In the mid 1800s came the burgeoning of Italian immigrants in the South Philadelphia area, now called the S. 9th Street Italian Market. Over the next few years the market continued to grow with food stalls offering fresh produce, fish, and vegetables. Meanwhile, the market also became home butcher shops, cheese shops, and cafes, making the market more and more vibrant. More recently, the S. 9th Street Italian Market has continued its tradition of being a homestead to immigrants with a diverse array of occupants and shops. However, visitors still soak up the traditional Italian feel of the market, weaving between food stalls and enjoying conversations with other passersby.

For over 30 years, Connie’s Ric Rac has been a part of the Italian Market, in some way or another. For the past 9 years though, Connie’s Ric Rac has been where the Italian Market comes alive after 5!