Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts help you keep painting, dancing, singing or doing that thing you do. For a small fee (and sometimes no fee at all, depending on how long it’s been since you had your last meal), volunteer attorneys will help negotiate performing contracts for actors, dancers and musicians. They’ll help protect your copyrights and trademarks or prepare bylaws for your newly formed nonprofits and pretty near anything else in the legal realm your creative mind doesn’t have time, patience or know-how to deal with.
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 251 S. 18th St. 215.545.3385. pvla.org
If you’re one of the 90 percent of North Americans addicted to caffeine, you should make your morning stumble to the Dunkin Donuts near the corner of 15th and Chestnut streets . There’s probably a locally-owned biz where you could get a latte made with fair-trade beans and soy milk foam with some organic vanilla bullshit, but sometimes, the simple act of getting up requires an uncomplicated beverage. Visit this Dunkin’ more than once and the crew will remember your exact order and begin preparing it the moment you walk in the door. They are courteous and friendly—even noticing new haircuts on regulars—and remarkably efficient for people who are at work before the sun rises.
1507 Chestnut St. dunkindonuts.com
South Street didn’t need three shops for skateboarding gear. The deaths of Elite and Sub Zero were inevitable. Nocturnal, run by pro Kerry Getz, has the makings of a real skate shop except for the gawking tourists and preteens with their parent’s money. NoLib’s Exit Philadelphia , however, is the real deal. Opened in late 2001 by Philly local Steve Miller, they carry customer-preferred brands (including Fallen and FUCT!) and help shape the social scene with dance parties at the Barbary. Additionally, the Exit crew is doing good deeds; they helped get Pops Playground, a new skatepark in Fishtown, on the map in July 2009.
Exit Philadelphia, 825 N. Second St. 215.425.2450. exitphiladelphia.com