January 2, 2020
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Luxury Hotel Coming to East Market This Spring

Philadelphia is a big city that has long been plagued by one major shortcoming: there simply are not enough hotel rooms available for guests when the city hosts large events. The Pope’s visit, the DNC, and other international banner events have left would-be guests clamoring for overpriced Airbnb units or staying on friends’ couches, since the limited hotel space gets […]
January 1, 2020
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Let’s Talk About Dem Eagles

Glory hallelujah y’all! It’s 2020 and the Eagles are in the playoffs. What a way to kick off the new year. Whether you were up early to get a prime viewing spot for the Mummer’s Parade or are only just now sleeping off your NYE reindeer games, it’s a great day to be present and thankful for all the past […]
December 26, 2019
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The Saga of the Disney Hole at 8th and Market

It’s a prime piece of in a desirable and hot part of Center City. Sandwiched between the gleaming edifices of condo towers and ritzy downtown retail, this lot, bursting with potential, is currently nothing but a carpark. How did such a gem come to be jinxed, and why hasn’t someone stepped forward to try and claim it? It’s all in […]
December 19, 2019
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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

There are only six short days until Christmas, which means that you have probably got all your Christmas partying out of your system, whether at the office White Elephant Swap or your own rockin’ ugly sweater shindig. Sure, Christmas hasn’t passed yet, but it’s not two soon to start thinking of the party of the year (literally) – New Year’s […]
December 16, 2019
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Bars Brawl Over Decadent Decking of the Halls, Customers Win

There’s only nine more days until Christmas… can you believe it? I don’t know about you, but I’m fully in the spirit. I’m halfway done wrapping my Amazonian mountain of gifts – meaning that it is both huge and consists of Amazon boxes – my tree has been up and shining for several weeks, and my cards have all been […]
December 12, 2019
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The Feast of the 7 Fishes: A Philadelphia Christmas Tradition

One of the better-known Philadelphia holiday traditions is the Feast of the 7 Fishes. As the name implies, this is a dinner meant to leave the table groaning under the weight of the abundance: seven (minimum – other odd numbers like nine, eleven, or even thirteen!) courses are served with all the family gathered ’round on Christmas Eve, to celebrate […]
December 11, 2019
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Beyond Tinsel: Three Bars to Get Your Festivus Spirit Going This Year

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve given Tinsel a lot of coverage on this blog. The concept of a recurring holiday pop-up bar is a fun one, especially now that the owners have expanded on the concept and gotten in on the Halloween gig as well. December is a time of year when people love to be enveloped in […]
December 9, 2019
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Giant Alternative Format Stores a Hit in Center City

National chain stores are gradually figuring out the formula to bringing all the convenience of a big store to a small, city-friendly format: and they’re doing it in Philadelphia. A few years ago, Target successfully test-drove a Center City location with an itty-bitty footprint and curated assortment of products aimed at those that live, work, and play downtown. Now, grocery […]
December 5, 2019
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Get Your Hygge On This Holiday

It’s almost 2020, and “hygge” is not losing steam as an aspirational buzzword. This Danish loan-word, pronounced “hoo-gah,” represents the coziness of home, family, and comfort. Never is there a time of year more conducive to some super hygge than the holiday season, when friends and family gather all together and enjoy good food, great company, and carols, stories, and […]
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