Thursday, September 3, 2015

Made in America Road Closures - PS You Will Be Frustrated If You Drive Anywhere near the Parkway From through Tuesday 5AM

Basically this says: Don't Even Dare to drive in this area, unless you have a lot of patience and are not in a hurry today. And forget about it Friday through Tuesday morning.

Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
 There are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 8th.  A detailed list of closures is below:
Phase 1:
  • Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum currently will be closed, as needed; this change will continue through Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.
Phase 2:
  • Thursday, September 3rd: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.
Phase 3:

Friday, September 4th: Starting at 10 a.m., due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m., and remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and 'no parking' restrictions follows:
Road Closures
-          The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 18th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
-          21st Street, between Winter & Spring Garden streets
-          22nd Street, between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue
-          23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
-          24th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues
-          25th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues
-          Spring Garden Street, between 20th & 31st streets, including the Spring Garden Street
-          Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
-          Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
-          Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues
-          2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the
       eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store)
-          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th streets
-          I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)
No parking at these locations:
-          Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
-          Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
-          20th Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)
-          21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
-          22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
-          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)



 Bar owners and managers along the route picked up special cases of Budweiser as the Clydesdale made their way along the route.


 The owner of the Irish Pub and his family
 Chris Mullins, McGillins, getting some love from the Clydesdale

 The crew at VIP Market
 Iovine Brothers - Molly Malloy's at the Reading Terminal

Crossing Broad and getting a memory shot
The Budweiser Team posing on Broad Street. 
Tonight they Clydesdales are on Fairmount Ave at 6PM.

Don't Go Home Alone - Look Inside Bar Bombon, the newly vegan eatery in Rittenhouse Square

Don't Go Home Alone says the take out menu of the newly opened Bar Bombon

Nicole Marquis' latest vegan bar and restaurant Bar Bombon opened last week (in the old Crumbs Cupcake space at  133 S. 18th St.)  The other day I walked by and they invited me in to check it out. The space looks amazing, can't even believe it was the smallish Crumbs shop as they really opened it up.

After posting pixs on my instagram:

@blackandpoole did an epic job with the design!
Proud to be a part of furnishing this adorable spot! @phillychitchat

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Philadelphia Fashion Week 2015 - Geno's Cheesesteaks & Couture

Monday night Philadelphia Fashion Week 2015 kicked off at Sugar House with a show and a party.
   Philadelphia Fashion Week celebrates 10 years putting on empowering, entertaining fashion shows. Kevin Parker had a vision for Philly Fashion Week when he was just 18 and partnered with fashion guru, Kerry Scott, to create FBH .
Last night fashion fans gathered in South Philly across the street from Geno's Steaks, one of the sponsors of the Philadelphia Fashion Week 2015, to enjoy the second night of fashion this time al fresco as I saw some guests enjoy a few wiz wits as they waiting for the show to start. To start the evening off an acapella group - In The Mix entertained the crowd with a few songs.
 Mike Jerrick arrived and posed for pixs with fans
 The place was packed by the time Geno Vento greeted the fans, and thanked them for coming.
 DJ-Perry Angelozzi 
The best attribute of the FBH fashion show they use models who might not normally have been given the chance to walk a runway as well as giving local designers a chance for their designs to be seen.
Councilman Mark Squilla came out to support FBH 

 Alex Holley, Fox 29 wearing a gorgeous gold lame outfit
When Kharisma McIlwaine walks your runway you know it's going to be special. She's beautiful, classy and one of the most stylish women to walk the streets of Philadelphia.

I ran into a few Fox 29 viewers who stopped me to say hi. Robyn and Matt Grant caught Geno on Fox 29 on Tuesday morning and wanted to stop by and check out the show as their kids enjoyed One Direction at the Linc.
 It's always nice to see Dr. Suji Hamilton, Fr. Thanuja Hamilton and David Weiss of Freeman's Auction House. The later two who just got engaged - Congrats!!
 The 2nd act of the fashion show was a bit more racier

 Attracting Mob wife Natalie DiDonato

 Geno Vento thanks the guests for coming, as well as sponsors, the models, people who helped with the production and especially his publicist - Antoine Johnson (c), House of Talent.

Sept. 2:
-Luxe Men's Runway Show - all white event.
​Ritz Carlton Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts, 7 p.m.
Sept. 3:
-Fern Mallis press reception, award ceremony, book signing and fashion presentation
Macy's, 1300 Market St., 5 p.m.
-Ready-to-wear runway show
Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St, Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Sept. 4:
-Couture Runway Show
Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St, Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#HarryStyles and his new BFF Xander Ritz Hung out in the Latter's Hometown Since Sunday

The rumors are true


Harry was at Baskin Robbins on Sunday night. A reader sent me this photo, and I kinda didn't think it was possible but as I am suffering from caffeine and carb withdraw this week I should have believed my reliable tipster. Harry was at the Baskin Robbins in Wayne with his "new" friend Zander. New as in they met sometime in the spring and have been inseparable.

Then last night he stopped in Campus Corner at Villanova. Zander Ritz, his new bff since spring, his from Radnor, Pa. His dad is a dentist in town and
 we have 7 mutual friends on FB. He's cute. 
He's kinda a local sports celeb too, very accomplished, playing lacrosse in high school with his brother Max. Then both headed to Maryland to lead their team to championships there too. There was an article about them in the Inky in 2006
Zander has a successful e commerce biz in NYC, and a new super star friend who's at ease hanging with his bud in his hometown and meeting his friends.  He was not checking out Villanova, Ritz is from Radnor.

Harry was cool posing with fans, while his stalker fans combed the area for a glimpse of him. At one point fans thought he was at the Radnor Hotel, but that was not the case the police said when they showed up and asked the fans to leave.

This is the length some of the fans go to to get a glimpse of their idol. Eventually this gal did get a photo with Harry.

This fans mom told her now she could be naked with Harry as she gifted her with a shower curtain with a shot of Harry the fan tool.
So it's true Harry was on the Mainline for the past two nights, the rest of the band stayed in NYC and went clubbing. It's rumored they will travel directly to the stadium from NYC for the sound check at 3PM, then stay there for the concert tonight. Heading back to NYC for a concert on 9/3. As for Harry, I'm not sure what he's going to do.

Here's a shot someone says is him leaving the leafy neighborhood where he spent last night. Is he headed to the Linc, or to the hotel where is manager & tour director are staying. I'll find out. Follow me on twitter @iphillyChitChat and at Instagram PhillychitChat