Tell us about your business.
We’re a sculptural architecture metal studio producing a variety of custom decorative metalwork for residential & commercial spaces. Located in the same studio where the infamous master sculptor Robert Phillips created his work, we pride ourselves on creating quality custom metalwork using methods & a craft that has been around for hundreds of years. Projects created by our company can be spotted all across the city, including The Porch at 30th Street Station, the Independence Beer Garden, Fringe Arts building, the CHOP garden, & Spruce Harbor Park. We also run a community metal working cooperative, where members rent space & time in our studio to create their own projects.
What do you feel you offer that some of your competitors may not?
As metal fabricators, we can handle any standard metal rail, fence, bar top, or furniture design. However, as artists, our skills truly shine with “off the straight & narrow path” creative project. If a client needs fencing but wants something different, instead of straight metal fence, we can give you sculptural fencing with organic shapes, unusual linework, or imagery (like trees, leaves, or fish!). We can fabricate large scale sculptures, which we do for artists in the area. We want people to know that if they have an idea, whether they think it’s crazy or impossible, to reach out and ask!
Do you live in the Fishtown area (Fishtown and its surrounding neighborhoods) as well? What do you like as a resident?
Yes, I live and work here, as well as some of my employees. I love the mix of newcomers and long time residents. I’m interested in every new business that pops up and how it adds to the diversity of the neighborhood. I like that I know the names of the people in the coffee shop or restaurants I go to. Philly is great city that has so much going for it and so much to explore, without the large crowds that would normally make city living feel impersonal.
What do you like about working and (if you do) running a business in this area?
I enjoy establishing connections, be it personal or business, at every establishment I frequent, and appreciate the commitment I’ve found other business owners have to building up the neighborhood and moving progress forward. I’ve found that many Fishtown businesses owners have a deep desire to support other businesses in the area, myself included. As an owner of a metal shop, if we get backlogged in shop or need a part quickly, I can reach out to Diversified Metals or J.A. Cunningham, right down the street, for help.