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Why Was Harry Styles in Philly; New Trader Joes; Movie News & Celebs Spotted

Why Was Harry Styles in Philly; New Trader Joes; Movie News & Celebs Spotted in Philly

Hope you all had a great weekend. You’re probably wondering why am I writing my Philly Gossip column on Monday, well I didn’t want everyone showing up a funeral to find Harry Styles on Sunday. Yes, the Harry Styles was in the Philly area over the weekend.

Harry took a Selfie with the American Airline pilot who flew piloted him to PHL yesterday afternoon. He’s actually been seen in the area over the past few months visiting with his friend Xander Ritz, who lives in nearby Wayne, Pa. I first wrote about the duo back in 2015 when they first met and started to hang out together.

This time Harry Styles came to give his friend Xander Ritz support as Xander’s mom Cynthia Ritz passed away last week. Here the duo were snapped eating out last night. Xander’s parents are philanthropic, dad is a popular dentist on the Mainline, while mom, Cindy Ritz, was a longtime steward and volunteer in Radnor, Donations can be made to the Wayne Art Center in her name online here.

I heard a rumor, that the rumored 2nd Trader Joe’s in Center City was well underway on the on the ground floor of the parking garage located across the street from the Convention Center, so I stopped by over the weekend to see for myself. The 1324 Arch St. property is compact at 15,750 of retail space, which is slightly more I learned than the average size of a Trader Joe’s property of 15,000 sq ft including the backroom, storage area and worker’s break room, says Supermarket News. The original rumor was written about by Jacob Adelman, Inquirer back in January. There’s still no official word from the company.

Emmett Smith stopped by Del Frisco’s for dinner last week with a few friends. The Twins Dana and Jen Fioravanti, maîtres d’ at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse posed with their good friend. Also dining out last week was Jeb Bush at Louie, Louie in University City. He was spotted twice last week at lunch. For the past year he has been teaching at University of Pennsylvania as Presidential Professor of Practice role at Penn

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Actors James Maslow ( who is best known for his role on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush (based on his real-life boy band), and co-hosting CW’s new talent show The Big Stage with Elizabeth Stanton, which started last week. ) and Emily Bett Rickards ( seven seasons as Felicity Smoak on CW’s smash hit Arrow) will be starring in the indie film “We Need To Talk”. The film, written and directed by Todd Wolfe, also features Jonathan Fernandez. deadline.com The film started at the beginning of June and is slated to finish at the end of June. Next up is the Sally Field, AMC TV Series “Dispatches from Elsewhere” is slated to start filming right after July 4th, and run through November with actor Jason Segel directing (last week Jason, who’s been eating up a storm in Philly, was spotted watching the Philly Pride Parade.) Then if that wasn’t enough Kate Winslet, is about to start filming an HBO series Mare of Easttown starting this fall. A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart. Easttown is near Devon, Pa about 20 miles from Center City. See ya tomorrow!!

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Lots of Fun To Buy at The New AC MOORE Broad & Chestnut

SIX months ago I wrote about A.C. Moore taking over the former FYE location at Broad and Chestnut Streets. Today is the day. It’s like Christmas Day on the Avenue of the Arts. I know I headed most people feel this way ever since I broke the story last fall people would ask me when the store would be opening, and how they were so excited about it. Well Yesterday I took at tour of the new FLAGSHIP store, and you will not be disappointed.

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Even if you are not an artsy person, A.C. Moore is going to inspire you to create the next Mona Lisa or at least engage you in a fun adult coloring book activity.
The Center City opening marks the brands 137th store opening, and the first urban store.
This will be their Flagship store and has items and departments the other stores do not. All other locations are on one floor, the Center City store is on two levels.

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Don’t look for a shopping cart, for your shopping convenience you can zip through the store with these very deep handy baskets on wheels.

To celebrate the launch, there are a number of special promotions running this week:

Tuesday, April 11: Free $10 gift cards for the first 500 customers
Wednesday, April 12: 60 percent off any one regular priced item
Thursday, April 13: 55 percent off any one regular priced item
Friday, April 14: 15 percent off your entire purchase
Saturday, April 15: 15 percent off your entire purchase

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Teachers, Military and Students with college IDs get 15 percent off every day, regular and sale purchase.
Unlike other stores they have a convenience snack selection for those on the go.
Plus 14 check out registers.

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Seasonal selections will change every 90 days so you’ll always
be ahead of the holidays.
That’s 27,000 sq feet of DIY shopping fun for you.

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Personally who wouldn’t want to go into AC Moore a couple months out and think about the next 3 day holiday.

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AC Moore has vases, and they’re on sale already

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They have every kind of block letters you can imagine, ones with lights, mirrored

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and wooden large and small

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The Center City store will house a first of its kind classroom, offering craft and art demonstrations, instructional courses for aspiring artists of all ages and an area
to host children’s birthday parties. This location will also feature a custom framing studio, located on the second floor.

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Mason Jar fun

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When you first walk in the door there will be a digital display of items on sale, and info on demonstrations.
Craftologists, or A.C. Moore crafting experts, will be onsite daily offering demos,
inspiration and guidance to navigating the bi-level arts and crafts space.

 

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Unlike the other stores they have an expanded children’s section.

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Cute kid umbrellas and ponchos

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Miscellaneous fun

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Jennifer Logue, A&E editor of the Philly Metro is in heaven in the DIY jewelry area

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There’s a small section of clothing, and fun beach items cause we’re are nearing the season.

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A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral  merchandise to a broad demographic of customers. The first A.C. Moore store  opened in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985 (I used to shop at Moorestown, stopping by every month),

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and has since grown to more than  130 stores located in the Eastern United States from Maine to Florida. A.C.  Moore is devoted to being our customers’ first choice for product selection, value  and service that inspires and fulfills unlimited creative possibilities.  Owner Pepe Piperno was a distributor of arts and crafts. He bought the company in 2011 and now runs it with his next generation – his son Anthony and daughter, Elena; they’re all from the Philadelphia area.

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Did you get your Easter basket yet? They’re on sale too.

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There’s free flower arranging for the artificial stems you buy from the store.

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For more information on A.C. Moore, visit: acmoore.com

Store hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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Philly Gossip: Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman & Bryan Cranston Spotted, Malcolm Jenkins, Meek Mills and More

Happy Monday, I know no one is really happy on Monday. I usually publish this on Sunday, but I slept til noon after the Ball Saturday night and well here we are. Check out Philly Mag and Metro today for pixs from the Ball.  Here’s something to put a smile on your face – Philly Gossip Monday: Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman & Bryan Cranston Spotted, Malcolm Jenkins, Meek Mills and More.

 

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Yeah Phillywood has kicked off. Friday Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman were in Philly for a table reading of the new Neil Berger movie “Intouchable” which I mentioned a few weeks ago would
be filming in Philadelphia. Friday evening car scenes were filmed in Center City, but the principles weren’t involved.  Cranston and Kidman flew out to prepare for the Screen Actors Guild Award Awards last night. Kidman presented, and Cranston won for his performance in “All the Way. Be on the look out for them for the next 4 weeks and drop me a line if you see they, especially if you have a picture with them.

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Since Nicki Minaj dumped Meek Mills, his new Sixers seatmate looks to be Kevin Hart. Let’s keep it that way cause nearly every game Kevin Hart has attended the Sixers have won.  Also spotted at the game
was Allen Iverson, M. Night Shyamalan, who’s on quite a winning streak himself as his newest movie, the psychological thriller Split, was the No. 1 movie again at the US box office this weekend, holding on to the top spot for a second week running. It’s now made $78 million domestically and $24 million internationally, pushing its worldwide total above $100 million. (I think I’m going to see it tonight at The Roxy)

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Connor Barwin sitting court side, spotted Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins with wife Morrisa Jenkins.
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Sunday night Malcolm Jenkins, the dapper dresser was the bartender on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen .

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Currently living in Philadelphia, international songstress Vassy  has landed at the top of Billboard Dance Club Songs with ‘Nothing to Lose‘ this week.


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Congrats to Laura Burkhardt who starts her new job at Visit Philly tonight. Friday night her friends threw her a good luck party at R2L. Executive Chef/Owner Daniel Stern was on hand to wish her well
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Congrats to Sam and Connie Katz, whose daughter was married in December, but he just posted the shots this weekend. 1-30-2017 9-07-54 AM (Custom) (Custom)

Thanks to Men’s Wearhouse for dressing me for the 160th Academy Concert and Ball this past weekend, and for giving my readers $40 off their rentals.
Thanks to my Instagram followers for all the love.
It was an awesome time, and my tux fit perfectly, the first time in the 6 years I’ve gone. I had no idea Men’s Wearhouse rented tuxes, let alone White Tails. I did know
they had great suits, and men’s clothing. They have a Big & Tall section as well. Go check them out at
1624 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Pa

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Whole Foods Center City is everything and More. Photos from today’s opening, plus SALES

Oh so excited for Whole Foods to open. It’s one of my favorite food places to shop, oh I love them all;

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and by the looks of the crowd waiting to get into the new store at 2101 Pennsylvania Ave I’m in good company.

 

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Whole Foods held their “ribbon cutting” opening this morning about 9AM. hd1_3546-custom

Bob and Betty who either waited 4 hrs to be first in line, or drove 4 hrs, helped officials “break bread” to open the store, as they don’t cut ribbons. hd1_3549-custom

I told you it was a long line. I hear everyone of the 172 parking spots in the grocery stores garage was taken.

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Here are officials toasting the new store in the Cafe. They sell wine and beer at the new Whole Foods.
The store and cafe are open until 11PM

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When you first enter the store you come to the coffee bar. There is counter seating, window seating, and tables. Lots
of space and free wifi, with an amazing view of the skyline.

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To get into the store, there are stairs on both sides of coffee bar

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and two elevators next to the stairs. These escalators go to the parking garage.
See the guy with the cap, he runs the cart escalator. So you can get your groceries to the
car, your cart goes down an escalator by itself, and you get it at the bottom.

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Avocados were only $.99, hurry I hear they’re going up in price

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Vegetarians turn away. OMG they have a butcher.

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Lot’s of salad bars

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Here is the seating in the one cafe. See those windows above.

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There’s a hideaway nook

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     This is a good place to work

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Pizza is kinda pricey, but for 2 slices it’s a deal. They are large slices.hd1_3577-custom

Local cut pasta

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Nice aisles, not as huge as Mom’s Organic, which is opening near 12th and Market next year. Those are 12 feet wide.hd1_3581-custom

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Yes they sell wine

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Please don’t bring your cart in the eatery section, there’s not a lot of room. I did see a women try and take this shortcut, it was a nightmare

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Hey

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For opening week they have some stellar sales. Chicken is $5.99 this weekend, and if you buy $50 worth of meat, you get
$10 off at the cashier. This weeks Sales are Here

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Cute gifts for you and others. Now these are great hostess gifts.

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For more details check out Michael Klein’s column in the Inky.

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Whole Foods Opening October 14 in Center City – Toast it with Yard’s Pilsendelphia Created for the Special Day

Whole Foods Opening October 14 in Center City – Toast it with Yard’s Pilsendelphia Created for the Special Day

Hot off the Press Release… You know I’m excited about Whole Foods moving 2 blocks closer to my house, and it’s gigantic. I already told you this will definitely be my new “home office”. So when you pop in there’s a good chance you’re going to see me too. If you can’t be there next Friday, follow along on my social media as I live broadcast Opening Day!! I go to Whole Foods about 4 times a month, I usually avoid it cause it’s so busy, but this is a game changer for me and eating healthy. I’m still going to eat my Snap Kitchen as well. In some Whole Foods  they actually have partnered with Snap Kitchen and they carry their lines (Mostly Texas). I know it’s only 2 blocks over, but I’m busy.

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PHILADELPHIA, (Oct. 7, 2016) –Philadelphia’s new flagship Whole Foods Market location opens on Friday, Oct. 14 with a bread-breaking ceremony and opening day festivities. The community is invited to join Whole Foods Market team members and civic leaders for the company’s traditional bread breaking at 8:45 a.m. before doors open at 9 a.m.

“We are so proud to be relocating our Callowhill store in the heart of historic Philadelphia and cannot wait to share our new city vista with shoppers,” said store team leader, Laurent Dallot. “We know customers will love the huge variety of in-store dining options and local products, but we’re just as proud of our everyday staples that meet the industry’s highest quality standards and offer options for every budget.”

The 62,000-square-foot store includes:

  • An open style food hall with seating for 140 guests.
  • Extensive hot and cold prepared foods bars featuring seasonal dishes made in-house with local produce and the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.
  • An in-store pub serving specialty cocktails, 16 local beers on tap, wine by the glass and Neapolitan pizzas and seasonal salads.
  • An Allegro coffee bar offering a full espresso, coffee and tea menu using state of the art technology—a low profile Modbar espresso machine, the Poursteady motion control pour-over machine and a reverse atmospheric infusion Bkon extractor for premium teas. The coffee bar is open all day and will feature unique tea and coffee inspired cocktails.
  • Four in-store “luncheonette” venues run by locally based chefs/restaurateurs: Cheu Noodle Bar, Dizengoff, Severino Cucina Rustica, and Wiz Kid (the latest offering from Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge and V Street).
  • A roving cocktail cart providing beverage service including a curated selection of signature cocktails, beer by the can/bottle and wine by the glass.

 

The elevated and expanded grocery shopping experience at the relocated store highlights local suppliers, organic products and unique Philadelphia-inspired offerings.

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Local exclusives to Whole Foods Market’s Philly Center City Store include:

 

  • Phillthy Chai, from Golden Valley Roasters, a sustainably sourced, organic cold-brewed coffee with chai
  • Local Rock the Roll’s exclusive pumpkin flavored barbeque sauce
  • Brine Street Picklery’s exclusive batch “Pickled Peps,” with local banana peppers sourced through John Vena Produce and originating on Sparacio Farms in New Jersey
  • A “Pilsendelphia” brew collaboration with Yards Brewing
  • “Philly Pherno,” locally made provola cheese from Caputo Brothers, aged at Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn
  • High Street on Market breads including Buckwheat Cherry and Ancient Grains varieties

 

Additionally, Beyond Meat’s plant-based Beyond Burger will be available for the first time to Pennsylvania shoppers.

Among the store’s more than 350 team members, shoppers will find knowledgeable experts including trained butchers, fishmongers, scratch bakers and a team of chefs.

Giving back to the community is one of Whole Foods Market’s core values, and on opening day, Philadelphia-based Urban Tree Connection, a longtime community partner will receive a $5,000 contribution.

 

Be one of the first people to join Whole Foods Market on opening day to get doorbuster savings opportunities, meet local suppliers who are on site providing samples and demos, and dine in the new food hall. Follow news about this store through social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Invite To the Party

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The Budweiser Clydesdale Philly Schedule & Made In America Street Closures Info

Budweiser Made in America Concert Street Closures AND Clydesdale Meet and Greet

The Budweiser Made in America Concert will take place on the Parkway this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, 9/3 and Sunday, 9/4 from 12pm to 12am each day.   There will be extensive street closings as is every year. This year the concert production promises to turn the speakers away from the neighborhood in an effort to cut down the noise. Made

It’s a great event, but know that traffic in the area is snarled and it’s quite difficult to go from one side of the City to the other anywhere above 20th Street. So STAY AWAY. There is no Re Entry on tickets either. Once you go in you must stay or forfeit your right to return unless you buy an additional ticket.Made
Main Street Closures :
Wed 8/31- 10am- inner lanes of Parkway from Eakins Oval to N. 20th St.
Thurs 9/1- 7pm- N 22nd St. between Parkway and PA Ave. (one lane to remain open through Fri. morning rush hour 10am)
Fri 9/2- Full closure of site at 10amFull closure to run through Tues. 9/6 at 5am.
Inner and outer lanes of Parkway from N 20th St to Art Museum
N 21st from PA Ave to Winter St
N 22nd from PA Ave to Parkway
N 23rd from PA Ave to Parkway
Kelly Drive from N 25th to Parkway

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The best part of The Budweiser Made in America Concert is the Budweiser Clydesdales

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2120 Fairmount Ave – THIS THURSDAY 8/25 6PM
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Center City – Washington Square 8/31
TRAFFIC ALERT, last time it went down Walnut Street and it was a hot mess. Get out of dodge beforehand.

North East Philadelphia – 9/1 * 5PM
7544 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136                         

Fairmount – 5PM

Check out their schedule HERE

 

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CCD Celebrates 25 Years Making Philly Beautiful

CCD Celebrates 25 Years Making Philly Beautiful

Congratulations Center City District on your 25th Anniversary, and every day for a job well done.

On May 5, 2016, an anniversary celebration was held at Dilworth Park for the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation. The event was held on a gorgeous spring evening, under a gigantic tent in the shadow of the beloved City Hall.

The check in, and coat check area. I just wanted to show the nice set up with the tables and coat check. I love that they even included trees and flowers to enhance the area.

Impressive set up with check in tables and coat check. I love that they even included trees and flowers to enhance the area (great signage by Replica Creative too)

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Gorgeous tent and decor for the 25th Anniversary Gala. Brulee Catering served a delicious dinner starting with a watermelon salad. Light Action produced the lighting, and lighting is everything. Gala Clothes set the tables.

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During the cocktail hour guests could peruse the extensive silent auction, which featured experiences, dinner and this cool Bacon Brothers Signed Guitar w/CDs.

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Plus Connor Barwin donated a signed jersey. Earlier in my evening I saw him at the Fathers Day Gary Papa Run (June 19) Eagles Celebrity Bartending gig at Brent Celek’s eatery Prime Stache in Old City.

 

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Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO of Welcome America Inc. and Nicole Cashman, President & CEO, Cashman & Associates (Congrats Nicole as her firm was announced as one of the companies handing a DNC party. She’s doing the media party.)

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Senator Anthony H. Williams, City Councilwomen Helen Gym, and Congressman Brendan Boyle

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Carla Showell-Lee, SEPTA’s Director of Media Relations and Former Mayor Rev Wilson Goode

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Beck Davis, ‎Customer Service Director at Center City District and David Wagaman, Owner Of Capriccio At Cafe Cret and Logan Cafe in Sister’s City. Every Thursday there are wine pairings 5PM to 8PM at Sisters Cities Park and Logan Cafe (BTW you can rent Logan Cafe out for parties, they do catering.)

For complete updates, please go to www.SisterCitiesPark.org

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Joseph Coradino, Chief Executive Officer of PREIT, Former Mayor John Street, Joseph H. Jacovini, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Anne Kelly King, Chief of Staff for Councilman Mark Squilla, Romy Diaz, Jr. Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at PECO and Councilman Mark Squilla

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Former Gov Ed Rendell (currently busy as Chair of the DNC2016 Host Committee) with Paul Levy, Executive Director of CCD. Both men have worked tirelessly on many projects to make Philly not only beautiful, but functional and fun. The projects created a foundation for many of the unique projects that are executed in present time like the Rail Park. Missing from the party, but very much responsible for executing one of the most anticipated act of the Center City District, was Mayor Michael  Nutter, who partnered with the Gov and CCD to created Dilworth Park.

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Michael Garden, board of Friends of the Rail Park (1 year annivesary party for Friends of the Rail Park on June 9 #BAMFest: A Fundraiser for Friends of the Rail Park at Brick and Mortar) and Kate Raines (wedding photographer https://plate3.wordpress.com/)

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Newly elected State Representative in the 202nd legislative district Jared Solomon (in my former life as a paralegal, Jared and I both worked at Kohn, Swift & Graf ) and Laura Burkhardt, Publisher of Where Magazine.

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Angela McCafferty, ‎Chief Operations Officer – ‎Bittenbender Construction, LP, Emily Bittenbender, ‎Managing Partner at Bittenbender Construction, LP – ‎Bittenbender Construction, LP (Bittnebender is working on Love Park, which should be done in 2017, can’t wait) , Christine Hough Langan, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

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Tara Alexander, and Curtis Alexander, President at Urban Jungle. His business is all about creating sustainable green urban environments is the driving force nurturing Urban Jungle.

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The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus opened up the gala

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as emcee Ukee Washington, CBSPhilly, danced along to the music, before started the evenings program.

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Paul Levy told the story of how Center City District came about when Ron Rubin wondered why the street was so dirty outside of the Bellevue Hotel, which he owned. Rubin was trying to lure retailers to his newly required hotel, and with the help of Mayor Wilson Goode in 1989, he was able to find a temporary solution. Then they turned to Paul Levy. PhillyMag wrote an excellent article on it in 2013

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Julie Coker Graham is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is a real success story. Working at Hyatt Hotels for 21 years before heading over to the PHLCVB, first as Senior Vice President, Convention Division then Executive Vice President and now sitting at the head of the table. She was running in from a DNC2016 Meeting.

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The CCD wants you to join them every Wednesday from 5-7pm, June 1 – September 28 for $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers* for Center City Sips. check out their app here

CCD Mayor Kenney

 

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LightAction Production created a magical evening. They also had a light show projecting on City Hall to the delight of people walking and driving by City Hall as the party continued under the grand, see through tent.

Congratulations Center City District on your 25th Anniversary, and every day for a job well done.

 

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Philly Gossip: Will Smith, #bcbgmaxazria closed, Alex Holley Honored

Good Philly Gossip Monday. Hope you had a great weekend despite this horrible weather. Congrats to so many Philadelphian’s that ran and conquered the Broad Street Run.

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Sheena Parveen and Mikey Ilagan at the Broad Street Run

It was exciting to see how many people in my timeline posted photos from the race, their medals, and bibs.Philly Gossip
Will Smith and super fan Kevin outside the Ritz last week.

I was chatting a lot about Will Smith being in town last week;  He was checking out the Residences at Ritz Carlton on Monday with realtors, while staying at the Ritz hotel next door. He used the Residences at Ritz Carlton gym everyday, seemed to enjoy the 2PM workout time.  Friday he ran into Bad Boy co-star Martin Lawrence who was in town to perform at Temple that evening. No word on what they discussed, but my friend who reads lips said it seemed they were chatting about a Bad Boy sequel.  I bet he was telling Martin that Philly will be seeing more of him, and hopefully Jada Smith, as they are now the majority owners of the Sixers.

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Martin Lawrence at Temple University

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Yes it’s true #bcbgmaxazria closed on April 24 at 16th and Walnut. The sign on the door says visit them at their KOP or Cherry Hill Mall store.

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It’s been fun following along with Kharisma MCllwaine and her brother Aloysius on their trip to Morocco via snapchat, which I’m trying to learn.

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Seriously, if anyone was going to meet the new quarterback, Carson Wentz, first it was going to be Melissa Leonard. Here she is at the meet and greet press conference, as well as season owners of boxes.

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Friday was a very special day for the Good Day Philadelphia Crew as they celebrated their 20 years on air with their loyal fans. Everyone turned up, chatted with viewers and posed for countless selfies.

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Before the event though Mike Jerrick headed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where they had a prom for the kids. So sweet. Then he headed to the party at Sugarhouse.

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After the 20th Anniversary Party, my friend Alex Holley, FOX 29 co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia,”  was honored Friday night at the 7th annual 2016 NV Movers & Shakers Soiree in NYC.  Love her.

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Then Saturday night Mike Jerrick headed to DC to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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I wonder if he ran into Mike’s cousin David Nakamura (Washington Post White House correspondent), here with his wife Kris Schenck

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I was so busy this weekend – Thursday I was at the Fairmount Conservacy Gala, Friday night I attended the premiere of Inis Nua Theater’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, (April 27-May 15) Saturday I was at Cure Duchenne Blingo at The Logan Hotel and Sunday I had a delicious brunch at Little Lion with Kory Aversa and Brooke Thomas, the new morning anchor at CBS3. Then headed to Savino Thorne’s baptism.

Check out more PhillyGossip everyday on my twitter account @iPhillyChitChat , Instagram and on my FB page PhillyChitChat

and I’ll be back here on Thursday

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RUMOR MILL: WEGMAN’S GOING TO THE BROAD AND WASHINGTON BART BLATSTEIN DEVELOPMENT

A few days ago I set Twitter a fire with this rumor. Since then two blog sites has said their sources say it’s not true. I’m sticking by my rumor that it is. I think my track record is fairly aaccurate.  In the past I’ve rumored that Walgreen’s was going into the old Border’s,

and as much as the internet world and the City denied it was happening, it opened August 2013.

Then there’s the Nordstrom Racked Rumor I put out in April 2013

Same thing for Nordstrom Racked going into Daffy’s http://www.phillymag.com/property/2013/06/20/nordstrom-rack-responds-to-daffys-rumors/

Philly’s Hottest Rumor Comes True – Which was confirmed in October 2013

“It’s now no longer the stuff of Philly Chit Chat items: Center City will be getting a Nordstrom outlet.
The news broke yesterday afternoon that Nordstrom Rack, the chain’s
off-price division, will be taking the first three floors of the former
Bonwit Teller store at 1700 Chestnut Street, most recently home to
now-defunct off-price retailer Daffy’s.
The store, slated to open in the fall of 2014, will have 96,000 square feet of space, according to a report on Racked Philly. Fameco Real Estate, recently acquired by CBRE, handled the transaction.
Will this development be enough to satisfy the “Nordstrom fetishists”?
Time will tell, but truth to tell, we doubt it. We’ll bet they’re
holding out for more news about that Bloomingdale’s in the Gallery HughE Dillon first injected into the rumor stream back in May.”

In September 2013, I tweeted that Comcast was going to build anther tower at 18th & Arch. That NBC Philadelphia and the Four Season’s would move there. Both NBC and The Four Season’s denied this was happening, and wrote me asking me where I got my info.

In January,  the Inquirer published a huge article on the move, including much more detail, but that sure enough NBC Philadelphia and the Four Season’s would move there.

(I’m only as good as my sources, and I really want to thank them for entrusting me with these huge stories.)

Recently (Dec 2012) I proposed that Pearl Properties was going to build a tower, and a restaurant at the corner of 19th and Chestnut after I rumored that they were buying up half the block, and closing the Qdoba. (I put two and two together when I noticed Pearl Properties bought the old Little Pete’s building, plus already owned the property between the Boyd Theater and Little Pete’s, and noticed the Dollar Store was closed. Then I searched the property records and discovered the end two buildings were under contract.)

Updated: April 2013 the CCPR has posted information on the new Pearl Properties condo they are building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/forum/center-city/39928-pearl-properties-new-high-rise-19th-chestnut.html

One of the arguments against thinking a Wegman’s could be built in the City is that Wegman’s hasn’t venutred into an urban area. I found this last night and tweeted it to my 2 guys (who are worth reading every day. Two guys who just like me set out to write content that all of us are interested in.) A Wegman’s is being built in downtown Boston & So they r moving into Urban areas now.

Both of these drawings come from the Passyunk Post.

I’m just sticking by the rumor I floated out on the twitter world that yes, Wegman’s is rumored to be going into the Washington Avenue project. And with the much debated “Why are they building a parking garage with 1,000 spaces?” This would be why, a first class, hugely popular grocery store is coming to “Center City.” Currently my bet with the Passyunk Post guy is this thing will happen is something about eating an ice cream sandwich. Now how about if this great thing doesn’t happen I’ll donate $500 to my favorite charity, and I’ll take part in the dunking thing during Beer Week 2015 or 2016 whichever date they announce something other than a WEGMAN’s going into that space. I think my track record speaks pretty high, but deals do fall through. I probably shouldn’t have floated this one or the Bloomingdale’s one out so early. I guess it wasn’t close to the announcements, I never want to screw anything up, but my sources made it seem imminent.

Philadelphia

COLIN FARRELL in PHILLY – ORANGE YOU LOVELY

Stop by Teuschers Chocolates in the Bellevue Shops Lobby for you Easter and Passover Candy Today. Cute chick & rabbit boxes. Just sayin’

What a great week. I think I had a column on PhillyMag.com everyday, but today. My “The Party Never Stops” page debuted in Philly Mag. I went to a lot of fun events, and I even remembered a few of your names. Best of all the TULIPS have popped out. Colin Farrell sightings…

I was going to post a bunch of pixs of Philadelphian’s that were at the Virgin American party last night, as I posted “celebrities” that don’t normally grace these pages in my PhillyMag Column HERE (Seth Green, Amber Rose, Zoe Kravitz & Penn Badgley), but then I thought nah let me do something fresh. I was on my way to the Bows & Brews event at the Ethical Society, as I passed the park the sights and sounds drew me in. I thought wow there’s a lot of orange around. Why don’t I see what I can shoot and use orange as a theme. So the following pixs of orange somewhere in the shot.

She’s in red, but the bike behind her is orange, I think? This is also what you call shooting from the hip. I’m not always brave like my buddy Big Rube who will “hose you down” (paparazzi phrase) whether you know it or not. I really like the shots where you don’t know I’m taking you, candid.
I guess Rittenhouse Square wants to keep peeps off of the grass. Not sure if it’s working.
It was a little colder today than yesterday.
OK this may be red, but isn’t that orange in over there by Parc?
George Perrier is spending a lot of time at the Rittenhouse Row eateries, and people are paying their respects as they should. He looks relaxed at Rouge.
 What’s going on at Parc? Colin Farrell didn’t eat here.
At Devon Big Rube is shooting a subject in the street. That’s Melanie Martin. I haven’t seen her in a bit. She’s been seeing John Westrum for about 2 years. 
I like how someone put their hat on the statue. Victoria Secret Bag pink & orange
I wish people would walk their bikes through the park. About a decade ago they would give you a ticket for riding your bike through the park. I long for those days. 
I finally made it to 2nd Annual Brews & Bowties Event which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Philadelphia Chapter. I will write more about it next week. 
Francesco Storniok and Anh Phan
Ok that is questionable orange, probably more like pink, but I did like the shoes. What do you think of this subject so far? Or are you a Colin Farrell fan and you just want to jump to that info. It’s at the very bottom. 
Then I had dinner at Davio’s which I will write about next week. When leaving I remembered that RAW Artists was at G Lounge, which is the basement floor of Davio’s. My friend Erin Como hosts it, with producer Fred Calalang. (Erin’s with boyfriend Danny Schuyler. Those two are just about to leave town for their next adventure. Erin got a TV gig out of state and will be leaving at the end of this month. So happy, yet devastated at the same time. Erin is by far one of the nicest peeps in Philly.)
Gallery ML to free body painting from its general perception as an over-sexualized fringe art and bring it into the realm of respected fine art. Tonight is First Friday and they are having an exhibit.
Nix Herrera, Face off season 2, Jem, Lawren Alice Curator – Gallery ML and Natasha Kudashkina, Artist
RAW Artist is held the First Thursday of every month. It’s musicians, artist, jewelers, fashion designers showcasing their work. I think it’s $10 to get in. If you’re a budding artist you should apply to show you stuff there.  There’s also smaller events held at Valanni’s every Monday.

Colin Farrell spotted in Rittenhouse Square area
Colin Farrell is in town to film Dead Man Down with actress Noomi Rapace. There were sightings all over town on Thursday as I hear he is looking for a house to rent for the nearly two months he will be filming here. In the evening he was spotted walking through Rittenhouse Square, and then later at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue. (Guess I’ll start working out more.) It’s not a surprise because that’s where Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger worked out when they were in town. As I was leaving G Lounge someone gave me a tip that he was eating at a.kitchen. (hmm that is really blurry, but he’s the guy with the hand over his face [on blurry left]. I so had the wrong camera with me. ) Originally he was sitting in the window, but when I got on the scene there were two other snappers there and he moved his seat to the bar to eat, bummer for me. With no chance of knowing when he was going to leave, and the midnight hour approaching I left.  Tune into Fox 29 Good Day Philly to hear about a few more sightings of celebs around town.  Also did you see my star power column in Philly Mag Online Yesterday?
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