Search Results


The Rittenhouse Square Irish Pub is For Sale, An Art Exhibit and Congrats are in Order

Happy Sunday, best wishes for a great day and Make it Count. A few Sundays ago Mike and I went to the funeral of our good friend Ceil Banks, who passed away at 95 (graveside service, socially distant with 10 people); A neighbor friend, who became family. Wise, positive and kind, Ceil would wish us a good day, and say Make it Count. She only had to tell us once what that meant.
Today is the only 12/20/20 for all of us, Make it Count !! (Be kind, smile, and know you did your best.) (Photo taken Lancaster 12/18)
The Irish Pub reigned on Walnut Street for two decades
(one near 12th and Walnut [sold last year], and the one above at 20th and Walnut. I took this shot over the summer when I heard a rumor they were closing.)
It was the place to go to have fun, meet up with friends, find your love, hang with celebrities like Bruce Willis and especially the Philadelphia Flyers.
I can finally confirm this was true as I was there that night. Those were the days, so fun.
From Real Estate Site

I wrote to ask about the rumors in August and received this:
All is well with the pub. As the owner Mark Connor just said to me… “The Pub is boarded until we open, just in case. Not going to open until we can use that beautiful bar….” Sadly that time is not going to come for Mark as he’s put the bar, and building he owns up for sale.

Thanks to Mark for the fun, and especially for all his wonderful philanthropy which benefited kids, the police and the community through various events he sponsored. The Irish Pub will not soon be forgotten.

The Irish Pub Rittenhouse Square For Sale Listing

The USPS Art Project is an  artist collaboration project created by InLiquid artist member Christina Massey, free and open for anyone who wants to participate. The goal is for unique collaborative artworks to be created, while helping the USPS by sending and receiving packages. InLiquid is thrilled to host the USPS Art Project here in Philadelphia at the Park Towne Place Art Studio. Through January 17, 2021.

Congrats to Randi and Jon on their engagement

A word from our sponsor
This Holiday season Boston Market is serving up a Prime Rib


Order Christmas Desserts, Cocktails and Party Trays

Cry Baby

It’s very likely that you will celebrate the holidays differently this year, but there’s something festive for you to enjoy, a feast prepared by a local restaurant in the comfort of your home. Ordering meals, desserts, cocktails, and whatever else you discover in the list below will not only bring joy to your table, but also help ensure that your favorite local restaurants are still in business when we’re all ready to gather in person once again.

Holiday gathering cancelled this year? Don’t Cry, Baby! We’ve got you covered!

Cry Baby Pasta
627 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia PA 19147
Holiday To Go Party Kits Now through end of Year! 
$35 per kit that serves two people
Menu includes: Antipasti Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Salami, Speck, Olives, Fig Mostarda, Pine Nuts Garlic Foccacia Bread Lobster Arancini Shishito Aioli Artichoke, Leek Cream, Decorative Packaging. Personalized Holiday Greeting Link to Festive Spotify Playlist.

Holiday Cocktail Party by The Olde Bar, Amanda, Village Whiskey, J.G. Domestic
Order here:
Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street
Order by: Anytime now through end of year, four days notice requested
Pick-up by: Four days notice needed for pick-up

Cheers to the season with a selection of our favorite small plates from Garces restaurants for the perfect cocktail hour! Includes: Family-style portions of Whipped Feta & Garden Vegetables (JG Domestic) , Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Amada), Crab Fingers (The Olde Bar), Shrimp Cocktail (The Olde Bar), Deviled Eggs (Village Whiskey), and Spanish Meatballs & Manchego-Stuffed Cherry Pepper (Amanda). $45 person, minimum two people. This meal requires 4 days notice

Add Christmas Cocktails to go by calling The Olde Bar and adding to your order at (215) 253-3777.
Selection includes a dozen cocktails from The Olde Bar with seasonal additions, including: 

The Olde Bar Aged Egg Nog – A Premium Selection of Bourbon, Brandy, Rum, and Port, Blended with Eggs, Milk, and Nutmeg Including Russell’s Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Remy Martin 1738, Copper & Kings, Paul Beau Cognac, El Dorado, Ron Zacapa, Rhum Barbancourt, Smith and Cross 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

A Partridge in a Spiced Pear Tree – Averell Damson Gin Liqueur, St. George Spiced Pear, Domaine De Canton, Lemon 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

SliCE Pizza of the Seven Fishes
Italian Market and City-wide delivery: 1180 S. 10th St., (215) 463-0868
Washington Twp: 137 Egg Harbor Rd, (856) 302 5099
Fishtown – New: 431 E Girard Ave, (215) 425.1555
Available now through December 24, 2020
Open on Christmas Eve Day and until early evening
Closed all locations for Christmas

Marlo and Jason Dilks of SliCE announce the return of their annual holiday pie, Pizza of the 7 Fishes. This special seasonal pizza is inspired by their families’ Christmas Eve traditions and by a seven course seven fish dinner popular in South Philadelphia. Pizza of the 7 Fishes features mozzarella topped with clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crab meat and sardine all sauteed with fresh olive oil and garlic, and topped with anchovies, fresh lemon and basil. Pizza of the 7 Fishes will be available until Christmas Eve (December 24th) for $19.00 for small and $26.00 for large.  The Dilks also brings back a family tradition for your family to share – Seafood Caesar with romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, house-made Caesar dressing, sauteed shrimp and crab meat; featuring house-made croutons for $15. All December special dishes are available through January 2, 2020 and are available on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
New: SliCE now offers for the first-time this year large square pie with light and airy crust for $20 with mozzarella and San Marzano sauce that can be cut into party slices – 12-24 hour notice recommended ahead. 

Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop
(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hawthornes Beer Cafe and new Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop have a brand-new pastry chef and baker Daniel Tang (Sugar Philly) who is firing up the holiday sweets this year. All items are available for pre-order through our website, or via phone 215.627.3012. Deadline for pre-orders will be December 20th or until sold out. All items will be available for pickup at Hawthornes on December 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

French Macaron Box – French macaron flavors- vanilla, chocolate, tiramisú, dulce de leche, meyer lemon, gingerbread – packaged all together for $12.00

Hazelnut Nutella Babka Muffins – Tender and delicious babka filled with nutella and a homemade hazelnut praline – five pack for $12.00

Yule Log – Chocolate sheet cake rolled with a Ricotta orange buttercream with a macaron Christmas tree – $20.00

Stollen – German Christmas bread filled with almond and dried fruit with our homemade – $18.00

Cookie Box with 5 Ginger molasses, 5 Chocolate cookies, 4 Rainbow cookies, 8 Shortbread for one lb. of cookies – $20.00.


Oui Let’s Bake!
Oui Pastries
160 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Available for pickup, delivery, and online order
Build your own cake with the help of Oui Pastries! Receive all of the ingredients and follow the instructions enclosed to create your own professional cake. $30 each.

Oui Pastries also offers items to bake at home including croissants ($3.00 each), matcha croissants ($3.50 each), and cookies ($2.50 each).

The Victoria Freehouse, Crown Catering
10 S. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 543-6089
Orders and inquiries:

Tiramisu $55 Ladyfinger cookies layered with mascarpone cream
Profiteroles $55  Italian cream puffs with chocolate cream
Italian Cookies $45  Pistachio apricot thumbprints, biscotti, wedding cookies, fig and walnut cookies  

 Sassafras Bar

48 S. 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

To go window open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-7pm, offering entire cocktail menu and pretzels.

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 4-11pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12-11pm.

Featured cocktails:

Hot Sailors Punch, a blend of autumn spices infused with fresh local apple cider and Bacardi Spiced Rum. $11.

Smoking Bishop, a traditional winter warmer of warmed Burgundy and Port Wine, blended with spice and fresh citrus. $11.


Support Restaurants, Order Supper for the Holidays and Seven Fishes Tradition

Christmas is a week away and some of us are still undecided on what to serve , we have you covered from apps to desserts, for the holidays, and Christmas

The Olde Bar Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner

Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street
Order by: December 19
Pick-up by: December 23 and December 24, 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast cooked in the style of The Olde Bar! $67.50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat, Instructions Included. Includes: Cured Hamachi Pastrami, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Curried Mussels, Crab and Corn Chowder, Bay Scallop Pappardelle, Lobster Pot Pie, and Tile Fish en Pappillote. Finished with a slice of  9-layer caramel chocolate cake with el Corazon curd and sea salt . 

4) Garces Trading Company Christmas Family Dinner Order here:
Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street
Order by: December 19
Pick-up by: December 23 and December 24, 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Enjoy a traditional, Chef-cooked Christmas Day Supper from our family to yours. $50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat with instructions. Includes: Choice of sliced Pineapple-Glazed Ham with Golden Raisins & Mustard or Turkey Breast & Gravy. Served with family-style portions of Cider-Glazed Carrots, Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad with Grapefruit, Artichoke Gratin, and Parker House Rolls. Includes Chef’s selection of holiday cookies. 

Caffe Aldo Lamberti
Christmas Eve Dinner – DINE IN OR TAKE-OUT/ PICK-UP
2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
(856) 663-1747
Open for Christmas Eve dining for take-out and dine-in
Open for Indoor Dining and Take-Out
Reservations are required and subject to availability
All takeout orders must be in by 12/22/20 and picked up prior to 4:00pm. Pickup times subject to availability and may fill up
Reservations for Christmas Eve dinner between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Reservations for Christmas Eve lunch (regular menu) between 11:30 and 3:00pm

The Lamberti family hosts their favorite tradition with Christmas Eve Dinner, for dine-in and take-out. Caffe Aldo Lamberti will be featuring their Chef’s special menu, with pairings chosen by our Sommelier. Call 856-663-1747 to reserve your socially-distanced table. Selections include: Jumbo Shrimp & Scallops Fra Diavolo $35 spicy tomato sauce, linguine, Veal Campagnola  $28 Roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, garlic, white wine, cheese ravioli, Filet Mignon Gorgonzola $48 bacon, jumbo lump crabmeat, spinach, roasted potatoes, Grilled 16 Ounce Veal Rib Chop $48 mushrooms, brandy cream sauce, broccoli rabe, potatoes, 16 ounce New York Strip $48 broccoli rabe, potatoes, Zucchini Crabcake $19 jumbo lump crabmeat, herbs, roasted peppers, baby spinach, Yellowfin Tuna and Crab $17 avocado, cucumber, arugula, lime, EVOO, chipotle pepper sauce, and more.


Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley First Christmas Feast! 

Smokin Betty’s
(215) 922-6500  
116 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Devil’s Alley
1907 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 751-0707
Available for hot pick-up on Dec 24 and Dec 25 12 Noon to 5:00pm. 
$45 Per Person, which includes: 
Every person gets: -Southwest Corn Chowder (Included with ALL ORDERS)-Garden Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette (Included with ALL ORDERS)

El Camino
(215) 925-1110  
1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123  
Holiday Dinner Packages
2-$80  4-$140  8-10-$260
Entrees – Pick One:
Ribeye Roast Beef
Braised Brisket Pot Roast
Fried Turkey

Spinach & Roasted Squash Salad- Pumpkin Seeds, Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Red Onions, Lemon Sesame Dressing
String Beans with Almonds & Brown Butter
Mashed Potatoes
Orange Honey Glazed Carrots
Rice Pilaf with Dried Cranberries & Pecans
Parker House Rolls

Desserts – Pick One:
Chocolate Yule Log
Red Velvet Roll

Ala Carte Offerings –
Turkey and Gravy – $85.00
6lb Ribeye Roast – $100.00
6lb Braised Brisket Pot Roast – $85.00
Sting Beans with Almonds & Brown Butter – $25.00
Mashed Potatoes – $25.00
Orange Honey Glazed Carrots – $25.00
Rice Pilaf with Dried Cranberries & Pecans – $25.00
Chocolate Yule Log – $25.00
Red Velvet Roll – $25.00 

Dim Sum House
Rittenhouse, 1930 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
University City,  3939 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104  

Christmas Eve and Day, 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Open for take-out, delivery and pick-up from regular menu as usual
Also open for special new Feast for 2 or 4
For Feast order by December 23 for December 24 pick-up
For Feast order by December 24 for December 25 pick-up
  Feast for 2 – $80
Half Peking Duck & Ginger Scallion Lobster
2 Dim Sum of choice – see below for selections.
1 Rice/Noodle of choice – see below for selections.

Shanghai options for Dim Sum: Pork Soup Dumpling, Spicy Pork Soup Dumpling, Crab & Pork Soup Dumpling, Pan Fried Soup Dumpling, Scallion Pancake, Beef Stuffed Scallion Pancake
Pork & Leek Dumpling, Pumpkin Tart, Veg Spring Rolls, Pickled Garlic Cucumber, Chili oil Wontons, Sesame Soy Brussel Sprouts

Cantonese options for Dim Sum: Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, Spicy Shrimp Dumplings, Pork & Shrimp Siu Mai, Shrimp Siu Mai, Shrimp Cheung Fun, Fried Shrimp Balls, Chicken Feet,  Shrimp & Chive Dumplings, Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant,  Tofu Black Bean Sauce, Vegetable Tofu Skin Roll, Turnip Cake, Durian Cake, Roast Pork Bao, Egg Tart, Egg Custard Bao

Rice/Noodle options: Authentic Fried Rice, Lo Mein, Pad Thai, Ho Fun, Mei Fun

Supper for All (feeds 4-6 ppl) – $150
Half Peking Duck & Ginger Scallion Lobster
2 Dim Sum of choice –  see below for options
2 Vegetables of choice – see below for options
2 Rice/Noodle of choice – see below for options
2 Familiar of choice withprotein – see below for options

Stove and Tap Prime Rib Christmas Dinner
Stove and Co. presents Christmas Eve-Day menu for pick-up on Christmas Eve at all four restaurants Stove and Tap Malvern, Stove and Tap Lansdale, The Bercy in Ardmore and Al Pastor in Exton!

Al Pastor in Exton
484-341-8888, 560 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341

The Bercy in Ardmore
609-870-3027, 7E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Stove and Tap in Landsdale
215-393-8277, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale  

Stove and Tap in Malvern
484-450-8890, 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern/ Frasier    

Order by December 20th by calling restaurant number
Pick-up by December 24th


Di Bruno Bros. Holiday Market With Gifts and Traditional Tasty Favorites

Di Bruno Bros. a traditional holiday stop, has now opened a pop-up, outdoor holiday market near its bottle shop in the heart of the Italian Market which is opened through the end of the year. Don’t delay, visitors can shop for their for cheese, charcuterie, antipasti, snacks, sweets, gourmet gift boxes and wine.
The pop-up is open daily through the holiday season.
The Di Bruno’s Bros. Holiday Market is located at 920 S. 9th Street.

Today at 10AM: BOSTON MARKET OPENS IN West Oak Lane With Legendary Boxer Larry Holmes

Sorry for the short notice…

WHO: Larry Holmes (Former Professional Boxer), Jay Pandya,
(Owner, Boston Market) in attendance.

WHAT: Grand Opening & Check Presentation
The New Takeout Only Location Opens Doors on Monday,
December 14, 2020 in West Oak Lane With Official Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony. Boston Market will donate $5000 in holiday meals to the
local community on behalf of Larry Holmes charity, Heart of a

The first 50 people through the drive-thru will receive gift certificate for a heat & serve meal for 4-6 people, redeemable through 12/31 #bostonmarketcares


Dr. Deborah Birx at Love, Pinefish Pivots, David Copperfield Honored, and The Loft Disappears

Hope you had a chance to get out this weekend, we had such incredible weather. Earlier this month the Philadelphia Zoo lit the trees near their entrance beautiful Thank You Frontline Health Workers Blue!!

Then this past week the Philadelphia Zoo welcomed Bea – a 15 month old female giraffe that arrived weeks ago from the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee. Since her arrival, Bea has been getting adjusted to her new keepers and met her new herd mates 18-year-old, Stella and 11-year-old Abigail.

You may wonder what happened to baby Beau: Beau, the young male giraffe born at Philadelphia Zoo in June 2018 moved to the Cape May Zoo in fall of 2019. Working with the Giraffe Species Survival Program, understanding each Zoo’s particular needs, Philadelphia Zoo worked with Cape May Zoo to coordinate the breeding and eventual move of the young giraffe. Today, Beau is doing great and living with a larger herd in Cape May Zoo in New Jersey. Last year, our male giraffe Gus (Beau’s dad) was selected by the Giraffe Species Survival Plan for breeding at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, an off-exhibit conservation center managed by the Audubon Nature Institute.  On November 5th, Gus embarked on his journey to Louisiana, and while Philadelphia Zoo was sad to see him leave, the Zoo was very excited that he moved to a 42-acre giraffe area to live among a herd of eight females.  This significant move will help ensure that his genetics add to the population of reticulated giraffes for years to come.

Thursday night I got a tip that everyone’s 2nd favorite COVID19 favorite doctor was spotted at The Love dining curbside about 9PM. My friends asked me why is she here, at the time I didn’t know but the next day she was interviewed by 6ABC’s Ali Gorman, in Camden where the good doctor was consulting with someone. Check out Ali’s interview here.

Pinefish pivots for the winter serving delicious comfort food by Chef Ritchie Vargas , who prepared delicious meals at The Palm for over 20 years. NOW We can all enjoy The Palm’s chicken parm again.

Palm inspired Meat Loaf (Instagram post)
What’s for take-out dinner tonight? Palm-style Meat Loaf dinner from Comfort Philly! Link in bio. Pinefish is temporarily closed; enjoy our new pop-up winter kitchen. #OnlineOrdering #GrubHub #UberEats #LocalDelivery #Meatloaf #PhillyEats #EaterPhilly #PhillyFoodies #Pinefish #ComfortPhilly Check out the menu here.

Photo Credit: DCDI

On Saturday night, National Museum of American Jewish History NMAJH inducted magicians David Copperfield and Harry Houdini into its Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame. The free virtual gala was emceed evening was hosted by actor Brad Garrett. An honor bestowed to just 21 prior inductees, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Emma Lazarus, and Irving Berlin, the award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American Jews who share and exemplify the ideals of the stories explored in the Museum. Check out the virtual gala on their FB page here.

After bouncing back and opening after the spring pandemic, and then civil unrest, the Loft location at 1729 Walnut Street has now closed. Don’t blame it on those incidences though, as their parent company Ascena Retail Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to close approximately 1,100 stores. Although not on the initial list as nearby Ann Taylor was, it is now closed, along with at least nine LOFT stores, 21 LOFT Outlet stores around the USA. The Loft still has stores in our area, University City, KOP , Cherry Hill and Deptford. See you on social media. Today I’m doing a really cool thing,.


Celebrate holidays on the Main Line with a month of festive offerings & Free Parking

Celebrate holidays on the Main Line with a month of festive offerings that started with the Holiday Tree Lighting on Black Friday and goes through December 23rd. Ardmore Initiative, Ardmore Business Association and sponsor PECO hosted a tree lighting virtually and Santa’s arrival with special guest Cinderella by A Dash of Magic. Here’s some photos from the festive event that was both virtual and covered by the press in person. 

All month long you can still celebrate if you missed the tree lighting! The Holiday Rally for Ardmore Restaurants and Retail runs through December 23rd. Head out and support dozens of small local businesses for everyone on Santa’s wish list and find gifts, decor, fashion, ornaments, food, drink and so much more. Every shopper that spends $25 at participating businesses can enjoy a free entry to win prizes valued up to $1,000 in total – including a $100 gift card winner every week in December.

On Sunday, December 13th,from 9:30am to 12:00pm, bundle up and head to Cricket Ave for Christmas on Cricket.  Join Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli for a jolly good time as they welcome Santa, The Grinch and Elf on the Shelf! The morning will be filled with holiday tunes with Roots with Ruark, ornament making, hot chocolate & cookies and a special story time! Space is limited due to capacity restrictions. 

Finally, enjoy FREE parking at all downtown Ardmore meters and lots on Saturday, November 28th, December 5, December 12, and December 19th courtesy of the Ardmore Initiative, Ardmore Business Association, and Lower Merion Township.  For event details, info about the Rally, or for a directory of businesses, visit


Princess Brunch in Northern Liberties in December

A Dash of Magic Events, Glu Hospitality and Germantown Garden Grille all got together for some princess pivots to survive the pandemic together – this was several small businesses in Northern Liberties – all who work with Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and Aversa PR – who teamed up! 
Want to check this unique event out? Your family can get a private heated igloo to enjoy time with your favorite princess at dates coming up soon! 

Be our guest, be our guest. Families are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This magical socially-distanced dining experience is an unforgettable meal for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The royal date is set for Saturday, December 19th, at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. AND just added – Sunday, December 20th at 11:00am and 1:00pm. 

Also, due to popular demand, the Snow Queen Brunch at the Igloos has now added on a third weekend – with seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm for Saturday, December 12th as well.

On December 26, 2020, look for the Ice Princess for Anna fans from Frozen – now on sale! Don’t miss the Snow Queen’s sister as she takes a twirl around the Igloos! 

AND end the year and don’t turn into a pumpkin with New Year’s Eve Countdown with Cinderella at the Igloos on December 31, 2020 at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Families are invited to a socially distanced dining experience to help kids say goodbye to 2020 before everyone turns into a pumpkin at Midnight (which, in fact, would be so 2020). 

While this partnership and family-friendly dining series sounds like magical princess fun – it is also a major pivot for the two Northern Liberties based businesses – A Dash of Magic Events and Glu Hospitality. 

Each socially-distanced positive and magical dining experience will include 90 minutes at a private, exclusive and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity, songs from the princesses story  and a grand entrance. Leave room for brunch and lunch, plus hot beverages for kids and adults. Food and drink is pay-as-you-go.Tickets are $15.00 per person for Igloo seating and $10.00 per person for outdoor seating without the Igloo. A portion of each ticket will go to charity, and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.

Capacity for this event will be at less 10% of the entire capacity for the venue, to ensure safety and health protocols. All children and adults above the age of two must wear a mask to and from their dining table. The Princess already has her special princess themed matching mask. She can’t wait to see your costumes and masks too! Costumes for the little ones are encouraged but not required. 

Tickets are on sale now for all of the above events at: – events page! 

For A Dash of Magic Events owner Aisha Maria Loeks this represents a major year of princess pivots. For Loeks, 2020 was set to be a banner year for the record books. Her Adorned by Aisha business was set to sparkle at Philadelphia’s major festivals like Philadelphia Flower Show and Christmas Village. Her second business, A Dash of Magic Events, was her back-up sideline business that brought joy to kids at birthday parties and special events across the region. Then, the pandemic hit, and shut-down orders came and cancelled major events and parties, as well as in-person jewelry retail opportunities. Loeks quickly waved her magic wand and shifted gears to survive the new normal. From the sparkle of her main occupation as a jewelry maker, to a major pivot to launch virtual princess meet and greets to socially-distanced princess sidewalk serenades, Loeks is making all that glitters into gold for the final weeks of the year. 
For one of Philadelphia’s biggest Disney and princess fans, this major pivot might sound like a fairy tale out of a cartoon movie. But it’s a story that saw a turbulent few months and a tremendous loss of income where her livelihood was in jeopardy, and health and safety is now a constant concern. She also faces the same challenges other businesses face, as she has to constantly adapt her work to the current government guidelines and shut-down orders. But for this local survivor, it’s not a question of survival but more a question of when will all this be over, and when will the fairy-tale ending come. For her full story, and booking your own private princess sidewalk serenade, story time or family-time, visit

For Glu Hospitality, what a year – pivoting from Vesper Dayclub and Pool, the open-air steakhouse Germantown Garden Grill, to launching the heated, poolside Igloos at Germantown Garden Grill – and now the Princess and Snow Queen Brunch Series. This has helped them stay open well past their usual date in September when the pool club would close. 
If you haven’t been check out their menu for the Igloos and weekend brunch, plus its a great spot for steaks – and on Sundays for Sports! Menu is at
Congrats Tim Lu and Derek Gibbons on making big things happen in 2020 for their company – they helped open Anejo and SET NoLibs this summer and fall, launched Hunnies Crispy Chicken and Tiny’s Burger Joint on Grubhub, and they have not one but two more restaurants coming your way in 2021 – and Philly Chit Chat will be there for both of them! 



Craft Concepts Group isn’t letting the Grinch steal it’s Holiday spirit. Teddy Sourias and the elves at CCG announce the season grand opening of Tinsel Christmas Pop-up at 112 S. 12th Street. New for 2020, look for a new festive over-the-top streetery, a new twinkling light display, and a brand-new charity for the Canned Good Cocktails. Additionally, look for a new snow machine to bring a touch of a white Christmas to Midtown Village. Christmas cocktails will again be served out of ornaments, boots and snow globes, with food coming from the new sister restaurant next door, Sueno. For the health and safety of patrons and staff, all customers are required to wear a mask while not seated, and customers entering to pick-up their orders must socially-distance and follow the new one-way system through the building. Tinsel will grand open today at 4:00pm and remain open at least through December 31st. Tinsel will run Monday to Friday, 4:00pm to 11:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 11:00pm, through at least December 31, 2020. Sueno next door will feature Tinsel Christmas cocktails and share the streetery. Sueno operating hours will be Monday to Friday, from 4:00pm to last seating at 10:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 10:30pm for last seating. Times may adjust based on local and state guidelines. There is no cover charge or admission to enter Tinsel Christmas Pop-up this year. Tinsel is open to all customers placing and picking up their orders, and to those who dine at the outdoor Christmas streetery. For more about Tinsel, please visit TinselPhilly on Instagram. For more about Sueno, visit SuenoPhilly on Instagram.

“While the current times are dark and gloomy, Tinsel 2020 is just the opposite. Covered wall to wall with dazzling lights and Christmas decor, Tinsel exudes a happy cheer, much needed for all this year,” said Craft Concepts Group owner Teddy Sourias. “Tinsel is an annual tradition that is as much Philly as Christmas Village, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and the Comcast Holiday Spectacular. It was important to open this year so that we can celebrate the holidays with everyone in a new, safe and socially-distanced way. There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel and we need to hold onto things that are positive and forward-facing. If you are comfortable and in Center City, we invite you to stop by and say Merry Christmas. If you are staying at home, or not able to join us, we will be back and better than ever in 2021 when you are ready. Either way, we are thankful for the support this year for me and my staff of over 300 employees – and we wish one and all a happy holiday!”

Starting today through at least December 31, 2020, a large stretch of 12th Street in Midtown Village will turn into Tinsel Christmas Pop-up, open-air Christmas eatery and restaurant. Tinsel will bring the sparkle of the holidays to the street as the exterior, sidewalk and streetery outside Tinsel, Finn McCools, Sueno and Go Popcorn all get a Christmas make-over with thousands of twinkling lights, bows, presents, elves, santa hats, bells and more.

Outside, look for the streetery featuring seven tables with seating for four guests with heat lamps, wind guards, twinkling lights and added decorations. Table service will be available with food and drinks from both Tinsel and Sueno. Sueno will also feature take-out food and drink from Tinsel and Sueno menus out their front-windows for those in a rush and on the go!

Inside Tinsel, customers will place and pick-up their order in the middle of a Christmas wonderland – as they socially distance “at least one Christmas tree apart from each other” and move in the new one-way layout. No food or drink is allowed for consumption inside, and masks are required at all times when inside ordering or picking up. All food and drink will be packaged and sealed to go.

For cocktails, look for a selection of naughty and nice Christmas creations available at the Christmas streetery, at the Sueno take-out window and inside Tinsel (packaged to go). Ice cold craft beer, standard cocktails and other beverages will also be available. Select drinks will be served as always in a Christmas ornament, a Santa’s boot, a snow globe and other souvenir vessels to take home and keep for years to come. The popular Canned Good Cocktail will return with a portion of the proceeds going to feed furloughed workers out of a job due to the government shutdown of indoor dining. Look for details about this new program to launch in early January of 2021.

For food, patrons can enjoy a full dinner menu of Mexican street favorites from Sueno by Executive Chef Caroline Hough. Additionally, look for the addition of food items from Craft Concepts Group’s new ghost kitchens – plus sweets, treats and holiday comfort food offerings from the elves helping at Tinsel and Sueno’s kitchen.

Tables are first come, first served for Tinsel and Sueno’s Christmas-themed streetery. Guests can, however, put their name in at the host stand during select hours and they will receive a text when their name is nearing the top of the list.

For health and safety, Santa requires all guests must wear masks unless they are at a table, with absolutely no exceptions, otherwise they will make Santa’s naughty list and be asked to leave. Additional safety protocols include staff temperature checks, QR code menus, socially distanced tables, new cleaning procedures, time limits, and other new systems. Tinsel will also update health and safety protocols to be in compliance with local and state health regulations.

“Don’t leave home for Tinsel without your mask,” said Sourias. “Masks are 100% required and have been the new normal for Tinsel and all of our properties in 2020. Wearing a mask is something we should all be used to now. Make a mask wearing fun and festive – and get into the Christmas spirit with holiday themes. But no matter what your mask style, don’t be a Karen Claus and show up without one.

For more about Tinsel, visit TinselPhilly on Instagram.


Where is Mike Jerrick ?

Over the past week a lot of folks have been searching Where is Mike Jerrick from Fox 29, and have landed in my blog. The above screen shot is from my blog search column for the last 3 days.
About a week ago Mike announced via his social media that he had Covid19 . I spoke to Mike on Monday to see how he was doing, and to convey a message to all those who are inquiring about him.

“The Virus comes and goes in waves, so I’m just trying to survive the ups and downs of this nasty situation. Not a great day today, but I am hopeful to bounce back soon. Stay safe everybody, and stay health. Thumbs up, fingers cross and a heart emoji.” Mike Jerrick

at a photo exhibit I did in 2015
Dinner at Positano Coast in October

A few weeks ago Mike and I had dinner, and I was telling him about photos I came across of him in my files from when he was on Fox’s syndicated The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Hopefully this will cheer him up a bit. He had already done a stint in Philly at Fox 29, before the national show came calling. I was a fan of his work and went to see if I could catch a filming of the show. I did. Wish I were a better photographer at that time, I could have gotten a better shot of him.

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet Cinco de Mayo show

I can’t believe we’re friends. How lucky am I. Wishing my friend Mike, a mentor to me and so many people, a speedy recovery. We love you Mike, and Philly is praying for you.
Check out this interview Mike Jerrick did with Gotham back in the day.

Yeah an update from Mike today!!