Brooke Thomas, Sharon Reed, Nefertiti Jáquez, & Lori Wilson, Rarest First Look – a.lounge Opens, Jon Dorenbos’ Engaged

Philly Gossip: Brooke Thomas, Sharon Reed, & Nefertiti Jáquez, Lori Wilson, Rarest First Look, Dorenbos Engaged

Good Sunday Morning. WOW it’s winter finally. I’m happy, don’t get me wrong I love warm weather, until I discovered how hot it can get in one’s concrete walled apartment. There’s an ordinance in Philly that after October 1, all apartment buildings in Philadelphia have to provide heat to their tenants if they don’t have individual units, and it can’t be turned off til May 1 (meaning the AC and heater use the same HVAC system. You’re either getting heat or AC.) There’s no provision for global warming as the law was written in the 1940’s. Councilman Greenly told my neighbor that it’d have to go before City Council to change and he just didn’t see that ever happening. Any who my apartment has cooled down from the high of 85 it was maintaining for 4 days. Now I have some cool gossip for you….


Rarest (834 Chestnut Street)  Chef Anthony Marini, winner of CNBC’s hit show Restaurant Startup, tells me that the restaurant should be open on November 1. Marini, who I met about 3 months ago when I was at the AKA shooting the Equity movie screening party, tells me that the restaurant is going for the unpretentious, inviting vibe. The price point is on point, and people will be quite pleased with the unique menu of well prepared and curated traditional small and large plates. Plus the raw bar which will feature crudos, ceviches, and tartars as well as cured seafood, American cured hams, and artisan cheeses.

In the lobby of the AKA Washington Square is a.lounge.

There’s live music four nights a week in the grand lobby, curated by Eddie Bruce. Wednesday nights highlight a pianist from 5pm – 8pm. Thursday nights feature a pianist at 5pm, and Bob Egan’s Piano Bar goes on at 7:30pm to play the resident’s favorite requests. Friday nights begin with a pianist at 5pm, and then the Shayne Frederick Trio perform at 7:30pm. The Ella Gahnt Quartet entertains residents on Saturday evenings from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
(I was there again on Thursday night for the opening party for the Phila Film Festival, which runs until Oct 30


On the same day Brooke Thomas was released from CBS3, she was named one of the baddest anchorbaes in the USA by Bossip. Also on the list, and serious bad baes
who once graced Philly’s anchor desks – Sharon Reed, Brittney Shipp & Nefertiti Jáquez.And bad bae on air in Philly Alex Holley, Fox 29 (Bossip)


Speaking of anchorbaes, former NBC10 anchor Lori Wilson got married earlier this month, (Oct 9) to Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad “The Love Doctor”. Seems the doctor counsels couples on love; he has published several books, and is an alumni of the reality TV shows The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Gilligan’s Island. I love Lori Wilson, miss her infectious smile, and am happy for her. Congrats you two love birds. Here’s how they met according to their wedding page.

Once Upon A Time… Long, long… really long ago…

A man met a woman at a Step show on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. The man and woman were attracted to each other right away. They dated. He moved out west. She moved out East. After years of not seeing each other, or even keeping in touch, one day, her best friend suggested they reconnect. She flew to see him. He flew to see her. He flew to Africa, came back to the US and proposed. She said YES! Woot-woot!


Congrats to Jon Dorenbos and Ananlise Dale on their engagement. The duo met in Las Vegas in 2015, and have been inseparable ever since.  They’ve been engaged for about
two weeks, and haven’t set a wedding date yet. Their schedules have been jam packed between Jon’s appearances America’s Got Talent and his job as long snapper for
the Philadelphia Eagles.  Jon told me he’ll be really busy on the off season as his appearance on AGT and last weeks appearance on the Ellen Show has opened up a lot of doors and stages for him. Next up though is the Malcolm Jenkin’s 3rd Annual Blitz Bow Ties & Bourbon Monday, October 24, 2016


Spotted at Matt and Maries (100 N 18th St) – Phillies Ryan Howard stopped in for lunch on Friday.




The 6th Annual Monsters Ball Masquerade party will be held at The Ritz Carlton next Friday.

Ticket info here


CELEBRITY SPOTTING – William deVry from General Hospital will be at Parx Casino on
Friday Nov 4 at 1130AM to 2PM
It’s a Meet & Greet as well.