Wednesday April 28, 2021, Post Brothers and Keller Williams Black Label hosted an event for local realtors to show off the Atlantic apartment building at Broad & Spruce Streets in Center City.
The Post Brothers’ luxury apartment building which opened in 2019, was designed by Rafael Viñoly, the Uruguayan-born, New York-based starchitect who designed the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts across the street.
During the open house guests took tours of the building, as well as enjoyed food by Steak 48 steakhouse which is located on the ground floor of of the luxury building, a wine tasting by Delicato Family Wines, cocktails by Mad Drinks and Co.
Live art by Alloyius Mcilwaine, and music by DJ Xtina
Each unit is SMART and has an iPad that serves as the nerve center of the apartment’s controls, allowing users to program and adjust the climate controls, window shades and lighting from a single control point. All the electricity the building consumes is wind-generate. As a result, The Atlantic has earned LEED Gold certification for the environmentally sensitive adaptive reuse of its building.
After the open house was over everyone got to take home a succulent, which have become very popular in the past year, as has luxurious, spacious living. Did I mention the full size, very equip gym. Check out The Atlantic For Yourself.
Sixers standout Ben Simmons was spotted leaving Steak 48 last week by Will Helms (that dude gets so many sports snaps). Ben was celebrating the Sixers win last Wednesday with family, and his new lady love British Model Maya Jama. The two have even been spotted at a Target near Simmons house in South Jersey. He’s a regular guy, his last model squeeze Kendall Jenner got dates at Best Buy, where they bought a vacuum cleaner, Williams-Sonoma where they bought a few pots and pans and dining at Double Knot, Top Golf and the Cherry Hill Mall. Wanting to impress Maya he skipped Gran Luxe Cafe, where Bendall was spotted a few years back, and went to the very hot and happening Steak 48, where they are booked solid for weeks. I was able to get in last week and it was as always, delicious. (Ben SimmonsMaya)
Chit Chat and Chew during the Upcoming Restaurant Weeks in our Area
May 17-28, 2021* $20 Lunch & $35 Dinner Enjoy special three-course meals at participating restaurants. Explore options for dine-in, delivery, or takeout today! *Not all restaurants are serving lunch, and not all restaurants are participating on the weekend. MORE INFO HERE>
May 6 – 16th: Ardmore Restaurant Week returns after a year off with 10 days of fixed-price lunches and dinners at new and familiar spots. Delice et Chocolat, Buena Vista Mexican, Hunan, Jack McShea’s, Marokko, Tired Hands Fermentaria and others are back with $20, $25 and $30 meal deals,
The GreaterPhiladelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) proudly announces the return of Dine Latino Restaurant Week, taking place from May 5, 2021 (Cinco de Mayo) through May 9, 2021. Fueling the region’s food-lovers’ sense of adventure as they discover or rediscover Latino cuisine, the five-day culinary event will offer patrons one (1) complimentary appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two (2) dinner entrees.
Our friends at Chestnut Hill Business District will launch a new monthly series, Second Saturdays this Saturday May 8, highlighting Chestnut Hill’s vibrant arts scene. Each month, the event will allow the arts to come alive on splendid, tree-lined streets along the 7600 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue. Additional Second Saturdays will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, and November 13; rain dates will fall on the following Saturday. With live music, retail and restaurant specials, and family-friendly activities, Second Saturdays offer art enthusiasts, collectors, and casual spectators plenty of reasons to visit Chestnut Hill.
Another event happening on May 8, Philadelphia’s annual Love Your Park Week kicks off. This year’s Love Your Park Week features a mix of volunteer service opportunities and celebration of Philadelphia parks, both in-person and virtual. Love Your Park Week runs citywide May 8-16, 2021. All cleanup events will be capped at 25 total participants and will follow COVID-19 health protocols per Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health. All participants are required to wear masks.
Love Your Park Scavenger Hunt: For the first time ever, discover the fascinating facts and stories behind Philadelphia’s neighborhood parks by participating in a free Love Your Park Scavenger Hunt, launching May 8 and running until May 31. Scavenger hunters can participate by downloading the free GooseChase app to their smartphone and completing each mission at their own pace in various parks across the city (search for “Love Your Park Scavenger Hunt”). Participants who complete all missions during Love Your Park Week will receive prizes, including a Fairmount Park Conservancy membership and merchandise. Learn more at myphillypark.org/lyp-scavengerhunt.
SAVE THE DATE for this event which helps those in need dress for success on their way to a promising future: Celebrate a year in boxes and the success of our clients at The Wardrobe’s Virtual Interactive Party Wednesday, June 9. This year, you won’t just be watching a show, but coming to a VIP Event where our guests of honor – our clients – take center stage. Our goal is to raise $40,000 to launch our new Wardrobe Box Program throughout the region.
The party comes to you in an immersive event where you can choose your experience. Tickets start at $50 to view the program and higher levels give you the opportunity to toast with hors d’oeuvres delivered to your door, virtually network with fellow attendees, and even host your own VIP room. But your tickets today!
I’m going to miss this Saxby’s location at 18th and Chestnut Streets
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David Atis, loan officer of Summit Home Mortgage; Solon Alpohoritis, principal of Philadelphia Signature Properties, Dafni Dimopoulos, realtor of PSP team, Joshua Giddings, branch manager of Summit Home Mortgage, Christopher Stevens, GM of Keller Williams Philadelphia and PSP partner; Rachel McCarthy, PSP marketing manager, Henry Berenato, PSP realtor, Clayton T. Pronold Esq., principal of Luxury Land Transfer title services.
Philadelphia Signature Properties (PSP) hosted their annual Spring Friends & Family Event in Philadelphia at Franklin Square Park, which coincided with the turning on of the Franklin Fountain for the season.
“We chose the Franklin Square as a launching point because of its key location in Philadelphia,” said Solon Alpohoritis, principal of PSP, “Its family-friendly amenities –including a mini-golf course, a carousel, a spectacular fountain show, and pavilion—really invite such group gatherings. When we were first brainstorming ideas, The Franklin Square became the best destination to pilot our first event.”
“As brand ambassadors of Philadelphia,” says Chris Stevens, General Manager of Keller Williams Philadelphia and PSP business partner, “it is part of our mission as realtors to support Philadelphia as a great destination to gather as it was before businesses shut down from Covid. For many of us on the PSP team, this was our first in-person gathering since the Covid shut down last Spring with extended team members at Franklin Square.”
Director of Growth Development Kevin Toll and his wife, Megan, of The Toll Group also attended the event with their two children. Toll heads the newest office location in Conshohocken as part of Keller Williams Philadelphia expansion into the Western suburbs.
Also in attendance was Steve Han (r) from the Wilmington, Delaware branch of Keller Williams with friend Ray Thacker.
Ryan McCarthy, Jennings Sigmond Law Firm; Sandy McCarthy, PSP client; Sarah (Bottom left) and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Philadelphia Teacher
Giorgo Economou, Regional IT Director of Seasons Pizza franchise (PA, MD, DE), and sister in law Dafni Dimopoulos, realtor of PSP team, with daughter, Elise;
Philadelphia Signature Properties offers real estate, mortgage, and title services supportive of luxury properties in the Greater Philadelphia region. As a one-stop shop for consultations to first-time home buyers, second home buyers, and investors interested in commercial and residential sectors, the PSP team is a collective of realtors, Summit Home Mortgage, Inc. team members, and Luxury Land Transfer title services. PSP is not exclusive to luxury price points. Their team brings 10+ years of real estate and marketing experience to meet all of their clients’ needs. Most recent luxury listings under Solon Alpohoritis’ helm include the sale of Hahnemann owner Joel Freedman’s home at 2100 Locust Street for $2.35 million and 923 Clinton Street, which went under contract at listing price in a matter of hours last Friday.
Vaxed and Relaxed seems to be the theme these days as Philly comes alive again with people out and about, and come out they did at the AOX Derby this past weekend in Old Kensington at The Secret Garden. (Who runs this, we need more events there.)
Local entertainment duo Jrn Aris & Timmo (r) put this event together
sponsored by Makers Mark.
Timmo told the crowd that this is my first official sponsored showcase of talent in Philadelphia ,and this was created his cousin Jrdn Aris (right, with his parents and 90 year old grandmother) who helped me to create my style of music, he’s an amazing producer , singer , rapper and songwriter he’s the next Kanye West . Audio Oxygen is Jrdn’s creation and I’m honored to be a part of it as his first artist.
Honored at AOX Derby was cashmereeeeeeeeee (Donna Russ) for all the work she put into planning and getting the word out on the successful day.
Hire PhillyChitChat to get your event Media Coverage. INFO HERE. This party was seen on Fox29, CBSPhilly , here on PhillyChitChat and soon to be seen on Metro Philly. This party was not a hired event, I will cover events when time permits without being hired.
The Bloom Philly! Contest serves two purposes — to raise awareness and attention for the Philadelphia Flower Show and to spread joy and cheer throughout the region by creating beautiful, floral-inspired décor and menu items that pay homage to the Flower Show’s legacy.
All participants in the Bloom Philly! Contest receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Winners of various competitive categories receive four (4) tickets in addition to the prizes offered by Bloom Philly! partners and sponsors, including premier Flower Show event and experience tickets, such as Flowers After Hours and complimentary food and beverage offerings at the Flower Show. Select winners will receive a cash prize courtesy of Clarke & Cohen, the Official Bloom Philly! Contest Cash Prize Sponsor.
Today Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink open with great fanfare and confetti. The retro rink will offer outdoor roller skating at Dilworth Park beginning Friday, April 30 through Sunday, June 27( hmm right before July 4th, wonder what’s in store for that space then?). The rink will follow City, State, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements, a reduced capacity and enhanced cleaning protocols.
The rink’s retro-inspired design will feature a checkerboard floor and market lights. A colorful installation of overhead hula-hoops – designed and fabricated by Philadelphia’s Lucky Dog Studio – will add even more whimsy to the space.
Hour-long sessions will be offered to the public Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11:15 p.m. with 15 minute scheduling buffers between each session. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Matinee Skate will offer $5 off of admission to guests of all ages on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rink patrons should book sessions in advance through an online reservation system. Limited in-person sales may be offered onsite. Patrons will be able to purchase locks and reserve lockers. To purchase tickets and for additional information about ticketing procedures and other rink amenities, visit rothmanrink.ticketsocket.com.
Sections of Dilworth Park’s interactive fountain will be active on either side of the roller rink.
Sunday evening the 93rd Annual Academy Awards red carpet took place in real life for the first time since 2019, in Hollywood, and the Philadelphia Film Society held their 8th Annual Oscar Viewing Party at Cira Green in University City. I wrote a bit about Sunday’s event yesterday, but there’s more to say and see. People brought the fashion. They were so very excited to be out, and see friends and enjoy life.
Nothing short of spectacular as the PFS Oscar viewing party was the first large scale event to happen during the pandemic. It was great to see so many friends, and although many still wore masks you could see the smile through their eyes. It was like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
In the new normal a buffet seems to still be fine, but the food will be individually packaged.
The crew from the Philadelphia Fashion Week, which just concluded virtually last week. The next one will probably be in person, in September.
What a fantastic week for us here at PhillyChitChat, we shot 2 client events, and a few non client events. We went out to dinner, and celebrated today, life, the impending opening. NYC is fully opening July 1. Thank you so much to everyone who is making it possible to return to the new normal. I can’t wait to photograph youse. HughE
Years ago on PhillyChitChat I used to do a series called Out and About where I would take photos of people I knew who were out and about, of fashionable folks or readers. I’ve always been kinda out, but I can safely report after months of folks getting vaccination they are about. Come with me….
I haven’t been to a restaurant I don’t love – a few I’ve been to lately Estia, Pinefish, Ponzio’s (yes I travel to Jersey, where I grew up), Pietro’s, Barcelona, Lola’s Garden, Fond, Añejo Philadelphia, and one I have to highly recommend > Murph’s Bar 202 E Girard Ave some of he best Italian food I’ve ever had, I felt like I was cheating on Rittenhouse Squares D’Angelo’s (he still has the best lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and meat dishes [whereas Murph’s has nearly all carbs) OK I feel better now. Murph’s has an interesting story, it’s literally a small bar, they don’t take reservations, but I went on a Monday night early and was able to get in quickly. Absolutely go and enjoy.
Tonight is the Donor are Hero’s Gala which is virtual for one more time: Free Event with a suggested donation. Register for this fun complimentary event! http://Donorsareheroestheparty.com hurry
Legends. The Barbara and Bob Tiffany are world renowned furniture designers and Marciarose Shestak was the first women anchor in the USA, when she was on CBS3 in beginning in 1965. She just turned 90!! Out late too it was nearly 10PM, She gets around, I saw her last week as well, but I put that photo on Instagram. She’s so sweet. I am so honored to know her.
And we’re back, and by back I mean Philly Chit Chat is getting booked up like crazy to photograph events, openings, re openings, garden parties and restaurant launches. HIRE US TO SHOOT YOUR EVENT, and we’ll put the photos in the press. Either Talya Hailey, Andre Flewellen or I will be happy to shoot your event INFO HERE. We are so excited to be back and see your smiling eyes. You know what else is back, the Fountain at Franklin Square.
MAY 1, 2021: We gladly invite you to a new refreshing experience . This is an eclectic engagement curated by Jrdn Aris , Timmo Russ & Nate Rogers . This vibe is sponsored by Makers Mark bourbon whiskey. Doors open at 1pm. Table Seating starts at 230pm and Doors will be closed by 4pm . There is very limited standing room , table reservations are required and based on CD regulations 80% of the events attendees must be seated . TICKETS CONTACT JS FOR TABLE RESERVATIONS : 404-909-4640 Dress-code requirements are highly encouraged to appear in Kentucky Derby styled fashion. Ladies get your cocktail dresses & sunhats ready ! Fellas prepare your dinner jacket and wild patterned bowties:) Catered Kentucky Derby Menu by Eatable Delights.
(So excited to be attending and shooting this event. Bring your smile, and wear your fancy Derby duds.)
MAY 2, 2021:Kicking off Philadelphia’s long awaited spring season, Location 215 (990 Spring Garden Street) is hosting a “spring garden” artist market on May 2nd, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring a line up of owner Jen Blauvelt’s favorite local creatives, the space will house a unique pop-up shopping experience in addition to a designer showcase. For more information go to https://www.location215philly.com/ Get event updates by following @location215 along on Instagram, and Facebook, and share the event virtually by using the hashtag #SpringIntoLocation215.
InBOX: Philadelphia, PA – FCM Hospitality announces the 2021 opening for The Garden at Cherry Street Pier featuring stunning waterfront views, beer garden vibes, seasonal summer sips and local fare. The outdoor oasis is a stunning open-air eatery with 20,000 square feet of space featuring 250 covered shaded seats, floor to ceiling trees, blooming flowers, lush greenery, wooden picnic benches, modern art, urban design – and of course, amazing day and night views of the sunning Benjamin Franklin Bridge. For food, look for a menu of casual bites including sandwiches, salads, dips, snacks – as well as pastries and breads from the famous Lost Bread Co. For beverages, look for all of your favorite summer sips and seasonal selections, including beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Notable selections include beer created at FCM Hospitality’s Craft Hall by Mainstay Independent Brewing and also Philadelphia’s first black-owned brewery Two Locals Brewing Company. Hours to start are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Fridays from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturdays, from Noon 12:00pm to 11:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. Reservations are required for days of operation, with walk-in reservations welcome when space permits. Reservations and menus are now available on the website at cherrystreetgarden.com and on Resy. Follow @CherryStGarden on Instagram and Facebook for season updates.
Here’s another fun thing to do for Mother’s Day with your mom, Prime Rib will be hosting an interactive Floral Making Class in celebration of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 8th
In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel will be hosting an interactive floral making class on Saturday, May 8th from 12-3 p.m. Guests will be guided through the arrangement in partnership with local florist, Petals Lane, while enjoying a specially curated Prime Rib brunch menu and signature cocktails.
Adult guests can enjoy a cocktail, appetizer, entrée and dessert from the following delicious items:
Entrees: Spring Vegetable Salad, Crab Cake Benedict & Ciabatta French toast
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
Kids 12 and under can join in on the fun with a special easily arranged display and a 4 oz. Prime Burger with Hand Cut Fries.
Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite and are $150 for adults and $50 children 12 and under. Photos can be found here. I’d love for you to consider this for any Mother’s Day event round ups you may be working on. Happy to answer any questions or provide more information.
InBox: Philadelphia, PA (March 23, 2021) – East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) is hosting “Garden Days”, a new verdant three-week themed series of events with a tie-in to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Bloom Philly! celebration ahead of the Philadelphia Flower Show at nearby FDR Park in South Philadelphia. Garden Days begins on Saturday, May 8 and runs through Memorial Day Monday, May 31. Matching up with the theme of “Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece”, East Passyunk Avenue’s independently owned shops, restaurants, and bars will showcase direct and thematic connections to the positive impact that plants and gardening have on our communities and lived environment. In addition, EPABID will present a number of socially distanced interactive opportunities over the course of the campaign.
“Spring is the perfect time to safely celebrate everything in bloom, and we’re excited to have East Passyunk Avenue be part of PHS’ Bloom Philly! campaign, calling attention to pollinators, landscapes, and ecosystems,” said EPABID Executive Director Adam Leiter. “We’re looking forward to seeing great verdant visuals, and having the public enjoy fun and informative events along with all the delicious flavors that the Avenue is known for.”
MOTHERS DAY PHOTOS SHOOT GIVEAWAY
Head to Instagram: Here are the rules! You must follow @hailey_photography and @juliakicksass, tag three mamas, repost in your story, and post “done” under this post so we know! Drawings will be on Mother’s Day May 9th at 10am. Winners will be DM’ed and must respond within 30 minutes or another winner will be selected.
Hope you had a beautiful weekend. So much happening in town, people are emerging from their year long pandemic pods, most fully vaccinated.
Philly Chit Chat is getting hired to shoot parties again, and placing them in the media, it’s what we do!! See About for more info. OK let’s check out HughE Around Town…
On the verge of opening is Lamberti Pizza & Market at 7th and Chestnut. Good news I hear Stephen Starr’s Jones across the street is planning to open, as Jones, not as one of the concepts.
Congrats to Telemundo’s Alondra Anaya who got engaged to her beau earlier this month.
Which was perfect timing as roomie and co worker Miguel Martinez-Valle, Telemundo and NBC10 has moved in with his beau Raymond Smeriglio this passed weekend. They already have a favorite corner in their new home.
Moving On another of Miguel’s co-worker, Drew Smith, NBC10. He’s moving back home to Boston, as his partner Fede finishes up his medical degree. I’ll miss them so much, but am so happy for them both and the great love they share.
Another fond farewell to Kristen Rodgers, Fox29’s sports anchor since 2017, she recently left to join her love in Hawaii. You can’t fault anyone for following their heart. So happy for my friends, congrats to all of them. Staying….
Happy Birthday to Fox 29’s Alex Holley. What a joy to call her my friend. She is exactly who you see on TV, warm, friendly, kind, generous , talented and funny!! Love you Alex Holley, Philly is lucky to have you.
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Teal Butterfly Ovarian Cancer Awareness
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Variety’s Black Hat Bash 6/15/21
Put on your best black hat and join us for Variety’s signature
Black Hat Bash event as we honor Council-Man-A-Large Allan Domb and Manager of External Affairs for Peco, Ed McBride.
Career Wardrobe – Donate & shop
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Cancer Support Community Philadelphia
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