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Authentick Opens in Rittenhouse Square

The owners of East Coast Time / Authentick celebrated the opening of their new store/showroom in Rittenhouse Square with a party for friends, family and clients last month, and Mike Hirata, of Philly Chit Chat was there to capture it.

Alan Havkin with his son Authentick Co-Owner Eric Havkin.

From there website: For over 25 years, AUTHENTICK and East Coast Time have been proudly serving the luxury watch and timepiece community. Our store, showroom, and service facility are located in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. We take great pride in providing first class service to our clients and collectors all over the world buying, selling, and trading high end watches. We specialize in new and pre-owned watches from exclusive prestige brands including A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysses Nardin, and more.

Authentick sources their inventory from independent distributors and suppliers who they trust and have worked closely with for many years.

East Coast Time / Authentick
1737 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 355-3585info@authentick.com


Door 19: Clams Casino Royale

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University wants to invite you to: For Your Eyes Only: An evening of science and inquiry with a martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand. A quarterly party, after hours inside the museum for folks over the age of 21.
Bring 007 of your friends and register soon; tomorrow never dies but the early-bird discount does. Throw on a tuxedo t-shirt or rent the real deal, and get ready to spy on some fun!

Get shaken AND stirred at the open bar Sneak a secret peek at the specimens of the REAL James Bond or fictional Bond Girl Honey Ryder behind the scenes in our Ornithology and Malacology collections. Enjoy the sultry vocals of Meg North and the Victor North Trio. Get as close as you dare to nature’s assassins. Discover why spy tech experts are turning to geckos for inspiration. Shoot some “craps” and learn about scat identification

Try a little target practice with a twist. Assign yourself a cheeky animal code name. Be seduced by the heat of the Butterflies! exhibit. Test your movie acumen with spy flick science trivia. Eat great food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available)

And … did we mention the open bar?

Early Bird Price: March 20–April 2: $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

April 3–April 10: $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

Buy your tickets now! https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/adult-programs/door19/

There are only three times left where you will have the chance to go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from creepy taxidermy to medicinal botanicals. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. Don’t miss out on this fun party.


The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)


There’s still time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year – and there are some things in the Philly area you don’t want to miss this holiday season.  As the cool temperatures take over, this year guarantees the return of Philadelphia’s festive holiday spirit and endless events for kids of all ages. Take a look at the best places in Philly to visit with kids this holiday in Philly.


Macy’s Center City


Since 1956, the Grand Court in the Wanamaker Building has offered an impressive Christmas Light Show. The store brings back the sugarplum fairies tradition and dancing snowmen with a light show of more than 100,000 lights. These performances are free of charge and offered every two hours during the normal store hours. Tour the Dickens Village on the third floor between shows – the setup of animated dolls retell a Christmas Carol and ends with the opportunity to let your kids meet Santa and get photos with him. Allow for at least 2hrs to see everything.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Throughout the season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts various activities and events to celebrate the holiday season. Visit on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. and admission to the museum is Pay What You Wish. Don’t miss the tree lighting celebration on the East Terrace and the card-making night where you can make your own handmade holiday cards for your loved ones. The festive Friday night performances are a must-see and make sure to enjoy the seasonal snacks and spiked hot chocolate.


Dilworth Park Wintergarden

Once you’ve wrapped all of the presents, figured out how to get cash for cars in Philadelphia, and sent out the Christmas cards, head to Center City. The area is chocked full of holiday activities including the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink offers skate rentals for ice skating, lights, and a space indoors where visitors can enjoy snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Don’t miss Craft Hall where you can enjoy BBQ, bread, and beer while viewing the city’s holiday tree. In the open-air courtyard, the youngest guests will find pleasure in the carousel.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Last night Buddy The Elf – Mayor Jim Kenney and Santa Councilman Mark Squilla lit the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

The Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square brings the historical square to life, with shows to music playing every half hour from 4 to 8 p.m during the week and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In the center of the 50,000 bulbs is a large, illuminated kite. Enjoy the free event other festivities created with kids in mind such as Saturdays with Santa. Ride the holiday train and enjoy the comfort foods, hot beverages, and local beer. Make sure to check out the mini-golf while you are there! December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Christmas Village


The Christmas Village is back at the refurbished JFK Plaza, also called LOVE Park. Visit this German-style village where local and international merchants set up booths to showcase and sell cold weather apparel, edible goods, and handmade toys. Festive entertainment makes LOVE Park a must-visit spot by locals and visitors alike this holiday season. The Village is set up through Christmas Eve. Look for the Love statue to return in early 2018.


The Morris Arboretum


The Holiday Garden Railway within the evergreens of Morris Arboretum offers a mini winter wonderland with a model-train track with multiple rail lines, seven tunnels and loops, and model trains that move past replicas of various historical monuments and landmarks decorated with twinkling lights.  Your little train-lovers will be awestruck! Viewings are on select nights and tickets are required.

Philadelphia is home to a wealth of fun experiences and destinations to make this holiday season one for the books. Make sure to take a break from wrapping presents so you don’t miss these breathtaking seasonal celebrations throughout Philly. It’s always a good time to make new family traditions!


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FUEL the CURE Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser!

Join FUEL the CURE and over 700 guests in celebrating a decade of this organization’s social
impact at their Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser! The black-tie optional event will be held on October 28th at the historic 23rd Street Armory in center city and feature a five hour open bar,
variety of food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, casino games, music, silent auction prizes, dancing,
a grand raffle prize, and more.


FUEL the CURE is dedicated to providing better communities, health, and education for
underprivileged children in the area and over the years has donated close to $500,000 to various
causes and engaged over 7,000 individuals in philanthropic activities.


This year’s gala will benefit the HEADstrong Foundation, a local organization dedicated to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong’s services include providing complimentary housing for out-of- town patients and their families who are undergoing cancer-related treatment in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.



Be sure to get your tickets soon (and tell your friends!) as the last six events sold out. We hope to see you
there! Get $20 off your ticket here with this code: “CHITCHAT”. TICKET INFO


Saturday: Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest

Saturday: Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest

“Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, and get ready to ring in Oktoberfest season on the Main Line,” said Ardmore Initiative Executive Director Christine Vilardo. “Ardmore may be thousands of miles away from the epicenter of celebrations in Europe but don’t be fooled. This Main Line town throws an Oktoberfest that rivals the best!”


Prost! The 7th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest returns to Cricket Avenue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Downtown Ardmore will be transformed into a Bavarian wonderland complete with traditional German fare, brews, music and a brand-new VIP experience. McCloskey’s Tavern, John Henry’s Pub and Jack McShea’s will serve bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels with obatzda, potato pancakes, pierogies and more. McCloskey’s Tavern will tap nine beer and cider selections featuring local and seasonal favorites.


Live music will include The O’Fenders and the James D. Oompah Band. Family fun will include cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Admission to Ardmore Oktoberfest is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Age verification wristbands are a $1.00 donation for those 21 and up (with identification). Tickets are also available for a new Tired Hands Brewing Company VIP beer garden for only $50 each. For VIP tickets and more information, visit www.ardmoreoktoberfest.com or call (610) 645-0540.


New for 2017, Ardmore Oktoberfest will offer an exclusive VIP ticket for $50 that gives the ticket holder access to the Tired Hands Brewing Company VIP Beer Garden. Enjoy an exclusive tented area to enjoy food and beer not offered to the general public – with the added benefit of shorter lines and less waiting. VIP ticket comes with four beers – including a rarity from Tired Hands not available to the public – plus unlimited soft drinks and water, light German-inspired fare, and a limited edition cup. VIPs can also use their beer tickets at VIP skip lines at the main beer truck outside the special tent.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is organized by Ardmore Initiative with local Ardmore restaurants and businesses, with support from Oktoberfest‘s Presenting Sponsor McCloskey’s Tavern. Tired Hands Brewing Company is the official sponsor of the first-ever VIP beer garden.

Ardmore Oktoberfest is the perfect example of businesses working together to create a unique experience for our residents and visitors,” added Vilardo. “This is one of Ardmore’s popular events with nearly 5,000 people attending last year. I am not certain that McCloskey’s Tavern and John Henry’s Pub knew how popular this event would become when they hosted the first Ardmore Oktoberfest in 2011.”


DaddyO, Where the rooms are adorable and a Wine Bottle is on the Wall

Summertime, summertime you were the best. August was definitely the standout month, as you know if you follow me on Social Media. Last week I headed to Long Beach Island, a shore town I used to go to with the parents over Labor Day Weekend with the parents in the 70s. The town is still as quaint and comfortable as it was back then,


and no place captured it more than Daddy O Hotel Restaurant  which is part of Fearless Restaurants (White Dog Café, Moshulu, Autograph Brasserie in Wayne, Plantation and Tucker in LBI ) owned by Marty Grim, who hosted moi and my gal Laura Burkhardt.
The rooms are adorable, kinda like a cool beach bungalow

or a Maine cabin. But does it have a bottle of wine hanging from the wall like this. Only $35, and I hear it was delicious.
The hotel has an active bar on the roof, on a back deck. there’s also a restaurant where not only is it packed by the hotel guests, but by a lot of locals. That says a lot. They also have bikes you can borrow to ride around town as well. If it wasn’t raining Miss B Where and I would have definitely done that. The staff was AMAZING. So friendly.


Tuesday night Laura and I headed for Plantation. I had this salmon dish with ravioli, and it was so good. I loved the plating as well.

The next day Laura and I headed to Tucker’s Tavern. We had a few apps. I had a burger of course, and Laura had the New England Clam Chowder, which she told me it was so good she would bathe in it. I was ROFL. Wish I had had some.HD1_7027 (Custom)

The rooftop was closed because of weather, but I went up so I could see the Perseids Meteor shower, which is still visable til 8/24, which is tomorrow night. I saw 4 shooting stars and it was spectacular. DaddyO
Did I mention that DaddyO’s is only a block from the beach.DaddyO

The beach is still as beautiful as I remembered it as a kid, with great waves for surfing. Thanks to DaddyO’s for the hospitality, the delicious food and creating new memories for this kid at heart.




Ardmore, PA — The Ardmore Initiative along with several Cricket Avenue businesses will present the Big Dig on Sunday June 25 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The family-oriented construction carnival will take place along Cricket Avenue and on the building site of One Ardmore Place, the 110-unit apartment being built by Dranoff Properties in Ardmore’s vibrant downtown.  The Big Dig is the first in a series of community events being rolled out by the business community to spotlight Ardmore as a live, work and play destination.


“Big trucks, digging holes and hands-on building stations is what the Big Dig is all about,” said Carrie Kohs, owner of pucciManuli the award-winning toy store and a Big Dig host business.  “Lots of exciting things are happening in Ardmore and events like the Big Dig give us the opportunity to showcase Ardmore to the region.”

The fun-filled morning designed by child-experts will allow participants to tour a live construction site and touch and take photos with large-scale construction equipment including dump trucks and excavators.  A series of build, dig and learn stations will be set up to challenge and develop the building skills of youngsters.

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Ardmore’s Big Dig will start at 9:00am sharp.  The first stop for arriving guests is pucciManuli (35 Cricket Avenue) where the first 300 children will receive a complimentary hard hat, construction swag bag and “blueprints” for the day and will register for the Big Dig giveaway.  Next will be tours of the construction site and a series of activity stations.  Free giveaways will include DIY decorative stickers, construction site access lanyard, construction tote bag, coloring sheet and crayons, and construction tattoos.

The full line-up of free construction themed activities includes the following:

• Touch-A-Truck – Guests will have the opportunity to see and touch some of their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery up close, as well as meet some of the operators of this equipment. Vehicles on display to include two excavators, a skid steer and a dump truck.


• Diggin’ Dirt Sensory Station – Little ones will have an opportunity to dig their own holes using dirt from the construction site and operate small construction vehicles.

• Build-A-Building – Children of all ages will have the opportunity to test their construction skills using various construction methods and techniques. Building materials will be supplied, including toothpicks/marshmallows, red cardboard bricks, various sized cardboard boxes and more.

• Dump Truck Cookie Decorating – Kids will have the opportunity to decorate their own dump truck cookie, provided by Viking Pastries (located at 39 Cricket Avenue, across from One Ardmore Place)

• Imagination Playground Building Blocks – Lulu’s Casita will bring over their big, blue imagination building blocks kids can use to build and stack with.

• Build-Your-Own-Snack – Kids will be given a small construction lunchbox to fill with various snacks including mini donuts (to resemble wheels), pretzel rods, pirate’s booty and more!

All families that attend Ardmore’s Big Dig will be entered in a special drawing to win special construction-themed prizes for the whole family. Prizes to date include:

• Family four-pack of tickets to Diggerland
• $100 gift certificate to Lulu’s Casita
• $100 in pucciManula to pucciManuli

• Construction gear from Harkins Builders

The morning is also a learning opportunity for adults who will be able to view the site from inside the fence where they may ask questions and learn more about the mixed-use project that will include luxury apartments, street-level retail space and a three-deck public parking garage.


Ardmore is hip, fun, family-friendly place to visit and live.  There are many exciting things happening that are changing our small town for the better,” said Christine Vilardo, Executive Director of the Ardmore Initiative.  An event like the Big Dig brings the community out to share in and celebrate the progress that we are making.”

Ardmore’s Big Dig is free and open to the public.  RSVP is requested for proper planning by visiting, bit.ly/bigdigrsvp. Swag bags are available to the first 300 people that check-in on the morning of the event. All families entering the site will be required to wear closed-toe shoes and sign release forms.  All minors will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the construction site.  Closed toed shoes are required (no sandals). For any additional information, visit www.destinationardmore.com or call 610-645-0540.

Ardmore’s Big Dig is organized and presented by Ardmore Initiative, pucciManuli and Lulu’s Casita and is sponsored by One Ardmore Place, Harkins Builders and Viking Pastries.

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Photos: Family Pasta Dinner to Support Ronald McDonald House SNJ

Earlier this month a ‘Family Pasta Dinner’—a unique dinner experience that brings families and friends  together for a professionally prepared family-style meal all in support of the Ronald  McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (RMHSNJ) occured at the Waterworks event facility. I wasn’t able to make it as I planned, but my friends over at ALOYSIUS BUTLER & CLARK sent a few photos.  Event brings 600 supporters from the Delaware Valley together for a first-ever pasta event to raise  money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House in Camden.

Pictured are (left to right) Teddy Thomas (President RMHSNJ), Shawn Ravitz (RMHSNJ Board President, Owner of 5 Ravitz ShopRites in Cherry Hill, Mt. Laurel and Voorhees, NJ), Joe Volpe (CEO and founder of Cescaphe Event Group), Rahel Solomon (Co-Anchor of CBS3’s Eyewitness News This Morning), Jim Donovan (Co-Anchor of CBS3’s Eyewitness News This Morning). Rachel and Jim served as masters of ceremony for the Family Pasta Dinner.  Pasta
Pictured are the event’s major Chef Coat Sponsors, Joe Volpe (CEO and founder of Cescaphe Event Group), Scott & Mimi Avellino and Gary Banks of Banks Industrial Group. Pasta
Pictured are Carmine Catalana and Beth  representing multiple generations of The Catalana Family, who were honored for more than 30 years of service to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey.


Photos: Le Méridien and Visit Philly’s With Love Cocktail Competition – Who Won?

Thursday, Le Méridien Philadelphia and aMuse restaurant, the luxury Hotel located just north of City Hall partnered with Visit Philly and some of the city’s top hotel bartenders to host the first Visit Philly With Love Cocktail Competition to celebrate National Tourism Week with local distiller sponsor Bluebird Distilling .



All cocktails in the competition will use one or both of Bluebird Distilling’s Juniperous Gin or Sugarcane Rum — perfect for summer imbibing in the city. The winning cocktail will be replicated as the new With Love cocktail and be made available at participating hotel bars across the city with a portion of proceeds benefitting Broad Street Ministry.



Kevin Lessard and Jim Washkau

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 Margaret Hughes and Elka Battle-Murillo, both Deputy City Representatives

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aMuse • Le Méridien • Sherwin Mitchell

Square 1682 • Hotel Palomar • Daniel Kulesik

Red Owl Tavern • Hotel Monaco • Kyle Darrow

Bar 210 at Lacroix • The Rittenhouse Hotel • Amy Farrell

Bank & Bourbon • The Loews • Melissa Phan

Aqimero • The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia • TBC

Standing O • Doubletree Hotel • Justin Leipurt


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Tameka White, Linda Sonnie, Chantal Freeman, Andi Coyle, and Trino Boix of Visit Philly

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April McPhatter, Shops of Liberty Place, Brenda Mendte, Associate Publisher of Where Magazine, Jill Scarlett, Shops of Liberty Place and Linda Sonnie, Visit Philadelphia


Lead Bartender Amy Farrell from Lacroix at The Rittenhouse and Abbe Stern, Lacroix Private Event Manager


The judges:  Kristina Jenkins, Editor of UWISHUNU, Jared Adkins, Founder and Master Diller at Bluebird Distilling, Catherine Manning, President of United States Bartender’s Guild Philadelphia Chapter



James Zeleniak, Punch Media PR and Laura Burkhardt, Visit Philly with the prize winning trophy. How cute is that?

Winner: the winning restaurant and hotel gets bragging rights while the winning bartender will take home a prizes provided by Visit Philly and a bottle of Bluebird’s Juniperous Gin and Sugarcane Rum.

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Northeast Sales Manager for Bluebird Distilling, Chandra Robbins and UWISHUNU Editor, Kristina Jenkins



Sherwin Mitchell, Lead Bartender from aMuse at Le Méridien Hotel

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Nina Starner, Kylie Flett, Angela Cottrell, Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien

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Lead Bartender, Melissa Phan from Bank and Bourbon at The Loews Hotel, pouring her signature cocktail, King George Surrender
The Bank & Bourbon Bash is coming up on May 16, the 3rd Anniversary of the popular restaurant.
It’s always a fun time, good food and bourbon.
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Lead Bartender, runner up winner, Kevin Hoagland, from Aqimero at The Ritz Carlton pouring his signature cocktail.
Did you know the Richard Sandoval eatery has a new menu, and serves into the wee hours of the morning, 2AM. It’s delicious.

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Winner of the competition, Lead Bartender, Kyle Darrow of Red Owl Tavern

Photos provided by Punch Media PR



Photos: Meet The Artist Event at Griesing Law

Good Monday Morning, hope you enjoyed the wonderful weekend.


On April 20 nearly 100 invited guests packed the offices of Griesing Law at 3 Logan Square. Members of the law, art and Philadelphia business community viewed the 14th semi-annual art exhibition and sale at the firm.

Guests enjoyed a spring themed generous display of savory hors d’ oeuvres by JPM Catering. Crafty vibrant pink signature cocktails, mini cupcakes and dessert bars by Ashton Warren of Lady Bakery and Parlor were infused with local favorite Bluecoat Gin.

Griesing Anna Mudd, Christine Weller, and Heather Fine

The art show entitled “Wanderings” is a collaborative exhibition featuring  the work of three abstract painters representing multi- generational women graduates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The collection of paintings by Mary Spinelli, Georganna Lenssen, and Nicole Michaud have been curated by the Stanek Gallery in Old City. The collaboration of abstract pieces creates a landscape of conceptual imagery.

With a keen appreciation for arts and culture and a law practice that supports many aspects of the arts and creative world Francine Griesing decided to use the walls of the office space to showcase local artists.

When Griesing Law LLC launched in 2010 founder and CEO Fran Griesing wanted to create a pleasant atmosphere for clients and staff at her law firm. Typically a visit to a law office can become stressful. The atmosphere at Griesing Law is more like an art gallery and everyone is invited to take a walk through.

Bradley Gardner, and Emily Griesing

GRIESING Dale Livingston, Gloria Livingston, and Anna Mudd

Griesing Georganna Lenssen, Vanessa Werring, Nicole Michaud, and Oscar Ponce
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Griesing Kimberly Corbin, and Annette Gilbert

Griesing Morgan Murray, Ricardo Moura, Jessica Mazzeo, and Joe McManus

Griesing Rob Wonderling, Francesca Seltzer Rothseid, and Francine Griesing


The collection may be viewed and is for sale by appointment only at Griesing Law, 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630 in Philadelphia now through September 13, 2017. Call 215.618.3720 or visit www.GriesingLaw.com for more information. All proceeds from the sale of art goes directly to the artist/gallery.

(photos provided by GriesingLaw)