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For David Silver and Will Toms, best friends make the best business partners. The REC Philly co-founders — BFFs since their days at William Tennent High School — are set to debut their incubator for musicians, photographers, videographers, podcasters and other creative entrepreneurs in Fashion District Philadelphia.

As up-and-coming concert promoters and talent agents, Toms and Silver saw the need. “How many Philly artists go to NY or LA?” asked Silver, “What has been missing is a space for people to collaborate and convene, and a collection of resources that’s accessible to these artists.” The original REC Philly, in a warehouse at 9th and Dauphin streets, will remain open.

The new, 10,000-square-foot Center City venue will serve both 600 current members and 400 more. It will also have a mall-side shop and cafe to sell products made onsite and Rival Bros. coffee, 14 members-only studios and a 250-person concert venue sponsored by Live Nation. N. 9th Street between Market & Filbert Streets