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The Budweiser Clydesdale Philly Schedule & Made In America Street Closures Info

Budweiser Made in America Concert Street Closures AND Clydesdale Meet and Greet

The Budweiser Made in America Concert will take place on the Parkway this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, 9/3 and Sunday, 9/4 from 12pm to 12am each day.   There will be extensive street closings as is every year. This year the concert production promises to turn the speakers away from the neighborhood in an effort to cut down the noise. Made

It’s a great event, but know that traffic in the area is snarled and it’s quite difficult to go from one side of the City to the other anywhere above 20th Street. So STAY AWAY. There is no Re Entry on tickets either. Once you go in you must stay or forfeit your right to return unless you buy an additional ticket.Made
Main Street Closures :
Wed 8/31- 10am- inner lanes of Parkway from Eakins Oval to N. 20th St.
Thurs 9/1- 7pm- N 22nd St. between Parkway and PA Ave. (one lane to remain open through Fri. morning rush hour 10am)
Fri 9/2- Full closure of site at 10amFull closure to run through Tues. 9/6 at 5am.
Inner and outer lanes of Parkway from N 20th St to Art Museum
N 21st from PA Ave to Winter St
N 22nd from PA Ave to Parkway
N 23rd from PA Ave to Parkway
Kelly Drive from N 25th to Parkway

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The best part of The Budweiser Made in America Concert is the Budweiser Clydesdales

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2120 Fairmount Ave – THIS THURSDAY 8/25 6PM
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Center City – Washington Square 8/31
TRAFFIC ALERT, last time it went down Walnut Street and it was a hot mess. Get out of dodge beforehand.

North East Philadelphia – 9/1 * 5PM
7544 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136                         

Fairmount – 5PM

Check out their schedule HERE

 

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Secret Summer Soiree Held at The Collins aka the Apts above new Target

Sunday night one of those secret summer soiree’s was held at The Collins, a new apartment building at 1125 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA. 19107. The entrance is on the backside of the new Target store on Chestnut Street.

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I heard about it the day before and decided to check it out. Valerie & Jeanette greeted me at the door with this cute Red Bull/Pineapple alcohol drink with keepsake vessel. secret

I checked out a few of the apartments on my way up to the event on the roof, this is the 2nd in a series of pop up parties where the apartment leasing has parties to showcase the new building to prospective tenants. Drinks were flowing, and delicious food is served by the guys from Bru Catering. Nice view, the building in the foreground is the new MOM’s Organic Market Coming to East Market as well as the newly relocated Market Design Offices.

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some residents will have patios in the modern designed building

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There’s a community room, as well as a fitness center

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A real lawn on the roof, the building allows dogs but the dog park wasn’t ready for it’s close up yet

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The kitchens have sleek stainless steel appliances. This unit has a “french balcony” secret

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Slaying in this dress

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I was super surprised about the bedrooms, but then I read the website and they consider these units “lofts”. I only had a chance to look at this one, so you should make an appointment to check out all the units

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The bathrooms are HUGE

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Slaying with that hair cut

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The community room

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The party was fabulous, and I love a new crowd. Drop me a note and I will send the party planners your info.

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Location, Location, Location: Greystar has some other amazing buildings too that I Love, including my favorites The Griffen, The Grannery and 2116 Chestnut, .  Plus I can’t wait to see the new Rodin Apartment Building , which they don’t manage, but looks spectacular. It’s where the new Whole Foods is going, opening in November. The apartments are available in September. 626 sq feel for $1,889.

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Diner en Blanc Has A Charity Component – Now Shut Up

I know harsh title, but after going to events yesterday and people asking me why Diner en Blanc didn’t have a charity component, and then yes I was sad about the negative articles that came out about Diner en Blanc from people who never attended, and the one poor sad sap who didn’t have the gonads to tell his girlfriend he found the whole thing boring, but one posting on FB where a publisher of a magazine wanted to know where the money went, is the one that really affected me (surprised he doesn’t know how much it costs to run an event, it’s not free.)  I am biased, I love the event, they are my clients, and I also donate time to the event.  All I really know about life is we are here for a short time, I really want people to live and love, and I don’t understand negativity. I posted a little thing on FB. I got a feedback, good, disagreeable but not nasty, which is really the way it should be – C’est la vie. Oh wait there was one negative response from a Trump supporter who was mad I maligned him. We’re still friends though, it’s only the hypocrites I can’t stand. Near the end is where the Natanya DiBona statement on the charity work Philly Diner en Blanc does through out the year, and the volunteer hours that go into putting on an event as large as Diner en Blanc, with its 5,000 attendees this year:  My favorite response was Yo Philly, is more like Oy Philly

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I included a few responses to my posts

 

Alexandra Golaszewska I’ve never gone to Dîner en Blanc, mainly I don’t want to haul my own furniture and plates to a dinner. But I don’t get why so many people are saying it needs to be fundraiser. I understand that they’re using public space, but so are all of the restaurants that have sidewalk tables, and I don’t hear the same criticism of them.

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Cassie Hepler I said the same thing Hugh E Dillon as in why not get all uppity about the Eagles not donating to charity? Certainly those tickets and salaries are ridiculously overinflated as in millions not just $200K.

HughE: Although all the sports teams do a lot of charity, the ticket holder is not getting a charity deduction for the price of the ticket, so that

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Jacqueline Peccina Kelly Hugh E Dillon I have to agree 100% with what you said – I am disappointed in these naysayers. Is it because it is 2 women who are in charge? Or is it because they are jealous? Ignorance? I applaud Natanya and Kayli for orchestrating, what I think has been the party of the year. They brought 5000 strangers together who became friends for a night – no violence, nothing stolen, and a good time was had by all!

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Brigid McGrath Stasen First allow me to say that I am not a “schlepper”. I like to sit at tables donning white tablecloths and linen napkins with the best of them. Truth be told, I don’t even like buffets. If I’m going out to dinner I enjoy being served. That being said, I think the concept of Diner en Blanc is fun and fabulous. Did I want to go? No. Did I feel a bit of FOMO last night as I watched the videos and enjoyed the photos everyone was posting on FB? Yes. It looked like so much fun and I loved seeing all of my friends that were there enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, the trash etc… left behind is surely not worse than any number of parades in our fine city. If DEB folks paid for the clean up. Good for them. They should. Would it be nice to know if there was a charity angle? Absolutely. It’s a creative and fun event that allows all whom wish to participate to have a wonderful evening under the stars. Loved seeing everyone dressed in their white finery, their fabulous table settings, fun hats and ensembles. Will I be going to DEB 2017? No. Will I again have FOMO? Yes. But that’s okay. My friends had a blast.

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Sarah Doheny We’ve gone the first two years they both were magical evenings. The first year will was by far the best, all the sparklers lite at the same time, napkins waving …the fountain ..
It’s a choice and not everyone will be pleased and not everyone wishes to schlep…

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Mary Anne Keenan McDevitt I love DEB and I have carted my table, chairs, food and drink up and down subway steps, walked miles and ate dinner in the rain and will continue to attend for many years to come. Our group, last night, met across from the Franklin Institute and we walked to the Art Museum. The police stopped traffic as we started our trek, but for the remainder of the walk we obeyed traffic signals and only crossed the street on green. I can not comment on the mess that is left. I know that when we broke down our tables and chairs, last night, there was nothing left behind. (Have you ever seen the parking lot after a Kenny Chesney Concert?) We enjoy the evening and look forward to it.

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Bernnie Visalli How can anyone say something negative about a civil party all dressed in white with sparklers. Saw some coverage of that and it looked amazing.
People complain about everything now.

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Gregory Seitter Unfortunately, you will have a lot of naysayers. Diner en Blanc helps make Philadelphia a first class city. Plus, the event drives revenue in the city. Seems like a win-win for me.
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Christopher: The haters of this awesome event are probably the same people who hate every amazing event of grand scale this city should encourage. If we want to be a great city, a world class city, we should encourage more creative events like this. There is no downside to Diner en Blanc, is there? Bringing so many joyous people together makes our city stronger and more fun
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Karen Toole-Ebbert Amen Hugh E Dillon! I cannot understand why the push for a charity component in the 1st place. Even if it was a total for profit event it is no ones freaking business!! I host events every month and it is time consuming along with expenses.

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Monique Crawford Totally agree. Leave it to opportunists to take a European tradition for the people who just want to celebrate life, food, fun, and friends and try to taint it for their own self promoting reasons. It’s Dîner En Blanc people, relax, just don’t go and get back to focusing on your self.
Matt Sullivan I see zero moral difference between using your money to buy tickets to this event and using your money to buy Eagles tickets. Except Eagles tickets are three times as expensive. So I guess Eagles fans care about the poor three times less than these people.
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Josh Kruger I drafted a paragraph-long comment several times before settling on, “Can we all just let each other live our dang lives?”
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Michelle Leonard  (name removed) I don’t think I know you. I am republican and most people know it. I know that Hugh E Dillon definitely knows it. And I consider HughE to be a close friend. He is one of the kindest most thoughtful and generous people I know. He is always fair and reasonable.
Second of all do you entertain? First of all Natanya DiBona and her friend Kayli do an amazing job planning and coordinating such a memorable evening. Do you realize what all of the buses entertainment and all of the other things go into creating this special evening. I don’t know if you went or not but it was a night to remember. Philadelphia is so lucky to have such talented people like Natanya and Kory Aversa putting together this amazing night.
Philadelphians should be thanking them for their generosity to helping to keep Philadelphia the world class city that it is.
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Carmena Ayo-Davies You know I love you, I think DEB is beautifully organized, I’m lazy and like to be pampered, so all the extra Ish, is just not my cup of tea. I live in a two bedroom and I have a cleaning lady, I know I’m not toting my meal, table and chair anywhere in white. Just my opinion, I think people should definitely support, all the pictures look beautiful
Amy Z. Quinn It’s legal to get a permit and close down streets for an event, it happens all the time. It’s not my thing but
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Marjilyn Murray I dont mind people making fun a bit ( i have attended for 4 years including this one) some of my friends make fun for having to carry chairs/tables/bring your own dinner lol. but such real nastyness from people…mostly who have never attended…i feel is uncalled for. It is a night where so many different people from all walks of life eat together, share food and drink, and peacefully have a wonderful time. We have met so many friends who we may have not met otherwise. Our table was a mix of all ages, races, orientation, and people from all over. We had a ball! How often do we all get that opportunity to go out and meet all different types of people (especially as a parent who doesnt get out too much lol?)
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It may not go to charity but if me and my husband choose to go to dinner and spend $100 to eat at a restaurant with sidewalk seating…what is the difference? I dont see people yelling and accusing others of anything nasty (such as not caring about other world issues) because they went to dinner anywhere else.

You seem like a super nice person hugh…people are nasty and jealous and mean. Keep on being you and dont let the naysayers get you down:)

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Karina Sellhorn I have never attended, I want to. I respect all opinions… But I don’t understand why every event in the city has to be a fundraiser? To each it’s own. People pay to tour the city; I would pay to get to have that experience.
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Shoshana Suzanne Schiller Well, let’s compare apples to apples. DEB does not supply food, alcohol, servers, linens, centerpieces, etc. (Note – my view is DEB is not my thing but others like it and it’s one night of the year when traffic is affected so stop whining and let people who want to pay for the privilege to attend enjoy their night)
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Victor Fiorillo My band The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret played it last year and I was surprised we didn’t get any crap for doing so. It was a great experience for us. I was a major eye roller but not a harsh critic of DEB prior to that event and after doing it, I came away with mostly positive feelings. I personally would never spend the money to be there, but I don’t fault others for doing the same or for DEB doing the event without a charity component. I disagree with your assertion that they can’t possibly add a charity component — why couldn’t they do a food drive at the event or allow a non profit to set up a table soliciting donations — but there are plenty of events in Philly that are dining oriented that don’t also try to feed the homeless. Not everything has to be everything to everybody and in the end, people are going to continue to sell out DEB regardless.

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Hugh E Dillon A can good is a great idea, but then someone would complain we asked them to carry one more thing. I Know Natanya and kayli would add a charity component if they could. At least to quiet the noise.
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Natanya DiBona While we are unable to officially partner with a particular charity, we have given MANY free tickets to non-profits throughout the years (with a wide range of missions- from red cross to fringe arts and the vetri foundation) to auction off, we raised funds for Fairmount Park Conservancy through an event this year in honor of our first location, Logan Circle, we’ve auctioned off paintings done at the 2014 event to benefit PAFA and the Avenue of the Arts and we had 65 of our volunteers assist with #popupphilly, the first pop-up dinner party for the homeless. And actually, Hugh E Dillon, while i do understand what you are saying and I appreciate the sentiment, we would not do anything just to quiet noise- I believe we are authentic and genuine in everything we have done since 2012. 

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Kayli, myself and an 8 person team dedicate 4 months planning this event unpaid and this year we were assisted by another 155 volunteers who helped us execute it….all for the love of planning a great event in the city we love. The city is the beneficiary of all of those thousands of hours we donate of our time to make this event happen (as a small example of the time it takes, threading each of the wristbands that our participants wore took 52 man hours- just imagine what went into planning the whole event). Everyone else does get paid though…the venue (“public space” does not mean free), the city, police officers, street cleaners, portapotties sound and lighting professionals, tent companies, insurance providers, bus companies, Septa, and yes, performers like the fabulous Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Victor Fiorillo. The very reasonable ticket price makes all of that possible.

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JW: You should know by now that Philadelphians hating on anything positive that goes on in Philadelphia is the most Philadelphian thing you can do. I think it’s up there with the citywide special — $3 PBR and a shot of Jim Bean — as quintessential Philly.

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Q&A: We ask Diner en Blanc’s organizers to explain themselves

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Diner en Blanc 2016 at the Art Museum a Pictorial

Good Friday morning. OMG what an amazing night, everyone who attended said it was the best location. I am busy preparing columns for Philly Mag, Philly Style Mag and Philly Metro but wanted to drop a few shots here for your enjoyment as well. On Monday I will have a column of my fashion, food and table best of pics from Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, the 5th Anniversary. 5,000 were excited to carry tables, chairs, tableware, and dinner to an undisclosed location, a few hundred even travelled as far away as Sugarhouse, Independence Hall *they were bused part of the way, City Hall, 30th Street Station, Eastern State Penn, The Waterworks and other locations in Center City.

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6:15pm to 7:15pm, guests gather at meeting spots around the city before heading to final destination (Please contact us to meet up with groups at departure points)

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7:15pm, arrival at location and set-up

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7:45pm (estimated), tradition of white napkins waiving to mark the start of dinner

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This year’s official caterers are 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Reading Terminal Market and Luke Palladino Catering. Apothic Wines is proud to be the official wine sponsor of the 2016 US Diner en Blanc series, including Philadelphia.
(Photo Credit: Kory Aversa)

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9:15pm (estimated), 5,000 sparklers to light up the night to signify the opening of the dance floor

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11:00pm, participants gather all their belongings and rubbish to leave the location as clean as when they arrived and invited to attend the after-party at Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia HD1_8788 (Custom) HD1_8803 (Custom) And everyone I asked said they can’t wait til next year.

Check back on Monday for my Best Dressed, Best Table and Best Pix choices, plus I’ll have the links to Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag of the photos I placed there. Have a great weekend. HughE

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Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper Hang Out, Engagements and Tony Orlando

Good Thursday afternoon. Time for a little gossip, out and about and happy news from our neighbors.

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Lots and lots of people on my timeline are in Fire Island this week, and they saw Anderson Cooper and Jimmy Fallon about. Former UBar bartender/model/actor Kyle who is now working in Fire Island ran into them on Madonna’s Birthday Tuesday. Jimmy looks like he’s feeling no pain. All of them could use a little sunblock

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Congrats to Ashley and Jim Magnatta. So sweet. Jim’s with opssecuritygroup.com, they’re the security company that keeps you safe at events, as well as provide executive protection. When you see the OPS guards tonight at Diner en Blanc. Give them a cheery hello.

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If you check out today’s earlier PCC entry, you’d see I went to the Atlantic City Air Show, as did Bob Schiers, who represents Cabot Creamery, he saw Tony Orlando at the air show. No word on where Dawn was. But guess what, Tony looks the same as he did when he did the variety show back in the 70s. Fallon

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Cuba Gooding Jr with the Tinari girls. Looks like this is the Kimmel Center.

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CBS Daytime Drama Casting Call — CBS daytime dramas “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will hold an open casting call Aug.18 from noon—3 p.m. at SugarHouse Casino. One person will be selected to travel to Hollywood to appear in a walk-on role for one of the two television shows. The casting call is open to U.S. residents, ages 18 years old and older as of April 1, 2016. Maybe you’ll see my buddy Dan Kroll, of

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The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N 2nd St) celebrates a new chapter with The Ultimate Summer Cookout in Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Get ready for the grand finale of summer with a brand new, all-day, backyard party featuring summer eats and sips, live music, DJs, sand pits, lawn games, hand-made shopping, end-of-summer sales and more. Plus, look for surprises in the water and up in the air with a slip n slide, water slide and zip line. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Twenty-one and up to drink, with identification only. Admission is free, with food and drink pay as you go. Rain or shine. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit www.theschmidtscommons.com.

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Please RSVP to delfriscos.philadelphia@dfrg.com
or call 215-246-0533.

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Boxing Weigh-In Specials — On the eve of Friday night boxing, The Refinery will feature weigh-in specials Thursday, Aug. 25 including:

  • $12.50 Knockout wings (12) with house-made hot sauce
  • $11.95 Black and blue burger, blackened, 7-ounce patty topped with bleu cheese and Worcestershire onions with fries
  • $12.50 Punch drunk meatballs served in a Guinness stout gravy on a hoagie roll with cheddar cheese and fries

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Bonobos:– the menswear e-tailer known for its great fitting clothes and excellent customer service – will be opening two Philadelphia Guideshops, one on Rittenhouse Square’s Walnut Street (1519 Walnut Street ) on Friday, August 26th  and the other the following week at King of Prussia Mall on September 1. The Walnut Street opening will mark the first Bonobos location in Philadelphia, bringing the brand’s fresh take on retail to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time.

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Congrats on Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris on their new book “Vets and Pets”, which will tell amazing stories of veterans, and their service animals. Fallon

Speaking of new books, Paige Wolf just published a book “Spit That Out”. She’s doing a book signing September 29 – 4- 6 at the Nest near Midtown Village.

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Happy Birthday Elaine Grabar, here with Jill Rizen. Afterwards Jill headed back to the beach to participate in a midnight paddle in the back bay in Margate under the full moon.

Hope to see some of you tonight at Diner en Blanc. Check back tomorrow for photos here, in Philly Mag and in Philly Style Mag