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What’s New Walnut Street – A Lot Of New Retail, Celebrity Sightings, Crazy Asians

HughE Around Town: What’s New Walnut Street – A Lot Of New Retail, Celebrity Sightings, Crazy Asians

When one door closes another one opens seems to be the mantra on Walnut Street. A few weeks back I was reporting on suddenly closed shops, and then yesterday during my around town I noticed three new shops coming.

Now this is exciting, and hopefully will stay open passed 9PM, now that Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse has changed their hours.
Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers 1632 Walnut Street (formerly Bank Werx ). Publishers. Café shakeandco.com

There’s one in NYC and a recent Google reviewer said: I love wandering through this small, vibrant bookstore. The book selection is impressive given the size, and I especially like the greeting cards. Frequent events with authors and their own book club. Printing services, including consultations, available as well.   The cafe has the best staff, so I always feel welcome. The coffee is delicious, and the vegan chocolate chip cookies actually melt in your mouth. Prices are consistent with other area coffee shops: coffee for 2.25, tea for 2.50, sandwiches ~9, legendary cookies 2.50.

Scotch and Soda is a Dutch fashion retail company founded in 1985. Beginning as a men’s wholesale brand; Scotch & Soda was bought by Eric Bijlsma, Patrick Munsters and Joep Krouwels. It’s opening at 1705 Walnut Street, the former home of Michael Kors


Now Opened Brandy & Melville – The hottest fashion for teens says Business Insider An Italian brand which has people fawning over simple women’s knits, tops, bottoms, bags and accessories just opened at 1527 Walnut Street

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan and stars Gemma Chan and Jimmy O. Yang pose with a fan while buying free mac and cheese for customers at Mac Mart. (provided)


(L to R) Actor Jimmy O. Yang and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan learn how to make Barclay Prime’s $120 Cheesesteak with Executive Chef Mark Twersky. Photo Credit: Marissa Evans, Starr Restaurants
Wish I could have caught the preview on Monday night, looks hysterical
Opens nationwide August 15, 2018

@djkhaled stopped by @GenosSteaks Monday Night after opening for @Beyonce & Jay-Z for their On the Run II tour.
Arriving in his custom white Maybach Landaulet he posed with fans, hung out with @GenoPHL crew & ordered the classic “Whiz With.” 📸@jimmywhispers3 #phillygossip He went to Max’s as well. He must love cheesesteaks


When Mike Masco isn’t reporting on the weather or traffic for Fox 29, he can be found on his dragon. I noticed that Real Housewives of NJ star Melissa Gorga likes what she sees on his instagram. You have to follow Mike on Twitter, his weather forecasting is in-depth, and often quite funny. @MikeMasco

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InBox: Press Releases that Might Be of Interest to You

Speaking about floats: There’s a day to celebrate everything – Monday August 6 is Root Beer Float Day.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the partnership between Marriott International and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia invites locals and guests alike to partake in a Root Beer Float Day on Monday, August 6, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia PA. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will offer complimentary root beer floats to guests in exchange for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, which distributes funds to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Guests and locals can enjoy a complimentary Root Beer Float in the main lobby of the hotel property (Broad Street entrance). During the week of August 6, participating Marriott International hotels throughout the United States and Canada will host root beer floats fundraising activities with the proceeds going directly to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Root Beer Float Day is a nod to Marriott’s beginnings when company founder, Bill Marriott, Sr., and his wife Alice opened two root beer stands in Washington, D.C., in the 1920s. “We wouldn’t be the organization we are today without the support of Marriott as our longest-standing corporate partner,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Marriott associates and guests are among the most passionate fundraisers we have.” Marriott associates and guests have raised $120 million in the last 35 years. The company fundraises through a variety of events and activities. “Our hotel is delighted to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with Root Beer Float Day. Who doesn’t love a classic root beer float? Our hotel property will personally make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network on behalf of our Ladies and Gentlemen. These proceeds are distributed locally to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Leonard Buckley, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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City Announces Programming Lineup for Philly Free Streets on North Broad on 8/11/18

PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney today announced the programming highlights for the third Philly Free Streets program happening on August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During remarks on North Broad Street, City officials touted the community collaboration that has led to this year’s programming.  From free admission to cultural institutions, to a beach on North Broad Streets, to a scavenger hunt on North Broad’s vibrant African American history, Philly Free Streets will have an array of programming available for those who walk, run, play, bike, and explore the route. To view the full listing of programs, visit http://www.phillyfreestreets.com/programming.

See you tomorrow for more PhillyChitChat