Philly takes another black eye

Antiques Philadelphia, April 12-15, cancelled

Philadelphia Antiques Week, anchored by The Philadelphia Antiques Show, April 12-15, has taken another hit in the wake of an announcement by promoters Barry Cohen and Jim Burk that Antiques Philadelphia: Spring Show at East Falls, scheduled for April 11-13, has been canceled.

The show was formerly called Antiques at Philadelphia’s Navy Pier, showcasing itself for two successful years in a cruise terminal at the Naval Business Center.

The show moved its venue when The Philadelphia Antiques Show announced that it was changing its longtime venue at the 33rd Street Armory downtown – due to construction – to the cruise terminal at the Navy Yard.

Cohen and Burk secured the new location for the show, attracted the Philadelphia Ballet as a charity beneficiary, and made plans to continue. Dealer support, however, was difficult to secure in an untested venue and, the pair said in a press release, the move by the Philadelphia Show – which has been the subject of great scrutiny by local Philadelphia media and in the antiques press – had, “financially (undercut) Cohen’s relationship with the management of his venue.”

“Not enough (dealers) were willing to risk the move to an untried facility," Cohen said.

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