November 26, 2019
tinsel

This Black Friday, Get Your Tinsel On

For some people, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – means shopping oneself into oblivion as the malls and department stores bowl you over with doorbusters and other great deals. For Center City-ites, however, this Friday means the yearly start of a young but beloved holiday tradition: the opening of Tinsel, the renowned holiday pop-up bar, on 12th Street […]
November 21, 2019
bathroom

Have We Hit Max Open-Concept? A Philly Rental Challenges the Trend

“Open concept” as a real estate buzzword has, in my humble opinion, hit peak saturation. I myself don’t see the point in knocking down perfectly good walls that delineate living space and allow for privacy and containment of noise, but I realize that’s a personal preference. The majority of today’s buyers want a free-flowing, wide-open floorplan where kitchen, dining room, […]
November 20, 2019
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A Movie Theater Finally Comes to Center City… But There’s a Catch

AMC’s new Center City multiplex has been decades in the making. Long has downtown suffered from a lack of cinemas to watch first-run blockbusters on the big screen, and the new screens at the Fashion District Philadelphia will undoubtedly have plenty of butts in its seats going forward. However, at least one patron who has already experienced what the AMC […]
November 19, 2019
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Philadelphia Weddings: The Top Spots for Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes: on a scale of 1-10, how important are they? I’d say about “8,” behind the venue and the bride’s dress, but tied with photography, flowers, and music. Every wedding of every faith shares in common a wedding cake tradition. It can be a towering confection taller than the bride or a simple sheet cake, but everyone knows that […]
November 18, 2019
harrisburg

Is Mayor Jim Kenney Considering a Gubernatorial Run?

Jim Kenney, Philadelphia’s progressive and left-leaning Democratic governor, Jim Kenney, could be considering a run for Governor in 2020. With current governor, Tom Wolf, set to hit his term limit next year, sources privy to Kenney’s confidence say that the mayor, who has successfully implemented the soda tax and raised funds for Philly schools, may be looking to take the […]
November 14, 2019

The Top Center City Wedding Venues (That Aren’t a Hotel)

Hill-Physick House (Society Hill) Built in 1786, the Hill-Physick House was first constructed to house Dr. Phillip Syng Physick, known today as “the father of American surgery.” It’s a historical landmark house museum, clad handsomely in brick. Its sprawling city garden is a popular venue for both ceremonies and receptions – green, idyllic, and ultra-classic with its tall privacy hedges, […]
November 13, 2019
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Permanent, Affordable Housing Coming to Point Breeze

Affordable housing is at a critical low, not just in Center City, but in the suburbs surrounding downtown as well. It’s truly a problem that affects all of Philadelphia, but its densely-packed core experiences the housing issue most keenly. Rochelle Nichols-Solomon grew up in Point Breeze. It’s her neighborhood. She’s lived to see the neighborhood change, largely in part due […]
November 12, 2019
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Island vs. Kitchen Table: In Philly, There’s an Unlikely Winner

Go, right now, and look at just about any high-end condo listing on this site. Check out Rittenhouse Square penthouses, remodeled Victorians in Wash Square West, or hipster-chic walkups in NoLibs. The hottest properties will all have (at least) one thing in common: a spacious kitchen island with either a deep, large sink or an inset range, with trendy barstools […]
November 11, 2019
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Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Allows Designers’ Creativity to Thrive

In the Center City Macy’s department store, housed in the historic John Wanamaker building, there is a Fashion Incubator – and budding within it are the potential haute couture masterminds of the future. The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator “brings Philly together around entrepreneurship,” encouraging not just the artistic talents of young designers, but teaching them the much-needed skills required for driving […]
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