Eric Blumenfeld


Sunday Chit Chat – Shipp Returns, Vetri Stops By, Eric Blumenfeld

Sunday Chit Chat – Shipp Returns, Vetri Stops By, Eric Blumenfeld Marries


Welcome to Sunday, hope you’re keeping warm.

The cold has made for some beautiful photos.

Welcome home Brittney Shipp, as she returns to NBC10 Philly to share weather duties with Bill Henley. I don’t recall someone boomeranging back to the same station after leaving to go to another city (Oh wait I was chatting with Mike Jerrick today, and he did leave Fox 29 in the 90s and come back in the 00s). I have seen them come back and go to a competing station, so this is really cool. So excited for her, and us. Shipp returns to NBC10 after working as chief meteorologist for KRON-TV in the San Francisco Bay area for two years. She worked at NBC10 as a meteorologist from 2013 to 2016.While she was gone she also wrote a children’s book –  “The Meteorologist in Me.”  Here she is with her NBC10 co-worker, anchor Jacqueline London enjoying the weather this weekend.
Congrats to Michael Strauss and his new eatery Mike’s BBQ is South Philly. Despite the wind, snow and freezing temperatures, he’s sold out of many of the items on the menu night after night, so get there early. Marc Vetri stopped by to wish him well. I think Marc looks damn happy, and relaxed. He’s not a big smiler, but he’s grinning ear to ear about life now. Yes for Marc this is a grin ear to ear.

Congrats to developer Eric Blumenfeld and Laura Cordaro on their marriage, which took place at his latest project The Divine Lorraine Hotel on New Year’s Eve in the newly renovated ballroom at the iconic hotel. I still pinch myself when I realize the most beautiful building in the City has come back to life. THANK YOU ERIC!!

Spotted: Marcus Johnson wide receiver of Philadelphia Eagles dined at Davio’s in center city earlier this week. Marcus had a calamari to start, ordered an 10oz filet medium well for entree.

Spotted: Betty Schlesinger Domb stopped by her namesake restaurant recently with her son, Councilman Allan Domb. It’s one of my favorite restaurants as well, I’m a huge fan of their Academy Sandwich, pickle bar and the HughE German Chocolate Cake, plus the FunFetti Cake.

Mayor Kenney celebrated two years in office, by tweeted out a series of photos earlier this week including this one of me.
WOW so nice, thanks.

Hope to see you at Saxbys latest coffee shop tomorrow. I’ll be shooting the event from 11AM til 1PM.

8:30-9:15 a.m. – Beneficial Bank CEO Gerry Cuddy will serve drinks behind the bar.
9:15-10 a.m. – Agile Cat CEO Peter Madden will serve drinks behind the bar.
11 a.m. to noon – Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins will serve drinks behind the bar.
11:30-11:45 a.m. – Councilwoman Cherelle Parker will stop by the cafe.
1-2 p.m. – Mike Jerrick from FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia will serve drinks behind the bar.
Info Here




The DIVINE LORRAINE Is Pre-leasing Already

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a 8 months since the groundbreaking of the long anticipated revival of the grande dame of North Broad Street, The Divine Lorraine Hotel (699 N. Broad St.) back in September, to today when it was announced that the Divine Lorraine apartments would begin pre-leasing the apartments.

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The listing on Craigslist states: Large, open floor plans allow you to maximize your living area while living just steps away from world-class dining and retail. Apartment finishes combine sleek industrial touches, while maintaining the vintage charm of the Divine Lorraine. The modern kitchens feature top of the line appliances and beautiful light granite counter tops.

1 Bedrooms Starting @ $1325
2 Bedrooms Starting @ $2540 **SECOND MONTH IS FREE ON ALL 2 BEDROOMS!

A coffee shop and bi-level restaurant will fill the commercial space.

Each apartment will be equipt with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and range in a number of bedrooms. The building will even have a 24-hour doorman to ensure the safety of the residences.

The ballroom is so large they are making it into two separate floors holding apartments on each floor. The Annex in the back of the building will be renovated into something, but it is still a surprise.

Purrrfect: Cats are allowed.

Unit Amenities:
-Stainless Steel GE Appliances including Dishwasher and Microwave
-LG Washer and Dryer in ALL units
-Granite Counter Tops
-Modern Plank Flooring
-Vintage, industrial light fixtures
-Plenty of Closet Space
-Subway tiled showers
-Ceramic tiled bathroom floors
-Premium shaker birch wood cabinets
-Commercial/Fusion style kitchen faucets
-Contemporary bathroom fixtures
4-29-2016 5-28-42 PMAn interesting footnote to add is that residents at the Divine Lorraine are allowed to use the amenities at Lofts 640, only block away – featuring a rooftop pool, gym and sundeck.

See the complete listing HERE

Check out a great photo essay of The Divine Lorraine before the renovation got underway, by Streets Department –