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The Shore House is a Sure Thing

We made it, Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial start of the summer, but I started last week when I visited the ultra cool retro Shore House in Wildwood, NJ. Wildwood is known for it’s retro, doo wop vibe motels, but owner Kevin Reardon tweaks it with a new idea for a new age creating two fun boutique motel properties side by side, still playing on the retro theme, but with modern comforts, and different vibes: the cool party retro and the cool relaxing retro, The Swim Club (1600 Ocean Ave., left) is described as having minimalist, retro-chic units ranging from hotel rooms to apartment suites surrounding the lively pool atmosphere. The Shore House (422 East 16th Ave. right) itself, located directly next door, has a calming courtyard oasis with spaces large enough to fit up to eight.

You might remember in March I wrote about founder and hotelier Kevin Reardon, who had just purchased 1960’s mid-century motel, the former Sandpiper right down the street from his other Shore Hotel. (In fact just a residential building stands in between the two properties)

Located in Wildwood, only a block from the beach and boardwalk, The Shore House offers two different and stylistic approaches to resort living – the Shore House Pool is fun, hip with retro rooms over looking the pool and Ocean Terrace or The Shore House with it’s modern retro kitchens, comfortable beds, Apple TVs and patio with lounges and a chefs table.

“Many of our spaces are apartment style and feature galley kitchen areas and our fun retro, full-sized fridges. Guests enjoy exclusive access to our 35’ pool, pool and beach cabanas and fire pits.” Kevin told Philly Metro.

The Shore House has your comfort forefront on their minds as Kevin tells the Metro “Our amenities outside are set up 95% outdoors in open air. Our technology is some of the most cutting-edge and forward thinking in the hospitality industry. All guests book, check in and out, settle their bills and chat with our team via their own mobile devices. All of our rooms are outfitted with new Apple TV’s, with custom software that allow you to both stream all of your favorite shows, but also text our team with any requests straight from the remote.” 

Are these sinks so cool. The water pressure is good too with rain shower heads.

I think you’ll love The Shore House, Mike and I are already planning our return trip. We stayed in the cool, relaxing vibe motel, and enjoyed sitting outside our room enjoying the summer breeze as folks headed to the boardwalk in the evening.

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All Faith Vaccination Campaign in Philadelphia Announced

Business and faith leaders gathered yesterday at the Independence Blue Cross courtyard to launch a new initiative among faith-based leaders aims to get shots into the arms of people in under-served communities.

Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

A partnership of nearly 50 entities and organizations
from diverse faith traditions is joining forces with health care institutions and the
City of Philadelphia to launch the All Faiths Vaccination Campaign (AFVC).
AFVC seeks to use the power of faith traditions to strengthen the health of
underserved communities, provide vaccines to at-risk and marginalized
populations across the City of Philadelphia and ensure equitable access of
vaccinations to Black and Brown communities through education to help close
the racial disparity gap in vaccination access in Philadelphia.

Greg Deavens, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross

Beginning on Thursday, May 27th , the Campaign will have a community launch
with vaccinations on-site to be administered by CHOP at the Mt. Olivet
Tabernacle Baptist Church (647 N. 42 nd Street) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Mister Softee will also be on location giving away free ice cream cones to all
those who get vaccinated with proof of vaccination card. Philabundance will
also provide emergency food relief to families and individuals at Mt. Olivet
Tabernacle Baptist Church and People’s Baptist Church (5039 Baltimore
Ave) from 1:00 pm – 3:30pm. The AFVC is concentrating its efforts on the
Memorial Day holiday (starting this week) through the commemoration
of Juneteenth on June 19 th .

Loree Jones, President, Philabundance.

Philabundance will provide emergency food relief to families and
individuals at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church and People’s Baptist Church (5039
Baltimore Ave) from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd, president and CEO of Forum Philly and one of the key organizers of AFVC, said, “Now that safe, preventative vaccines that are proven medically effective are available, it is our collective resolve to protect those communities through vaccinations,”

Dr. Natalia Ortiz, President, Philadelphia County Medical Society

Dr. Priscilla Mpasi, Region II Chair, National Medical Association

Rev. Robert Collier, President, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity

Dr. William King, Vice President, Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania
Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania

For more information please visit www.allfaithsvaccinationcampaign.org and #HopeandHealingPhilly
on social media.

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Philly Builds A Giant 500 Foot Cheesesteak To Celebrate A Birthday & Citizenship

Some of the most notable Cheesesteak shop owners in Philly came together last night to celebrate René Kobeitri, owner of Rim Cafe at 9th and Federal Streets birthday as well as his newly acquired citizenship in the USA.

René, a Master Chef chocolatier, Caramelier moved to Philadelphia from France in 2005, where he founded his popular dessert place Rim Café in the famed Italian Market, and eventually met the love of his life Belle. Their cafe is like Cheers, every knows your name. You might walk in as a stranger, but when you leave your family. It’s that kind of place.

Every year René celebrates his birthday with a giant party in front of his cafe, located right down the street from his friends Geno Vento Geno’s Cheesesteaks and Frank Olivieri, Pat’s Steak, you can find them hanging out at the cafe on any given night, along with their other good friend Tony Luke, Jr. (r) (People always think these Cheese steak guys are competitors, little known fact they were so close they all once lived as neighbors at Dockside a few years back. It was always a fun time there.)

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According to NBC10,

Geno Vento, owner of Geno’s, told NBC10 the idea began during a birthday dinner with Rene Kobeitri, owner of Rim Cafe. “I said this year, ‘I want to make it big,’” Kobeitri said. “Make a big party for everyone so why not bring everyone together and have a couple thousand people?”
The idea was put into action as several chefs put together a stretch of tables more than two blocks long, blocking 9th Street in South Philadelphia. 
“One of the friends at the table said, ‘Why not a big cheesesteak?’ And his motor started going and before you know it, we’re making a 500-foot cheesesteak,” Vento said.  Using hundreds of rolls, hundreds of pounds of meat and cheese that fell like rain, the chefs went to work, creating a variety of flavors.  “A ravioli cheesesteak, marinara cheesesteak, a Spanish cheesesteak,” Vento said. 
The chefs also made pretzels, including a pretzel roll with onions on top and a stout beer mixed with cream cheese spread in the middle.  

  • Chef Mike Peacock owner of G’Day Gourmet – Australian cheesesteak
  • Chef Michael Sarian owner of Curly’s Comfort Food in Levittown – Cuban cheesesteak
  • Chef Michael Strauss owner of Mike’s BBQ – Vietnamese cheesesteak
  • Chef Christina Martinez from South Philly Barbacoa – Mexican Cheesesteak
  • Chef Mike McKinley from Yakitori Boy – Japanese cheesesteak
  • Chef Dian Widjojo owner of Hardena Restaurant in South Philly – Indonesian cheesesteak
  • Chef Pat Romano Jr owner of We Are Inn in Philipsburg, PA – Pennsylvania Dutch cheesesteak
  • Chef Joe Tarantino owner of Tarantino’s Restaurants (Atltanta area) – Rattlesnake cheesesteak (not real rattlesnake, but it will have a bite in taste)
  • Vern Herestofa – Greek cheesesteak
  • Chef Evan Seplow owner of Sandwich Corner Market in South Philly (coming soon) – Chinese cheesesteak
  • Chef Jason Green owner of Jay’s Steak & Hoagie Joint & his kitchen manager Jason Wilkinson will be doing two 10 foot sections! Their Beer Dip cheesesteak! Beer Cream Cheese Dip spread on the inside of their pretzel roll with chopped steak & deep fried onions on top! The 2nd 10 ft will be Jay’s Favorite cheesesteak! Served with ribeye, fried onions, hot pepper relish, garlic & extra Provolone cheese
  • Anthony Covatta & Luciano Russo from DaVinci SalZa Calabrese sauce! Making a Marinara & Alfredo cheesesteak
  • Jeff Belonger Founder of MyPhillyAlive & Social Media Strategist will be making the “Fat Bastard” cheesesteak! Ribeye, pepperoni, caramelized onions & Provolone cheese! (My Philly Alive)

It might not have broken any official records, but it was a great celebration connecting the community, and celebrating a man who loves his community. Happy Birthday and Congratulations to you René Kobeitri !!!

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Tidbits: Calum Hood Spotted, Tiki Boats, Element Hotel, French Toast Beer, you bet….

Hello ChitChatters, hope you had a good weekend. Oh my gosh, business is bounding back and I’m kinda prepared. What did I do that whole year, my office is still a mess and my camera needs to be cleaned. I had a great weekend, I photographed the opening of the most adorable hotel in Wildwood, you’re going to love it. I’ll write about my visit this week. Today I am going to review some of the events I covered this past week but haven’t posted about them here yet.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opened earlier this month along with an exciting program of appropriately-sized performances, events and exhibits at the year-round Cherry Street Pier. Wednesday Spruce Street Harbor park re opens with  some exciting new food offerings. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is excited to welcome visitors back with continued socially distanced beer gardens and safe take-away food options, sit-down reservations compliant with current outdoor dining regulations, and additional measures in place to ensure that visitors can take advantage of the Summer and enjoy all that the Waterfront has to offer, comfortably and safely, from Washington Pier all the way to Race Street Pier.  A perfect way to kick off summer in Philly Memorial Day Weekend. Spotted at the Blue Cross RiverRink on the Ferris Wheel Sunday night was Calum Hood, famed band member of 5SOS, no word on why he is here, but a few years back he did tweet that “Philly has pretty girls.” Anyone else see him, is he dating one of our pretty girls?

Speaking of Spruce Street Park and Cherry Street Pier Charisse McGill and Lokal Artisan Foods, who serves her famous French Toast bites at both places, recently launched a new French Toast Bites Ale – a smooth and malty collab with Yards Brewing Company. Folks at the launch party told me it was so delicious, you could even smell the maple syrup before the first sip. Could it be the next Mimosa. Charisse tells me that not only can you get it at Summerfest but local Acme’s carry it as well. It’s about $13 for a 4 pack.

Earlier this year, the announcement of the launch of the Pau Hana Tiki Boat Tours set the internet on fire. Last week the Somers Point/Ocean City based company held their official launch voyage, offering boat rides, beginning at two-hours long, for up to six guests. Pau Hana is a Hawaiian phrase meaning “the time after work.” The boats will be available for sunset cruises, as well as at sunrise and in the afternoon. Guests will have the option to play their own music and bring their own food and beverages. Later on, catering packages with local food partners will be available, too.

The Element hotel at 1441 Chestnut St. opened on last Friday, adding 460 rooms to the Center City market as Philadelphia heads into what tourism and city officials have called a summer comeback. It’s a beautiful hotel, with views of the City worth the budgeted price it cost to stay there. The rooms are spacious and have kitchenettes. The gym is well equipped and even I was inspired to start working out again. Gotta lose those pandemic pounds. It was so nice to see old friends, and business folks again. There’s a business center, a grab & go market. Head to their press release to really appreciate what they have to offer. We are truly on the way back. Chit Chat with you tomorrow.

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Celebrity Charity Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Atlantic City

The Charity Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Friday May 7, 2021.

Earlier this month models who will appear in the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue spent a week at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City shooting for the July issue The shoot this year took place stateside because of the global pandemic. The models spent the week shooting at the Hard Rock as well as on the beach in front of the hotel, in their bathing suits despite the chilly temperatures which hovered in the 50s & 60s all week. Friday night May 7, 2021, the Sports Illustrated models attended a charity blackjack tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Camille Kostek (who was on the cover of last year’s SI Swimsuit issue) won the big prize of the night, $10,000, which she donated tTo boyfriend Superbowl champ Ron Gronkowski’s Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

Andre Dawson, former MLB player, Wayne Chrebet and Keith Byars, former NFL players attend the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Charity Blackjack Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on May 7, 2021.
Wayne Chrebet former wide receiver for the NY Jets signs a guitar at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Charity Blackjack Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on May 7, 2021.
Margaret and Keith Byars (former Philadelphia Eagles player) stand in front of a themed cake prepared by Thaddeus DuBois, Executive Pastry Chef of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the Sports Illustrated Charity Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Friday May 7, 2021. Occasionally I run into the Byars at Ponzio’s. Whenever they’re in the area they go to their favorite diner they told me.
Josephine Skriver, Haley Kalil, Brooks Nader and Camille Kostek attend Charity Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Friday May 7, 2021.
2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Swim Models attend Charity Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Friday May 7, 2021. at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on Friday May 7, 2021.
Models Haley Kalil and Kathy Jacobs at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Charity Blackjack Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on May 7, 2021.
Andre Dawson, former outfielder with the Chicago Cubs and Camille Kostek attend the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Charity Blackjack Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on May 7, 2021.
Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City presents Camille Kostek of Sports Illustrated with $10,000 donation to her boyfriend Ron Gronkowski’s Gronk Nation Youth Foundation at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Charity Blackjack Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on May 7, 2021.

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Photos: DePaul’s Table Opens in Ardmore

Restaurant veteran Anthony DePaul (center on left) recently opened his latest concept on the Main Line, DePaul’s Table: Modern Italian Steakhouse at 7 E. Lancaster Ave., earlier this month. Jose Galicia (center on right) is leading the DePaul’s Table kitchen as executive chef, with menu items featuring two dishes I had: filet Mignon, seared diver scallops, (worth the trip) and sesame-crusted ahi tuna, and the cheesiest onion soup.

DePaul’s Table is in a historic 10,000-square-foot space which dates back to the early 1900s and once housed Haverford Trust Bank. There are 190 seats inside on two levels, including a 40-seat bar.  Did I mention there’s a Happy Hour daily, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., look for filet tips, flatbreads, oysters Rockefeller, salmon nachos and more, starting at $5 and up.

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Now Living: Broadridge Residents Move In

I had a chance to tour the new Broadridge apartments located in the Fairmount section of Philly at Broad & Ridge. The New York City-based RAL Development Services officially opened Broadridge Saturday May 15th, a 478-unit apartment community whose official address is 1300 Fairmount Ave. The property includes 305,000 square feet of residential space distributed among 478 rental units that range from studio apartments to one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments within a 14-story building, which includes retail space as well as an Aldi supermarket and parking for the retail and residents.

During my tour of Broadridge I saw that a childcare business was also going to open there:
Chesterbrook Academy Preschool of Fairmount, Philadelphia. The facilities are large, and included this adventurous playground with a view of Philly.

Broadridge will be the tallest structure in the surrounding neighborhood, with unobstructed views of the City skyline and views all the way to the Ben Franklin Bridge (great July 4th party views for the fireworks) and will benefit from a number of indoor and outdoor amenities. Outdoor amenities include two outdoor terraces (totaling almost 30,000 square feet) with swimming pool, grilling area, yoga lawn, dog run, and a sculpted event meadow.

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Really impressive amenity and outdoor space. Very spacious with southern and western views. Sun all day, especially noon to sunset.

Among the interior amenities is a coworking space conveniently located on the first floor. Additional indoor amenities include a grand-scaled, attended lobby, a lounge, a lavish fitness center with training rooms, a screening room, and a pet spa. Broadridge’s high design plays off Philadelphia’s history as a commercial and industrial hub and extends throughout all its amenities as well as its finishes and overall aesthetic.

The details and finishing in each unit were top of the line beautiful. I really like the color scheme, vibrant blue, reds and greens, colors which aren’t always used these days. Bold and beautiful. AND the views, every apartment has light and airy views, with the floor to ceiling windows. I thought the rental price was great as well.

This was definitely one of my favorite rooms, right near the rooftop dog park. It’s the dog wash room. You don’t have to navigate your shower/bath to clean Fido and then risk your house getting soaking wet when he escapes you. Also loved these popping colors.

Thanks Angela Calvanese TCS Management and Spencer Levine, Son of Robert Levine, the founder of RAL for giving me the tour last week.

I really like Broadridge. I think it’s a good value for what they offer. It’s on Fairmount and only about 2 miles from Fairmount Park for you runners and bikers, it’s close to Center City, transpiration, not far from the highway.
Your not quite in Center City price, but your not so far that you can’t be there in minutes and you get to enjoy a spacious living environment which meets your every need. You had me at the VIEW!!

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Radnor Races 2021; Teresa Giudice Spotted; Philly Nate on Fox 29; Gregg Goes; ToDo: ShopSixtyFive Party

Happy Preakness Weekend. It was so great to attend the Radnor Hunt Races yesterday, an event I have attended for the past 12 years. This year was special, as has everything in the pandemic, crowds were kept down, there were no big sponsor tents and no one was allowed to cross the track, although a few people were able to connect with family members on either side. They did a great job, and raised more funds for Open Spaces, who’s mission raises fund for the Brandywine Conservancy protects and conserves the land, water, natural, and cultural resources of the Brandywine-Christina watershed. Head to CBSPhilly for more shots.

Speaking of Radnor, RHONJ Teresa Guidice enjoyed dinner with friends and her man Luis “Louie” Ruelas at Estia Taverna in Radnor, Pa. Saturday night. No tables were flipped, but I hear they were as nice as can be, and they enjoyed a lot of the highlights of the menu which keeps me going back for more.

A few weeks ago I attended a derby party co-hosted by Nate Rogers, who is the Spirits Marketing Manager for Makers Mark. He’s on Fox 29 Monday at 8:30am chitchatting about the best BBQ Cocktails for MAY, National BBQ Month.

Congrats to KWY Newsradio reporter Cherri Gregg who left the radio airwaves of the news station after 10 years, to start a new chapter just up the street at WHYY on June 14th. I know ya’ll already heard, but I am super excited to switch over to public radio and to join the team at @whyy. I am even more excited to serve Philly in a different way– this time as a HOST. Best part- you’ll know where and when to find me every day.

Last month Basketball Wives’ Reality Star CeCe Scott (wife of LA Laker Legend Byron Scott) showcased her post-Pandemic looks, “Fashion Meets Protection,” including one-of-a-kind jumpsuits, bedazzled masks, and face shields as top models strut the catwalk in one of the first celebrity fashion events in the New York. The show was followed by an elite listening event showcasing the latest creations of Philadelphia internationally known hip-hop artist Warchyld, hosted by DJ Envy of Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club”.

Fashionistas need to look no further than the latest pop-up shop to open in Suburban Square, ShopSixtyFive, which will host its grand opening event Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10a – 6 pm. The event will include small bites from the new Lola’s Garden, located next door.

ShopSixtyFive is the brainchild of former New York stylist, Linda LaRosa. LaRosa is a regular fashion contributor on many local news programs, including Fox’s Good Day Philadelphia and 6ABC’s FYI Philly.

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Lola’s Garden Blooms in Ardmore

Avram Hornik, FCM Hospitality, Philly’s prolific restaurateur behind Morgan’s Pier, Juno and Harper’s Garden held a preview dinner for his much anticipated Main Line eatery Lola’s Garden at Suburban Square on April 14, 2021, which opened the following day.
Opening in the red hot Ardmore restaurant scene, Lola’s will showcase the culinary skills of acclaimed former Russet Chef Andrew Wood. The seasonal menus will showcase uniquely paired, honest, local ingredients together with small bites, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts that showcase his culinary skills and artistry with a focus on not more than a handful of ingredients on the plate.  Ardmore’s newest restaurant boasts a 1,800-square-foot restaurant (with a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio) for guests to enjoy. , At the bar, look for a celebration of all things Pennsylvania with 15 all local and state beers on tap, and an entire wine program with taps and bottles showcasing the states best selections.

The invitation for the Grand Opening Preview of Lola’s Garden in Ardmore stated dress for a garden party, no one took it more seriously than Michelle “The Hat Lady” Leonard. She was dressed head to toe in green, and carried the cutest water bucket as part of her whimsical outfit.

Marlo and Jason Dilks the owners of Slice, and P’unk Burger in Philly
Melissa Jacobs, Kory Aversa and Marie Edwards
Joy Medlock, General Manager of Suburban Square and Avram Hornik, Owner FCM Hospitality
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Location 215 Spring Pop Up – Local Artist Profiled

Now that’s a welcoming, rainbow steps to greet guests!!

Jen Blauvelt, Owner at Location215 Philly / Owner JB Creative Productions and Kelly CG Edwards, Arts + Crafts Holdings

Kicking off Philadelphia’s long awaited spring season, Location 215 (990 Spring Garden Street) hosted a “spring garden” artist market earlier this month. 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. 

The modern space located in the heart of the spring arts district offers open spaces and an indoor/outdoor concept. Guests can look forward to a wide variety of creative vendors including handmade jewelry, plants and planters, home goods, apparel and accessories, macrame and fiber art, ceramics, health, beauty, and custom artwork.

In addition to local vendors the event will also include an all day, outdoor skate exhibition featuring Skate the Foundry at the  entrance of Location 215 and a capsule installation featuring designs from the Made Institute student  and graduate Designer Development program.

Wind & Waves soap shop. They smell so good. I bought a few surfboard soaps for my sisters shore house, don’t tell her.

About Location 215:

Location 215 is a modern, industrial venue with white walls and polished concrete floors covering the 7500 sq ft. space. Located in the Spring Arts District of Philadelphia, the studio is an easy access point to the entire city. Services include a photo studio, events space, and meeting venue for hire in the Spring Arts District. For more information visit https://www.location215philly.com/.

Lavish Pairings
So great to see old friend Gary Krause and Jill Scarlett (c) of Scarlett Alley

It was wonderful to photograph this event again, last year they did have a similar, safe event, which was so nice to attend, so it was sentimental to photograph again, this year, as more and more of us have been vaccinated and it’s less stressful to get out and enjoy life. See you tomorrow on the pages of PhillyChitChat….