmons, quince, and Japanese cucumbers.
With more square footage, the Chestnut Hill store has room for a hot and cold prepared foods bar. This is a great resource for busy people, and they cook up a large range of ethnic foods, as well as comfort food favorites.
Some of my very favorite things are their meats and fish, fresh ricotta, Rolings bagels (mishappen but oh, so delicious), Bassett’s ice cream, Mrs. Meyers cleaning supplies, and goats milk from a local dairy.
And finally, I love your pet annex where I can get my silly little dogs their food, toys and treats.
They take credit cards and there is on street parking at both locations. The Chestnut Hill store has a parking lot immediately behind.
Chestnut Hill Store:
8424 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am – 8 pm; Sun 9 am to 8 pm
Weavers Way Mt. Airy:
559 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am – 8 pm