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September 2014


Frontier Airlines Flies Out of Philadelphia Airport Just in Time For the Holiday

Frontier Airlines today announced that it is expanding again with

new low fare non-stop service between Philadelphia (PHL) and seven destinations beginning

Dec. 20. The airline also reinforced its commitment to ‘Low Fares Done Right’ by announcing a

one-day only sale from Philadelphia to destinations Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Miami (MIA);

Orlando, Fla. (MCO); and Tampa, Fla. (TPA) with incredibly low fares from $14.99 one-way only

at Introductory fares of $59 – $99 one-way will be available for purchase

“From South Philly to Kensington, we’re excited to offer Philadelphia fliers a bit of freedom from

high fares,” said Frontier Airlines Vice President – Marketing, Tyri Squyres. “Frontier is the

home of ‘Low Fares Done Right’ which means delivering not only an outstanding travel value

but a reliable and friendly experience.”

“We are very excited thatFrontier Airlines t is expanding its presence at Philadelphia

International Airport,” said Airport CEO Mark Gale. “This added service gives travelers in the

region access to more low-fare flights to some of the most popular destinations. More choices

mean more competition, which is good for the consumer.”

Flights will take off from Philadelphia International Airport to Miami (MIA), Orlando, Fla. (MCO),

and Tampa, Fla. (TPA), beginning Dec. 20, to Cancun, Mexico (CUN) on Dec. 21 and to Atlanta

(ATL), Charlotte, N.C. (CLT), and Chicago (ORD) in spring 2015.



MIA to/from DEN LGA

Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Oct. 6, 2014 for nonstop travel Jan. 5, 2015

through Apr. 29, 2015. The following blackout dates apply: Feb. 13, 2015; Feb. 16, 2015; Mar. 6-8, 2015;

Mar. 13-15, 2015; Mar. 20-22, 2015; Mar. 27-29, 2015; Apr. 2-4, 2015; Apr. 6, 2015; Apr. 10-12, 2015.

Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without

notice. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable.

Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to

$50, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $75, as well as a possible fare increase. The name

change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may

not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled

departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

Tickets purchased at or by calling Frontier’s reservations centers must be paid for

at the time the reservation is made, but may be cancelled for a full refund without penalty up to 24

hours after the time of purchase. Additional travel services, such as baggage (

customer-service/travel-support/baggage) and advance seat assignments (
info/seating-options) are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. Some markets do

not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier

Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.




PHL to/from MIA $69

PHL to/from TPA $59

PHL to/from MCO $59

PHL to/from CUN $99

ORD to/from MIA $59

ORD to/from TPA $59

ORD to/from LAS $69

MIA to/from DEN $99

MIA to/from LGA $59

MIA to/from ORD $59

MIA to/from PHL $69


South Street’s Headhouse Square Throws a Fashion Show

On September 23, 2014, The Head House Square Shambles was transformed for the Fashion Under Shambles Event to celebrate the Philadelphia Collection
 Bru and U-Bahn Owner Teddy Sorias, Lauren Resotka and Kory Aversa

Twenty-one of South Street Headhouse Square Districts top boutiques came out to
take a spin on the catwalk in The Shambles . Clothing Armour Philadelphia

 I don’t think I recall a fashion show ever being here, and I love it!!  Clothing by Eyes Gallery

 Clothing by Helena Boutique
 Clothing by Helena Boutique
 Clothing by Helena Boutique
 Clothing by Passional
 Clothing by Passional
 Make Up by Crash Bang Boom
 Fashion Conrad Booker
 Fashion Conrad Booker
 Mike Jerrick and Jeremy Hugo
 Clothing by Passional

Photos: 52nd anniversary, the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade took place on Sunday. Spectators enjoyed a day of
music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day

Hundreds of performers, local celebrities, youth groups, marched up
the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the annual parade before ending at
the Eakins Oval near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 The annual parade is organized by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio).


Finley Catering Opens in Union Trust

Not too long ago there was a beautiful steakhouse that opening in Old City called Union Trust.

And then the economy dropped, then partners ate too much into the profits and the jeweled dwelling closed.

Earlier this year I broke the story that Finley Catering would be taking over the space.

The oyster bar is gone and now serves a different kind of  aphrodisiac – spirits.

Recently I photographed the JAM Event there, one of the first to occur in the new space.
Gone are the large supper club booths that lined the wall, the awkward bar on the first floor and the walls that divided the dining tables.
Now it’s more of an open plan, and I like it.
Upstairs there’s still a nice bar.
Gone are the tables on the Mezz level, and instead is replaced with a great area for a cocktail party.
There’s still a second floor private dining area.
The space is versatile to hold many different kinds of events.


Will there really be a Real Housewives of Philly?

The Gilmore Girls are coming to Netfliks on Oct 1. Now that’s a must see.

Take Vulture’s Gilmore Girls Superfan Quiz

Over the past few weeks the lovely ladies of Philadelphia have been telling me that “The Real Housewives” franchise has been contacting them to see if they would audition for the show. This has happened several times before and nothing came to fruition, but this time there might be something to it as I would discover.

It turns out that the maybe the Philadelphia franchise won’t be a real housewives project per se, more of a women in business reality TV. So if you’re self employed, independently wealthy, making things happen, just getting started and willing to put your life on display, this is your show.
I have a little advice for the ladies….(some of whom have been asked, some haven’t, some I’ve left off as they just can’t do it cause there’s no deleting a gotcha statement on TV.)

Being fairly wealthy or having a sugar daddy (I’m looking at you so many housewives but Nene comes to mind) might help, you have to go to all those parties and wear so many outfits.
Maria Papadakis and Sabrina Tamburino are two of the young Real Housewives always mentioned when these show’s come to town. Neither one are going to do it, but should. I remember going to NYC to pick out a dress for Maria and she could have been on that dress show hot or not or something like that, but she was not willing to have a public disagreement with her mom or friends for TV.
 It’s not a good idea to take loans out to pretend your rich, or skip on paying your taxes like say the alleged charges against Teresa Giudice, but after she gets out of jail she can reinvent her life. (I took this shot at a wedding expo last year of all places.) 
Gogo Morrow is perfect for the show – she’s on the brink of stardom and this will get her over the hill quicker than say Danity Kane.

Flair: Sarah Doheny, YUBr , she knows a thing about reality tv after working with Bam Margera on his wedding for MTV.

Maybe your a beautiful model, spokesperson like Kharisma McIlwaine.

Jill Rizen, stylish, confident and says what’s on her mind in the nicest way.
Erin Elmore, lives in a penthouse overlooking the square and her son’s name is Royce. She’s a QVC personality, and she was on Donald Trump’s Apprentice show. Her friends are the socialites of Rittenhouse Square. I’d have to add Kristin Foote (r) as a potential castmate. She’s in real estate with an office on Rittenhouse Square. She knows where the skeleton’s are buried. She holds court at Rouge.

 Susan Helfich, she runs celebrity cruises, no really with celebrities. She also goes to Sundance and Cannes film festivals.
 Amber G. stylish, hot husband, married in Newport RI and sweet with an iron fist successful.

 Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group. Successful, beautiful, well connected and tough as nails. “Don’t Mess With Me Fellas.”

Lisa Moreno-Dickinson,C.A.I.D Foundation and Jen Groover, entrepeneur. These two are succeeding in a man’s world. They played to win, you’ll never see them sweat.

PHILLY’S FORMER “Mob Wives” star, Alicia DiMichele, owns two clothing stores and runs in a colorful crowd – here she is with  Natalie Merlino. I’d like to see her back on TV with her take no prisoners attitude, and popular personality. She has a lot of engagement with her fans.
Dana Spain, founder of the Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Recently she’s been delving into real estate as a developer. She’s a no nonsense, straight to the point lady, reasonable but pulls no punches. We’d learn a lot about life and business from her.

Tim Adams, co owner of Penn 6 (r), everyone needs a gay best friend and he’s hysterical.

Atlanta born Amber Hikes, founder of Philly’s Stimulus parties, the hot monthly lesbian soirees. She’s also chair of the William Way Center‘s resource development committee, a member of the Philly Dyke March planning committee, and in 2013 was honored after being named grand marshall of Philly’s Pride parade.

Beth Shak (L): We’d finally get a chance to check out those shoes worth a million bucks.
Everyone in this photo. I’ve been to parties where men fight over each of these girls and chairs have gone flying and it wasn’t even Mercury Retrograde. Kim Perri, Megan Heaton and Lindsay Furman and Allison LaValla


Kathryn Roberson (r), business women, well connected, and able to handle any nitpicking nit wit.
Jamie Reibenbach (L) – Her FB Page yesterday:
Rosh Hashanah Dinner part deux…. ‪#‎jelloshots‬ ‪#‎yummy‬ ‪#‎reibenbachsinthecity‬ ‪#‎jewishnewyear‬ ‪#‎tofulltomove‬ ‪#‎shanatova‬ ‪#‎muchneededstomachpump‬
and who doesn’t love her 
#‎jamieism‬ Everyone can’t go where you’re going in life. As you mature, change comes. As you make changes some friendships will come to an end……

Oh wait there’s Erin Elmore (r) again, have these two ever had a cat fight?

Reality Show alumni Dom Streater  the winner of Project Runway season 12, she’s making her way up the velvet ladder. She just presented at NYFW Spring 2015, and is working on her Fall 2015. She’s a chameleon, every time I see her it’s a different look, personality, she’s finding her way. She’d be perfect for a reality show, maybe one of her own too.
I hear Will Smith’s sister Ellen Smith, (c) and Terri Matthews, Jaden’s Voice (r) might be on this show. Here the two women are at Nicole Miller’s XIX Most Fashionable Women. If you click on the title it will take you to the column on Philly Mag where you will find another women who will be on the show. The first person to guess right in the comments I will give you a pair of tickets to Mike Jerrick’s Ya Gotta Try this event on October 2.


Gay-Bashing Victims’ Beautiful Statement Read at the Rally on Thursday by Caryn Kunkle

I attended the Brian Sims’ rally, held to support the victims and to call for the passage of hate crime legislation, it was held at
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in LOVE Park. Over 300 people from all walks of life came out to support the rally. Caryn Kunkle, friend and spokesperson for the
victims spoke on their behalf. She gave me what she read at the rally, as well as the official statement from the two victims below.

My name is Caryn Kunkle: I’m going to paraphrase here. 9/11 always meant something to her, especially as a volunteer fireman in Abington, Pa. where she met Friend A who also volunteered there and is an artist like Caryn. Friend B, is a culinary artist and the two of them are adorable together. She goes on to talk about what 9/11 means to her today after her two friends were beat up by a group of young people who came to the City to have a good time, and ended up shouting gay slurs at them while they beat them up. Caryn was equally appalled that the PA Hate Crime Law doesn’t currently protect gay people. Soon after finding out she started a petition on to raise awareness of the transgression….It is a privileged to read the following statement from her two friends.

We, like everyone else in this world, would never want nor welcome being attacked for who we are. But, if we had to pick one city to be beat up for being gay, it’s Philadelphia. More importantly, if there is one city where this will never happened again, it’s Philadelphia.

To everyone who has reached out to us during this time, thank you. Thank you so much. Your care, concern, encouragement and support have not gone unnoticed. And while this has been an overwhelming and tragic experience, we’ve been touched by genuine brotherly love- the foundation of this beautiful city- expressed to us by so many.

Everyone keeps saying that they are sorry this happened to us. But the truth is, we’re sorry. We feel sorry for out attackers – people who believed it was ok, cool, maybe even funny to use two innvocent individuals as their punching bags,  and not even have the decency to apologise. Words are powerful. A simple “I’m sorry,” would have went a long way for us. But at this point, the only words we’ve heard from you are “Dirty Faggot!”

You butchered my boyfriend’s beautiful face. You violated our rights, You jeopardized our healthy and safety, in a city that we love and during a time where so much progress around human rights has been made.

Despite the pain and disappointment we are doing ok. Black eyes, broken jaws and brusied bodies heal. Plus we have some very good doctors that know what it means to look good and are getting us back to that status! We are undoubtedly in good hands and are on the road to recovery.

We returned home in shock. Our door was constantly swinging, news stations camped out in front of our home while detectives and police officers became regular visitors. It has been very difficult. We are merely two hard working, successful and private young men who look forward to returning to their normal lives.

We didn’t feel the need to share our sexual orientation, because it doesn’t define us, it’s a part of us. We are two everyday guys that happened to fall in love with each other. It shouldn’t be a big deal. You can’t help who you love, so why not be proud of and delight in the love that surrounds you every day. Senator Ferlo thank you, We’re gay too…so get over it – everyone!

We are also determined to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else again. We have chosen to keep our names and faces out of the press because this isn’t about us. It’s about everyone who came before us and everyone who is standing next to us. For the gay citizens of Philadelphia so they don’t have to fear walking the streets to get a piece of pizz. Also for all the kids who get called a fag in high school by bullies, and for all of the guys and girls who are afraid to come out and be who they are because of jerks like this.  If we can teach or inspire anything please don’t be afraid to be yourself.

A personal friend of ours who is a closeted gay guy recently shared taht he has been afraid to come out because he is petrified somethign like this will happen to him. We will carry this torch for him, and everyone else in his position. No one should be ashamed of who they are. No one should be scared to love who you love. No one should live in fear. Be who you are. Love who you love, and be proud of it!

By adding sexual orientation to the Pa hate crimes bill this will add protection for the LGBT community in this wonderful city. We wated this bill passed yesterday, but  we will settle for today.! We urge lawmakers to pass this bill to protect the LGBT people of this city. Everyone in Philadelphia deserves equal rights, including equal protection. It stops here. It stops today. It stops now.


Speaker List for Public Rally Against Hate Crimes at Love Park 2PM

P R E S S   R E L E A S E:
Sims announces speakers for Thursday’s public rally against hate crimes
PHILADELPHIA – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced several confirmed speakers for the Thursday public rally he is organizing
in response to the recent attack on two gay men in his legislative district.
The rally, which will be held to support the victims and to call for the passage of hate crime legislation, will be held at
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in LOVE Park, 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd., with elected public officials, LGBT community leaders, and friends and supporters of the victims.
speakers include: Sims; Caryn Kunkle, friend and spokesperson for the
victims; Council President Darrell Clarke; Phila. District Attorney Seth
Williams; First Deputy Commissioner
of the Phila. Police Dept., Richard Ross, Jr.; Representative Cherelle
Parker, Chairwoman of the Pa. House Philadelphia Delegation; Pa. State
Senator Larry Farnese; Councilman Jim Kenney; Ted Martin, executive
director, Equality Pennsylvania; Chris Bartlett,
executive director, William Way (LGBT) Community Center; Tom Earle,
Chairperson, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; a
representative of the Mazzoni Center; Elicia Gonzalez, executive
director, GALAEI, an LGBT Latino social justice organization; Sharron
Cooks, community organizer and consultant at Making Our Lives Easier
LLC; and Charles Goodwin of the Center City Residents Association.
will also host and co-chair a public hearing of the state House
Democratic Policy Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Kimmel
Center, Hamilton Gardens, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia,
19102, on the issue of LGBT hate crimes.

represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes Rittenhouse,
Fitler and Logan squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square
West, Bella Vista, Graduate Hospital and
Grays Ferry. 
 **** Bring your Umbrella!


Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll – Michael Jackson Inspires, this kid will be a star. (Video)

Oy I’m always running out of time, I have a client shoot this morning and didn’t have enough time to do the Real Housewives of Philly list, which I promise I will publish today. In the meantime check out these additional photos from the Mt Airy Sip, Savor and Stroll event on Thursday night. They were supposed to pop up on one of my outlets, but sometimes breaking stories push them off the priority list.

 Then scroll to the bottom and check out the video from the kid who was definitely inspired by Michael Jackson.

 Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll (formerly Mt. Airy Night Market) was a huge success Thursday night as over
10, 0000 people walked the Avenue on one of the last summer night’s of the
season. The festival goers enjoyed tasty treats from over 50 food trucks and
local restaurants along Germantown Avenue in Mt Airy. 

 There was live music from four featured
bands, artisan crafts, fun at the family center, shopping and lots of catching
up with neighbors and friends.  I spoke
with folks who had come as far as Wilmington De, and Cape May, NJ who had heard
about the event and wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather. The
highlight of the evening had to be the balloon man, whose creations could be
found on half the crowd by the time 9PM rolled around.


Who was At The #CashBash, Links to My Columns, & My Debut on #Fox29Weekend

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. 
Over the past week I covered over 14 events. Here are links to where some of the events have landed. Other events will pop up here on PCC, and some will go directly into Philly Mag. Links to where your photo might be. (I’m also sorry if I didn’t make it to your event.)
Philly Mag Column for the week of 9/15 – 9/19
Mt Airy Street Fair – PHL Biz Journal and Philly Mag
NBC10 Philadelphia

After nearly 10 years in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia’s leading elite public relations firm Cashman & Associates makes another big move into Center City proper. Nicole Cashman has built an expansive repertoire of experience and distinguished client portfolio spanning multiple industries since the founding her company in 2001.

Nicole Cashman and husband Nigel Richards are making another big move themselves this year, with the birth of baby CashRich in just a few weeks. The future mom and dad won’t be too far away from baby cashrich as Nigel has offices in the same building where he runs his clothing, life style brand 611.
 Good Day Philadelphia Hosts Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick pose with Cashman and  Associates President Nicole Cashman.  On October 2, Mike Jerrick hosts “Ya Gotta Try This…” with Alex Holley. Many of your favorite Fox 29 personalities will be on hand, and I’ll be photographing the whole event – PLUS it’s for charity. Come out support the event and say hi.
Ticket Info HERE
 Three Jens: Fox 29’s Jennaphr Frederick, Fox 29, Jennifer Garzia, and Jen Groover, Lifestyle expert, entrepreneur,
 Pierre Jotterand, Laura Burkhardt, Publisher Where Magazine and Sofitel General Manager Vincent Vienne.
 Anahi Santiago, Nicole Costello, and Carrie Nork Minelli
 Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla and Haley Samsi.
The Cash Bash taking place in Cashman & Associates new office space 
232 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
 Dan Gross President of Gross Communications.
 Denise and Lane Fike. You might have seen the photo shy, stylish Denise Fike around town; besides being an acomplished artist, professor at University of the Arts, she’s now reinvented herself and created a cottage industry of sketching folks at parties. She’s highly in demand. You need her at your next party or event.
 Michelle Conron, Cashman & Assoc. and Molly Eichel, Daily News Philly Gossip. Molly is the preeminent local gossip columnist here in Philly. She’s gonna tell you who, what, when and where of PhillyCelebs and events happening in Philly. She also carries my photos from events. Monday she carried my David Hyde Pierce at the Philadelphia Opera Ball.
 Shari Williams and her daughter Autumn Veale.
 Laura Krebs, Erica Zervanos, and Kaitlyn Gerhart.
 Megan Crockett, Ashley Fee, and Alix Howard.
 Quincy Harris, Lamont Brown, and Dr. Keith Leaphart.


 Elaine Grabar and Kimmi Rasone.

 Laura Krebs and Fiancé Jeff Miller.
 Jackie Rhoads and Laura Krebs.

 Dennis White and Scott Mangold. Behind Scott and Dennis is a board where the CashGirls are betting when the #CashBaby will be born.
DJ John Gill and Susan Gill.
Thanks to PhillyChitChat photographer Mike Hirata for shooting the Cash Bash.
Up next for the Cashman Girls
Join the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers for a one-day-only
shopping soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Meet the
2014 Designers-In-Residence in person, and treat yourself to major
fashion steals!
September 23, 2014
The Market & Shops at Comcast Center
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19103
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The Secret Life of Cats – Can they Get Any More Adorable in these Photos taken at a promo event Friday?

Nat Geo WILD’s The Secret Life of CATS, premiering Sunday, Sept 21. @ 10PM. 

 Secret Life of Cats Sunday at 10P on Nat Geo WILD.

 But today at Commerce Square there was a fun promo for the event which included 5 cats , kittens really, who were ready to be adopted. All you needed was $75 to get a spayed, cat with all it’s shots.

 Combining the latest scientific research with intimate macrophotography, illuminating thermal images and slow-motion footage, The Secret Life of Cats
exposes the awe-inspiring qualities that every cat possesses. Tracing a
cat’s development from birth to six months, see how a blind, deaf and
ultimately defenseless newborn evolves into an agile hunter, savvy
survivalist and trusted confidant.

 I heard lots of people say, let me see if I can convince my husband, boyfriend, roommate because they’re so cute.

 Mrs. Pennsylvania Amira Hamid Joseph tells me she loves volunteering for the  SPCA

 Jesse Cute is thinking maybe my dog will get along with you!

 By the end of the day all 5 kittens were adopted.
 The Allied Crew

.Don’t forget to watch on Sunday at 10PM on Nat Geo. Check out the trailer below.