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Philadelphia Style magazine and Rag & Bone Grand Opening Party

Philadelphia Style magazine and Rag & Bone hosted an exclusive celebration in honor of their newest store on Walnut Street on March 28, 2017.  Guests enjoyed cocktails made with Effen Vodka and El Tesoro Tequila and lite bites courtesy of Brulee Catering.

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Craig Arthur von Schroeder, Commonwealth Proper, Vanessa Davili and Kurt Souder

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Danny Bones, Gabby Curran, and Nick Grice of Rag & Bone

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John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine, Jason Wigner, Chris DiGeorge, Suzette LeMaitre, and Hansell Varone

 

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Julianna Delviscio and Sheila Barry

 

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Megan Heaton and Chelsea Blasko

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Nazarett Teclesambet and Ronnie Miller, who’s getting ready to move to Charleston, SC

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Lindsey Scannapieco (her place Bok is getting ready for the summer, hold tight she’ll be naming the new chef for the summer soon. It’s alos a must visit for the 75 art co-ops that are now at Bok) and Dan Olsovsky, Creative Director at ROOST Apartment Hotel

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Laura Price and Ary Modesto

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Melissa Leonard and Linda LaRosa, Shop Sixty Five

Melissa Leonard and Linda LaRosa, Shop Sixty Five

A.D. Amorosi and Peter Dello Buono

Legendary scribe A.D. Amorosi and debonair Peter Dello Buono

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Andy Hemming and Jill Rizen, spent the better part of the winter of 2017 in Miami, and the tan shows.

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Alex Nelson and Mike Rubino, lifestyle bloggers, Alissa Frederico, stylist and personal shopper and Ian Michael Crumm. Ian is at Coachella, last year he partied with Kylie Jenner, this past weekend he was with Nick Jonas. i’d say that was a step up. Style

DJ Lady FX provided music while attendees checked out the popular labels men’s and women’s clothing lines.

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Earth Day Contest: Win a Digs Living Backyard This Summer

To celebrate Earth Day, Digs Living is giving away an incredible garden transformation with an Instagram contest. They are giving away $1500 worth of plants, planting labor included, to transform one local garden. Instructions to enter the contest are below.

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Enter to win one over the top garden transformation. Digs Living will plant your garden with $1500 of plants, labor included
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To enter the contest
1. Follow @digsliving on Instagram
2. Post a photo of your outdoor space, tag @digsliving with #digmygarden and tell us what you wish was different about your garden or what types of plants you’d love to have
4. Tag 5 friends who you’d like to invite over for cocktails in your newly planted garden
Digs Living will select a winner May 1 and notify them on Instagram.
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A few fun facts about Digs Living:
Digs Living owner, Anna Prinzo has spent more than 15 years in the outdoor design/build industry, beginning Digs after many years at Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill. 
Digs is unique for their urban aesthetic. Their favorite materials are concrete, steel and wood that’s been tinged (and often charred) black. The contrast of industrial materials with organic plants elevates a space with a modern edge, but keeps things from feeling cold. The natural weathering of these materials to their eventual patina, along with the seasonality of the plant life, keep the space evolving over time. 
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Over the years Digs has built relationships with local tradespeople and they are proud to call them collaborators. They’re not only the best at their crafts, they also each have a story that brings invaluable insight and character to the process. Mike, Digs’ carpenter/metalworker/jack-of-all-trades, has spent years working on film and TV sets. Tony and Anthony, their father-son masonry guys, make their own wine every year from the grapes in Tony’s garden. These relationships are critical to keeping projects flowing smoothly, especially when inevitable changes pop up along the way.
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This summer, Digs will debut a new public space at their workshop in Fishtown built out of shipping containers. The space will be available for event rentals and will host events such as small concerts and pop up farmers markets. Also stay tuned for the release of Digs Livings custom designed outdoor dog houses that will be available for purchase in the Fall. 
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What 676 Bridges Look Like Now, Parkway Developments and the Growth of Franklin Town

What 676 Bridges Look Like Now, Parkway Developments, and New Business

I hope you’re having a great day. Recently I found myself at the formerly known as the Top of The Tower, now known as Sky Philadelphia. Sky Philadelphia has a popular weekend brunch, and on the 51st floor is the popular beer garden run by Brauhaus Schmitz called SkyGarten.

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I noticed there were dozen or so stories of interest from this view, in and around the Parkway area

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These three blocks of residential sum up the growth of Franklintown.
1900 Hamilton Street, the low rises with gray roofs facing us were built in the 90s,
then in the early 00s the Tivoli Condos were built I always felt sorry for Hamilton Court losing their view. Then in this decade The Granary Apartments were built, blocking their view of the City.
bridges (Custom)What 676 looked like before the replacement bridge project. Many of the openings are now capped as you will see.

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Look how amazing the Vine Street Expressway looks now that the overpasses have been completed, or are
finishing up construction.
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In front of the old family court house and the Library you can see the matching ovals which is the new Aviator Park, they’ll be new benches
as beautiful landscaped gardens. I bet the annual Book Festival will be that much better with these new parks. It’ll be interesting to see what
they’re going to do with the newly capped area (on left) across from the Franklin Institute. Maybe another green space.
ParkwayHere’s one of the last bridges being replaced the 22nd street bridge, next to Park Town.

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Here’s what the NFL Draft stage looked like last Monday. They’ve progressed much further in this are with
staging since then. Parkway

Another favorite mural bites the dust.

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This one was on the side of the former Children’s Crisis Treatment Center at 17th and Callowhill.

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Which has now been torn down to build a micro brewery and residential mix used according to OCF Realty
“According to public record, the City owns the property. But clearly a developer has purchased the property from the City. And wouldn’t you know it, at a PAID meeting about a year and a half ago, the City agreed that it would sell the property to Orens Brothers. At that meeting, the developers indicated that they had an LOI from Callowhill Craft Brewing for a microbrewery and possible restaurant, which would be a cool addition to the neighborhood.” (OCF)

 

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The gray building in the center, is the new Dalian on the Parkway apartment building, the new Whole Foods is located on the first floor
as well as a CVS and a bank. The views from the apartment building are amazing, but for some reason they’ve been slow to move rentals. Personally I think they could have had more roof top access where the pool is located. Unfortunately the space is being used for a “green roof” which is nice, but you’re not allowed to walk on it.

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In the foreground is the former Whole Foods building, which is now going to be a Target. I sure hope they are going to bring better quality merchandise than what they’re selling in Center City. Well at least they’ll have produce and other groceries for a reasonable price. You might still have to go to AC Moore for photo frames, which oddly the Target’s in Center City don’t carry.
Target, request is for an exception to allow a larger signage than  allowed. The zoning limitation allows for 16 square feet of free-standing signage; the request is  for an exception of up to 40 square feet. Though larger than allowed by zoning, the footprint of  the proposed signage is very similar to the existing sign by Whole Foods. The signage theme is  the signature and somewhat iconic red Target logo with illumination of the logo.

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The Mormon Campus is nearly done. And it so gorgeous, what a really remarkable addition to Philadelphia.
The highrise on the right is The Alexander, a residential 32-story, 490,000 square-feet apartment building where Mormon’s and non-church members can live
as long as they abide by the rules of good living dictated by the Mormon faith of no drinking, no smoking, no cursing, or consumption of caffeine.
There’s also a 12,000 retail section on the first floor of the apartment building. Retail has to abide to all the same rules, except I hear if a restaurant takes a space, the eatery can have a liquor license, no coffee though. The mall, like the one they have in Salt Lake City, was developed by a partner developer is not affiliated with the Church, so some venues will be open Sundays and serve alcohol. It’s an interesting way they go around the rules of the church.

The residential tower was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City, supported by BLT Architects in Philadelphia, the PRI spokesman said, and “inspired by Philadelphia’s strong tradition of brick-and-masonry Georgian and Federal architecture.”

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All this development couldn’t have happened without the contributions of the Rendell, Street, Nutter and Kenny administrations.
We have become that first class 24/7 City that Paul Levy has talked about for the last two decades. Thanks.

 

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Happy Easter Gossip with Billy Crystal, Alycia Lane Happy at Last, a local climbs Mt Everest,

Happy Easter

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I really hope everyone is going to get out and enjoy today, and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday try and go to the Easter Promenade on South Street. The Parade starts at Passyunk and South Streets at 1230PM, and heads to Headhouse Square for a best dressed contest.

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It’s always a good time. I’ll be there, as will Alicia Viterelli, Patty Jackson, Jennifer Logue and Alex Holley with her grandpa. It’ll be a fun day.

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Happy at last Alycia Lane with hubby Jeremy Joseph
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Here’s Alycia with bestie John M. Colabelli, publisher of Philadelphia Style Magazine

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Congrats Katie  & JohnEaster

WOW amazing.
Josh grew up in Philadelphia, and his dad is Brad Heffler, Chairman at FlixFling and Invincible Pictures of Philadelphia

Josh Heffler acts as Managing Partner for Zero G Colony with Richard Branson. Easter

Congrats to Scott Barnes on his new position at Comcast where he’ll be managing special events.

Happy at Last Alycia Lane Easter
Everyone should celebrate their birthdays like Laura Price. Happy Birthday Laura. Easter

Team Derek had a busy Saturday, he caught up with Bonnie Hunt outside the Rittenhouse Hotel

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Later he caught up with Billy Crystal outside the Kimmel Center where the comedian happily signed for fans.Easter

It was great to see Katie English Gagnon this week, as we grabbed breakfast at Parc and she made a few friends.

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Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat today.

Easter Brunch: Aqimero, a special brunch menu will be offered from 10:00am to 5:00pm which includes endless brunch creations, a seafood raw bar and a hot carving station. This special brunch also includes endless Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys. Brunch will be offered for $125.00per person.

See you on South Street….and tomorrow morning here on Philly Chit Chat