Friday, September 18, 2009

STRONGBOX PHILADELPHIA, BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

This is not Arthur Kade's Strongbox anymore. Strongbox has morphed into a relaxed, comfortable, easy on the eyes nightclub where anyone is welcome to join the party and the no douche bag sign is on the door. I think when Strongbox opened before the principles were going for a crowd that was on it's way out. I think they had a great concept for their club but in their haste to open the place they missed a few details that would make it the potential success they were striving for. When they closed last June I wasn't surprised, I was surprised that they opened again, and even more surprised when I saw the place last night and how they put a little more money into it which made a huge difference. They also hired GM Tim Quinn to run the daily operations. He's got ideas, and they are all inclusive. No more DO you have to be a VIP to walk through these doors, he's looking for the everyday person who wants to relax, converse and have a good time.
Sure they still have bottle service (note recession reduced prices), and

comfy table service if that's what's on your menu tonight, but you and your friends can also find a place to relax even if your night just includes drinks a la carte and they serve VODKA. (Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler's favorite drinks)

The most noticeable jazzy elements that really make a difference from the cold, sterile looking Strongbox of last season are the accents, the plasma tv's, the lighting, the candles, the ambiance. I'm not knocking the decor or design, but what I am saying is these added elements made the club a little less intimidating, and a lot less douchebag. It's not as much about attracting a certain clientale, although Hutch at the door does make sure folks are dress properly, but now the focus is on the space, and making sure everyone has a good time.
One of the elements that creates the atmosphere are the hidden colored lights that creates hues of purple, red, blue, green and splashes them across the room.Andrew Rosenthal and Elise Gilbert
Reggie Barry & Jackiem 'Jacky' Wright; These two are your hosts for "Tuesdays @ Strongbox". The goal is to create a mixed crowd atmosphere. We will keep the crowd entertained and for those that know us, you never know what special guest (athlete or entertainer) may appear. Hopefully these two will bring down some of the new friends they met on the red carpet at the VMA's this past weekend.Adam Rotwitt and Donna Coghlan
Troy Vlahos, Ashley tester and Erik Ringoen
Kristin Dudley & Lauren Nelson



Sabrina Tamburino and two of her bridesmaids, Nicole Cashman & Lauren D'Orisio
Ashley's been working out
Mike Dee and Deanna Blanc
Boys night out.
Stop by and see Stef, but don't worry
there's no need for a designated dance floor, when the mood strikes you just boogie in place

Jill Rizen, Michael Spain-Smith and
Nicole Cashman, who's had a busy week traveling to NYC for fashion week, then onto the Toronto Film Festival with squeeze Justin Wineburgh for a film he reps "The Art of the Steal" - a documentary about the Barnes Foundation and the storm of controversy surrounding its move to a site along Philadelphia's Museum Row, which was received very well. there's a great article about it in the Inquirer, here.
Not afraid to bring the colors, which is great after shooting a week of "fashionable" people in NYC all wearing black, Gina Donaghy and Mike Treacy
Hal Greenblatt and Brooke Stroebele

The view from the Supa VIP Room. This time around they've added a TV to the room, candle accents, shelving, definitely a more softer look than the cold closet it represented earlier. Creepy as Andrew Rosenthal stated.
Fired up and ready to do some shots at Strongbox
Nicole Chatman, Lucky Strike's Kristyn Aldrich, Nicole Cashman, Angela Gonzalez and Tanya Boaique
Keeping it classy Sabrina Tamburino, Jen Utley and Lauren D'Orisio
This time you may look to your left and see a musician, then to your right and see your a sports figure, in front of you could be Megan Fox, behind you a group of Villanova girls may be partying, you, you're in the right spot 'cause there is a lot of people from all walks of life here and they are looking forward to meeting you.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reid Rosenthal WHERE MAGAZINE COVER PARTY - plus a chance for you to win a signed magazine & gift bag from party & help put an end 2 Ovarian Cancer

Last night at the Shops of Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pa the worlds newest most hunkiest eligible bachelor was fete at a party in honor of his spread on the magazine cover of Where Magazine, Philly's premiere guide of the who, what, when for tourists and savvy Philadelphian's who want to be in the know go to for information. 'The Bachelorette's Reid Rosenthal L-R Where's Will Klein, Lauren Chajkowski, Attorney Chris Cabott (guess who's attorney he is), guest of honor Reid Rosenthal, Where Mag publisher Laura Burkhardt, Where Mag Editor Karen Gross and Where' Zelinda O'Hara. You'll remember that
Sweet talking Jillian Harris, here at the The Anita Kaufmann Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation held in NYC last Thursday, rejected our guy, but from the amount of emails I've received since my last write up I do beleive there are thousands of women vying for his hand.

Here's Reid last night with my friend Greta Greenberger, tour director of Philadelphia City Hall Rm 121. Reid tells me that he appreciate's all his "fans", he said that blushing as he is still quite overwhelmed by it all. He thanks you all for your support, reads your emails, but is really unable to respond at this time because life is going at a hectic pace. ie look for things to be happening for him. (He couldn't tell me jack, I tried)Was she a fool?These lucky girls also got to hang with Reid, you remember "eye candy" Lesley Kozloff-Goldstein who we last saw getting out of the Pool at the Chelsea a few weeks back; and then there my "It Girl" Sabrina Tamburino who I just saw last Friday in NYC at the Nicole Miller Fashion Show. Gawd it seems like years as I really packed those days with events. I am still processing photos. But it was a blast too, good times, good friends. Sabrina is counting down the days to her wedding Oct 31. I'll be there early, 'cause I can't miss my 15th Henri David Ball (Info to come shortly), it's a Mike Toub and Hughe tradition that can't be broken. And it's a Saturday night, OMG what should I be.
Eric Ciarelli, Neil and Leigh Stein
Cheesesteak head David Taxin. I think I overworked my camera I couldn't get a decent picture and kept blowing out the bun.
Reid melting another heart. Alex was a fangirl as was her three friends

At one point I thought I would have to pry one of the girls hands off of Reid. I wonder if they met Reid at XIX for drinks, as he mentioned to us that he was going. (He's true to his word as he mentioned it in the Where Magazine article too.) Tiffany DeRewal, Alex Podmaska, Reid and Diana Jones (Reid are they you're Kenneth Cole glasses one of your fans wants to know?)
I mentioned to Reid that I saw Jillian over the weekend, and heard that Ed joined her on Saturday night too. Breaking news, Reid tells me he was there too, with Michael Steinberg, what and I was at home drying out after shooting the whole day in the rain. Ugg
Where Magazine Editor Karen Gross is also an accomplished cabaret singer appearing Friday, October 23rd, 2009 Tin Angel Sex & the Single Singer - 7:30PM 215-928-0770
20 S. 2nd St.Price: $15; also she will be a judge at Philly's first Gayborhood Games on Sept. 26; other judges include Christopher Ciccone (Madonna's brother). If you buy your tix this...... weekend, you could win a free airline ticket: http://www.Nightlifegay.com/GayborhoodGames.htmlThe Park Hyatt's Lindsey Kaskonitz and Molly O'Shea
Sarah van Aken, Kristen Insalaco, Michael Anderer, and Matthew Izzo; This group is responsible for taking on the mighty project of staging a fashion show right here in Philadelphia http://www.philadelphiafashionweek.org/
Not to take away anything from the fashion shows that have been stage here, but a show reminiscence of the ones currently going on in Bryant Park right now. Philadelphia Fashion Week, a three-day fashion extravaganza, will take place on October 8-10, 2009 at the 23rd Street Armory (23rd between Market and Chestnut streets) in Philadelphia. The high-end, sustainable event will fuse the best contemporary brands, directionally independent designers and street wear labels from Philadelphia and around the globe.
Kim Genkin, Les Schwartzberg of the Les Richard's clothing store at the Shopes of Liberty Place, Reid and Laura Krebbs
Mike Kates and Karen Ini
Liz Scarlett and Gary Krause, who know a thing or two about fashion. Liz Scarlett is the face behind the name at Scarlett Alley in Old City.
As regular readers of PhillyChitChat.com you will recall that I mentioned my sister Judy has Ovarian Cancer, and this being Ovarian cancer month I thought I would do something special to raise funds to for the walk that I am doing September 26 in Avon by the Sea, NJ You can own this Reid Rothenthal signed copy of Where Magazine with him on the cover, and the contents of the "Gift Bag", which includes an umbrella, chocolate popcorn. Thiery Angel perfume, and chock loads of other goodies.


All you have to do is email me your bid for the above items (buzz (@) PhillyChitChat dot com ; and next Tuesday I will reveal the winning bid, that person will then donate the money via credit card to my sister's Ovarian Cancer walking team (click here>) Team Doots go to the drop down and
View Team Fundraising Pages:
pick PhillyChitChat and then I will send the items in the picture to you. The donation must be made by Wednesday of next week as the walk is on Saturday. If you don't feel like bidding on the items, but are feeling charitable, we would really appreciate you support too: Team Doots Thank you so very much for your prayers, and all the kind emails you've sent to me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

AROUND BRYANT PARK YESTERDAY - nothing to do with Philly, but hot models & couple celebs

Mickey Rourke



Who is this?

OK this wasn't at Bryant Park where the fashion shows are, but on the Sex and the City set with Cynthia Nixon yesterday.