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July 2017

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Selfies, Signs and TShirts at 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival

Selfies, Signs and TShirts at 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival

Sunday was a winner as far as weather and certainly at the 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival.

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I was there to capture it all. I sent a few photos to media outlets, and saved these fun ones for us.

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Always great to see Holly and Collin Keefe. They just got back from a dream vacation, that I once did, which was fly into Phoenix AZ, and drive to
Las Vegas via Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. – Jackpot!

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I think Diva and Noodles enjoyed the day.

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Vanessa Beahn, Brauhaus Schmitz  and Seth Power
Vanessa tells me the 2nd annual 23rd Armory Oktoberfest over Columbus Day Weekend with 4 sessions to choose from is coming up. Already 1,000 tickets have
been sold. Get yours HERE

 

 

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This guy created a drive in theater in the boot of his car

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I had dinner at the new eatery on East Passyunk – Barcelona last night. What a gorgeous space. The staff is super friendly, and the food is delicious.

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Marlo Dilks tells me all the coins collected in the video game at Punk Burger East Passyunk will
go to American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Philadelphia Chapter. Thanks

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Hang in there Friday is only 5 days away….

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#PCCBuzz Classic Cake Coming to Center City, Business Babes, Matchmaker Heaven & Joel Embiid

Good Sunday to you. It’s going to be a beautiful day. I’ll be shooting the East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival from 1 PM til about 4PM so if you see me give me a shout and I’ll grab your photo. Earlier this week I went to Philly Style Mag Hot List Party, it was packed. Great times running into so many old friends, new friends and then there was the fashion. Friday I did a blog post on the people I saw who were stunning. Fashion has definitely evolved. I also ran into my buddy, Robert Bennett, head chef of Classic Cake.

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Here’s Robert with Emiliee Timko, working the delicious cake station at the Philly Style Mag Party. It’s always a running joke with Robert and I
whether I’m on my diet or not and am I going to have a sampling of his wares. This year I treated myself.
Congrats to Robert on his marriage to Dawn earlier this summer. Plus more great news for us Philadelphian’s as Classic Cake is
coming to Center City. Next February he is opening up a 4,000 sq ft bakery at 16th and JFK in Suburban Station, so folks living in the City
as well as commuting home can enjoy the former pastry chef at Le Bec-Fin’s delicious cakes and pastry’s. I can’t wait.

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Congrats to the ultimate Matchmaker Steve Ward, host of VH1’s Tough Love, who married long time girlfriend/fiance Madison Pard on July 22.  An established model, Madison has taken Steve’s name and is now know as Madison Ward.
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Never photo shy for his pal legendary doorman TeeFish, Joel Embiid stopped by Rumor again this week.Classic
Excited to announce that beginning this August, StreetsDept.com will begin offering monthly street art walking tours guided by me, Conrad Benner. First up, the Spring Arts/Eraserhood neighborhood, where a TON of great street art and pop-up murals are happening right now! (Get tickets.)

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The Business Babes LLC. is a professional digital marketing and online resource agency developed to assist entrepreneurs and professionals in their efforts to manage and monetize their brands. Honorees Include Berlinda Garnett, Emmy Award Winning Producer for Fox29; Deirdre Childress, Strategic Communications Manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center; WHYY Reporter Annette John-Hall; CBS3 Anchor and Reporter Rahel Solomon; Midday Talent on WRNB FM and Operations Manager at Radio One Karen Vaughn; Tweety Elitou, Lifestyle Writer at BET & Lifestyle Editor at PYNK Magazine; Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown,Communications Manager for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown; and Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer. ClassicThe power of the internet. This dropped off of someone’s truck Friday night, and by Saturday afternoon the owner was found via this post shared nearly 5ks times.

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Philly Style Magazine’s Best of Style 2017 – The Most Fabulous Fashion

Philly Style Magazine held their annual Best of Style 2017 party last night at the Kimmel Center. The theme this year was “Around The World”.

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Over 1200 fashionable guests enjoyed food tastings from local Best of Style winners, including Little Lion (so many people wanted to know or asked me who was serving the sliders, it was them), Fine Palate (I loved how FP put all the forks in a big box ), HD1_5222 (Custom) Classic Cakes, Seasons 32 and many others while dancing the night away by CTO Entertainment, who’s been playing all the style events for over a decade.

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Lauren Colabelli wearing Alice + Olivia and John Colabelli, publisher of Philly Style Magazine

There were so many beautiful dressed attendees, many wearing the very popular neon colors, which did my heart proud. You know I don’t want to see any black during the warmer months; although there are a few exceptions to my rule. It was hard for me to narrow it down, as usual, but I chose my favorite 24 photos. Some of these outfits are good examples of what to wear to a cocktail party.

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As I made my way down Broad Street, I notice a fairly large crowd in front of the newly opened Palm restaurant. It’s back and better than ever. I really think the new Palm is going to be the new see, and be scene hot spot. A stand out in the crowd there was Francesca Ruscio looking stunning in House of CB.
HD1_5293 (Custom)Terry D’orsio and Ann Catania, Ten Pennies arrived to the party in style.

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Actress Kristen Alderson looking stunning, attended with her mom Kathy. They came up from the shore to enjoy the hottest party of the summer, as many of the other guests did as well. Check out Kristen in the latest issue of Philly Style Magazine, she fills you in on what she’s been doing since she left General Hospital.

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I caught up with Joseph Diorio with Buffy Harakidas and her former co-worker Ryann Olivia, who’s now over at Cheerleaders as Marketing Director working with another stunner in fashion – Vivian CamilleBOS17
Happy birthday earlier this summer, stunner Jill Rizen here with fashion stylist to the stars Alissa Frederico. Over the past 2 years her career has just blossomed like the Flower Wall she’s posing in front of; this morning she was live on Fox 29 chatting summer style with Jenn Frederick – down the shore!! BOS17
Seriously the best dressed couple where-ever they go, the next, if not now, Philly Power Couple.
This past year they both made big moves in their careers: LR2 Custom tux wearing Brandon M. Morrison is now the COO at PRDC Properties while his lady love Stacey Kracher, wearing Saint Laurent, is partnering with Ajay Raju on projects they will announce soon.

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Lauren Collabelli wearing Alice + Olivia and Mike Jerrick, who was styled by his friends over at Theory.
After our time at PSM Mike and I slipped out and headed to
the new eatery Maison 208 – New American Cuisine with French Undertones
It was delicious, try the duck. Sit at the bar too, friendly bartenders, plus great people watching as well
Spotted Rachel Vigoda – Eater Philly there with her NYC counterpart in town for a convention.
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Best Friends, and co workers at CBS3 – Stephanie Stahl and Jim Donovan

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Happy newlywed >> Kristin Conrad, Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania, Greg Drey, Human Rights Campaign (is that a romper?) and Beth Lawrence, Snap Kitchen

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Trend Setters: Ellen Shepp and Joan Shepp with Emil De John, Art Institute of Philadelphia and Bette Anne De John BOS17
The Influencers: Ian Michael Crumm, Lifestyle Connoisseur,  Leah Kaufman, Founder @girlsarerad and David Yi, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Very Good Light HD1_5205 (Custom)
Conni Alexandrian McDonnell, Touché Accessories (get your glam on for Diner en Blanc) and Youtube star daughter Anya Alexandra
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Rahel Solomon and Melody Roy, both of CBS Philly
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BOS17Feeling my age I asked Alexa Scaltrito on the right, if her outfit was inspired by Bo Derek, she never heard of Bo Derek, and our conversation circled the drain with the mention of the movie “10”. We settled on Marilyn Monroe’s famous birthday dress as possibly the inspiration for her sexy frock from Fashion Nova as her friend Ashley Gallo gave us eye popping fashion all night in House of CB.  I think these outfits are worthy of The Kate Beaver – Hair of The Dog Fashion Nod 2013 .
Later in the day when I was chatting with Rahel Solomon, she had no idea who Bo Derek was either, or that Julie Andrews ever flashed in the movie. “OMG not Mary Poppins” Rahel said. Exactly that’s why she did it….
HD1_5291 (Custom)Queen of the original barely there dress – Kate Beaver on the scene at #BOS17 with beau Scott Allison
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Michelle Shannon, Bruce Shannon, Shawn Waters and Michelle Waters
are not only styling it, but smiling it. I love their longevity of friendship. BOS17
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Bill Lloyd and Ashlee Fuglio

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Andia Kozak and Jessica Tuite, Kicking Cancer’s Butt.

Side note: Our friends at the Sandy Rollman Foundation are sad to announce the cancellation of the Sandy Sprint tomorrow.
Send them a donation today to support them in their fight against Ovarian Cancer.

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A perfect ending to the night, I ran into Marisa Magnatta and beau Robb Schneider walking hand in hand down Walnut Street. How fabulous do they look?

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A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

Still celebrating PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. The days are winding down and I still need to showcase Best Dressed of the Decade, Best Events of the Decade and ChitChat’s 10 career moments. When reviewing the photos I’ve taken over the decade I kept coming across great moments that occurred at Philly Style Magazine parties.

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Tonight is PSM’s annual hot list party, so I thought I’d list a few moments that made a difference in Philly Chit Chat’s career. Nicole Cashman has represented PSM for the decade I’ve been covering the scene, and she credentialed me for the first PSM party, after Dana Spain sold the magazine to Niche Media ushering the magazine into the next century of luxury living.

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Congrats to the man, John Collabelli who has been at the helm of Philly Style Magazine from it’s inception over a decade ago

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As I wrote in 2008, a few months after Mayor Nutter took office.

TGIF was more than that last Friday evening as Philadelphia Style Magazine kicked off the re-launching of their magazine; the party was held at CITY HALL in the courtyard, that’s right PHILADELPHIA CITY HALL COURTYARD. City Hall is now hosting events again after the long dark period of vacancy, the lights are on, the veil has been lifted, the building has been returned to its citizens. (source)

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The Philly Style Mag White Party in 2009

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Great to run into Paul Smith over the years. When I was a paralegal, he ran the copy center at Kohn Swift & Graf. Fast forward a few years and we now both own our business. Yaasss5-9-2014 6-51-23 AM (Custom)
I’ve been contributing to Philly Style Magazine for at least 5 years, more this year than every. A few years back PSM featured a shot I took of Jill Scott at the Academy Ball. What a thrill. At least 5 times a year I get a shot on this page.

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In this months magazine I have Kevin Hart.

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At many of the Philly Style Mag parties I’ve gotten great photos to place in Mike Klein’s Inqlings column, as well as fantastic stories.

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I noticed that cover shot feature Terrence Howard autographed the mock up cover backwards, and upside down. You have to look in a mirror to see what he wrote. AMAZING!!

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Todd Trego, Mrs Todd Trego or as we like to call her Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Style Magazine and Capitol, Sarah Schaffer (Her last event with PSM b4 heading to DC to run Capitol) with Lee Saunders.

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Welcome aboard Kristin Detterline, the new editor, still on board today, of Philly Style Magazine.
John Colabelli, Kerry Washington, Kristin Detterline and Jason Binns CEO of Niche Media

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Another great connection. Sharilyn Drewen Vidal and Juan Vidal always at PSM parties. Sharilyn‘s
sister is Suzanne Drewen, who I went to Wesley College with; we became fast friends and over summer break in 1982 we hung out. I introduced her to my best friends from Paul VI High School and she ended up marrying one of them. Who later forbade her from every contacting me again after I came out gay. So we didn’t chat with each other for about 2 decades. At Suz’s wedding, Bill my other bff from high school, met Suz’s other sister and got married. They’re still married today. Pretty cool.

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Molly, Elizabeth, Lisa Reisman (RIP Lisa) and Michael from the Lisa M. Reisman Gallery near Rittenhouse Square

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Monica Malpass back in the day dating Dancing With The Stars guy from South NJ who’s name escapes me.
7-27-2017 1-38-23 AM (Custom)The legendary Christopher Gabello who now lives in NYC and photographs for Interview Magazine as well as many other impressive outlets, with James Zeleniak, Punch Media PR.
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Hey girl…… Can’t wait to head out and shoot PSM’s Best of Party tonight. Check back here tomorrow for the very best dressed of

Philly Style Magazine’s Hot List Party

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T&T: Opera Phila O17 Launch, SIPS Balcony Bar at Kimmel Center, and East Passyunk Car Show Sunday

This and That:  Opera Phila O17 Launch, SIPS Balcony Bar at Kimmel Center, and East Passyunk Car Show Sunday

Earlier this month, Opera Philadelphia hosted a kickoff party to celebrate the launch of O17, an annual opera festival in September that will feature 29 performances at six different venues, over a 12-day period.

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The event also was the debut of the official 017 beer, Opera Philadelphia Ale (OPA) by Flying Fish.

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It was also the debut of the Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center, which is also a Center City Sips location Wednesdays 5 – 7 pm (TONIGHT), when drinks are as low as $3. Happy hour is also offered Thursday and Friday, 5 – 7pm. Check out the SIPS Specials, including delicious Jose Garces Fare like Half-Priced Appetizers Seasonal Pickles $5 Ricotta, Olive Tapenade, Sourdough  Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders $9 Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Bread & Butter Pickle  Meatball Sliders $10 Provolone Fondue, Pain Au Lait Roll  Black Bean Burger Sliders $9 Pickled Red Cabbage, Avocado, Thousand Island  Margherita Pizza $10 Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil  Pierogies $6 Cheddar, Ranch, Fried Pickles  Slider Trio $10 Chicken, Meatball, Black Bean. Sounds good…. Check out more photos at PhillyStyle Mag

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Hours of Operation

  • June 14 – September 1
  • Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 9pm

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    East Passyunk Car Show Announces Street Food Deals from Pistola’s Del Sur, Barcelona and More

    South Philly’s largest summer festival is back and bigger than ever! The 12th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival returns on Sunday, July 30th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
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    POPE – $5 food special- two hot dogs and fries, $5 drink special – Jameson Black Barrel and Cola
    * Punk Burger – $5 vegan pulled portobello slider with pulled portobello, punk sauce and vegan coke slaw, $5 Beef Caprese slider with beef, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic glaze, $5 Cheeseburger slider with beef and American cheese
    * South Philly Bar and Grill – $5 Golden Monkey, $5 doubles IPA and $5 bar bites
    * Townsend – Porchetta sandwich and a TBD veggie option
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    “The 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival is back and bigger than ever with more space for cars, a new family fun area at the Gateway and more street food specials from our restaurants,” said EPABID Executive Director Pam Zenzola.  “Families from around the tri-state area flock to the East Passyunk to cruise the cars, enjoy live music on every block and taste authentic South Philly cooking. We are thrilled to bring back South Philly’s largest annual summer tradition!”  7-26-2017 10-37-30 AM (Custom)
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    * Mamma Maria- Italian favorites, $5 gnocchi
    * Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits and Tasting Room – $5 special cocktails
    * Marra’s – $5 meatball sandwich on a sarcones roll
    * Noord – Bitterballen (Dutch fried pork croquettes), $5 Noord punch
    * Paradiso – $5 arancini, $5 margarita and sangria

    Over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the five blocks between Broad and Dickinson streets. The fee for participating cars is $20 per vehicle. Registration will take place at Broad and EPA between 8:00am and 12:00pm. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Trophies will be awarded in dozens of categories, including: Top 50, Best Stock, Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best 50’s Custom, Best Street Rod, Best Low Rider, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, and Best of Show Car and Motorcycle.  ast Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) is revving up for the 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival on Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, on EPA between Broad and Dickinson streets.  Over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the Avenue, with street vendors, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show in between.

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  • Wine and dine among the cars as award-winning restaurants and food trucks serve specially priced street food and summertime drinks. Admission is FREE for attendees and $20 for cars. The rain date is Sunday, August 6, 2017. For information, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com, tweet at @epassyunkave and follow #passyunkcarshow.

(Opera Philadelphia and East Passyunk are both clients of PhillyChitChat)