Hope you had a beautiful weekend. So much happening in town, people are emerging from their year long pandemic pods, most fully vaccinated.
Philly Chit Chat is getting hired to shoot parties again, and placing them in the media, it’s what we do!! See About for more info. OK let’s check out HughE Around Town…
On the verge of opening is Lamberti Pizza & Market at 7th and Chestnut. Good news I hear Stephen Starr’s Jones across the street is planning to open, as Jones, not as one of the concepts.
Congrats to Telemundo’s Alondra Anaya who got engaged to her beau earlier this month.
Which was perfect timing as roomie and co worker Miguel Martinez-Valle, Telemundo and NBC10 has moved in with his beau Raymond Smeriglio this passed weekend. They already have a favorite corner in their new home.
Moving On another of Miguel’s co-worker, Drew Smith, NBC10. He’s moving back home to Boston, as his partner Fede finishes up his medical degree. I’ll miss them so much, but am so happy for them both and the great love they share.
Another fond farewell to Kristen Rodgers, Fox29’s sports anchor since 2017, she recently left to join her love in Hawaii. You can’t fault anyone for following their heart. So happy for my friends, congrats to all of them. Staying….
Happy Birthday to Fox 29’s Alex Holley. What a joy to call her my friend. She is exactly who you see on TV, warm, friendly, kind, generous , talented and funny!! Love you Alex Holley, Philly is lucky to have you.
The big story this week is the Banana Republic at 1401 Walnut Street is closing on June 9th, and the big going out of business sale. After I posted this on Social Media a few readers found out that the landlord decided not to renew the long time clothing store, could it have something to do with their parent company GAP not paying rent in 2020 at many of their Simon Mall locations around the country, which they settled with undisclosed details a few months later. But this location is not a mall, and it is not connected to Simon.
Thanks so much to Jay Farrell who left a message on my FB page with the updated info about the property. The Zoning Permit. Looks like a bank could take over half the space, and a clothing store takes the otherside.
The Good News: The Banana Republic Factory Store (discount) remains open 1911 Chestnut St. and since the retailer was pushed out of the space, I wouldn’t be surprised if Banana Republic doesn’t resurface somewhere on Walnut St.
Bummer Fairmounters Fine Wines is closing on Fairmount Avenue, and unfortunately you have to head about a 1/2 mile south to get your spirits at the new Fine Wines store at The Granary (1901 Callowhill St,) near the Target store. Neighbors on Next Door are hoping the post office next door will expand, or maybe they’ll take down the ugly building and build a more attractive one with retail. One could only hope.
Like spotting an unicorn, I saw a bride reveal her dress to her groom on Saturday at Fairmount Park. It was magical, people in the park were as excited as I was. PS Some of you folk who subscribe to PhillyChitChat and receive this post in your email will have to click on the Instagram link to see the video. The rest of you should be able to just hit play (BTW you later folks, could you subscribe to the blog in the upper left hand corner. Turns out the Feed burner subscription I used over a decade ago is about to be non existent. I could transfer the 15ks of your emails to the new subscription by hand, or you could just re subscribe which would be so much easier. Remember to verify your email after plugging it in to the subscription box. Thanks!!
The photographer (on left) Allie Wynands, tells me that yesterday was just a small service for an intimate group of guests, which took place at the Gazebo. Photos were taken, and a legal marriage took place. BUT the big wedding, with many more guests and celebration will be taking place next year in April, after the Covid19 pandemic is over, down the shore. Check out Allie’s Instagram page tomorrow for more photos from today’s ceremony.
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VIP Ticket with 6:30 PM VIP Reception | $200 (PFS Members $175) General Admission with 7:00 PM Entry | $60 (PFS Members $50) VIP Virtual Red-Carpet Party, Oscars Trivia Contest, & Gourmet Oscars Watch Box, 7:00 PM | $150 Donation GA Virtual Red-Carpet Party & Oscars Trivia Contest, 7:00 PM | $50 Donation All proceeds from this annual fundraiser support the Philadelphia Film Society’s mission of creating opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge and entertain.
Speaking of films, the Kate Winslet HBO series filmed in our area last year debuts tonight Mare of Easttown. I was able to stay on top of the filming, but didn’t make it out to the set but about 2 times because of time constraints, as well as locations inside homes, and the studio. Where were the Mare of Easttown filming locations >> mostly in parts of Chester and Delaware counties, in towns including Coatesville, Marcus Hook and Downingtown. But they also filmed at Girard College in Fairmount, as well as Wissahickon Valley Park.
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HughE Around Town Happy Hump Day. As we approach Valentine’s Day, know it’s not just about couples; It’s about love. Love for ourselves, our community and each other. I love this stoop in Society Hill. I love when I go to the doctors office, like today, and they have cutout hearts on the window. I love heart shaped brooches, heart shaped candy boxes, and cute little Valentine cards kids give to their friends. When I was a kid, and right into my adulthood, my mom always sent my brother and sisters a card and a box of candy. So when stores start displaying those heart shaped candy boxes in October, my heart leaps a bit. Have an awesome day, but let’s see what’s happening around town.
FREE ROMANTIC CONCERT: Saturday NOON Broad & Spruce Sweetheart Serenade—a free concert of love songs from Arthaus on the Avenue of the Arts. Sweetheart Serenade features a duet of University of the Arts singers performing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Hency Mancini from a pop-up stage on the 7th floor of the luxury condominium construction site. Then we’ll head upstairs to check out a finished sample apartment with a breathtaking view of the Avenue of the Arts.
Coming Soon: Shaking Seafoods is opening in the former spot of Thai Koji Sushi which closed last year. Shaking Seafoods also has a spot at 243 S. 10th Street. Besides the regular seafood fare the popular eatery serves chicken wings as well.
It’s getting hot in here!!
(Read above first) Saw on Next Door. What I really want to know is who left the window open, and why was the window open, how did you not realize the window was open. Thanks neighbors, you’re terrific.
Save The Date (Maybe) Philly’s Damon Feldman — who’s been behind a ton of celebrity boxing events over the years — has announced another celebrity boxing match between Aaron Carter and Lamar Odom June 12 in Atlantic City at the Showboat Hotel (owned by Philly resident Bart Blatstein). Tickets go on sale soon, but I am confident you could buy them the day before as well.
Hey ChitChat readers, hope you’re doing well. Ya gotta love this spring weather. Did you have a chance to visit the PHS Flower Show yet. Lots of great exhibits to see, as well flowers, make and take and the popular potting parties.
Earlier this week I stopped by to photograph celebrity chef, author and TV personality Robert Irvine, who was signing bottles of Boardroom Spirits at the PHS Flower Show in the Fine Wine and Spirits section. He also announced to the crowd that in a few weeks he would have his own line of spirits which would be distributed via Boardroom Spirits. First up is a Gin with some of his favorite herbs, spices and botanicals from the kitchen. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bottles will support the Robert Irvine Foundation, benefiting our military and first responders. Look for Chef Irvine to announce info for his popular dining event Beats & Eats which will be May 18, 2020. (Here are my photos from last year) Boardroom Spirits is a sustainable, family-owned craft-distillery offering unique drinking experiences to consumers. Headquartered in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Looks like the king of night life Ryan Dorsey is getting back into the night club business. The owner of Recess, former manager of NOTO and co-owner of Dos Tacos, Mr. Dorsey has been hinting on his social media of big things at 461 North 3rd Street, formerly McFaddens.
Mr. Ivy is now accepting applications
Thanks to my tipsters who told me Kate Winslet’s HBO TV Series was filming in Roxborough last weekend at the high school and Salvation Army, and in Wissahickon Valley this week.
Speaking of congratulations, congrats to Jefferson fashion design students Marquies Smith and Robin Skodi showcase socially conscious collections during New York Fashion Week. Fashion design . Check out their story HERE.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia celebrates this holiday season with a calendar full of exclusive experiences and adds a special twist to classic traditions. To make a reservation or for info, please call The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia at 215-523-8000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia.
New retail partners include: Aurora Grace Chocolates – including candles Endeavor Athletic Franklin & Whitman – plant-based and cruelty-free skincare, hair care, men’s grooming, and pet products Paper On Pine – Remark Glass – handblown, sustainablyrecycled glass barware and décor. Stover Ceramics -wheel-thrown and handcrafted pottery and custom-made pieces locally crafted in the Philadelphia area. Campus Artists & Makers Comcast NBCUniversal Store – Memorabilia from SNL, This is Us, The Top Chef and lots of other great merchandise from favorite shows.
Also popping up in the Comcast Concourse is Tired Hands Brewing Company which opened their seasonal space earlier this month. The award-winning, PA-based brewery will offer local, small batched beers to-go, tastings and an eclectic array of merchandise.
A Marriage Story on @netflix#NotAChristmasMovie is hard to watch. It’s good, great acting but it’s about a divorce and it’s painful. It’s Kramer vs Kramer for this generation. The star power in this movie made me not look away except when I grabbed tissues. #MovieReview
Finally luck Friday, 13th at 6pm join in the caroling at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square followed by a signing with Renae Baker, author of Defeating Scrooge. Plus B&N offers gift wrapping of items where ever you’ve bought your gift for a donation for the charity doing the wrapping in the vestibule.
I found this cute little shop, which houses independent artists wares, Plants 🌱 Gifts 🛍 Handmade gifts in Rittenhouse Square at 229 S. 20th Street Pop-up Shop Located inside of the Lil’ Pop Shop www.shop-pomelo.com
We’re counting down the weeks until the longest filming project in Philly ends, Dispatches from Elsewhere. In all the years I’ve been covering filming in Philly this is the first production that has been really cool on set for moi to cover, and I thank them. Plus what a great cast, so friendly with us where ever they’ve gone. This will surely be the summer of Segel and Andre 3000.
I’ve purposely been vague about the plot-line of the show as I really want you to watch it when it comes on AMC TV in the first quarter of 2020, a source on the set told me, but I came across this nugget online. You might be picked to be on the show if you complete these tasks. I might do it myself. I do know that a city wide scavenger hunt is part of the plot as a walk on role was auctioned off for this scene back in the spring at the Rittenhouse Row patron party. (Scroll to 2nd photo for directions to be on show.)
The AMC TV Show is filmed in Philly, and is BASED in Philly, as I reported on Fox 29 last week. Yeah for Philly!!
I met PCC reader Mary Goldner and sister Andrea Goldner at William Penn’s 375th Birthday on Friday, and she shared this photo of Sally Field with me when Dispatches shot near 3rd and Vine earlier this month. Another noted tidbit about the photo Andre’ 3000 took the picture for them, but didn’t realize he was the popular singer until later. It’s one of the few Field photos out there with fans. Sally was fairly low key in Philly, only venturing to Whole Foods on South Street and a few dinners at a.kitchen. Thanks to the Goldner sisters who are from a philanthropic family dating back to the 1800s in generosity.
I photographed the Steppingstone Scholars Gala last night and my start time was moved up to 5PM to hash out the details of Q shots. So bummed to miss their wedding at 5:30pm, but so happy for Al and Danielle’s forever life!!
Our area as you know has been hot and happening with major Hollywood movies filming here, but slipping under the radar is a local movie by philanthropist and business man Ray Martin with two household names attached Gervase Peterson of Survivor fame and George Wendt, from Cheers. Ray tells me “You might think this Movie is called Stealing a Survivor because Gervase was on Survivor but this Movie is more then that it’s about a Father and son surviving the loss of there mother and wife and trying to save a family business it’s also about two guys down on there luck who form a friendship that ultimately helps them both. There is also a cast of unforgettable characters that the audience will meet along the way.” Look for the movie to make the festival rounds in 2020. Check out ML Media News for more on the movie which filmed over the summer.
Now we rest after such an active July 4th celebration. Literally I’ve been sleeping the past two days after a whirlwind week. Yesterday I was up and about checking out the wicked storms that rolled through. We can no longer say we don’t live in an area that rarely gets tornadoes now that we’ve had so many and two just yesterday. OK let’s chit chat…
I got a note from Mary Ann Ferrie from Chlöe 232 Arch Street. “We had some special guests for dinner tonight. Tan and Rob France.” Read the story behind how Mary Ann and her husband, Dan Grimes, fell in love in this story on Inquirer.com The Netflik’s series, Queer Eye has been filming in our area the past couple weeks. Last week they filmed in Delco, this week they’re in Powelton Village. They even filmed over the weekend according to Karamo’s Instagram.
Steaks at Stake Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm L Catterton. The agreement was unanimously approved by Del Frisco’s board of Directors. The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to approval by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group stockholders. Last summer DelFrisco’s purchased a company that included Barcelona Wine Bar (there’s one on East Passyunk.) Philadelphia has two Delfrisco branded eateries, one recently opened in the Cambria Hotel on Broad Street, and the one at 15th and Chestnut which just celebrated it’s 10th anniversary (they’re my advertiser as well, nearly 10 years.) AND I just heard that Bryn Mawr’s Marsha Brown, owner of three Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse has sold her stakes in the recently relocated Center City spot at the Sonesta Hotel, the King of Prussia spot (not too far from Nick Foles’ dad’s investment Eddie V’s)and the one she owned in Long Island, NY, back to the corporation. (This story came from a tip, and this article)
What did some of our local celebrities do on July 4th!! Two of our favorite forecaster’s 6ABC’s Cecily Tynan worked the holiday, and in between shifts ran home and enjoyed a family BBQ. Adam Joseph, Karl and the kids hit the beach. (BTW you can click on the photo to see it bigger)
Former star of One Life to Live and General Hospital’s Philly’s own Kristin Aldersonspent the week with her family and friends in Ocean City, NJ. Next weekend in Ocean City is the 65th annual Night in Venice is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019. 6ABC’s Melissa Magee also spent July 4th at the beach, while Fox29’s Mike Jerrick headed to the July4th concert where he snagged a photo with Meghan Trainor backstage. What a nice dad as Fox29’s Richard Curtis built his kids a tree house.
CBS3’sJim Donovan went from a swim demonstrating that not even water can permeate his ‘do. Brittney Shipp, Tracy Davidson and Vai Sikahema held down the fort at NBC10Philadelphia, Eyewitness news’ Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger gave us JAWN. And we bid bon-voyage to Alex Holley, Fox29 who’s headed to a tropical paradise for a well deserved vacation.
Congrats to Patty Jackson!! See you tomorrow, right here on Philly Chit Chat for more coverage on the parties and people in Philly. Have a great day!!
What a gorgeous weekend. You have got to set away from the computer, the phone, Real Housewives and go outside and enjoy today. One of the best places to see the Cherry Trees today is at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in Fairmount Park, or taking a walk along Locust Street where the cherry trees in the St. Marks garden are blooming, then head to Rittenhouse Square as the trees are bursting with colors.
Over the past year something’s been missing in Philadelphia, especially near City Hall and that something was Philly Jesus. He just disappeared after being such a fixture in our area for the previous 4 years. Yesterday while I was watching the folks run through the fountain, and mist, by the way the mist is back, Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus walked up to me to say hello. He was dressed in civilian clothes, and was beaming ear to ear. He told me that he had stepped back for nearly a year, Philly Jesus had become a heavy burden. He had to reflect on the message he was putting out there in the name of Jesus. There was a miss step, and a backlash from people who were opened to his message. He made a judgement, instead of a sharing a message of love. He is human, and as humans we make mistakes –
Proverbs 24:16 For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
In the 10 months since he stepped back, his father has died, which if anyone has lost a parent, you know what a life changing experience that is; plus he’s fallen in love, in love with a girl that met him while he was dressed as Philly Jesus. They’re ready to settle down, and start a family. But don’t think he isn’t going to spread the word of Jesus, he is still steep in his faith and wants the world to know Jesus loves them. Michael Grant loves them, his message has always been about love for each other, but know we are all human and we sometimes stray from the path of compassion.
As a sober person, and Michael is also sober having gone through Gaudenzia, an organization I work with, I understand his transformation, his spirituality. He told me during the program he took Bible study, and it changed him. He also told me he has been saved from heroin, drug addiction and a life of crime which goes hand in hand with hopelessness. It’s a profound transformation when anyone can escape the evil horror of addiction. I completely understand as someone who has escaped that hell, and became spiritual. To hear more about what Philly Jesus – Michael Grant is doing follow him on Instagram.
What happens when Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Jake Arietta and other Phillies team members and their wives/girlfriends exit Harp & Crown after dinner on a Thursday night? Sam Zeff gets to check off #selfie with #bryceharper
The Shazza Shop tagged me in an Instagram post to tell me that Netflik’s Queer Eye will be filming in the Philly area from June through September. “this is not a drill! @queereye casting just popped in the shop. they will be filming in philly + burbs (within an hour) from june through september. to nominate a hero, send an email to QECASTING@ITV.COM. spread the word. so exciting for the city! #queereye#yay” _ Ok now I’m really looking forward to summer. Can we get them for the Gay Pride Parade in June? If you spot someone tell us, and I’ll tell you. BTW an original Queer Eye guy Carson Kressley will once again lead the judging panel for the fabulous Ladies Hat Day Contest at the Devon Horse Show May 29, 2019.
If you follow me at Social Media you know yesterday I covered the WDAS Women of Excellence Awards. Philly’s own Eve was honored a long with a host of beautiful Queens. I’ll have those photos up later this week. Last night her family hosted a party for family and friends at her dad, Ron Wilch’s shop, The Wardrobe Clinic in Center City. Spotted at the party was Marcus Allen, executive director of Big Brother Big Sister (above with his daughter Lainey), Thanuju Hamilton (no doubt taking a 1000 selfies) and Quincy Harris, tune into The Q Show on Monday for details. On Wednesday out own CBS3Philly’s Ukee Washington will be on The Talk, where Eve is one of the co-hosts. I honestly love that show and watch it every day. Those gals really get along, and have informative conversations.
Louie Louie’s patio is open today for BRUNCH, and Dinner. Next week Fearless Women’s Network is having an event your should attend. Mind, Body, Brunch! Enjoy a Buti Yoga Class, Mindful Communication and brunch at Louie Louie Saturday 4/13 10am to 1PM !
Thanks for checking out this weeks Philly Gossip – HughE Around Town. See you tomorrow, or on social media all day long.
We made it. Happy Friday everyone. Social Season is heating up, and if you’re here to see your photo I took this week I will have links to all the placements Saturday. Today we’re going to chit chat about what’s happening in Philly, and a little Philly Gossip.
I’ve heard more than one rumor that a re-start of the movie “Mortal Kombat” is to begin filming in Philadelphia in April. Additional rumors are that it will star Ryan Reynolds, Vin Diesel, Megan Fox, Ronda Rousey, and Michael Jai White. Write Greg Russo tweeted today that everything is in place except for the OK by Warner Brothers. **
That’s Nearly A Wrap as M. Night Shyamalan ‘s untitled 10 part Apple TV Series completed scenes with principle actors Rupert Grint and Lauren Ambrose on the 1600 block of Locust Street at St. Mark’s today. I’m told there are still a few smaller scenes to shoot, but not with the two stars. Night’s last project – Glass, which also filmed here, is still on the big screen. A huge success it’s brought in: $244,167,957 worldwide to date.
Frank Lario, former morning co-host at Beasley Media Group country WXTU, can now be heard at WOGL 98.1 with Marilyn Russell in the morning. Lario, a radio veteran had previously been with WMMR and 94.1 WYSP. By the looks of the above photo, everyone is on the right page. Laura Boss, WOGL 98.1 producer, Marilyn Russell and Frank Lario.
Speaking of radio, internationally acclaimed master stylist and educator Josh DeMarco, winner of a multitude of national and international hair awards and owner of DAPR Grooming Parlour is host of Philly’s new on-air hub/mecca of style and fashion one hour radio show every Saturday at 2PM on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT called EVERYTHING STYLE & FASHION. He’s joined by Creative Director and Fashion designerSteve Sanchez,where they’ll feature guests representing the Who’s Who in the worlds of lifestyle, hair, beauty, fashion design and more. Who knows you might even hear me on there chitchatting about celebrities, fashion and Philly Gossip.
Have a great day, and remember if you have any good gossip, celebrity sightings or you just want to chit chat hit me up at HughE@ PhillyChitChat.com
I hope you’re out getting your bread and eggs as snowmaggeden is upon us.
Actor, Philadelphia native Kevin Bacon was in town over the weekend to attend 45th Masterman’s School reunion, which was held at Han Dynasty in Old City pictured here Han Chiang, owner with Harry Spivak, Bryce’s Catering, one of the co-organizers of the event. 50 people came, including Jim Friedlich who’s wife Melissa Friedlich was one of the organizers. Jessica Molly Brown, principal of Masterman now came as a couple of our teachers from the 60s and 70s, Mr. Melton and Mr. Cohen. A few who had rsvp’d but couldn’t make it were Michael Coard (attorney and activist), Judy Fiest Moore (running for City Council, a VP at Garces) We had chicken potstickers, Dan Dan noodles, Szechuan cucumbers, salt and peppers wings, sauteed snow pea shoots, salt and pepper wild mushrooms, veggie spring rolls, scallion pancakes, pork buns and a few more delicious dishes.
Eric Roberts in Philly on the set of The Arrangement, here he’s with Susan Helfrich, co-owner of Breaking Glass Pictures. Filmed on location throughout Philadelphia (including sets in University City and King of Prussia) by local father/son filmmakers Andrew Hunsicker (producer) and Jake Hunsicker (director), The Arrangement is a supernatural thriller following two detectives as they attempt to solve a string of murders. But, as they get closer to the truth, they begin to discover the culprit may be something other than human. The film stars cinema legend Eric Roberts, who graced Philadelphia this weekend to film intricate scenes, alongside local talent including Aralyn Anderson (Netflixâ��s Maniac), Deborah Twiss, Brian Anthony Wilson, Jennifer M. Kay, Danny Donnelly, Beverly Gunn, and Allison Kessler. Fresh off filming of the locally produced horror film Epidemic, Andrew Hunsicker also plays a supporting role in the film, while guiding his son Jake on his first directing venture. A modern-day retelling of Faust, The Arrangementâ��s cast and crew is also entirely comprised of Philadelphia talent aside from Mr. Roberts, a truly fitting testament to the local film scene and the city’s dedication to cinema. The Arrangement is set to complete filming this year.
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