East Passyunk getting a tea room, assorted fun

Most of the new shops are run by first-timers, says Renee Gilinger of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. Above, its logo in steel.

There's always something happening on East Passyunk.

This month's Second Saturday event (April 13) - which bring out music, fashion and food - will be the launch of the Avenue's newest business, a tea salon called Oliver & Company.

Before you get in a tizzy over the prospect of lavish, eight-course, Downtown-meets-Downton-style high teas with your girlfriends, keep in mind that owner Brenda Broad has a tiny li'l space at 1613 E. Passyunk Ave., the former Quaker City Ticket Service. There's room for two tables. Broad, a classmate at the Restaurant School of Will BYOB chef/owner Chris Kearse, specializes in tea sales, as in oolong. 

On April 17, the Avenue will celebrate its being named one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets in America by Food & Wine by throwing a party around the Singing Fountain (East Passyunk and Tasker) from 5 to 7 p.m. Folk singers will do their thing as a few nearby restos will do theirs. Say hi to Joncarl Lachman, who is opening NOORD in due time.