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Top Chef Quickfire Opens at The Concourse at Comcast Center

Bravo and Philly-based Spectra, the food services and hospitality company, are joining together to open an eatery called Top Chef Quickfire in the Comcast Center.

The market space includes an open kitchen, a grab-and-go case and some seating.

Kiosks will offer customers fast, cashless checkouts, but there will be a register, too.

Check out more photos at CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine. Check out NBCPhiladelphia for a video recap of the new eatery

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Fabrika Philly Celebrates Opening with a Preview Party

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting this fabulous event the Tuesday Janury 28, as I readied myself for my cruise to Mexico. Let’s check out the VIP Open House to showcase Fabrika Philly.

Fabrika is a unique twist on food, drinks and entertainment, Fabrika promises to bring a modern-day cabaret to Fishtown.

Beth Lawrence + Nicole Morgenstern
The Industry Formula

Reservations will be available online for dinner, served nightly from about 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. During dinner hours there will be light entertainment, like musicians. Later in the evening, you’ll buy tickets in advance or at the door to see the bigger, wilder acts.Snacks will be served during late night performances as well. (Philly Mag)

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The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia Launch Party

Laurie Wightman, editor of The Scout Guide, Main Line & Philadelphia hosted a party for the launch of the 5th volume of TSG Main Line & Philadelphia, a publication dedicated to living beautifully, living well, and living like an insider at Maximalist Studios on Thursday, January 23.
Many members and friends were in attendance at the TSG Main Line & Philadelphia
Dori Desautel Broudy, Allison Brookman & Parisa Abdollahi
Jennifer Justice & Sam Ehlinger The Little House Shop
Jennifer Justice & Anne Henderson looking through The Scout Guide
Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kochar – Owners of Maximalist Studios
Mother/Daughter Duo – Moira and Nancy Follman
Brian Ryan & Hilary Ryan – Owner of Plank Studio
Mark Danzeisen, Ashley Taylor, of DFTI Boutique , Michael Wiley, and Kelsey Germano
Members of The Sivel Group 

Congratulations Laurie Wightman on the beautiful new edition of The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia, PA

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The Always Fashionable Academy Ball

For decades, the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball has been among Philadelphia’s most highly anticipated charity events. On Saturday, January 25, 2020, acclaimed performer John Lithgow joined Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra to celebrate the 163rd Anniversary of the Academy of Music ( Academy Ball Philadelphia 2020 ), as well as some Philly royalty. Lithgow mentioned that Gritty was unable to attend, as he was stepping back. He’s now the Prince Harry of Philadelphia.

Thanks Andre Flewellen for this fabulous photo.
Nicholas Perugino, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, Sheila Hess, and Moi
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I’ve enjoyed all the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball I’ve attended, and they were all very special, but this year was extra special. My tux finally fit perfectly, thanks Men’s Wearhouse and Will Speed over there on Chestnut Street. The friends who filled my table were perfect, thanks Lynsie Solomon for fitting them all at my table. The event went swimmingly, the event planners did an awesome job. The cocktail party, the concert, the entertainment along the promenade to the Bellevue and the BELLEVUE was spectacular. The prettiest it ever has been. It was a night to remember and I can’t wait to go back again. Everyone looked fabulous.

Tiffani Howard, Liz Baker and Dixie James,
Jude Tuma and Aronte Bennett
The Anniversary Concert and Ball benefits the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets are available at www.theacademyball.org
The night can seem long when you learn it starts at 5pm and ends at 2am, but it goes by fast and is enjoyable at every turn. It’s starts out with the very popular white-tie celebration at 5 PM with the Chair’s Pre-Concert Reception at the Academy of Music.
Gianni DiMezza, Giovanna Tripodi, Lynsie Solomon, wearing Missoni and Evan Solomon, co-chair of the Young Friends
Best ensemble: Jason and Rachel Cevera , Chris and Teresa Kenny, and Ralph and Stephanie DeVito
Fashion Standout, another gorgeous green dress
Kimmie Ragone wearing Marchesa Notte Dress and Alexandre Birman shoes (of course we can only see her fabulous pedicure)
Stunning
Kyle Scott and Elizabeth Scott, co-chair of the Young Friends
BTW I appreciate this couple so much. I have met them a thousand times, when I see them I know I know them, but as most of you know I have a very bad memory and I can never remember their names; They are always so gracious about it and I thank you.

Senator Larry Farnese and Annie McCormick wall to wall smiles is always the best look.

The evening continued with the concert in the Academy auditorium at 7 PM.

The post-concert celebrations begin with the traditional promenade up the Avenue of the Arts from the Academy to the Bellevue Hotel, where guests enjoyed an evening of spirited music, dinner, and dancing. 

If you look closely on the Academy of Music at the corner of Broad and Locust you will see a scrim on the Locust street side. Anyone can come and pose for a selfie and it looks like you are on stage under the chandelier looking out into the audience. 

Along the promenade walking up Broad Street and inside the Bellevue Hotel, guests enjoyed entertainment by the Philadelphia Handbells and Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir

The ballroom, and all the rooms the Ball fills were beautifully decorated making each one special and unique. If you’ve never been I really encourage you to go at least once. You will fall in love with the enchanted evening, but most importantly you will learn why it’s an essential fundraiser to maintain the beautiful jewel on Locust Street, The Academy of Music. It really is a special building and you can see the restoration it’s undergone over the past decade.
The bell of the ball, and a mighty fun dance partner – Teresa Nino Kenny in her fun and fancy free Oscar de la Renta gown. Thank you for such a fun time on the dance floor, as well as Paula McDermott, Kimmie Ragone and Janet Guthart. So many more photos will be in Philly Style Magazine, Philly Mag and Philly Tribune in the coming days. Check out CBSPhilly for additional photos.
Till next year Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball !!
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Wonderspaces Is A Wonderful Way to See Art – Opens Today

Wonderspaces, an experiential, interactive arts venue, celebrated their opening with a preview party Tuesday night, January 22. Building on the success of annual pop-up shows they’ve enjoyed in San Diego, and their first permanent location in Scottsdale, AZ, Wonderspace Philly will open a 24,000 square foot new gallery space on after a ceremonial ribbon cutting today at 11:30am. This inaugural lineup features fourteen experiential and participatory art installations from artists from around the world some works shown at the prestigious Art Basel in Miami, with each work focusing on the theme of perspective.

Wonderspaces is an unique art experiences which fits perfectly in the new shopping concept Fashion District, which blends together entertainment and art, and features an existing $1 million in commissioned artwork.

Michelle Cassidy (l) experiencing Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
NBC10 meteorologist Steve Sosna reads a note left at “The Last Word” exhibit by Illegal Art at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
Artists Mark Daniell and Shawn Causey, flank Jenn McCreary, GM Wonderspaces, Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts, as they all stand in front of the artists work ” Sweet Spot” at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.

In between art exhibits, there is plenty of seats for you to enjoy while pacing yourself. There is also a snack bar with lite bites and drinks as well.

Wonderspaces is located in the Fashion District at 27 N 11th St, between Filbert and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale now at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/

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InBox: Barbara Corcoran endorses Local Real Estate Agent Maria Quattrone

Congratulations to Maria Quattrone for her endorsement by Real Estate expert Barbara Corcoran .

PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 20 th , 2020 – Maria Quattrone and Associates announced that Barbara Corcoran, who is exclusively endorsing a select few, has chosen Maria Quattrone as one of the best real estate minds in the country. To solidify the endorsement, Maria and Barbara will
be appearing in a TV commercial where Corcoran will officially be endorsing Quattrone.
“As a real estate investor, I look for sharp agents who really know their market. Agents who do so much business that they can find me the right investment property and sell it for the most money without drama. When I need real estate advice in Philadelphia and the surrounding area,
I’d call Maria Quattrone and Associates!” says Corcoran.
Maria’s company, Maria Quattrone and Associates headquartered in Philadelphia, PA has grown into one of the most successful real estate companies in the tri state area and has become a dominant industry leader. The company, founded in 2005 and lead by Maria Quattrone is made
up of a hand-picked team of industry professionals, real estate branding and marketing experts who provide quality customer service throughout the Philadelphia area. “I want to make sure my clients are well informed about the market. Providing up to date market
statistics and clear open communication is the key to our success.” “Being endorsed by Barbara Corcoran, a real estate powerhouse, is an incredible honor. Such an exclusive, public endorsement reaffirms our vision, business philosophy and work ethic.” Quattrone says.
In 2019, Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal, awarded Maria #76 of the Top 100 agents in the country. Maria is ranked #1 among all RE/MAX agents in PA and is currently #12 among all RE/MAX agents globally!
To work with Maria Quattrone and Associates, inquire about career opportunities, learn about her Guaranteed sale program for home sellers, visit http://www.CallMQ.com or contact 215-607-3525

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#SaveTheDate Fearless Restaurants GALENTINE’S DAY With WMMR’S KATHY ROMANO

AUTOGRAPH BRASSERIE & LOUIE LOUIE TO HOST GALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS CELEBRATING ALL THAT IS FEM FRIENDSHIP FANTASTIC WMMR’S KATHY ROMANO TO HOST AT AUTOGRAPH &  FOUNDERS OF DREAMWALK FASHION SHOW TO HOST AT LOUIE LOUIE

HAVERFORD, PA) – –Roses and candy are fine for Valentine’s Day, but cocktails and celebrating friendship, girl power and all things fem friendship fantastic at the ultimate Girl’s Night Out are perfect for Galentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 12, 2020!

Rather than taking place instead of Valentine’s Day though, Autograph Brasserie in Wayne, PA and Louie Louie in University City will host Galentine’s Day two days before so that women with significant others can still celebrate Valentine’s Day should they so desire. As the saying goes, sisters before misters so let the festivities begin by celebrating the ladies who you can always count on!

Each location will feature its own unique event. Kathy Romano of WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show and Host of Her Story on 95.7 BEN FM will host Galentine’s Day at Autograph Brasserie (503 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA), where she will showcase The Kathy Romano Jewelry Collection.  Kathy created the collection with Whim Jewelry and it features three necklaces and three pairs of earrings that are high-quality, versatile, and timeless and can transcend from day to night, from everyday wear to special occasions.

Author of Intermission, Mindie Barnett will also be on-site at Autograph discussing and autographing her funny and inspiring memoir of change and growth, where she shares the secrets to keeping the faith and managing to thrive while starting your second act. In Intermission, Mindie provides an inspirational guide to kickstarting your life that will resonate with women everywhere facing big life changes.

Also, on-site at Autograph Brasserie for shopping: Laura Mercier, Shiseido, Lovebirds Boutique, James Boutique, Touche, White Dog Bakery, Dr. Brannon Claytor/Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery, Behold Salon & Spa, Saint James Boutique, Velvet Shoestring, Cryo Sculpt Revive, Hope Chest, Strafford Chiropractic & Healing Center, Hathaway Hutton, Deneen Marcel Lashes, Addison Bay, fine jewels by Jill and Laurie, Lisi Lerch, Slay Displays and LAA Art Collective.

Galentine’s Day at Louie Louie (3611 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) will be hosted by Alyse and Lexi (also known as @bitesizedfitness and @bitesizedsis on social media) they are sisters from South Jersey living in Philadelphia and are the Co-Founders of the Body Inclusive DreamWalk Fashion Show, which gives people of all shapes, ages, ethnicities, sexualities, and abilities the chance to shine on stage and share their stories with the world. They’ll be bringing some of their infamous runway “wings” to the Galentine’s Day event for guests to take pictures as real-life angels!

On-site at Louie Louie for shopping: Laura Mercier, Smak Parlour, Ello Boutique, Bucks County Plastic Surgery, Slay Displays, Maple Street Modern, Madalynne Intimates and Lingerie, Athleta, Vacay Beauty, Americae and Llani Shop.

Both locations will offer a night of great cocktails, shopping, and giveaways. Tickets are $15 and include one signature cocktail, a swag bag, and a raffle ticket to enter a drawing that evening for great prizes! Both locations are also offering a VIP ticket for $50 that includes a two-course dinner, champagne, and five raffle tickets as well as early admission to the event for shopping. The fun begins at 7 pm, space is limited and tickets are required and can be purchased at Louie Louie:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/galentines-day-tickets-89134905903 and Autograph:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/galentines-day-tickets-89628496245

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The Clay Studio Breaks Ground

On January 15, the Clay Studio, currently located in Old City, broke ground on it’s new state-of-the-art ceramic facility designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm DIGSAU. The Clay Studio, a nonprofit ceramics studio founded in 1974 serves approximately 35,000 members of the Philadelphia community annually. The organization will leave its location in a narrow 19th-century structure and move into the much larger, 32,000-square-foot building in the heart of the South Kensington neighborhood.

DIGSAU’s design is a reflection of lessons learned by The Clay Studio’s interaction with the South Kensington neighborhood through the Claymobile, a mobile community engagement program that brings ceramics studios to schools, older adult facilities, community centers, and other social service agencies throughout the Philadelphia region. “Community is what began and sustained The Clay Studio for 45 years,” said Jennifer Martin, “and community is what will make our new building a home.”

The groundbreaking reflects the success of a $13.7 million capital campaign that includes an allocation of New Markets Tax Credits from Philadelphia’s Economic Development Corporation (PIDC), as well as an award from the Windgate Foundation and contributions from local donors.
Gabe Canuso – D3 Developers, Jennifer Martin, executive director The Clay Studio and David Gleason, former owner of the lot where the new Clay Studio will be built.

The Clay Studio has a lot of events, and opportunities for you to explore your creativity

After the groundbreaking their was a After the ground breaking officials, guests and supporters headed to Bahdeebahdu Gallery for a reception.

The four-story, 34,000-square-foot structure designed by Digsau architects, will solidify the nonprofit organization as a national leader in ceramics and also serve as a place for local residents and artists in the City. The new building will have larger classrooms, state-of-the-art studios, an outdoor sculpture garden, and new gallery spaces as well. The opening is planned for the spring of 2021 Check out Photos at CBSPHILLY PhillyVoice and Philly Style Mag

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PhillyToDo: Daryl Hall & John Oates present HOAGIENATION 2020

The Mann is excited to welcome HoagieNation, a celebration of Philly food, music, and culture, including live music on two stages on Saturday, May 23. Featuring performances by Daryl Hall & John Oates, Squeeze, Kool and the Gang, The Hooters (celebrating the 35th anniversary of Nervous Night), Blues Traveler, Melanie Fiona, Low Cut Connie, Natalie Prass, The Soul Survivors, and Down North.

As part of this year’s festival, attendees can visit the Hoagie Pavilion, with free hoagie tastings from more than 20 Real Philly Delis as part of “Hoagie Happy Hour” presented by Dietz & Watson. There will also be food trucks, local craft beer and spirit offerings, Philly personalities, a Hoagie Eating Contest, and more!

HoagieNation will donate $1 from each ticket sold to Hoagies for Humanity, a newly established partnership between Live Nation Philadelphia, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Dietz & Watson, providing and delivering hoagies to those in need throughout the year. More info can be found on HoagieNation.com

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Signs, Signs Everywhere There’s Signs at The Philly Women’s March 2020

Despite another year of inclement weather, the women in our region gathered to march for rights they should have gotten years ago: equal pay, respect and anything else they damn please.

People who weren’t in attendance question the number of people who were there, specifically the word thousands. I was there and there were thousands. As someone who covers events for a living from 25 people to thousands, there were thousands of people there. The March kicked off at 10am, and folks walked about .6 miles. This photo was taken at 10:09am at 21st and the Parkway. The last people arrived at Eakins Oval at 10:35. Not all photos that you looked at from the comfort of your passive chair tells the truth of how many folks march. Plus a lot of folks did not stay to hear the speeches, including me. It was cold, snowing and a Saturday.

Yass Martha Raddatz a Shero. We were all crying with you on the day after the election.

Check out additional photos at CBSPhilly.