West Philly's Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll offers bang for the buck

For nearly 10 blocks, merchants bring their business out to the sidewalk.

Andrew Kramer
June 07, 2018 - 10:15 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The twice-annual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll provided discount shopping at its finest Thursday night in West Philadelphia. 

From 43rd Street to 52nd Street, stores along Baltimore Avenue brought their business outdoors on a beautiful evening, selling items for — you guessed it — $1 each.

From home goods to music, pet supplies to theater tickets, thousands of people like Carter and Cara Lanci got to enjoy a night out for very little money.

"It's nice that it's not breaking the bank," Carter said.

"It's pretty cool," Cara added. "The neighborhood is really beautiful."

Hope had the right idea.

"You can get so much for a dollar," she said. "Come out with $20 and get a lot, taste a lot of different things."

Food was certainly the most popular seller, as many restaurants like Ronata's Kitchen had customers lining up down the block.

"We're offering different items," said Executive Chef Yasser Aiq. "Spinach and feta Burekka, grilled chicken skewers, spicy, and chicken empanadas."

For the first time this year, a dollar could even get you some puppy love.

"For a dollar you can get a kiss from any one of five dogs, or all five, and the money goes to help Philadelphia Red Paw," explained Fred Wolfe. Red paw is an emergency relief organization for pets and their caretakers displaced by housefires and other domestic disasters. 

For those who may have missed this Dollar Stroll, don't worry: There will be another one in September in the exact same place.