FYI Philly: Recognizing local businesses giving back

Friday, April 28, 2017

This week on FYI Philly, it's our annual "Give Back" special, and we're celebrating businesses that do just that! From restaurants helping the less fortunate to a family nut recipe that helps raise money for cancer and a mobile boutique making fashion a fundraiser. Plus, soaps providing clean water for children in need and a nearly century-old festival raising money for kids in Delaware.

FYI Philly airs Saturdays at 7 p.m. with encore shows Sundays at midnight. Here are the details on this week's features:

Yes, there's soup for you

Philadelphia is now home to two restaurants opened by top chefs and dedicated to those in need. Rooster Soup Company donates 100 percent of its profits to Broad Street Ministry, while EAT Café welcomes everyone to come to the table and pay as you can.

Rooster Soup Company

1526 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 454-6939

Open Mon.-Fri. 11-8; Sat.-Sun. 10-8

Everyone at the Table: Eat Café (Weds.- Fri. 4:30-8 p.m.)

3820 Lancaster Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(267) 292-2768

Service and charity

Philabundance is the area's biggest hunger relief agency. But they not only feed those in need, they offer training in the culinary arts -- a program that helped one woman go from homeless to CEO of her own catering company, Virtuous Foods & Events.

Virtuous Foods & Events


Made in Philly: Merts Nuts

Losing a parent can be devastating, but a Chester County woman has found a meaningful way to honor her late mother: Turning the family's Christmas nut recipe into a business that raises money for cancer, the disease that claimed her mother's life.

To order online:

1.800.448.2702 (Sold locally at 11 locations, visit site for closest retailer)

An exercise in goodwill

At Phileo Method in Phoenixville, working out is about much more than fitness. Melissa Magee stopped by for a class to see how they give back while people get in shape.

Call it an exercise in goodwill.

Phileo Method

260 Bridge Street

Phoenixville, PA 19460

(484) 302-5114

Home is where the design is

The 15th anniversary of Philadelphia Magazine's Design Home has some amazing aspirational features as well as some ideas you can incorporate at home. Karen Rogers gets a tour of the latest luxe home design.

Philadelphia Magazine's Design Home 2017

424 N. Sydbury Lane

Wynnewood, PA 19096

Fashion forward ... and on wheels

Finally Arrived is a women's fashion boutique on wheels. Fern Pogust, owner of the clothing shop Finally in Cherry Hill, N.J., uses the trailer as an extension of her store to help drive donations for charities, fundraisers and events.

Finally....Arrived Mobile Boutique

Brick and Mortar Store

2083 RT-70

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

(856) 751-1118

Daisy days at CHOP

May is Daisy Days at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; a month-long campaign that has been raising money for more than 60 years. Their 31-day challenge offers an active way to help one of the city's most cherished institutions.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Daisy Days 31-Day Challenge

Soap sales with a cause

UNICEF estimates that every day, a thousand children around the world die of waterborne diseases. When a local husband and wife discovered that tragic statistic, they saw it as a call to action and created Hand in Hand Soap. For every product sold, they donate a bar of soap and a month of clean water to children in Haiti.

Hand in Hand Soap

20 percent off online sales Saturday, April 29-Friday, May 5

Use the promo Code FYI PHILLY at checkout!

Flowers for kids

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But for the past 97 years, it's also brought the Wilmington Flower Market, a three-day festival held every Mother's Day weekend to raise money for children in Delaware.

Wilmington Flower Market (May 11-13 T-F, 10-8, Sat. 10-7)

Rockford Park

2629 W 19th St

Wilmington, DE 19806

6ABC Loves the Arts: PA Ballet

The Pennsylvania Ballet is serving up a triple bill-George Balanchine's duets sandwiched between a company and a world premiere.

Pennsylvania Ballet: Re/Action (May 11-14)

Academy of Music

240 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Shelter Me

In this week's Shelter Me, a local artist creates sculptures to help pet owners deal with the loss of a pet and donates the proceeds to local animal rescues.

Everlasting Hug

117 W 4th Street

Bridgeport, PA 19405

(610) 272-1770