Fixer Upper

Volunteers at a Repair Café in Palo Alto, Calif., repair bikes, clothing and tools. | Photos courtesy of Repair Cafe Palo Alto

Group focused on saving broken items from the trash heap
brings Repair Café to Philadelphia

On September 20, a repurposed bowling alley in the basement of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill will be transformed into Pennsylvania’s first Repair Café. Yes, there will be coffee provided by the nearby Weavers Way Co-op, but this is a cafe unlike most in that it invites Philadelphians to drag in their broken lawn mowers, busted vacuum cleaners, damaged jewelry and worn-out bicycles to be repaired—for free.

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