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Eric Roberts, Snow Job & Kevin Bacon in Town

I hope you’re out getting your bread and eggs as snowmaggeden is upon us.

On Twitter fir means for until they get an edit button

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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Creed 2; Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump Appearance, Kristen Alderson +++

Philly Gossip: Creed 2; Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump Appearance, Kristen Alderson +++

Good Sunday Gossip…

Vanderpump
Today is awfully gloomy, but yesterday was glorious and how lucky it was a Saturday to enjoy.

Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” reality shows was in Ardmore yesterday and over 1100 people waited to meet her.
And she stayed the entire time
To greet each one and pose for photos.

Creed’s 2 Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu is one of the nicest guys on the set and in the streets, as is Dolph Lundgren, so if you see them stop them and say hi.  Altho Sly is right up there. All last week cast, crew and extras put in 12 to 14 hour days, Friday night when it was a wrap Stallone thanked everyone, and gave some lucky extras a handshake of thanks, and one lucky girl a love tap fist in the cheek when asked. No kisses though, he said his wife has strict orders. I don’t blame her, do you?

Congrats to my friend Kristen Alderson‘s , #GH and #OLTL alum who begins performances in The Marvelous Wonderettes at The Kirk Theatre 410 West 42nd St. New York, NY 10019 this week.
https://www.broadway.com/shows/marvelous-wonderettes/

Congrats NBC10’s Jacqueline London for being on the premiere cover of Crown Magazine.

Check back with PhillyChitChat tomorrow to see which fun parties we covered this week….

 

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Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat

 

Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat


Warm welcome to spring, sure signs of it in Philly, Logan Fountain has been turned on, Rittenhouse Square packed at lunch time and in the evening Rittenhouse restaurant row packed with people eating al fresco.  Hope to see everyone on Easter Sunday for the South Street promenade which begins at 12:30PM at Passyunk and South Streets.
Michael B Jordan was spotted running the Schuylkill River Banks Boardwalk last week.

Creed 2 starts principle filming Monday April 2 at Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pa with a cast of thousands of extras. I think they’re filming the finale fight first, not only because of the huge amount of extras on set, but because the actors have been working out and pumping up for the past three weeks at the Sporting Club where they also have a boxing ring. The kind of training they’re doing isn’t the kind of training you can do while you’re filming a movie.


They’ll be at Sun Center Studios until the the middle of the third week of April filming, but may pop out to do occasional filming around town during those three weeks. After April 15 look for more filming in and around Philadelphia. You might have a chance to see them as we all did during the first Creed. Look for Creed 2 to come out November 2018.

David Whitaker, Choose Chicago, Ellen Yin (Outstanding Restaurateur), Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation, Michael Solomonov (Outstanding Service Zahav) and Rising Star Chef of the Year Camille Cogswell, Zahav

On Wednesday the cast of Creed 2 including Dolph Lundgren, Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson had dinner at Zahav, in old city, the restaurant by Michael Solomonov or Solo as his friends call him. It’s so good there. The restaurant just got a James Beard Award Nomination for best service. James Beard Awards are like the Oscars for Food. I covered the nominations last week, which were held here in Philly, hosted by Visit Philly and held at Parc restaurant. Also nominated was Ellen Yin, of High Street & a.kitchen for best restaurateur.  Rich Landau, chef/partner with his wife, Kate Jacoby, of Vedge restaurant who was nominated for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region.

 

 

Milk House closed 2 weeks ago as I reported on Chit Chat; Yesterday I noticed a new sign on the window:
Seems Koreana Food is moving in. They currently have a place in University City.

Koreana Food offers a wide variety of traditional Korean Food.Yes 1818 Market Street did get a new sign. Sleek, modern and colorful.

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Dolph Lundgren, Shania Twain, Monique Braxton and more Philly Gossip

Dolph Lundgren, Shania Twain, Monique Braxton and more Philly Gossip

Braxton
Welcome to Spring, I hear it’s snowing again in the Western Suburbs today. I do hope all this late season snow doesn’t affect the cherry trees which are just starting to bud like the ones along the Schuylkill River Thursday, as collegiate scullers practiced, brrrrr

Dolph Lundgren and Michael B Jordon were spotted at Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square last Tuesday. Earlier in the week Dolph posed with a young fan at the Logan Hotel.


Perhaps they were both attending the Logan Hotels’s new Once Upon A Time, once a month (4th Sunday) on Sunday’s children’s reading
hour with “James Logan” himself. Milk and cookies were on the hours.

Spotted: Shania Twain was seen a few times since October at Vedge, she told fans that spotted her that she has friends in Philly and comes here quite often.  I know where I’m going to eat late night July 12.

 


While walking through Rittenhouse Square the other night, I noticed the top of the police “station” was newly lit. Nice job.
Saturday night in Philly was hopping. There was the Red Ball (Red Cross), The Red & White Gala (LLS), Black Tie Gay Bingo and 2018 Philadelphia UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball|UNCF, where The Today Show’s Sheinelle Jones was honored with the Legacy Award. As some of you know, I was on air at Fox 29 from 2011 – 2017, four of those years I would do celebrity gossip and scene chat on Good Day with Sheinelle and Mike Jerrick (who returns to Good Day Monday). I was so happy to hang with them last night, and I’m so grateful to both of them for all their mentor-ship. Also close by was Tori Williams, producer from Fox 29 and good friend of Sheinelle’s; plus Monique Braxton, formerly of NBC10 Philadelphia. She’s recently retired to care for her family, especially dad in his 90s.  I’ll have the photos posted this week from these events and will share the links with you.


No color ever looked so appropriate on these ladies at The Red Ball

In the meantime have a great day, and go and make some memories.

 

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#PCCBUZZ Restaurant Week, Philly Fashion Week, Food Stories & Tidbits

Good Friday – Let’s check out what’s happening around town including a bit of gossip.

Restaurant
Philly Fashion Week is happening right now. The kick off was on Wednesday night; last night there was a fashion show at Century 21 hosted by Melissa Magee, 6ABC.
Thanks to Marissa Reale for these shots.

Last night I saw that Dilworth Park has new lighted seats that change color.


Sunday is the last day for you to skate at Rothman Ice Rink as it’s closing for the season.


But don’t fret Center City District is readying Dilworth Park for the nest season of fun, I noticed they’ve installed these cool lighted seats. They flash different colors too for making it that more festive.


I don’t know about you this past weeks taste of summer had me heading to the Philly Zoo. I even bought a membership. They start at $85 and admits you and a guest, plus you get free parking.
BTW did you notice the “Lateran” is lit on top of the Comcast Technology Center
Panda Express is now open at 10th & Market Streets
BTW over in the UK KFC had a problem with their new delivery service and many of their stores ran out of the main course – chicken.
This week they took advertisements out in the paper publishing the above photo. I think they’re pretty cool.
BTW A local chef told me there’s a shortage of bananas and humus in our neck of the woods.

Speaking of Food….
Beet Salad from Paradiso

Two of Philadelphia’s most anticipated restaurant weeks makes it return next week!


Will Shaw, executive chef Barcelona
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents East Passyunk Restaurant Week from February 26th to March 9th. The twelve-day dining event will feature 26 award-winning restaurants firing up special three-course lunch and dinner menus for special prices of $15, $25 or $35. New and notable restaurants and chefs this year will include:
* Barcelona Wine Bar – This wine and tapas hot spot will make its debut grand debut
* Pistola’s Del Sur – The restaurant and bar at the Gateway to the Avenue will make its debut
* Chhaya Cafe – Opening special hours for dinner service with a pop-up Southern Sunday Supper concept, the entire menu was created special for East Passyunk Restaurant Week
* ITV – Top Chef Nicholas Elmi’s second location on the Avenue (next to Laurel) will make its debut with a full special menu created just for East Passyunk Restaurant Week
* Birra – Featuring a menu by one of the Avenue’s newest chefs, Ciro Lubrano Lavadera

Plus Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week starts on Sunday, February 25th! Participating Chestnut Hill restaurants will offer a dinner dining experience for $35. Come find your favorite from global cuisine, comfort food, BYOB, and more.  https://chestnuthillpa.com/restaurant-week-chestnut-hill/

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Tuesday ToDo: Jordan Matthews, Village People Sing, Fashion Events

It’s Tuesday, I forgot a few ChitChat items yesterday and thought I’d do another column today. Plus added a few Tuesday – ToDo listing events that are upcoming.

Matthews
Congrats to former Eagles player Jordan Matthews and his new wife Cheyna Matthews (an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Washington Spirit in the NWSL) on their wedding, which took place in Nashville this past weekend.
A few of Jordan’s former Eagles teammates Trey Burton, Zach Ertz, Jordan Hicks, and Chris Maragos headed out to celebrate the new couple.


Congrats to Rocky on his new baby sister who will arrive in July. Larry Bradley and Kristin Huxta Bradley are pretty excited too. Kristin is Director of Communications, East for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and used to be a Cashman girl a few years back.


Thanks to Schulson Collection for their generous donation to Komen Philadelphia. In October they sold a cocktail in to raise funds in the name of fighting breast cancer, called “Pink Lady”. Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari Schulson hosted a luncheon for leaders, and volunteers of Komen Philadelphia at Double Knot last week to present the check.


The venerable Joan Sheep boutique is hosting their annual Women of Style & Substance celebration tomorrow night. Fashionistas, business leaders and trail blazing women will be honored at the annual event, which is open to the public.

 


Speaking of fashion, it’s that time again for the Philly Fashion Week to kick off a series of the most talented Philadelphia fashionable designers in Philly. The first event is 8PM Wednesday with the Lux Street Wear Show at 2300 Arena , 2300 S Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19148. Check out the website for more info. Philly Fashion Week


Our Night Out, a fun LGBTQ networking event is next Tuesday at Cinder 1500 Locust Street. Enjoy lite bites, and a cash bar while meeting a greeting with new friends.

 


Did you get your tickets yet for the Philly Flower Show. Don’t forget to dance the night away at  Flowers after Hours with the Village People and DJ Robert Drake on Saturday March 3.

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Thurs Chit Chat: Fly Eagles Fly, Perry Milou, Jon Bon Jovi; Boat House Row Problems

Eagles fever is at a pitch. I don’t know how many videos I’ve gotten of groups singing “Fly Eagles Fly”, and so exciting that the response has been huge with my Steve Martin video going viral with over 100ks impression. So many photos, so much fun, I’m exhausted. Hopefully the players are getting adequate sleep. BTW follow me on social media,  for nearly 12 hours of Wing Bowl coverage. This is the year we have all been waiting for….phillychitchat

Milou

American pop artist  Perry Milou will be finishing touches on his Eagles masterpiece “Next Dog Up” inside the Joan Shepp storefront window Saturday, February 3rd 2-6pm. The store will be also having an Eagles-themed “fashion tailgate” with a special promotion in-store as well.


#FlyEaglesFly


I know we’re not supposed to talk about the Eagles victory parade, but yesterday I saw Fred Stein and his son on the Parkway. Who’s Fred Stein, he’s the event producer the City of Philly uses for all there big events. The rumors floated by Crossing Broad that the parade will go up Broad Street, around City Hall to the Art Museum may be true, very unlike what happened with the Phillies game, which went down Market Street around City Hall to the stadium.  CB also said he heard rumors that the parade would be Wednesday, I too heard Wednesday. Someone wanted to book me for an event on Tuesday and I turned them down saying I think the parade will be that day. The person who has a connection to City Hall said he’d heard the parade would be Wednesday as the Chamber of Commerce’s Mayoral Lunch is on Tuesday. Oh that makes sense, it’d be hard to reschedule that and re book the room at the Marriott.  With a win maybe I’ll get another roomful singing #FlyEaglesFly?


Eagles fever was all over the City, and even appeared at the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert & Ball when Mrs. Matthew Hamilton ie Anne Hamilton , draped an Eagles flag around her beautiful, full length gown.
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Shot Through The Heart….Jon Bon Jovi is rooting for the Patriots but we’ll let him slide he’s been fighting homelessness in Philly for over a decade now. On April 14th he’ll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He just created his own wine and this week he was in Philly
On Wednesday SEPTA, Project HOME and the City of Philadelphia cut the ribbon to officially open the new, expanded Hub of Hope in the Center City sub-concourse. Special guest was the legendary rock star Jon Bon Jovi, longtime supporter of fighting homelessness in Philadelphia and friend of Sr. Mary Scullion, who along with many dignitaries at the event wore a green boutineer in honor of the Eagles.  There was no singing Fly Eagles Fly or even saying Go Eagles, as Bon Jovi is a Patriot’s fan and they didn’t want to make the situation awkward for him. He and Sister Mary met because 13 years ago he was in town for a concert. He spotted a homeless man outside his hotel window shivering. He asked his assistant to go help him find shelter, and that’s how he discovered Project Home and met Sister Mary and Joan McConnon , co founders of the program. Ever since he’s been a real patriot to the program. Project Home a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Jon Bon Jovi Loves France and Wine (and Now Has His Own Label)

May 3 Bon Jovi is in concert at the Wells Fargo Center

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All those Boat House Row Photos you’re seeing for the past two weeks, #FAKENEWS
Boat House Row was only green leading up to the NFC game for one week.


Something that is offensive, Boat House Row is not bleeding green. It’s been two weeks now. If you see photos of it being green it’s not, the LED lights are shining bright white. Why? This is crazy, I thought it was easy to just change the color on them. They were only green for the week leading up to the NFC Championship.
Congrats to Jamie Greubel, Newtown, Pa’s and the women’s USA Bobsled team participating in the Olympics in South Korea later this month.


Mark William Calaway, better known by the ring name The Undertaker, an American professional wrestler signed to WWE and his wife Michelle McCool flew in to Philly on Friday night, and stopped to see Rocky on Saturday afternoon.


Congrats to Geoff Peirce  and Samantha Keenan now Peirce  who were married Sunday a week ago at the Crystal Tea Room. You might recall that Geoff was a guy I photographed doing a series of hard core burpees on the Art Museum steps, the press dubbed him “Hottie on the Art Museum Steps.” He went on to be Philly Famous garnering a lot of press, appearing on Fox 29 and doing push ups with Alex Holley on his back, and then being named one of the sexist singles in Philly by Jeniece Armstrong‘s annual series in the Philly Daily News. Samantha recognized Geoff after all the press, and it was love at first sight. They were nice enough to invite me to their beautiful wedding.

In preparation for the annual Take the Lead event in March, at which PECO is the Lead Sponsor, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) The 2018 Take the Lead Philadelphia Honorees were feted at a special preview party on January 24 at the Nicole Miller store at the Bellevue.
This year, GSEP will recognize the following women:
2018 Take the Lead Philadelphia Honorees

  • Patrice Banks, Chief #sheCANic and Founder, Girls Auto Clinic
  • Ann Thornton Field, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP
  • Evelyn Marcha-Hidalgo, CEO, Intercultural Family Services, Inc.
  • Donna Torrisi, Network Executive Director, Family Practice & Counseling Network
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PhillyChitChatter: Celebs in Philly; Eagles Celebrations; Bradley Cooper, Bridget Foy Rebuilds

PhillyChitChatter: Celebs in Philly; Eagles Celebrations; Bradley Cooper, Bridget Foy Rebuilds

Good Thursday Morning, hope you were all able to settle down from the tremendous celebration of the the Eagles capturing the NFC Championship. It definitely took me a few days to float down to earth, but I am wearing my championship hat everyday and humming #FlyEaglesFly every day.


Minnesota’s Metro Transit made good on their friendly bet with SEPTA to change their “wallpaper” on their twitter account to feature a Philadelphia bus with the Eagles logo on it.

Aramark, who has the food contract at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota has unveiled new food items to be sold celebrating the taste-buds for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots match up #SuperBowl
http://www.startribune.com/bubble-waffles-revival-pork-belly-new-foods-at-u-s-bank-stadium-unveiled-ahead-of-super-bowl/470957103/


Speaking of Eagles,  6-5, 241-pound Philadelphia Eagles Defensive end Bryan Braman (2nd from left), LtoR Josh Bryan, Cindy Garnick, CEO of Garnick Entertainment and Media Group and Publicist Sean Stellato agent to both Eagle and Patriots! Braman spent the day clothes shopping stopping at Mitchell & Ness, getting a custom suit from Distante Clothing and then heading for lunch with his friends. The next day Braman appeared on WMCN in Cherry Hill, NJ with team mate Billy Brown. The duo chatted about healthy eating with Eraldo Maglara, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Author (The Real Fountain of Youth ) and TV Host of Healthy Lifestyle With Eraldo and the upcoming Super Bowl on February 4.


Philly’s Bradley Cooper was spotted playing with his baby Lea de Seine on Sunset Beach just south of Los Angeles Tuesday wearing his favorite teams jersey, as the heartthrobs girlfriend Irina Shayk looked on. (TMZ)


Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, and several former NFL players – Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw headed to South Philly last week for a Philly Cheesesteak. They were also spotted at DelFrisco’s as well as the Ritz Carlton’s lounge as well as dining at Aqimero


Actor Josh Duhamel‏ was spotted at the Ritz Carlton and posed for a photo with Kimmie Ragone.
Who says those Eagles fans were anything but nice to those Viking fans.

Bridget Foy’s was gutted by a fire October 25, 2017, devastating now only the Foy’s but the community that loves them. There was an amazing outpouring from the community, and regulars to the iconic South Street eatery. Today they put this rendering of the new place up on their FB page. Sadly the original building wasn’t able to be saved, but the new building looks remarkably the same, but better. Look at those awesome big windows on the first floor. When I spoke with Bridget Foy late last year, she told me the kitchen now be located in the basement, and the space on the right side where the kitchen used to be, will be used for more outdoor seating. It’s just a matter of time before our favorite spot, and Alex Holley’s favorite Easter parade viewing spot is open again.


Speaking of heartthrobs, Phillies World Series Champ Cole Hamels and his wife, country songwriter Heidi Hamels were at last nights Sixers game. Congrats to the Sixers who won the game over the Chicago Bulls. Thanks to Cindy Webster, PR for CBS Radio for capturing the moment.


What a great tail gate party on Sunday with Cindy Webster, CBS Philly. Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President at NovaCare, Rhea Hughes, CBS Philly and Ted Simon, Esq, with photo bomber Mayor Jim Kenney


Last Friday boxer Bernard Hopkins stopped by Ted Simon, Esq office to sign boxing gloves, which will be donated to a charity raising money for an elementary school
Many of my friends, including Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, caught Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel Center where he performed with the Philly Pops. The next morning she headed to a family wedding in DC and ran into the vocalist, composer, and songwriter who was headed to his next gig in Virgina.

For more PhillyChitChatter come back on Sunday. In the meantime tomorrow I’ll be posting Best Dressed Photos from Hair of the Dog held last Saturday night.

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LOVE PARK Returns – Here’s What I Know So Far…

LOVE PARK Returns – Here’s What I Know So Far…

Welcome to the Sunday edition of PhillyChit Chatter, read it here every Sunday and Thursday – it’s a little fun gossip, info and what’s going on around town. The last time I was at Love Park was during the Christmas Village.

LOVE
The park was still under construction, but despite a few hiccups the market thrived and was packed everyday. Hope you got one of those Wisconsin cheese sandwiches. If you looked closely you could see the hint of greatness with the new paving blocks, quite different than the flagstone used before Love Park was renovated.

construction continued.


One of the sections of the park completed was this lawn. See those two evergreen trees, next year the City won’t need to buy a Christmas Tree for Love Park they can just decorate them.

I was really excited to see what Love Park looked like after the village cabins were removed, but then it snowed. Finally Friday it rained and melted the snow revealing the beautiful park (I’m off to Florida this week so I didn’t have time to get sunny shots as I would have liked as time was getting short.)  The land is cleaned and leveled. I can’t wait to see the centerpiece fountain turned on as well as the “arch” ones, which are smaller ones located in the “horseshoe” design you see here; giving Dilworth Park a run for it’s money with kids cooling off.


One thing we hope you won’t see is skateboarders, although some have been spotted testing out the park, I hear soon there will be security 24/7 keeping the park safe, clean and friendly for pedestrians, while also directing the skateboarders to the lovely park built for them closer to the Art Museum – Franklin’s Skate Park

Love
I love the steps that line the north side of the park, which have corrugated pavers making it quite a bumpy ride for skateboarding.


Also new at Love Park, is the InterPark garage ie Love Park Garage at 1501 John F Kennedy Blvd has been updated with a glass cube, sorta like the Apple Cube in NYC on 57th Street, or the glass cube on top of the Phila Art Museum parking garage. It’s much more attractive, bright, easier to pay and convenient to reach your parked car now. No more climbing down the dingy steps.


Next to the garage is the decomposed granite (DG) park, there will be a lot of seating arrangements in this area. DG is an ideal hardscape material: natural, permeable, aesthetically versatile, and


often used as transition material to introduce landscaping and wild gardens.


Don’t judge the emptiness of Love Park today, as the furnishings all arrived,nor been placed. These pieces are examples of some
of the furnishing to expect.

The sight-lines are magnificent for people watching.
I imagine events will be held in the newly designed space, as they are at Dilworth Park.


The saucer building is being renovated for an eatery, not a welcome center as previously thought. I hear that they haven’t picked a food vendor yet and will  be doing an RFP soon.
When I mentioned it to Jennifer Logue, Metro Philly Saturday night, she thought it be perfect to call it the Love Cafe, maybe Stephen Starr could have it as an outpost for his new Love eatery in Rittenhouse Sq., I like it!!


I’m so excited, as the City is as well, that we’re going to have another beautiful park.

The sculpture of LOVE, newly painted red, and purple on it’s underside, returns to a new pedestal  just days before Valentine’s Day in February; just in time for all those engagements to happen. XOXOXO

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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!!
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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