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Wag The Tail Wednesday – Adorable Dogs & Empty The Shelter Info

Years ago I used to do a dog / pet column on Wednesday. People asked me what happened to it, I just got lazy like a dog and stopped doing it. BUT let’s bring it back, at least once a month, especially as we approach Halloween and all the cute dogs in their costumes. Feel free to send me photos to HughE @ . I was scheduled to shoot this event for Philly Pr Girl and at the last minute couldn’t make it, so she kindly sent me some photos from Grand Opening: New Veterinary, Day Care, and Grooming Center in Glen Mills – Heart + Paw

Heart + Paw Introduces Future of Pet Care During Grand Opening Celebration

The future of pet care is coming to the Philadelphia area.  Heart + Paw, recently named one of the best retail environments of 2019 by Fast Company, is wagging its tail into a brand new Glen Mills location on Saturday, September 28. Launching in the open-air shopping center Glen Eagle Square, this one-of-a-kind, integrated pet care center is reimagining the future of pet care by offering veterinary care, grooming and daycare all in one place for your furry, four legged family member. They consider themselves partners in pet parenthood which pet owners (and their pets) find very exciting. 

The Grand Opening celebration began with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m along with pet-friendly “green” carpet photo ops. The public (and their pets) were welcomed to join in on the fun and to explore what this cutting edge pet care center has to offer. There was hand painted watercolor pet portraits available, Catnip planting, a treat bar the dogs, tours of our space including the locally-sourced and sustainable touchpoints designed and more. 

Heart + Paw creates unique service touchpoints for its clients, for example the ability to text with their vet, as well as tailoring the low-stress experience to the unique needs of cats and dogs. Cats have a feline-only waiting room and in the exam room, there are custom built cat shelves designed by the Chief Veterinary Officer so that cats can get examined where they feel most comfortable. For dogs, there are custom floor mats so that dogs can be examined side-by-side with the vet and avoid the stress of lifting them onto the table. To learn more, visit the Heart + Paw website at, or follow Heart + Paw on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Empty the Shelters Adoption Event Saturday!

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters event taking place at 132 locations across the country, including one near you. Pennsylvania SPCA will offer $25 pet adoptions this Saturday, October 12 because BPF is sponsoring the remaining cost. To see a list of all participating locations, event hours and preapproval requirements, please visit  


Photos: The 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Over a thousand people attended the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Saturday I headed to the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown. I live about a half mile away, but rarely go towards that area, as Center City always has my attention. What I found was a very vibrant neighborhood, friendly folks, and lots of new businesses.

Candygyrl brought her mobile buffet to the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Students from Girard Academic Music Program at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Urbanstead shared their message to unite the community through urban farming opportunities and hands on farming education for youth at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Hope Rising Home Care at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Community Partnership School recently opened up a school in Brewerytown.
The 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Hatpiff was selling their customized distressed hats at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

I think it’s the new gayborhood too. Hey Sue Daugherty, Meg Paszko and Rich who all live within a block a Girard Ave in Brewerytown, not too far from Green Eggs and the two breweries that have popped up.

Council President Darrell L. Clarke greets the staff of The Arc of Philadelphia who’s mission is to advocate with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Mike learning about the new voting machine

PA State House Representative Donna Bullock and Nikki Johnson-Huston, USOA Ms. Pennsylvania 2020 at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Philly Vintage T-Shirt Co. at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

I’ll be back again Brewerytown; I don’t think I realized how close you really are, and so much fun. Check out more photos on CBSPhilly.


Karin Copeland’s CreateXChange’s Presents: Marie Forleo Everything is Figureoutable Book Party

Marie Forleo and Karin Copeland

“There has never been and never will be another you. You have a purpose – a very special gift that only you can bring to the world” a popular quote by Marie Forleo and repeated to a crowd that gathered to hear her speak last month at Karin Copeland’s CreateXChange’s 2019-2020 “The Next Big Thing” Master Class Series at 2300 Arena in South Philly.

When guests arrived they enjoyed a networking cocktail party where they could also fashion and functional items for sale at the pop up boutiques.

Marla McDermott and Courtney Walsh
Tara McLaughlin, Lorie Vaughn, and Kathy Piccari, owner at Pineapple on Main

Karin Copeland has been creating thought provoking events for nearly a decade with global thought leaders are Amy Cuddy, Sheryl Sandberg, Simon Sinek, Malcolm Gladwell, Ariana Huffington, Peter Thiel, and more including panel chats with local leaders. Check out her website, and follow her on Social Media for her curated content to keep you thinking. Karin will be speaking Saturday at 11AM at #GREATPPHL19 – “What’s your next big dream?: Founders Over 40” with Karin Copeland Of CreateXChange  Link

*Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting this for PhillyChitChat. Check out additional photos on Philly Style Mag.


Toby Keith Surprises a Bride & Groom; Hilltown & Alice Pizza On Market

Happy Fall, I think it’s finally here. Break out the pumpkin spice, flannel and rakes. Let’s check out Around Town With HughE which you’ll find every Thursday on the blog.

I missed this little nugget last month, but a surprise wedding guest attended the wedding reception of Dana Gallo White and Matt White on Sept. 14, at Cescaphe Events Vie!! As the father of the groom’s speech concluded with “Let’s have a party!”… out came country super star Toby Keith along with Red Solo Cups for all of the guests for the sing a long. He also serenaded the couple in a solo dance on the floor. **In case you weren’t at the wedding, you still have a chance to see Toby Keith as he’s appearing at Parx Casino Xcite Center on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

A Roxborough popular spot called Hilltown Tavern, is now expanding into Fairmount at 23th and Brown. They’re hiring as well. 795 N. 24th Street

Speaking of expanding, I see the very poplar by the ounce pizza, called Alice, is expanding to Market Street in the Septa building at 1234 Market Street.

Another business booming is coming to Center City is Joseph Anthony’s, a very popular Glen Mills, PA Spa and Salon. They’re expanding and moving into The Loews Hotel. I highly recommend them. Super nice people and philanthropic. See you on Social Media, or right back here on Friday for more party coverage. Have a great day!!

Congrats to Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. on becoming Ms. Pennsylvania 2020. “ Please allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. and I’m your United States of America’s Ms. Pennsylvania 2020. I also won Ms. Congeniality, the Service Award and Most Photogenic.

Delicious Brain Food

Over the past 10 years Philadelphia has really come into it’s own with it’s hot, hot, hot food scene, arts & culture, collaborative spirit, development and a concerted effort to create a future filled with interesting and thought provoking projects. One of those projects if definitely the upcoming GR8PHL 2019 This 24-Hour Ideas Festival Marathon at 421 N. 7th Street. They have an extensive list of thought provoking leaders in the community who are going to talk about what’s going on in these areas I just mentioned, and where we are going. Similar to Phila Magazine’s Think Fest, but on the grass roots level where a lot of great ideas begin. I plan to pop in and out between my gigs, I hope I see you there.

Another fantastic similar event coming up is the B.PHL Innovation Fest October 15 – 17. Philadelphia’s first citywide innovation festival. The three-day event, which will take place October 15-17, is designed to further Philly’s reputation as the most innovative city on the East Coast, though, as Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty noted, groundbreaking discoveries in the life sciences are already helping the city make its mark. Read more about it over at PhillyMag Then remember in November, there’s Philly Mag’s Think Fest. It’s great to have these events which brings like minded, and not so like minded folks together to move Philly forward. One thing is for sure, it’s an exciting time to be in Philadelphia.


Authentick Opens in Rittenhouse Square

The owners of East Coast Time / Authentick celebrated the opening of their new store/showroom in Rittenhouse Square with a party for friends, family and clients last month, and Mike Hirata, of Philly Chit Chat was there to capture it.

Alan Havkin with his son Authentick Co-Owner Eric Havkin.

From there website: For over 25 years, AUTHENTICK and East Coast Time have been proudly serving the luxury watch and timepiece community. Our store, showroom, and service facility are located in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. We take great pride in providing first class service to our clients and collectors all over the world buying, selling, and trading high end watches. We specialize in new and pre-owned watches from exclusive prestige brands including A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysses Nardin, and more.

Authentick sources their inventory from independent distributors and suppliers who they trust and have worked closely with for many years.

East Coast Time / Authentick
1737 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215)


Opera Philadelphia O19 Gala Was An Exquisite Event

Opera Philadelphia Festival O19 celebration Honoring Maestro Rovaris

For the past three years, Opera Philadelphia’s seasons began with Festival O, and as is the case this year O19. On September 21, 2019 Opera Philadelphia held their annual gala, this year at the iconic Academy of Music, the Grand Old Lady of Locust Street with ticket prices beginning at $1,000.

Dr. Claire Boasi walks the orange carpet, in a nod to the opening Opera “The Love For Three Oranges.”

Many guests arrived promptly at 5:30pm for Maestro’s Reception in the grand ballroom of the majestic building, a start to the magnificent evening which unfolds over the next few hours.

Soprano Tiffany Townsend who appeared as Princess Ninette in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia during O19, with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director & President David B. Devan. Earlier this year David received the prestigious Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.  .

After cocktail hour guests enjoyed a concert by soprano Brenda Rae and pianist Grant Loehnig, before heading to the stage for a sit down three course dinner prepared by Garces Events. Festival O19 is over now, but tickets are available for the 2020 season with the fabulous Requiem and Madame Butterfly opera’s Look for info HERE
Then next year Festival O returns September 17–27, 2020 – O20


Philly Gossip: Sally Field and Andre 3000 Jump Rope on Dispatches from Elsewere, Plus a New The Servant Teaser

Hope you’re out and about enjoying this beautiful day. I have a feeling that we are now w/i months of our first snow storm.

The new IPhone takes great photos, but not so great through windows with yellow street lights…just saying.

Thanjua welcoming Jason Segal to her neighborhood, he’s a few feet in front of her.

Thursday I started getting tips that Dispatches from Elsewhere with Jason Segel, André 3000, Sally Field, Eve Lindley and Richard E. Grant, would be filming on Locust St, but as I am in the middle of Social Season I didn’t think I’d be able to catch them. Luck be a lady, after my Friday night event I heard they were just starting to film. I was a little surprised they could secure a set on Locust St on a Friday night, but they did. I headed to my favorite deli Schlessinger’s and got a front row seat.

Although the reflective window was a bit to deal with I think you can make out Andree 3000 and Sally Field.

Although I had my camera with me, but I took these photos with my phone as I didn’t want to create a ruckus as sometimes happens when a paparazzo is on the scene. Everyone was great and recognized me, including Jason Segel who gave me a thumbs up and greeted me with a big smile when he saw me through the window at Schlessinger’s. That was very nice.

Earlier in the day they were filming at 832 Lombard Street. Thanks to a PhillyChitChat instagram follower for sending me this shot. There’s a smiling Jason in front of the window. If you’re keeping track, this is probably filming for the 6th episode of the 10 episode series. Filming is scheduled to continue through November.

M Night Shyamalan’s new Apple TV Series formerly called Crumpet, now called The Servant has dropped. The new TV series was filmed in the Philadelphia area. See you tomorrow on PhillyChitChat. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and FB for up to the moment happenings.


South Street Oktoberfest – Plus info on Upcoming Annual Armory Oktoberfest

For the 11th year, the South Street Oktoberfest was held in front of the Brauhaus Schmitz, on the street and beneath a massive tent with seating in the 700 block of South Street. Festival goers enjoyed 10 German beers, lots of German food, German dancers and live music, with lots of sing a longs.

A half dozen guys participated in the LITER Lift Competition to win $500

Don’t Miss The 2019 Armory Oktoberfest 

Brauhaus Schmidtz made some changes for this years event
Our Beer Partners Hofbräu are returning, we have changed up the layout so VIP & UBER VIP receive a more efficient service, and the dance floor is being moved to the middle (EVERYBODY DANCES!!) Think BIGGER & BETTER! The Maipole might even make an appearance in disguise!

Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Ticketing Options:
General Admission 22 South 23rd Street
$25 Includes: entry, first Liter of beer and a pretzel. Food is pay as you go. Plenty of communal seating for everyone. Table service will also be available in GA.

$70 (per person, groups of 2-8) Includes: reserved seating, table service, Commemorative glass liter mug to take home, 2 liters of beer, private bathrooms and 1 food ticket good for an entrée platter. Choice of sausage, roast pork or ½ chicken with sauerkraut and potato salad. (Get this, get this, you won’t regret it!!) See you there Friday night wear comfortable clothes as it gets fun, wild and crazy.


Photos: The Next Les Dames d’Escoffier Heritage Farm Dinner (Women in Food)

On September 15, 2019, Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia held their Fourth Annual Heritage Farm Dinner at Bartram’s Garden. This year they proudly recognize Ellen Yin, as the 2019 Outstanding in Her Field honoree.

Natanya DiBona, President and Co Chair of the Les Dames Farm dinner, Ellen Yin, restaurateur and Lynn Buono (Feast Your Eyes) Co Chair of the Les Dames Farm dinner.

The honor recognizes women for their accomplishments in the food, beverage or hospitality industry. Proceeds from the dinner benefited the LDEI Scholarship program.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception where guests caught up on their summer happenings, bid on wonderful silent auction items, followed by a three-course farm dinner on the beautiful grounds of Bartram’s Garden. The meal was created by twenty area chefs using locally sourced ingredients- including from The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden. Menu includes vegan and gluten-free dishes. Wine, signature cocktails and spirit-free beverages included.

Since it’s beginning in 1976, the organization has grown to more than 1,350 members in 27 chapters across the U.S. and Canada, its grants, scholarships, mentoring and community service programs continue to be LDEI’s hallmarks. Through chapter fundraising efforts, nearly $4 million has been awarded in grants and scholarships and other philanthropic endeavors and countless volunteer hours have been logged on behalf of chapter communities.

Collectively known as Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the Philadelphia Chapter is a talented and philanthropic group of women chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, bloggers, media personalities, wine and spirits specialists, educators, nutritionists and farmers. Membership fees are $215 . Contact Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the Philadelphia Chapter for information on how you can join this wonderful, philanthropic organization. Check out additional photos here on CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine. As well as the November issue of Philly Mag.


Shia LaBeouf & Deniro to Film in Philly, Snack Shop Pop Up, Jason Segel’s Just Like Us, Azuri Elizabeth Debut

Hope you had a fantastic weekend. I’m ready for fall temps, how about you. Pumpkin Spice coffee when it’s 90f out is not my idea of sweater season. Let’s check out Around Town With HughE and see who’s where, and what’s happening…

Jason Segel, who’s been in town for several months filming Dispatches From Elsewhere with Sally Field and Andre 3000 was spotted around town this past weekend with his longtime girlfriend, photographer Alexis Mixter. (So last week when he was out with her at the Jewelers Row Festival, he was pulling our leg when he said he was on a “First Date” while declining photos, they’ve been dating since 2014.) Saturday night they dined at one Jason’s favorite restaurant Pinefish (my favorite too as you know, plus an advertiser. ) I reported a few weeks ago he had visited twice and ordered the Swordfish and wanted it blackened , which wasn’t a choice. Now Pinefish has added it to the menu that way. Here he’s posing with his frequent server Lindsay (Thanks to my Tipsters for these shots) Sunday in the Park with Jason – spotted yesterday being a Philadelphian, hanging out in the park enjoying summer and hopefully stomping on Spotted Lantern Flies.

Sunday afternoon I spent it with friends: Brandon Morrison and Stacey Kracher celebrated their daughter Auri Eliz Morrison Blessing on Sunday at Union Trust with family and friends. It was great to see so many friends, most I met before they had even had met their loves, married and started their families.

I noticed last week that a bus was parked at the base of the Phila Art Museum with the words “Shop & Snack” on it. I had a chance to go over and check it out this weekend and chatted with the Parks & Rec folks, who run the pop up shop. They showed me around the gift shop that is a partnership with the Art Museum, Visit Philly and Fairmount Park. They’re selling tourist items related to Philly, and especially an extensive collection of items promoting and celebrating Rocky. As I noted last week with the opening of the North entrance to the Art Museum, and the items in the new museum store, the Art Museum has done a complete turn around in the last few years, embracing Rocky, and the Creed movie franchise, even noting on their website that the West Entrance of the Art Museum is at the top of the Rocky Stairs. Bravo!!

The snack truck wasn’t in place yesterday but I did get a bad photo of it last week as my bus drove by. They’ll serve regular Philly fare like cheese steaks, pretzels, hamburgers, chips water and soda.

I forgot to mention a few weeks earlier that the cast and crew of Concrete Cowboys enjoyed PBJ softserve on the set on a hot summer night in August.

They’ve since wrapped, but maybe PBJ will serve the cast of the new Kate Winslet series being filmed for HBO which will be filming in West Chester starting in October or perhaps the Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf film “After Exile” scheduled to start in November.