WHERE MAGAZINE AND LAGOS JEWELER’S 2ND ANNUAL “Key To The City” for the best Concierge in The City
Webster’s dictionary defines Concierge as a French word meaning “gatekeeper” or “keeper of the keys”. The position has its origins going back to the time of palaces and castles in ancient France. The royal household employed a “Concierge” whose job it was to see to the needs of VIP visitors as well as to hold the keys to the many castle rooms. The “key” remains a symbol of the Concierge profession to this day.The host for the monthly Concierge event was Ristorante Panorama, located in the Penn’s View Hotel on Front Street. Owner Luca Sena and marketing director, April Martin did a wonderful job at making the party a success by providing plenty of delicious food and spirits.
Where Magazine Philadelphia Publisher, Laura Burkhardt and Jeweler Steven Lagos were the creators behind the idea of Philadelphia’s “Concierge’s Key to the City”, awarding each year a Lago’s Key to a concierge who really stood out in his/her profession for the past year. (At the age of 17, Steven Lagos learned the tradition and concepts of the jewelry trade from an 85 year old Russian master. His mentor taught him the lessons of old world craftsmanship, while impressing upon him the importance of working with the highest quality materials. Today, these lessons and traditions are the cornerstone of all LAGOS products.)
Cabaret Singer, Where! Magazine Editor Karen Gross and GPTMC’s Mike Sheridan
Philadelphia City Hall Tour Director Greta Greenberger and the Mural Art’s Marketing Director Ryan Defler. (The World Series MAYOR BET: Phillies win Mayor Bloomberg travel 2 Phila day of service helping the Mural Arts Program, wearing Phillies jersey. Dare I say if, but if Phillies lose, Nutter must go to NYC, Wear Yankees Shirt and do a day of Community Service.)Ristorante Panorama Luca Sena, with Laura Burkhardt & Steven Lagos looking on.There were four finalists for the award, sponsored by Where Magazine and Lagos Jewelry. Omni Hotel’s Gail Feinstein, Jean Farquhar from the Four Seasons, Frank Marandino of the Rittenhouse and Joe Broderick, who’s been doorman at the Latham for 39 years.
Although Joe Broderick did not win, Lago’s & Where Magazine presented him with a plaque honoring him for his service.The winner is: the Omni Hotel’s Gail Feinstein
Omni Hotel’s Gail Feinstein, Jean Farquhar from the Four Seasons, Frank Marandino of the Rittenhouse and Joe Broderick, who’s been doorman at the Latham for 39 years.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer a few days later, was this great article by
Daniel Rubin: Service with smile a winner