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Theresa Stigale

Theresa Stigale was born and raised in Southwest Philly. She earned a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1983. Theresa is a photographer as well as a licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, developer and instructor. In the past ten years, she has documented the loft conversion projects that she and her partners have completed in Philadelphia, from stately old abandoned warehouses covered with graffiti to vintage factories, some still active with manufacturing. Visit her web site at E-mail her at: theresa[at]mgrealestate[dot]com

On North 5th Street In Olney, Shopkeepers Redefine

On North 5th Street In Olney, Shopkeepers Redefine “Main Street”

September 9, 2015  |  Vantage

Theresa Stigale checks in on shopkeepers and the non-profit North 5th Street Revitalization Project, as the shopping district evolves beyond "Koreatown" > more

Baking Yuletide Cheer At Potito's

Baking Yuletide Cheer At Potito’s

December 19, 2014  |  Last Light

There is nothing like lining up to buy baked goods in South Philly during the holidays. Theresa Stigale has this photo essay about Potito's, a classic, family-owned neighborhood bakery at 16th and Ritner > more

The Gold Standard In North Philadelphia Metallurgy

The Gold Standard In North Philadelphia Metallurgy

June 4, 2014  |  Makin' It

As the economy rides its roller coaster of peaks and valleys across history, the gold refining industry rides with it, often in the opposite direction. Theresa Stigale profiles one such operation, Garfield Refining Company, who have refined precious metals for jewelers, dentists, pawn shops and more since 1892 > more

On 60th Street, Sowing The Seeds Of Rebirth

On 60th Street, Sowing The Seeds Of Rebirth

April 24, 2014  |  Vantage

The first decade of the 21st Century was harsh on West Philadelphia's 60th Street. As the much-needed reconstruction of the 100-year-old Market-Frankford Line dragged on, businesses closed and people left. But now, a coalition of invested neighbors have high hopes for the corridor's renaissance. Theresa Stigale meets with many of the people bringing 60th Street back to life in this photo essay > more

From Streets to TEDx

From Streets to TEDx

March 27, 2014  |  Vantage

With a full day of speakers tomorrow and 'adventures' like the street art tour led by blogger and photographer Conrad Benner, TedxPhiladelphia promises to keep Philly's big ideas on the big stage all weekend. Theresa Stigale talks with Benner about his idea to run SEPTA's subway and el 24/7—and the attention it's received, including from SEPTA itself > more