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September 2017


Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Parliament Cafe Coming to Philly

Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Parliament Cafe Coming to Philly

Happy Friday, and an easy fast for Yom Kippur for my Jewish friends. So many celebrity sightings this week with M. Night Shyamalan Glass now in rehearsals and getting ready to film next week. The guys seem to be out and about everywhere in the Rittenhouse Square area, mostly grabbing dinner in the evening. That won’t be happening next week as their film shoots are always schedule during the dark hours.

Bruce has been spotted at the Irish Pub, Parc, and D’Angelo’s , but he’s gotten shopping in as well. On Wednesday he was spotted in CVS at 19th and Chestnut. He was waiting in line with the other customers, I guess they don’t like the self check out as I do, anyway, being recognized wasn’t a problem as he was friendly with everyone and posed for photos. bruce wills Philly Run (Custom) (2)

The next day our action hero was out shopping again this time at Philly Runner at 16th and Chestnut, where he bought a few pairs of sneakers.

Samuel L Jackson, who is also in town for Glass, was spotted on Sunday at Parc, 18th and Locust for brunch, then Monday at Jane G’s (above) at 20th & Chestnut, then Davio’s 18th and Chestnut and finally at the new Indian restaurant at 19th & Chestnut Veda. Seems like Jackson is following the MO of staying within a comfort zone. By the end of the 7 weeks filming he’ll probably hit all the hot spots in Rittenhouse Square.

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Congrats to Philly born Brea Bee, who played Bradley Cooper’s wife in Silver Lining Playbook, and now can be seen as a regular on General Hospital.

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In other exciting news rumor has it that popular New York based Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar is slated to open later this year in the Graham Building, at 30 South 15th St.


AMC Theaters to Fashion District Philadelphia

MSC Retail Welcomes AMC Theaters to Fashion District Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA, September 26, 2017MSC Retail announced today three lease transactions with AMC Theatres (AMC), a multiplex chain founded in 1920 with roughly 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens worldwide in the Philadelphia area; the one we’re all excited about is the one happening in Center City.
AMC will open a 36,000 SF movie theater in Fashion District Philadelphia (formerly known as the Gallery at Market East and briefly, Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia) at the corner of 11th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. With a target opening date of mid-2019, AMC at Fashion District Philadelphia will feature eight screens on the third level of the mall in the entertainment zone.
Spanning three blocks of Market Street East, the redevelopment of Fashion District Philadelphia will offer +/- 730,000 SF of retail, dining and entertainment. Current co-occupancy includes Burlington Coat Factory, Century 21, and Tiffany’s Bakery, along with an eclectic mix of tenants yet to come. Fashion District Philadelphia is well-trafficked and conveniently connected to Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia’s regional rail hub. Fashion District Philadelphia is a joint venture partnership with Macerich, the third largest owner and operator of shopping centers in the U.S. headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, and Philadelphia-based, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).
“MSC Retail is proud to represent AMC for the last 4+ years on this endeavour and very excited to finally bring the first multiplex with all of the modern-day features, recliners, food & beverage to Center City Philadelphia,” stated MSC Retail Senior Vice President, Stanton Brown. Mr. Brown and MSC Retail have represented AMC Theatres in numerous lease transactions throughout the Delaware Valley over the past four years.
PS What’s interesting about the illustration above looks like the Fashion District center is planning on a few living spaces to rise above the new concept along Market Street. Pretty exciting what’s happening in Philadelphia.
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The newly announced AMC will be going in the space formerly occupied by the Burlington Coat Factor,
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which recently moved down to 9th and Market, opening last Friday to a big fanfare.

Press Release: Burlington Stores, a leading national off-price retailer, is excited to grand open a brand new store in Philadelphia, located at 833 Market Street (9th and Market), on Friday, September 22, 2017. This is a relocation of the Burlington that was located at 11th and Market. The new store is part of the Fashion District of Philadelphia, a fresh mix of retail, hospitality and enjoyable restaurants.

To recognize its grand opening, the retailer will host its ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30AM to celebrate jobs, community, and of course, shopping.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in Philadelphia and excited about our new location, bringing even more jobs to the community and providing local residents, commuters and tourists with a valued shopping experience,” says Tom Kingsbury, President, CEO and Chairman, Burlington Stores.

Check out Jacob Adelman, at for more on the story.


Willis, Hagar and Zuckerberg Dine in Philly, Jesse Cute at Gaga: Five Foot Two

Willis, Hagar and Zuckerberg Dine in Philly, Gaga: Five Foot Two

Happy Monday, another edition of Philly Chit Chat Chatter. Last night celeb sightings just exploded all over Philly.

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Bruce Willis was at the Irish Pub 20th Street. He came in with some friends to watch the Kansas City Chiefs game. He had a great time, chatted with other game watchers and dined on the Irish Pub’s “World Famous Chicken Thumbs” with homemade honey mustard. Later he posed with bartenders Alec Dalantinow and Brynly Quinn


Sammy Hagar, who is at the Mann Music Center tonight, dined at Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime last night.

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Kevin saw Erin Andrews @TheLoganHotel. She was spotted @orangetheory @ShopsatLiberty Fri around 4PM; at the Eagles game Sunday and checked out last night.


The internet went crazy about midnight when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted he loved his Pat’s Cheesesteak. Check out CBS3 for more on the sighting and what Pat’s had to say.

Tonight at 5PM catch former CBS3’s Brooke Thomas at her new gig on The Daily Mail gossip show shown locally on PHL17Willis
Yes that is Jesse Cute, from Allied in the   Gaga: Five Foot Two documentary. The doc is fantastic and not just because it showed her concert at the Philly Voice’ Camden Rising fundraiser during the DNC Convention last year. Happy Birthday Jesse, what a great surprise.


Connor Barwin’s Make The World A Better Place Raised 150ks

Connor Barwin’s Make The World A Better Place Fundraising Concert


Connor Barwin’s Make The World A Better Place presented the War On Drugs show on 9/21 at the Dell Music Center! The sold out show attracted 6,000 people, favorite Eagles players and raised over 150k for Philadelphia parks ! #buildthebestphl


Brent Celek, Laura Barwin, Jason Kelce and Zach Ertz (who had the ladies swooning)
Connor wasn’t able to make it as he had a game with his new team the LA Rams.
Also spotted Eagles co-owner Christie Laurie, who told me last night at the Stepping Stone Gala, she was so happy to attend Connor’s event, which helped raise a lot of money for city parks which give kids a safe place to play.

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Jesse and Beka Rendell with Kathryn Ott Lowell Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation,


Muralist Steve Powers worked on the Love Letters murals, and  Ralph Brooks Park Project (Barwin raised money to renovate the park) and Powers did this cool “War on Drugs” shirt for Connor Barwin’s fundraiser Thursday night at the Dell. Barwin Barwin
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See additional photos at CBS Philly, including a few Phila Union Players


FUEL the CURE Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser!

Join FUEL the CURE and over 700 guests in celebrating a decade of this organization’s social
impact at their Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser! The black-tie optional event will be held on October 28th at the historic 23rd Street Armory in center city and feature a five hour open bar,
variety of food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, casino games, music, silent auction prizes, dancing,
a grand raffle prize, and more.


FUEL the CURE is dedicated to providing better communities, health, and education for
underprivileged children in the area and over the years has donated close to $500,000 to various
causes and engaged over 7,000 individuals in philanthropic activities.


This year’s gala will benefit the HEADstrong Foundation, a local organization dedicated to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong’s services include providing complimentary housing for out-of- town patients and their families who are undergoing cancer-related treatment in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.



Be sure to get your tickets soon (and tell your friends!) as the last six events sold out. We hope to see you
there! Get $20 off your ticket here with this code: “CHITCHAT”. TICKET INFO


Saturday: Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest

Saturday: Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest

“Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, and get ready to ring in Oktoberfest season on the Main Line,” said Ardmore Initiative Executive Director Christine Vilardo. “Ardmore may be thousands of miles away from the epicenter of celebrations in Europe but don’t be fooled. This Main Line town throws an Oktoberfest that rivals the best!”


Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest returns to Cricket Avenue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Downtown Ardmore will be transformed into a Bavarian wonderland complete with traditional German fare, brews, music and a brand-new VIP experience. McCloskey’s Tavern, John Henry’s Pub and Jack McShea’s will serve bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels with obatzda, potato pancakes, pierogies and more. McCloskey’s Tavern will tap nine beer and cider selections featuring local and seasonal favorites.


Live music will include The O’Fenders and the James D. Oompah Band. Family fun will include cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Admission to Ardmore Oktoberfest is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Age verification wristbands are a $1.00 donation for those 21 and up (with identification). Tickets are also available for a new Tired Hands Brewing Company VIP beer garden for only $50 each. For VIP tickets and more information, visit or call (610) 645-0540.


New for 2017, Ardmore Oktoberfest will offer an exclusive VIP ticket for $50 that gives the ticket holder access to the Tired Hands Brewing Company VIP Beer Garden. Enjoy an exclusive tented area to enjoy food and beer not offered to the general public – with the added benefit of shorter lines and less waiting. VIP ticket comes with four beers – including a rarity from Tired Hands not available to the public – plus unlimited soft drinks and water, light German-inspired fare, and a limited edition cup. VIPs can also use their beer tickets at VIP skip lines at the main beer truck outside the special tent.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is organized by Ardmore Initiative with local Ardmore restaurants and businesses, with support from Oktoberfest‘s Presenting Sponsor McCloskey’s Tavern. Tired Hands Brewing Company is the official sponsor of the first-ever VIP beer garden.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is the perfect example of businesses working together to create a unique experience for our residents and visitors,” added Vilardo. “This is one of Ardmore’s popular events with nearly 5,000 people attending last year. I am not certain that McCloskey’s Tavern and John Henry’s Pub knew how popular this event would become when they hosted the first Ardmore Oktoberfest in 2011.”


Joel Embiid Has Insomnia; Mika & Joe In town; Judy Parker Passes

L’Shana Tova to my Jewish Friends. Happy Thursday to all. Still in the throes of the busy Philly Social Season, and I’m really enjoying this weather. Hope you get our and enjoy it. Tomorrow I’ll be on WOGL with Marilyn Russell at 8:50AM, so before you settle into work give us a listen. Soon I’ll be showing up on your TV on CBS3Philly reporting about celebrity signings and Fall Social events and how I can get you in the society columns….

Joel Embiid seems to be everywhere lately but the basketball court. My friend Dr. Thanuja Hamilton had just left a Patrice Banks book signing -#sheCANic Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center at Phila Library and decided to stop by Insomnia Cookies near Chestnut St and started chatting with Joel telling him she knew him from somewhere. He then told her he was a tennis player, he gave her the name, and left with the parting words “Trust The Process”. Then it clicked she said. BTW Patrice Banks will be on Good Morning America Friday morning.Embiid
I noticed Hats In The Belfry has opened a up next to men’s shoe store ToBox in the 1800 block of Chestnut (remember a few years back I told you this corridor would become the Fashion District of Philly, after Joan Shepp moved nearby. It definitely is.Embiid
Sad to hear my friends Lisa Gaudio’s step mother songwriter Judy Parker Gaudio passed away last week, on her 79th birthday. I met Judy a few times at events Lisa hosted including her daughter’s wedding where I took this shot. Bob Gaudio as you know is the original “Jersey Boy” having written and sung many of the famed groups songs including a few with Judy her most well-known songs “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and “Who Loves You,” which were recorded by ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was in town yesterday speaking and shilling her book “Know Your Value” at IBX. Tagging a long was her morning co-host on “Mornings with Joe” Joe Scarborough. They posed for a photo with NBC10’s Tracy Davidson, who will be honored Sunday at the “Minding Your Minds” Blue Jean Gala at Temple Beth Hillel in Wynnewood I’ll be there so bring your smile.

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Congrats Danny





Pixs: WeWork Celebrates Their 1st Anniversary on Walnut Street

WeWork Walnut Street celebrated their One Year Anniversary of their coworking-space in the glass-sheathed building 15th and Walnut Streets above the space occupied by the Cheesecake Factory.

WeWork started in 2010, “we wanted to build more than beautiful, shared office spaces. We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, ‘me’, but where you become part of a greater ‘we’. A place where we’re redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst. “DSC_0376 (Custom)
Guests headed to the roof deck to enjoy the festivities. WeWork
Guests included many of the workers who call WeWork their office, as well as their friends. DSC_0438 (Custom)including man’s best friend.

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There are 4 WeWork’s located in Philly
15th & Walnut, 1900 Market St,  1601 Market, and WeWork NoLibsWeWork DSC_0546 (Custom) DSC_0568 (Custom)

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WeWorkEach floor provides pens, scratch paper, printers, shredders, and a paper cutter.

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There’s a free beer tap and fruit water at WeWork

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This is my favorite spot to work, wearing SPF 50 of course
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Happy Birthday WeWork
Check out these photos of the space from Office Lovin

Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Kat Stull for shooting this event.


Philadelphia Union’s Annual Cocktails and Cleats Was Goal Side Fun

The Philadelphia Union Foundation hosted their annual Cocktails and Cleats celebration last night at Vie  Over 300 guests attended the event to raise  awareness and money to combat challenges and promote opportunities of underserved children and young adults in the community. The evening started off with a cocktail party, where guests also bid on great items in the silent auction which included tickets to games and autographed items from local sports teams.

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Guests then headed into the ballroom and were greeted by Mad Beatz Philadelphia Drumline who kicked off the dinner portion of the seated dinner and program. During the program two young people were honored for their commitment to the community – Shontae Burrows was honored for her work with Fair & Square, a fresh food market which operates under the Philabundence organization and Edward Baker, a 12 year old who has excelled in life after entering the Big Brother, Big Sister program and being matched with a Big Brother.  After dinner guests were entertained by Comedy Sportz, the local improve group that keeps people in stitches.


Susan Tabas Tepper, Baron Tabas, Cooper Abraham and Carol Dailey


Carl Cherkin, VP Business Relations Phila Union, Dr. Vance Moss, and Shaun Gallagher, Phila Union


Casey McCrudden and Anna Bacovin


JP Dellacamera, Donna Dellacamera, Treasa Goodwin Smyth and Tommy Smyth


Paul Rushing, Head Athletic Trainer for Philadelphia Union,  Kristen Rushing and Maruice Adu, Philadelphia Union midfielder


Adam Najem, Matt Bodiford, Jack Elliott, and Jay Simpson


Chelsea Coffey and Warren Creavalle


Derrick Jones, Anthony Fontana  and Auston Trusty


Richard Sidell, Andrew Lovell, Kathryn Ott Lovell, and Bill Salvatore


Anita Oh, CBSPhilly and her brother Victor Oh
Grab your tickets for the 2018 season HERE


Pixs: 9th year annual Oktoberfest held at Brauhaus Schmitz South Street

Saturday September 16, 2017 was a perfect day for the 9th year annual Oktoberfest held at Brauhaus Schmitz and on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent. The turnout was amazing, everyone had fun. There was the exciting Liter Lift Contest, Dancing to an authentic German Band, folk dancing, and lots of delicious beer and German food. I captured a few photos of all the fun.

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The Brent Celek look alike also won last year:

Sebastian Romig nabbed the annual Liter Lift title after outlasting the other hoisters in a contest. Romig won $500 cash prize and a sore arm I’m sure. Oktoberfest HD1_2800 (Custom)
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Now if you didn’t have enough fun at Oktoberfest South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz hosts their 2nd annual 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest in October. Tickets for the 4-session event are available at