On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 I attended a red carpet event at the Laurel announcing the formation of the next iteration of the AGENCY Real Estate Partnership… the Evolution of Luxury Real Estate for the Philadelphia Marketplace! For years the award winning licensed Broker/Realtor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Lisa Silveri has owned and operated the successful AGENCY with an extensive background in selling high end residential and commercial properties. During the pandemic she thought, what is next, what should I be doing. She’s stepping back just a bit, and stepping up is her new partners, a young dynamic team which will complete The AGENCY’s Real Estate Christopher Werley, Larry Holmes Jr. and Matthew Loebsack 1518 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 990-3159
The Agency understand the nuances of the the Philadelphia real estate market and have the ability to serve buyers and sellers with various needs and desires.
Gran Caffe L’Aquila was the caterer. I just had dinner there last Thursday, and it was delicious. I had their Restaurant menu, and everything was perfect, but the Cannoli was something to write home about.
Although Lisa is still the president, this young, new generation of real estate agents will be taking the reigns of The Agency for all your needs. Another thing about these three, friends for years, growing up in and around Easton, Pa. Christopher Werley, Larry Holmes Jr. and Matthew Loebsack.
Glitz, glamour and gorgeous comes to mind when I think about the Eighth Annual POPS Ball which I attended on September 16, 2021 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. This years theme was a black and white masquerade ball.
Broadway legend Liz Callaway got the room jumping, it was great to be out again and celebrating the Philly Pops and life!! Thanks for bearing with me this week, I’ve been shooting so many events and chasing Adam Sandler I’ve gotten behind in posting and invoicing, just in case your the dozen asking me where your invoice is. I see a slow week coming up in October. I’ll catch up. Thanks HughE
In 2012 Hotel Monaco at 5th and Chestnut Street opened the next hot spot, a rooftop lounge over looking historic Philadelphia, Stratus Lounge brought us next level cocktails but no real place to dance although over the years people found room to vibe.
Shortly before the pandemic, Stratus closed to renovate and update the space at the end of 2019. For the first time in almost a year, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the swanky rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, is once again open to the public and now vibes takes center stage. Guests can expect a robust line up of DJs, live music, a new cocktail menu courtesy of Lead Bartender Christopher Devern, and small bites and hors d’oeuvres from Chef Jonathan Dearden.
The recently renovated indoor/outdoor venue featuring two private pavilions (Mist and Vapor) is freshly fitted with posh booth-style seating, an illuminating, expansive bar, contemporary light fixtures, and a lush “green wall” encompassing the lounge, adding to a thoroughly modern, sexy scene. When renovating the space, the designers discovered a wall of windows were blocking the Mist views.
The Mist has these sweet views of Philly, making it that much nicer of a cute, unique event space with a Philly feel.
On Saturday 50+ arts organizations from across the region participated in Arts Launch 2021 with FREE performances and activities, and a FREE finale performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra mark the momentous occasion of In Person Performances returning to Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Cultural Campus.
Matías Tarnopolsky, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Anne Ewers, Kimmel Cultural Campus president and CEO paused during the busy day to pose for us (an by us I mean you, me and all my readers). At the end of the year Anne Ewers will be retiring, and Matías Tarnopolsky will step into the role of Kimmel Cultural Campus president and CEO . Anne tells me she will still sit on the board, but is looking forward to retiring, traveling more, continue in her mentoring role, and maybe write a book. I’d read it. She was very instrumental in transforming the Kimmel Center, now Kimmel Cultural Campus, into the world class arts & cultural institute it is today.
It was really a fantastic day. People were so excited to be there. To be out. To enjoy entertainment. To return to a familiar place which has always brought joy to their lives. The new normal is quite a bit different than how we used to live, but people have adjusted. They arrived with their vaccination cards, their ID and flexibility.
They also arrived fashionable dressed I noticed, and now with the latest accessory matching or nearly matching masks. As a visual guy, I enjoyed what I saw.
From the Press Release: Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra are elated to raise the Campus curtains once again to the Philadelphia community. The free festival-style event will once again give life to the vibrant arts organization, celebrating diversity and creative energy after a darkening of the Avenue of the Arts. The event will encourage guests to lean into the healing power of artistic performances, mark a new chapter of unity for the Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and unite the Philadelphia community.
That model was amazing, sitting there for at least 4 hours. The artists did a great job at capturing her.
Speaking of art, muralist Frank Alston was doing a piece for Mural Arts at the Kimmel Cultural Campus
The singer from band ILL DOOTS performs in the audience
The Philadelphia Ballet’s (they recently changed their name from the Pennsylvania Ballet, to the more appropriate Philadelphia Ballet.) Nutcracker tickets are on sale, and it’s sale. INFO HERE Performances Dec 10-31, 2021
Check out additional photos from the day at CBSPhilly
And I did this Instagram REEL as well. It’s cute video with the sights and sounds of the day. Just click to play and transport yourself into the audience…. have a great day. Let’s chitchat tomorrow. Thanks for your comments, I read all of them.
TODAY: Thursday, September 16thinternational fashion retailer Primark will officially open its doors in the famed Fashion District Philadelphia, with some exciting opening activations. Customers will be delighted by personalized rides to the event, an all-day set by DJ Neek Nyce, creative swag designed by local Philadelphia artists, and a photobooth to document the day. President of Primark U.S., Andy Stewart will join the Primark team in celebrating the accomplishment of the highly anticipated store opening.
Tuesday night was the Preview Party Night, the Philly Chit Chat team was there including moi and photographer Andre Flewellen. These are Andre’s photos from the other night. I will post mine next week with interviews of folks on the scene. It was a fashionable soiree.
IRISH FASHION RETAILER PRIMARK OPENS AT FASHION DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA ON SEPTEMBER 16TH
The value shopping destination offering Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices to customers will be Primark’s third store in Pennsylvania, boasting 34,200 sq. ft of retail space at the bustling corner of 11th and Market Street. The new store will also create over 350 new jobs, providing a significant boost to the local economy. Primark’s Fashion District location sits in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, in a complex that spans three city blocks across 900,000 square feet.
“We are delighted to welcome Philadelphians to our latest Northeast location in the US, where customers can shop the latest fashion trends, beauty and homeware, all with an amazing price tag” said Andy Stewart, President of Primark US. “Our Fashion District store will mark another important milestone in our ongoing expansion in the US and bringing our Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices to more and more customers.”
I’ll be there at 11AM looking for your smiling face to photograph, especially as you leave the store with your savings. On opening day customers can look forward to exclusive swag, branded customer pedicabs and some more surprises to celebrate Primark’s arrival. See you then….
Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico announce the grand opening of Sonnys Cocktail Joint at 1508 South Street this Friday, August 6th at 5:00pm. The new feel-good laid back neighborhood bar and covered backyard is located next to Wine Dive and one block from Tio Flores. Sonnys will feature expertly made cocktails, New Age American eats, Instagram-ready throwback vibes, a house band, and even a classic jukebox. From the kitchen, Chef D. DeMarco will fire up inventive plays on the classics with food that would be considered high end if it weren’t so down to earth. For the drink program, look for an extensive list of well-executed cocktails for cocktail lovers from every walk of life, along with a tightly curated list of wines, and 14 beers pouring on draft.
This event happened before the mandated masks inside went back into effect. Yes that is how good my summer vacation went that I am a month behind in posting on PCC. These photos did appear on CBSPhilly and the Metro. Anywho this season I am going to ask folks questions to mix it up a little. Tonight’s question was what is your entrance song or your drink of choice, if you have one: Jackie Stella likes a good red wine, where Christian Molnar‘s entrance song is “Head Like A Whole” by NIN.
Joe Hyer loves Levitating as Malia Ward would Shake It Off!!
Caitlyn Love is Living on a Prayer, aren’t we all. Madison Cunningham loves Pink’s Get The Party Started, which we can all relate to these days as well.
Tonya Russell entrance song would be by the great DMS “What They Don’t Known and Briana Louise “Ain’t Shit” by Doja. Congrats to her and her husband Julian on their new house in Roxbourough.
Jeremy Cuevas and Tommy Duffin love old skool “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” which they first heard watching “The Handmaids Tale”
There’s a 1,200-square-foot patio out back to spend those warm fall afternoons chitchatting with friends.
Official fall is a week away, but you wouldn’t know it with this weeks weather. So get out and enjoy these last few weeks of warm weather, as the Old Farmer’s Almanac says we are in for a cold, snowy winter. I shot this at the Waterworks last week, definitely one of the best spots to catch a sunset in Philly. Bring a blanket, lay on the lawn and enjoy.
I caught up with Jaleel White, aka Urkel from Family Matters who’s in town to film scenes in Adam Sandler’s Netflik movie Hustle this week. He told me he plays an assistant gm to the basketball team. He was here last fall filming as well before it was interrupted by the pandemic and was able to take in the sites of Philadelphia. He loves our robust foodie scene in the City and as soon as he returned to film final scenes of the series, he hit up some of our best eateries. Friday night he dined with friends at Vernick Fish. Saturday night he went to Philly’s newest sushi restaurant Izakaya by Yanaga (1832 Frankford Ave with chef Kevin Yanaga aka The Sushi Whisperer in Fishtown. He headed to the kitchen to say hi to the chef, and staff. Then he watched them prepare the dumplings he was about to eat. He also enjoyed Oishi Shrimp Taco, the Toro Roll, Duck Onigiri, while enjoying cocktails “Dance of the Celestial Maiden” Sake Cape May “The Purp” “Tea Time” Cocktail. Hustle is slated to film through the end of September. Hustle stars Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah and LeBron James.
Speaking of good food, I think everyone knows I really want to learn to cook. I have been watching lots of cooking shows. I’ve partnered with The Blok folks. I can’t wait to get this cutting board, which also has a screen to watch cooking lessons, as well as a way to chitchat with family and friends to cook alongside. Are you interested, CLICK HERE
The Best Dish I had this week, was actually the Shrimp & Grits, and the Kielbasa at the new Sandpiper Coastal Bar & Grill at Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City. Absolutely worth the trip for these dishes. I’m going to call them #destinationdishes. Mike enjoyed the Mahi Mahi Tacos, Blackened Mahi-Mahi Tacos, the Diver Scallops and especially the Monkey Bread for dessert. Atlantic City isn’t as far as it seems to enjoy good food, and a night out.
Speaking of the shore, congratulations to Derek Abes and his beautiful bride Kimberly, who were married Sunday at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul. Derek spends the summers at the shore mixing cocktails at Memories, as Jerry Blavat spins for the adoring crowd. In the off months, you can find Derek behind the bar at the Ritz-Carlton. Congrats!!
Congratulations are also in order for Mr. and Mrs Jones as the former Brittini Crabtree married the love of her life, Charles Jones on Sunday at The Farm at Eagles Ridge in Lancaster. Brittni and CJ met at Penn State University senior year and graduated in 2015. He popped the question last summer at their favorite shore spot Cape May. Brittini and Charles Jones reside in Philadelphia near her sister Tiffani Solomon – Matron of Honor. Go Eagles!!
Congratulations to Chris Sower and his wife Lori on their upcoming baby girl due in November; and baby makes 4 as she joins brother Murphy.
Often times I wait to see what other media is going to pick up photos from an event I’ve just shot, and then I put them on PhillyChitChat. I’ve done this for years, especially in non pandemic years as PCC is a media outlet, and it does compete with my other outlets. The agreements I have in place with the other outlets where I don’t post in PCC w/in 4 days of their publication, I had planned this to run during my vacation, the last two weeks in August, but I was so busy in August I didn’t publish as much as I wanted to. Let’s check out the photos I got for the 10th Anniversary of The Fashion Incubator held at InLiquid last month.
To celebrate its ten year legacy, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator hosted ILLUME a 5-week exhibition at InLiquid Gallery (1400 N American St #314, Philadelphia, PA 19122). Guests were invited to join the celebration of the success of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator in a retrospective journey and shop pieces designed by PFI Alumni and Designer-in-Residence at InLiquid’s exclusive gallery during the month-long celebration.
Over the past 10 years, Elissa Bloom, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, has had a front row seat to the business challenges and successes of leading designers. She has been with the organization since 2011 and with the board, launched the successful initiative which is now used as an international model for fashion incubation.
“We are thrilled to know that our initiative has had such a positive impact on revitalizing the fashion ecosystem of Philadelphia through educating and empowering women and minority owned fashion entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses,” says Elissa Bloom. “Our fashion entrepreneurs have positively impacted Philadelphia’s apparel, manufacturing, and retail economy. Through job creation and local industry support, PFI has helped them succeed with their go-to market strategies and in creating sustainable businesses.”
Each year, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator selects a diverse range of dedicated fashion entrepreneurs, focused on taking their vision to the next level, to participate in their designers-in-residence program. Over the next twelve months, the dynamic workshop-centered program connects the designers with the education, resources, connections, and business strategies necessary to grow their brand. Philadelphia Fashion Incubator taps into their network of production pros, business buffs, marketing mavens, and entrepreneurial experts to guide these talented designers to their goals, step-by-step. Their active alumni community continues to stay connected through programming and events.
SAVE THE DATE: The 21st installment of InLiquid’s Signature Event Art for the Cash Poor returns to the American Street Corridor in Kensington. InLiquid is joining forces with NextFAB and the Clay Studio’s Clayfest for a multi-block artisan fair. The event is slated to span the length of N. American Street from the Crane on Master(1400 Block) to NextFAB’s home on Berks Street (1800 Block). Art for the Cash Poor 2021 On North American Street Saturday, September 18, 2021, from noon – 6 pm *** ALSO On Saturday, September 18, The Clay Studio welcomes people of all ages for a day of making, music, and muddy fun during the 6th annual Clay Fest, presented by PNC Arts Alive. This year’s celebration of clay and community will take place at The Clay Studio’s soon-to-be new home in South Kensington at 1425 N. American Street. Activities include hands-on clay projects, wheel throwing demos, a group sculpture extravaganza, artist projects, an ice cream social, screen printing totes, and music by Interminable.
Main Line Today Restaurant Week is over in just a few days on Sept 5 , there’s still a chance for you to dine at 40+ spots in Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties. This week is a wash in the weather and a win in places where you’ve been meaning to go to dine. Check out the list HERE. (PS PCC readers, this is my last post for a week as I am on vacation in the Smoky Mountains and in Charlotte. See you in September, September 7!!)
It was fun to join my fellow foodie Instagram friends on a tour of all many of the delicious restaurants participating in the preview nights including:
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock what are you waiting for….. Main Line Today Restaurant Week P.S. After doing this partnership with Main Line Today, now I know how to spell Main Line, before this I thought it was spelled Mainline, LOL, as I bet a lot off people might think.
Saturday I stopped by my childhood Mall, the Cherry Hill Mall, for a school spirit rally which also had organizations on hand to assist kids safely back to school as well as programing groups for kids to join like swimming, gymnastics of dancing.
Hosted in partnership with SJ Mom Magazine, the Cherry Hill Mall retailers will welcome shoppers to celebrate the upcoming school year in a pandemic-safe environment filled with exciting demonstrations from more than 30 local vendors, and community fun-for-all.
While shopping for school supplies, back-to-school shoppers are encouraged to share their school pride for a chance to win gift cards or other prizes from favorite retailers. Throughout the day, elementary through college students representing their school spirit with school colors, wearing team uniforms, sporting a school shirt or hat, or even dressed as the school mascot will be selected at random for prizes.
From now through Sept. 6, for every $200 spent at Cherry Hill Mall and across the PREIT portfolio, customers will receive a $25 gift card of their choice from a list of more than 30 merchants including AMC, Macy’s, Regal, Sephora, Yard House, Bath & Body Works and more. To participate, customers must upload pictures of their receipts at spendandscore.com by Sept. 30. Receipts from multiple transactions during the promotion dates will be accepted.
The Mall as well as participating retailers have partnered with Center for Family Services throughout the month of August to collect and distribute backpacks and school supplies for students in need. Donation bins will be conveniently located in the malls management office for shoppers to place donated items. Suggested supplies for the drive include: Backpacks Lunchboxes Pens and pencils Highlighters Colored pencils, crayons, and markers Glue sticks Folders Notebooks Loose leaf paper For more details please visit the official event website here. (I’m sure if you participate they will extend it a few days) To See More Photos from Saturday event head to CBSPhilly Thanks
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Main Line Wine Gala 2021
The Main Line Wine Gala is back in person and receiving a fresh and COVID-friendly makeover for 2021. Resources for Human Development will host the Main Line Wine Gala benefitting RHD's innovations in human services on Thursday, September 30th at 6 pm on the beautiful outdoor grounds of Appleford Estates, in Villanova, PA. The 2021 Gala will feature the wines of Groth Vineyards and Winery presented by Marc Nelson of Groth Wines.
Teal Butterfly Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Teal Butterfly is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer by educating the public through community events and social media campaigns
BELIEVE Gala 2021
BELIEVE Gala 2021
Cancer Support Community Philadelphia
Providing a professional, comprehensive program of social and emotional support to adults and children affected by cancer.