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October 2013


The Very Hot Granary – Opening Night Party

Last week I photographed the grand opening of Philadelphia’s new, and most architecturally interesting building of late, The Granary.


Located in the very hot community of Logan Circle/Fairmount area, The Granary is named after the 12 story building next door, where it’s shaft held grain sometime last century. This Granary is a brand new, poured concrete constructed building, where a lot of thought was applied in accommodating its residents.
David Schultz of DAS Architects of Philadelphia designed The Granary, and his wife, Susan Davidson, 3rd from left) who co-owns DAS, did the interior design. Jim Pearlstein, Pearl Properties, Fab Dubrunfaut, who did the magnificent woodworking at the Granary, and Bill Curran who did all the metal work, and the grand staircase

Most of the work done by  DAS Architects
has been in the hospitality field, including restaurants and hotels,
but they have also done several residential properties and now The
Granary. Susan told me that Pearl Properties was looking for a great
place to live, with an emphasis on the living area of the building, lots
of potential for socializing. 
Artist/metal worker, Philadelphian Bill Curran created this floating staircase, which is the centerpiece of the lobby. It leads to the 2nd floor where many of the social living spaces are located...

  Coming home feels much like
checking into a fine hotel, starting with the large lobby and extending
to social spaces

including a music room with a baby grand piano, a
bi-level library,

 Shown here is the Club Room with a billards table and a magnificent 8 sided fireplace. These rooms also have free wi-fi.

There’s also a gorgeous gourmet kitchen for party rentals and resident cooking.

You’ll also find a nice size exercise room located on this floor.
Throughout the common spaces and the
residences, modern-day fashion is married with a rustic, industrial
feel, from handmade materials to custom work from local artisans.  “It’s
all about lifestyle and this is designed to be a social space,” said
David Schultz, AIA, and co-owner, with Susan Davidson, of DAS

Irvin Molina was the first tenant to move in a few months ago
Barry Gutin,‎Principal, Co-Founder GuestCounts Hospitality and Annette Walsh, DAS Architects. The food for the evening was provided by GuestsCounts’ Brûlée Catering.

Cory Gosik, Keegan Gosik, ‎Sales and Marketing Director at Sensational
Host, Choice Foods Inc., Karen Gosik, ‎HR Manager at Sensational Host
Caterers Inc., Henry Gosik, Sensational Host.Inc. President, and David
DAS Architects & Designers. Karen was BFF’s with my sister Judy, while growing up. It was nice to see her.
Part of the architect team that worked on the project included: Morris Clark, Eric Baugher, Architect II at DAS Architects and Billy Campbell, DAS Architects
Tom Bond, Morgan Murray, Joe McMamus, and Alex Bond

The Granary contains 227 luxury apartments,
over 20,000 square feet of prime retail space and underground parking.

The apartments feature exceptional finishes including granite
countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, hardwood floors and
in-unit washer/dryers. Select units also feature balconies and high

Beth Etra and Jon Adler check out the kitchen in the one bedroom den.
Another social space is the rooftop lounge with grills, sofa’s, grass

and spectacular view of the Philadelphia Art Museum and The Barnes Museum, there on the left hand side. Did I mention you’re right next door to the Whole Foods. No more navigating that parking lot.
Sam Simpson Dor and Lauren Keibelwere live there. They love the social rooms, and the convenience to Whole Foods. She watched The Granary being built, as she shopped every couple days, and said I want to live there. Now she does.

Wendy Marks and Kerri Fetterolf- Kerri lives there, loves the apartments, the convenience to Center City and Fairmount Park.

Earlier this month I ran into Johanna Kilbride and her boyfriend,
Alex Volpi. They tell me they are moving into the Granary next month from a brownstone in the Fairmount area.

This week The Granary made news as
Lowe Enterprises Investors of Los Angeles bought the building, which
includes 229 apartments and 20,463 square feet of street-level retail
space that will have a dog shop, a restaurant called Pizzaria Vetri by Marc Vetri, Whirled Peace Yogurt and other stores. It also has parking.
Pearl Properties of Philadelphia constructed the $66 million project which totals nine stories and 310,000 square feet. (Phl Biz Journal) Nothing as far as leasing, and pricing have changed. It’s still one of the most awesome buildings to live in, with amenities that far outshine a lot of the places built in the past 5 years.


Yogorino Closes and Robinson Luggage is going out of Business

 Yesterday I wrote about Kembrel closing, but the good news is Blue Claw is moving in.

Tonight I noticed two business’ closing, with no word on what’s going in. Yorgorino at 12th and Walnut Streets closed. I guess it just didn’t catch on because of all the competition from surrounding yogurt and fake yo stores. They still have an outlet at 20th and Locusts, and will be opening at 32nd and Chestnut soon.

 UPDATE: 11/7/13 – I HEAR THE IGLOO DESSERT IS MOVING IN. They have a spot in Greys Ferry too; Update Update: owner Zac Parker tells me that “It will be very similar to the first location with a few additions and
upgrades.  There will be more seating than the Yogorino space and there
will be outdoor seating too.  We hope to have a soft opening in late
January with a grand opening on March 1st.”

WOW this is a shocker. Robinson Luggage going out of business. They’ve really been a staple in Center City for decades. Kinda sad they’ve been defeated by the big box stores.  Check out the Robert Moran story in the Inquirer for the rest of the story.
BTW The Mandarin Chinese restaurant closed it’s doors at 19th and Chestnut about a month ago.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Victory Tour Comes to Cherry Hill 11/3/13 – Wristband Info

Meet Castmembers, win prizes and make memories!!

To celebrate 6 Weeks until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate is
proud to announce that the cast will embark on a National ‘Victory
Tour’ November 3rd—6th, 2013.  The tour will
include stops in Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis and Houston. Members of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
cast will participate in special Q&As with fans, signings, and more
in support of the worldwide release of the film in theatres on November
22nd. They’re in our area November 3, 2013 at the Cherry Hill Mall. This
event is free, but everyone must have a wristband to attend.  We will
be doing 2 wristband raids in the city/Cherry Hill prior to Sunday’s
Friday, November 1 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill Movie Theater and
Saturday, November 2 from 11am to 2pm at the Franklin Institute.

 The Hunger Games Victory Tour, where 5 cast members (Sam Claflin, Jena
Malone, Bruno Gunn, Meta
Golding and Jeffrey Wright) will be visiting the Cherry Hill mall for a
fan event.  There will  be a Q&A hosted by Buster from Wired 96.5
and Wired, Kindle and CoverGirl will be giving out a limited number of
spots for a signing/meet & greet after the Q&A.
event is free, but everyone must have a wristband to attend.  We will
be doing 2 wristband raids in the city/Cherry Hill prior to Sunday’s
Friday, November 1 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill Movie Theater and
Saturday, November 2 from 11am to 2pm.  Fans can come to
the AMC and Franklin Institute, right to the big Ben statue and pick up
their general admission wristband from there.   The lucky fans that will
meet the cast can win by listening to Wired
96.5 this and via social media from Kindle and CoverGirl.