PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Monique Greenwood, CEO (Chief Enjoyment Officer), of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns announced today she and her husband, Glenn Pogue, will open their sixth B&B on the East Coast in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
Greenwood says she and Pogue have long loved the flavor of Philly, and believe they’ve found the perfect location to expand their 23-year-old hospitality brand. “Philadelphia has it all—great food, shopping, arts and culture, history and heritage,” offers Greenwood. “We’ve chosen the University City neighborhood for its beauty, close proximity to Center City, and walkability to two major colleges—University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University—as well as to The Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, 30th Street Station and so much more,” she continues.
The couple closed on the former Spruce Hill Manor B&B, at 3709 Baring Street, last Thursday, June 14, 2018. The elegant 1879 Victorian mansion features gracious common spaces and landscaped grounds for small private events, in addition to its six guest suites, all with private baths and most with living rooms and kitchenettes. While the company plans to begin accepting guests as early as August 1, Greenwood says she was intent on hosting some kind of opening celebration on July 4th, because “it has always been our tradition to open each of our other inns on this day as a declaration of our personal independence as entrepreneurs,” she explains.
Akwaaba was established on July 4th 1995 with the opening of its headquarters inn, Akwaaba Mansion, in Brooklyn, NY. Since that time, the couple has opened additional B&Bs in Washington, DC; on the Jersey Shore in Cape May; in New Orleans, which it closed after Hurricane Katrina; and in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The new inn will be called Akwaaba Philadelphia; Akwaaba means “welcome” in a language spoken in Ghana, West Africa.
“We’re excited to become a part of the Philadelphia community, which has already been so supportive of our other locations. Now, in addition to tourists and business travelers, we can host the family and friends of local residents and become a staycation destination for those who live nearby and want to ‘run away from home’ or celebrate a special occasion,” says Greenwood.
The July 4th “First Look” event will be an open house from 12 noon – 4pm, where the public can stop by for the unveiling of the design plan and exciting theme for Akwaaba Philadelphia, while enjoying light refreshments and listening to the live jazz stylings of The Jeff King Band.