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L3 Loft Event Space Opening Party

Welcome to L3 Loft, Philadelphia’s newest one-of-a-kind event space located in the heart of Center City, on 17th and Chestnut streets. The third-floor loft space offers unique views of Chestnut Street, along with two different banquet room options.

Located above the Indian Chinese-fusion restaurant, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden (1726 Chestnut Street) L3 Loft offers two rooms for you to choose from. Food can be from the on-site caterings services from the popular restaurant, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, as well as the option to cater food from an outside restaurant or organization. I know this is a big selling point as readers ask me for recommendations like this all the time.

The two rooms to choose from our: North Room and South Room.
The North Room faces Chestnut Street and has seating for 10 to 20 people, the space is equipped with audio/ visual capabilities including a large-screen television and a state-of-the-art sound system.

The South Room is the perfect space for all of your big events. With seating for up to 35 people, the space is ideal for weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties, holiday parties, and corporate and networking events. The bi-level banquet room allows for a plethora of event configurations, allowing your vision for the event to come-to-life. The South Room is equipped with audio/visual capabilities including large-screen televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system. (source)

For more photos check out Philly Style Magazine and the L3 Loft Website
Plus I just saw on Meetup’s that every 3rd Wednesday there will be Board Game Night there. I’m going, hope to see you. (MeetUp) Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.

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Roman Square Town Homes Only 3 Left – UPDATE 2 LEFT 8/16/19

In close proximity to the Passyunk Ave corridor bustling with a plethora of restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, gym, shopping and Columbus Square Park, a new townhouse project, Roman Square, was built. Located on the southwest corner of 11th and McKean Streets, Roman Square is a community featuring only eight exclusive town home residences with garage parking for one or two cars. Buyers are able to chose from several different floor plans featuring 3 or 4 bedrooms by acclaimed architects, Canno Design.

The town-homes feature 10 ft ceilings and oversized Pella Windows allowing maximum flow of natural light throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen. Each unit features a gourmet kitchen equipped with every modern amenity including French door refrigerator, 5 burner gas range, eat in, dishwasher, canopy hood and slide out microwave, all clad in stainless steel. Additional features include hardwood flooring and recessed LED lighting throughout all living areas and bedrooms, quartz countertops and more .

There’s a 10-year tax abatement and one year builder warranty included for added piece of mind. A superb walk score of 96, bike score of 78 & transit score of 79 providing easy access to the Broad St line and other public transport. Contact

An expansive 280 sq ft roof deck with amazing views tops off this quality filled home.
Check out additional info on this article published by The Passyunk Post, and then contact the Listing Agent Maria Quattrone
RE/MAX @ HOME – Philadelphia
Office Ph: (215) 607-3535
Ph: (215) 607-3535
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Sofitel en Blanc Offering Another Opportunity to attend Diner en Blanc Philly

Diner en Blanc, the most desired dinner party to attend says 6,000 people. All the RSVP’s are in, and you haven’t received yours. There is another way to get in and you don’t have to carry your table, food or schlep through subways (although I always have fun doing that as well.)

Once again this year, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Dîner en Blanc International to bring a new level of luxury to this iconic occasion. Guests in 6 North American cities will be able to claim a highly coveted ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc and skip the carrying of tables, chairs and dinnerware – to seek out the extraordinary, an exclusive dining experience fashioned by Sofitel and inspired by the elegance and sophistication of high French culture, right in the heart of Dîner en Blanc. Places are extremely limited. To learn more, visit www.sofitelenblanc.com.

Experience the new French art de vivre. Experience Sofitel en Blanc.

Exclusive Sofitel en Blanc Package includes:

  • Highly Coveted Ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc
  • Welcome Champagne Toast at Sofitel
  • Luxury Transport to Preferred Meeting Spot
  • Elegant Tablescape at Le Dîner en Blanc (Pre-Set; No Carrying Required)
  • Gourmet Menu Curated by one of Sofitel’s Premiere Chefs
  • Selections of Fine Wines
  • An Evening of Revelry & Dancing

Pricing is $600.00 per pair**.

Learn more about our partnership with Dîner en Blanc International, click here.

** Sofitel en Blanc All-Inclusive Passes have a maximum capacity of 50 pairs for the Philadelphia event. Sofitel en Blanc Passes are non-refundable and based on per pair pricing of $600.00 USD ($300.00 USD per guest). For complete terms and conditions, click here.

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Ball on the Square 2019 The Glitz and Glamour of it All

June and July went by so quickly, and I never had a chance to write about the Ball on the Square on ChitChat. It’s a fun event, a wonderful mission and a beautiful atmosphere. Let’s take a look…

Co-chairs Hilarie Morgan, and Noele Wein with Friends of Rittenhouse President Bart Blatstein . The theme of this years Friends of Rittenhouse Ball was inspired by Truman Capote’s fame Black & White Ball where anybody who was anyone was invited to his gala at the Plaza Hotel. But Hilarie and Noele opened the Ball on the Square to whomever was willing to buy a ticket to Rittenhouse Square’s biggest fundraiser. This year’s proceeds will be going to fix the uneven sidewalks which surround the square.
Every year the event attracts locals who watch the parade of fashions. This trio always has a delicious spread and crafty cocktails.

Thanks to Event Partners – Cuisine by Constellation
Decor by Evantine Design;
Music by the Eddie Bruce Orchestra and
Public Relations by Cashman & Associates.

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Philadelphia Style Magazine Celebrates 20 Years of BOS

On Thursday, July 25, 2019 Philadelphia Style Magazine’s hosted their 20th Anniversary Party for the popular tome at the Kimmel Center.

Publisher John Colabelli and Kristin Detterline, editor hosted the magazine’s annual “Best of Style” party for 1,200 guests.

Including friends, family, influencers, dignitaries and celebrities.

Rachel and John Paz with Sabrina Tamburino Thorne; (middle photo) Ben Drabinski, Jason Kravitz, Ryan Fuller and Can Boluk; Alex Holley, mom Sharyn Holley and David Alexander Jenkins; Vicki Pohl andHarry Spivak

Don and Renee Freeman, Freeman Interiors; The Fearless Restaurant Team representing Louie, Louie, Moshulu, and White Dog restaurants to name a few and Maria Elena Quattrone Real Estate Agent and Robert Molinaro Vice President, Chorus Communications.

Evan and Lynsie Solomon; Lindsey and Chuck Peruto; Charles Paloux and Nicole Paloux (Happy 10th Anniversary) Kim Adu and Bev McAvoy; Rosemary Connors and Wendy Warren, NBC10 Philadelphia

Sal D’angelo who has the best lasagna in town at D’Angelo’s on 20th Street near Rittenhouse Square with Donna Coghlan, join her tomorrow at the Nicole Miller Farewell Party at the Bellevue 5PM. Everything in the store is 50 – 75% off. (I met Donna and photographer Robert Mendelsohn the same day at an Alex’s Lemonade event at Osteria in 2008)

I was wondering where Robert Mendelsohn was during the Philly Style Magazine BOS Party last week. We’ll miss you Robert!! You have left an indelible mark with your prolific body of work and kindness.
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Celebs in Philly: Queer Eye, Sally Field, Meek Mill, James McAvoy Married? and Jeffree Star

Philly Wood is in high gear between Queer Eye and Dispatches from Elsewhere filming around town. Let’s get started with Philly Gossip here on chitchat every Sunday. Thanks to all my readers for the tips and photos you sent. Some with credit, others want to be anonymous but are just fans who want to support the fun in Philly. I really appreciate it.

Dispatches from Elsewhere filmed through the night in Rittenhouse Square on Friday. There must have been a hundred extras, and they also recruited a few who were hanging out in the square that evening. There was a sign at all entrances to the center of the square which said you may be in the TV series if you are anywhere in the square that evening as they had a camera on a boom doing sweeps. Check out photos from the shoot here with Sally Field, Andre 3000, and Eve Lindley here, FIND OUT WHERE the TV SHOW is based, plus photos from Friday Night’s Shoot >>> Philly Voice Monday and share some never before insider chit chat. I’ll put a link here when it goes live.

Before heading over to Rittenhouse Square to film on Friday, Dispatches filmed a scene in Elixir Coffee Rittenhouse 207 S Sydenham St, with Jason Segal. He had a long day, as the film wrapped at 430am on Saturday. Remember to follow me on Instagram, where I often video scenes of the movie shoot in real time in the Insta Stories. PhillyChitChat

BTW look who stopped by the set on Friday night, James McAvoy (Split, Glass) and Lisa Liberati (James met Lisa when he filmed the movie Split here in Philly, and they’ve been together ever since.) to visit a few of their friends in the film industry. They later headed across the street to enjoy dinner at Parc. Later in the evening James met his idol Sally Field, where he stated I don’t believe you should ever meet your idols, but in this case I did and it wasn’t a disappointment. I don’t want to start a rumor but is that a wedding band on Lisa’s finger?

Photo: Anonymous

Friday Queer Eye Fab Five were spotted filming all day at The Walnut Street Cafe in the FMC/AKA building in University City.

Makeup mogul, Morphe Cosmetics, is celebrating its grand opening at King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, July 27. Special guest and makeup connoisseur Jeffree Star will greet fans and hand out numerous prizes and giveaways beginning at noon. (Photo from Jeffree Star Insta)
Jefree drew quite a crowd, it was almost like his 13.5 million followers on instagram showed up.
Photo Credit: @missjag23 @dariel215_ 
@snipes_usa + @meekmill presented Philly Love Concert at NOTO last night ! This was the first concert since Meek Mill Inked Dream Chasers Label Partnership With Roc Nation. He brought his son Papi up on stage and he performed his own short rap.
Celebrities in Philly. James McAvoy stops by the Dispatches From Elsewhere film set. His longtime girlfriend Lisa is wearing a wedding band.
Today before heading over to the East Passyunk Car Show and Festival stop by the Open House: Public: Sun Jul 28, 1:00PM-3:00PM
730 Fitzwater St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Residential
3Beds 4Baths 2,500SqFt
Designer Inspired and completely rebuilt with impeccable mindfulness to craftsmanship, this 3-story
Maria Quattrone
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What did the Rolling Stones Do while in Philly for nearly a WEEK! Plus Queer Eye Guys are everywhere, Sally Field is Finally Here.

OK I promised my sources I wouldn’t publish stories on the Stones until after they check out of their hotel as it seems everyone reads PhillyChitChat and they already had fans hanging outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, which is why I am publishing this at 4pm. If you’re a celebrity you don’t have to check out by noon.

(Photo: Derek Heidel)
The Rolling Stones plane landed Sunday July 21, with a lot of their family in tow. Most of the band headed to the Rittenhouse Hotel where they occupied nearly an entire floor, including managers, nannies, handlers and more bodyguards than you could count. The more recognizable folks like Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger would take the stairs, or service elevators to travel between the floors, often leaving through the little used garage to head out to tour Philadelphia as Charlie Watts did when he headed snuck away to hear music at a local club, or as Mick said during the concert on Tuesday, dodge potholes on his way to Wawa’s.

While Mick was in town he got a lot of food satisfaction, often ordering from local restaurants to deliver, head out to dinner with family members, or order room service from the hotel. He was spotted at dining out twice. Monday night a reader of mine sent me this photo of Mick Jagger, 76 dining with his 32 year old girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater at Stephen Starr’s Talula’s Garden across from Washington Square. This is a favorite spot of Beyonce and Jay-z’s when they come to town. Tuesday after the concert at the Linc, most of the band members were spotted at Scarpetta, the restaurant inside the Rittenhouse Hotel, except for Keith Richards and Mick . Last night (Wednesday) the entire band except Keith Richards, dined at Morimoto, another Starr Restaurant.

Ronnie Wood, 72 and his wife Sally Humphries, 39 headed there from their hotel The Logan to join the band about 10PM. There’s no beef between the Stones and Ronnie, it’s just a personal preference that Wood like’s the Logan. Ronnie was super friendly at the hotel, and signed and posed for fans.

Before dinner Mick Jagger headed to the Barnes Museum for a private tour about 5:30pm. Jagger’s seventh child, Lucas Maurice Morad Jagger, age 20 accompanied him. Mick posed for a photo with staff, but I guess his son Lucas was camera shy. Then he went back to the Rittenhouse around 7PM, before heading out to dinner for a 10PM reservation dinner with the band and managers. On this particular night, the caravan of cars were less than the normal 10 car detail that followed them to the restaurant, and as elusive as ever Mick went in the backdoor while the others used the front door. Unfortunately for the fans that waited outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, no one got any autographs or photos.

There’s been few sightings of the fab 5 in Philadelphia, than Jason Segel or even Mick Jagger, but in the past two days we’ve had 3 sightings. Tan Francis was out and about with his beau in Old City, while Queer Eye food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski was spotted filming a segment for the show Wednesday afternoon at the the popular Queen Village restaurant Cry Baby. The restaurant was full of locals acting as extras, who dined along side them. No word on what they ate as everything is top secret, but I hear the pasta is good. In this photo is owner Bridget Foy. and her parents Bernadette and John. Antoni spent the weekend with his BFF Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid at their mother’s Yolanda Hadid’s farm in New Hope, who’s neighbor is Zac Posen, his family owns a farm in Bucks County as well.

Earlier this week Queer Eye filmed at The Duke Barber Company at 1530 Locust St, with the shows hairdresser Jonathan van Ness.

Then today koryaversa spotted Queer Eye’s Jonathan in No Libs at the Philadelphia Barber Company ( 1106 N Front St)! When you stop for a quick hair cut and @jvn stops by to say hi! He was so nice and said he liked my beard! I heard he stopped into Love and Honey nearby for lunch (1100 No Front Street) where he ordered chicken fingers, spicy slaw, cornbread with honey and 2 cookies. Sounds delicious.

Dispatches from Elsewhere is filming at 2nd and Market again tonight, inside Stephen Starr’s Continental restaurant. In tonight’s scene will be Jason Segel, Sally Field, who was seen walking down Chestnut Street yesterday carrying a Whole Foods bag, and Andre 3000.

Andre was spotted playing his flute at a Starbucks in Old City. On that note I’m off to get ready for the Philly Style Magazine party. Check back with me Monday for all the glitz and glamour as the magazine celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary!! In the meantime check out Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Hennessy Paradis Imperial Tasting At Damari Saville with friends. See which team mate was there. https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/category/hughe-dillon/#.XToYXWFiu5U.twitter

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Bellevue Hotel Retail Lobby Renovation; Nicole Miller To Move, and is having a store closing sale right now!!

It’s been quite a loud secret these past few weeks as I’ve received so many tips and questions from folks wondering what is happening at the iconic Bellevue Hotel with the men in suits running around with their clip boards.

The Bellevue originally opened in 1904, as The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, and currently features a 172 room luxury hotel, Class A office space, a parking garage, sports club/fitness facility, retail stores including Nicole Miller, Williams-Sonoma, Teuscher ‘s Chocolates, The Walking Store and a ballroom/events center which recently unveiled it’s renovation grand ballroom this past year . The guest rooms underwent a renovation in recent years. And then the Rubin organization sold a large percentage of their company.

Photo by Jordan Parenti

To Nightingale Properties who announced on their FB page in March: We are thrilled to announce that Nightingale Properties has partnered with the Rubin family in the ownership of The Bellevue…This acquisition is Nightingale’s fifth asset in the Philadelphia market, contributing to a collective total of nearly five million square feet. ~ And as I can see they’re solidly invested in Philly. (They also own 1835 Market Street, where a Planet Fitness is opening soon in the space once occupied by Weston Fitness, and 1635 Market St.) (Natalie Kostelni at Phila Biz Journal wrote a nice article on the Nightingale purchase of the Bellevue.)

Sources tell me that the new owners are eager to return the hotel to it’s majestic state with a grand lobby. This is a photo of the office tower lobby, and 19th floor restaurants. The hotel lobby is towards the left out of sight.

Next to the hotel lobby is the Nicole Miller store. Over the past few days Mary Dougherty , who owns and operates the Nicole Miller Philadelphia store at the Bellevue has notified her clients that this location, which she opened 22 years ago, is closing on July 31. Mary and her team are currently looking for another location in Center City, and will continue to operate her original store located in Manayunk. Plus she still serves a sizable still be able to service clients in their homes 215-930-0307. In the meantime Mary might also do Pop-up stores downtown, similar to another iconic former Center City shop Knit Wit, which was pushed out of it’s space for a fast food salad spot.

Coincidentally Nicole Miller is running their mid summer sale at both locations, and much of the clothing from spring and summer are between 50% and 75% off. You can also check out the Nicole Miller fall line which is in stores now.

As for the other stores at the Bellevue mum seems to be the word right now, but I did notice the food court has been closed lately, it only has about 5 spots left. Maybe Eataly would be perfect for this spot. BTW The Palm is running their lobster special through July 31. You just might catch Jason Segel dining besides you as he’s been spotted there recently. As for Mary and her team in Manyaunk, she says “Stay tuned for exciting upcoming new series of monthly gatherings focusing on fashion trends, health and wellness, and more for our amazing customers. Visit our website marykdougherty.com

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Walking Dead to Film in Philadelphia, Dispatches Update, Retail Update & Baby News

Oh what a weekend, sure it’s 100f but that’s unique. I hope you all went out and experienced it. It doesn’t happen often, and it’s the opposite of when dad would tell us when I was a kid the snow was up to here.

Congrats to the sexist couple in Philly Brandon Morrison and Stacey Kracher on the birth of their bouncing baby girl Azuri.

Big News out of the San Diego Comic Con this week. First DANAI GUIRAR who plays machette wielding  Michonne on WALKING DEAD just announced she was leaving after this season of the popular AMC TV series. Last year Andrew Lincoln, who played Rick left, and it was announced shortly after that he’d be starring in a series of WALKING DEAD MOVIES, which will only be released in movie theaters, first. Well at comic con they released a trailer for the movie, which hasn’t event started filming yet, I was screaming when I saw it as it played the creepy soundtrack to the show and zeroed in on a silhouette of the PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE, OMG.

My nephew Tim is going to freak out. Last year he and his mom, my sister, traveled to Georgia to check out the film set. He’s an uber fan. Hopefully it’s not like going to be partially filmed here like Shazam, which was released earlier this year. It was set in Philly but mostly filmed in Canada. The film production did spend a day in Philly getting background shots on the Art Museum steps, and a few other places. But lets cross our fingers this is not the case. I WANT TO BE A ZOMBIE EXTRA. As long as we have Sharon Pinkenson and her team at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office working hard to attract these films we’ll be ok says this paparazzi.

Speaking of AMC TV show, filming has finally begun for Dispatches From Elsewhere. I had a chance to observe filming on Tuesday as they filmed scenes on South Street. Jason Segel was filmed walking down the street
reading his phone, he steps in front of a car which stops suddenly avoiding hitting him. Surprisingly Jason did his own stunts, and the car was definitely going about 15 miles an hour. Then they headed to the Curtis Center where Jason filmed in the lobby to the delight of the tenants in the building. It’s my understanding that this will be “Jason’s” apartment building. Friday they filming in Old City and then headed to the streets near the Melrose Diner in South Philly. It was so hot out, and the poor guy had to endure the weather in his costume, the film must take place in the fall as he wears a black shirt and a black coat in all the scenes. DINING OUT: BTW Jason Segel’s dined at Pinefish at 12th and Pine, and The Palm in The Bellevue last week.

QU Japan Bistro & Bar is coming soon to Center City, where Potbelly used to be on 16th Street at 1635 16th Street. The closest one is located in KOP and has had rave reviews.

The former Cosi at 12th and Walnut looks like it’s found a tenant as a rumored Starbucks will be moving in. Yes I know there’s one across the street, but the much smaller one will be closing and employees and hopefully clientele will move in shortly.

Photo and paragraph provided by client

On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in Wayne, Yards Brewery
and Black Powder Tavern
teamed up to celebrate our nation’s independence while honoring the revolutionary history of the Tavern. That combination drew the faithful from the Main Line.
The event brought out dozens of guests of all ages in variations of red, white and blue and colonial period dress. Taking place on a patriotic patio, the event featured Yards on tap, patriotic
cocktails flowing, and the DJ was spinning beats from many eras of music and calling out historical trivia for guests to win giveaways from Yards. Ben Franklin and James Madison presented a recitation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Lucy Noland Feted for Her Work with Felines and Dogs

Wednesday night former Fox 29 anchor person, Lucy Noland (r) was honored at a reception at Barclay Prime with City Officials, former co-workers, friends and the many animal organizations she has worked with over the years. Here daughter Gable Noland was in attendance as well.

Lucy receiving a citation from the City, presented to her by Councilmen Allan Domb, Bobby Hennon, and Mark Squilla, with her friend Fox 29’s Thomas Drayton by her side for her animal advocacy work . 2nd photo Gabriel Noland, Lucy Noland, Susan Russell and former Gov Ed Rendell.

Sandy Boyle, Michelle Helms and Diana Bauer. 2nd photo: Geri Schaffer, Aladdin and Michelle Helms

There were many animal activists in the crowd of well wishers from Steve and Clare Morrison, Mac’s Fund, Diana Bauer , Lucky You Animal Rescue , Stephanie Sena ( an adjunct history professor at Villanova University, oversees the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) working with ADA compliant homes, which are pet friendly to house homeless people) to Zoeann Campbell, President at Nonlethal Options for Animals, Michelle Helms, Philadoptables, Inc and Michelle Schaffer-Stevens, Aladdin Nation

Nicole Ennis, Kim Astringer, Anne Bono and Cheryl Bono

Congrats Fox 29’s Bill Anderson (l) for joining the ACCT Philly board!! Here with Rebecca Epting and Councilman Domb

Clare and Steve Morrison, Mac’s Fund – Look for Lucy to be a spokesperson for animals in the future.