Joan Shepp


Joan Shepp Women of Substance & Style Party

Joan Shepp, iconic fashion maven of Philadelphia, who’s landmark store was on Walnut Street for years and is now on Chestnut Street, is more than a business women. She’s a concerned community member, a friend to many and philanthropic. Last month she held the 20th Women of Substance & Style party to honor notable women in the black/brown community. Not only was it a huge success, but the women brought the fashion. Let’s check it out.

In Honor of Black History Month – 20 Years of Recognition in 2020! – Women of Substance & Style Created in the year 2000 by Tuesday Gordon and Joan Shepp, the “Women of Substance and Style” event has honored over 400 African-American women throughout the Philadelphia region who have contributed to the growth and betterment of their communities over the last 20 years.

A portion of the day’s sales will be donated to “Stoney’s Kids”, a fund created by Tuesday Gordon to support the children of her late dear friend, Erwena Rebecca Stone. 

Mikecia Witherspoon, Patty Bean and Kecia Hilliard

Photos from this event were placed in CBSPhilly, and will be in Philly Mag April issue.

A message from Joan Shepp


ChitChat: Nonna Appearance, Sweet Hearts Ball, Carson Wentz & Eagles Fans

Happy Presidents Day. Now I know:

Is there an apostrophe in Presidents Day?
Some people prefer there to be no apostrophe, Presidents Day, arguing that the day is for presidents but not belonging to them. Some people prefer the apostrophe before the “s,” President’s Day, arguing that since the official holiday is Washington’s Birthday clearly there is only a single president in mind.

Let’s see what’s happening around town….

Friday Mike “Rupert” Moore, GM of Choppers Hatchet House of Cherry Hill,  ran into Carson Wentz at the PHL Airport, on his way to the National Axe Throwing Championships, which took place on Sunday in BATL-Toronto East.Tickets for Carwon Wentz’ celebrity softball charity game just went on sale last week. It takes place at Citizen Bank on June 1. Tickets are now on sale for the Foundation Charity Softball Get your tickets at

Speaking of great guys, an Eagles fan lost his wallet celebrating the Eagles winning the Super Bowl a week ago. Another super Eagles fan found the wallet, mailed it back priority, insured to the owner of the wallet – anonymously, fully intact.

Friday, Mike and I headed to the The Louis Bluver Theater Drake to see Inis Nua Theatre Company  presents Alan Harris’ Love, Lies and Taxidermy  Directed by Tom Reing From Wales making it’s American Premiere. The acting was amazing, the staging was creative, the story was a snippet of life, dating and an ice cream truck.

On Saturday I stopped by James Philadelphia Restaurant to shoot a few new dishes from their new brunch menu, before heading to Joan Shepp’s for

Brunch at James Philadelphia every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm and enjoy $5 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Mary, or $25 Bottles of Champagne! make your reservation here: http://jamesphiladelphia.com/

For the book launch party for Nonna Makes a Salad held at the Rittenhouse boutique Joan Shepp.

Written by Hunter Fike, Illustrated by Denise Fike and Published by Eddie Keels

The party featured readings every half-hour, Cupcakes by Ruth and family friendly snacks, and fashion illustrations by Denise Fike – PS Nonna. Best of all, you can pick up a signed copy of the new book to take home and enjoy over and over, and 10 percent of all sales benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Check out Philly Family Magazine for a great story on Nonna Makes a Salad.

Last week, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2018, Shop Sixty Five hosted a Valentine’s Day shopping event at their Rittenhouse location. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails, lite hors d’oeuvres, and music provided by DJ Adam Rush. Ten percent of all proceeds were donated to the Nicoletti Kidney Transplant Center at Jefferson University Hospital.

Photography by Al B For Photography See more photos from this event at Philly Style Magazine

The Children’s Heart Foundation held their annual Sweet Hearts Ball last week at Vie, the sold out event raised $177,000 for congenital heart defect research

The CHOP Cardiac Center doctors and support staff at the Sweet Hearts Ball
Next big fundraiser for CHOP happens at Valley Forge Casino on February 24, 2018
Cheers for CHOP is hosted by the Friends of CHOP

Author, noted jazz drummer and vocalist Bruce Klauber will sign copies of his critically acclaimed new book, “Reminiscing in Tempo: Farewell and Recollections of Showbiz, Jazz and Drums,” at Head House Books, 619 South Second Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia on Sunday, February 25 at 5:00pm. For more information, call Head House Books at 215-923-9525, email sales@headhousebooks.com, or visit Head House on the web at www.headhousebooks.com.

See you back here tomorrow for ToDo Tuesday, a list of upcoming events, plus the latest exciting party I’ve shot.


Swoop Gets Down, Nicole Miller, Joan Shepp, Deborah Cox, NOVO Philly,

Good Thursday Springtime today. Last night was like the days gone by, lots of fun events happening. The Philadelphia Fashion Week is going on at 2300 Arena, Mary K. Dougherty had a fashionable shindig at her Nicole Miller Center City store located at the Bellevue (200 South Broad Street).

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Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles, owner of BOP and Prime Stache and cover boy on Philly Style Magazine
Mary Dougherty, owner of the Nicole Miller Store at the Bellevue and Barbara Zaun, Director of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

The NFL Cheerleader Directors are in Philadelphia this week in preparation for the NFL Draft taking place April 27-29 in Center City.

Upon their arrival, the guests will receive a special Philadelphia welcome by the NFL Eagles Cheerleaders and Eagles Mascot Swoop. Here’s swoop warming up.

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Eagles tight end Brent Celek, was also on hand to greet the group as they enjoy a night of private shopping at Nicole Miller while sipping champagne and nibbling hors d’oeuvres from Celek’s bop, also located at The Bellevue.

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Philadelphia-based Atrium Design Group LLC and its construction affiliate A2Z Development held a party last night for the debut of their new project Novo Philly,

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which is a development of 10 high-end townhouses being planned at the current site of an industrial building at 17th and Wood Streets, just across the street to the north from the recently completed Mormon meetinghouse. (Philly.com)
Look for the groundbreaking to be in April, and then be in awe. Each 5 story unit comes with a jacuzzi, three car garage and an amazing view of the City.


Joan Shepp celebrated the 17th Annual “Women of Substance and Style” at her boutique at 1811 Chestnut Street last night. The fashionable event recognized 27 African-American women in the community making a difference, which included Lady B, Jean Carne, Julie Coker, Dr. Quinetta Roberson, Laiya St. Clair, and Dr. Susan Taylor to name a few. Later today a column from the event will be on PhillyMag.com


The Broadway Philadelphia run of the hit musical The Bodyguard opened Tuesday night at the Academy of Music. Afterwards the Deborah Cox and hunky bodyguard Judson Mills, (here with Steven from Aqimero) the cast, crew and friends headed to Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia for an afterparty to celebrate. The Bodyguard Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from February 21–26, 2017’

Last week PHS held a press conference regarding the upcoming Flower Show, announcing all the amazing attractions besides the fabulous flowers.   The The Philadelphia Flower Show’s newest event Flowers After Hours will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am.  I’ll be there, so bring your smile and you will definitely be seen on the scene.



Mascots for a Cure is dedicated to help children and their families battling cancer. Through our passion, relentless pursuit of our goals, and the power of mascots, we foster hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected world-wide. The kick of tour was Monday in front of Independence Hall. Check out their new campaign Chubby Checker’s Twist Challenge



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toucheaccessories Join us this Sunday! February 26th 5Pm to 9Pm for a Special Prom Sale & Event… All Things Prom. KOP MAll near Macy’s Lower Level.



Just a few days left for you to help choose a winner (Noteworthy Volunteer in Philly) for a Cabot Cheese sponsored Cruise


Joan Shepp a Women of Substance and Style

There are clothing shops in Center City, then there’s Joan Shepp’s, it’s an institution, she’s an innovator and very philanthropic and last week she had her 13th Annual Women of Substance and Style recognition party at her store 1616 Walnut Street in honor of Black History Month

Joan and Ellen Shepp greet their guests
 Andrea Muhammad, Faatimah Abdul-Haqq (Mrs Kenny Gamble) and Tuesday Gordon,

David K Simms from Eatible Delights Catering, (r)

Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Communications and Strategy at Office of the Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, Joan Shepp, and Melanie Johnson, special events director for the City of Philadelphia (Happy Birthday Melanie)

Joan Shepp has a men’s department. It’s there you can find Ricky Cantando to assist you in all your fashionable needs.

Jade Barnes, Skai Blue Media, Kharisma McIlwaine, TV Host for The CW/CBS3 Singer Musician Actress and Rakia Reynolds, Owner/Skai Blue Media looking hot in her Joan Shepp’ Issey Miyake dress.

Ora Moore, Jennie Bennett and Tuesday Gordon

Rakia Reynolds looking good, who’s helping to style her? It’s her new summer intern Ian Michael Crumm.
Ruth Butler

Nadirah DeLuca invites her son up to help her accept her award. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes a few years ago, normally a shy women who does wonderful acts of kindness behind the scenes, her sons encouraged her to be more public and outspoken in matters, to find a cure, to make a difference. It was really a moving speech. A portion of the proceeds of the event went to benefit the Foundation for Type I Diabetes.

Berlinda Garnett, for being an Emmy nominated Producer for Good Day at Fox 29  (She’s one of my producers when I appear on Good Day)

Tashyra Ayers and brother Tyrone Ayers, Personal Shopper/Wardrobe Stylist

Philly Fashion Bloggers: Blair, Karima Renee, and Mecca Nori, styledoutloud.com
Sara Kelly, Sara Kelly PR, Garrett Olthuis, Stylist and Gina Gannon, Television Traffic Reporter/ Host/ Spokesmodel /Blogger
The following night the two fashionista’s were at the charitable Mondo Valentine’s Day event at Hotel Palomar. Sara Kelly, Sara Kelly PR, Garrett Olthuis, Stylist 
Lisa Garnett, Bruce F Burton, Berlinda Garnett and Derek H Haufeias, Sr

Joan Shepp Ushers in Another Season of High Fashion, Twitter & Philadelphia Street Chic

Last Friday night folks were clamoring to get into one of the seasons most anticipated invite only parties held during The Philadelphia Collection – The Joan Shepp soiree.

Joan Shepp is an innovator, a trail blazer and one of the folks that can be tied back to the revitalization of shopping downtown Center City when she opened her boutique on Walnut St some 12 years ago. (She had a shop on the Mainline, then Elkins Park, finally bringing it all downtown in 1999.) Above: Joan Shepp with jeweler John Wind. I think both of their biggest client is Lynsie Solomon who is a walking Shepp/Wind testament to their good taste.
What’s most impressive of the clothing that Joan Shepp offers is that in addition to high-end designers, there are also offers high-quality basics—from traditional black trousers and the perfect little black dress to the most fabulous shoes, handbags, scarves and accessories, including being one of two stores that carries John Wind jewelery. Her shop is internationally known and most often when a celebrity, notable or tourist swings by Philadelphia, a stop at her store is on their itinerary.
I never miss the opportunity to photograph a Joan Shepp party. The guests range from the well heeled, to the student, to the chic to the I’m looking for a style and H&M is just not cutting it for me. Every women should have one beautiful piece of clothing to begin their collection, one pair of shoes that says I know what I’m doing, and I’m doing it with style. One of the nicest touches of shopping at Joan Shepp is the quality of service you will receive. From the moment you walk in, until the end of your shopping experience. I know first hand. I brought my mom in for a quick shop earlier that day, and after the initial greeting, which we acknowledge that we were just looking, the assistant allowed us to peruse the store without a bother until we asked a specific question, at which point she showed us several examples of fine quality items at various price points. Mom was looking for something more summery, as you may know she’s moving South Sunday and will no longer need mid-Atlantic weather clothing; the sales women was willing to go to the basement and see if they had anything there since Fall and Winter was currently on display. Two of her sales associates Elaine and Marlene flank a model.

Hats (Mia Colona)
scarves (Philadelphia Street Chic at it’s best)
and smiles is what I always find at Joan Shepp. I love little Ava’s style. She’s starting off on the right foot.
So it’s not hard to believe that nearly everyone who received an invite came out to support Joan and Ellen Shepp, and catch the latest stylesStyles by dressmaker Irina Sigal on right, with friend Ann FooteIrina Sigal design (note the peeps clamoring for a peek outside?)
Philadelphia Style Publisher John Colabelli and fiance Lauren O’Dorisio
I was enjoying all the different kinds of shoes that walked into the party
and styles, which ran the gamut of high style, to business attire to personal style. It’s all personal style but I love to see a mix and match of elements of style like the lady in yellow, who is knows all too well what looks fabulous and isn’t afraid to be fashion forward.
I love a guy in a leather bomber (Alexander Oliver Hustin), clean cut hair and women who wear clothes that fit (Ilana Waber). I ran into Sheryl Lee Ralph this week, and she knows a thing about fashion. She told me if the clothes don’t look right on you, then take them off. I say, of course you need to have honest friends who will tell you, because sometimes people think they look fine, when in reality they look a mess and no one tells them and they end up in a twitter pix by me cause well I just want my readers to tell me if I’m wrong. I wanna know what good style is too, and am educating myself. ( I tweeted something like that that evening, and some person who follows me thought I meant Joan Shepp’s fashions were blah, and ran back to tell her. [Really, what’s that about. Maybe had she shown Joan the tweet that person’s reading comprehension might have been better?] Of course Joan Shepp found it hard to believe that I would say that about her or her store, and she was right. I was speaking about people, and specifically someone at the party. I think it’s always good to have a trusted stylist, friend or sales person help you in these cases. And of course when a handful of people say to you “You look great!” Well you just might be style talented in your own right and won’t show up on The Fashion Police Show.) You can follow me on Twitter @iPhillyChitChat
Blaire Baron and Alyse Bodine
Remy Berger and Alexandra Calukovic. Alexandra just celebrated her bday, and signed up for more classes at Koresh, which I hear is a kick butt class and enjoyable.
Heather Baumgardner, Elaine Grabar, Patricia Benitez, Jamie Reibenbach, Aly Green, Biana DeMarco, Dana Farrell,
Michelle Davis and Kenneth Granderson
The end. Two more days of the Fashion Collection. I thought it was TERRIFIC. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Spring NYFW cause there’s a whole bunch of fun fashion events right here in Philadelphia in September. _ You can follow me on Twitter