Rittenhouse Row


This & That: Closed in Rittenhouse Square: 1 Saxbys, 1 Diner, a shoe store and …

Be Patient, Be Kind, Be Safe. We’ll come back strong.

Join nearly 40ks others and follow my blog, subscribe upper left hand corner. It’ll go directly to your email every time I publish. Yesterday I took one of my walks around town which I often have done before Covid19 to see how things have changed. These days it can be heartbreaking as Covid19 has stolen so much from us. I did see parts of the City slowly coming back to life, mostly in the business district on Market Street with people in skirts and suits and ties making their way in the blistering heat. Then I walked over to the shopping district on Chestnut and Walnut Streets and was overwhelmed with sadness, but hope. I’ve walked these streets the past few weeks, and although many are still boarded up, several are no longer boarded, and some are open and waiting for you.

Many restaurants were busy in Rittenhouse Row like Parc, Rouge, Devon, Joe’s Pizza, Pietro’s, a.kitchen, Tria.

An eatery I was so surprised closed was Saxbys 20th and Walnut location, the original Saxbys coffee shop. This was I believe their first location. I spent many of years there when I first started doing PhillyChitChat as a business. I wrote them and this is what they said:
For 10 years our Saxbys at 20th & Walnut served the Rittenhouse community under our mission to Make Life Better.  Unfortunately, as our lease reached its expiration date we were unable to come to a mutually beneficial agreement on renewal terms for a new lease leading to our decision to not reopen our Saxbys Rittenhouse cafe.  

The sign on the 18th & Chestnut St door says ‘ we’re closed we miss you already.”

We’re so grateful for the neighbors and relationships we met and nurtured at 20th & Walnut – it’s not goodbye, but see you around –  any Saxbys guest can still visit one of our 4 Saxbys within a ½ mile from our Rittenhouse location when we reopen our other cafes. 

Sadly the pandemic has closed the just opened Chestnut Diner at 1614 Chestnut St., next to Dig (the healthy eatery) and Uniqlo (the clothing store which is open). Most people didn’t even know it was there, and for the few who did the reviews weren’t always stellar.

On Walnut Street: Lucky Brand at 1634 Walnut Street has closed as has nearby Cole Haan shoes at 1600 Walnut Street. (I wish the landlords of the closed business’ would remove the boards as the stores are empty. If they’re windowless I’m sure you have insurance to get them fix.)

But brisk business was happening nearby on Rittenhouse Row as Gap, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Vince, Rag & Bone, Govberg Jewelers and Theory were open for business and with air conditioning on full blast. I wanted to linger by Urban Outfitters as they had their doors open.

Stuart Weitzman, 1711 Walnut currently closed (getting mixed answers on this but you can see his blue awning in this shot in the center) but definitely closed is the shoe stores Dr. Martens , and Vans across the street as is nearby clothing store Intermix (they tried hard to stay open they told me). Good news, Bluemercury 1707 Walnut Street (above) opened as soon as it could and has had steady business as has clothing store Scotch & Soda a few doors down. Don’t let the boards scare you, behind them were stores which closed before the Pandemic: Timberland, Zaras, and Talbot’s.

Open on Chestnut Street is the men’s shoe store Blue Sole Shoes, at 1805 Chestnut, Shops of Liberty Place 17th and Chestnut (the Observation Tower is open as well), and a few blocks away Macy’s across from City Hall.

Hats in the Belfry is open but it looks like they’re having a store closing sale at 1824 Chestnut Street .

Next to Hats is Boyd’s and across the street is Joan Shepp’s, both are closed but I hear will open with fall fashion season merchandise by September.

Finally, the Apple Store is open on Walnut Street, but by appointment only. I like how they have a fan by the door keeping the customers cool while they wait. I tried to get a shot of the inside, it was packed. So make that appointment as it’s the hottest store in town. Sorry for the bad news, but I do want you to see that there are stores open, even though we have lost a few friends. See you on Social Media where I post daily two or three times a day. Monday I photographed folks in Center City enduring the heat for CBSPhilly.


The Tattoo Convention was in town and look who got New Ink, Philly Gossip ++

Good Sunday, hope you’re keeping dry today. I’ll be working columns, then I’m headed to Panorama for a Valentine’s Day Pawty with my best canine friend, to benefit Saved Me. Panorama is hosting an afternoon cocktail party, where guests can celebrate the holiday with their beloved pets.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local non-profit www.savedme.org. Then taking a tour of the new Blue Gin Distillery, then watching the GRAMMY’s, so excited. What a line up. OK Here’s some fun Philly Gossip this Sunday.


Actor James McAvoy was walking around with his Philly girlfriend Saturday. So far he’s gone to Wawa, and CVS Local artist Larry Collins has a drawing that is featured in the movie James is in, M Night’s Split, which I’m sure will be near the top of the Box Office again this weekend. Split as you know was filmed in Philadelphia last year.

This year we have an awesome movie with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Here are the extras cast by Heery-Loftus Casting backstage at the Kimmel Center on Thursday where they shot a scene.

I’ve been photographing them all week and tonight on CBS3 Philly Tori Woodill will have a segment with me on how to see the stars while they’re in town.

Congrats to the Spain’s on 55 years of marriage. Super nice couple and very philanthropic.


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Big Rube always hanging with the stars, here he’s with Jadakiss at the Meek Mill’s concert Friday night,
and promoting his own line of sexy TShirts

Speaking of stars, Team Derek caught up with Jesse Metcalfe as he arrived at the PHL airport.
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and Rick Springfield was leaving town. He also caught Denice “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” Williams, and Babyface, all of who
were making appearances in the area.

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The night after
his team mate, Nerlens Noel, who does show up, went to dance at Rumor in Center City.

Over the weekend The Tattoo Convention was in town. Thousands attended and many of them got new ink
from the artists that gathered from around the world.Tattoo
Very cool.


I was so sad to hear about 6ABC’s Wendy Saltzman, who was recently announced on her FB page she diagnosed with breast cancer.
God speed my friend, Philly is praying for you.
Here’s the story on Philly.com


Event: Rittenhouse Row annual Halloween Celebration 10/27/12

On Saturday, October
27, Rittenhouse Row will host our annual Halloween Celebration. The
event includes a children’s party and costume contest at the Radisson
Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 10AM until noon and FREE public
trick-or-treating at participating Rittenhouse Row member locations. 

WHO:                     Rittenhouse Row
WHAT:                   The 2012 Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration and Trick-or-Treat
WHERE:                  The Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel Philadelphia (Halloween Celebration)
220 South 17th Street
Trick-or-Treat all over Rittenhouse Row
WHEN:                   Saturday, October 27th from 10AM until 12PM (Halloween Celebration)
                                Trick-or-Treat from 10AM until 5PM
WHY:                      Families
will enjoy a children’s costume contest with prizes, a mini brunch
buffet and fun Halloween themed activities from Rittenhouse Row member
bring a book to donate to The Gift of Life House and remember to grab
your map for Trick-or-Treating at Rittenhouse Row member locations.
HOW:                     Tickets for the Halloween Celebration are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased in advance by visiting http://rittenhouse-row.ticketleap.com/rittenhouse-row-halloween-celebration/

PS I’ll be there taking photos for PhillyChitChat.com so I hope to see you!!