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Save The Date: Christmas Belle Brunch at the Igloos in Northern Liberties

InBox: Be our guest, be our guest! You and your family are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This socially-distanced dining experience is perfect for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Northern Liberties’ based A Dash of Magic Events partners with Germantown Garden Grill (1029 Germantown Ave) and Glu Hospitality after the success of the Enchanted in Northern Liberties: Snow Queen Brunch series.

This 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. Each reservation will also receive a private The Beauty Princess visit per each Igloo, a souvenir, and princess themed activity sheets – and a special holiday dessert that would make even Chef Bouche hungry! 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.

This event is open to a very limited number of tickets to make this dining experience very safe and intimate. 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 Beauty 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. All families attending must follow the local and health guidelines at the time of the event. If the event is postponed due to weather, all parties will be able to transfer their ticket to a new date and time. Tickets are on sale now at www.germantowngarden.com

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Chestnut Hill Retailers Join Together for Virtual Fall Fashion Show 10/15/20

Join the Chestnut Hill Business District and several popular retailers (listed below) as they present the Second Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In on Thursday, October 15. To ensure the safety of participating stores and models, retailers will stream from their stores and have the opportunity to showcase various outfits and discuss individual pieces while also answering questions from customers. Chestnut Hill Fashion’s Night In is meant to connect local businesses to the people that matter most — their loyal customers.

The 45-minute virtual fashion show will be hosted by Philadelphia fashion influencer Dani Maiale.

Viewers have two ways to watch the show. The fashion show will be streamed on Facebook Live on the Chestnut Hill Pa. FB Page or patrons can register for free and watch the show on Zoom (link below).
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t3iX63nlROO1ZE0wlAlWxg (ID is: 858 4689 6481)

Artisans on The Avenue

Chestnut Hill Sports,

TC Unlimited

El Quetzal

Sara Campbell

Along with Bohemian Pink, and Jonesy’s Accessories

Chestnut Hill Fashion’s Night In is the perfect way to see a sneak peek of what you can purchase online or in person this fall and spend time virtually with friends. Before the start of the show, staff from Tavern on the Hill will provide a fall-themed specialty cocktail recipe on the Chestnut Hill Business District Event Page for all to enjoy!

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The Re-imagination of the Nightmare Before Tinsel

Craft Concepts Group and owner Teddy Sourias of Philadelphia’s Christmas Pop-up Bar Tinsel will open the Nightmare Before Tinsel (116 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) for the 2nd year in a row TODAY. This year, during the global pandemic, the former spooky season pop-up bar returns as a socially distanced haunted house, along with a new eatery next door Sueño, featuring traditional and fusion Mexican cuisine by Executive Chef Caroline Hough by with food, drink and art.

Society Hill

New and notable, Nightmare Before Tinsel will take on an asylum theme this year. Tinsel will also be a haunted restaurant with food, drink and art installations. Guests will purchase a ticket in advance and will have a set amount of time inside.

A brand-new haunted parklette will open outside with socially-distanced dining tables. Next door, look for a brand new restaurant to pair with Nightmare with cocktails, beer, wine and food which will also be sold to go legally out of a take-out window – while following all state and city guidelines.


To experience Nightmare before Tinsel guests must buy a time-ticketed experience ($15 to $20)

Ticket purchase includes:

1. Guest admission to Nightmare Before Tinsel

2. One complimentary beverage:
Choice of “Nightmare Cocktail,” a premium craft draft, a glass of wine or non-alchoholic beverage(Valid identification required for all adult beverages)

3. One complimentary dessert

Additional info:
*Masks are required and social distancing is enforced at this restaurant. Safety first!
*To reduce line wait guests are welcome to arrive up to a maximum 15 min prior to their ticket time to line up in a standing cue.

***Note: If you would like a table for seated dining we recommend reserving your table through Opentable.com.

What an amazing pivot this year for Nightmare before Tinsel during Covid19. Creating a minute scary moment, followed by delicious cocktails and light bites. I really enjoyed walking through the Halloween time capsule, which incorporated a lot of last year’s decor, but now it goes bump in the night. At the end you or a nearby ghoul will take that desired selfie for you to share this experience with your friends.

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Scene: #POWERTHEPOLLSPA Party at Jet Wine

The Voter Project and Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St, Phila) teamed up to present #PowerthePollsPA, a pop-up at Jet Wine Bar’s patio which will run through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

This socially-distanced outdoor Wine Patio Pop-Up highlights the critical need for a new generation of poll workers in the upcoming election. Beginning this Thursday, October 1, and lasting through Election Day on November 3, guests are invited to Jet Wine Bar to view the exhibition of an interactive creation by Philadelphia artist Oluwafemi, and to enjoy a selection of American wines and patriotic cocktails.

Poll Worker Facts:

• Poll workers get paid for their time

• Poll workers generally work the entire day from 7 a.m. to when the polls close at 8 p.m.

• Counties throughout the commonwealth train poll workers on Election Day duties

• Being a poll worker is an additional way to participate in the election process

• A Nationwide goal is set to recruit 250,000 Americans who are interested in signing up to be Election Day workers or volunteers to keep all polling sites safe, readily open, and available for delay-free, in-person voting

Instagram & Twitter: @PowerthePollsPA • Hashtag: #powerthepollsPA • www.thevoterproject.com

#PowerthePollsPA is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations, businesses, and civic organizations such as Civic Alliance, Comedy Central, Fair Elections Center, MTV, Pizza for the Polls, and We Can Vote.

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This and That: IBX Buys Building; Popular Philly Insta Gal Sky Dives, Feast Well Foods Lobster Bake

Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Fourth of July weekend. I escaped to Cape May, which I will write more about later this week. It was the first time in decades when I left town. Even before I was PhillyChitChat I stayed in town to enjoy our activities. Let’s chit chat about this and that.

Last week I shot the announcement and a key exchange celebrating Independence
(photo provided)

Independence Health Group (“Independence”) announced that it has completed the purchase of its corporate headquarters located at 1901 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. The purchase builds upon Independence’s ongoing commitment to the Greater Philadelphia region and continued investment in the West Market Street neighborhood. In addition to 1901 Market Street, Independence’s Center City campus includes a leased state-of-the-art customer service call center at 1900 Market Street and Independence LIVE, an award-winning customer experience center at 1919 Market Street, which connects to the company’s headquarters via a courtyard that is open to the community.

Mayor Jim Kenney greets Dan Hilferty, CEO, Independence Health Group with what will now be the norm handshake going forward.

Sheila Hess, City Rep and Brian Tierney, chief executive officer of Brian Communications whose client is Independence, This week in the Phila Biz Journal, their offices are featured.

Menu Planning for the weekend with FeastWell Foods. no minimum for curbside pick-up delivery minimum: $65 + delivery. Philly center delivery: +$12. Delivery Friday, July 10th 3pm – 5pm or
Curbside pick-up
Thursday, July 9th 4:00 – 5:00pm
Friday, July 10th 1pm – 5:30pm

Congrats to Fabiana Ferrarini Creator of “QueenWarrior” Workout who went sky diving for her birthday this weekend. She’s super inspirational and g good follow.

Design by Sara Brown, Misha Kachman, Matt Saunders

In this age of comminicable diseases so many business are hurting, as well as arts & culture. Last week the Wilma is thinking outside of the box you could say. The Wilma, seeking to reopen in Philadelphia, says it will erect a new seating structure in which every party is in its own separate box, creating the Wilma Globe. You can read more about it on their site, as well as help them achieve their goals.

15 years ago, on 2 July 2005, a Live 8 concert was held in Phila in front of Phila Museum of Art, with a densely packed audience of nearly a million people stretched out along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event was organized by the ONE Campaign. #JayZ performed at the concert and no doubt envisioned a future concert here ~ #MadeInAmerica, which was cancelled this year because of COVID19. But you knew it’d be cancelled as I wrote about it on This and That a few weeks ago when I noted they weren’t selling tickets anymore on their website. See you on Social Media, although I am going to do less of it in the coming days as I have to finish a few projects before I pivot with a new business venture in the coming weeks.

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12 Restaurants We’re Eating at This Weekend

There’s finally good news about our favorite restaurants, they’re opening for pick up for with convenient hours in Ardmore, Center City, Old City and East Passyunk.

Ardmore

The Bercy  7 E. Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003
The Bercy in Ardmore is officially back open in the heart of Downtown Ardmore. Owners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are teaming with Executive Chef David Jansen of Jansen in Mt. Airy to offer a Jansen Beach Boil and Take-over for this coming weekend. The Jansen Beach Boil presents by The Bercy is available for order with pick-up Friday-Sunday between 4pm-7pm . The package includes bread services with corn bread muffins and whipped honey butter, first course with Bread Service: corn bread muffins with whipped honey butter; first course with panzanella salad with heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto; main course with lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, mini crab cakes, corn on the cob, marble potatoes; and dessert with a Key Lime Pie for $150 which feeds four people. Call to order 610-589-0500.
** The Bercy will be open for take-out and delivery Wednesday through Saturday with call ahead orders starting at 2pm and take-out hours 4-7pm those days – with menus, specials and pop-up collaborations posted on social media and their website.

Hunan – Opening May 14 for curbside takeout
47 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-642-3050
Hunan will open on Thursday May 14th for takeout and pick up only. They’ll be open Thursdays through Saturdays with designated order times (advance orders only before 3pm) and a pick up window (between 4:30pm and 6:30pm).

John Henry’s Pub
Open Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm each week for curbside takeout
98 Cricket Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003
610-726-9193
Menu: https://www.johnhenryspubofardmore.com/?page_id=64

Marokko – Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-8pm each week starting May 12.  Orders placed by 1pm.
54 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-658-6246
Menu: http://www.tastemarokko.com

Center City

Tradesman’s1322 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (267) 457-3994

Craft Concepts Group and Teddy Sourias will re-open his popular Center City barbecue restaurant Tradesman’s at Chestnut and Juniper this weekend for take-out and delivery for food and beer. Delivery will be through GrubHub. Look for hours this Friday to Sunday and expanded hours and days moving forward. Find menus later today on social media and website. Hours and days will be seven days a week 3-8pm starting Thursday of this week. 
Look for BRU, Blume, Finn McCool’s and Uptown Beer Garden to also be back online and offering food and drink starting next week and following weeks with details to come. 

Old City

Nick’s Bar and Grille 16 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
215.928.9411
Nick’s Bar and Grille in Old City is now back open with your classic Philly, barbecue and comfort food favorites like the award-winning ground bacon burger, roast beef, roast pork, smoked chicken wings, mac n cheese bites and much more, plus cold beer for pick-up. The menu is now updated online for take-out and delivery Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 9pm. This coming weekend look for smoked ribs for two with a full rack of ribs, mac n cheese, jalapeno cole slaw and cornbread for only $30 for Friday to Sunday. 

Tuna Bar 205 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-238-8862
Tuna Bar is offering take out on Fridays & Saturdays for dinner 
All orders can be picked up between 5:30PM-6:00PM

Menu (note: new menu items will be added weekly):

  • Assorted Appetizers & Rolls
    • Edamame ($6), Tuna Tataki ($15), Dynamite Roll ($10), Wentz Roll ($15), Spicy Tuna Roll Crunch ($9), Tuna Roll ($7), Spicy Salmon ($7), Salmon Roll ($7), Eel Avocado Roll ($8)
  • Donburi (Rice Bowls) & Miso Soup
    • Salmon Don, Tekka Don, Unagi Don (each $35)
  • Fixed Menu (for 3-4 people) ($150)
    • Edamame, Miso Soup, Seared King Salmon, Vegetable Fried Rice, Tuna Tataki, Sashimi/Maki Platter

How to order:

  • Online:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:
    • Call us at 215-238-8862 between 4:00PM-6:00PM on the day you’d like to pick up

  • Open for pickup and delivery starting Friday, May 8th (Preorder starts Tuesday, May 5th)
  • Temporary hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Preorder: online or by phone
  • Delivery: Caviar and Ubereats

South Philly

Hawthornes
738 S. 11th Street 215-627-3012 Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm 
Everyone’s favorite brunch and cafe hot spot is back on 11th Street – with brunch, lunch, dinner and a growing marketplace – plus the largest selection of take-out and delivery beer and wine in the city through Quick Sip, and make-it-yourself cocktail kits. They are also organizing a take-out and delivery market that debuts this week with take-out and delivery of Franklin Fountain ice cream – in partnership with Franklin Fountain. 

Le Virtu
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s how it works… • Email us your order (levirtuphila@gmail.com). All dishes are available individually or as a composed meal (see menu for details and pricing). Kindly make the subject line of your email “Quarantine Pick-Up” so that we see it right away, and include which day you prefer to pick up (Fri, Sat, or Sun), as well as your full name and telephone number. • We will call you to confirm and take credit card payment over the phone on the day before your order (so Thu for Fri, Fri for Sat, and Sat for Sun). • We will assign you a pick-up time between 4PM and 7PM. If you have a preference, let us know in your email or over the phone, and we will strive to accommodate it. Pick-ups will be spread out to prevent a queue from forming. That’s it! TL; DR: send us an email, then feast on delicious Abruzzese cuisine. We can’t wait to serve you, Philly. 

Arctic Scoop 1812 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148  
Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm Pick-up orders only!! Call ahead (917) 607-0616 to place an order.  

Big Catch Poke 
1830 East Passyunk267-622-1888
New Poke Bowls Combo Menu from 11am to 8pm for take out only. Please order online for pick up at our website www.bigcatchonline.com if you need delivery please use Doordash,UberEat or Grubhub. For more efficiency and accuracy we prefer our customers use online order services.

Flannel 1819 E Passyunk Ave(215) 465-1000 Take-out and delivery

Noir 1900 East Passyunk 12-3 lunch ; 3-8 dinner Takeout and delivery. Please call 267.319.1678 for CurbSide pick up or Free Delivery! Full lunch and dinner menus 

Sounds delicious. Thank you for supporting your local restaurant. We’re in this together, and some of us are better cooks!!

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Photos: GlobalFit Anywhere Teams with Revel Ride for Unite for Her

Last month Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and GlobalFit teamed up to offer GlobalFit Anywhere. GlobalFit Anywhere connects Independence members to fitness studios, gyms, and trainers in the Greater Philadelphia region at the best possible prices.

On Sunday, GlobalFit Anywhere hosted a charity ride with Revel Ride on South Street which benefited Unite For Her.

As of January 1, 2020, Independence individual and small group members can access this affordable and flexible option. Independence employees with the company’s health insurance also have access to GlobalFit Anywhere

“Independence is proud to be the first insurance carrier to offer GlobalFit Anywhere to its members,” said Jonathan Stump, Independence vice president of Product Services. “We are committed to helping our members use their benefits in the way that works best for them. With GlobalFit Anywhere, our members are just one click away from exploring a new activity or getting back into their fitness routine.”

GlobalFit Anywhere lets consumers browse, book, and pay for fitness classes, gym workouts, and training sessions across multiple fitness providers. GlobalFit Anywhere negotiates discounted fitness class rates and passes the savings to the member. Instead of paying full price, Independence members can find exclusive discounts on classes and times that fit their schedule.

Benefits of the GlobalFit Anywhere app:

  • Flexibility to book a workout based on individual preferences
  • Considers location, activity preference, and budget
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • No cancellation fees
  • No monthly membership required

About GlobalFit
GlobalFit’s health and wellness technology solutions accelerate wellness program engagement, leading to improved population health. With over 25 years in the corporate wellness space, GlobalFit connects wellness with rewards through its fitness, mindfulness and nutrition applications that include GlobalFit Anywhere, Gym Network 360, GlobalFit Rewards, WalkMyMind and Charge. Over 70 million people have access to GlobalFit solutions as part of their worksite wellness program or health plan. For more information, please visit, www.globalfit.com. Check out additional photos on CBSPhilly.

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Today: Dim Sum House’s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food

Today: Dim Sum House‘s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food. Jane Guo (above) and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s TODAY February 20, 2020, at 1930 Chestnut Street, at 11:30am. The mother-son duo will bring all-day, every-day dim sum in two styles to Rittenhouse Square. On top of Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum, Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will also feature dishes from the Jiang Nan region of China including noodles, entrees, fried rice and soups.

For its grand opening, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, dine-in guests will celebrate with a complimentary order of Scallion Pancakes per table. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, dine-in guests will enjoy a complimentary order of Dan Dan Noodles per table.

Dim Sum House will test a brand-new ordering system at the dining room tables. With each seating, guests will be able to place their orders for dim sum favorites on a checklist they can hand off and update with their server as their experience progresses. This is especially useful for large groups. Look for this system to debut in University City later this winter.

Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will launch seven day a week happy hour later this winter. For lunch specials, guests can enjoy a $13 lunch featuring a choice of soup (Hot & Sour or Wonton) with a choice of one of 20 entrees, and a side of rice (White, Brown, and Fried).
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Top Chef Quickfire Opens at The Concourse at Comcast Center

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

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

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

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

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InBox: Barbara Corcoran endorses Local Real Estate Agent Maria Quattrone

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

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