July 1, 2015

Pope’s Schedule for Visit Released

The beginning of July brings us just a bit closer to Pope Francis’ September visit – and yesterday brought us news of the pontiff’s official schedule for his stop in Philadelphia. The pope will visit New York and Washington D.C. before spending time in Philly. Saturday, September 26th will see the pope arrive at Philadelphia International Airport from New York […]
June 30, 2015
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Philly News Briefs: 6/30/15

1.) A 9,000 square foot beer garden is coming to Center City. Uptown Beer Garden will be opening at 1735 JFK Blvd. in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Center. It is the brainchild of Teddy Sourias, the owner of Finn McCool’s Ale House, Bru Craft & Wurst, and U-Bahn. The beer garden is a pop-up concept – it […]
June 29, 2015

Visitors Flock to Philadelphia as City Popularity Grows

Following news that Pope Francis will be coming to the city in September came news last week that superstar singer Beyonce and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli would also be making appearances in the fall. If it seems to you lately like Philadelphia’s star is on the rise, you aren’t mistaken. The city is currently riding a wave of popularity that […]
June 26, 2015
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TargetExpress Coming to 19th & Chestnut

I’ve extolled my love for Target previously in this space. There’s just something about the store that’s hard not to like – great prices, a good selection, and friendly associates. What more could you want? Unfortunately, Center City has long been denied their own experience of the Target love. By around this time next year, however, that problem will be […]
June 24, 2015
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Center City, Discount Heaven

Look around Center City’s retail scene, and what do you see? You’re likely to notice plenty of “discount” retailers like H&M, Century 21, Marshall’s, and Nordstrom Rack. More may be coming soon: Neiman Marcus’ Last Call and Saks’ Off 5th are said to be interested in moving in. You’ll soon see a spate of outlets available at Fashion Outlets of […]
June 23, 2015
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Philly News Briefs: 6/23/15

1.) Philadelphia and several surrounding counties – Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester – are dropping ReadyNotifyPA in favor of a new emergency notification system. The new system takes advantage of newer technology to amplify services already available to the public, says Samantha Phillips, Philadelphia’s Emergency Operations Director. In addition to e-mails and text alerts, which were available under ReadyNotifyPA, the […]
June 22, 2015
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Philadelphia Experiences Hotel Building Boom

The city of Philadelphia is currently in the midst of a hotel building boom. The building activity going on right now hasn’t been seen since the late 1990s. Builders are taking advantage of a wave of tourism, as well as business from convention-goers and those who come to Philly for work. Those who support the hotels’ building say that the […]
June 19, 2015

Philly to Tax Airbnb Rentals

Home rental services like Airbnb have, until recently, been technically illegal in the city of Philadelphia. The popular service hooks up homeowners with short-term renters (so that people can rent an extra bedroom or a vacant apartment, for instance), similar to hotel stays  – but those who use Airbnb and similar services have not had to pay Philadelphia’s 8.5% hotel […]
June 18, 2015
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Dalai Lama to Visit Philly in October

Hot on the heels of the Pope’s much-touted visit to Philadelphia in September will come the arrival of another prominent world leader… the Dalai Lama, who will be honored with the prestigious Liberty Medal in late October. The announcement was made this morning. The Dalai Lama is being recognized for his compassion and commitment to promoting human rights around the […]
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