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July 2010


PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE BEST OF PHILLY 2010 Couple ville & link to today’s column

today’s philly mag column with lots more details, breaking stories and different pictures than here”

If Philly Style Magazine was about being seen and hooking up, the Philly Mag party was about debuting New Couples, established couples and potential couples: Michael Callahan and Chris Ledford, who’s rocking some hot glasses; Later in the evening I caught the two doing an Astaire and Rogers spin downstairs.
Tanya Little with Ray Evers and Gillian Kocher
Married Couple: Christina Saler and John Saler. Christina and I both work at Kohn, Swift & Graf. John’s at Stradley
Trish Cashman and Kate Wilheim. Kate is not with her new beau Chris Chimicle’s, but they’ve been sizzling up the party circuit, restaurants and movie lines for the past couple months. It’s serious.
A couple of movie makers: Violet Mendoza and Tigre Hill

The party was sizzling, much larger than last year. The economy must be looking up.
David Maser and Gwen Gioia Brian Goldthorpe and Bruce Yelk

Today’s Philly Mag Column


Mad Decent Block Party…7/31/10 Philadelphia

Mad Decent and Diesel partner for the first time since Diplo served as judge on the 2004 Diesel U Music initiative. Mad Decent brings the talent heat and Diesel adds their own brand of playfulness to the events including Friday instore pre-parties with complimentary beverages, photos taken, pictures, Diesel dunk tanks at each location, and the invention of the Diesel Dollar ie “money” that can buy you anything onsite from block party VIP access to Mad Decent merch to custom air horns—dollars available to anyone who swings by the store during the Friday pre-party!

But the big party is Saturday: July 31, 2010 / 1:00-8:00 PM

Diplo, Bosco Delrey, PO PO, Maluca, Paul Devro, The Deathset, Dirty South Joe & DJ Sega, Brendan Bringem, Nadastrom, Toadally Krossed Out
531 North 12th Street(Between Spring Garden & Green St.)Philadelphia, PA 19123


RANDOM SHOTS WITH SOME JUICY TIDBITS, Plus the real location of Cigar Bar, er I mean lounge

First I want to thank the reader who gave me the tip on “Eagles wideout Hank Baskett and his reality-show wife, Kendra Wilkinson, bunking at Two Liberty Place, the high-rise on 16th Street near Chestnut.” (Michael Klein’s line) I’ve never met the reader before, but they tell me “I always think of you bc I think you are genuine and real. Esp bc you work so hard at this bc its your passion. I just am impressed by u and so i like helping you if i can.” I so appreciate that, I really do.I love doing this, and although I love writing most anything to promote Philly and the folks that live here, I also enjoy the increased readership as they will be exposed to some of the charities I cover too. Maybe seeing what people wear and hearing the experience of the events, they themselves might buy a ticket to the next event, or maybe just send a check of support. And for passion, I really do love doing this, I have always been a fan of gossip, and spreading fun news that doesn’t hurt anyone. I mean really isn’t that what’s happening by having Kendra and Hank move into Liberty Two, now the residences are going to get HUGE national coverage, and maybe someone from outside of Philly will help fill the tower.


The other day I gave the wrong location for the Lumiere it’s a lounge, not a bar, they won’t have a liquor license. What they will have is a 24 hour concierge services, (i.e. travel, chartered jets, exotic rentals, yachts and car service), personal errands, reservations (domestic and international), events, private lounge access, and much more all in a luxurious lounge setting with access to international cigars and complimentary cocktails for members. There are 3 levels of membership. They also have a lounge at the Wachovia Center, er Wells Fargo Center. So look for cross benefits to go along with some of the memberships, I suspect. As I also suspect there will be ladies running the concierge desk at the lounge.
2oth & Market. This lot has been empty for a decade. Who ever owns it needs to step up to the plate and make it into a park until they can sell the darn thing. How much is it going to hurt you to put in a few benches? The insurance premium can’t be much higher for this “attractive nuisance” than what it is now. You must be getting tax breaks too, so just do it for good will, maybe Karma will bless you?
Update: A reader sent me this: The original owners were Opus East a division of Opus which was liquidated while its west coast counterpart filed for bankruptcy. A true sign of these economic times. The site is a great site but it’s one of those parcel’s that has been held out to be the next skyline game changer (Comcast Center). Opus tried to sell it at a price point where you could build a parking garage and have that carry your cost for years until another larger tenant like Comcast i.e. Blue Cross, Peco, Aramark etc. would come along and lease a brand new Class A flagship building. As for who owns the site at this point, it is more than likely it is the lender- which means it will be a few years before we see something done on this site. (thanks, such a smart person w/a finger on the pulse of what’s going on.)
Working on the Turrets at City Hall. Soon the building will be done, so glad they earmarked the money before the recession.
I was at Tutti Frutti the other night. Their was a string band of sorts there. They installed their new mural on the wall, and I gave them an idea that they are going to implement soon. Did you know at the end of the night all the yogurt left is drained out so the machines have to be cleaned? Well it gave me an idea, I told them and soon you’re gonna hear it too.
This is ridiculous. Mike and I got a $75 ticket on 13th Street near Samson Street next to Zavino’s. At midnight it goes from a parking spot to a towing spot. I guess from 6AM til 8AM you can park for free. Ridiculous!!
Damien from Del Frisco’s and the dancing grandma at Parx Casino 360Lounge
Quinn and Maria Papadakis with their soveniers from the Philly Style Magazine Party. Look for my Phila Magazine Best of Party pictures tomorrow in this column, and in my Philly Mag Column. Maria called me from Greece on Friday to wish me a happy birthday. That was the day they were dedicated a town square in her dad’s name. The next day she was going to a wedding with over 1,000 people in attendence. Now that is a big fat Greek wedding.
The Sex and the City slot machine at Parx is a penny machine. Kinda ironic isn’t it?

on the 51st floor of the Comcast Center. Great view.
Mom, Me and Cousin Lisa Libertella Clifford at our birthday dinner at the River Winds in West Deptford over looking the Delaware River.
Ohhh I was on the news the other night, well in the background of this ABC6 story on the Ryan Howard charity event at Morton’s Monday Night.
Good Day



OK the Philly Magazine column is not posted yet. I don’t have time to do a proper PhillyChitChat today, sorry. But I promise gossip, & tidbits you won’t hear anywhere else, I think. I forgot to write in my Philly Mag post that after the concert there was a post party below the stage with VIP’s, but I choose to leave the parking area cause I hate traffic. Condi got back to her suite at the Ritz-Carlton about 11:30PM. Aretha rolled in at 12:23AM to the Four Seasons, she wouldn’t sign my playbill, as she was on her way to some zzz’s in her cute pink bathroom, pink PJ’s and pink slippers. I didn’t take any pictures cause she’s the Queen and I love her even if she didn’t sign my playbill. Thanks for your readership I really appreciate it. Sign up for the Philly Mag free subscription email ONLINE, it will send you an email daily about what’s on The Post, which is where my column goes. Sometimes like yesterday, I do special posts. UPDATE: Just as Kendra’s sex tape breaks, she and Hank Baskett plan their move to Center City. TODAY’S COLUMN CLICK HERE + Aretha & Condi Concert


SMOKE (Cigars & stuff) SHOP OPENS NEAR RITTENHOUSE SQUARE & Shortly a new Cigar Bar

A little over a year I wrote about a head shop opening up near Rittenhouse Square. It didn’t last long, and I’m sure it was more about aesthetics than products. It always seemed a bit shady too, but that’s all changed with the new store that has taken it’s place.
Chock full of similar items, cigarettes, pipes, tobacco, Hookahs, but they also carry cigars
and many brands for the cigar connoisseurs, which are in custom made Cigar humidors .

Business partners and long time friends who enjoy a hookah once in awhile, John V and John A out side their new smoke shop – Smokin Stogies n Stuff at 102 S. 18th St Phone number 215-454-2850, next to Sweet Ending. I think the store front is a huge improvement over the last tenant; and the guys still have more work to do. They are planning to put up an awning, and a 6 foot Indian Statue, great for picture opps especially when the Phanatic’s are all sold off.
Update: Just down the street is the new Stephen Starr restaurant the concept is English pub — don’t call it a gastropub! — but this is a Stephen Starr production, so don’t expect greasy fish and chips. He’s inspired by (and is maybe, possibly negotiating a partnership with the owners of) clubby New York resto-bar the Spotted Pig.

Covered nicely in this posting by The Restaurant Club’s Kirsten Henri Here
Starr continues his domination of the restaurant landscape. Soon we will have either a Starr Restaurant or a Garces on every block, in every which way you can turn.
Looks like it’s moving along as their liquor license application has been approved, but still no name.


CHRIS NOTH VISITS PARX CASINO 7/18/10 – Behind the Scenes Pictures & Chickie’s & Pete’s first look at Parx

Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment launched live table games at Parx Casino yesterday in Bensalem, and Sex and the City’s “Mr. Big” Chris Noth threw out the ceremonial first dice and cut the ribbon. I have a few behind the scenes shot, as well as shots I captured at the House Photographer.

Assistant GM Anthony Faranca and Chris Noth
It was the longest Red Ribbon, and hard to get into the frame

His publicist pointed out a guy on my right with a big picture of him to sign, I was surprised but he went right over and signed for the guy, who to me was an obvious autograzzi, but she must have recognized him.signs for him

He signed for fans (non-autograzzi) in the lobby right after the ribbon cutting. An autograzzi is a professional “fan” that earns money by selling the celebrity’s signature to someone who wouldn’t normally have access to them.
Thousands of gaming fans, as well as Mr. Big fans, were on hand. Noth was terrific signing for them and posing for pictures, and at points it was pandemonium. One lady had to be pried from a death grip around Noth’s waist, but he took it all in stride laughing and joking with her as he made his way to the craps table. (Can you spot him in this picture?)

Opens the tables

Chris Noth with Bob Green, Greewood Entertainment, owner of Parx Casino

After leaving the Craps table hastily, it wasn’t to exit the club as many news outlet’s reported, but to go to the men’s room. He was mobbed leaving it on his way to the VIP party at 360Parx, the lounge/dance club inside the casino.360Parx VIP Room. Chris waving to folks on the casino floor

Mary Stillings and Kim Wagner
Mary Stillings and Kim Wagner
Mary Stillings posing for Kim Wagner
Ought Oh, damn the camera didn’t work
Thank God I got the shot and Mr Big could return to his table.


IT’S MY BIRTHDAY & I’M RE-RUNNING REQUEST FOR DONATIONS FOR GILDA’S CLUB in my Sister’s Name Judy Wilkins – I now have the online donation info

Judy Wilkin’s Gilda Club Fundraiser read about it here:

If PhillyChitChat has helped you or your business in any way,

and you can afford $10 or more please send a donation in my sisters name (Judy Wilkins) to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey (Info at the bottom of the page):
Margaret, Judy and Janine (1980)
YOUR gifts go to work immediately to support the Gilda’s Club program where individuals who are touched by cancer in any way, their families and friends (men, women, children & teens) Crista and Judy last year. Judy enjoyed crocheting at Gilda’s Club, and with her friend Beverly. They would then donate the items to the local hospitals.

find emotional and social support in a clubhouse setting. Gilda’s Club South Jersey welcomes more than 1250 members and annually offers more than 1200 activities – each one free of charge!My mom and my sisters Tracy, Janine, Mom, Crista, Judy and Margaret – 2005
Your readers’ generosity will help us ensure that no one will ever have to face cancer alone.Judy and Walt Wilkins 2005GILDA’S CLUB DONATION INFO
Barbara Ferrera Development ManagerGilda’s Club South Jersey 700 New Road Linwood, NJ 08221609.926.2699
You can donate online here: Mentioning Judy Wilkin’s (Darn I just checked and the link is not working today. Please bookmark and I will find out what’s wrong. Thanks)

Thank you to all who have donated already, and for those in the future. This was spurred on because one of my readers was hugely generous to donate $1,000 in thanks to something I covered, it was unexpected, but when I arranged for the transfer of the money, I took a tour of Gilda’s club and they explained where the money would go. They also will add something in Judy’s memory to a mural they have at the center and I want to do a garden for Judy, (this is a very small section of mural) Judy was an avid gardener and one of the last things we did together was go to the 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show. She was determined to go even though she was so sick that day. Thanks again, Hughe –