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Robert ‘Kool’ Bell of Kool & the Gang Chills at the Nicole Miller Manayunk Holiday Disco VIP Party!

Mary Dougherty, Robert ”Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang and his granddaughter Jurnie Bell.

As most of you know I had the Flu/Cold/WTH is this for nearly a month. There were a few parties I covered but they never made PCC because I stopped posting when I got sick in December. Over the next few weeks I will be posting them including the Best of 2019 and the Best of the Decade which I never got to. First up was this fabulous party at Mary Dougherty’s Nicole Miller Philadelphia boutique in Manayunk on December 19, 2019.

Artist Perry Milou with some of his work which was offered for sale

Head on over to Nicole Miller Philadelphia for their Semi-Annual Sale which kicks off today and ends on 1/31 INFO HERE

Have a great day. See you on Social Media all day long, and right back here tomorrow. Get your flu shot, they really work. I got sick, but my husband who got the shot, did not.

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The Last Christmas Party

Christmas seems to finally be over, although I did notice that the Fairmount neighborhood still have their trees lit (one at the beginning of Fairmount Street at Kelly Drive and at Broad Street.) Recently I attended the last Christmas party of the season, which is always held after the new year when things settle down.

David and Pat Nogar

TV personality, Pat Nogar, Living well with Pat Nogar the hostess with the mostess celebrates the season every January with a party with friends to mark the end of a joyous season at her beautifully decorated home in Trooper, Pa.

Pat welcomes her guests to her beautifully decorated home with Christmas trees in every room.

And before you knew it, Christmas was over. Can we start Christmas in October next year.

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Colin Jost Officiated A Wedding in Philly and Scarlett Johansson Was There

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Seems Philly has more than just a Tina Fey connection to Saturday Night Live. Emmy Award Winning SNL Producer, Erin Doyle who hails from the Philadelphia area and on Saturday Night she married the love of her life Sam Shechtman, who has ties to Philly as well having worked at PWC and the Sixers. Friends tell me they met in Philly as well.

A lot of SNL Folks were in attendance including Ken Tola, Co head writer SNL, cast members Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim, Michael Che and Beck Bennett; as well as actors Ben Sinclair, known for High Maintenance and popular personality Shep Rose of ‘Southern Charm’ .

Recently Shep Rose was in the news when Vanderpump Rules couple Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright told Andy Cohen that Shep Rose was their worst wedding guest because he did social media at their wedding sharing stories and photos on his instagram in real time. Thankfully Shep hasn’t curb his insatiable need to share those special moments and last night he did just that at Erin and Sam’s wedding… (Thanks to my tipster that gave me the heads up in the middle of the night. Yes I got out of bed and put this story together at 3am.)

Shep Rose posted an Instastory about SNL fave Colin Jost officiating at Erin and Sam’s wedding at the Crystal Tea Room. Seems Colin also did a 15 minute stand up of the couple.

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Erin, Colin and Shep go way back as friends. In another Andy Cohen interview, Colin revealed he and Shep bonded over surfing and became fast friends. Colin was already good friends with Erin and three friends would vacation together over the years.

PHS Flower Show Gala Info

Other notable guests who attended the wedding included actress Gina Gershon, comedian Peggy “Aunt Peggy” O’Leary, Joey Selden, Schuyler Sutton , Kiera Chambers and yes Scarlett Johansson was there celebrating alongside the Doyle/Chambers family. Friends tell me Scarlett was super nice, smiled the whole time, danced with Colin and interacted with guests. Guests dined on short rib, risotto, chicken stuffed with spinach and enjoyed a delicious wedding cake by Termini Brothers Bakery with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

The band was Chevy Chevis Entertainment. If that sounds familiar, you might recall it was the same band who entertained at former SNL cast member Bill Murray’s son Luke Murray’s wedding to Kara Cassidy, who’s dad worked for the Sixers at the time, a time when the groom Sam Shechtman did as well. (A story I broke as well as Bill Murray skipped the Emmy’s to attend his son’s wedding.)

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Or maybe Bill Murray made the suggestion to Erin directly.

The wedding rehearsal was held at the Reading Terminal

Cheers to a fantastic new chapter in your lives Erin and Sam !!

In this video you can see Scarlett Johansen, Colin Yost stand up as cast mate Aidy Bryant pumps her fist in the air.

Oh one last thing, here’s Erin with baby Doyle Shechtman back in November. The sheet to the left has info on the 11/16/19 show starring Harry Styles. Interesting enough, the SNL re-run on Saturday night, during the #Shechtmate wedding was indeed this same show. Coincidence? Ironically today, Philly Style Magazine hosted their wedding show at Finley Caterers Crystal Tea Room. I was impressed how quickly they turned the room around as I know the wedding didn’t end til 2am. For more Wedding photos check out

Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost @parcrittenhouse b4 they strolled through @RittenhouseSq on the way back to @ritzcarltonphiladelphia with other guests who attended the welcome wedding luncheon on Saturday.

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Kendall Jenner Update; Kate Winslet Films; Lilliputian Wawa To Open w/Freebies

Hi it’s Thursday, and on Thursday I like to chitchat about what’s happening around Philly. Lots, we’re a bustling City for sure. Hope your week is going well so far.

After winning against Oklahoma on Monday, Bendall and friends headed to Harp & Crown’s Elbow Lane, which is a lounge in the basement which has two bowling lanes.

Bradley Cooper celebrated his birthday at the Four Seasons Jean George, then headed to the Eagles game with a couple of friends. Unfortunately he forgot our good luck charm, daughter Lea, and we lost. The caricature is from The Palm on Broad Street.

In October 2018, I broke the story that Wawa was going to open near 16th and Chestnut Streets, and April 2019 they officially announced it – a mini Wawa, or as I like to call it a grab & go Wawa will include a walk-up window (l) where customers can pick up orders they’ve placed ahead of time via Wawa’s mobile app. The menu will still include sandwiches, and drinks so it’ll be interested to see how it handles foot traffic in such a confined space.

The hours are 6am to 10pm daily. On Friday at 8 a.m. the first 100 customers through the door will receive a T-Shirt and free coffee. Then the official ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m., with city officials and community leaders in attendance. Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of Newest Center City Location at 16th and Ranstead Streets,
Marking First Store of 2020 as Innovative Food Focused Destination for Customers on the Go
**FREE coffee for all customers through Monday, January 13, 2020
**Special giveaways – first 100 customers will receive Wawa t-shirts, enjoy fanfare and the first
tastes of new food and drink offerings
10AM Hoagies for Heroes, hoagie building competition where teams from Philadelphia Police
Department and Philadelphia Fire Department will face off to see who can build the most
hoagies in three-minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for
Heroes competitions by presenting checks on behalf of the winning and runner up teams, for
$1,000 to the charities of their choice.
Check out Wine Dive Party Pixs at PhillyVoice

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Did You Know City Hall Hosts Inaugural Parties During the Day

Monday morning the Mayor was sworn in for his second term as Mayor of Philadelphia. He was joined by City Council members, judges, the City Commissioner, the Sheriff, and the Register of Wills who were also installed at this ceremony.

At night there’s usually a party, but this year Mayor Kenney did something special, the Mayor held a free ticketed concert, hosted by Patty Jackson and Jerry Blavat, as a thank you to Philadelphia residents and supporters of his administration at The Met, 858 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA. I didn’t attend either of these events as you know I am still recovering from the Flu and it would have been more difficult for me to capture the photos I wanted for my March Philly Mag column.

I had a feeling there would be City Council parties at City Hall, which usually happens the day of the swearing in, and I was right. These shots are so much easier to get, as I can pose folks and they’re not going to be rushing to get the best seats for the “show”. I’ve saved about a dozen photos for my March Philly Mag column.

Tayran Flaherty , Council person Helen Gym and Bret Flaherty, Esq. (I’ve known the Flaherty’s for about 20 years, as Bret and I both worked at the same law firm at one time.) I have a fun photo of their family I will be running in Philly Mag.
Council person Katherine Gilmore Richardson (I have a beautiful photo of her whole family I will be submitted to Philly Mag.)
Sahir Muhammad and his dad Bill Ballou

Council Member Helen Gym and Mayor Jim Kenney

The Mayor signs two executive orders related to his administration’s priorities for the second term. Congrats to everyone, looking forward to 4 more years as Jim Kenney as Mayor. Check out The Philadelphia Citizen for bios on the Council Members.
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Open Call For Entertainers for Center City Parks This Year

PHILADELPHIA (January 7, 2020): The Center City District seeks to commission local musicians, DJs and crafters to participate in various public programs at Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park throughout 2020. Applications will be accepted until January 31 at 3 p.m.

Potential opportunities include:

Summer:

–       PNC presents Live @ Lunch (Dilworth Park, Wednesdays & Thursdays, Noon-1:30 p.m.)

o    Small bands or solo performers, preferably jazz, R&B and singer-songwriter genres 

–       SIPS (Dilworth Park, Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.)

o    DJs

–       Friday Night Live (Dilworth Park, Fridays, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.)

o    Small bands, rock genre 

–       Live in Sister Cities Park (Sister Cities Park, Thursdays, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.)

o    1-3 piece musical acts, singer-songwriter genre

–       Fine Art and Craft Fair (Dilworth Park, dates & times vary)

o    Crafters, artists, food/beverage purveyors, etc.

Fall:

–       Rhythm & Brews (Dilworth Park, Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.)

o    Small bands or solo performers, blues genre

–       PNC presents Live @ Lunch (Dilworth Park, Wednesdays & Thursdays, Noon-1:30 p.m.)

o    Small bands or solo performers, preferably jazz, R&B and singer-songwriter genres 

–       Made in Philadelphia Fall Market (Dilworth Park, dates & times vary)

o    Crafters, artists, food/beverage purveyors, etc.

–       Octoberfest (Dilworth Park, dates & times vary)

o    Small bands and DJs, various genres

Winter:

–       Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market (Dilworth Park, dates & times vary)

o    Crafters, artists, food/beverage purveyors, etc.

Interested applicants 21 and older should visit centercityphila.org/rfp-opportunities to find the application and event descriptions. Compensation will be discussed individually.

For more information, visit centercityphila.org/rfp-opportunities. Events are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. Sister Cities Park is located at 210 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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Photos: Stove and Tap Opens in Malvern; The food was delicious!!

Stove and Tap Opens in Malvern, the new restaurant at 245 Lancaster Ave. in Malvern, Chester County, opened its doors on Thursday, Dec. 19. Stove & Tap Malvern from Stove and Co. Restaurant Group, which also owns The Bercy in Ardmore and Al Pastor in Exton, has been a work-in-progress since August 2018. The restaurant was set to open earlier this year, but then a paving truck lost its brakes in the parking lot and rolled through the new location’s front wall.

Justin Weathers, of Ardmore and is Stove & Tap partner, Richard Fell, Director of Operations of Stove & Tap and Chef Joe Monnich, Stove & Tap partner
Nadia Bosket and Charisse McGill
Sarah Ross,, Melissa Giggs and Allison Doyle
Michael Geoghegan and Katherine Nails

The new Stove & Tap in Malvern is a sprawling 7,500-square-foot space. There are 50 state flags on the walls picked up at various vintage shops.

Single Scenesters Melissa Leonard and perpetually happy Bob Kelly, Fox 29

The Stove and Tap “Tappy Hour” runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The wings were so amazing, they’d be worth the trip from Center City just to enjoy, but get the Brisket Mac N’ Cheese and you’ll keep going back. I asked Justin if there was a Stove & Tap in Philly’s future and unfortunately there’s not. If you want the Mac N Cheese you’ll have to go out to Malvern Stove & Tap, dang, harsh.

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Whole Foods On Broad? Kendall Jenner & Ben Simmons Spotted

Last summer I wrote about the Bellevue undergoing changes starting with Mary Dougherty’s Nicole Miller store closing that location. (Story)

Which would lead to more stores closing at the location so they could renovate the lobby a source at Starbucks told me. It seems Nightingale Properties, the new owners, would like to return the hotel back to a hotel with a grand bar/sitting area in the lobby. Philly is a hot spot now, and we need hotel rooms so it’s not a bad idea. Unfortunately some of our favorite spots are going to have to move to make room for the new lobby like the recently announced Tiffany’s Jewelers which is moving to the old Zara location (PBJ), which I hear the owners want to be a hot spot like the Ritz Carlton down the street. Have you been there lately, it really is a hot spot now.

When I first wrote about the lobby changes last summer, I noted that the food court was often closed most days. I had heard rumors that the salon located in the basement, might move to the first floor where the Polo Shop was located, but vacated so many years ago.

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I think it’s fair to say that they’re definitely going somewhere as Tavern on Broad closed last Wednesday. The employees found out on Monday that New Year’s Eve would be their last day of work. A fairly tight group, they were heartbroken. I hear the owner is looking for a new spot in town so stay tuned. Rumor has it the food court area is to become a Whole Foods. Great spot for a supermarket as there are no big food markets in Center City Proper, but could we get a Wegman’s instead, there’s already a great Whole Foods in the Art Museum area, and on South Street. A guy could dream though.

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons are definitely back on, as I first reported 12/14/19. This past week they shopped a lot in South Jersey, near Ben’s new home in Moorestown. Then over the weekend they were spotted at Federal Donuts, and on Saturday night at Davio’s in Center City (as seen in this photo I found on a BENDALL sight.) If it’s your photo I’ll be happy to give you credit, and I’d love to hear more details. Crossing fingers that the Sixers win tonight. I hate when Kendall gets the blame for their loss. LQQK for Bradley Cooper to be at today’s Eagles game. He grabbed brunch at the Four Seasons before heading out to the tail gate parties around 2pm. Happy Chit Chat see you tomorrow.
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Let’s Check Out Philly’s New Year’s Resolutions

Every Year the Kimmel Center has a New Year’s Resolution Wall in their lobby. Folks who wander in to enjoy the days free family events at the arts & culture center are eager to share their thoughts for the future on the wall, which is sponsored Arts Montco and Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

Not Die Overseas? Dustin what does that mean?

Oh a visitor on New Year’s Day!!

OK good luck on the Broad Street Run this year. Congrats Marlene & Yvonne. Lots of people want to be kinder this year.

I highly recommend checking out MeetUp.com to meet new friends. You can pick out a subject you like to participate in, and meet other folks that have the same interest. Happy New Year, be kind, Vote, and Go Eagles!!