New Business in Rittenhouse Square…

Last week I walked through Old City and it was quite sad to see so many empty store fronts, something Walnut Street suffered through recently. But today when I strolled Rittenhouse Row things were looking up…

July 29 I Tweeted:

iPhillyChitChat: Bold recruiting: Rep from Athleta, athletic clothes by Gap opening on Walnut St, went into Lululemon athletica wear & tried 2recruit workers

Today I walked by the old Children’s Place at 1722 Walnut Street where construction workers were erecting a “construction curtain” on the building where Gap’s Athleta is going to be located. The guys on the job said to look for a Halloween opening, which is kinda odd and out of season, well except for the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov 20, 2011

Across the street Lago’s is getting a facelift

Newman Galleries, rumor has it that Free People clothing store is opening on the first floor. No word on where Newman Galleries is really going, hopefully the second floor. Ill miss the art work in the window.

The construction worker on this site said he had no clue what was being built here on the 1600 block of Walnut Street,

but if he’s going to clean out the renovation debris one bucket at a time, it’s gonna be a long time before the project opens.

on 19th Street off of Rittenhouse Square and near Spruce Street, a hair salon, no massage parlor is opening.

The Shake Shack as previously been reported everywhere, has the liquor license up in the window at 20th & Sansom. The only business that vacated so far is Iluminire. Still left is the barber, shoe repair, adult book store and dry cleaners.

Around the corner on the 2000 block of Sansom Street the Print It is becoming a nail salon, cause we just don’t have enough of them.

And then a few doors down is the former Noble restaurant, that is now to become Stephen Starr’s 21st restaurant. OMG that is awesome. Oh and that reminds me.

I had lunch at with my friend Kayla on Monday. (I really should be at work, but it’s so beautiful out.) The food was Upper East side good, she said. I agree. It’s fine dining food, at a reasonable price if it were dinner, but it’s not going to appeal to everyone for lunch. 2 entrees, 2 ice teas, 1 dessert (goat cheese, salted ice cream and blueberries – very good), 2 coffees for a total of $47, $57 with tip. The good news, the dinner menu is almost the same with the same prices and that is a reasonable dinner.Feastival is coming, buy your tickets Here