Science Center and Cambridge Innovation Center Opening

Science Center and Cambridge Innovation Center Opening

November 9th, CIC at 3675 Market Street officially open its doors to the public celebrating the momentous occassion with a VIP party, and then an open house in the evening where over 2000 people clamored to see the newest innovating building in University City. The 14-story building broke ground 2 years earlier with representatives from the Science Center, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Wexford Science and Technology, BioLabs and Ventas on hand promoting that the 345,000 square foot mixed-use property housing lab, clinical, office, educational, event and co-working space would be the first of its kind in the Philadelphia area, a hub of discovery fueled by collaboration.

Tim Rowe, founder and CEO, CIC, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Mayor Jim Kenney, Tracy S. Brala, Science Center, Steve Zarrilli, CEO and President Science Center, Joe Reagan, Vice President, Development at Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty Company, Craig R. Carnaroli, Board Chairman of Science Center and Saul Behar, Vice President and General Counsel of Science Center were on hand for the official kick off at 5PM

This launch marks the entrance of CIC—the company that helped transform Cambridge’s Kendall Square into the country’s leading cluster of tech and life sciences startups—to Philadelphia. CIC will occupy 138,000 sq. ft. of shared work and social space on six floors, for scientists and other innovators.

Abu Kamara, Grovara, Meri Wanjek and Colin Strapp

Ernest Owens, CEO Ernest Media Empire, Senator Vincent Hughes, Tiffanie Stanard, CEO of Stimulus and Osagie Imasogie, PIPV Capital

Kara laFleur, Jeff Friedman, Katie Dickerson and Megan Tumolo

Joyce Chen, Venture Cafe and Jane Shab,

Matt Sharayxo and Vivek Biloliko TJH Team Soriya with one of their inventions which applies medicine to a patients head.

CIC Philadelphia: month to month terms across a wide range of workspaces – including hot desks,
private offices, shared lab benches, and private labs – accommodating teams of 1 to 50+.

CIC Passport Programs allows clients to work in any CIC location at no additional cost

13 Private Labs
82 Shared Benches
Labs are BSL2 certified, and equipped with Biosafety
Cabinets, Fume Hoods, Cold Storage, as well as
Check out the FACT SHEET HERE

Tim Gillespie, Dean Solis, EisnerAmper, Jimmy Mo, Lori Reiner, chief people officer at EisnerAmper, Lorraine Lopresti, University City Science Center and Rob Stiles

Rosa and Ricardo Torres with their Varieti Concept

Guests dance to the West Philadelphia Orchestra


The Bridge Throws A WOW Holiday Birthday Party

Baby it’s cold outside, but it was a hot night in Old City as The Bridge Throws A WOW Holiday Birthday Party Friday night December 7, 2018 at the LEED certified, modern luxury apartment building.


From 8 to midnight, the holiday party took place in a future retail space.  There was plenty of food, libations, and live music entertainment by Rhythm Nation in the space, which the Bridge team turned into a winter wonderland.

The dress was holiday chic, and the guests did not disappoint especially Moxie stylists – Mackenzie Mclean and Stephanie Algayor

Lenrik Toval and Arturo Varela
Gabi Townsend, Alyse Scaffidi, and Lexi Scaffida

Jeffrey Brown, The developer behind The Bridge and Councilman Mark Squilla
David Zuzgao

Rising above the adjacent Ben Franklin Bridge, Bridge On Race is located at 205 Race Street, in Old City Philadelphia. Debuting in 2017, Bridge On Race has been awarded the ULI Award for Excellence by Urban Land Institute, Best New Building by Curbed Philadelphia. Bridge is surrounded by history, but it’s built to meet the innovative standards of today. The building is seeking LEED Gold certification, designed to be efficient for the environment and reduce energy costs for tenants, including smart phone control of heating and cooling. More information is available
Chelsey Scalese , Natalie Egenolf , Mike Jerrick, Kristen Rodgers and Amanda WhiteMina “SayWhat” Llona, DJ SirusFM and Boom FM, guest and Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl

Party Scenesters You Want To Know: Jordan Parenti and Thanuja Hamilton Moxie Blue Salon Crew

Antoinette Lee, Kali Hackett and Kamille Watson
Guests were encouraged to bring an unwrap gift to be given to a needy family through the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
Gabe Canuso and Melinda Canuso
Model Christina Rabbitz and Chris Murphy, formerly of Fox 29, now with Fox in San Diego, who was in town to visit friends and have a good time.I ran into Dr. Dan as I waited for my Uber. He and his wife Alyssa and friends were enjoying a night out at Tuna Bar. Did you know Tuna Bar was one of Michael B Jordan’s favorite eatery while he lived at The Bridge. He often sat in the corner and just drank water as he was on a strict diet. He always left a $50 tip even though he only drank water.


M Night Shyamalan Wraps, Holiday Highlights and A Sad Goodbye

HughE Around Town: M Night Shyamalan Wraps his Untitled Project, Holiday Highlights and A Sad Goodbye

Only 16 days til Christmas. I hope you’re taking time to enjoy the holiday spirit and making memories with family and friends. That’s what’s most important during these days.

I wrote last week about M Night Shyamalan filming his yet to be titled TV series for Apple. It’s a wrap for the first 30 minute episode. Most of the episode was filmed in a studio in Garnet Valley, but as one insider told me it takes place in Philadelphia and you have to go out on the street to capture Philly as well. You’ll probably recall the horrific crash scene which took place in Rittenhouse Square, but they also filmed on the 2100 block of Spruce Street. Since this episode is set in the Fall, they added more leaves to the trees and asked residents to take down their Christmas decorations for a few days. This was a shot I took on Thursday as I was stopped at a red light at 22nd Street. It’s still the social season so I’m shot on paparazzo time. The production is on hiatus until January 2, so perhaps then I will capture another Lauren Ambrose or Rupert Grint.

Speaking about Christmas, this has got to be one of the best selfie spots in the City, inside and out. No filter was used in this shot, the place is all aglow like Rudolph’s nose so bright.
Tinsel, the seasonal pop up bar is located at 116 S 12th St; Here’s a few photos from the VIP
Party I shot earlier this week. Phila Biz Journal

Another great selfie spot, and memory maker has to be City Hall and it’s surroundings.

Congrats to Sylva Senat on his new gig at the Pyramid Club

I hadn’t been to Maggiano‘s in at least a decade. After shooting the 60th Anniversary of PIDC on Thursday night I stopped by. WOW as delicious as ever. Sometimes I forget the Italian chain restaurant, which opened a decade ago, is over at 12th and Filbert. Go try it out, you’ll love it.

A fond farewell to our friend Katie Loeb a legendary mixologist, sommelier and author, who has spent her career specializing in fresh, out-of-the-box cocktails Katie Loeb has died after a brave two year battle against cancer, with barely a peep about what was going on. When I started out in this business covering food and drink, Katie was very instrumental in helping me understand the business, explaining who the players were and introducing me to some fine people. The lights are a little dimmer in the Philly food scene now, we’ll miss her straight shooting, tell it like it is notions, peppered with a great sense of humor. God Speed my friend.