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New businesses blooming in Hampden

If you haven't taken a walk down the Avenue in Hampden lately, you're missing quite a sight. Every tree and plant that can bloom is. But there are a number of businesses blooming, as well.

For example, Hampden's newest brewery, Waverly Brewing (1625-C Union Ave.) just received and is installing its brewing equipment. Visit the brewery's Facebook page and see the photos for yourself (www.facebook.com/waverlybrewingcompany). Yes, I know it's called Waverly Brewing, but it is in fact located down in Woodberry – y' know, just to keep people guessing. Regardless, soon, more delicious beer will be flowing in the neighborhood.

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Earlier today, I was checking out another picture on social media of the much-anticipated Paulie Gee's (3535 Chestnut Ave.), with its much fabled imported pizza ovens all fired up. I have to say, the ovens are beautiful, with gorgeous tile inlays. I haven't yet heard an updated estimate for the date of the grand opening, but progress is most definitely being made, with not just the new building front being installed, but work going on inside the building as well.

And speaking of grand opening dates, Hampden's newest (and currently only) bakery, Harmony Bakery, (3446 Chestnut Ave), is scheduled to open April 21. Yum!

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And while we're on the subject of "Yum!" the Golden West Cafe's (1105 W. 36th St.) walk-up window is now open and serving delicious tacos and waffles and coffee. I'm pretty sure I can eat their pork banh mi tacos all day long, every day.

On April 25, The Wine Source (3601 Elm Ave.) celebrates Earth Day with an organic wines tasting from 1-4 p.m.

On April 30, there is a closing reception at Gallery 788 (3602 Hickory Ave.) from 7-11 p.m. for Atriarchy. This show, an exploration of femininity in the modern millennia, was curated by Carlyn Thomas and Audrey Van de Castle. The show features work by Angela Arrigo, April Camlin, Ellie Dent, Gina Alexandra Denton, Lily Erb, Kate Ewald, Anna Meister and Izzy Stein. It features sculpture, paint, fibers, video, printmaking and poetry.

Friday, May 1, is First Friday in Hampden. I'll have more on a number of events in the next installment of this column. But for this week, I'm highlighting Hampden Healers Reception at The Gallery Above in Mud And Metal from 6-9 p.m. Nanette Hatzes' art show, "Vessels of Peace," will present paintings, drawings and photography. The newly opened Harmony Bakery will supply treats. And Hampden's Jukai Juice will offer refreshments.

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The idea behind Hampden Healers is that this will be the first of many gatherings to introduce the variety of "healers" who will practice in Hampden. This is your opportunity to meet experts in massage, acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy, Reiki, and herbal and naturopathic medicine. Ask questions and learn about what they do.

And finally, the Hampden Farmer's Market is scheduled to return Saturday, May 2. More on that in my next column, as well.

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