How to Conquer the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

May 21, 2018 28 days ago

Since its debut in 2010, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll has grown into a hugely popular event. Neighbors and Philadelphians from around the city convene on Baltimore Avenue to enjoy $1 deals from local businesses, plus live music, free activities for kids, and a chance to experience one of our favorite commercial corridors in West Philadelphia. Whether you’re a seasoned Stroller or visiting for the first time, here are some ways to make the most out of your Dollar Stroll experience.

1. Arrive Early

The Dollar Stroll officially runs from 5:30-8:30 pm, with the largest crowds gathering around 7:30. If you want to get first crack at the more popular spots, attempt to arrive close to 5:30 before the crowds get too large. Whether you arrive early or late, we recommend you…

2. Plan Your Evening

To get the most out of your evening, study the Dollar Stroll map and make a plan for what you want to buy (available online here or at the UCD tents at each end of the event). Businesses like the Baltimore Pet Shoppe, The Nesting House, or VIX Emporium –  who sell merchandise instead of food or drinks – tend to have shorter lines, while restaurants with $1 bites like Desi Village, Lucky’s Chinese, or Little Baby’s Ice Cream usually get crowded. One way to ensure you get to sample everything you want is to…

3. Divide and Conquer

Most places do not limit how many $1 items you can purchase. If you’re going with a group, consider splitting up and buying multiples from each business. That way, you can enjoy a variety of items in the same time as it would take for the whole group to each buy the same item together. Another way to make sure to keep lines moving is to…

4. Bring Cash, Especially Singles

The Dollar Stroll is a cash-only event for the items being sold for $1. Make life easier for yourself and for the businesses by arriving at the event with a stack of one dollar bills. This year we have encouraged official Dollar Stroll businesses to take pre-portioned goods into the lines and offer instant sales for people with exact change (instead of waiting for everyone to reach them). How will you know the official businesses?

5. Look for the Green UCD Balloons

Want to make sure you’re getting quality products? Businesses or vendors with green UCD balloons are official Dollar Stroll participants, meaning they are an approved business located on Baltimore Avenue or a licensed and permitted community vendor approved by both the Health Department and UCD to safely prepare and sell food. Support the official Dollar Stroll businesses along your way as you…

6. Get Ready to Walk

It’s called the Stroll for a reason! From the easternmost participant (Clarkville) to the westernmost (Greensgrow West), the complete walk is 0.9 miles. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and also paying attention to the weather report. If it’s going to be hot, make sure to bring some water (or buy it for $1). If there’s a chance of rain, bring an umbrella. The Dollar Stroll is rain or shine, so be prepared! And while you’re walking around…

7. Try Something New

Part of what makes Baltimore Avenue, University City, and West Philly so great is the diversity of cultures that co-exist. During the Dollar Stroll you can enjoy food from Thailand, Ethiopia, India, China, and the Mediterranean to name a few, plus a variety of healthy and more indulgent treats. You just might decide you have a new favorite and that you need to…

8. Come Back to Baltimore Avenue after the Dollar Stroll!

Yes, the Dollar Stroll’s $1 deals are awesome, but this a great neighborhood to visit throughout the year! Whether you’re trying restaurants for University City Dining Days, grabbing a cold treat, or doing some shopping, Baltimore Avenue is an awesome location throughout the year.

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns Thursday, June 7th from 5:30 to 8:30. Read details about participating businesses, entertainment, and other details here.

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I love the Baltmore Ave $1 stroll, I thought I missed it!

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