Watch the April 17 episode of FYI Philly: Earth Day celebration in Philly

We've got plant-based restaurants and vegan cheese and clean beauty products. Plus, a trip to Main Street in Souderton.

Video Transcript

KAREN ROGERS: I'm Karen Rogers.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And I'm Alicia Vitarelli. Tonight on "FYI Philly," we are celebrating Earth Day.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Let's make some food.

ALICIA VITARELLI: We've got plant-based restaurants and vegan cheese.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It's a park in the sky.

KAREN ROGERS: We explore oases in the air and on the ground.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: Look at all of this.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Meet a woman making clean beauty products.


ALICIA VITARELLI: And we're shopping local at a revitalized Main Street.


KAREN ROGERS: Hey, everybody. Welcome to "FYI Philly." April 22 is the day that people all over the globe honor the planet we call home.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Yeah, and we kick off our Earth Day celebration in South Philadelphia at a spot that is being touted as the city's first sustainable retail store.

EMILY RODIA: Everything in our store is an alternative to something you would normally get in plastic packaging or that contains plastic.

- Emily Rodia and her fiance, Jason Rusnock, opened Good Buy Supply in November.

EMILY RODIA: We are filling a need that a lot of people have told us has been missing.

JASON RUSNOCK: We're trying to create something that's approachable. Demystifying zero waste is something that's hard to do.

- The earth-friendly idea is a collection of everyday items.

JASON RUSNOCK: Toothpaste tabs.

EMILY RODIA: The toothpaste tubes are super cool.

- It's dehydrated into chewable tabs.

EMILY RODIA: Those eliminate the need for plastic packaging.

- Chew them up and brush away.

JASON RUSNOCK: And you're also saving a little space in my suitcase when I go traveling.

EMILY RODIA: Yeah, definitely.

- They have a station devoted to refills.

EMILY RODIA: Fill up on things like dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner. Bring in your own containers and jars. We have some if you forget it.

- You'll find kitchen gadgets like reusable beeswax wraps.

EMILY RODIA: They replace your traditional Saran Wrap.

- The Philadelphia-made candles, use waste collected from the city.

EMILY RODIA: An old yogurt container and then local beeswax from a honey company.

- Charcoal filters purify water.

JASON RUSNOCK: You can use them for up to four months.

- Then reuse them for a cookout.

JASON RUSNOCK: You can grill with them.

- They have a collection of bathroom contraptions from brushes to razors.

EMILY RODIA: A reusable cotton swab. The tips are made of silicone. They're mostly women-owned companies. We try and work with other sustainable, small businesses that are making their products here in the US.

- The couple got engaged just before the pandemic.

EMILY RODIA: We're doing this instead of having a wedding right now. We are using our savings and our spare time moving forward with this dream.

- The store allows them to share some of the tricks they learned in becoming a zero waste household.

EMILY RODIA: We have been living this lifestyle for a number of years now. One small action can really add up. You're all set. Thanks so much for stopping in.

- How personally gratifying is it knowing that you're making the world a better place?

EMILY RODIA: It's awesome. Working for yourself and then also doing some good in the community too at the same time.

KAREN ROGERS: Of course, an increasingly popular way to help the planet is to eat less meat.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Yes, and the plant-based options are growing.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Let's make some food.

KAREN ROGERS: For Brennah Lambert, the mission at her brand new LesbiVeggies in Audubon, New Jersey is simple.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Have people want to come back because they enjoy what they had.

KAREN ROGERS: She makes brunch and dinner, and everything is vegan and gluten free.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Brunch menu, you can expect anything from pancakes to tostadas. I do a breakfast bowl.

KAREN ROGERS: The breakfast bowl is garlic-roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and sauteed spinach with a tofu scramble.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: This is the stewed jackfruit.

KAREN ROGERS: The jackfruit is the basis for her pulled-pork style tacos.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Those are like a number one seller for dinner.

KAREN ROGERS: The blackened Cajun cauliflower sandwich, Brennnah says, is a must try.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: We have one person who comes literally every day and orders is it for lunch.

KAREN ROGERS: Brennah personally designed the place with a vibe of positivity.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: The whole aesthetic is kind of like urban, definitely very black going forward.

KAREN ROGERS: The LesbiVeggies name is a play on words.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Obviously, it's a part of my identity.

KAREN ROGERS: And she wants it to be a place where everyone feels welcome.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: That's always something that's been very important to me, just inclusion.

ALICIA VITARELLI: She started as a meal prep service a few years ago and now has big plans for the brick and mortar.

BRENNAH LAMBERT: Franchise. Franchise. Franchise. Franchise.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The Tasty in South Philadelphia has all your favorite diner comfort foods, with one major difference.

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: It's all vegan.

KATE HILTZ: Chicken and waffles. Who doesn't like a waffle, right?

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: This is vegan sausage. We've got tofu scrambled instead of eggs, and this is coconut bacon.

ALICIA VITARELLI: There's a fried chicken sandwich and a vegan cheese steak, but the fan favorite is the deluxe breakfast burrito stuffed with tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, vegan cheddar, and jalapeno.

KATE HILTZ: It's a huge seller. It's insane how many burritos I make every day.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The Tasty is also known for its baked goods and old-fashioned, cake-style donuts.

KATE HILTZ: People love their donuts.

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: They're fried until they're crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Co-owners, Kate Hiltz said Sofia Baltopoulos, met through the music industry.

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: My husband, he's a drummer.

KATE HILTZ: And I still own a record label that his band was on.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Kate cooked vegan meals for the band and crew and one day asked Sofia to help.

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: After that, we started planning events and doing pop-ups.

ALICIA VITARELLI: They opened The Tasty in 2015.

SOFIA BALTOPOULOS: We just love cooking. We love feeding people.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And while you may think the diner's name describes the food--

KATE HILTZ: It's named after a guitar, a 1982 Les Paul custom.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Inside South Philadelphia's Bok Building, Stephen Babaki has converted a walk-in freezer into a vegan cheese cave called Conscious Cultures Creamery.

STEPHEN BABKI: We're mimicking the humidity and the temperature that you would get from an actual cheesecake. They're going to mature into something that is almost indistinguishable from dairy cheese.

ALICIA VITARELLI: With cashews as a base, he makes a fresh matz.

STEPHEN BABKI: 20th Street Pizza actually uses. They're a vegan pizzeria.

ALICIA VITARELLI: A cream cheese.

STEPHEN BABKI: This can be cream cheese. This can be pimento spread

ALICIA VITARELLI: And a Bloomy Rind.

STEPHEN BABKI: This is Barn Cat.

ALICIA VITARELLI: But his main cheese is the Maverick.

STEPHEN BABKI: Everyone was like, I want a vegan Brie or vegan Camembert. And you cut into it, and it looks just like dairy cheese.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Stephen started making cheese a few years ago for his partner, Ray.

STEPHEN BABKI: She was on the verge of just going straight vegan because dairy really messed with her stomach.

ALICIA VITARELLI: But Ray loves cheese, and Stephen loves Ray.

STEPHEN BABKI: I want to nourish her, and now, I just want to provide nourishment for all the folks that want it.

ALICIA VITARELLI: He started as a bootleg operation, making cheese in a yoga studio basement.

STEPHEN BABKI: And people loved it.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The pandemic offered him the time and opportunity to make the business legit.

STEPHEN BABKI: I just want to continue to put a lot of love and a lot of good energy and intention into something that makes people happy.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Stephen took over the spot at the Bok Building from Inspired Brews, and he's letting the new owner of the kombucha business share his space until she finds her own.

KAREN ROGERS: So nice, right? And when it comes to helping the planet nothing beats shopping locally.

ALICIA VITARELLI: One of my favorite ways to do it is Souderton in Montgomery County has a Main Street with a lot of options.

KAREN ROGERS: Spring is in the air, and historic Souderton has bloomed into a destination over the last decade.

DAVOOD SOWHANGER: It has changed drastically.

KAREN ROGERS: Broad Street Italian Cuisine and Pizzeria is at the center of the town's revitalization.

DAVIDE SOWHANGER: We've developed this project. When we got here, it a big shell.

KAREN ROGERS: The family business is run by Davood, his wife, Annette, and his son, Davide.


KAREN ROGERS: Pizza has been the staple for more than two decades.

DAVIDE SOWHANGER: We kept growing and growing and growing.

KAREN ROGERS: The family opened a new space this year alongside the refurbished Broad Theater.

ANNETTE SOWHANGER: A lot of people walk in here, and they really get that wow factor.

KAREN ROGERS: They still serve their signature pies.

DAVOOD SOWHANGER: I'm a pizza man. The pizza is always good.

KAREN ROGERS: But they've upped their game, offering dishes like salmon toscana and pasta pescatore.

DAVOOD SOWHANGER: The chef took it to a different level.

KAREN ROGERS: And for the first time, they have a full bar with a full cocktail menu. Much of the work to rehab the space was done by the father-son team.

DAVIDE SOWHANGER: Framing, finish work, construction, we did it.

KAREN ROGERS: It's a long way from where Davood started after coming to America from Iran in 1979.

DAVOOD SOWHANGER: I started as a dishwasher, worked my way up.

DAVIDE SOWHANGER: We did it as a team. We became a staple in Souderton.

PHILLIP SHADE: How is everything today, ladies?

KAREN ROGERS: Just around the corner, Phil Shade is working on his retirement plan.

PHILLIP SHADE: Turned into a little bit more than I thought. It's been worth it, really.

KAREN ROGERS: Phil opened Broad Street Grind after a career in corporate America.

PHILLIP SHADE: The idea behind the business was to build community one cup of coffee or tea at a time.

KAREN ROGERS: The cafe offers a variety of drinks.

- This is called the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls. I really want to get people to kind of sit-down-and-stay-a-while experience.

KAREN ROGERS: The scratch kitchen serves breakfast and lunch.

PHILLIP SHADE: This is our shrimp and grits bowl.

KAREN ROGERS: You'll find a Pad Thai salad and vegan tacos.

PHILLIP SHADE: There's no fryer here. Healthy dishes that appeal to a wide variety of people.

KAREN ROGERS: The space is decorated with works from local artists.

PHILLIP SHADE: Every two months, we do a new exhibit.

KAREN ROGERS: And there's a market area for local producers.

PHILLIP SHADE: Local honey, local peanut butter.

KAREN ROGERS: Featuring local makers is the mission behind Art on the Hill.

JOANNE FABIAN: We have 30 artists within about 30 miles.

KAREN ROGERS: Joanne Fabian is one of the featured artists.

JOANNE FABIAN: Award-winning photographer.

KAREN ROGERS: But when the shop was about to close four years ago, she became a business owner.

JOANNE FABIAN: I just couldn't see it closed.

KAREN ROGERS: Her work is still on display, along with a wide collection of styles.

JOANNE FABIAN: Everything from wood for men to jewelry for women.

KAREN ROGERS: You'll find drawings made with coffee.

JOANNE FABIAN: To paint each of the gradations of browns and beiges.

KAREN ROGERS: --and pieces that add style and function.

JOANNE FABIAN: Not just a decoration.

KAREN ROGERS: It's a destination for gifts and to learn about local art.

JOANNE FABIAN: There is so much talent in this area.

- So we this San Fran here.

KAREN ROGERS: Downtown Scoop is Souderton's ice cream stock.

KEVIN HANGE: We have 12 flavors in the case at any time, and we always have a nondairy.

KAREN ROGERS: Kevin Hange and his wife, Angie, scooped up the business in 2018.

KEVIN HANGE: We partnered with Uncle Dave's Ice Cream.

KAREN ROGERS: They have a rotating menu of flavors, and their sundaes are decadent treat.

- This is the Vermonter.

KAREN ROGERS: It is salted caramel ice cream topped with bacon and Vermont maple syrup.

KEVIN HANGE: You're selling a five-minute vacation.

KAREN ROGERS: Another fan favorite is the Lancaster.

- Vanilla ice cream, cinnamon bun, whipped cream, and cinnamon.

KAREN ROGERS: The shop is part of the Main Street vibe, thriving in Souderton

KEVIN HANGE: We love the community of it. We love seeing the people enjoy it.

KAREN ROGERS: You can find links to all those spots and more things to do and Souderton's Main Street on our website.

KATHRYN OT LOWELL: It's like a five-star hotel for birds.

ALICIA VITARELLI: We explore a park that was a hidden gem until now.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: This is a pandemic baby.

KAREN ROGERS: And meet a mother-daughter duo using the power of plants to heal when we come right back.

ALICIA VITARELLI: But first. Here's an FYI for you. There's a new food app in Philadelphia to help prevent waste called Too Good to Go. It's a win-win-win for diners, restaurant owners, and the planet.

MARTI LIEBERMAN: People have been so excited.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The app pairs restaurants with takeout meals destined for the trash, with adventurous patrons willing to eat whatever is left over.

MARTI LIEBERMAN: So our food cost is covered, and they get a meal for 1/3 the price of what it would be.

JUDI NI: It's a great way to get food into the bellies of people at a more affordable rate. That's perfectly good.

- This week's "FYI Philly" is sponsored by Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board. Plan your visit to one of Montgomery County's main streets, at

KAREN ROGERS: Welcome back to "FYI Philly," as we celebrate Earth Day.

ALICIA VITARELLI: It was adopted back in 1970, but became a global event 20 years later.

KAREN ROGERS: And if you'd like to get involved, FDR Park in South Philadelphia could use your help. FDR Park is 350 acres of bucolic beauty right on the southern edge of the city.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: It's a treasure here in Philadelphia.

KAREN ROGERS: With baseball fields, tennis courts, a skateboard park, picnic areas, trees, meadows, and seven lakes and lagoons.

KATHRYN OT LOWELL: People who grew up in South Philadelphia knew of this place as The Lakes.

KAREN ROGERS: The park with its iconic gazebo and the boat house was designed more than a century ago by the Olmstead Brothers.

KATHRYN OT LOWELL: Frederick Law Olmstead is the patriarch of the urban park. I'm really thinking about parks as essential to the social fabric of our city.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: It's rare. It's special. We have to take care of it.

KAREN ROGERS: For Earth Day, there are four days of activities planned, starting on Thursday with a day of appreciation.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: They will be closing the park loop to cars so that people can really understand the nature and ecological diversity from this park.

KAREN ROGERS: It's a paradise for the birds and the people who watch them. With the lake and marshland attracting more than 150 species.

KATHRYN OT LOWELL: It's like a five-star hotel for birds.

KAREN ROGERS: And if you'd like to help spruce up their digs, come to the park on Friday.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: We'll be taking volunteers out in boats to get at the trash that builds up on these embankments for years.

KAREN ROGERS: Then Saturday is the big day.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: Families from all over Philadelphia coming down here to repair trails, to install new murals, to plant a new native garden.

KAREN ROGERS: Originally called League Island, the park was home to the nation's sesquicentennial celebration in 1926.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: Visitors came from all over the world to see this park.

KAREN ROGERS: That's when what is now the American Swedish Historical Museum was built.

TRACEY BECK: Was planned to be a legacy project from the fair.

KAREN ROGERS: From Pippi Longstocking to Swedish glass making and a stuga.

TRACEY BECK: Meant to look like a one-room home in Sweden.

KAREN ROGERS: The museum tells the story of Swedish immigrants to America.

KATHRYN OT LOWELL: The Swedes were really one of the first settlers in this section of our city. The 1600s, this was marshland.

KAREN ROGERS: The city has a multimillion dollar plan to restore the park to its original beauty, while also adding more amenities for the public.

JUSTIN DIBERARDINIS: And I think make a park that isn't just going to be significant for this city, but will make a statement for urban park space in America.

KAREN ROGERS: And of course, FDR Park is also the site of this year's PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Oh, I love it. You can find all the details and links to tickets right now on our website,

KAREN ROGERS: And now we go from South Philadelphia to West, where a mom and daughter duo have started a boutique business together.

ALICIA VITARELLI: They have, with a mission to use plants to help heal the community. On 52nd Street in West Philadelphia, Cherron Perry-Thomas and her daughter, Amma, have created an oasis.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: Look at all of this, yeah.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Both are self-professed plant people.

AMMA THOMAS: We've been plant base my whole life, so it's just something I've grown up with.


ALICIA VITARELLI: But before the pandemic, Amma was attending college in New York with plans to then work abroad, while her mom was the head of her own marketing company. But then, seemingly overnight, the world changed.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: With COVID, with George Floyd, with so many things happening, it was very traumatic for the community at large.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Now, mom and daughter want to use the power of plants to help heal.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: This is a pandemic baby. We had the time, we had the opportunity to now do what we love to do.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And they wanted to do it in a community they felt needed the support.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: So we've had people to come in who say, oh, my gosh, I feel de-stressed just being here.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Along with houseplants, the shop offers gardening tools, wellness products, and gifts.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: Sometimes we know that little gift can uplift your spirit.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The pair hopes to eventually have a Plant and People in every community.

CHERRON PERRY-THOMAS: Because we feel that it's really important for people to be able to heal in their own communities.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Cherron and Amma are also hosting workshops, both in person and virtually.

KAREN ROGERS: Yeah, we've posted the links to keep up what they're doing at our website.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Now, from people and plants to people and pups.

KAREN ROGERS: Jessica Boyington takes us to Mainline Animal Rescue.

JESSICA BOYINGTON: This is amazing. Mainline Animal Rescue is situated on a sprawling 60-acre historic farm.

NICHOLA REDMOND: Little bit of a respite. When you get them off of the property, their stress level decreases.

JESSICA BOYINGTON: The rescue specializes in challenging cases.

NICHOLA REDMOND: And animals that maybe need a little bit more help, either behaviorally or medically--

JESSICA BOYINGTON: Get it. Yes. The shelter is part of the Pennsylvania SPCA and operates entirely on donations.

NICHOLA REDMOND: He's having surgery. We had to raise money for that.

JESSICA BOYINGTON: There's an on-site veterinary clinic and animal enrichment programs for their behavioral school.

NICHOLA REDMOND: We do a number of different exercises and everything from obedience training to actually working on some more challenging behaviors.

JESSICA BOYINGTON: Oh, a little twisty. There's also what they call home school. This is the apartment?


JESSICA BOYINGTON: They have an apartment, a place where rescue dogs can get acclimated to being in a home environment.

NICHOLA REDMOND: A lot of the dogs that we get have not been in a home. We have a vacuum that we'll pull out and make sure we de-scentify.

JESSICA BOYINGTON: Oh, the vacuum. Listen, some dogs, you can't get used to the vacuum, ever. I want to move in here though. What's the rent in here?

KAREN ROGERS: Mainline is hosting its 10th annual Tails and Trails 5K Run, 2K Walk. It's Saturday, June 5. Sounds fun, right?

ALICIA VITARELLI: It does. You can take part, socially distance in person or join the fundraising fun virtually as well.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It's unlike anything else in this city.

ALICIA VITARELLI: A party for the star is staged in the sky, when we come right back.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: It smells so good.

KAREN ROGERS: And a maker of clean beauty products.

ALICIA VITARELLI: But first, here's another FYI for you. Now that spring has sprung, the gardens at the PHS Meadowbrook Farm are open for self-guided tours. Admission to the 25-acre historic estate is free to the public, but reservations are required and attendance is capped. The farm is open 10:00 to 4:00 with morning and afternoon slots for visiting.

KAREN ROGERS: Welcome back to "FYI Philly." The Academy Awards is next weekend in Los Angeles.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And you can watch the stars here in Philadelphia at a socially-distanced party in the sky. It's Oscar time again, and the Philadelphia Film Society is all about the movies.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It's a way to celebrate another incredible year in film. So we hope that people want to come out and join us.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The group's eighth annual Oscar viewing party lets you see how the contenders make out.

- They put themselves in danger, girls like that.

ALICIA VITARELLI: From "Promising Young Woman,"

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It has a tremendous social message.

ALICIA VITARELLI: --to "Judas and the Black Messiah."

- Perhaps we have more than just war.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It's about Fred Hampton and how the government played a role in getting people into the Black Panthers to report back to them.

ALICIA VITARELLI: You can see if "Nomadland" continues its run.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: Its seemed to sweep every other award ceremony so far.

- I'm just going to take a walk. Be back soon.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And take it all in from the roof of the Cira Centre.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: You will see the stars under the stars set against the Philadelphia skyline.

ALICIA VITARELLI: With the show on a giant LED screen.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: It's unlike anything else in the city. It's a park in the sky.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Go with General admission for drinks and bites, or get some extras with a VIP.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: There is a private green room that they can take advantage of.

ALICIA VITARELLI: There will be virtual options too.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: If you don't quite feel comfortable coming to an event yet or you just like to be in your pajamas on Oscar night.

ALICIA VITARELLI: And there's still time to catch some of the contenders next week.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: Down at our PFS Drive-in at the Navy Yard.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Watch the best picture showcase from the safety of your own car.

- I can't hear. Do you understand me? I can't. I'm deaf.

ANDREW GREENBLATT: You get a great experience down there.

ALICIA VITARELLI: The virtual option includes a goody bag delivered to your door.

KAREN ROGERS: But you have to order soon if you want to get it in time for the big show.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Yeah, and of course, this year's Oscar is just a few days after Earth Day.

KAREN ROGERS: Yeah, and what better way to honor the planet than a clean beauty routine. SCB Naturals is the one-person operation of Lakisha Bullock.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: SCB stands for She Creates Beauty.

KAREN ROGERS: Lakisha makes a variety of natural beauty products.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: Basically, it's a soap company, and it's a wellness, eco-friendly brand. I love to leave the tops like that.

KAREN ROGERS: You can get soaps for every body in the family, even Fido.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: So I have a soap for dogs.

KAREN ROGERS: As a certified herbalist, she grows her own, starting seedlings inside--

LAKISHA BULLOCK: Everything is looking good so far.

KAREN ROGERS: --then moving them to her garden.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: I grow a lot of those items, and I dehydrate them, and I pretty much use those to make the product.

KAREN ROGERS: Her top-selling soap is the activated charcoal and rose clay.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: People love that soap.

KAREN ROGERS: You can get soaps that are highly scented like lemon poppy.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: When I make that soap, the whole house smells like lemongrass for days.

KAREN ROGERS: Or with no smell at all.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: The oatmeal and agave is unscented, so it is really good for people that are super sensitive, and a lot of people before their babies.

KAREN ROGERS: Lakisha started the company in 2015 after developing eczema, but the roots go back to childhood.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: When I was younger, I was bullied and ridiculed for how my hair looked.

KAREN ROGERS: Later in life, she started making her own products, and it made her feel empowered.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: I learned how to do my own hair. I learned how to fix up my own skin, and I learn how to do all of it on my own.

KAREN ROGERS: Now, she works from her home lab and sells online at pop-ups around the city.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: I'm actually at East Falls Farmer's Market every Saturday.

KAREN ROGERS: Lakisha is also a mother, who does youth mentoring, and she just got into a program to help get her first brick and mortar.

LAKISHA BULLOCK: That's the goal for me, to open my first location in Philadelphia. However, I want to go all over the place.

KAREN ROGERS: Lakisha plans to introduce garden starter boxes this summer.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Yeah, that's so cool. 8 to 10 vegetable and herb plants in pots that are biodegradable.

- (SINGING) And how I need you.

KAREN ROGERS: Some Quarantine Cabaret when we come right back.

ALICIA VITARELLI: But first, here's another FYI for you.

- Free outdoor workouts are back for another season at City Hall's Dilworth Park. Trainers from Optimal Sport lead mask and distant participants in boot camp, Zumba, and high-intensity interval training classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

- This week's "FYI Philly" is sponsored by Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board. Plan your visit to one of Montgomery County's main streets at

KAREN ROGERS: Welcome back to "FYI Philly." In these times, we are always looking for at-home entertainment.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Yeah, we sure are, and the 11th Hour Theater Company is presenting Quarantine Cabaret.

- (SINGING) And how I need you.

KAREN ROGERS: For 16 years, the 11th Hour Theater Company has been bringing intimate boutique musicals to Philadelphia.

GRAYCE HOFFMAN: We produce all musicals all the time.

- (SINGING) He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of company B.

KAREN ROGERS: The theater company's pandemic pivot is a virtual series called Quarantine Cabarets.

ELENA CAMP: Action. Oh.

KAREN ROGERS: Real-life couple, Elena Camp and Rajeer Alford, are the stars of the next installment.

GRAYCE HOFFMAN: And they are engaged, and they also are incredible singers.

- (SINGING) You're the best.

KAREN ROGERS: The pair is doing a mix of Jazz numbers, tap, and musical theater, while also playing a variety of instruments.

GRAYCE HOFFMAN: If a musical was a bowl of soup, this is what you would get.

KAREN ROGERS: The performance will stream live on Saturday, April 24, and then on demand the next two weeks.

ALICIA VITARELLI: You can find the link to tickets and details on all of the stories that we brought you in today's show right now on our website.

KAREN ROGERS: Next week, Rick and Cecily take us back in time 66 million years.

ALICIA VITARELLI: Ooh, it's a big-time encounter at the Philadelphia Zoo next Saturday at 7:00 right here on 6 ABC.

KAREN ROGERS: I love that special. Have a great week, everybody.