Whole Foods On Broad? Kendall Jenner & Ben Simmons Spotted

Last summer I wrote about the Bellevue undergoing changes starting with Mary Dougherty’s Nicole Miller store closing that location. (Story)

Which would lead to more stores closing at the location so they could renovate the lobby a source at Starbucks told me. It seems Nightingale Properties, the new owners, would like to return the hotel back to a hotel with a grand bar/sitting area in the lobby. Philly is a hot spot now, and we need hotel rooms so it’s not a bad idea. Unfortunately some of our favorite spots are going to have to move to make room for the new lobby like the recently announced Tiffany’s Jewelers which is moving to the old Zara location (PBJ), which I hear the owners want to be a hot spot like the Ritz Carlton down the street. Have you been there lately, it really is a hot spot now.

When I first wrote about the lobby changes last summer, I noted that the food court was often closed most days. I had heard rumors that the salon located in the basement, might move to the first floor where the Polo Shop was located, but vacated so many years ago.

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I think it’s fair to say that they’re definitely going somewhere as Tavern on Broad closed last Wednesday. The employees found out on Monday that New Year’s Eve would be their last day of work. A fairly tight group, they were heartbroken. I hear the owner is looking for a new spot in town so stay tuned. Rumor has it the food court area is to become a Whole Foods. Great spot for a supermarket as there are no big food markets in Center City Proper, but could we get a Wegman’s instead, there’s already a great Whole Foods in the Art Museum area, and on South Street. A guy could dream though.

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons are definitely back on, as I first reported 12/14/19. This past week they shopped a lot in South Jersey, near Ben’s new home in Moorestown. Then over the weekend they were spotted at Federal Donuts, and on Saturday night at Davio’s in Center City (as seen in this photo I found on a BENDALL sight.) If it’s your photo I’ll be happy to give you credit, and I’d love to hear more details. Crossing fingers that the Sixers win tonight. I hate when Kendall gets the blame for their loss. LQQK for Bradley Cooper to be at today’s Eagles game. He grabbed brunch at the Four Seasons before heading out to the tail gate parties around 2pm. Happy Chit Chat see you tomorrow.

Philly Style Party, Rupert Grint, Advertise With Us

Philly Style Party, Rupert Grint and Chit Chat About Last Night

Happy Thursday, we’re almost there. Last night I covered a wonderful event in Manayunk at the Starfinder Foundation. It’s an organization who’s mission is “Using soccer to help Philadelphia’s underserved youth grow, learn, and succeed, both on and off the field. #soccerforsocialchange.”

It was a lot of fun, even when the soccer ball hit my camera at 100 mph. I’ll feel you you sports photographers, lol. Hope I don’t get a black eye. (Every Saturday I will have a blog entry with all the links to the various events I’ve attended the week before, so look for it.) Afterwards I headed to The Fitler Club to catch the last half hour of the Philly Style Magazine’s 2019 Datebook launch. It was so much fun, I didn’t take any photos with my camera but grabbed a few shots off of Instagram and posted below. It was quite a party, so much fun and people were DRESSED to the nines. The Filter Club impressed me so much more last night, then when I saw it earlier this month.

The Garden event space at the Fitler Club was quite nice, and intimate. It’s outside but private. Another nice thing, that BMW from BMW of Devon.
Rupert Grint is in town filming the M Night Shylaman’s new Apple TV Series which is untitled at the moment, and has been spotted all over town during his off hours. Last week he scored a few bullseyes at Bury The Hatchet Philadelphia Axe Throwing (1719 Washington Ave 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19146 ). Saturday he grabbed a bite to eat at Center City’s Middle Child. He’s also been spotted at Terrain in Glen Mills for dinner. Yesterday the TV series filmed on location at the 2200 block of Spruce Street, which they do about once a month. Most of the time they’re filming in the custom movie studio in Garnett Valley, where they have replicated the street.
Congrats again to Chris Cucci and Michelle Conron who got hitched last week. To kick off their honeymoon they headed to sunny, warm California, with a first stop at Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills. Lisa was there too. Now that’s a way to kick off a memorable honeymoon
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Happy Birthday to my good friend Sheila Hess. I am so blessed to have you as my friend. You keep me on the straight and narrow, you inspire me, you are Philly’s biggest cheerleader and you are so full of love for everyone you meet. I love you, Happy Birthday friend.

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Jason Kelce Beer, WaterBoys Conquer, and more Philly Gossip

Jason Kelce Beer, WaterBoys Conquer, and more Philly Gossip

Hope everyone had a great weekend, it was beautiful and gorgeous with the snow. I hear we are expecting a dusting Tuesday into Wednesday with the bulk of the storm hitting New England. Let’s see what are friends are up to.

Kory Aversa and Jennifer Logue, editor of Arts & Culture at Metro Philly at the first Newsmakers Round Table
held at the Pyramid Club every first Tuesday. Next up Marilyn Russell, Cari Feiler Bender and than moi in June.



Yesterday Eagles Jason Kelce stopped by Broken Goblet Brewing, in Bristol to help launch “No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care” IPA, with him was pal Connor Barwin,

who’s foundation Make the World Better Foundation received a 10% donation from the sale of the beer.

Speaking of Connor Barwin, he recently join Philadelphia Eagles Chris Long (above) and a group celebrities from the USA National Football League (NFL) and other sports organizations on a successful five day expedition, climbing to the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.


The expedition was organized by the US based Worldforce International and the Chris Long foundation “WaterBoys” in the US side but in close collaboration with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) targeting raising funds for sustainable water systems to communities. (source)

Connor Barwin, who maintains a residence in Fishtown with wife Laura Barwin, also gave us an update on the progress of Smith Park in South Philly.


Earlier this week I ran into Evan “OG” Harden of the Philadelphia Bar League (Calisthenics), at the opening of Chopper’s Hatchet House he’s helping design the Fitness Pod at Smith Park along with Connor Barwin. Look for news of it’s grand re-opening soon.


Congrats to Micah Gerhartm Assistant Athletic Trainer – Philadelphia Eagles and Korinne Patrice, Eagles Youth Partnership, the charitable foundation of the Philadelphia Eagles Football team who got engaged over the weekend.

Another happy engagement happened at Citizen Bank Park over the weekend when Luke Butler proposed to Megon Ungar . Luke currently works for Curalate, a leading marketing technology company that enables brands to sell online more effectively, but for 8 years served as a spokesman for the City of Philadelphia and a speechwriter for Mayor Nutter, and Megon, now at  ‎Tempest, used to be at PHLCVB for several years.

Congrats to philanthropic socialites Cindy Caccuro and Uri Jacobson who were married last weekend.


Congrats to Marissa Reale, when she graduates Temple University in May she will be taking a full time position with  Braithwaite Communications.  Marissa has previously interned with 6ABC and Vault Communications.

Looks like The PokeSpot at 1804 Chestnut Street is getting ready to open it’s doors soon.

See you tomorrow on PhillyChitChat where I’ll have a wrap up to the Phila Flower Show, and this week the Choppers Hatchet opening party, 12 new contemporary Fishtown townhouses brought to you by @adamsgroupmarket and photos from several James Beard events I’ll be shooting. In the meantime go out and enjoy the day, and make memories.


Dollar Store General Concept to Piazza; M∙A∙C Returns To Rittenhouse, Bruce Willis Spotted

Hello Friday, August is just zipping by; BTW if you’re reading this before 830AM I’m on WOGL for another sing a long today with Marilyn Russell, and my pick for event of the weekend – it’s a killer. That’s a hint. Here’s another edition of #PCCBuzz (yes I know I changed the day again; Friday is a good day for gossip cause you need fun chitchat for the weekend, dinner and the beach) Last week I went to the  2nd Street Festival, it was fun. It wasn’t a client event so I got to really take my time to look around, and guess what I found a very interesting story.

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I saw this awning at The Schmidt’s Commons – DGX Philadelphia. Inside the space was still being built out. I check it out online to see what kind of business it was and it’s a subsidiary of Dollar Store General.  According to a story in the Tennessean:  Dollar General has a new demographic in mind with its smaller-format store concept DGX: millennials. .. There are similarities between a traditional Dollar General store and DGX, but the smaller-format store features a more modern design, a curated selection of goods and a brewed coffee station for metropolitan shoppers.

It’s very similar to a convenience store with chips, a fountain machine with a variety of sodas, grab and go sandwiches and many of items to serve city dwellers.
“We are excited about our new smaller store concept and the opportunity to serve busy, city-dwellers with everyday low prices on the essentials they need in a convenient, easy-to-shop format,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said in a statement. “The DGX format is geared to meet the needs of the millennial shopper, which is an emerging and important part of our customer base and will help us broaden our appeal to attract a new segment of urban customers who put a high premium on value and convenience.”  (source) I asked around last Sunday and nearby neighbors told me at the end of August.

Yesterday I was walking up Chestnut street and saw that Campers Shoes (1734 Chestnut St) had closed and in it’s place was this store window full of an explosion of fantastical colors but what did it mean.  I did some research, and it turns out that it’s a new campaign connected with the launch of M∙A∙C Cosmetics stores opening around the world. The Chestnut Street store is opening in the Fall of 2017,

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and for what I’ve seen on the internet the store openings are a lot of fun. I can’t wait to shoot it. How awesome that M∙A∙C Cosmetics will have another stand a lone store in Rittenhouse

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Speaking of Rittenhouse Square, Bruce Willis who was in town prepping for M Night Shyamalan’s movie “Glass” was spotted @ Barclay Prime for dinner arriving at 7PM and leaving at 9:30PM, b4 heading across the park to Scarpetta for nightcap last nite. He’ll be back in September along with the rest of the cast of GlassJames McAvoySamuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy along with franchise newcomer Sarah Paulson.  Samual Jackson said in an interview in Collier “We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.”. They’ll be filming for 8 weeks, with many weeks of the shooting happening on the streets of Philadelphia, a bit in the studio and the rest outside of the City. Paparazzi HughE is ready.  Filming is scheduled until Thanksgiving, with a movie release date of January 18, 2019.  Heery Loftus Casting can help you become a star, or at least an extra on this movie. Glass is a direct sequel to Split and Unbreakable, bringing together the casts of both movies helmed by Shyamalan.

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Check out Gina Gannon tonight on 6ABC News during the crucial 4PM and 5PM newscasts.

Crazy, Greg Seitter gets back from a relaxing vacation, then spends a day getting pies thrown in his face for charity. Sweet.
“I will be hosting a pie in the face fundraiser tomorrow afternoon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s #LightTheNight campaign. A $20 (or more) donation will entitle a colleague of mine to throw a pie in my face in your honor. Make a donation now: http://pages.lightthenight.org/epa/Phi17/gseitter
#PieInTheFace #Charity #Fundraiser”
His supporters raised over $1000. I wonder if he’ll take more pies for more money?

Save The Date

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Nina Tinari, Chairwoman of The Marian Anderson Award, announced today that five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will receive the 2017 Marian Anderson Award on November 14, 2017, during the eagerly anticipated Gala and Concert at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.