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March 2012

Philadelphia

JOHN LEGEND WILL PERFORM AT THE HAMELS FOUNDATION DIAMOND & DENIM EVENT – TICKETS & INFO HERE

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Put on your denim and ‘bling’ and join your favorite celebrities for a night
of fun!
– Pro Athletes, including your favorite Phillies players
– Reality TV Stars
– Featured performances

* Meet and Greet with Cole and Heidi Hamels
* Enjoy cocktails and appetizers
* Sit down dinner
* Bid on silent and live auction items
* Gift bags
* Entertainment Including:

         – Live Performance by nine time Grammy winner, John         Legend!
         – Win sparkling diamond jewelry
         – Designer jean giveaway
         – And much, much more!!!
 
Ticket Price: $350/pp or $600/couple

Please call GN with any questions at 610-551-8800

For more details, visit http://www.diamondsanddenimevent.com

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REVEL CASINO: IT SHOULD BE CALLED REVOLUTIONARY, here’s the reveal

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The wait is over, Revel is a step in the right direction to revitalizing the casino industry in Atlantic City.  But it’s going about it in an unconventional way, or should I say in a resort way. The Revel folks want to convey that they are more than just a casino, they are a resort. In fact you could probably visit there and never set foot in the casino, and still have a great time. I’ll show you how.

Here’s the Boardwalk view of the resort which is located on the North end of the island, next to the Showboat which houses one of my favorite restaurants Scarduzio’s.

One of the elements of Revel that goes against the norm is the valet car drop off is on the Atlantic Ocean side, meaning you get out of your car and immediately your vacation starts. It’s an incredible view of Revel Beach and the Revel building.

You are quickly whisked up to the The Lobby, 114 feet above sea level; is nearly two acres of outdoor space anchored by the SkyGarden and

the InOut Pool, a pool that begins indoors and continues outside

The year-round indoor-outdoor pool is be heated (in the 80s) and offers a
swim-through door to the outside, even in the dead of winter.

There are also outdoor fire pits and tons of couches,
seats and other comfy places to just plop down, read a book, sip a drink
or veg out or get a tan. If you walk to the edge of the building on the East side, you’ll enjoy a great view of the beach.

Floor: Revelry, 61 feet above sea level and named for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere;

showcases restaurants, shops

 bars with a beach view,

nightclub, this one on the left is 4 stories tall and faces the beach.  At night you see the glittering lights of the disco ball, and of the boardwalk. There’s also 4 floors of dancing and access to the outdoor garden with seats to lounge or chat with that someone new. 

dayclubs, a casino and The Social, an intimate performance space for 700.

Chef Jose Garces will open three restaurants at Revel (500 Boardwalk, 855-348-0500), the newest resort destination in Atlantic City.  Chef Garces will debut Distrito Cantina (609-225-9850), a margarita bar with Mexican street food from the adjacent Guapos Tacos, an indoor “food truck,” on Monday, April 2;  a second location of his beloved first restaurant,  

Amada (609-225-9900), on Monday, April 9;  A room with a view, a view of the ocean. Nice.and Village Whiskey (609-225-9880), serving spirits and artfully crafted cocktails alongside classic American dishes, on Monday, April 16.  “Opening
these restaurants in Atlantic City feels fresh and exciting to me, much
the way it did when I first opened Amada in Philadelphia,” says Chef
Garces, who owns Garces Group, with restaurants in Philadelphia, PA;
Chicago, IL; Scottsdale, AZ; and Palm Springs, CA.  “I can’t wait to
bring something new and different to the dining scene here.”  There will also be a Marc Forgione  American Cut steakhouse, Robert Wiedmaier Mussel Bar, a gastro-pub inspired by an old-world Belgian roadhouse
and Alain Allegretti offers
Azure, a fine-dining French and Italian-inspired restaurant.

Plus Lugo, a brasserie, three
restaurants by Michel Richard: Central Michael Richard, a modern
bistro; O Bistro and Wine Bar; and the tentatively titled Breakfast
Room, a seated a la carte and grab-and-go spot.

Oh, there’s the casino floor.  Spreading out atop a bright red carpet, the casino has 2,400 slot
machines and 160 table games, arrayed in an oval pattern; there are few,
if any, corners in the public spaces of Revel. The lighting of the
casino and public spaces is constantly changing, programmed to vary with
the time of day and day of the week, said Valerie Pageau, Revel’s
artistic director with the Montreal firm Sceno Plus. Let’s go out there…

I’m really not allowed to take pictures as they are having testing. i did snap the cute ceiling pieces, they were kites.  Above that the ceiling is industrial. Looks cool.

Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly burlesque Club is blending
live rock’n’roll with a modern take on traditional burlesque.

I predict this will become a destination place on it’s own. There are cat walks all over the place

 one even peaks out from the center room soaring above the heads of the gamblers.  It’s enough for you to loose your concentration.

There are plenty of mini lounges for you and your friends.  Each one has it’s own stripper pole so you can get up personal. Guess who I saw there, our favorite guy Alp Atkan former Vice-President and General Manager at Delilahs Inc and now at Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly burlesque club. You know this is gonna be a place to stop by.

Revel offers a 31,000 square-foot, 32-room spa called Exhale. It offers
hydrating facials, therapeutic massages and body-slimming services and A juice bar. The
spa has men’s and women’s’-only sides, with a co-ed common bath house
area. There, guests will find a salt grotto, a room made entirely out of
Himalayan salt bricks.  I spent too much time reveling on the lower floors that I didn’t get a chance to see Beyonce’s suite on the 44th floor or any of the rooms. Next time, I’m sure to stay in one, at least for one night I hope.  (Or maybe now I’ll be able to get a room at Caesars cause everyone will be staying here.)

Customer Service is the key at Revel. They want you to know they value your visits and will be sure to make you enjoy your time there.

They also believe in treating their employees as their friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if the company won best place to work. I got a chance to see the back of the house. It’s a mini city. They have their own restaurant called “Dish”.  They get a free meal before their shift starts, and unlimited beverages. The above picture is from the back of the house. They’re all in this together, team work. (Mums the word, as a thank you and pep rally, the workers of Revel are getting a surprise Goo-Goo Dolls concert on Saturday.)

Thanks to Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group and David Luber  Revel Relationship Marketing Executive for my behind the scenes tour. Thanks.  Check out Revel it opens on April 2. PS I didn’t reveal everything. I will say it’s an exciting property, there’s so much to do or nothing at all if that’s your cup of tea.

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Fashionable Jill Zarin Comes To Philly – What is she up to?

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Yesterday Macy’s welcomed TV personality and
jewelry designer and former Bravo’s NYC Housewife, Jill Zarin, to Center City for
a “Fashion Face-Off” and preview of the hottest fashions for
spring at
Macy’s “Find Your Magic” event.

Jill hosted a Macy’s Fashion show.  Looks like colors are in, lots and lots of color blocking, bright primary colors, chunky jewelery and shoes.  Jill is wearing the latest fashion from Nicole Miller.

After the runway show she signed copies of her mug for the fans.

Did you know that Jill has her own jewelery line coming out this
summer. You can find some of her trinkets on her website, but soon
you’ll be able to get them at a store near you.  I think she must be promoting slips too cause she’s not shy about showing hers (This would have been a good place for someone to give out a handout about all things Jill Zarin is promoting).  She told me that she loves Philly, it’s so clean and the Macy’s on Market Street was the nicest one in the whole bunch, even nicer than the one in NYC on 34th Street.  She would know she’s been making appearances at them all.  This weekend she’ll be down at the Borgata.   Check out Macy’s Flower Show which I didn’t have time to do. It runs until April 8.

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Where Magazine Party +++ Lots of News to Use – Celeb Sighting Jill Zarin TODAY

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First of all, blogger has changed their set up and I know can be more creative in my writing. What are your thoughts on this layout?
Check out PhillyMag.com today, under The Post, then in The Scene for my entry today and yesterday. I feel like a hamster on a wheel this week. So so crazy busy.  I’m out all day, could you tweet this posting? Thanks.
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 Last night at the Shops of Liberty Place Where Magazine held their April “Green” issue party. All things green, how to be green and favorite green things.  On the back page is their very popular “What 35 Things Would I Recommend you do in Philly” by notable Philadelphian’s. This month it’s Paul Steinke, General Manager of the Reading Terminal Market

 I ran into a few peeps I hadn’t seen since their wedding last JUNE. crazy how time flies. Casey Anderson and Jason Duran, Brett Copol, Sales Where Magazine, JT Christensen, Studio Christensen and Jen Green

 Here’s a blast from the past – Patty Fox. You might remember her from The General Store, which was located on 20th Street, I think there’s a nail salon there now. The General Store sold a lot of knick knacks, greeting cards including the HughE Dillon photo note cards. That’s what I used to do in my old life. When I retire I’m so going back to that. Miss it. Now Patty works at Fire and Ice at the Shops of Liberty Place.  She’s with her co-worker Ann Lucey.

Trina Morroni, Vera Masi and Bailey Vaihinger, all from R2L.  One of my favorite restaurants, even though I’ve only eaten there once.  I love the view.

Did you know you can rent out the Rotunda space at the Shops of Liberty Place. $2,000 all day from 2hrs up to 7hrs.  Evening rates are $5,500, and there is a special rate for charities. It’s a great space.

To Get Info on Renting the Rotunda Click Here I remember 20 years ago attending a fabulous gala in the Rotunda. It was for an AIDS organization, the theme was red, there was a fashion show and all the models wore red, there was dancing in the rotunda. It was really an affair to remember. Wouldn’t it be a great place to have an affair? Phasion Phest will be coming back again in September here.  I hear they aren’t going to use the escalator as part of the runway, and I say brava. It was a great concept, but so hard to photograph the models.

Gary Kraus, of Scarlett Alley and Jill Scarlett, Marketing Director & Specialty Leasing Coordinator of the Shops at Liberty Place. Gary is married to Jill’s sister Liz Scarlett, who was minding the store. 

 Newly employed by Cashman & Associates, Kristin Huxla, is a Sr Account Executive, with her is Ashley Schaffer Fossile, Sr Executive at Cashman & Assoc.
  

John Panichello, Philly Sports Cave, (sports memorabilia
in Liberty Place)
Flyers Max Talbot and Frank Luisi, Philly Sports Cave. 
Max as you know, had a meet & greet yesterday.  It was a great turn out, thanks guys. Hope you had fun. Watch Fox 29 at 8:50AM to see what he said is his favorite restaurant and hang out place.

 Writer and Social Media Coordinator at Where Philadelphia, Kristina Jenkins and Jennie Funches,  Consultant, Macy’s Visitor Center at Macy’s East. TODAY at MACY’s Center City, at 5:30PM meet Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin at the Macy’s Flower Show. Plus it smells sweet in there.

 Zelinda Barnes, and Amy Rodgers, Walnut Street Theater PR. Amy says the Walnut Street Gala is coming up on May 11. This year they are honoring Tony Award Winner and Philadelphia native, Hugh Panaro, star of Broadway’s iconic musical The Phantom of The Opera.

Griffen Affel and Deirdre Affel, Publisher of Where Magazine.  Check out the Margin On The Left for upcoming Celebrity Sightings. Plus Check out my public calendar for events coming up like. Let Them Eat Cake 4/2, Donor’s Are Hero’s on April 27 and