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February 2017


Pixs: Joan Shepp’s Annual “Women of Substance and Style” Cocktail Party

Joan Shepp celebrated the 17th Annual “Women of Substance and Style” at her boutique at 1811 Chestnut Street, February 22, 2017.

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The fashionable event recognized 27 African-American women in the community making a difference.


Honorees* at the event were recognized with a certificate of achievement at the event. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party, lite bites from Eatible Delights Catering and spirits from Stateside. There was a short program, followed by cake by SweetNectar and toasting. Proceeds from the event will go to the ACLU.


Mildred Gaines, Bessie Weeks, Deborah Weeks-Coleman and Issa Manners


Lisa Lewis, Dawn McCray (honoree) and Keith Lewis


Joan Shepp carries a lot of different brands from around the world


Rachel Randolph and Anne Duong


Yolanda Williams and Claudia Fitzgerald


Classic Reinvention (Yes that’s his name)

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Barbara Chobert-Katz and Nicole Black (honoree)

Mae Hadfield and Joan Shepp Shepp
Stephanie Saint-Cyr*, Dr. LaVerne Adams, Edith Bennett, Dr. Jean Stewart, Colette deChalu Lee*, and Sharon L Hopson Shepp


Ade Jaizy, Dennis Miller and Alexis Reis


Honorees of 17th Annual “Women of Substance and Style”
Lady B
Captain Michelle Baker-Bartlett
Jennie Bennett
Nicole Black
Jean Caren
Joy Cason
Julie Coker
Aliya Crawford
Joyce Evans
Dorothy Foster
Dr. Taliba Forster
Dr. Michele Harper
Judge Renee Hughes
Robin Jordan
Denine Kirby
Colette DeChalus Lee
Dawn McCray
Britney Norman
Dr. Quinetta Roberson
Maro Robinson
Stephanie Saint-Cyr
Adrianne Sanofo
Ellen Smith
Laiya St. Clair
Sharon Stone
Dr. Susan Taylor
Kysha Woods


Grooming Messenger, a New Skincare and Grooming Service Launches in Philly

Grooming Messenger, a new skincare and grooming service founded by  Ian Michael Crumm, lifestyle expert and founder of his eponymous lifestyle blog and Wear We Went, and Lo McGrath, a journalist, skincare junkie and fashion photographer specializing in menswear, held a launch party for the new site at Rittenhouse Spa in the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City.

I love this amazing step and repeat made up of live branches of leaves

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Ian Michael Crumm with equally stylish mom, Angie Hartman at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque.
With Brian Sanchez who help created the living step and repeat.


Laurenne Babayan and Nick Berlage


Alisa Frederico,  Style Director at Dressing Jane Philadelphia and Frank Frederico


Guests enjoyed grooming during the party, manicures, massages and face masks.


Danielle Bonds, Marrina Mayo and Alyssa Jones

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Ian Michael Crumm, co-founder of Grooming Messenger with Mason Kesner, Life & Style Blogger and Baseline Collective
who created the platform for the Grooming Messenger.


Craig von Arthur Schroeder, Commonwealth Proper, Lauren McGrath, co-founder of the Grooming Messenger and Toni Renee Leslie, of Realm jeweler.


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Jared Adkins and Chandra Robbins of Bluebird Distilling


Lifestyle bloggers Alex Nelson and Mike Rubino flank Connor Reider.

Alex and Mike applied masks for guests.

Scenester Alexander Hankin and friends

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Ian and Lo welcome the guests to the launch, and then introduced Local Honey


Eric Visnov, Hannah Krupa, Scott Tattar and Brendon Keenan make up the local band “Local Honey”
Book them for your next gig, they were very entertaining.

Get the latest tips for your grooming from
the Grooming Messenger,



Photos: DVLF and Phila Gay News Sponsored VDay “Skate Pride Love” at Dilworth Park

Photos: DVLF and Phila Gay News Sponsored VDay “Skate Pride Love” at Dilworth Park

The day before Valentine’s Day, members of the LGBTQ headed to Dilworth Park to enjoy all their winter wonderland activities, especially drinking hot chocolate and other delights in the lodge. A few brave souls headed for the ice skating rink

DVLF, an LGBT grantmaking organization, and Philadelphia Gay News will sponsored the inaugural event, in partnership with the Center City District.


DJ Carl Michaels will spun tunes at the Feb. 13 event, while Philadelphia drag performer Brittany Lynn will provided live entertainment at Dilworth Park.


DVLF Executive Director Samantha Giusti (r) said PGN approached DVLF to coordinate OurNightOut, DVLF’s monthly LGBT networking event, with “Skate Pride Love.” (PGN) with Tami Sortman.


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Britney Lynn, Tami Sortman and Judge Dan Anders


PGN publisher Mark Segal and hubby Jason Villemez take a spin on the ice. On one of their first dates
they went ice skating.

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Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

A $20 ticket included skate rentals and admission while a $10 ticket provides general admission. Portions of the proceeds will go toward DVLF.

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Michelle and Bruce ShannonDVLF

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Swoop Gets Down, Nicole Miller, Joan Shepp, Deborah Cox, NOVO Philly,

Good Thursday Springtime today. Last night was like the days gone by, lots of fun events happening. The Philadelphia Fashion Week is going on at 2300 Arena, Mary K. Dougherty had a fashionable shindig at her Nicole Miller Center City store located at the Bellevue (200 South Broad Street).

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Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles, owner of BOP and Prime Stache and cover boy on Philly Style Magazine
Mary Dougherty, owner of the Nicole Miller Store at the Bellevue and Barbara Zaun, Director of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

The NFL Cheerleader Directors are in Philadelphia this week in preparation for the NFL Draft taking place April 27-29 in Center City.

Upon their arrival, the guests will receive a special Philadelphia welcome by the NFL Eagles Cheerleaders and Eagles Mascot Swoop. Here’s swoop warming up.

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Eagles tight end Brent Celek, was also on hand to greet the group as they enjoy a night of private shopping at Nicole Miller while sipping champagne and nibbling hors d’oeuvres from Celek’s bop, also located at The Bellevue.

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Philadelphia-based Atrium Design Group LLC and its construction affiliate A2Z Development held a party last night for the debut of their new project Novo Philly,

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which is a development of 10 high-end townhouses being planned at the current site of an industrial building at 17th and Wood Streets, just across the street to the north from the recently completed Mormon meetinghouse. (
Look for the groundbreaking to be in April, and then be in awe. Each 5 story unit comes with a jacuzzi, three car garage and an amazing view of the City.


Joan Shepp celebrated the 17th Annual “Women of Substance and Style” at her boutique at 1811 Chestnut Street last night. The fashionable event recognized 27 African-American women in the community making a difference, which included Lady B, Jean Carne, Julie Coker, Dr. Quinetta Roberson, Laiya St. Clair, and Dr. Susan Taylor to name a few. Later today a column from the event will be on


The Broadway Philadelphia run of the hit musical The Bodyguard opened Tuesday night at the Academy of Music. Afterwards the Deborah Cox and hunky bodyguard Judson Mills, (here with Steven from Aqimero) the cast, crew and friends headed to Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia for an afterparty to celebrate. The Bodyguard Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from February 21–26, 2017’

Last week PHS held a press conference regarding the upcoming Flower Show, announcing all the amazing attractions besides the fabulous flowers.   The The Philadelphia Flower Show’s newest event Flowers After Hours will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am.  I’ll be there, so bring your smile and you will definitely be seen on the scene.



Mascots for a Cure is dedicated to help children and their families battling cancer. Through our passion, relentless pursuit of our goals, and the power of mascots, we foster hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected world-wide. The kick of tour was Monday in front of Independence Hall. Check out their new campaign Chubby Checker’s Twist Challenge



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toucheaccessories Join us this Sunday! February 26th 5Pm to 9Pm for a Special Prom Sale & Event… All Things Prom. KOP MAll near Macy’s Lower Level.



Just a few days left for you to help choose a winner (Noteworthy Volunteer in Philly) for a Cabot Cheese sponsored Cruise


Pixs: Philadelphia Business Journal Book Of Lists Party at Sugarhouse

The Philadelphia Business Journal, sponsors, friends and top executives gathered at SugarHouse Casino last week to recognize hundreds of power players from the companies featured in their 2016 Book of Lists!

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Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists provides you with listings of hundreds of the hottest area companies in their fields, by ranking. You’ll also receive the names of key decision makers, along with their titles and complete contact information. *You can buy one online

Colleen Horan, My Career Transitions, Craig Ey, Editor-In-Chief at Philadelphia Business Journal and Anne Marie Walter, My Career Transitions

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Dan Guglielmi, Datawatch Systems, Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications (her latest clients are singing sensation Vassy and celebrity chef Brian Duffy’s Flying Fish Crafthouse) and Greg Basile, Comcast Business (happy significant birthday to you)

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Kenneth Hilario, Reporter (and world traveler @PHLBizKenneth) and Michelle Caffrey who covers technology and education for the Philadelphia Business

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The event was a great opportunity to network in Sugarhouse’ new event space. There was plenty of refreshing and fun cocktails, photo opportunities, lounge areas, entertainment and delicious food. All the decor and event space planning was done by the Sugarhouse team.


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Rina Desai, ‎Principal/Owner at Eigen X, Guest, Ace Jordan, Mark Lee, and Leon Wolford

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The crew

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 James R Guerin Vice President of Sales at MetaSense Inc, Craig Ey, and Jatin V Mehta, CEO at MetaSense, Inc

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C. Richard Horrow, Esq. Law Offices of C. Richard Horrow and Zachary Wilcha, Executive Director of Independence Business Alliance (IBA)
To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), Greater Philadelphia’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the local LGBT business community at its 10th Anniversary Celebration, entitled IBA10.  This first time, premiere event will be held at the historic Down Town Club of Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, May 10, 2017, and will be the largest LGBT event of its kind ever to be held there.


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Alison Burdo, Digital Producer for Phl Biz Journal  (r) and friend


Brian Neckerman, Corporate Trainer at The Walsh Group  and Meredith Trotter Neckermann, Pulse PR
General Hospital stars will be performing a benefit at Meredith’s client Helium on 5/6/17 for
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Join us for an up-close and personal event with actors William deVry (Julian Jerome), Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford), Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon Quartermaine) and Maura West (Ava Jerome) of ABC’s “General Hospital.”
Contact Robin at or (610) 446-2211 or visit


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Saxbys in the house
Reed Longo, Lizzy Marcotte, Nick Bayer and Justin Pizzi
ListsAlex Kwasny, associate at Chartwell’s Philadelphia Office, Christin Kwasny, Executive Director at National Kidney Foundation, Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, Development Director at National Kidney Foundation and Joe Rollo

NKF Honors is the National Kidney Foundation’s awards reception and fundraiser held annually in celebration of World Kidney Day. The benefit honors members of the local community who have been outstanding in the promotion of kidney health and fight against kidney disease.  Thursday, March 9, 2017  Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia For Honoree Information, Sponsorship Opportunities, or Tickets, Click Here.

Assata Thomas, Philadelphia Fight and Sara Manning, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

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Kelly Royle, Kate Miller, Dana Forgione and Natalie Parks of Cescaphe Event Group

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