Maria Papadakis


Philly Gossip: Maria Papadakis Engaged, Baby News & Retail

Philly Gossip: Maria Papadakis Engaged, Baby News & Retail


While the DNC was going on Philadelphia’s news and gossip was still happening.


Maria Papadakis, the bubbly, blond who brighten many a room with her contagious smile splashed onto the social scene about 6 years ago, after graduating from Drexel University she began to build a communications career appearing on local TV promoting the best charity events and parties in the City. Eventually she moved on to Philly.com and Comcast Sportsnet to produced entertaining shows with Kyree Tyrell, who now runs My New Philly.  Life really began after meeting the love of her life, professional soccer player Chris Konopka, though friends at a charity event.  Chris career took him from Philadelphia Union, to Toronto FC, then earlier this year he headed to Scotland to play pro ball there. Back on US soil, Chris will be playing for Portland, Or, this season, and since the beginning of their relationship Maria will be right by his side.

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Congrats Jason and Haley

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Last Friday Chelsea Handler was enjoying drinks outside of Parc. She posed for photos and said hi to everyone who recognized her.8-3-2016 1-28-16 PM (Custom)

Congrats Tara Malloy and Brian Fletcher8-4-2016 3-43-09 PM (Custom)

In case you were wondering where the Halloween Store was going to end up on Walnut Street, wonder no more 1702 Walnut. 8-4-2016 10-06-11 AM (Custom)

Congrats to former CBS3 Philly’s Chris May who has returned to his home town  Little Rock, Arkansas and at KATV News. 7-30-2016 11-43-18 PM (Custom)

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Internet celebrity Marie Madore spent the weekend at Hotel Monaco last weekend.

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The AT&T Store that has been threatening to go into 15th and Walnut, seems to finally started it’s build out. Strangely enough they took the wrappings off the windows so we can watch the whole messy thing.

Check Philly Mag later today for pics from the Best of Party, and back here on Monday I’ll have the rest. Have an awesome weekend, see you on social media.


FREE Event: VIP Party Pixs & Info on InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor Block Party Saturday & Sunday

InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor  (Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia)is a fabulous annual art sale that
allows art lovers the chance to meet artists, see their work first-hand,
and begin or add to their art collections without breaking the bank —
all in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. A wide range of our region’s
best artists will be selling items priced at $199 or less, with much
priced well under $100.

Peet Sketches
With more than 100 participating artists
showing everything from fashion and jewelry to photography and
paintings, the eclectic range of work on display is awe inspiring. Admission is FREE
 Friday night was the Opening Night Party and was a very reasonable $35 for open bar and buffet. It also supported InLiquid and AIDS Fund
Scott Herman, PsyD student at Chestnut Hill College and Jade Barnes, Skai Blue Media
Jeff Tubbs, Tali Mazzola, and David Gloss, Philly DoGooder co-founder and co founder of Here’s My Chance
Annie Vendetti, Patrick Carrow and Kristie Bergey. Carrow creates these bags by collecting odd unused pieces of the finest designer threads and pairing them together to make quality unique bags at a reasonable price. Visiting the show just for him is a worth the trip.
 Ryan Demos, Interactive Content Producer. Skai Blue Media and Scott Herman

Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media, Bram Reynolds, Jamie Lokoff, Milk Boy Studios and Taylor.

 Maria Papadakis, Philly.com, hosted the event. She’s sporting a gorgeous necklace from John Wind, and bag from Patrick Carrow, Assistant Academic Director of Fashion at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, who will be at the art sale all weekend.
 Tony Payton, Jr and Melissa Knight check out the prints
Stefani Threet, Threet Ceramics

 Mark Moody and Chris Mullins
 Bill Brookoven
 Emily Henne, Emaline Designs and Tom Charles
 Mesopotamia and Evan Urbania, Chatterblast
 John Wind is selling these unique signed posters of one of his art pieces all weekend. Last month the James Oliver Gallery opened Wind’s first solo exhibition, The Making of a Modern Man, opens in Center City’s James Oliver Gallery. James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street. There’s a closing reception 6-8PM on June 26
  John Wind and a few of the pieces that didn’t find a home in his exhibit

MEAT AMERICA, artist and photographer Dominic Episcopo focuses on his
lifelong passion and most surprising muse: Meat. Serving up inspired and
often irreverent translations of the American spirit through a devout
carnivore’s lens, each of Dominic’s photographs satisfies our appetite
for both—art and wit—in one bite.www.meatamerica.com
‘Meat N Greet’ at Wyebrook Farm’s Kickoff Summer Book Series
Book Signing, Art Walk and Q&A with Meat America’s Dominic Episcopo



 Matthew Ray, Chatterblast and Greg Meckstroth
The food was delicious and prepared by Truffles Party Productions – beverly.truffles@verizon .net (they were all so sweet too, telling me I look so much younger in person than on TV. I’ll take that – LOL) and Hors d’ouver – it were created by Jennifer Dillard info imhungryphilly@ Gmail.com
Beverly Leaks, Sharon Wilson, Alisa Dillard, Bradley Clayton and

Kacie McDonnell , Marisa Magnatta, Laura Burkhardt, Brian Sims and Maria Papadakis: Cheer for Prohibition

In the “spirit” of the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition,
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Philadelphia’s top
bartenders will compete to create the “Best ’20s-inspired cocktail” using Blue Coat Gin,
hand crafted by Philadelphia Distilling, as their primary ingredient.

Their creations were judged by popular Philadelphia personalities including
Laura Burkhardt, WHERE Magazine Publisher; Marisa Magnatta, Associate Producer of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Morning Show;
Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative. Maria Papadakis, Emmy award-winning media personality
and host of “Out and About” on Philly.com; and   FOX 29 traffic reporter
Kacie McDonnell serves as emcee. 

 Maria Farricielli, Fox 29’s Business Development Account Manager. and Margaret Cronan, Chief Communications Officer at National Constitution Center
About American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition – Now
through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists,
bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al
Capone and Carry Nation vividly
come to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
(I saw it, it was fascinating.)
Mixologist Nate Churchill, XIX restaurant and bar, tells me he created his prohibition drink in about a minute.
He’s a big fan of Bluecoat and knew which ingredients would work well with the gin, lemon juice, fresh OJ, dashes bitters, and honey. He then poured it in a mason jar, as this was the prohibition era and that was what people might drink cocktails in back them.

 Then there was Stephen Diaz’s “The Red Fizz Charleston”, made with 2oz Bluecoat, 1oz Germain, his own reciepe of fresh raspberry syrup topped off with a dry Brut champagnes and a twist of lemon and fresh raspberries on a skewer.

 A recent addition to Palomar Hotel’s Square 1682, Chaucey Scates’ created the popular “Powder Room Punch” with gin, cointreau, jasmine tea, lemon grenadine, peychaunds bitters and angostura bitters.

 Finally house bartender, Bess Gulliver created “The Jazz Baby”, gin, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth with Pierre Reeand and Dry Orange Curacao, Averna Amaro garnished with a flamed orange peel.

 South Philly Fashionista blogger Michelle Boyles, Julie Shannon, Editorial Events Coordinator for Metro US, Delsea football beat writer, foodie, fitness guru and Philly sports and Anna Aagenes, Greater Philadelphia Area – District Office Director, Office of Representative Brian Sims

Lisa Bass, Bourse Building (Who tells me she loves the Blue Coat as it’s not real ginny) and Lisa Breen

 It was good to catch up with Karen Gross, a former Where Magazine editor that works at the Constitution Center, but is also pursuing a cabaret singing career divides her time between Philly and Manhattan in pursuit of that goal, with Laura Burkhart, Where Magazine publisher.

 Rudy Fleisher, Here’s My Chance (PS I didn’t notice his flawless finger nails til late, I would have asked him if he were a typist?)

Michelle Boyles and Brett Copol both of Metro Philly Newspaper

Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs at the National Constitution Center and Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative.

Laurel Fairworth,  President at Cachet Communications and Kathy Zapp, Of Montgomery Media

 Kacie McDonnell, Fox 29 Traffic and Maria Papadakis, Philly.com plus has become a regular contributor to Fox 29 Good Day Philly. Prizes were awarded in two categories—Judge Favorite and Guest Favorite.  

The Guest Favorite will win an annual membership to the National Constitution
Center. And the winner is The Ritz Carlton Fizz!!

 Happy February Birthday to Matt Vlahos, Vlahos PR (2/28), Sarah Cooper Bobersky (2/8) and Big Rube Harley (2/23)

 Adam Judeh, GM XIX restaurant, winning bartender Nate Churchill thanking the organizers, Maria Papadakis, Marisa Magnatt and Brian Sims. Adam Judeh tells me that Orange Blossom will now be served at the XIX bar. (The Judge’s Favorite will receive
an annual membership to the National Constitution Center; a one night’s stay at the Hotel Monaco; a
With Love gift bag, courtesy of VisitPhilly.com and the Greater
Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Corporation; and a feature on the
National Constitution Center’s website.)

Sunset from the Stratus Lounge. Can’t wait until summer, this place is going to be kickin it

 Then Laura and I headed to Red Owl Tavern for a bite to eat. OMG the Chicken Pot Pie keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend it, as I do the

The curry mussels.