HughE Around Town: DAPR, Juicer Press, CODA Returns With Vengence, The Boss Does Gritmas


HughE Around Town: DAPR, Juicer Press, CODA Returns With Vengence, The Boss Does Gritmas

City Sidewalks, busy sidewalks indeed, Philadelphia is in full holiday shopping especially with only 9 days of Christmas left. Let’s see what’s going on around town….

Did you see a men’s grooming palour has opened in the Rittenhouse Square area. It’s called DAPR (Dedicated Approach to Personal Refinement) Grooming Parlour at 18th and Sansom Streets, on the 2nd floor above Manhattan Bagel. Longtime, award winnding, Philadelphia hair stylist, Josh Demarco has opened up his dream salon catering to the well groomed guy:
“On August 1st I took one of the biggest risks of my life and decided to peruse my dream of bringing a whole new concept to the Philadelphia market. The last 3 months have been absolutely grueling but all worth it to see @StayDapr brought to life! I want to give a HUGE shoutout to my wife and partner @MeashaBaby for supporting me and grinding through all of this: From concept, to design, to downright sacrificing everything to help bring DAPR to life (she’s a beast!) I’m a firm believer that it takes a solid team and a great culture to be successful in life, and I couldn’t be happier with the one we have 🙏🏻”
Also how cool is that mural on the side of the building?

Juice Press a half a block up the road looks just about ready to open

Bamboo Garden on the 1700 block of Chestnut Street has run into a road block. They need more permits before construction can resume.





Monday head to the Shops of Liberty Place for a musical performance while you shop. Also check out their Christmas Tree, one of my favorites and definitely the tallest tree in the City.

Also I noted they have a store that fixes phone screens. People always ask me for references on the drop issue.

I’ve been tweeting all month that my producer at WOGL, Laura Boss, is doing 25 days of Gritmas. She’s been dressing up as Gritty’s sister in various

Don’t forget to buy a ‘Present’ for one of the charities listed @bankofamerica Present @loveparkphilly Through Christmas
@philachristmas . Today is Make A Wish day in the Village.

After nearly 4 years of bringing live music to the streets of Walnut, CODA has called it quits. Since spring they had been sputtering along, after all they have to compete with the Fillmore and other smaller than Wells Fargo venues for live entertainment. I hear the former space which used to be Denim, then Whisper, and now CODA is coming back with a Vengence, returning to it’s nightclub, bottle service, upscale dance hall days. They say Bottle Service is dead, but I don’t think so. As long as the Khardashian’s are on the air, Bottle Service is going to be a level to achieve. Plus who doesn’t want your own spot to hang with friends, sit between dance sessions, or just to dance in place and enjoy bottle service bottles.

Chit Chat with you tomorrow….


A Few Favorite Pixs from The fourth annual Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K

The fourth annual Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K    

Registration was easy for those signed up for the Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K

The fourth annual Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K took place earlier this month on Saturday December 1, 2018. The 3.1-mile race was run around the stadiums in South Philly.

Some folks did not disappoint as they came dressed in their holiday runnning finest

There was a hashtag to use for your social,
which put the post on the large screen in Xfinity Live
Annalisa DeFeo from Sweat warmed up the crowed before they headed out on the course
Xfinitly Live is a great place to host a run, there’s lots of space to warm up, inside and out.
Look at these site lines with the City as the backdrop
Hundreds of racers turned out to participate in the annual run. This year the weather was perfect, last year bone chilling, and the year before
it snowed, which wasn’t a deterrent.
It’s an easy fun run, perfect for the beginning, or for those who want to stay in form in between the big runs.


What makes this race unique is that runners are rewarded with one free hot toddy made with a choice of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Tennessee Honey or  Original No 7  once they cross the finish line. 

Once again, MANNA is the official race charity. Each month, the organization delivers thousands of meals to those who struggle with serious diseases. This year runners helped create holiday cards which will be put in each of the MANNA clients meal delivery on the holiday.
Runners wait for the winners to be announced in Victory Hall at Xfinity Live

Another big draw to the Hot Toddy Run is the epic raffle prizes. Everyone who is registered to run the race is entered
into the raffle contest. At the end of the race, after the runners are honored then the real fun begins as runners vy for
fun, collectible Jack Daniel’s swag.

Above are the grand prize winners who both won a set of chairs and a cooler.
Others won backpacks, growlers, tshirts as well
Congrats ladies on your race!!

Race Results for…
Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K – Philadelphia

December 01, 2018 Results presented by CK Running, LLC and timed by SVE Timing Mid-Atlantic
CK Running, LLC Website Facebook

See you next year

Del Friscoes

Del Friscoes

Replica Creative

Replica Creative


HughE Around Town: Be Well Philly Health Heroes; New Wawa, No Paper Towels, Buddy The Elf Spotted

HughE Around Town: Be Well Philly Health Heroes; New Wawa, No Paper Towels, Buddy The Elf Spotted

12 Days til Christmas and I’m finally getting around to shopping, and checking out the beautiful Chrismas lights in the area. Most of the following stops happened last night,
but first up lets see who won Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Health Hero contest for 2018

After much anticipation, the results are in! Tuesday, November 27, Philadelphia magazine hosted the Be Well Philly Health Hero Reception at the Pyramid Club, where the 2018 Health Hero and Very Influential Philadelphians were revealed. This year’s Health Hero is Todd Irwin (l), who received a $10,000 donation to his chosen charity, Angel Flight East;

The VIP is NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tracy Davidson, who received a $2,500 donation to her chosen charity, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. The challenge, presented by Independence Blue Cross, was created seven years ago to celebrate and recognize local pioneers in the health and wellness industry for their contribution to the Philadelphia area.

Congrats to everyone who participated:
HH runner-up Marian Uhlman, HH runner-up Alanna Gardner, VIP runner-up Wendell Holland, VIP winner Tracy Davidson, HH winner Todd Irwin, VIP runner-up Christian Crosby. Who wants to see you at Tinsel tonight for a Toys for Tots event.

This Thursday meet us at Tinsel 6pm-8pm as we host a holiday toy drive for CF Charities! Bring a new, unwrapped toy Or cash donation and grab a couple drinks on us Compliments of Boardroom Spirits  – at Tinsel

The two VIP runners-up are also making impressive strides to make the Philadelphia area happier and healthier. Christian Crosby is the in-arena host and Content & Integrated Marketing Manager for the Philadelphia 76ers, and the founder and CEO of Live Life Nice, a cause-driven digital media and apparel company dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and empowering people to “be nice and do nice.” Wendell Holland is a furniture designer and builder at his company Beve Unlimited, a local custom furniture company specializing in reclaimed wood, as well as the winner of Survivor: Ghost Island.

(photos by Theresa Regan)
It’s Christmas time in the City, but I like to head out into the burbs as well. Last night I headed over to Tavistock, NJ where I saw
this incredible snowman/Santa 2 story display. Where do you store them in the off season? I love a drive through Audubon, Haddonfield
and my home town of Cherry Hill, where I saw the biggest raccoon ever crossing the street going onto the property where I used to live.
Wish I was into nature photography when I was a kid, who knew these beasts were about…

Earlier in the night I headed over to Franklin Square, one of the 5 squares laid out by City Planner Thomas Holmes. Franklin Square
is located at 6th and Race Street. During the day it’s a fun family friendly park with miniature golf, picnic benches, a carousel and food. At night
it’s all that and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO
Last night was special as Mayor Kenney, er I mean Buddy the Elf, and Santa (councilman Mark Squilla) stopped by to do the countdown for
the light show.
Check out Hank’s Take on Fox29 where he runs around town as Elf on a Shelf, So funny.
In between the fun you can head over to the Chase warming tent for delicious food, hot chocolate, make your own Smores and cocktails. There’s also an outdoor area with
fire-pits and seating so you can enjoy the magic happening around you.
Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly through December 31. Marvel at more than 75,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show.

The largest Wawa opens to the public on Friday. Last night there was a friends, family and media preview party at the 11,500 square feet located in the Historic District
right across from Independence Hall. Now the whole world is going to fall in love with the Wawa hoagie.

Wally Goose welcomes Sheila Hess to Wawa (If there was a prize for tallest mascot, he would win.)

Lots of notable people were on hand for the party like Meryl Levitz, Jane Golden, and Paul Levy, Executive Director of Center City District, whose offices are located
just down the street. I’m sure he’ll be spotted there often.
There are lots of kiosks to order from and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now the nearby Federal Guards will have company as they guard our treasures.
The largest section of bottle drinks by far; starting with Friday’s opening coffee will be free through Sunday.

Beautiful murals by the Mural Arts Philadelphia
by artists Keir Johnston and Willis Humphrey . Sadly Willis passed away two weeks ago, but his family
came out to see the unveiling of the murals.

There are two counters to purchase your items from
And there’s Wawa merchandise like T-Shirts

More beef jerky selections than a West Virginia truck stop

Ben Franklin stands in front of a photo of he and his friends in front of Independence Hall

Wawa will host a grand opening on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m there will be a mini-parade with Wally and some of our favorite historic figures, they’ll be special giveaways for the first 200 customers, and a ribbon cutting ceremony with all the people that helped bring Wawa to the Public Ledger building at 6th and Chestnut.
BTW the bathrooms are enormous. Now at first I told me Instagram Story viewers that they forgot the paper towel rack and just use your pants. But on
my 2nd visit I realize there are hand dryers built into the faucet contraption, located on the right, just like at the Visitor Center.
See you Friday at the parade….

If I photographed you this week you might be in my
CBSPhilly Column

Or on Philly Style Magazine (I cringe with that first photo, I didn’t do my regular photo shop app)

Philly Business Journal