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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip started their Philadelphia tour with a view of the Liberty Bell, before presenting the American people with another, new bicentennial bell inscribed let freedom ring.

British royalty landed in PhiladelPhia during the country’s Bicentennial. it was Queen elizabeth ii and Prince PhiliP’s first and only visit to the home of american liBerty. here, st. JosePh’s university Professor randall M. Miller recalls the occasion. There were a lot of festivities planned for the American bicentennial—not just for the occasion but also to celebrate Philadelphia. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stopped here on July 6, 1976, for the official presentation of the Bicentennial Bell (a replica of the Liberty Bell) as part of a six-city tour. Planners saw this as an opportunity to push for a “New Philadelphia”: new buildings, new designs, a new sense of purpose and excitement. The high point was when the queen and Prince Philip arrived on their royal yacht, the Britannia, and visited the original Liberty Bell, followed by the presentation of a new bell that was cast at the same site as the original. This was going to be the Bicentennial Bell, the UK’s great gift to America. Queen Elizabeth being here captured a

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sense of unity—it was the first time the British monarch had visited, and she embodied that spirit, embodied that connection. She had her own style, and she knew how to play to the crowds. The people were mad over the queen, in a good sense. During this time, there was a real swell of pride, not just for her visit but because Philadelphia’s history is essential to the American story. The city’s transformation didn’t begin with the bicentennial, but that’s when it really took off: From then on, [there were] cleaner streets, new cultural institutions, improvement projects—all these events helped to change Philadelphia’s image. It was a long process, but we seized the right moment to begin our city’s transformation, which the past 40 years have proven. PS

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12 // front runner 26 // letter from the editor-in-Chief

28 // letter from the publisher

30 // ... Without Whom

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32 // the list 67 // invited

style 35 // full CirCle Style icon and UPenn alum Caroline Issa’s new collection brings her back to work with an old friend.

38 // Cast aWay Summer accessories sizzle with tropical inspiration for the concrete jungle.

42 // style spotlight NYC brands invade Philly’s boutiques, while the fashion world goes collab-mad.

44 // in the fast lane The city revs its engines for top-notch timepieces built for speed and style.

CUltURe 49 // it’s a hard


With her Nordstrom collection, Caroline Issa celebrates versatile basics, the same kind of adaptable pieces she herself has worn to earn her a place atop numerous best-dressed lists.

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52 // hart to heart Comedian Kevin Hart returns to his hometown for a comedy frst in Philly.

54 // Culture spotlight A full, celebratory week of programming for the Fourth of July headlines the city’s jam-packed cultural calendar.

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roCk life

As Imagine Dragons gear up for an epic summer tour, the Grammy winners talk about their long road to fame.

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Festival, by Elizabeth Osborne (2012), showing in a new retrospective of the Philadelphia painter’s work at the James A. Michener Art Museum.


Positano Coast toasts more open-air space with a strong, seasonal sipper of mezcal and sweet vermouth muddled with prickly pear and hibiscus.

The coveted seats of its backyard patio make Talula’s Garden, in Washington Square, the nexus of warm-weather dining.



57 // sTep By sTep

87 // The GreaT escape

Amid multiyear expansion plans with Frank Gehry and making history with Pope Francis, Philadelphia Museum of Art Director and CEO Timothy Rub keeps his eyes—and focus—on the art.

Positano Coast celebrates a decade in Old City with a newly expanded openair lounge.

60 // Forever younG Relying on the cutting-edge study of stem cells, UPenn surgeon Ivona Percec is on a quest to fnd the real fountain of youth.

62 // park ciTy Thanks to a new program reinventing the city’s public spaces, Michael DiBerardinis and Kathryn Ott Lovell are working to ensure that Fairmount Park, one of the world’s largest urban parks, also remains one of its fnest.

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90 // TasTe spoTliGhT Between the city’s frst cocktail tasting fight and outdoor games to go with your beer, the Philadelphia summer belongs to its formidable bar scene.

92 // ciTy in Bloom From open-air patios to farm-fresh plates, summertime is the right time for dining in Philly.

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After decades of practicing his craft in Philadelphia, painter Charles Burwell is finally finding his national audience.

features 94 // In LIvIng CoLor Philadelphia painter Charles Burwell contemplates how the City of Brotherly Love continues to infuence and inform his aesthetic, while his evolving style propels him onto the national stage. By JoAnn Greco Photography by Shane McCauley

100 // nature In the eye of the Storm The world’s growing population and the impact of the changing climate are putting nature’s ability to provide for all of us at risk. Are we paying enough attention to this looming threat? By Jill Sigal

106 // the BeSt of StyLe Philadelphia is giving the world plenty to look at. But no matter what the headlines are on any given day, a city is only as great as its people. Here, we feature seven Philadelphians whose distinctive tastes, along with our annual compendium of the city’s ultimate in beauty, shopping, culture, and dining, forecast our best year yet. Photography by Daryl Peveto

MaIN LINe styLe 121 // LIvIng Legend

128 // tIme to faCe the muSIC

As a bevy of outdoor concerts takes center stage, the Main Line establishes itself as a hotbed of musical talent.

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photography by shane mccauley

Celebrating 40 years of World Team Tennis and the frst offcial Philadelphia Freedoms Day, Billie Jean King talks about early-morning visits from Elton John and the Main Line’s proud tennis legacy.


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The newly built, ground-up units at 1352 Lofts, on South Street, lead the superhot trend of loft living in Philly.

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haute property 135 // ColleCtor’s edition Philly art collector Hank McNeil leaves behind treasured Sol LeWitt pieces in his Rittenhouse Square home.

138 // A PlACe to CAll Home Center City and the Main Line add to their growing rosters of residential spaces.

Beauty 153 // tHe business of brows Embrace the bold new trend in brows with eyebrow “extensions” from Deneen Marcel.

the guide 163 // sPruCe street summersCAPe Following the overwhelming reception to its debut last year, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns with more, more, more!

164 // onwArd And outwArd Philly is awash in new food this summer as hometown chefs expand their reach.

166 // sAlAd dAys A bevy of creative eateries about town cater to omnivores this season.

168 // tHe big squeeze Warm-weather sippers call for citrus.

p.S. 176 // PoP Culture

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From boutiques to beer gardens, summer in Philly belongs to pop-ups—and this year might be the noisiest one yet.



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Letter from the editor-in-Chief

from left: With John Wind and Robbin Cook, the creative forces behind Wind’s Maximal Art jewelry line, at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s 30th annual Awards Celebration; at the yearly

I’ll always be a sucker for boardwalk games in the

summer, but—saltwater taffy notwithstanding—there’s plenty of fun to be had right here at home. Especially for adults, who could all use a reason to let loose once in a while minus the curious stares. Want to dodge water fountains in Dilworth Park in your custom suit? That’s fine. Want to head down to the new rink at Penn’s Landing to see if, 30 years later, you’ve still got it on roller skates? That’s fine, too. You could also play mini golf at Franklin Square, Skeeball at Garage, or just swing on a hammock for a few hours at Spruce Street Harbor Park. No one would give it a second look. You may not earn those coveted tickets to take home a stuffed animal, but a local craft beer and a basket of fries doused in gourmet cheese seem like a worthy reward to me. Philadelphia Style covers all this—and much more—in our annual Best of Style feature. For the third consecutive year, we enlisted the help of seven Philly

stars to spill their city secrets, from favorite restaurants and events to meaningful landmarks and movies. I’m always struck by how similar yet incredibly distinct each person’s Philadelphia experience is. This edition also kicks off our Art of the City initiative. Most of you will remember last summer’s whimsical city scene by iconic Pop artist Peter Max. Art of the City brings our focus home. For 2015, we sought talent in our own backyard for a cover-worthy moment and quickly found artist Charles Burwell. His artistic vision coupled with a compelling Philadelphia story makes him one to watch as he rises on the national scene. Here in Philly, you can spy his works at Bridgette Mayer Gallery and on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There’s plenty to page through in this issue—and mark with a highlighter, if you’re working on your own abbreviated Best of Style picks. Just settle into a hammock and start flipping through.

After cohosting the Today show that same morning, Tamron Hall zipped down to Philadelphia to host our first Women of Influence event at The Rittenhouse hotel.

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LETTER from the Publisher


GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES HAVE BEEN HAPPENING all over town, with projects like 500 Walnut, One

Riverside, SLS International Hotel, and the new Comcast Center at the forefront of the changing skyline. Philadelphia has been filling head lines as of late, and we anticipate the year ahead to be one of great change and success for our growing city, with Pope Francis’s visit and the Democratic National Convention on the horizon. With summer comes our Best of Style issue. We scour the city to find the best of the best in fashion, food, beauty, and more. The establishments featured in our listings represent the finest in their industries and are truly the reason Philadelphia has made a name for itself on the world’s map. We

hope you, the reader, use these lists as a guide to the best of what this city has to offer. This summer, we are again proud to feature a cover that celebrates the artistic landscape of our city. To inaugurate our new Art of the City initiative, our cover story profiles longtime Philly artist Charles Burwell. Found locally at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Burwell’s art focuses on large-scale paintings that use geometric patterns and vibrant colors. We couldn’t be luckier to have his work grace our cover. The warmer weather always brings out a sense of optimism for Philadelphia, and we look forward to what’s to come—the summer pop-ups, like Spruce Street Harbor Park, and all the new restaurants joining the already booming food scene. Here’s to another great summer!


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Carl Dranoff and Kenny Gamble at the SLS International groundbreaking held at the Kimmel Center; Trish Gorman, Risa Vetri Ferman, Monica Lewinsky, Maripeg Bruder, and Garrett Snider at the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center dinner hosted by the Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation. BELOW: With Tom Scannapieco and Alan Greenberger at the 500 Walnut groundbreaking.

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Shane Mccauley Photographer Shane McCauley has shot for retail clients (Adidas, Urban Outfitters), the country’s most pedigreed record companies (Downtown, Epic, Columbia, Universal Music Group), and a host of media outlets. A Pennsylvania native, he photographed our Art of the City cover subject, painter Charles Burwell (page 94). What impressed you most about Burwell’s style or process? So much of what he was doing was so precise despite being done completely freehand. Returning to Philly, what did you find most exciting about how the art scene is growing? Philly has always been an art city. Part of how I came to do what I do and be who I am comes from going down to Philly in my teens and being influenced by the art and music scenes here. I hope that the growth will be encouraged by the city’s response and perhaps turn Philly into a renaissance city. Do you have favorite public art projects or murals in Philly? I have been a longtime fan of both Space 1026 and Stephen Powers, who did the famous Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown.

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Jill Sigal

environmentalist Jill Sigal is VP of US policy at Conservation International and serves as chief of staff to CI’s CEO and chairman, Peter Seligmann. As assistant secretary of energy during the George W. Bush administration, she led the effort to pass the Energy Policy Act of 2005. For this issue, she wrote our climate feature, “Nature in the Eye of the Storm” (page 100). How did this piece come about? I was motivated to help raise awareness and inspire people to get involved and take action, to help sustain our planet—and the essential services it provides—for generations to come.

Randall M. MilleR professor of history

Randall M. Miller is a professor of history at Saint Joseph’s University and has published books on subjects as varied as Philadelphia, urban culture, mass media, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. For this issue, he remembered Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Philadelphia during the country’s bicentennial (page 12). What about the visit spurred Philly into revitalization? It signaled a new way to see, and imagine, the city and its history. It provided opportunities to rethink what America should and might be by recalling America’s founding principles and resolves.

Joann gReco writer

Journalist JoAnn Greco has written on culture, design, urban planning, and travel for The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, Departures, and more. A resident of Bella Vista, she profiled Philadelphia painter Charles Burwell for this issue’s Art of the City cover story (page 94). How do you see Philly’s art culture changing? I’m really excited by the push we’re seeing to interventions and installations in public spaces. We’ve always been a leader in public art, but now we’re looking beyond murals and sculptures toward projects with more sweeping ambitions and stronger presences.



the list summer 2015

Lee Halpert

Louis P. Bucky

Rob Wasserman

Christopher Wightman

Francis DeRuschi

Jan Talamo

Aldo Lamberti

Suzanne Sawyer

Sam Nazarian

Stephen Gitter

Irvin Rosenzweig

Hope Cohen

Cecil Baker

Joe Volpe

Karen Dougherty Buchholz

Reggie Rubin

Philippe Starck

Red Schiller

Tory Burch

Peter Dunn

Frank C. Kerbeck

John Hanamirian

Adrienne Kirby

Mary Cassatt

Joseph Lupo

Bart Blatstein

William P. Hankowsky

Brien Kennedy

Allan Domb

Joseph Lentini

Julia Wolfe

Tom Bentley

Matthew Karlin

Mike McCann

Rita Rome

Michael Nutter

Tom Scannapieco

Donald Pearson

Ernest Stuart

Josh Barrickman

Lee Landau

Mark Semerjian

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

Renee D. Freeman

Andrea Gilbert

Larry Korman

Nicholas DeBenedictis

Rebecca Hasson

Gary Farnesi

Michelle Shannon

Martino Cartier

Ed Rendell

Tim Tebow

Liz Stelmach

Frank Leto

Jose Garces

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Style icon and UPenn alUm Caroline issa’S new collection bringS her back to work with an old friend. by adrienne gaffney “It’s quite a full-circle story,” says Caroline Issa, laughing as she recalls the route that’s brought her from consulting with Nordstrom as a young post-grad all the way to designing a signature collection for the luxury department store. The line, currently offering its spring and summer collection, is inspired by the much lauded aesthetic of the street style star and chief executive and fashion director of Tank Magazine, and emphasizes chic tailoring and elegant detailing. Issa had just graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania when she began working in San Francisco for consulting firm Marakon. One of her early assignments conTinued on page 36

A model of versatility: Caroline Issa, seen here sporting her own designs, cultivated her taste for office style while studying business at Wharton.

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STYLE Tastemaker

Issa (here and left) has built a collection of updated classics that utilize versatile colors and timeless cuts to remain at home in the office or out on the town.

had her commuting to Seattle to work on strategic projects for Nordstrom. “It just felt really wonderful to come back, 15 years later, and to work with my first client, essentially, but from a completely different perspective,” Issa says of the new partnership. Perhaps owing to that familiarity, Issa has been able to take a very active role in making decisions about the collection. “I’m involved in every aspect, from creating the mood boards and the inspiration starting points to looking through the samples and the fit issues to how is it going to be merchandised on the floor and working with each of their fantastic teams. I

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really get to infuse the collaboration with my perspective and the way that I think,” she explains. While Issa has long been celebrated for her fashion sense, earning a spot on vanity fair’s 2013 International Best-Dressed List and becoming a regular on blogs like the sartorialist, she takes knowledge from Nordstrom about the retail side of things. “I hear feedback about how [items] sit on the floor and how customers react to displays,” she says. “It’s a really nice melding of two perspectives, and I feel like this first collection was a true reflection of my style.” Issa’s years spent in Philadelphia, and the

business atmosphere of Wharton, had a large influence on the way she dresses. “I loved shopping at Anne Klein, going to the shops at Rittenhouse and looking for that perfect suit,” she recalls. “Even at 20 years old, I had to have a pantsuit and a skirt suit in brown and blue [for school]. I think that’s where my love of tailoring started.” Soon after graduation, she saved up enough to invest in a Jil Sander suit. The Nordstrom line features brilliant renditions of Issa’s favorite classics, be it a sharp suit, a buttery-soft leather motorcycle jacket, or a luxurious striped cashmere sweater with gold

buttons on the shoulder. (All the cashmere comes from Loro Piana, the Italian clothing brand specializing in high-end fabrics and knitwear.) Her spring and summer collection is awash in work-ready hues like navy, baby blue, and white. This trio of colors also finds its way into feminine floral and graphic prints. As she sees it, designing her line is less about reinventing the wheel than about creating the best versions of great pieces. “What I really wanted to bring to the Nordstrom customer was an ability to just build great tailoring into her wardrobe alongside key separates. I keep [going] on about

classics with a twist, which is a little bit of a cliché, but it’s really how I orchestrate my style,” she says. “I think there’s always refinement you can make in shape, and there’s always newness that you bring in color or hardware or details.” Issa is currently hard at work designing her next collection, usually dressed in her navy wrap dress she’ll take from day to night with the addition of a pair of statement earrings and a long cashmere sweater. One thing she won’t be doing is naming a favorite. As she puts it, “That’s like asking to choose between your children.” nordstrom, cherry hill mall, 856-7735600; nordstrom.com PS

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“I really get to Infuse the collaboratIon wIth my perspectIve and the way I thInk. thIs fIrst collectIon was a true reflectIon of my style.”—caroline issa

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HEAT WAVE Tribal prints and raw materials ensure a fresh and festive summer wardrobe. Bra top ($1,995) and skirt ($1,995), Donna Karan New York. Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com. Large Raffia bangles, Alexis Bittar ($225 each). Scarlett Alley, 241 Race St., 215-592-7898; scarlettalley.com. Woven clutch, Salvatore Ferragamo ($5,800). King of Prussia Mall, 610-491-6810; ferragamo.com

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Bold, graphic prints bring summer’s strongest staples into the sun.

A statement sandal and clutch pack the perfect amount of safari heat.

1. Cheyenne bootie, Tamara Mellon ($995). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saks.com. Hollywood small fringe handbag, Max Mara ($840). Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-6207; maxmara.com. Resin bangles, Missoni ($300 each). Nordstrom, King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-6111; nordstrom.com. 2. Oasis sandal, Aquazzura ($1,100). Intermix, 1718 Walnut St., 215-545-6034; aquazzura.com. Kelly graphic shoulder bag, Bottega Veneta ($2,500). Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200; bottegaveneta.com. Resin bangles, Missoni ($300 each). Nordstrom, see above. 3. Kempner mule, Tory Burch ($395). King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-2565; toryburch.com. Intariso mini lock bag, Valentino Garavani ($2,275). Nordstrom, see above. Column C slider cuff, Lele Sadoughi ($240). Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564-4760; knitwitonline.com. 4. Kattie sandal, Jimmy Choo ($1,575). Intermix, see above; jimmychoo.com. Jack convertible clutch, Elizabeth and James ($345). Knit Wit, see above. Necklace ($1,150) and bracelet ($1,150), Salvatore Ferragamo. King of Prussia Mall, 610-491-6810; ferragamo.com

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JOHN WIND CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF HIS MAXIMAL ART JEWELRY LINE. BY JESSICA GREEN John Wind’s story begins in London, where the aspiring designer learned the jewelry trade at the Slade School of Fine Art. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the States to create his own line, John Wind Maximal Art, which celebrates 30 years this summer. Wind, whose studio is headquartered just outside Philly, in Aston Township, found inspiration for his Fall 2015 collection in everything from Jackie O to flea markets to “my favorite new toy, a diamond bit engraver,” he says, which he used to create a line of initial jewelry. To celebrate the anniversary, Wind returned to London to find vintage English charms. “I found some gems, reworked them, and the result is our 30th-anniversary London Heritage Collection.” Joan Shepp, 1811 Chestnut St., 215-735-2666; joanshepp.com; maximalart.com PS

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Etnia Barcelona ($345). American Vision at The Court, King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-3800; etnia barcelona.com



Elena Brennan, owner of Bus Stop boutique, recently launched the shop’s first footwear line, Bus Stop x All Black, a limited-edition capsule collection in collaboration with the Taiwanese footwear brand. Available in 12 different styles designed by All Black designer Colin Lin, these oxford-modeled shoes focus on comfort while remaining innately stylish, resulting in an everyday statement shoe for any season. 727 S. Fourth St., 215-627-2357; busstopboutique.com

This season, Knit Wit welcomes several “first in Philly” NYC brands to its boutiques. The first is R13, whose rock ’n’ roll leather jackets, jersey basics, and distressed skinny jeans have been spotted on Rihanna and Victoria Beckham. Another is Tanya Taylor, whose feminine designs contrast edgy details— one-shoulder tea-length dresses, pencil skirts with asymmetrical hemlines— and have won over the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. Others include menswearinspired Rhié and fabric-focused labels Shosh and Makié. 1729 Chestnut St., 215-5644760; knitwitonline.com

TROPICAL TRIUMPH Classic American clothier Brooks Brothers has teamed up with patterns expert Reyn Spooner to create a limitededition island-inspired line for men, women, and children. The collection fuses Brooks Brothers’ classically chic and refined styling with Spooner’s traditional reverse-print fabrics for a relaxed yet put-together look that is perfect for summer. 1513 Walnut St., 215-564-4100; brooksbrothers.com

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Make a throwback statement with round, ’70s-inspired sunglasses.

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Gucci ($395). West Coast Optical, 1726 Chestnut St., 215-351-9111; westcoastoptique.com

Miu Miu ($390). Sunglass Hut, The Shops at Liberty Place, 215-569-0605; sunglasshut.com

Fendi ($395). Blink Optical, 1824 Chestnut St., 267-639-2140; 415 South St., 267-758-5182; blinkoptics.com


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PHILLY REVS ITS ENGINES FOR TOP-NOTCH TIMEPIECES BUILT FOR SPEED AND STYLE. Summer means taking to the roads and embracing the ultimate in excellent engineering. Whether you’re putting the top down on the hottest new convertible, tearing up the track with a highperformance machine, or cruising scenic Main Line byways on a custom-built motorbike, the finest Swiss watchmakers have a timepiece that’s well-suited to be your copilot of choice. Several key watch brands have closely aligned themselves with the world of automobiles, such as Baume & Mercier, which has created a Shelby Cobra line celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cobra’s victory at the FIA International Championship. Others brands tie in with specific races, while a select few are inspired by motorcycle makers and competitions. Whichever is your preferred mode of thrill, there is a watch to take you to the finish line. For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to phillystylemag.com/watches. PS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

From Rolex, this 18k white-gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch ($26,650) recalls Florida racing lure. (The stainlesssteel version has been the trophy winner of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.) The COSCcertified chronometer features a tachymeter scale for measuring speed and is powered by a highperformance chronograph movement. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 595 Lancaster Ave., St. Davids, 610-9712446; rolex.com This Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive 45mm chronometer ($4,970) is crafted in stainless steel with a black alligator strap. The elm burl wood dial references vintage dashboards and has



a black matte galvanic center. Benari Jewelers, 3606 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 610355-1800; ralphlauren watches.com Inspired by Ducati motorcycles, this Tudor Fastrider chrono ($4,100) is crafted in stainless steel with a monobloc middle case and screw-down caseback and crown. Water-resistant to 50 meters, the watch features a rapid date change function and is powered by a selfwinding mechanical movement. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-5466505; tudorwatch.com Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra’s FIA victory, Baume & Mercier unveils the automatic Capeland Cobra

chronograph ($4,450), crafted in stainless steel with a dial in Shelby Guardsman Blue with barely visible racing stripes. The subdials resemble the dashboard of the 427 Cobra. Just 1,965 pieces of this watch will be made to honor the year of the win. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 595 Lancaster Ave., St. Davids, 610-9712446; baume-et-mercier.com From Chopard, this Mille Miglia GTS Power Control watch ($8,250) is crafted in steel and houses the brand’s in-house self-winding Caliber 01.08-C, which is a COSCcertified chronometer. It has 60 hours of power reserve and offers hours, minutes, seconds, and stop-seconds function. Tourneau, King of Prussia Mall, 610-491-8801; us.chopard.com




A Forgotten Mansion Becomes a Dazzling Hotel The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore By Erin Garrett-Metz


n the corner of Biddle and Calvert Streets, in Baltimore’s historic

Deep jewel tones, striking canopied beds, fine art, working

Mount Vernon neighborhood, a grand old brownstone mansion

fireplaces and abundant fresh flowers channel the property’s stylish

was languishing.

glamour, all brought into being by local artists and craftspeople.

Built for the banker John Gilman and his family in 1889, the

Much of the original mansion was kept intact—notably, a stunning,

house had long since fallen into disuse. There on the corner it stood,

hand-carved staircase lined with stained glass windows. The rest was

a totem to days gone by. It was up for sale, its future uncertain.

carefully re-envisioned with custom furnishings, rich fabrics, and

Then in 2011, at just the right time, two virtuosic Baltimore

hand-painted murals. Deeply comfortable, blissfully relaxing,

families—one in finance, the other in construction—spotted the old

gorgeous in every respect, the hotel was kept small, to further the

Mount Vernon house. They saw the story of their beloved city in that

impression of staying in a fine private home. Nine suites and nine

one handsome, forgotten edifice.

guest rooms each have a sumptuous private bath.

They worked together for years renovating and re-imagining the

After four years of renovation and renewal, Gilman’s old Mount

old Gilman mansion to create a truly dazzling Baltimore experience,

Vernon mansion has opened its doors to the public as The Ivy Hotel.

a hotel to reflect the renaissance of the Gilded Age in Baltimore,

It’s a renaissance not to be missed.

and the vibrant new city as well. A brownstone wall covered in lush greenery gave the new retreat its name: The Ivy Hotel.

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As ImagIne Dragons geAr up for An epic summer tour, the grAmmy winners tAlk About their long roAd to fAme. by lisa pierpont

When they were playing Las Vegas lounges for just a couple hundred bucks, Imagine Dragons could never have imagined their future successes.

Imagine Dragons are no strangers to the unexpected. The band—made up of guitarist Wayne “Wing” Sermon, 31, bassist Ben McKee, 30, drummer Daniel Platzman, and lead singer Dan Reynolds, both 28—did not expect multiplatinum sales with their first album, Night Visions. The lads didn’t plan to win a Grammy, either. They never predicted they would make history at the Grammys as well, performing a live song in a Target-sponsored commercial break. (The production involved a 360-degree screen, LED jewelry, helicopter shots, and 22 cameras.) “It’s been one surprise after another,” says Sermon. So when the musician says that the Smoke + Mirrors summer tour (named after their new album) will boast “things that have never been done before,” you had better coNtiNued oN page 50

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The little band that could (from left): Daniel Platzman, Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds, and Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons.

another phrase they have yet to reveal) and started to perform at tiny joints around Vegas. “We’d play four- to five-hour gigs and split the $400 pay between us,” recalls Sermon. “It was grueling, but we earned our chops.” They also picked up fans—lots of them— followed by a record deal. Imagine Dragons produce a powerful hook, beating out one haunting, jarring, catchy anthem after another. Each is laced with Reynolds’s blistering voice roaring lyrics of apocalypse, dreams, demons, and fame that cut across all expectations. “Dan writes lyrics like journal entries,” Sermon says. “They are deep thoughts and extremely honest. He documents the hard stuff—sudden fame, the loneliness of touring. It’s therapy for him. It’s raw, but it’s real.” “We had no idea we would blow up to this extent,” he adds. “Our music is true to us. We write music that we would be okay with playing hundreds of times over.” This summer, the band will perform in 39 cities in 58 days, but the guys are ready. “We are upping our game,” Sermon says. “We owe it to our fans. Their energy is palpable. It is our responsibility to bring the best that we can.” Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. 3601 S. Broad St., 215-336-3600; ticket master.com PS

Pharrell Williams headlining last year’s Made in America music festival.

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Festival season is back with the tops in pop, Folk, and hip-hop, From the city to the shore. by a.d. amorosi June through August, Borgata Festival Park: Atlantic City’s most successful casino opens an outdoor component and lets loose with an eclectic array of top names in modern rock (The Killers, June 20), dance pop (Meghan Trainor, July 3), reggae (The Wailers, July 19), and country (Darius Rucker, August 15, and Willie Nelson, August 16). 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 866-900-4849; theborgata.com July 4, 4th of July Jam: Philadelphia favorites and Jimmy Fallon pals The Roots always find the best collection of old-school and newschool R&B artists, plus blue-eyed soul stars, to perform together for the Independence Day holiday. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway; welcomeamerica.com July 24–26, Xponential Fest: WXPN’s gathering of indie-pop and mellow rock’s favorites includes the critically acclaimed likes of St. Vincent and My Morning Jacket as headliners. Look beyond the top tier and you’ll discover a list of newbies (Delta Rae, Courtney Barnett) that will surely headline a later edition. Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ; xpnfest.org August 13–16, Philadelphia Folk Festival: The 54th annual Folk Fest at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township won’t have its legendary leader, Gene Shay, behind it (he’s retired), but you can still expect the very best in old- and new-school country, bluegrass, folk, and Americana in a campground setting. Clemmers Mill Road and Salford Station Road, Schwenksville, 215-247-1300; pfs.org September 5–6, Made in America: Early rumors put Rihanna, Jack White, Eminem, and Diplo’s Major Lazer as headliners of Jay Z’s bicoastal, two-day festival. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway; madeinamericafest.com PS

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believe it. He won’t go into details— trade secrets and all—but says there will be more lights, speakers, galactic visual effects, and overall phantasmic shenanigans than ever before when the band rolls through the Wells Fargo Center on June 27. “Philly is a really unusual city, and Made in America is one of our favorite festivals,” McKee says. “We can’t wait to come back [to play here] in June.” “It may seem glamorous, and it is, sometimes, but we sure didn’t start out that way,” says Sermon, who cofounded the band with Reynolds just six years ago in their hometown of Las Vegas. Before that, he’d been studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he met McKee in an ear-training class. “He was the guy in the front row asking all of the questions,” Sermon says. “I was the one in the back row being quiet.” Before long, the yin and yang duo took to practicing together, along with fellow classmate Platzman. “It’s a given that everyone can play at Berklee,” Sermon says, “but we got along.” When he joined forces with Reynolds to form a band, Sermon picked up the phone and called McKee. (Platzman joined the band a few years later, in 2011.) “It cannot be underestimated how much you need to like your bandmates. They have to be your family.” The quartet named themselves Imagine Dragons (an anagram of



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CULTURE Laugh-In Fly like an Eagle: The latest milestone for hometown comedian Kevin Hart (and a first for Philadelphia) is a solo stand-up show at the Linc.

Hart to Heart

Northeast Philadelphia-born comedian and actor Kevin Hart is on a roll. Just look at his recent résumé of films that have soared to the top of the box office: this year’s Get Hard with Will Ferrell, 2014’s Ride Along with Ice Cube, and Think Like a Man Too, his sequel to the 2012 surprise comic smash, also released in 2014. And check out the success of his most recent stand-up comedy specials: 2009’s I’m a Grown Little Man, 2010’s Seriously Funny, 2011’s Laugh at My Pain, and 2013’s Let Me Explain, most of which were theater box office gold before ever landing on Comedy Central. “He’s a powerhouse onstage,” says Chip Chantry, one of Philly’s most successful stand-up comedians, of Hart’s frank and furiously paced routines chronicling his struggles as a father and as a single man navigating the dating circuit. Hart’s success will be put to the test when he returns to his hometown for a first-ever event: a

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one-man show, on August 30, at Lincoln Financial Field. A stop on his latest stand-up tour, What Now, the show will make Hart the first comedian to ever play the Philadelphia Eagles football stadium. He could also make some more history if the show sells out, which it very well might; the multicity tour immediately sold out New York’s biggest venues, including two nights at Madison Square Garden. As for Philly, One Direction sold out the Linc. Kenny Chesney sold out the Linc. Bon Jovi sold out the Linc. Can Kevin Hart, a guy who sold shoes on Walnut Street and played pranks on his classmates at Northeast Philly’s George Washington High School, do the same? Given how often Hart returns home, it shouldn’t be a problem. In addition to attending local movie screenings and making TV appearances, he has hosted the 4th of July Jam with fellow Philadelphians The Roots and donated 500 computers to

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the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center in 2013. “Hart’s probably the only comic right now who could pull off playing the Linc,” says Chantry. “It’s a huge feat, not just to sell the tickets but to captivate a crowd that size. It’s like doing Live Aid without any of the music. He’s just a guy, talking into a microphone, getting the attention of tens of thousands of people who have probably been tailgating all day. I can’t even fathom it.” Or maybe Chantry can fathom it. “That place holds like 70,000 people. To put that in perspective, that’s almost 70,000 more people than I performed for last weekend.” Chantry does have one prediction about Hart’s big day: “It’s going to be a crazy show, as long as Chip Kelly doesn’t trade him to the Colts first. I wonder if Hart can catch—the Linc could use some wide receivers right now.” Sunday, August 30, at 8 pm at Lincoln Financial Field. 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way; ticketmaster.com PS

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Philadelphia commemorates Independence Day with the over-the-top parades, festivals, and concerts of Wawa Welcome America! (June 27–July 4; welcomeamerica.com), which culminates in a trio of special events on the Fourth itself. The Independence Day Parade, from 11 AM to 1 PM, honors all things red, white, and blue. Expect marching bands, decorated floats, and more than 6,000 participants parading from Independence Hall down Market Street to the waterfront. The other side of town hosts the Party on the Parkway, dubbed America’s “birthday party,” an all-day fête with live entertainment from both up-and-coming and local artists, games, and food in the shadow of the Art Museum. It all leads up to the 4th of July Jam, the largest free concert in America, hosted by beloved hometown group The Roots and including big-name artists like Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. PS

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BalletX’s Summer Series 2015 will feature an evening of new work from choreographer Adam Hougland. The England-based Juilliard graduate’s world premiere includes live music by Chris Kasper, a Philadelphia songwriter performing selections from his 2013 album,


Bagabones. The series also includes rebooted performances of Hougland’s previous world premieres: 2007’s Risk of Flight, a dramatic and beautiful piece accompanied by three acoustic tracks from cellist Zoë Keating, and


2012’s Mashup, an over-the-top humor piece set to the music of parody band Big Daddy. July 8–12 at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824; balletx.org


THE ART MUSEUM CHRONICLES the story of Paul Durand-Ruel and his patronage of Impressionist art with the exhibit “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.” Focusing on the years between 1865 and 1905, it chronicles the development of the genre through documents and portraits of Durand-Ruel—a Parisian art dealer who spent his life funding and representing the names we now associate with the style—and the classic works of the artists themselves, among them Manet, Monet, and Renoir. June 24–September 13 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100; philamuseum.org




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With “Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne,” the Michener Museum explores the connections between the Philly-based painter’s older and newer works, all of which display her dual affinity for abstraction and realism. On view are pieces from throughout Osborne’s near-60-year career, including recent works like 2012’s Festival (1, BELOW) and 2014’s Audrey in Profile (2). July 25–November 15 at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800; michenermuseum.org

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amid multiyear expansion plans with frank gehry and making history with pope francis this summer, philadelphia museum of art director and ceo TimoThy Rub keeps his eyes—and his focus—on the art. by sarah jordan

Art democratizer: “Our job is to make it easier for people to come and see art, to make it possible [for them] to learn and look in the way that suits [them] best,” says Art Museum Director Timothy Rub.

Timothy Rub, the impeccably mannered director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a very busy man. I’ve been given an afternoon appointment at his tastefully furnished, wood-paneled office—its decorations include three Matisse paintings, white orchid plants, and two cerulean-blue sofas next to a stately marble fireplace—in the Perelman Building to talk about art, the museum’s future, the Frank Gehry architectural renovations, upcoming blockbuster shows, even the September visit by Pope Francis. We cover a lot of ground, but his assistant pokes her head into the room as we round the one-hour marker to signal that his other commitments await. continued on page 58

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The summertime family program, Art Splash, the museum’s extended hours on Wednesday nights (pay-what-you-wish) and the first Sunday of every month, and unexpected programs—yoga on the East Terrace, roving Shakespeare theatrical productions—have reaped the attendance rewards that make this director happy. Even if yoga and Shakespeare aren’t enough to get you out of your air-conditioned home, the museum’s big summer exhibition, “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” just might. A sensation this spring at London’s National Gallery, the show makes its only American stop in Philly from June 24 to September 13. Loaded with work by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Pissarro, the exhibition focuses on the Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel and the impact he had on creating a market for Impressionist works. Shortly afterward comes a history-making day for Philadelphia: Pope Francis will deliver a mass Sunday, September 27, from the steps of the museum as a part of the World Meeting of Families. “What I hope,” says Rub, “is the pope might visit the museum and our painting by Jan van Eyck, Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata [circa 1425–1430]. It’s a little painting, but an extraordinary one.” Rub gazes out the window at the museum across the street. He speaks with earnest clarity about why the pope or any of us should visit his museum: “Everybody has a desire to learn from and enjoy the arts. It’s part of human nature. For so many, exploring the world of the visual arts and seeing what others have created is an extraordinary voyage that will yield rich discoveries and change them in ways they can’t even imagine.” 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-763-8100; philamuseum.org PS

Frame oF mind Timothy Rub on seeing the stars (in the sky), staying optimistic, and meeting Jasper Johns. FavoriTe arTisTs:

“Rogier van der Weyden, Matisse, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.” iF you could Take one piece home wiTh you:

“Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire.” unForgeTTable momenT:

“Meeting Jasper Johns for the frst time at his home and studio.” words you live by:

“‘It ain’t over till it’s over,’ from Yogi Berra. If you stay focused—and

optimistic—great things can happen.” down Time:

“Going to New Hampshire, working on our house and the property, which we’ve had for nearly 30 years. I can unplug there and see the stars again.” on enjoying exhibiTs:

“Follow your eye and see where it leads you. Spend as much time or as little as you want. Don’t feel like you have to live up to anyone else’s expectations but your own.”

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What would make Rub keep his next appointment waiting? Jean-François Millet’s 1874 painting, Bird’s-Nesters, of course. The 63-year-old museum director, who was raised in Queens and northern New Jersey and educated at Middlebury College, New York University, Yale, and Harvard, is normally a model of measured erudition. His sentences unfurl in waves of thoughtful analysis when explaining the museum’s future renovations or its push to attract families and millennials. Yet this odd painting by Millet of a gruesome childhood memory of villagers surprising pigeons out of the forest at night to club them to death has temporarily transformed him into someone who sounds more like a passionate art history professor willing to keep everyone late for class until he’s made his point. “It has this feeling of mystery and of awe, but is also revelatory and wonderful. As someone on the verge of death, Millet would come back to that notion of how we learn through sorrow, pain, and difficult things—what are the stories we learn and what are the transcendent moments that occur through, counterintuitively, things that are almost too horrible to bear. That is the product of wisdom that only age can bring.” It’s this conviction coupled with Rub’s experience (coming from directorships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College) that has allowed him to connect so solidly with donors, museumgoers, and other external constituencies in his six years at the helm in Philly. With a collection that numbers nearly 230,000 items, the museum has almost outgrown its grand home atop the hill at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rub describes architect Frank Gehry’s master plan, which will renew a facility that hasn’t been substantially renovated since its 1928 opening, as “genius.” It includes a space to be built under the East Terrace that will create 78,000 additional square feet of exhibition room. Rub is candid that the plan will not be finished any time soon. “We will need to do this in several phases and raise the funds each time to do that,” says Rub. “That’s simply a function of a plan that is comprehensive and takes care of everything from the roof down to the basement.” The cost of the next phase, called the Core Project, is estimated at approximately $150 million. Where once world-class museums such as the Art Museum may have seemed like imposing cultural bastions catering to the educated elite, today they are determined to attract newcomers to art, and are using novel programming to do so. “Our job is to make it easier for people to come and see things, to make it possible [for them] to learn and look in the way that suits [them] best,” says Rub. “That’s been a really big sea change in terms of the way museums think about their work.”

A view of Rogier van der Weyden’s diptych The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning (circa 1460), on display at the museum. below: Bird’s-Nesters, by JeanFrançois Millet (1874).

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PEOPLE Thought Leader Mother Time: Ivona Percec’s stem cell research is revealing the mechanisms of how our bodies age.

are combining all the clinical and research variables in this manner. Obviously, there are many scientists studying antiaging in other systems, but they are almost always using animal models, like mice, or manufactured cell lines, which do not always behave like normal human tissue, which is the key distinguishing factor of our work,” she says. While she and other surgeons already use fat grafting, a form of stem cell enrichment, in certain cosmetic procedures, the US Food and Drug Administration has strict limits on using pure fractions of adult stem cells for cosmetic surgery. “This is another reason why our research, which uses stem cells directly from patients using minimal processing, is so important,” says Percec. PS

the doctor as artist Ivona Percec had always felt she was destined for medicine, but not without gaining a wider perspective first. Whether attributed to nature or nurture, university of Pennsylvania plastic surgeon ivona Percec’s affnity for science is rooted in her family. the daughter of two scientists, she says, “science was always part of my life.” after immigrating to the united states

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from Romania at age 9, Percec knew in high school that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. “i developed a love of biology and genetics,” says Percec, and as a high school senior she did a sixweek internship with dr. James e. Zins, chairman of the department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at cleveland clinic. “that really confrmed to me what i wanted to do.”

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starting around age 40, says Percec. Her research aims to find the genetic pathways involved in that stem cell aging and, eventually, translate them into clinical ways to prevent or delay the process. These could include novel approaches to “rejuvenating the human face and body,” she explains. Through her research, Percec aims to show the role of the sirtuin gene family in the aging of body fat and to find, within stem cells derived from that fat, the regulators that could reverse characteristics of aging. The work involves taking subcuta neous fat from voluntary patients—typically the byproducts of tummy-tucks that otherwise would be discarded—and isolating stem cells to study. Currently, this research takes place in tissue cultures. The next step would be animal studies. Clinical applications involving the manipulation and reinjection of stem cells into humans are years away, should the science prove successful, the doctor says. “I am not aware of other researchers who

Plastic surgery “combines aesthetics with function and form,” she adds, meaning that plastic surgeons must have an artistic eye and be technically skilled to do creative work on different parts of the body. mixing the artistic and scientifc seems to be a natural interest for Percec, who says she loves the technical aspects of carpentry, pottery, and fashion. as a child, Percec spent summers in france, developing a passion for french history, language, and culture, an appreciation she eventually wed to her scientifc interests. a 1995 graduate of Princeton university, Percec earned her undergraduate degree in molecular biology with a minor in medieval studies, winning an award for her thesis on medicine in 14th-century france. “i always loved to balance the science with a little more culture and history,” she says.

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If Dr. Ivona Percec’s stem cell research proves successful, it may, in some sense, put the plastic surgeon out of the face-lift business. In addition to her clinical practice, the University of Pennsylvania physician focuses on cutting-edge investigations into the potential use of adult human stem cells to treat and prevent the signs of aging. The aim of this early-stage research, she says, is to find a way to delay aging by intervening in the activity of a particular gene family—and to put that knowledge to use years in the future. “I study how the face ages from a technical and interventional standpoint,” says Percec, a plastic surgeon at Penn-affiliated hospitals and clinics who’s also the director of Basic Science Research and associate director of Cosmetic Surgery at Penn, as well as an assistant professor of surgery at the university’s School of Medicine. Human stem cell expression, or gene activity, appears to change gradually with advancing age,

PEOPLE Spirit of Generosity Going green: City government and the Fairmount Park Conservancy are working together to improve public parks, like the ones that line the Schuylkill (pictured). below: Kathryn Ott Lovell at the opening of The Oval’s 2014 summer season.

Park City

Philadelphia has been riding high on a wave of national and international attention since the new York times dubbed it, in January, one of the world’s top destinations to visit this year. One reason for the city’s number-three ranking among 52 farflung locales: a forward-thinking approach to parks. At the helm of many of Philly’s transformative urban projects are Michael DiBerardinis, deputy mayor of Environmental and Community Resources, and Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Together they work to preserve and maintain the more than 10,000 acres of green space in Philadelphia known as Fairmount Park. Stretching across several neighborhoods and studded with attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum, the diverse landscape of trails, woodlands, and wetlands is one of the largest urban park systems in the world. “the times listed Philadelphia as the number-three world destination for 2015 because of our progress in creating high-quality public space and rethinking and repurposing our old urban infrastructure,” says Ott

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Lovell. “Parks and Rec and the conservancy have been at the forefront of that effort, and I am extremely proud of our role.” This summer, the duo continues its efforts through Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative led by the conservancy and backed by $11 million from the Knight and William Penn Foundations, as well as matching funds from the City of Philadelphia, that will serve as a barometer gauging how valuable public spaces furnish community interaction and, ultimately, whether this makes a city more successful. Together with local organizations, Civic Commons will see five projects—the new Reading Viaduct Rail Park and Lovett Memorial Library & Park among them—take shape this year. “Civic Commons will level the playing field between more affluent communities and those in need,” says Ott Lovell. The project is based on the history of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the first World’s Fair, which brought Philadelphia global attention along with all levels of political and civic continued on page 64

photography by albert yee (ott lovell)

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Love your park: Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Fall Service Day saw volunteers cleaning Carroll Park in West Philadelphia last November. below: Michael DiBerardinis at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, where in March Mayor Michael Nutter announced an $11 million investment in the Fairmount Park Conservancy and its Re-Imagining the Civic Commons initiative.

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The Cause: Hosted by the Claridge Hotel, this annual festival features food and wine from the most renowned restaurants and bars in and around Atlantic City. Join other festivalgoers throughout the two-day showcase of demos, presentations, and—of course—eating and drinking. The Details: Friday, July 24, to Saturday, July 25, at 6 pm at the Claridge Hotel. Park Place and the Boardwalk, 609-398-4450; ac.gourmetshows.com

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investment. “The Parks and Recreation department and the conservancy work together to connect citizens to the city’s public recreational spaces,” says DiBerardinis. “This work is done by connecting citizens and neighborhoods [to] high-quality public space.” Civic Commons is a large part of that, allowing Philadelphians a chance to support their city as a result of their use of its parks. The conservancy has stepped up community involvement through a number of volunteer opportunities where residents can see the effects of their work. “Our biannual Love Your Park service days [bring together] over 4,000 annual volunteers to create more than 60 community events, to make improvements, and hold events in neighborhood parks,” says Ott Lovell. Bringing people together in support of their community is essential to the department and the conservancy. “We can’t effectively serve all citizens without involving them in the process,” agrees DiBerardinis. This involvement is realized through a number of different outlets, including The Oval, the pop-up park at the Art Museum; renovations to Love Park; Tree Philly; and the neighborhood Parks Revitalization Project—a few of the success stories that have grown out of DiBerardinis and Ott Lovell’s partnership.

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“The most significant accomplishment has turned out to be a game-changer,” says Ott Lovell. “In the past five years, we have worked with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to make improvements [to Hunting Park], including upgrades to the football field, baseball field, and tennis courts. A community garden and orchard were planted, and a new farmers market was established.” A recent study shows that green spaces also bring about a decrease in crime. “The project has shown an 89 percent drop in the number of crimes in Hunting Park and the surrounding neighborhood between 2009 and 2013,” says Ott Lovell. “What was once a dangerous eyesore and hotbed of criminal activity that residents avoided has become a ‘green anchor’ for the surrounding community. This will surely inform our work planning projects in other underserved communities.” As a result, Philadelphia has been nationally recognized as a city whose green spaces do more than change the landscape. “The [Fairmount Park Conservancy became] one of the country’s leading conservancies in advancing the values of equity, fairness, and opportunity through our parks and recreation system,” says DiBerardinis, and Ott Lovell concurs. “It is proof to us that parks can catalyze positive change,” she says. myphillypark.org PS

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The Cause: Join hundreds of other cyclists to raise awareness and money to beneft the American Cancer Society with this noncompetitive, two-day cycling tour. Starting at the Hope Lodge in Hershey, the ride covers 140 miles (or 170, if you choose the more challenging route) and ends at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Cheltenham. The Details: Saturday, June 27, at 7 am at the Hershey Hope Lodge. 125 Lucy Ave., Hummelstown, 717-533-6144; pahoperide.org

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The Cause: This popular walk and run benefting Youth Mentoring Partnership and its Friend Fitness Program is an interactive course where participants are showered with colored powder as they make their way along the suburban route. YMP helps area kids develop grit via intense physical ftness and mentoring. The Details: Saturday, June 27, at 10 am at East Goshen Township Park. 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester, 610-613-3847; youthmp.org

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The Cause: This two-day triathlon and festival features a fun-flled weekend with various activities, such as the Safe Kids Fun Run and Sunday’s Olympic-distance race. Participants raise money for charities such as the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Details: Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 am at Fairmount Park. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 800-311-1255; trirock.competitor.com

photography by albert yee (service); Jeff fusco for fairmount park conservancy (diberardinis)

“CiviC Commons will level the playing field between more affluent Communities and those in need.”

The Cause: This 65-mile bike ride starts at the Irish Pub on Walnut Street and ends at the pub’s original location in Atlantic City. All funds beneft the children and families of fallen police offcers in Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey.

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Today show host, national correspondent for NBC News, and host of MSNBC’s NewsNation, Tamron Hall is a force to be reckoned with. Hall celebrated her cover of the Philadelphia Style Women of Influence Issue with a tea party at The Rittenhouse hotel, featuring some of the city’s most notable women. The event was held in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, which was filled with floral designs CoNTiNued oN Page 68

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taste this Issue: summer Dining Close to home: For Positano Coast’s insalata fresca, chef Regulo Reyes tosses roasted baby carrots, shaved asparagus, and red frill baby mustard greens (all locally sourced) in a Prosecco vinaigrette.

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positano coast celebrates a decade in old city—and toasts summer’s return—with a newly expanded open-air lounge. by ken alan Few dining establishments in Philadelphia convey such a true sense of place as Positano Coast. Where other themed restaurants undergo renovations every five or so years as a matter of course, Positano’s everyday allure reflects an unmistakable and unchanging nod to the Southern Italian coastline. The brilliant white tiles, azure-splashed murals, and sofa-strewn lounge call to mind a Mediterranean villa. Indeed, the striking décor feels just as contemporary as it did when Positano launched 10 years ago. While the interior may never change, the menu is constantly evolving. “The flavors of our food are reminiscent of seaside dining in Positano,” says owner Aldo Lamberti, referring to the Amalfi Coast village after which the restaurant is named. “And our rooms are airy. They continued on page 88

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The décor evokes the sun and the sea of the Amalfi Coast, a spirit that is reinforced by the food, such as the grilled octopus with charred artichokes and rosemary vinaigrette (left).

“Over the last 10 years, we have been fOrtunate enOugh tO take part in philadelphia’s culinary explOsiOn.”—rosita lamberti

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Before partaking in my own Medi-inspired feast, I first visit Positano’s popular Sopra Lounge. Located in the back of the restaurant and decked out with white leather couches, low tables, and white curtains, it’s a fitting setting to enjoy the fresh, seasonal drinks (most of which are adorned or flavored with herbs, fruits, flowers, or petals) created by the bar’s three expert mixologists. “This is the antithesis of the speakeasy bar: a modern, open-air, second-floor lounge,” says Rosita. “We’re hardly a hideaway.” With that, she floats three edible rose petals on top of The Belle Epoque, a fresh, lemon-y cocktail of gin and Perrier-Jouët. Positano toasts its first decade with more open air, thanks to a patio extension, which is expected to add 20 seats and will offer the perfect view of Dock Street. “Over the last 10 years, we have been fortunate enough to take part in the culinary explosion that has taken place in Philadelphia,” says Rosita, whose father counts the years by summers. “This time of year is so enjoyable because we get to see our guests who maybe haven’t been with us since last season,” says the elder Lamberti. “People are so happy to be here when the weather is at its peak.” 212 walnut st., second fl., 215-238-0499; positanocoast.net PS

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Positano Coast’s summery new pour is anything but sweet. positano coast’s newest concoction just may be the king cobra of cocktails: la venenosa (meaning “the poison snake”). carpano formula antica sweet italian vermouth is married to Mezcal vago elote and then muddled with prickly pear. served in a rocks glass garnished with lush sage, la venenosa has striking favor profles that move between smoky and botanical—a luxuriant happy-hour injection, without the lethal side effects.

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complement our food, which is light and seasonal.” One key Positano Coast fixture is Executive Chef Regulo Reyes, who for more than 20 years has worked for Lamberti. (Lamberti’s restaurant group owns seven eateries in the region.) The chef’s mandate for summertime is to focus on all things fresh and healthy: Paper-thin crudos remain a staple (“We were one of the first to offer crudo,” says Rosita Lamberti, Aldo’s eldest daughter and his second-incommand) as do a variety of breads and heirloom tomatoes. Other classic menu items include grilled octopus with charred artichokes, sea urchin pasta with squid ink, and Aldo’s mussels with chorizo. However, Reyes does have some new tricks up his sleeves, including a pristine roasted grouper, wrapped in zucchini and served with fava bean purée, and the insalata fresca: roasted carrots, shaved asparagus, and red frill baby mustard greens drizzled with Prosecco vinaigrette. On the other side of the menu, a creamy risotto sprouts snow, snap, and green peas. “We’re trying to source more local ingredients,” says Reyes, dicing a pioppini mushroom picked from a nearby Kennett Square farm just a few hours before. Indeed, Positano “has been committed [to localization] for the last 10 years,” says Rosita.

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One of the best cocktail bars in Atlanta is a place called Holeman & Finch, and its recent loss has become Philly’s gain. H&F’s former head bartender (and Lancaster native), Sara Justice, has moved back to her hometown and taken a position at The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. Her first project: the city’s first cocktail tasting menu, a $65 five-course journey that currently draws inspiration from the warm weather. Offerings now on the menu (entitled “Thaw”) include In Bloom, a gin martini with white chocolate, chamomile, and grappa, and It Begins With a Seed, a warm mezcal-and-tequila concoction with sunflower seed and mallow flower. Justice’s tip for how to pace yourself: “The best thing to do is enjoy each drink, and enjoy the conversation with whomever you came with or with your bartender.” The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., 112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277; thefranklinbar.com PS

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Plenty of chefs profess allegiance to local farmers, but few go as far as Greg Vernick, a fixture at the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market every Saturday. “It’s much more than a place to shop,” says the chef and owner of Vernick Food & Drink (vernickphilly .com). “A trip to the market is a family trip. My wife buys some things for home, and I find inspiration



for the restaurant.” You can catch Vernick scouting strawberries from Rineer Family Farms in June and sniffing Hands on the Earth Orchard peaches in July. “I’ll be excited by an item, make an impulse purchase, head back to the restaurant, and create a dish. This is how a lot of our specials are created.” 18th and Walnut Streets; farmtocity.org

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Name of the Game Drinking is fun. Eating is fun. But sometimes, particularly on long, bright summer days, it can be hard to sit still. Fortunately, several local bars and restaurants are eager to cater to our collective restlessness, with games like bocce ball at Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden (phlbeer garden.com), ping-pong at Frankford Hall (frankfordhall.com), and Skeeball (below) at Garage (garagephilly.com). You can play life-size chess and Jenga at Spruce Street Harbor Park (drwc .com) or throw down at shuffeboard or darts in the upstairs game room at The Twisted Tail (thetwistedtail.com) off South Street—a good excuse to check out the menu from new chef Andy Tessier, formerly of The Farm and Fisherman. And Opa (opaphiladelphia.com) keeps it old school in its Drury Beer Garden with board games like Connect Four and tasty eats like a classic spanakopita with house-made phyllo (above).

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Argentina-born chef Lucas Manteca and his wife and business partner, Deanna Ebner, run The Red Store in Cape May Point. Usually, the couple and their kids decamp to Costa Rica for the winter, but this year, they set up Cape May Sea Salt Company, producing two varieties of fleur de sel from nearby waters. “We collect water out of very specific areas, at certain tide times and dates,” Manteca explains. The water is transferred between holding pools in a solar-heated greenhouse, and salt crystals slowly emerge during evaporation. “We [are trying] to bring awareness to the importance of using sea salt as your regular salt, and not just [for] finishing.” 500 Cape Ave., Cape May Point, NJ, 609-884-5757; capemay pointredstore.com

taste Cuiscene The spirit of natural seasonality at Talula’s Garden is enhanced when sitting on the coveted back patio in summer sunshine.

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From open-air patios to Farm-Fresh plates, summertime is the right time For dining in philly. by brian freedman

Garden Variety

This past winter, the Capogiro team, which brought Philly into the national gelato spotlight, opened Capofitto (233 Chestnut St., 215-897-9999; capofittoforno.com), an excellent pizza-centric destination in Old City. Its immediate success is no wonder: Those uninterested in phenomenal Neapolitan pies, like the carciofi e guanciale (artichoke and cured pork jowl), not to mention some of the city’s best desserts (including some coveted gelato), are few and far between. in Fine Form


Up and away

Chef and owner Christopher Kearse of Will BYOB (1911 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-271-7683; willbyob.com) has quickly become one of the region’s top toques. And this time of year, Kearse’s creative vision peaks, right alongside our local bounty. (The Rohan duck breast and sausage with rhubarb, pecans, fiddlehead ferns, and huckleberry jus was one of many standouts on a recent à la carte menu.) Our recommendation? BYOB. Come with a bottle of bubbly and one each of white and red: The range of flavors and textures he works with is unparalleled and demands a variety of pairings.

At Philadelphia’s only hummusiya, every

Chef Daniel Stern has been holding sway at his 37th-floor perch for years, and his food is as fantastic as ever. Enjoy the longest days of the year at his R2L (50 S. 16th St., 37th Fl., 215-564-5337; r2lrestaurant.com), which offers some of the city’s best views of dramatic summer sunsets. With a flute of bubbly in hand, the city shimmering beneath you, and Stern’s magic in the kitchen—think skate cheek with foie gras, scallops, lentils, and a black tea sauce, or happy-hour plates like grilled truffle flatbread—any plush seat in the house provides a perfect photo opportunity.

From the much-praised team of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook comes Dizengoff (1625 Sansom St., 215-867-8181; dizengoffphilly.com), a Rittenhouse Square hummusiya invested in the humble chickpea. The classic hummus here is world class, the brave riffs on it electrifying, and the pita as tender and soulful as any on the planet. Wash it all down with their legendary minty lemonnana, a kind of lemon-mint slushie. It practically screams summertime. PS

capoFitto The Capogiro enterprise has brought two of life’s greater pleasures together by complementing its award-winning gelato with a salty counterpoint: artisanal Neapolitan pizzas.

order of hummus is made into a meal with accompaniments of fresh-baked pita, seasonal salads, and Israeli pickles.

talUla’s Garden This beloved Washington Square restaurant helps facilitate happy hour with its huge menu of local and international cheeses. Create your own board and share!

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Talula’s Garden (210 W. Washington Sq., 215-592-7787; talulasgarden.com), from the dream-team collaboration between Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy, is one of the city’s top destinations in any season. But when the mercury climbs and its magical outdoor garden opens, it’s nothing short of perfection. Tuck into deeply seasonal dishes like snapper crudo with kohlrabi-jalapeño vinaigrette, Jonagold apple and endive salad, and candied kumquats with any one of Talula’s thematic cheese boards—or one you curated yourself from its lengthy list of fromage varietals, including several from PA.

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photography by courtney apple photography (talula’s garden); michael persico (dizengoff)

It’s that time again: The year’s warmest months find Philadelphia restaurants at their best. And after a year of exciting debuts and openings, there are more standout choices than ever before. Whether they offer a patio for sipping Champagne alfresco or take full advantage of the astounding seasonal bounty from local farms, these five restaurants below, in top form during the summer, are our choice picks this season.


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In Living Color

As Charles Burwell prepares new work for a local exhibition this summer, the Philadelphia painter contemplates how the City of Brotherly Love continues to inuence and inform his aesthetic, while his evolving style propels him onto the national stage. By JoAnn Greco

Photography by Shane McCauley


You have to work to locate artist Charles Burwell—by stepping gingerly across a junk-strewn lot, pushing open an institutional pink door, pulling open an imposing set of black doors, skipping up a few makeshift wooden stairs, and then walking through the final entrance into his 2,700-squarefoot Kensington studio. Getting to the heart of Burwell’s paintings isn’t easy, either. “A lot of my work has something to do with not being able to push your way through,” he says. “And there’s certainly a connection to my living and working in Philadelphia with all of its visual complexity. I’ve always been interested in early modernists whose work reflected that kind of urban energy.” A particular favorite, he says, is Fernand Léger’s The City at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A faint aroma of stale smoke hangs in the air, and African music plays softly in the background. Burwell, 60, crouches near the bottom of an enormous canvas, meticulously painting black squiggles. Crimson is the dominant shade of this abstract, but the original background has been subsequently overlaid with amorphic shapes striated by tones of emerald and olive, navy and lavender; elsewhere, crystalline spheres of teal and peridot bounce through a swirling trail of aubergine. The effect is that of a Pollock meeting a Matisse cutout, with sprinklings of styles like Color Field, Op Art, and Pop Art. Its precise chaos is all Burwell, though, a distinctive mélange of lines, drips, and geometric forms that are often inspired by the organic shapes found in nature. Or not. When a viewer points toward one blob and says it resembles Snoopy, Burwell offers a different cartoon figure: Tweety. Unfurling his lanky body, Burwell rises to his full height of 6-foot-4 and wipes his hands on his overalls, which are already spattered with paint. From the assortment of mismatched furniture that litters the sprawling space, he plucks an incongruously small and feminine upholstered chair and settles in, gesturing toward the work he and an assistant are currently finishing. It’s his largest ever, he says—clocking in at 19 feet by eight feet—before describing how it’s all come together. “This piece began as a row of free-form stripes painted on by brush,” he explains. “Then it became a layering process where the stripes were followed by a series of shapes, then a series of drips. Each layer obscures what’s underneath—that’s what I want.” He started working on this latest piece, called Red Frequency, last year, using, as a jumping-off point, what seems to be all available hues of the color red. Eventually, it will have more than a dozen layers. “I’m not sure how I define ‘complete,’” he says. “At a certain point, it offers a feeling of completeness, that’s all. Lately, I’ve been leaning toward an excess of information, so the paintings are getting more complex.” It

“takes a certain kind of personality to live with that intensity,” Burwell adds, allowing a touch of wryness to enter his otherwise measured tones. But complete it he must, since this particular work will be installed at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, where it will serve as a focal point for an exhibit called “Layering Constructs” (on view through September 7). In addition to Burwell, the show is displaying works by Margo Allman and Antonio Puri, two other abstract artists who use layering; a joint exhibit will be presented concurrently at the Delaware Art Museum (through August 2). Thanks to the increasing complexity of his work, the hometown artist is enjoying a recent breakout in his career. Burwell is selling more and more outside of Philly, is having his shows reviewed in the art world’s leading publications, and is contributing to major exhibitions, including a recent run in a traveling show at the renowned McNay Art Museum, in San Antonio, Texas, and the Akron Art Museum, in Ohio. “Charles has had an incredible two years,” says Bridgette Mayer, owner of the eponymous Bridgette Mayer Gallery, on Washington Square, who represents Burwell locally. “Collectors love Charles for his use of color and the intricacy of his processes.” Indeed, Burwell has begun to attract collectors’ eyes so much that Mayer featured his work in her gallery’s booth at the Art Miami art fair, which runs during Art Basel Miami Beach, this past December. It was the fifth consecutive year the artist’s work had traveled south for the winter. Burwell grew up in West Philadelphia and took Saturday art classes as an elementary school student followed by classes at Moore College of Art and Design while in high school. “If these opportunities weren’t available when I was young, I don’t know that I would have gravitated toward art as a career,” he says. He went on to attend the Tyler School of Art before pursuing an MFA degree at Yale University School of Art, where he studied with influential modernists like Elizabeth Murray and William Bailey. “There’s a legacy and a weight of teaching art history at Yale that parallels the development of contemporary art,” he says now, thinking back to the time he spent there in the 1970s. “It sort of hangs over your head—I White Temp #2 (2014) felt myself constantly asking how I fit in. In the end, it means very little once you’re in your studio. It means practically nothing.” He needed to discover his own style, and did so by looking at art and then looking some more. On a trip to the Freer Gallery of Art, in DC, he was impressed by how ancient East Asian art could seem so modern, distilled as it is into a series of gestures, “of marks on the page rather than representative forms,” he says. “It changed

“I have to remember to maintain a sense of play. I’m ready to be a bit more spontaneous.” —Charles Burwell

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White Temp #1 (2014). The backgrounds of both White Temp pieces showcase a hallmark Burwellian technique: dripping paint.

“Whatever I do, there is going to be an implied sense of order. It’s me figuring out where things are supposed to be.” —Charles Burwell

how I thought about art. From then on, much of my work was about making my own ‘mark.’ In the last few years, I’ve gotten away from that, but it’s still there, mostly represented by the drip.” The drips, however, are subtle. What emerges as Burwell’s true signature is his ongoing exploration of geometric shapes. Over the years, he has created hundreds and hundreds of templates, first by hand and in the last decade or so by computer. “It’s sort of a vocabulary I’ve developed,” he says. There are straight-on circles, ovals, and geodes, but also more amorphous forms that look like clouds, thought balloons, toy jacks, jigsaw puzzle pieces, or teddy bears. Once Burwell or an assistant traces a template onto the canvas, it’s time to painstakingly fill it in. It’s here that Burwell’s fondness for stripes, dots, grids, diamonds, and plaids is given life. It sounds like a mad jumble, but each work is tightly constructed and symmetrical—there is never any sense of sloppiness or of something missing. “Part of my personality is that whatever I do, there is going to be an implied sense of order,” Burwell says. “It’s me trying to figure out where things are supposed to be. When I start, I have no idea how, or if, it’s going to work. Sometimes I’m surprised when it does.” If it all gels, he says, there’s logic to the space, the range of colors, and the interaction of the forms. “There’s a kind of believability that’s guided by the history of art and my own desires in terms of the place I’m trying to arrive at.” His path to the place he’s in now has been filled with a panoply of fellowships and grants, and he’s enjoyed residencies at a series of art colleges up and down the East Coast. He’s taught mural arts to kids in Wilmington and has been a visiting lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s exhibited steadily since graduating from Yale in 1979, and his work can be

found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York City. The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcased two major paintings of his just this January as part of the show “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.” Living and working in Philadelphia “has worked well for me over the years,” says Burwell. He adds that many young artists are forging a similar path. “Art school graduates are choosing to stay in Philadelphia rather than go off to New York. Some have formed artist collectives as an alternative to the commercial scene, and as a way to show their own work and the work of their colleagues,” he says. “There is an energy in Philly that’s generated by these young artists that’s not gone unnoticed by the larger art world. A number of articles have appeared in The New York Times and art publications about the Philly art scene. The Barnes, the Art Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art, all world-class institutions, are getting more national media coverage, which makes the city a competitive art world destination.” Burwell has enjoyed more than 30 years in the business, but there have been challenges, too. “The day-to-day work in the studio is always a laborious process,” he notes. “I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was in grade school, and there have been difficult times over the years trying to remain a full-time artist. But I suppose I was too stubborn to give up.” Still, Burwell seems eager to mix things up a bit. “I have to remember to maintain a sense of play, to carve out time for that,” he says. “I’ve been spending a lot of time on these large, very planned paintings. I’m ready to be a bit more spontaneous. I’m thinking that I’ll start working on some smaller pieces…. I can see interesting possibilities for where the work will go.” PS




THE BAZEMORE GALLERY Director: Lenny Bazemore Notable Artists: Stephen Bruce’s abstract acid paintings on metal have been featured on TV shows and famous movie sets; Chantal Westby relies on memory and imagination to bring an image “previously seen” to life on canvas. 4339 Main St., 215-482-1119; thebazemoregallery.com

BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY Notable Artists: Painter Dana Hargrove investigates how landscapes signify our relations with nature; similarly, Rebecca Rutstein’s hypergeometric paintings and sculptures (like Sky Terrain (2015), ABOVE) focus on geology and how it symbolizes many of life’s experiences. 709 Walnut St., 215-413-8893; bridgettemayergallery.com

Odili Donald Odita will join a diverse group of 13 other acclaimed artists for Mural Arts this year. Here, his Heaven’s Gate (2012) as it adorns the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Georgia.

GRAVERS LANE GALLERY Owner: Ken Goldenberg; Director: Bruce D. Hoffman Notable Artists: Cape May native Barbara Lee Smith uses industrial-strength polyester for her work, which focuses on land, sea, and sky; Jinsook So favors transparent steel cloth, which she manipulates and colors to sculpt vessels. 8405 Germantown Ave., 215-247-1603; graverslanegallery.com

LOCKS GALLERY Owner and director: Sueyun Locks Notable Artists: Polly Apfelbaum uses bold colors in her velvet fabric-dyed “fallen paintings” to blur the lines between painting, sculpture, and installation; Orit Hofshi is a contemporary CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


From Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins to Horace Pippin, the Philadelphia region has gifted the world with a long history of distinguished artists. A handful still at work—such as Brandywine-based Jamie Wyeth, son of Andrew Wyeth, and Nelson Shanks, the Bucks Countybased painter of presidential portraits—have gained national renown. Meanwhile, the region is rich in more locally focused artists who have built solid reputations and are dedicated to keeping the area’s creative juices flowing. These include the young street-smart stars of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and treasured local arts leaders like Charles Burwell (see our cover story profile on page 94) and Eileen Neff

(eileenneff.com), who has exhibited recently at both Bridgette Mayer and Locks Galleries. Although Philadelphia-born Neff, 70, majored in English before pursuing her MFA in painting at the Tyler School of Art, it’s photography that has long been her chosen mode of expression. With nature as a favored subject, her literary and painterly training is evident in such limpid images as The Ordinary Day, a work that at first seems to depict billowy clouds rolling over a murky sea. A dark band that evenly divides the landscape is a clue that all is not as it seems to be. The bar is actually a piece of molding from the window of Neff’s 29th-floor Center City apartment, through which she’s viewing the sky. And the “sea” is really a startling reflection bounced onto her tabletop. “I’m very attached to the weather,” she says. “It has a great metaphorical component—it has moods. And I’m very lucky to have this amazing view.” In Good Night Rain, she photographed the raindrops that had collected


Owner: Bridgette Mayer

on her window. Look closer, and it’s clear that each drop contains an inverted picture of the landscape beyond. “I was taken by how they were functioning like little lenses,” says Neff. As a child, Neff indulged in long hikes through Pennypack Park with her father. Now, she often gets her nature fix from inside, borrowing plants, sculptures (including some made by her dad), and, of course, that view for inspiration. “Paying attention is at the heart of what I value,” she says. Now, some of that perspective has found a permanent home, as her Leaf Wall Installation, featured in her recent solo exhibition “Traveling into View,” was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art this spring. Making the ordinary—like blank walls and train tracks—extraordinary lies at the core of the Mural Arts Program (muralarts.org). That’s especially true throughout the summer, as 14 international artists will immerse themselves in large-scale temporary public artworks as part of the invitational exhibit “Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space.” The results, curated by Pedro Alonzo, one of the country’s leading curators of street art, will be unveiled in locations all over the city in October. Working with chalk spray and stencils, visual artist and muralist Michelle Angela Ortiz—one of five of the selected artists who are based in Philadelphia—retells the intricate and intimate stories she teases from Latin American community members who have suffered the effects of deportation. The dozen or so works of “Familias Separadas (Broken Families)” range in size and location, from a North Philadelphia stoop to a crosswalk on Washington Avenue. An accompanying blog provides further images and documentation, while each piece includes a QR code that takes viewers to an audio version of the tale depicted. “It’s really important for me that people hear the voices involved in the story,” Ortiz says. “It’s important to me that the stories, and the memories, of those who no longer live here live on after the stencils fade.” Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala—a Philly-based brother duo—are also pursuing the idea of “living on.” But they do it by shining a spotlight on the things we throw away and how we might be able to recycle them—or their parts—into useful objects. Like much of their work, the team’s project incorporates aspects of sculpture and performance. “We’re interested in going way back to the raw material,” says Billy Dufala. “Most likely, we’ll be working with aluminum. We’ll collect it, sort it, process it, and then fabricate new items from it.” Part open air (the grinding, melting, and welding of metals) and part indoors (the exhibition of the finished products), the project is purely educational and won’t involve audience participation. That’s not the case with Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston, another Philly-based duo who often work together as part of Amber Art & Design, a five-member local public art collective. Their project is transforming the exterior and interior of an abandoned, 10,000-square-

Eileen Neff’s The Ordinary Day (2012) and Good Night Rain (below, 2012).

artist who combines prints along with woodcut panels for large-scale installations that embody contradictions to inspire refection. 600 Washington Sq. S., 215-629-1000; locksgallery.com

MERRITT GALLERY & RENAISSANCE FINE ART Owners: Merritt Miller and Rachel Rubin Notable Artists: Josef Kote is known for his signature drip effect along the bottom of his vibrant, edgy paintings; sculptor Sheila Ganch uses clay to create a contemporary reality with “ancient” surfaces. 385 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 610-645-9945; merrittgallery-renaissancefnearts.com

SCHWARZ GALLERY Owner and president: Robert D. Schwarz Jr. Notable Artists: Herman Herzog, born in Germany, was inspired greatly by the landscapes he found in the US upon emigrating to West Philadelphia in the late 19th century; John Durrie Jr. spent his career painting now-iconic landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits. 1806 Chestnut St., 215-563-4887; schwarzgallery.com

SNYDERMAN-WORKS GALLERIES Owners: Rick and Ruth Snyderman Notable Artists: Norma Minkowitz explores the cohesion of crocheted sculptures and the importance of drawing; collaborative duo Ford/Forlano began their work together in Rome, fusing backgrounds in abstract painting and object art into jewelry design. 303 Cherry St., 215-238-9576; snyderman-works.com

foot warehouse in North Philadelphia into a “place of art production,” says Martinez. Through interviews and events series, the artists will document the cultural parallels between the African-American migration from the South to the North and the experience of those who came from Latin America and the Caribbean. Martinez and Johnston will then guide community members in interpreting those journeys through wall paintings, video projections, and found objects. “The idea is to use art to magnify and illuminate the connections and similarities between these populations,” says Martinez. “Sometimes language can be a barrier—but it’s not the only way to promote conversation.” PS

WEXLER GALLERY Owners: Lewis Wexler and Sherri Apter Wexler Notable Artists: Philipp Aduatz, a Vienna-based designer, focuses on functional pieces that blur the lines between art and design; Japanese-born Chiyomi Longo fnds inspiration in her personal journey—both physically, in her move to the States, and artistically, in the reconciliation of Japanese and Western forms. 201 N. Third St., 215923-7030; wexlergallery.com

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I N T H E E Y E of T H E S T O R M

PhotograPhy by Kurt MarKus/trunK archive

The world’s growing population and the impact of the changing climate are putting nature’s ability to provide for all of us at risk. Are we paying enough attention to this looming threat?

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ake a look around and it becomes clear that nearly everything surrounding us—the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the butcher-block table in your kitchen, the paper used for this magazine—comes from nature. The simple truth is that humanity cannot survive without nature: for our food, fresh water, lifesaving medicines, and so much more.

When you see the abundance of food at the local supermarket—the bins of fruits and vegetables, the seafood on ice, the water bottles on the shelves—you may not always think about where it all comes from or what would happen if nature could no longer provide for us. Currently there are 7.3 billion people on the planet. According to a report by the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9.6 billion by the year 2050. Global demand for food, water, and energy is predicted to increase by 35 percent, 40 percent, and 50 percent, respectively, by 2030. This will further test nature’s ability to provide for us, as will the expanding middle class around the world. The unprecedented consumption of critical natural resources poses enormous challenges for the entire planet. Some countries are already feeling the effects with depleted fisheries and diminished food stocks resulting from the inability of agricultural production to keep pace with demand. In recent years, more food was consumed around the world than was produced. The changing climate compounds these trends, as the increasing number and severity of storms (like Hurricane Sandy, which battered the East Coast in 2012), floods, and droughts threaten global food and water supplies. Competition for increasingly scarce resources can lead to social and political instability, conflict, radicalization, and possibly even failed nations. According to the US National Intelligence Council, “[resource] scarcities are likely to hit hardest on poorer states, leading in the worst case to internal or interstate conflict and spillover to regional destabilization.” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the country’s premier foreign-policy think tank, agrees. “Resources are linked to both the stability of countries and to the stability of regions,” he says. Resource shortages and competition need to be on “the list of possible sources of friction or conflict” and are “potentially a contributing cause of instability within countries and conceivably a source of instability between countries.” But resource scarcity is not just a problem for other countries; it is also a threat to the United States’ economic interests and national security.

is there hope? Given the stress on nature’s ability to provide for the growing population due to increasing demand and the serious impacts of the changing climate, are we doomed, or is there still hope? According to Peter Seligmann, a leading conservationist and the founder, chairman, and CEO of Conservation International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting nature for the well-being of people, there is reason to be optimistic. “Many governments,

businesses, and local communities are realizing the importance of nature to the global economy, livelihoods, and security,” he says. “They are not standing on the sidelines watching as nature is depleted. They are engaging and taking actions to ensure nature is sustainable.” Seligmann cites the example of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, which is leading the charge for sustainability among corporations with its three goals: to sell products that sustain both people and the environment, to create zero waste, and to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Due to its vast size, Walmart can have a significant impact on sustainability up and down its supply chain. “Walmart executives see that their supplies of fish and food depend upon the health of ecosystems,” Seligmann explains, “and they see that ecosystems are being stressed out by shifts in climate. That affects their supply. They’re thinking long-term.” According to Rob Walton, the company’s chairman and the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, “For Walmart, it’s about our responsibility as a business, but partly about how many of our sustainability efforts allow us to be more efficient and to continue to pass those savings on to our customers.” Ensuring a sustainable supply chain so that its shelves are always fully stocked is critical to the company’s business. If you’ve noticed a difference in the size of laundry detergent bottles in the last decade, you have Walmart to thank. The company has single-handedly driven the industry to embrace more eco-friendly packaging. And at Walmart’s 2014 Sustainability Product Expo, it introduced an initiative challenging manufacturers to reduce by 25 percent the amount of water in every dose of detergent in North America by 2018. Also announced at the Expo was a new initiative to increase recycling rates in the US by providing low-interest loans to municipalities for recycling projects. Increasingly, companies—including Disney, Starbucks, and Marriott—are realizing that environmental sustainability is not only in their economic self-interest; it is also in the interest of their customers and the communities in which they operate. For example, The Walt Disney Company is implementing major changes designed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, improve its energy efficiency, reduce its water consumption, minimize waste, protect natural ecosystems, and inspire action on environmental health. The company is also funding a flagship project in the Peruvian Amazon to address the main causes of deforestation. Many are aware of Whole Foods’ eco-friendly policies, which include supporting sustainable agriculture and sound environmental practices. The company has also designed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certified stores and initiated recycling programs, and it offsets 100 percent of its

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“Protecting nature is not an option— it is essential for the well-being of people.

it is not someone else’s problem. We are all in this together.”

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—Peter Seligmann

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energy consumption with renewable-energy credits. And through its sustainable coffee-sourcing program, known as CAFE (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices, Starbucks is maintaining the quality of its brews while encouraging higher environmental, social, and economic standards. The initiative has had a significant positive impact on forest conservation and coffee-farming communities, and the company is expected to meet its goal of serving 100 percent ethically sourced coffee this year. (See sidebar for a list of other eco-conscious companies.)

how is the changing climate affecting us now? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body that reviews scientific research on the changing climate, stated in a recent report that it is “unequivocal” that the global climate is warming: “The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.” The IPCC notes that concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased and projects that if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continues, the climate and oceans will continue to warm during the 21st century. That could result in sea levels rising anywhere from 21 inches to three feet by 2100, endangering cities worldwide, from New York and Miami to London and Sydney. Coastal flooding and erosion are expected to increase with rising sea levels. The panel also found evidence that human health, agriculture, water supplies, and in some cases people’s livelihoods have already been impacted by climate change. Increased acidification of the oceans (from the absorption of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) has harmed marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs and fisheries, potentially threatening our food security. The IPCC predicts climate change is projected to impact the availability of fresh water and increase water scarcity, which could result in competition for the resource. The production of crops like wheat and rice is also projected to be negatively impacted by the changing climate. Risks to human health may also rise due to stronger heat waves, decreased food production, and a greater prevalence of disease, according to the panel. One place that is already feeling the impact of the changing climate is the remote nation of Kiribati, which sits just a few feet above sea level in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, more than 1,000 miles south of Hawaii. Kiribati is composed of 33 tiny islands and has a population of just over 100,000. If sea levels continue to rise, this republic, which is directly in the eye of the storm, could literally be swallowed up by the sea. According to the country’s president, Anote Tong, rising tides have damaged property and infrastructure, and sea water is intruding on freshwater plants and damaging food crops. “The future is a very real concern,” he says. “My grandchildren will have a very difficult future. We really have to do a lot of work. We need resources to be able to build up the islands in order to be resilient to the impacts that will come in the future.” Although people living thousands of miles from Kiribati may not yet feel the effects of climate change directly, eventually they will, Tong adds, and the world should act now, before it’s too late. “It is better not to look back and say, ‘Oh no, we should have done something,’” notes Tong. He sees this issue as “the most serious moral challenge for humanity,” adding that “humanity will, at some point in time, see the need and the obligation to respond to what is happening. If it’s later, we will go down the drain, but hopefully it will be a lesson. I hope that lesson is well learned to ensure that whatever further damage would be caused will not happen.” Here at home, the third National Climate Assessment, published last year, reports that people across the United States—from corn growers in Iowa to oyster farmers in Washington State—are already feeling the impact of our changing climate, and that impact is growing. The first decade of the 21st century was the world’s hottest on record, and 2012 was the warmest year recorded in the continental United States. According to the report, temperatures in most areas of the country are expected to rise by as much as four degrees Fahrenheit in the coming decades, which threatens US agricultural production, worth about $330 billion annually. The US defense and intelligence communities are increasingly focusing on the impact of climate change on resource scarcity, food security, and stability within and among nations. The US Department of Defense’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense

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These global brands are leading the way in environmentally responsible practices.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has made a commitment to “Food with Integrity” by serving organic, locally grown, and familyfarmed foods. The company has also pledged to offer sustainably produced food and dairy products without synthetic hormones. The Coca-Cola Company is working to achieve its 2020 environmental goals, which include improving water efficiency by 25 percent, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent, raising the recovery rate of its cans and bottles to 75 percent in developed markets, and sustainably sourcing key ingredients. The company has also participated in hundreds of Community Water Partnership projects, providing access to safe water in countries around the world. Hewlett-Packard, through its Living Progress program, employs its technological expertise to help build a sustainable world. As part of the program, the Earth Insights project uses a groundbreaking early-warning system that allows scientists to monitor endangered species in tropical ecosystems in almost real time. Marriott International is implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy that includes commitments to reduce energy and water consumption, green its supply chain, and inspire its guests and associates to conserve natural resources. The company has also provided support to forest and water conservation projects in Brazil and China. Omega partnered with the GoodPlanet Foundation in 2011, and within a year the company showcased the beauty of the world’s oceans in the documentary Planet Ocean, examined the stresses on its ecosystems, and offered solutions. To further foster conservation, Omega designed a special timepiece, the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT GoodPlanet, a portion of whose sales proceeds fully fund a project to preserve mangroves, sea grasses, and coral reefs in the seas of Southeast Asia. Starwood Hotels & Resorts is committed to sustainable practices while continuing to offer a great experience for its guests. The company has set a target of 2020 to decrease energy and water consumption by 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively, and to reduce emissions and waste. Stella McCartney’s line features an array of environmentally friendly products, such as eyewear produced with materials like castor oil seeds and citric acid; shoes with soles made from a bio-plastic called APINAT, which degrades when placed in a compost pile; and a faux-leather line created with more than 50 percent vegetable oil, which allows the company to use less petroleum in its products. Tiffany & Co. employs only paper suppliers that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for the brand’s famous blue boxes and bags. Unilever has established the goal of sourcing 100 percent of its agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. In the same time period, the company has also committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions, per-customer water use, and waste.

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adapt to the changes that have already occurred and prepare for those to come. Ecosystem-based approaches, such as conserving and restoring forests and coastal mangrove swamps, as well as building seawalls to protect against the rising oceans, are adaptive measures that can reduce the impact of climate change by increasing a locality’s resilience. “Those actions require a change in our behavior,” he says. “Those actions require a change in how we supply our energy. Those actions require an increased recognition of the importance of securing ecosystems and their health.” What can individuals do to make a difference? “There is much we can do, in terms of whom we vote for and in terms of making good choices with our dollars to make sure we purchase things that are manufactured by companies that are really helping to find solutions rather than exacerbating the problem,” Seligmann says. “Protecting nature is not an option. It is essential for the well-being of people. It is not someone else’s problem. We are all in this together.” No one can predict the future with 100 percent accuracy, so we cannot know for sure how the changing climate will alter nature’s ability to provide for the world’s growing population. Nor can we be certain of the long-term impact that resource scarcity will have on the global economy, security, and people’s livelihoods. But what we can see are the consequences of the changing climate today. We can either take action now to ensure the health of our natural world, or we can wait and see whether the predictions come true and hope we don’t end up looking back and saying, “Oh no, we should have done something.” Nature and all it provides for us—fresh water, fertile soil, food, and so much more—is the lifeblood of human well-being. The pressures on its ecosystems have never been greater. The stakes have never been higher. Protecting nature from the changing climate and ensuring its health is of strategic importance to our economy, our security, and our survival. The planet will endure, with or without us. As Harrison Ford, vice chair of Conservation International, says, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” PS

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Review characterizes climate change as a significant global challenge. “The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world,” the report states. “These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions—conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.” In a 2013 speech, Chuck Hagel, then the US secretary of defense, spoke about how climate change can “significantly add to the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. Food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and more severe natural disasters all place additional burdens on economies, societies, and institutions around the world.” Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations agrees that the changing climate is potentially a source of social instability, possibly resulting in large-scale population movements and a humanitarian nightmare as well as political destabilization. The changing climate raises real questions of economic viability, he says, and if it leads to failed states, “that can create breeding grounds for terrorism or other forms of behaviors that we do not want to see.” Despite the concerns expressed by scientists and world leaders, Americans rank addressing global warming near the bottom of their policy priorities. In a poll conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, global warming came in 19th among 20 policy concerns, with the economy, jobs, and defending the country from terrorism being the respondents’ top priorities. Yet, according to Conservation International’s Peter Seligmann, the changing climate could be devastating in all of those areas—threatening our food and water supply, our economic stability, and ultimately our security—and he believes that something must be done now. Nations and communities need to take measures to mitigate climate change by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, Seligmann says, adding they must also


Philadelphia saw 8,000 riders embrace its new bike share program, Ride Indego, during its first week in May. below: Environmental artist Andrea Polli, in collaboration with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, created Particle Falls, a light installation above the marquee of The Wilma Theater that reflects real-time air quality data. bottom: Mayor Nutter with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Mike Boots, then the acting chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, at a press conference during last year’s Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, where Nutter spoke on national climate change action.

The GreaT OuTdOOrs When Mayor Michael Nutter came into offce back in 2008, his goal was to make Philly the greenest city in America. No small feat. But almost eight years and one ambitious citywide sustainability plan later, he’s helped Philadelphia make enough strides to be signifcantly closer to earning that coveted moniker. The city’s Greenworks Philadelphia plan, which Nutter introduced in 2009, consists of 165 initiatives in fve sustainability target areas: energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement. All together, there were 15 targets Nutter hoped to achieve by the time his term concludes at the end of this year. “The mayor’s plan was brilliant,” says Joe Manko, cochair of the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board who is also an environmental lawyer and former adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “And it’s been successful. We’ve made progress in all of [the 15 targets] and signifcant progress in most of

From renewable energy to improved air quality, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Greenworks plan has set the bar high for the city’s next administration.

them. It was a very aggressive program from the beginning, and we’re well on our way to accomplishing them all.” This past year, for the frst time ever, Philadelphia exceeded the Greenworks goal for air quality, an achievement furnished in part by the 100,000 new trees that were planted between 2009 and 2013. The city also exceeded its waste diversion goal by diverting trash from landflls through a combination of recycling and energy-from-waste practices. And renewable energy sources doubled in the last year alone. “When Philadelphia speaks, people listen,” says Michael E. Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, about Philly’s climate change initiatives. “As the largest city in a state with a profound legacy of fossil fuel extraction, it is especially meaningful that Philadelphia is stepping up to the plate in leading the effort to move toward a clean 21st-century energy economy.”


A fixture on QVC since 2010, Josie Maran, pictured here at her Newtown Square farm, helped introduce the world to the beauty benefits of argan oil through her cosmetics line.

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Josie Maran Cosmetics Mogul, Model, and Actress Sure, she’s an international supermodel who’s graced the cover of Glamour and frolicked in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and an actress who’s flown high in The Aviator. But Josie Maran is also a cosmetics mogul and QVC superstar, selling millions of products from her natural Josie Maran Cosmetics line to legions of everyday women. Despite the breadth of her success, Maran is most at home at her 400-acre farm in Newtown Square, where she relishes being a mother and a wife.

Philly on film: Up Close and Personal with Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Hometown actress: Tina Fey. Funny. Beautiful. Authentic. Local athlete: Allen Iverson. I played basketball my whole life and was small and scrappy like him! I got to hang with him one time, and he was such an interesting and thoughtful cat. Remarkable landmark: Independence Hall. The idea of so many visionaries in one place birthing such a grand vision makes it a very inspiring place. Philly music act: I grew up listening to The Roots and had no idea

they were from Philly until I moved here. Best-kept city secret: Wyebrook Farm for a perfect Saturday afternoon of music and farm-fresh food. Philly service on speed dial: Zenhaling for bodywork and meditation. It’s changed my life. Famous Philadelphian you’d most like to have dinner with: Pope Francis. Okay, so he’s not from Philly, but he will be in Philly soon. Does that count? Summer event you’re most excited for: Almost every night, I throw a sunset dinner party outside with the fireflies. Five years from now, Philly will… Still be my second home.

With a New York Times mention as one of the best travel destinations in the world, a visit from the pope in September, and the Democratic National Convention booked for 2016, it seems that all eyes are on Philadelphia. And we are giving everyone plenty to look at, thanks to an expanding population, reenergized neighborhoods, and countless urban development projects furnishing new restaurants, shops, and attractions. But no matter what the tourism headlines or housing prices are, a city is only as great as its people, and the seven Philadelphians featured here highlight some of our best and brightest: athletes, trendsetters, newscasters, business innovators, and community leaders. Each divulges tried-and-true fnds and favorites about town, plus beloved Philly-centric songs, movies, and sports fgures (three years running, Allen Iverson remains one of the top choices). Look to their distinctive tastes and our annual compendium of the ultimate in beauty, shopping, culture, and dining for your best year yet. photography by daryl peveto

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With a downtown population that recently ranked second only to Midtown Manhattan, Center City is not just a great place to work and play—it’s a fine place to call home, too. Millennials and Baby Boomers, two driving forces in residential real estate, will quickly agree. But no matter where you call home in and around the 215, you’ll need furnishings and finishing touches. Look to these luxe home retailers to feather your nest with style.


Germantown Ave.; commaudio.com) Local retailer of high-quality A&V. JFAB DESIGN (1741 Valley Forge Road, Worcester; jfabdesign.com) One of the area’s top installers of state-of-theart sound, video, and lighting. MAIN LINE SOUND & VIDEO (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; mainlinesv.com) More than 60 years of experience in sound and video solutions. MEDIA ROOMS INC. (20 Hagerty Blvd., West Chester; mediaroomsinc.com) An award-winning design center for home theater and electronics. WORLD WIDE STEREO (754 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville; wwstereo.com) Offering everything from headphones to furniture along with installation.


South Jersey native JONATHAN ADLER imbues modern furniture and home accessories with his inimitably playful vision.

BOCONCEPT (1719 Chestnut St.; boconcept.com) Sleek, modern pieces paired with interior design services. ETHAN ALLEN (multiple locations; ethanallen.com) High-quality furniture with myriad styles and custom options. HOST (multiple locations; hostinteriors .com) Luxe furnishings with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams upholstery. LUXE HOME (1308 Chestnut St.; luxehomephiladelphia.com) A large collection of designer furniture and lighting for contemporary homes. MARKETPLACE DESIGN CENTER

(2400 Market St.; marketplacedc.com) Designer showrooms for Lee Jofa, Scalamandré, and Baker Furniture. RESTORATION HARDWARE (King of Prussia Mall; restorationhardware .com) Timeless home goods from a notable national name.


Lambertville, NJ; bonsreves.com) A



French-inspired boutique featuring elegant décor and housewares. KELLIJANE (1721 Spruce St.; kellijane .com) This home décor center specializes in luxe bath, bed, and kitchen linens and accents. MORE THAN OLD (144–146 N. Third St.; morethanold.com) A mix of Victorian, Art Deco, and retro pieces for true lovers of vintage. UNIQUE INTERIORS (1604 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ; unique interiors.com) Sleep in the Selva Roma bed with your choice of fabric or leather and Swarvoski crystal. USONA (113 S. 16th St.; usona home.com) Lighting, furniture, and accessories in Center City.


avantgardens.net) Complete outdoor transformations for any budget. COSTELLO’S CUSTOM LANDSCAPES (586 N. Broadway,

Deepwater, NJ; costelloslandscapes.com) Free consultation and management through every phase of your designs. SECRET GARDEN (7631 Ridge Ave., Roxborough) A local business offering gardening and landscaping services. WALLACE LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATES (1598 Baltimore Pike,

Chadds Ford; wallacelandscape.com) Award-winning architect and design center. YOUNG’S LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT (323 Main St.,

Lumberton, NJ; youngslandscape.com) Twenty years of service in landscape and hardscape design.


bellabhome.com) This family-owned company specializes in home design, styling, and décor. BUSYBEE DESIGN (350 S. 15th St.;

busybeephilly.com) Owner Anna Powers can help you invest in a single signature piece or a full redesign. DWELLING HOME (4050 Main St.; dwellinghome.com) Staging and designing services for every room. FREEMAN INTERIORS (1520 Spruce St.; freemaninteriors.com) Don and Renee D. Freeman bring fresh ideas to their interior design projects. JONATHAN ADLER (33 N. Third St.; jonathanadler.com) Midcentury Modern design rounded out by Adler’s fun, funky accents. ROCHE BOBOIS (311 Arch St.; rochebobois.com) Bold, colorful design is the hallmark of this contemporary brand. SEMERJIAN INTERIORS (237 W. Lancaster Ave., Devon; semerjian interiors.com) Design services, including kitchen and bath, space planning, and lighting design.

PETAL PUSHERS BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS (1016 New Market St.; beautifulblooms.com) A contemporary design flair informs this Northern Liberties flower boutique and party-planning firm. EVANTINE DESIGN (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; evantinedesign.com) Premier party planners who create and supply artful arrangements. OLD CITY FLOWERS (31 S. Third St.; phillysbestflorist.com) A neighborhood staple for gifts and same-day delivery. ROBERTSON’S FLOWERS & EVENTS (8501 Germantown Ave.;

robertsonsflowers.com) Family owned since 1927 and specializing in weddings and events. TERRAIN (914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; shopterrain.com) This gifts-andgardens wonderland is worth a stop for its displays and garden café alone. VALLEY FORGE FLOWERS (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; valleyforge flowers.com) A garden center from Barbara King, home to lush floral displays, gifts, and an in-store café.

FRAME OF MIND THE BAZEMORE GALLERY (4339 Main St.; thebazemoregallery.com) This newcomer to the local art scene brings emerging and established contemporary artists. BLUESTONE FINE ART GALLERY

(142 N. Second St.; bluestone-gallery.com)

National and local artists converge at Pam Regan’s Old City space, a favorite stop for First Friday. BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY (709 Walnut St.; bridgettemayergallery.com) Contemporary works from major artists and notable Philly talents. CALDERWOOD GALLERY (631 N. Broad St.; calderwoodgallery.com) Twentieth-century Art Deco design and photography. GRAVERS LANE GALLERY (8405 Germantown Ave.; graverslanegallery.com) An intimate and innovative contemporary art gallery in Chestnut Hill. FREEMAN’S AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS (1808 Chestnut St.;

freemansauction.com) The oldest auction house in the US, home to premier sales in art, estate jewelry, and furnishings. I. BREWSTER & CO. (210 N. 21st St.; ibrewster.com) Specializing in Louis Icart, the gallery’s inventory exceeds 40,000 pieces.

all iN tHE dEtailS BLUEBELL KITCHEN (1104

Bethlehem Pike, Spring House; bluebell kitchens.com) Staple suburban design center for kitchens, baths, and interiors from Peter Cardamone. CAVA BUILDING SUPPLY (2007 Washington Ave.; cavabuilding.com) Large selections of bricks, blocks, pavers, and customized limestone. CLOSETS BY DESIGN (928 Springdale Dr., Exton; closetsbydesign .com) Experts in closet, office, and wall organization.

Vittoria Woodill CBS 3 Traffic Reporter and Fashion Blogger Vittoria Woodill can not only get you home from work as fast as possible (as she gives the traffic lowdown every afternoon on Eyewitness News), she can also help you look fashion-forward all the while. This former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and competitive cheerleading coach has turned her love of fashion into a passion project with Polished for Pennies, her style and lifestyle blog, which has been featured on ABC’s The Revolution with style expert Tim Gunn and on queenlatifah.com. Local athlete: Brian Dawkins. Every time he crawled out of the tunnel, I got the chills, and I’ll never forget that feeling of Philly pride and passion. Favorite restaurant: Radicchio Café or Santucci’s pizza, off of Woodhaven Road. Best-kept city secret: We have so many awesome thrift shops. I found a $10 Chanel suit once! Famous Philadelphian you’d most like to have dinner with: Grace Kelly. I’d


Quakertown; igmcorp.com) Materials for any custom project about the house. JOANNE HUDSON BASICS (2400 Market St.; joannehudson.com) Designs, sells, and installs luxury kitchens and baths for the home. NEMO TILE COMPANY (1520 Locust St., Second Fl.; nemotile.com) The renowned NY-based design emporium recently landed in Philadelphia. PORCELANOSA (645 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia; porcelanosa-usa .com) An innovative leader in kitchen and bath products and materials. TAGUE DESIGN SHOWROOM (181 Lancaster Ave.; taguelumber.com) Gather inspiration for every room at Tague’s suburban design center.

Vittoria Woodill’s Polished for Pennies fashion blog counts down her stylish finds mined from thrift shops, discount stores, and boutiques across Philadelphia.

just want to admire her in person—in a non-creepy way. On your Philly bucket list: Maybe attempt to run back and forth over the Ben Franklin Bridge—without stopping this time. What inspires you about Philly: Our neighborhoods are jam-packed with hardworking people who would give you the shirt off their back without thinking. It’s the good in this city that inspires me. A perfect day in Philly is… Driving along Kelly Drive on a gorgeous summer day. Then walking around the Barnes, enjoying some crudo pizza at Pizzeria Vetri, and shopping on Third Street. Summer event you’re most excited for: The pope coming to Philly. Epic.

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Ukee Washington is at home on the small screen and the big screen: He has appeared in Philly-filmed movies such as Unbreakable and Shooter.

Known for his perennial congeniality and mastery of delivering news to the masses, veteran CBS newscaster Ukee Washington has spent the last 19 years anchoring the Channel 3 news desk, after first spending 10 years as its sports anchor. During his tenure, he’s covered some of Philly’s brightest moments (the Phillies World Series celebration parade, in 2008) and darkest hours (Superstorm Sandy, in 2012). Washington was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Local athlete: I met Charles Barkley [during] his second year in the league and my first year of working in Philadelphia television. We hit if off right away, especially since I played ball in Richmond. Hometown actors: Will Smith and Bradley Cooper. I’m also very

fond of Maria Bello and Jill Scott. Whenever I interview them, the conversation always comes back to growing up in Philly. Philly on film: All of the Rocky films. I saw the first one as a freshman at the University of Richmond and went back to my dorm room with my chest pumped up. [I was so] proud to be from Philly! Famous Philadelphian you’d most like to have dinner with: I’m a huge music fan, so I would have to say Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Remarkable landmark: My given name is Ulysses, which [recalls] Greek mythology. As a kid, there was something about the Art Museum that reminded me of Mount Olympus—it only took one school trip for me to fall in love with that building. Biggest misperception about Philly: That our sports fans are unruly—we are passionate and knowledgeable.

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Philadelphians love food. All kinds of food. Entire neighborhoods have been transformed thanks to a single restaurant opening, particularly when a notable chef or restaurateur, of which we have many, is behind the endeavor: Stephen Starr, Jose Garces, Marc Vetri, Nick Elmi. We are a city that celebrates and socializes at our favorite haunts, from precious gourmet plates to farm-fresh vegetarian takeout and bathtub-size bowls of pho. The story of Philadelphia could be written in the form of a menu—or at least on the back of one.

AMERICAN CLASSICS A. Kitchen (135 S. 18th St.; akitchenandbar.com) Chef Eli Kulp whips up a selection of small plates perfect for sharing. Avenue Kitchen (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; avekitchen .com) This suburban haunt puts a spin on traditional favorites. Blue Bell inn (601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell; bluebellinn.com) Enjoy Sunday brunch outside on the newly renovated patio. city tAvern (138 S. Second St.; citytavern.com) Step back in time at the Colonial-inspired dining establishment. red owl tAvern (433 Chestnut St.; redowltavern.com) Enjoy American classics on the rooftop overlooking Independence Hall. SBrAgA (440 S. Broad St.; sbraga dining.com) New American plates from Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga.

SWEET TOOTH clASSic cAKe (1821 E. Sedgley

Ave.; classiccake.com) Design a custom cake or order from the bakery’s list of pastries and other goods. couture cAndy BuffetS

(couturecandybuffets.com) Create an inventive candy buffet for your next party—for kids or adults. Potito’S itAliAn AmericAn

Pastries (multiple locations; potitosbakery.com) Twenty-five years of delicious cannolis and cakes. sweetbox (339 S. 13th St.; sweetboxphilly.com) A truck and brick-and-mortar shop carry all your favorite flavors of cupcake.

ITALIAN Caffé aldo lamberti (2011

Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill, NJ; caffelamberti.com) Enjoy an intimate meal in the private wine cellars or outdoor patio. d’angelo’s ristorante italiano (256 S. 20th St.; dangelos

ristorante.com) After a weekend dinner, head to the lounge for music and dancing. davio’s northern italian steakhouse (111 S. 17th St.;

davios.com/phil) Enjoy a grilled veal chop in the dining room before a postprandial cocktail in the lounge. girasole (440 S. Broad St.; girasolephilly.com) Homemade pasta complements a menu full of fresh seafood and meats. osteria (640 N. Broad St.; osteriaphilly.com) Northern Italian dining from the Vetri family. Palladino’s (1934 E. Passyunk Ave.; lukepalladino.com) Now offering Sunday brunch, with Nutella waffles and Italian eggs Benedict. vetri (1312 Spruce St.; vetri ristorante.com) Prix fixe dinners with beer and wine pairings.

BEST BURGERS 500 degrees (1504 Sansom St.;

500degrees.com) Known for top-ofthe-line burgers and truffle fries. P’unk burger (1823 E. Passyunk Ave.; punkburger.com) Enhance your burger with an array of toppings like truffle oil and fried pickles. Pyt (1050 N. Hancock St.; pytburger .tumblr.com) Unique burgers pair well with their grown-up milkshakes. rouge (205 S. 18th St.; rouge98 .com) Enjoy the Rouge Burger outside overlooking Rittenhouse Square. sassafras (48 S. Second St.; sassafrasbar.com) Unique burgers like ostrich, bison, and lamb.

cockTAIL cULTURE a. bar (18th and Walnut Streets;

akitchenandbar.com) Classic cocktails include a gin sour and a French 75, with Cognac and curaçao. ashton Cigar bar (1522 Walnut St.; ashtoncigarbar.com) Enjoy over 330 whiskeys and a cigar in the upscale space. Coda (1712 Walnut St.; codaphilly .com) Live performances and events from every genre of music. hoP sing laundromat (1029 Race St.; hopsinglaundromat.com) A private speakeasy whipping up unique cocktails. liberté lounge (120 S. 17th St.; libertelounge.com) French cuisine and cocktails inside the Sofitel Hotel. valley beaCh Poolside Club

(1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; vfcasino.com) Frozen drinks, entertainment, and poolside favorites. vesPer (223 S. Sydenham St.; vesperphilly.com) The new space in Center City is a spin on the classic supper club. Zee bar (100 Spring Garden St.; zee-bar.com) Live music, upbeat dancing, and a full lounge.

SPEcIAL occASIoN laCroix (210 W. Rittenhouse

Sq.; lacroixrestaurant.com) The Rittenhouse hotel presents a menu full of locally sourced dishes. laurel (1617 E. Passyunk Ave.; restaurantlaurel.com) Be sure to make your reservation at Nick Elmi’s French and American BYO far in advance. Panorama (14 N. Front St.; panorama ristorante.com) Home to the world’s largest wine preservation system. Paramour (139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; paramourwayne.com) Fine dining and a full wine list. savona (100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills; savonarestaurant.com) Housing the largest wine cellar in Pennsylvania.

SEASoNAL MENUS bank & bourbon (1200 Market St.; bankandbourbon.com) A bourbon and whiskey bar at the Loews Hotel serving meals based on seasonal ingredients. harvest seasonal grill & wine bar (200 S. 40th St.;

harvestseasonalgrill.com) Farm-totable plates under 500 calories. seasons 52 (Cherry Hill Mall and King of Prussia Mall; seasons52.com) Accompany your seasonally fresh meal with a crisp glass of wine from the eatery’s international list. verniCk food & drink (2031 Walnut St.; vernickphilly.com) Seasonal items include wood-fired options like organic Amish chicken and the fish of the day.

THE LoVE oF PIZZA bufad (1240 Spring Garden St.; bufadpizza.com) Roman-style pizzas topped with spicy marinara and rosemary. nomad PiZZa (611 S. Seventh St.; nomadpizzaco.com) Locally grown organic ingredients top Nomad’s brick-oven pizzas. Parlor suburban square (30 Parking Plaza, Ardmore; parlorardmore .com) Artisan-style pizzas with everything from shrimp to butternut squash. PiZZeria stella (420 S. Second St.; pizzeriastella.net) Wood-oven pizzas, fresh pastas, and house-made gelato. santuCCi’s (901 S. 10th St.; santuccispizza.com) Home to the original square pizza. sliCe (1740 Sansom St.; 1180 S. 10th St.; slicepa.com) A BYOB pizza spot with unique creations. Zavino (112 S. 13th St.; 3200 Chestnut St.; zavino.com) The Kennett pizza with roasted mushrooms and onions is a local favorite.

10 arts bistro & lounge


(10 Ave. of the Arts; ritzcarlton.com) Offering a modern lounge setting and high-end cuisine and cocktails. townsend (1623 E. Passyunk Ave.; townsendrestaurant.com) A Frenchinspired menu with wine pairings. volvér (300 S. Broad St.; philadelphia.volverrestaurant.com) Inventive tasting menus from chef Jose Garces.

Continental mid-town (1801 Chestnut St.; continentalmidtown.com) Enjoy a signature cocktail on the ’70s-inspired roof deck. moshulu (401 S. Columbus Blvd.; moshulu.com) Dine on house-made charcuterie aboard the large ship. Positano Coast (212 Walnut St.; positanocoast.net) Take a seat in Positano’s gorgeous Sopra Lounge

the new classics: a. kitChen,

on Rittenhouse Square, deals in diverse small plates that recall myriad world cuisines. Here, a scallop crudo.

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for a picturesque view of Old City. R2L (50 S. 16th St., 37th Fl.; r2l restaurant.com) Reserve a spot next to the window and take in the panoramic views. TaLuLa’s GaRden (210 W. Washington Sq.; talulasgarden.com) Sit in the summer garden and enjoy dishes inspired by the farm. xix (200 S. Broad St.; hyatt.com) Delicious seafood (and views) on the 19th floor of the Bellevue.

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thepalm.com) The restaurant’s impressive wine selection pairs well with its seafood and steakhouse fare. The pRiMe RiB (1701 Locust St.; theprimerib.com) Nestled inside the Radisson Blue Warwick hotel, this spot offers award-winning steak and seafood options.

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(260 S. Broad St.; ruthschris.com) Enjoy a romantic steak dinner for two after a visit to the Academy of Music.

13th St.; charliewasasinner.com) Vegan bar with small plates, strong drinks, and healthy wheatgrass shots for all.

BLue2O (1906 Rte. 70 W., Cherry


Hill, NJ; blue2oseafoodgrill.com) A raw bar full of lobsters and oysters complements a full wine list. BOnefish GRiLL (multiple locations; bonefishgrill.com) Local seafood destination featuring shrimp, oysters, trout, scallops, and more.

aMada (217–219 Chestnut St.;

magrogans.com) With the new weekend brunch menu, diners can get the freshest seafood all day long. MORiMOTO (723 Chestnut St.; morimotorestaurant.com) Seafoodfocused Japanese delicacies from the original Iron Chef.

amadarestaurant.com) Chef Garces celebrates the tradition of Andalusian tapas. cuBa LiBRe (10 S. Second St.; cuba librerestaurant.com) An open-air spot offering Cuban dishes and latenight fun. JaMOneRa (105 S. 13th St.; jamonerarestaurant.com) Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney’s Spanish tapas and wine bar. MixTO (1141 Pine St.; mixto restaurante.com) The Latin Americaninspired menu is fused with a South Beach Miami ambience.

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dOc MaGROGan’s OysTeR hOuse (3432 Sansom St.; doc

Second St.; snockeys.com) Celebrating its 103rd anniversary with all-youcan-eat crab fests and “clammy hour.” OysTeR hOuse (1516 Sansom St.; oysterhousephilly.com) Enjoy the stylish atmosphere at this local raw bar gem.

SteAKhoUSeS The capiTaL GRiLLe (1338 Chestnut St.; thecapitalgrille.com) Dry-aged steaks and more than 350 wines. deL fRiscO’s dOuBLe eaGLe sTeak hOuse (1426–28 Chestnut

St.; delfriscos.com) Wow guests at your next party by reserving a table in the original bank vault downstairs. MaRie nicOLe’s (9510 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ; marienicoles.com) Complement a filet with one of the eatery’s signature martinis. Ocean pRiMe (124 S. 15th St.; ocean-prime.com) Center City District’s newest steak house is the restaurant’s 10th location. The paLM (200 S. Broad St.;

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Buddakan (325 Chestnut St.; buddakan.com) A bento box for lunch allows you to try all their specialties. saMpan (124 S. 13th St.; sampan philly.com) Enhance your workweek with sake specials and happy hour dumplings.

meDIterrANeAN AIr BaRBuzzO (110 S. 13th St.; barbuzzo.com) Meatballs stuffed with short rib and pastas filled with prosciutto and pork ragu. kaneLLa sOuTh (757 S. Front St.) The new location brings the same Greek menu and a full bar. MeRcaTO (1216 Spruce St.; mercato byob.com) An Italian BYOB serving experimental, inventive cuisine. Opa (1311 Sansom St.; opa philadelphia.com) Indulge in Greek classics like tzatziki, plus modern interpretations. VaLanni (1229 Spruce St.; valanni .com) Create your own tapas tastings from the most popular entrées.

Dr.; thewaterworksrestaurant.com) Highlights include fresh antipastos, caprese salads, and lemonthyme chicken.

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(433 Chestnut St.; stratuslounge.com) Enjoy a single-malt Scotch 11 stories above Independence Hall, on the rooftop of the Hotel Monaco. TRia (multiple locations; triacafe.com) Wine and cheese taken to a new level of local excellence. u-Bahn (1320 Chestnut St.; ubahn philly.com) One of the city’s newest underground ventures, offering live local music, pickle boards, and cheese platters.

goUrmet to go di BRunO BROs. (multiple loca-

tions; dibruno.com) Celebrating 75 years of signature cheeses, spreads, and meats from around the world. RasTeLLi MaRkeT fResh (710 NJ-73, Evesham Township, NJ; rastellimarket.com) Delectable foods available at freshly stocked markets or via national home delivery. saM’s iTaLian MaRkeT & BakeRy (3504 W. Moreland Road,

Willow Grove; samsitalianmarket.net) One-stop shopping for all your deli and bakery needs.

DAVID FIERABEND Founder of Groundswell Design Group

BEST OF STYLE Peek behind the curtains at Spruce Street Harbor Park, the PHS beer garden, Morgan’s Pier, and the new FringeArts building and you’ll find landscape architect David Fierabend, the innovative mastermind behind Philly’s notable new additions. A devoted student of landscape architecture and garden design for over two decades, Fierabend has led his award-winning Groundswell design firm to transform some of the city’s most forgotten spots into its most beloved.

Local athlete: What says “baseball icon” better than Mike Schmidt leading the lineup of my childhood Topps cards? Favorite restaurant: Talula’s Garden. It feels like home. Remarkable landmark: The Ben Franklin Bridge. I can see it from my Northern Liberties home. Best-kept city secret: A great little garden at the historical Old Swedes Church in Queen Village. Famous Philadelphian you’d most like to have dinner with: William Penn. I share his love for green space. On your Philly bucket list: I ran the half marathon a couple of years ago, so the full 26.2 miles is on my list. What inspires you about Philly? The way the loyalty and traditions of longtime residents dovetail with newcomers’ energy and openness to possibility. Five years from now, Philly will… Be a textbook [example] for great public spaces.


Retail news has dominated local headlines over the last year. Multilevel shopping meccas—Century 21, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21—all debuted to massive crowds. King of Prussia Mall is undergoing renovations that will add major square footage to one of America’s biggest shopping centers. And The Gallery is slated for a redesign so extensive that it will forever alter an entire stretch of Market Street. Still, the lifeblood of Philly retail remains its many designers and boutique owners. Take a page from their style playbooks for a covetable wardrobe.


Mall; eileenfisher.com) The label’s 30th-anniversary Icons collection includes six classic pieces. NICOLE MILLER (200 S. Broad St.; 4249 Main St.; nicolemiller.com) One-of-a-kind prints and a full bridal section, inside the Bellevue. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd; saks.com) Upscale finds include Phillip Lim, Chloé, and Christian Louboutin. VAN CLEVE COLLECTION (68 Lancaster Ave., Paoli; vancleve collection.com) Pieces from badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Alberto Makali, and more.

CHIC EYEWEAR EYESITE (124 S. 19th St.; eyesitephila.com) Customized glasses for unique needs. G-STAR RAW (Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ; g-star.com) A full range of sunglasses you can try on with its virtual fitting room. MODERN EYE (145 S. 13th St., 3419 Walnut St.; modern-eye.com) Fashionable frames from the world’s most renowned designers. WEST COAST OPTICAL (1726 Chestnut St.; westcoastoptique.com) Eyewear from Gucci, Prada, and TAG Heuer.


David Fierabend’s Groundswell design firm has created some of Philadelphia’s most popular urban spaces, like Talula’s Garden, pictured here.

BOYDS (1818 Chestnut St.; boyds phila.com) Full of top suit designers like Armani, Hugo Boss, and Etro. BROOKS BROTHERS (1513 Walnut St.; brooksbrothers.com) Dress shirts, ties, blazers, and more. COMMONWEALTH PROPER (1839 Chestnut St.; commonwealthproper.com)

Every suit is made from scratch with intense care and attention to detail. VENTRESCA (145 W. State St., Doylestown; ventresca.com) Create a custom suit from an array of fabrics and patterns.

DIAMOND SPECIALISTS BENARI JEWELERS (3606 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; benarijewelers.com) The Philadelphia go-to for all your diamond needs. GARY MANN JEWELERS (4349 Main St.; garymannjewelry.com) Ten generations of fine jewels and exquisite diamonds. GOLDEN NUGGET JEWELERS (800 Chestnut St.; goldennuggetjewelry.com) From princess to cushion cut, you will find the diamond you desire.


American designer NICOLE MILLER extends her one-of-akind, print-heavy aesthetic to accessories, like these Rio sandals ($160).

Lisa Nutter Philadelphia’s First Lady and President of Philadelphia Academies Inc. She may be the wife of the mayor, but Lisa Nutter is a true force all unto herself. Drawing on her experience in education, human services, and arts and culture, she helms the nonprofit youth development organization Philadelphia Academies Inc., which focuses on building learning communities in the city’s public schools to ultimately prepare students for the job market and post-secondary education. And don’t be surprised if you see her fly by on Kelly Drive—she is a competitive cyclist preparing for the 2015 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships. Philly on film: In Her Shoes. Local athletes: All of the Taney Dragons. Remarkable landmark: Strawberry Mansion Bridge. It connects West Park to Strawberry Mansion and East Park, two neighborhoods that I’ve spent much of my life roaming and enjoying. Philly music act: The Roots. Best-kept city secret: The gazebo on Lemon Hill. Famous Philadelphians you’d most like to have dinner with: Richardson Dilworth and Lee Daniels. They’re both boundary pushers, and the contours of their lives would have to be the source of great dinner table story telling. First place you tell visitors to check out: The City Hall tour is a must

because of the building’s history and architectural details. A perfect day in Philly is… When our young people succeed and do amazing things; so, every day. Biggest misperception about Philly: That we all eat cheesesteaks and like to talk about cheesesteaks. Summer event you’re most excited for: The Fourth of July Wawa Welcome America! celebrations—music, food, family, friends, and fun.

Hearts on Fire (King of Prussia Mall; heartsonfire.com) The premier spot for engagement rings and wedding bands of all styles. Morton & rudolpH (1900 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, NJ; mortonand rudolph.com) Featuring Forevermark diamonds in rings, pendants, bracelets, and studs.

eXCLusiVe JeWeLs Bernie roBBins Jewelers

(multiple locations; bernierobbins.com) Selling jewels from Cartier, Chanel, Michele, and more. david YurMan (King of Prussia Mall; davidyurman.com) The designer’s signature cable bracelet is amplified with new designs. JeFF KellMer private Jeweler

(510 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford; jeffkellmer.com) A Main Line staple for all special-occasion baubles. lagos (1735 Walnut St.; lagos.com) Their newest collection is full of unusual colors and sleek designs. tiFFanY & Co. (1414 Walnut St.; tiffany.com) The iconic blue box features personalized pieces through the jeweler’s engraving services.

PartY reaDY CarolYn verdi Boutique (1746

E. Passyunk Ave.; carolynverdi.com) Onestop shop for all your bridal needs. paper Boutique (125 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park; paperboutique .invitations.com) A unique mix of invitations create the perfect first impression for your big event. tHe paperY (1219 Locust St.; paperyofphilly.com) Family owned, it’s the only place you need to go to prepare for your next party. sCarlett alleY (241 Race St.; scarlettalley.com) Personalized gifts for that special party host.

stYLisH BOutiQues Part of Lisa Nutter’s legacy as first lady of Philadelphia is rooted in her work with Philadelphia Academies Inc. The nonprofit youth organization offers extensive services to help kids prepare for college and their careers.

Boutique w (1916–1918 E. Passyunk Ave.; boutiquew.com) The city recently welcomed Boutique W’s second location on Passyunk Avenue. eleMent six (503 Lancaster Ave., Wayne; elementsixclothing.com) Where Main Liners shop for their next fashion statement. ellelauri (114 S. 19th St.; elle

lauri.com) The fashion-forward sisters are making a name for themselves in their new home, Rittenhouse Square. INTERMIX (1718 Walnut St.; intermix online.com) Dealing exclusively in chic designers, from Dafné to Enza Costa. IRINA SIGAL DRESSMAKER (2038 Locust St.; irinasigal.com) Exquisite tailoring, from casual to couture. JOAN SHEPP (1811 Chestnut St.; joanshepp.com) Now featuring Italian homeware brand Fornasetti. KNIT WIT (1729 Chestnut St.; knitwitonline.com) Three locations means three chances to shop European and American designer collections. LA BELLE MARIEE (14 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne; labelle marieebridal.com) The family-owned boutique is dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. SOPHY CURSON (19th and Sansom Sts.; sophycurson.com) This Rittenhouse Square shop has been dressing notable American and European women since 1929.

HANDBAGS GUCCI (King of Prussia Mall; gucci

.com) Prep for fall with the interlocking polished leather shoulder bag. HARTMANN LUGGAGE (King of Prussia Mall; hartmann.com) The Tweed Belting collection will add a classic element to your future travels. LORD & TAYLOR (121 E. City Ave., Bala Cynwyd; lordandtaylor.com) Special in-store boutiques include the Contemporary Shop, the Active Shop, and the Wedding Guide. LOUIS VUITTON (King of Prussia Mall; vuitton.com) Iconic handbags and timeless luggage featuring the legendary monogram.

SHOES MACY’S (1300 Market St.; macys.com)

Footwear brands ranging from Michael Kors to Steve Madden. NEIMAN MARCUS (King of Prussia Mall; neimanmarcus.com) Pre-fall 2015 is all about a ’70s revival with retro-inspired chunky heels. STUART WEITZMAN (1711 Walnut St.; stuartweitzman.com) Designer shoes, from boots and sandals to chic pumps. THIRD STREET HABIT (153 N.

Third St.; thirdstreethabit.com) The Maison Scotch canvas shoes will make your summer morning commute both comfortable and chic.



(1625 Chestnut St.; shopsatliberty.com) Stop in for a bite or a new outfit at this Center City staple.

CARTIER (King of Prussia Mall; cartier.us) Four unique collections for men and women, including the elegant Ballon Bleu. GOVBERG JEWELERS (1521 Walnut St.; govbergwatches.com) Stocking more than 50 celebrated brands of new and pre-owned watches. HERMÈS TIMEPIECES (King of Prussia Mall; hermes.com) The Cape Cod collection is a summer tribute to the much-loved vacation destination. OMEGA WATCHES (King of Prussia Mall; omegawatches.com) The Globemaster is the brand’s most advanced watch to date.

(500 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ; the promenadenj.com) Open-air shopping center perfect for a summer day. THE SHOPS AT LIBERTY PLACE



Walnut St.; cameowaterwear.com) A large selection of swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes. POLO RALPH LAUREN (200 S. Broad St.; ralphlauren.com) Tropical prints are the label’s summer essential. SHIRLEY & COMPANY (42 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; shirleyandco.com) Personalized services that make finding the perfect swimsuit a breeze. SOUTH MOON UNDER (1731 Chestnut St.; southmoonunder.com) A go-to for flowy Free People pieces and L*Space swimsuits, just in time for summer.

nationalwatch.com) Trade in an old watch for a new Rolex.




W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; rachelleconsign.com) Personal consultants will help even the most hesitant of consigners clean out their closets. REMIX (4355 Main St.; remixonmain .com) Head home with new Manolos from this high-end consignment shop.


Lancaster Ave., Haverford; haverford square.com) An eclectic mix of shops and gourmet eateries. KING OF PRUSSIA MALL (160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia; simon .com) A new expansion plan will bring even more retail and dining to the luxury mall.

COEUR (132 S. 17th St.; coeurlingerie .com) Intimate apparel and fitting services. THE GEISHA HOUSE (149 N. Third St.; hellogeisha.com) Vintage jewelry and free-spirited clothing fill this Old City boutique. HOPE CHEST (1937 Chestnut St.; hopechestshop.com) Premier lingerie, from bras to sleepwear. JACQUES FERBER (1708 Walnut St.; jacquesferber.com) Luxury outerwear, divine furs, and fall-ready shearling. LINDA GOLDEN (379 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford; haverfordsquare.com/ shop-lindagolden) Find unique items from America and Europe.


Eclectic Rittenhouse Square boutique EYESITE stocks Philly’s most diverse vintagestyled (BELOW, from Japanese designer Matsuda, $580) and new, high-tech eyewear.


Limerick; premiumoutlets.com) Shop 150 outlets: Kate Spade, Lucky Brand, and more. THE PLAYGROUND (1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City; theplaygroundatlanticcity .com) Oceanside luxury shopping in Atlantic City.



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From the museum-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway to historic Old City, it’s hard to go anywhere in Philadelphia and not stumble upon a cultural gem, family destination, or performance venue. In the last few years, the concept of the pop-up has revived tired community spaces and driven visitors by the thousands back to the waterfront for everything from yoga to paddleboats. And, as always, Philadelphia is in fne form each year for its Fourth of July festivities. Make the most of those lazy summer days with a stop at any one of these celebrated attractions.

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twice-monthly Demo Days.



Blvd.; riverrink.com) The popular ice skating rink transforms into an outdoor roller-skating spot for the first time ever. PADDLE PENN’S LANDING (121 N. Columbus Blvd.; drwc.org) Canoe, kayak, or hop into a swan boat to explore the Delaware River Waterfront from the water. SCREENINGS UNDER THE STARS

(101 S. Columbus Blvd.; drwc.org) Catch films like The Goonies and The Wizard of Oz during outdoor movie nights every Thursday through July and August. SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK

arts bastion:

Whether it’s Broadway productions, live jazz, or opera, the KIMMEL CENTER has Philly’s performing arts fix.

(Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street; sprucestreetharborpark.com) The über-popular pop-up park returns stocked with even more hammocks, plus summer-ready bites from Garces Group, Federal Donuts, and The Franklin Fountain. YOGA ON THE RACE STREET PIER (Columbus Boulevard and Race

Street; drwc.org) Practice sun salutations seven days a week during free classes through the fall.


S. Independence Mall E.; nmajh.org) Tour the permanent exhibits after walking through the newest highlight, a photo collection from fashion photographer Richard Avedon. SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM (6825–31

Norwitch Dr.; simeonemuseum.org) Rare racing sports cars roar to life on the museum’s adjacent track for

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Girard Ave.; philadelphiazoo.org) The nation’s first zoo stages an environmentally minded art display about endangered animals for summer.


St.; kimmelcenter.org) The crown jewel of Philly arts and culture boasts premier programming and worldclass dining at Jose Garces’s Volvér. OPERA PHILADELPHIA (select venues; operaphila.org) On the heels of its 40th anniversary, Opera Philadelphia begins its new season in September with an operatic ode to Andy Warhol. PENNSYLVANIA BALLET (240 S. Broad St.; paballet.org) A famed Philadelphia institution benefits from new artistic vision thanks to recently hired Creative Director Ángel Corella.

South St.; penn.museum) Egyptian artifacts hold court, but this summer, all eyes are on a new exhibit filled with gold-flecked finds from ancient Panama. wINTERTHUR (5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE; winterthur.org) Henry Francis du Pont’s ode to American decorative arts is worth a visit in spring and summer, when the gorgeous gardens come to life.

(select venues; philorch.org) The orchestra’s series of summer shows at the Mann Center includes an ode to The Godfather.

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THE BARNES FOUNDATION (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; barnes foundation.org) A trio of large-scale installations commissioned by the Barnes comprise its show “Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things.”

Franklin Pkwy.; ansp.org) Walk among butterflies, get up close with dinosaurs, and check out this summer’s latest exhibit, “Animal Grossology.” THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE (222 N. 20th St.; fi.edu) The museum’s blockbuster summer exhibit chronicles one of the world’s great ancient empires in “Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life.” FRANKLIN SqUARE (200 N. Sixth St.; historicphiladelphia.org/franklinsquare) Play Philly-themed mini golf before grabbing a Cake Shake from SquareBurger. NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER (525 Arch St.; constitution

center.org) Ongoing exhibits that tell the story of US freedom are appropriate for all ages, but parents should also tour the Kennedy photo display, “Creating Camelot and the Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” PHILADELPHIA ZOO (3400 W.


JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM (138 S. Pine St., Doylestown;

michenermuseum.org) The suburban arts destination features “The Artist in the Garden” through August 9. PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS (118–128 N. Broad

St.; pafa.org) PAFA students curate contemporary works on paper in the school’s current exhibit, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

(2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; philamuseum.org) Summer brings studies in modern photography and the birth of Impressionism.

Main line getaWays HILTON PHILADELPHIA CITY AVENUE (4200 City Ave.; hilton.com)

Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Hilton’s

in-house restaurant, is a prime spot for prime cuts. THE RADNOR HOTEL (591 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; radnorhotel .com) Formal gardens, fine dining, and seasonal special events keep the Radnor buzzing with guests. SHERATON VALLEy FORgE HOTEL (480 N. Gulph Road, King of

Prussia; sheratonvalleyforge.com) Close to King of Prussia Mall and just 30 minutes outside Center City.


S. 18th St.; stayaka.com) Luxury extended-stay suites in the heart of Center City. HOTEL MONAcO (433 Chestnut St.; monaco-philadelphia.com) Phillythemed touches punctuate a staycation at this Old City hot spot. LOEwS (1200 Market St.; loewshotels .com/philadelphia-hotel) The contemporary mood of the Loews hotel is matched by its bustling restaurant, Bank & Bourbon.

Ryan White Philadelphia Flyers Forward As a Canadian expat, Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White is still getting to know his adopted hometown of just over a year. But he’s covered the essentials in the form of historic landmarks, local sports legends, and cheesesteaks. Following a late start to his first season with the Flyers due to an injury, White was one of the team’s breakout stars. Local athlete: Fletcher Cox. He’s just a great player.

RADISSON BLU wARwIcK HOTEL (220 S. 17th St.; radissonblu

.com/philadelphia) The hotel recently welcomed a new group of guests with its Pets Loving Pets package. RITTENHOUSE 1715 (1715 Rittenhouse Sq.; rittenhouse1715.com) A historic getaway in the heart of Center City features select suites and superior concierge services. THE RITTENHOUSE HOTEL (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; rittenhousehotel .com) Redesigned suites and a swanky new salon and spa have been the hotel’s latest newsmakers. THE RITz-cARLTON (10 Ave. of the Arts; ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia) Steal away from your suite to the lively nightly happy hour in the hotel’s grand rotunda. SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA (120 S. 17th St.; sofitel.com) A Francophile flair informs the décor and menus at this Rittenhouse hideaway.

One perk of living in Philadelphia, according to native Canadian and Flyers forward Ryan White? Milder winters.

Philly on film: I watched the Rocky movies growing up. And Invincible, about Vince Papale, whom I got to meet recently. Famous Philadelphian you’d most like to have dinner with: Kevin Hart. I laugh at anything he’s in. On your Philly bucket list: Run the Art Museum steps. That’s probably something I should get out of the way. Favorite restaurant: Buddakan. A couple of the guys on the team recommended it. I’m

kind of embarrassed at how much I order every time I go. Hometown actor: David Boreanaz. I enjoy the show Bones and he’s a huge Flyers fan, so it’s cool to see him around the arena. First place you tell visitors to check out: Everyone who has come to see me from back home asks where to get a cheesesteak. I always send them to Geno’s. It’s cool to go down there and take in the whole atmosphere when you get a sandwich.

A penchant for mixed metals and colorful gemstones has informed the thousands of collections that Philadelphia native Steven Lagos has created from his Northern Liberties headquarters.

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Behind every Philadelphian, there is a trusted hairstylist, favorite manicurist, preferred masseuse, and skincare guru worth driving across four zip codes to see. Who are we kidding? Philly trendsetters are likely to have all four and more—personal trainers, acupuncturists, barre teachers, makeup artists…. Call on the following spas, salons, and beyond to keep you in fne form.

SUNKISSED Baked SunleSS Tanning (815 S. Fourth St.; bakedtanning.com) Organic tans offer a natural look that lasts. old ciTy Tan (11 N. Second St.; oldcitytans.com) Go UV-free with a custom spray tan and smile bright with teeth whitening services. Sun MyST Tanning Spa (124 S. 16th St.; mysunmyst.com) Three levels of tanning provides precise coloring. TanTini Tanning Bar (172 William L. Dalton Dr., Glassboro, NJ; mytantini .com) The Super Hydrating treatment freshens skin after a tanning session.

TONE UP ciTy FiTneSS (multiple locations;

cityfitnessphilly.com) Kickboxing, spinning, and Zumba are just some of the group fitness classes offered here.

STEvEN LAgOS Jewelry Designer Since first creating his eponymous jewelry line back in 1977, Steven Lagos has become one of Philly’s treasured sons. Known for his iconic sterling silver pieces with caviar-like beading and accented with 18k gold, semiprecious stones, or diamonds, his craftsmanship and eye for detail have helped him become one of the world’s most successful and lauded jewelry designers. Today, his wares are in countries all

over the world, but he still runs his business from his office and studio in Old City—and his jewelbox of a store on Rittenhouse Row boasts the largest selection of Lagos in the world. Philly on film: My favorite Philly movie is Philadelphia, with Tom Hanks, hands down. Hometown actor: Tina Fey. Favorite restaurant: Barclay Prime is such a special place. It is the perfect spot to sit, relax, and enjoy an amazing steak. First place

The SporTing cluB aT The Bellevue (224 S. Broad St.; you tell visitors to check out: The Barnes Foundation is just incredible. I love to tell people about this hidden gem. Remarkable landmark: The Art Museum. What inspires you about Philly: Its history is immeasurable. Philly is truly the birthplace of a big idea. Why you love Philly: The people have an energy that is magnetic. This inspires me when I design new collections. I feel such a sense of true heart in Philadelphia. I love it.

sportingclubbellevue.com) Get in shape with a one-on-one session with a seasoned personal trainer. SweaT FiTneSS (multiple locations; sweatfitness.com) Locations all around the city make breaking a sweat easy. zareTT rehaB (520 S. 19th St.; zarettrehab.com) Specializing in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and fitness training.

SPA DAY aMe Salon and Spa (111 Wayne-

wood Ave., Wayne; amesalonandspa.com) Choose from three aromatic blends for the Good CHI Massage experience: balance, peace, or inspiration. cole wellneSS Spa (101 N.

Wayne Ave., Wayne; colewellnessspa.com) Whether you have sensitive skin or fine lines, there is a facial for you. Joseph Anthony RetReAt spA And sAlon (243 Baltimore Pike,

Glen Mills; josephanthony.com) Their signature facial is customized by skin type and leaves the face glowing.

Ave., Ardmore; pageboyhair.com) Pop in for a blow-dry and curl before a night out on the town. sAlon ZiZA (6 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; salonziza.com) The Brazilian Blowout is the perfect solution for those wanting that sleek look.

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(255 S. 17th St.; lereverittenhouse spa.com) Spend the day de-stressing with a package that includes a facial, Swedish massage, and body wrap. Red dooR spAs (777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City; reddoorspas.com) Add a reflexology treatment to any massage for enhanced relief.

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A PERFECT SMILE the dentAl spA (1601 Walnut St.;

phillydentalspa.com) Now offering AvaDent Digital Dentures and Invisalign braces. nAtoli dentAl (188 Fries Mill Road, Turnersville, NJ; natolidental.com) Implants, veneers, whitening, and more, all in a relaxing environment.

COLOR EXPERTS GiovAnni & pileGGi (308 S. 12th

St.; giovannipileggi.com) Opt for organic coloring for added hair health. MARtino CARtieR (1902 Rte. 70 E., Cherry Hill, NJ; martinocartier .com) From simple gloss to semipermanent color, Martino offers every shade.

Broad St.; bellevuesalonandspa.com) Accompany your wax with a body scrub to keep skin smooth. inteRnAtionAl sAlon (1714 Sansom St.; internationalsalonphila.com) Aloe Green Wax is used for a pain-free treatment. oGGi sAlon & spA (1700 Locust St.; oggisalon-spa.com) Head-to-toe waxing services in Rittenhouse Square. RiChel d’AMbRA spA & sAlon (10 Ave. of the Arts; richeldambra.com) Get summer ready inside the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton spa. sAlon RoyAle CouRt (215 S. Broad St.; salonroyalecourt.com) Waxing services with a view overlooking the Avenue of the Arts.


Rittenhouse Sq.; therittenhousespaclub .com) Labrecque, an award-winning stylist, will create your perfect color for summertime. sAlon vAnity (1701 Walnut St.; salonvanity.com) inoa, a no-ammonia coloring system, is used to keep hair healthy and strong.

(265 S. 10th St.; architeqtsalon.com) Hot and cold fusion extensions are used for long-lasting length. JAson MAtthew sAlon (1735 Chestnut St.; jasonmatthew.com) Their customized looks always start with a free consultation. pileGGi on the squARe (717 Walnut St.; pileggisalon.com) Extensions are used for length, volume, and dimensional color. plAtinuM hAiR desiGn (1334 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ; platinum hairdesignsalon.net) Book an extensions appointment and add instant fullness to your hair.



blue hAiR studio (2550 Huntingdon

CAlistA GRAnd (1211 Wilmington

Pike, Huntingdon Valley; bluehairstudio .com) The keratin express blow-out gives you silky and shiny locks.

Pike, West Chester; calistagrand.com) Have hair like never before with their signature smoothing treatment. lunARosA sAlon (611 S. Orianna St.; lunarosasalon.com) The O&M Detox Treatment helps hair recover from the minerals found in city water. opAl desiGns (7 Louella Ct., Wayne; opalhair.com) A conditioning

Rittenhouse spA & Club—hAiR by pAul lAbReCque (210 W.

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From her game-changing Battle of the Sexes win against Bobby Riggs back in 1973 to her whopping 39 Grand Slam titles, Billie Jean King gives new meaning to the word “icon.” But her connection to Philly is deeper than most people know. As the owner of Mylan World Team Tennis’s Philadelphia Freedoms and the muse for Elton John’s hit song of the same name, King is as much a champion of this city and her local fans as she is a winner on the court. “Billie came

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Billie Jean King in action in 1965 at Wimbledon, where she won the doubles title that year. She would win the singles title for the first time the following year—and against her doubles partner, Brazilian Maria Bueno, no less.

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Former US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri is a new addition to the Freedoms this year. BELOW: King playing around with longtime friend Elton John.

The Philadelphia Freedoms spice up their summer season with family-friendly themed nights at The Pavilion in Villanova. Every summer, some of the world’s most elite tennis players—from Serena Williams (who makes an appearance on July 20) and John McEnroe to Andy Roddick and Anna Kournikova—have descended upon Villanova for World Team Tennis, the only professional coed team sport in the country 40 years and running. To celebrate the big milestone,

to every match last year,” says Josh Cohen, hometown tennis guru and head coach for the Freedoms, whose upcoming season opener is slated for July 16 at The Pavilion in Villanova. “It’s nice for the players to see an icon like her giving it her all, considering she’s won Wimbledon, the French Open, and the US Open. There’s not much she hasn’t done.” Here, King sits down with Philadelphia Style to discuss her crowning achievements, community engagement, and rooting for the Freedoms all summer on the Main Line.

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What’s your connection to Philly? I’ve been coming to Philly since I was 15. I used to come here as a junior player all the time. I’ve played at Merion, on the grass at The Germantown Cricket Club, everywhere. And of course, now I spend a lot of time here because I own the team, and as a business owner I have skin in the game. What’s your involvement with World Team Tennis (WTT) and the Philadelphia Freedoms? My former husband, Larry King (not that Larry King), helped form and shape the league back in ’74. I always wanted tennis to be a team sport, but I wanted equality on the court, too. We created that with WTT. Plus, I played for the Freedoms in ’74, and I’ll always remember that first night at the Spectrum. I always dreamt about owning the team. And now I do. How did Elton John end up writing “Philadelphia Freedom” for you? I met him in ’73, two weeks before I played the match with Bobby Riggs. Right after we met, I got a message asking to call him, and I almost didn’t call back because I was too shy.

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But I did, and next thing I know, he shows up at my house in his Rolls-Royce at 4 am and says, “I want to write a song for you.” I told him, “I love ‘The Sound of Philadelphia,’” and he goes, “Done. How about ‘Philadelphia Freedom’?” He calls [his longtime lyricist] Bernie Taupin and says, “Write me some lyrics and fax them over.” He gets them, sits down at the piano, and in 10 minutes he cranked out “Philadelphia Freedom.” It became a number-one hit, and it’s truly the anthem of Philadelphia. And now we easily have the best signature song in all of sports. How is WTT different than the tennis people are used to? When you go to a Freedoms match, you see teamwork, you see equality, you see a level playing field. Each team is comprised of two men and two women, and matches consist of five sets, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The team that wins the most overall games is the winner. Describe the vibe at a WTT match. We push the sport to be more fan friendly. So any time you see any of those fun elements, just know that without us nothing would have changed. When you go to the US Open and hear music or see the players sign the ball, just know that’s us. What’s new for this season? We’re really excited. Marcelo Melo, who was the MVP of the whole league last year, is back. He’s won 13 ATP doubles titles and played Davis Cup for Brazil. We also have Robby Ginepri and Liezel Huber, who was number one in the world for doubles for 199 weeks and won five Grand Slams. And there’s Taylor Townsend. She just turned 19, she was the number-one junior player, and last year she had a win over Venus Williams as our rookie. And although they don’t play for us, we’ll be playing against Serena Williams and the Bryan Brothers. Is the team involved in the community? We’re doing things like helping revitalize Hunting Park via tennis. I was a public court rat growing up—my parents couldn’t afford to send me to a club. We have a Freedoms circuit of 10-and-under kids, and the league has given out more than 350,000 starter racquets. This team represents the community, and we want to be here 365 days a year. July 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, and 28 at The Pavilion at Villanova University, N. Ithan Ave., Villanova, 866-988-8497; philadelphiafreedoms.com PS

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as a bevy of outdoor summer concerts takes center stage, the main Line estabLishes itseLf as a hotbed of musicaL taLent. by marni prichard manko What’s better than sitting under the stars on a warm summer night out on the Main Line? How about doing it while jamming to a free rock concert, or chilling to some soulful jazz? Or even bringing the kids along and letting them run amok during a children’s performance? With the arrival of summer comes a plethora of neighborhood outdoor concerts from one end of the Main Line to the other—and many are free and sponsored by local organizations. So go ahead and grab your Lilly lawn chair, pack a picnic basket with a poached lobster salad and a chilled bottle of dry rosé, and get ready to take in some tunes under a starry summer sky. On Saturday summer nights—and the occasional Friday night—head to Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts (brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com). Standouts include the Neil Young tribute band Dukes of Destiny with Broken Arrow ( July 10), Marc Silver & the Stonethrowers ( July 18), and the Lisa Willson Vocal Academy (August 7). Plus, the park has a sweet playground so the kids can entertain themselves as you check out the musical offerings. Most concerts are priced at $12 a person, though children 16 and under are admitted for free. Upper Merion’s Concert Under the Stars (umtownship.com) has been a summer staple ever since its first performance back in ’85, when it began as a haven for folk music. Today, concertgoers can head to continued on page 130

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Notable PhiladelPhia art collector Han Mcneil is leaviNg behiNd treasured artworks for the Next family to eNjoy at his exPaNsive ritteNhouse square home. by joann greco When Hank McNeil leaves the sophisticated gentility of Delancey Place for the verdant splendors of Chestnut Hill, he will take the artists Donald Judd, Richard Tuttle, Jeff Koons, Dan Flavin, and Ellsworth Kelly with him. Sol LeWitt, the American conceptualist who pioneered hypergeometric minimalism, will stay behind. That’s because more than a dozen works designed by the master minimalist have been drawn directly onto the walls of McNeil’s 8,800square-foot, five-story, five-bedroom home. “There’s more LeWitt here than anywhere else, private or public,” McNeil says. As a relatively new collector, he first encountered the artist’s installation of blue and white geometrics on the ceiling of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and “it made quite an impression,” he recalls. “I started acquiring his work, and as I got to know him better, he’d recommend certain pieces over others. I was still learning, and this major artist was

curating for me! Our friendship really grew when we collaborated on a few projects, including a student installation of seven wall drawings at Chestnut Hill Academy, my alma mater.” McNeil will retain ownership of the works while the next resident enjoys them simply as decorations. In truth, they make very nice wallpaper—isosceles triangles rendered in graphite, straight lines raining down in blues, yellows, and reds, dense masses of gray, marble-like veins. Most are intricately patterned pencil works, but a few bear LeWitt’s signature color blocks. There’s one, for instance, we might call “Blankie.” “[LeWitt] was a loving, thoughtful, generous man,” recalls McNeil. “When he asked my daughter, who was 6 or so at the time, what colors she would prefer, she said, ‘I like the colors on Blankie.’” The result is a pyramid of pink, eggplant, and rust on a fuchsia background continued on page 136

Gallery hopping: Work from some of the country’s finest contemporary artists hangs throughout all five floors of Hank McNeil’s home—except the Sol LeWitt pieces, which are drawn or painted directly onto the walls.

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HAutE ProPErty Abundant natural light (the corner home is exposed on all four sides), warm honey oak flooring, and 12-foot ceilings make for perfect conditions to display art.

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that calls to mind the decadent baths of Rome. Upstairs, the kids’ bathroom is clad entirely in Carrara marble, while the highlight of the master bath on the third floor is a commodious limestone shower with 10 heads and a Jacuzzi bath. There’s not just a grand Bulthaup-equipped kitchen but several other wet bars as well as a catering kitchen. Glazed doors from Italy allow light to flow through, honey oak flooring warms everything further, and an elevator and state-of-the-art security system make sure the living is easy. McNeil has outfitted his home sparingly but carefully, having selected furniture and furnishings from the best contemporary artisans and industrial designers. In the dining room, sensuous silver pitchers designed by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen keep company with a masterwork of a 10-foot-long rosewood table by George Nakashima. Elsewhere, a pair of Ron Arad chairs—one black, one polished stainless steel—flank a Marcel Wanders plastic crochet table. They, too, will find their way to the new Chestnut Hill digs that McNeil will soon call home. But the LeWitts, the light, and the 12-foot ceilings—they’re not going anywhere. Best of all, as McNeil says, “you can never build [anything like] this house,” referring to its unique characteristics in the Philadelphia market. In more ways than one, it stands alone. For more information, contact Mary Genovese Colvin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-806-1500; maryonthesquare.com PS

Pelegrin as Mary on the Square. “Its double-wide lot and multiple exposures are relatively rare.” Accordingly, it is valued above the average sale price in the area, which can range from $2 million to $6 million, she says. For buyers seeking a more traditionally grand Delancey Place home, a four-bedroom, 4.5-bath on the 1800 block, offered at $2.45 million, might appeal. It features garage parking, a roof deck, and a lower-level gym. For those who prefer condo living, several are still available in The Residences at Two Liberty Place (twoliberty.com). The street itself has a long history of lavish real estate: First developed in the 1850s, it’s where Philadelphia’s richest families set up Italianate and Victorian mansions tucked away behind lavishly adorned iron fences. The property at 1836 Delancey Place was given to General George Gordon Meade for his service in the Civil War. Across the street, zoologist Horace Jayne lived in an ornate Frank Furness-designed mansion widely regarded as one of the architect’s fnest. Other luminaries of the era—a celebrated neurologist, an eccentric criminal defense lawyer, a host of Biddles and Drexels, even Nobel Prizewinning novelist Pearl S. Buck—once called these historically certifed buildings home.


that’s a dead-on match for the quilt that still lies at the foot of the now-17-year-old’s bed. When McNeil moved two blocks east to the house 10 years ago, he did so “because the kids were getting bigger—and so was the art.” His chief criterion was light, and this corner home, built around 1870, boasted the rare quality of being exposed on all four sides. Spanning two lots at 42 feet wide, the property had been chopped into offices housing several law firms. Little remained of the interior except for an elegant winding staircase, so McNeil undertook a two-year renovation project to open up the space. Today the home is a series of expansive, gallerylike rooms, and conceptual art fills every corner: two white porcelain West Highland terriers by Jeff Koons stand whimsical sentry on either side of the home’s columned entrance, a copper checkerboard by Carl Andre lingers off to the side in the dining room, and a rectangle of orange string by Fred Sandback lurks on a landing. But then, McNeil has been collecting for nearly 30 years. “I went for inexpensive artists of my own age,” he says. “I was steered by an intellectually sound girlfriend who was working with Judd and LeWitt and encouraged me to get to know them.” Of course, the house offers much more than its stellar array of contemporary art. Take the four bathrooms (there’s also three powder rooms), for instance. Below ground in the guest quarters, one rests inside the basement’s brick arches and features a walk-in shower and deep soaking tub in a setting

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Blumenfeld now sees a brand-new area to build up. “When I was a kid growing up in Philly, the vibe was completely different than it is today,” he says. Blumenfeld credits the boom in Philadelphia real estate to the dynamic restaurant scene. “Neil Stein came along and made us hipper and cooler, and then Stephen Starr exploded, and we were on our way,” he says. “[But] it was Marc Vetri who really raised the bar with the chef-driven concept of monumentally great fine dining. Right now, I feel like we are more poised than ever to accelerate our trajectory.” That trajectory is becoming reality because of the solid team Blumenfeld has put in place—Richard Sauder designing, David Chou leading the engineering aspect, and Domus providing the construction efforts. But it was Procida Funding & Advisors, which is backing the project with investments reaching over $16 million, that made this project possible. Founded by Billy Procida, the company shares Blumenfeld’s vision of North Broad. “I like to invest [locally] with locals,” says Procida. “[Blumenfeld] has the vision and controls the best assets in the North Broad real estate market.” Both agree that this is Philadelphia’s time to shine in the realm of real estate. “We are more organized, more together, and more productive than at any other period in my lifetime,” says Blumenfeld. The project is CoNTiNued oN page 140

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As the loft trend continues to dominate Philadelphia real estate, it is the newly built spaces (as opposed to conversions) in 1352 Lofts, featuring the amenity-rich living found in luxury buildings, that are most in demand. below left: The lure of the suburbs: The Royal Worthington brings Center City luxury to the Main Line in the form of fully furnished condominiums.

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The revitalization of North Broad is shaping up with another project from Eric Blumenfeld, as the former Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice will be transformed into the new Mural Lofts building (523 N. Broad St., 866-523-5638; murallofts.com). Keeping many of the original details intact, the historic school will house 56 lofts, all of which will retain many of the original elements—including the window details, the wood cabinetry, and even the school’s chalkboards. The Common Threads mural that the building is known for will also be preserved. “The Mural Lofts building, with its welcoming courtyard, famous mural, and intricate tile work, will act as a gateway building to the North Broad Corridor and help unite our growing community,” says Chris Cordaro, vice president of EB Realty Management Corporation. Updated features will also be incorporated. “The building will have a roof deck for common use with an amazing view of the city,” he says. And building residents will also have access to the amenities at Lofts 640—including a rooftop deck, pool, gym, and hot tub—a three-minute walk from the Mural Arts Lofts. Blumenfeld is no stranger to the Philadelphia real estate world. His father, Jack W. Blumenfeld, built the now iconic 45-story building at 1500 Locust, at a time when Locust Street was outside the realm of Center City. Following in his late father’s footsteps,

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currently under construction, and occupancy is expected later this year. Indeed, loft living is at the forefront of the Philadelphia residential market, and 1352 Lofts (1352 South St., 215-546-1226; 1352south.com) is the newest building pushing the trend forward. Located on the Avenue of the Arts, the building takes loft living to the next level with sky-high ceilings and views of the surrounding neighborhood. The sizeable spaces (they range from 1,100 to 2,500 square feet) are pet-friendly, single and bi-level, have custom finishes throughout, and many also include private balconies, an outdoor terrace, and large walk-in closets. “1352 was created to bring natural light to the forefront and give owners the space one desires in a city like Philadelphia,” says Gaurav Gambhir, principal of The Condo Shop and sales director at 1352 Lofts. “The main focus was to provide stunning loft spaces. But the building isn’t an older converted warehouse—it is a true ground-up building.” The building also offers unparalleled amenities outside of the apartments. An advanced security system is enhanced by the presence of 24/7 staffing in the lobby, and a concierge is on hand for tenants. As an added bonus, residents also receive a membership discount to The Sporting Club at the Bellevue, located a few blocks away. “No matter where you live in the city, there never seems to be enough actual living space, but the lofts’ open qualities allow for grand footprints, [fit to be styled] as it suits an owner while still being equipped with top-of-the-line fits and finishes,” says Gambhir. “That is the pièce de résistance.” Leaving the city doesn’t have to mean leaving luxury. The Royal Worthington (45 Creekside Lane, Malvern, 610-644-2000; royal worthington.com) takes Main Line living to the next level with fully furnished units available in layouts from studios to three-bedrooms. “Philadelphia and the Main Line are two of the most sophisticated communities in the world today from every aspect—culture, wealth, shopping, education, knowledge, and more,” says J. Brian O’Neill, chairman of O’Neill Properties Group, which developed the building. “My idea with The Royal Worthington was to build the finest apartment complex in the country, not just the Philadelphia area, and to provide something to Philadelphians that they never got before.” Each unit comes standard with a full kitchen and the option to upgrade to customized furniture that fits your décor needs. Residents

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also enjoy a heated pool and sun deck, a fitness center, entertainment pavilion, and movie theater. “Every detail, from the scale of the common area and lobbies and the sophistication of the pool to services like dog walking, bike rentals, electric car share—it’s all designed to make luxury apartment residents and hotel occupants realize what a sophisticated town and city we are,” says O’Neill. The space also offers furnished suites available for rent the same way you would book a hotel room. But unlike a hotel, these suites resemble luxury apartments with a fully equipped kitchen, Ralph Lauren furnishings, free high-speed Internet, and access to all the resident amenities—including a daily newspaper, complimentary freshly baked cookies and Starbucks coffee each day, fire pits, dry-cleaning service, and the outdoor space, which, according to O’Neill, was modeled after Parisian courtyards in order to encourage social interaction between guests and residents. “What people don’t realize is that Malvern is the size of downtown Philly, so for that level of concentration of people to not have a five-star hotel and apartment building was a major void,” says O’Neill. “So we decided to spend more, design better, include more services, and exceed the offerings in the city and outside in the suburbs—and it has worked really well. The site has far exceeded our expectations.” PS

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“Thick” and “full” are two words currently used to describe the perfect brow. Seen on celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, having a heavier pair above your eyes is the key to staying on trend. Leaving behind the thin eyebrows of the past (and the tweezers), Philadelphians are also getting in on the craze. Locally, Deneen Marcel of Deneen Marcel Lashes (525 S. Fourth St., 267-386-6681; deneenmarcellashes.com) has introduced eyebrow extensions, a service that, within two hours, will leave you with desirable eyebrows that make a statement—one that Marcel says comes from the recent uptick in pronounced beauty. “Everything is kind of exaggerated now. Hair is a little more exaggerated; even if it’s shorter, people are going for the pale blond or the different colors,” she says. “And if it’s not that, it’s bigger hair, so I think the eyebrows are just accentuating these looks.” The brow extension service is similar to many other

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Salon Vanity (above) (1701 Walnut St., 215-925-2211; salonvanity.com) celebrates its 10th year by continuing to do what it does best: hair. But it is also upping the game. A new treatment, Olaplex, hits the salon just in time for summer. “This is perfect for anybody who wants to go lighter,” says Vanity owner Edmondo Blando. “Olaplex allows you to color your hair more often, go lighter, and even double process without damage.” In South Jersey, the stylists at Martino Cartier Salon (1902 Rte. 70 E., Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-520-8777; martinocartier.com) are reaching for Glass Slippers Satin Sparkle Finishing Spray: The formula provides heat and UV protection and leaves hair free of frizz and tangles. In other beauty news, get a noticeable boost before a weekend at the beach with the new Face Lift Optimizer service at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club— Hair by Paul Labrecque (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-790-2500; the rittenhousespaclub.com). The sono-lifting technique keeps skin smooth and defined.

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Get ready to look and feel your best as you indulge in South Jersey’s premiere salon! At Martino Cartier Salon, our focus is on education, allowing us to be the award winning salon we are. Be sure to treat yourself this summer to our new luxury line, Martino by Martino. 304 Hurffville Crosskeys Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080, 856-582-6600; 1902 Rt 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003, 856-520-8777. martinocartier.com, martinobymartinocartier.com

Giovanni & Pileggi’s staff offers unparalleled customer service to ensure that each client leaves feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and feeling fabulous. Their diverse offering includes multi-racial services, bridal, and organic coloring and hair care. Choose from their variety of expert services and experience Giovanni & Pileggi today. 308 S 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215.568.3040, giovannipileggi.com

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club — Hair by Paul Labrecque Services by Paul Labrecque include sophisticated styles accompanied with luxury products as well as lavish manicures, pedicures and sun kissed spray tans. Indulge in restorative and relaxing treatments ranging from naturally derived facials and tranquil massage services from your scalp to your toes. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Floor. 800-635-1042, Therittenhousespaclub.com

Calista Grand Calista Grand, known for their innovation and attention to detail, quickly became the place to go for all of your beauty needs. Their commitment to providing the best for their staff and clients has earned them much recognition within the industry. In addition, their Calista tools product line can be found on QVC and major retail stores. 1211 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382. 610-399-6677, calistagrand.com

Architeqt Salon AME AME Salon and Spa is an award winning full service hair salon. We believe that our success is built around passion, talent, an ongoing desire to learn and the ability to perceive the needs of our clients. Hip Hair. Zen Spa. 111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087. 610-995-2631, amesalonandspa.com

Architeqt salons have gained a reputation of leading the industry with new techniques and technologies. Experts at dry-cutting, natural balayage, creative color and extensions, Architeqt’s stylists are also educators for various international haircare brands Washington Square West: 265 S. 10th St., 215-567-5005, ArchiteqtSalon.com. Fairmount: 1943 Callowhill St., 215-5675054, ArchiteqtNorth.com

Salon Vanity Salon Vanity by Edmondo Blando is an award winning salon located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia.Under the direction of Edmondo Blando, the staff keeps their focus on the client, applying a variety of expert custom color, cut, and retexturizing techniques to achieve the desired look. 1701 Walnut St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 215-925-2211, salonvanity.com

The Studio CL Our clients have come to rely on us for individualized approach with the “dry-cutting” method and custom color techniques. Sculpting the hair while it is dry allows our stylists to create a unique shape and texture for each individual. In addition, the dry-cut technique allows the hair to retain its shape as it grows out between cuts. Our way is clean and consistent. 128 S.19th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-496-0604

Custom Spray Tanning Baked is an award-winning spray tanning studio specializing in custom all natural spray tans. Carrying more than 14 shades of bronze ranging from a sunkissed glow to a deep Tahitian tan, every client leaves with a shade of tan created just for them. Our Philadelphia Style Best Of spray tans are also available in home - bringing the bronze to you! New to Baked is our Diamond Dusting treatment, the skin is adorned with authentic diamonds for a dazzling glow unlike anything you’ve seen.


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CENTER CITY DISTRICT SIPS Center City District Sips returns every Wednesday starting June 3 from 5pm to 7pm. The Center City summertime tradition continues, offering $3 beers, $4 wines and $5 cocktails featuring Two Gingers Irish Whiskey. For all participating locations, visit centercityphila.org/life/Sips


DO AC ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE JERSEY SHORE FIREWORKS A July 4th fireworks show so big it spans two days and two locations – July 3rd on the beach and Boardwalk and July 4th in the marina. Both shows start at 9:30 p.m. with 10,000 plus fireworks shells and an awesome soundtrack. For more information please visit doatlanticcity.com

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CENTER CITY DISTRICT RESTAURANT WEEK Center City District Restaurant Week heats up from August 2-7 and August 9-14, which means summertime dishes, refreshing cocktails and al fresco dining. 120+ restaurants offer three-course $35.00 dinners, with select $20.00 lunch menus. For complete restaurant list, hotels and reduced parking information, visit www.centercityphila.org.


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PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Discovering the Impressionists is an extraordinary gathering of paintings telling the untold story of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, and Paul Durand-Ruel—the visionary art dealer and champion. The exhibition has come from Paris and London and Philadelphia Museum of Art is the exclusive US Venue. From 6/24 to 9/13. philamuseum.org Image: Dance at Bougival, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Picture Fund) Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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WAWA WELCOME AMERICA! FESTIVAL America’s largest Independence Day celebration, the Wawa Welcome America! Festival, returns June 27 to July 4 to celebrate the nation’s birthday, in its birthplace. Free events such as Philly @ the Movies, POPS! on Independence, Liberty Block Party, and more lead up to the Philly 4th of July Jam and fireworks. Photography by Mitchell Lef for Welcome America, Inc.


THE GUIDE Lighten Up Can’t snag one of the coveted hammocks? SSHP also has hundreds of bistro tables, picnic tables, and Adirondack chairs, to ensure guests can sit and stay awhile.

Spruce Street SummerScape

Following the overwhelming reception to its debut last year, spruce street harbor pa returns with more, more, more! by murat oztaskin In keeping with their newfound fondness for pop-ups (see page 176), Philadelphians welcome back perhaps their most beloved yet. Spruce Street Harbor Park returned to the Delaware River Waterfront on Memorial Day weekend, opening one month earlier than it did last year in response to the spectacular success of its debut. And this time around, the public pop-up park, more akin to a festival, packs a bigger punch. The Garces Group will again lead the food charge. Offerings from Chifa, the Iron Chef’s hugely popular fusion of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines, will be complemented by tacos from his Distrito Taco Truck and the Chicago-style hot dogs and “special” (i.e., sausage-topped) french fries from Froman’s. Fried chicken sandwiches from Federal Donuts, ice cream from Franklin Fountain, chocolates and taffy from Shane’s

Confectionary, and local craft brews from the park’s three bars help round out a balanced boardwalk meal. To continue the trend propelled by the city’s bars (see page 90), the park will feature outdoor games like bocce ball, cornhole, and oversize Jenga, Connect Four, and chess. This year, the backdrop will include abundant green due to a newly planted meadow with perennials donated by the Art Museum and a repurposing of its Sol LeWitt floral installation, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers. It should all provide even more peace and solace for parkgoers utilizing the hundreds of hammocks strung about the park. The only thing that hasn’t changed? Admission is still free. Through September 27, 11 am to 11 pm (to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays). Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street, 215-922-2386; delawareriverwaterfront.com PS

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the guide New eateries known for Rouge and 500 Degrees, Rob Wasserman is venturing out of the city and into the Main Line, serving wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads, meatballs, and more in Suburban Square. 30 Parking Plaza, 610-6496200; parlorardmore.com

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Onward and Outward philly is awash in new food this summer as hometown Chefs expand their reaCh. by jessica green Buena Onda

Jose Garces is continuing to add to his repertoire with a restaurant inspired by Mexico’s Baja peninsula. With a name meaning “good vibes,” the casual dining establishment offers fish tacos, made-to-order flour tortillas, and craft beer samples while you wait to order. The biggest perk? Proceeds from the restaurant go toward the Garces Foundation, which serves Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. 1901 Callowhill St., 215-302-3530; buenaondatacos.com dOuBle nOt

Michael Schulson is well known in Philly and Atlantic City for his Asian fusion spots Sampan and Izakaya.

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Next, he adds a coffee shop with a twist to the booming restaurant scene on South 13th Street (and two doors down from Sampan). The first floor serves Elixr coffee by day and cocktails by night, while the upstairs houses a Japanese food and sushi den. 120 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501 the little liOn

Indoor and outdoor seating will serve more than 200 people in the large new property on Chestnut Street. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail after work, the raw bar during weekend brunch, or host a get-together at one of its five event spaces. The menu boasts new American cuisine focused on comfort food, like house-made pastas

and steak, as well as a fully stocked bar with over 30 craft beer selections. 241 Chestnut St., 215-792-4110; thelittlelionrestaurant.com lOs Jimenez mexican cOcina

This summer, a former Vetri kitchen staff member launches his own spot in South Philly with a focus on Mexican cuisine. From his open kitchen, Justino Jimenez creates a menu full of tacos, Mexican pizza, and his signature item: spitroasted al pastor spiced pork. 2654 S. Sixth St., 267-773-8440 ParlOr

A traditional Italian restaurant with a gluten-free menu? Count us in. Best

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On the corner where Reed Street meets Passyunk Avenue, Triangle Tavern is making a long-awaited comeback, with a completely updated kitchen and 80-seat bar, after six years on the market. A menu replete with mussels and hot roast beef and the in-house jukebox will leave locals nostalgic. 1338 S. 10th St., 215-8001992; triangletavernphilly.com vesPer

Two years after the iconic Vesper Club in Center City closed its doors, the owners of Smith’s Bar & Restaurant and Misconduct Tavern have reopened the place with a new concept. Its name shortened to Vesper, the space has been transformed into a supper club, with food, cocktails, live music, and dancing. 223 Sydenham St., 267-930-3813; vesper philly.com PS

Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths present Helm, their contemporary BYOB with farmfresh ingredients. Here, D’Egidio reveals what we can expect from the seasonally focused new restaurant. “we are a very casual ByoB bringing high-quality foods to our diners. we are a very comfortable restaurant—lots of music, lots of favor, lots of fun. every other restaurant seems to jump the gun, but we are waiting for truly local produce—we will be using everything local. [right now] every urban farm is full of tomatoes, peas, and peppers. we will specifcally be using tomatoes from urban roots farm philly, farmed by Jack Goldenberg. [they are the] best we’ve ever had. dishes will change, but [diners should expect] some house-made Boursin cheese and tons of local greens for a simple but delicious showcase of summer.” 1303 N. Fifth St., 215-309-2211; helmphilly.com

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With its focus on artisanal pizzas and draft wines, Parlor looks to redefine casual dining on the Main Line.

You may recognize the name from festivals around the city, but now Supper chef Mitch Prensky brings his simple concept to life with a storefront on Chestnut Street. Prensky builds his sandwiches with meat like fried chicken, brisket, and pork before finishing them off with various toppings atop—of course—a freshly baked biscuit. Also look out for biscuit bread pudding and deep-fried biscuit tots. 1306 Chestnut St., 267-9303727; eatscratchbiscuits.com



Weddings Showers Rehearsals Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties Garces Events ofers a large variety of Philadelphia Center City Venues along with Rustic & Unique locations outside of Center City.

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the guide Light Bites This Italian BYOB is known for its pastas—with bolognese sauce, filled with short ribs or spicy crab—but you can opt for the lighter side of the menu this summer with its market salad—Bibb lettuce topped with shaved asparagus, fava beans, strawberries, aged balsamic, and ricotta salata cheese. 1216 Spruce St., 215-985-2962; mercato byob.com Pub &

At Lacroix, even a simple salad, like this summer variety of peach, zucchini, and country ham, resembles a work of art.

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The Jerusalem artichoke Caesar salad, with sunchokes, pickled spring onions, Asian pear, and an anchovy dressing, is a go-to at this Rittenhouse Square standby, whose menu is inspired by the Jewish diaspora. “This salad is a riff on the classic Caesar, with tons of seasonal vegetables and a freshened-up dressing,” says chef Yehuda Sichel. 1623 Sansom St., 215-867-0088; abefisher philly.com blue bell inn

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earliest patrons, debuts the aptly named summer salad. Filled with strawberries and blueberries and topped with feta cheese, almonds, and a carrot-ginger vinaigrette, it is best enjoyed outside on the patio. 601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, 215-646-2010; bluebellinn.com lAcroix

This upscale spot inside The Rittenhouse hotel serves up a refreshing peach and zucchini salad, with zucchini purée, shaved country ham, and sliced peaches. Topped off with a peach vinaigrette, this summer mix pairs perfectly with the Riesling Smash cocktail, made with

St-Germain and orange. 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-7902533; lacroixrestaurant.com MAinlAnd inn

The Textures of Heirloom Summer Squash salad features ingredients grown at the Inn’s own farm and garden. “With this salad, you get crispy, tender, and crunchy textures as well as smoky, sweet, spicy, and sour flavors,” says Executive Chef Ezra Duker. “It utilizes four varieties of heirloom squashes being grown on our farm, as well as squash blossoms and arugula growing in our garden.” 17 Mainland Road, 484-7042600; mainlandinn.com


Executive Chef Eli Collins has long been whipping up some of the city’s best dishes, and this colorful arugula and grain salad is no different. With ancient grains, arugula, pecorino cheese, and plums, and topped with a rosemary vinaigrette, it’s the ideal hearty meal for a summer’s day. 1946 Lombard St., 215-545-0350; thepuband kitchen.com

On the Avenue Chef Gregory Smith of Avenue Kitchen, a suburban favorite for its modern American cuisine, talks about the family-friendly bistro’s best summer salad and its new Glen Mills location. “the Korean barbecue shrimp with gochujang [a fermented chili condiment] (below) is a great summer dish. it’s a little spicy but offset by sweet summer corn that is lightly charred from a kiss of the grill. it’s complemented nicely with thinly shaved fennel and pickled red onion that has a tinge of sweet and sourness to keep the dish bright and lively. Paired with your favorite crisp Pinot Grigio, this makes a perfect summer


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Bite-sized heirloom tomatoes blend with avocado, buffalo milk cheese, and smoked paprika croutons for a salad with a kick. Enjoy it as an appetizer before an order of pulpo—Spanish octopus with a smoked green olive aioli—or the pork belly with honey and shaved apples. 114 S. 20th St., 215-6659150; tintorestaurant.com

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Accompany a thin-crust pizza with the avocado salad. The dish is simply named but full of complementary pairings, like creamy avocado and crunchy candied pecans, all topped with a citrus soy vinaigrette. 112 S. 13th St., 215-732-2400; 3200 Chestnut St., 215-823-6897; zavino.com PS

to Glen mills. [the new location] will be in the Glen eagle square shopping center, next to starbucks, and you will be able to fnd all of the menu favorites.” 789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-525-3950; 477 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills; avekitchen.com

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Summer look: Bourbon lightens up in a shaken cocktail with Fernet Branca, grapefruit juice, and bitters at Fork, in Old City.

The Big Squeeze ADD A SPLASH OF CITRUS FOR A PLEASING SUMMER SIPPER. by michelle mass The Italian gastropub known for its beer offerings (its name means “from the tap”) also whips up delicious cocktails. The Panettini is made with orange juice, amaretto, and Cynar, a light liqueur sipper for a warm summer day. 1410 Mt. Vernon St., 215-600-0017; allaspinaphilly.com Fo



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Fork takes brunching and boozing to the next level with its unnamed bourbon and citrus cocktail: The aromatics and bitterness of bourbon, Fernet Branca, Peychaud’s bitters, and freshly squeezed grapefruit

juice—rounded out with simple syrup—pair well with both sweet and savory morning dishes. 306 Market St., 215-625-9425; forkrestaurant.com GirASole riStorAnte & lounGe

On your next trip to Atlantic City, swing by Girasole to try its Solare Martini, a new cocktail made of Absolut Citron, Gran Marnier, orange juice, and grenadine, an easy, sweet citrus tipple created specifically for summer. 3108 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-5554; girasoleac.com Continued on PAge 170

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A margarita with a twist, the Blood Orange features El Jimador tequila mixed with cranberry juice and fresh lime juice and orange juice. We recommend trying it with guacamole and plantain chips for a light summer starter. 1141 Pine St., 215-592-0363; mixto restaurante.com Petruce et al.

The Petrushka cocktail is a spin-off of a Regent’s Punch, a boozy concoction favored by King George IV and dating back to the turn of the 19th century. Petruce et al.’s interpretation utilizes aged rum, Western Grace brandy, pineapple, and assorted citrus. 1121 Walnut St., 267-225-8232; petrucephilly.com rouge

Rouge’s cucumber citrus sangria is best enjoyed outside with a view of Rittenhouse Square. Available by the glass throughout the summer, the mix of fresh

lemons and limes, cucumber, basil, mint, and white wine is the ideal accompaniment to the tuna sashimi salad, with wasabi peas, edamame, avocado, and yuzu vinaigrette. 205 S. 18th St., 215-732-6622; rouge98.com Valanni

Bar manager Phillip Search describes Valanni’s Strawberry Fields cocktail as “a perfectly refreshing summer pastime.” To sit at the Spruce Street eatery and sip a mixture of vodka, muddled strawberries, orange juice, and ginger syrup—sounds like a perfect pastime to us as well. 1229 Spruce St., 215-790-9494; valanni.com ZaMa

While sushi typically pairs well with wines, we prefer to eat our Philadelphia roll with Zama’s clean and refreshing yuzu gimlet, a tumbler of citrus vodka, yuzu juice, and simple syrup. 128 S. 19th St., 215-568-1027; zamaphilly.com PS

Raise a Cup 13th Street restaurateur and Jamonera owner Marcie Turney offers a fresh, citrus-forward revival of a classic cup-style cocktail. “Cup-style cocktails have been around since the 19th century and have defnitely made a comeback over the last few years. The Pimm’s Cup is [perhaps] the most well known of that style, and our Lincoln Club Cup is a riff on that. Typically, a Pimm’s Cup is a bit heavy, but for our Lincoln Club Cup, we had spring and summer in mind, so we lightened it up. And since we serve this drink at Jamonera, our Spanish tapas and wine bar, we had to throw some sherry in there. We also use Lillet and lemon, which makes the drink light and bright with a nice refreshing pop of citrus. We could barely keep the glasses full when we frst put it on the menu—our guests can’t get enough of it, and we don’t see that letting up as the weather gets warmer.” 105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061; jamonerarestaurant.com

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Bernie Robbins Jewelers hosts Hal Rubenstein for a ‘Before The Beach’ Brunch on Saturday, July 25 • 10am – 3pm. Get expert fashion tips from the award-winning stylist, editor, author, TV personality and global style director for Gabriel & Co. Enjoy bites & bubbly, giveaways and free gift with purchase. Chic at the Shore • Somers Point, NJ rsvp@bernierobbins.com



Offering intimacy and innovation, The Studio CL is an inspired breed in hair design. As the brainchild of nationally celebrated stylists, the studio garnishes a reputation to make each person feel beautiful and exceptional everyday. 128 South 19th St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA. 215-496-0604, thestudiocl.com

Cole Wellness Spa is an award winning Organic Salon and Day Spa on the Main Line. Revitalize your hair with permanent organic hair color and relax while receiving results based treatments from Organic Grain Microdermabrasion to various Massage Therapy modalities. You are sure to find the perfect treatment for your needs. 101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087. Call 610-688-7546 or visit ColeWellnessSpa.com

ELLELAURI FOXCODE Foxcode is a boutique investment and merchantbanking firm that makes significant investments in middle-market companies and projects globally. Two Liberty Place, 50 South 16th Street, Ste. 3350, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The chic shopping destination for all things ellelauri and many other designer brands. Silk dresses to designer denim, ellelauri carries merchandise for all occasions. Accessories too: clutches, shoes, statement jewelry, and delicate necklaces & rings. 114 South 19th St., Philadelphia, 267-457-5939; 264 West 21st St., Avalon, 609-961-3658, ellelauri.com

IRINA SIGAL BONS RÊVES BOUTIQUE A visit to Bons Rêves Boutique is like stepping straight into the French Countryside. Candles, cozy throws, luxury linens from Bella Notte, beautifully crafted table linens, and artisanal apothecary goods make day-to-day life a bit more glamorous. And now the back room is full of baby bedding and gifts for newborns! 18 N. Union Street, Lambertville New Jersey. 609-460-4237, BonsReves.com

Best of Philly Dressmaker Irina Sigal has over twenty years experience working with bridal gowns, couture gowns, mother of the bride, and evening wear. We flawlessly alter, redesign or embellish the most complex gowns without compromising original construction. We are known for immaculate dressmaking. 2038 Locust St. Call 215-772-1121. Visit irinasigal.com.

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LAND ROVER MAIN LINE & WILLOW GROVE Tired of your luxury vehicle having the same color combination as everyone else in your neighborhood? Our stores on the Main Line and in Willow Grove now enable you to customize your exterior color combination or to mirror each of our limited edition models at a fraction of the cost. Main Line: 610-520-2000, landrovermainline.com; Willow Grove: 215-443-5900, landroverwillowgrove.com

MORTON & RUDOLPH JEWELERS Show your endless love with this stunning 18kt rose gold eternity pendant from Rahaminov. This pendant features a beautiful Forevermark round diamond surrounded by additional diamonds on its bottom curve. 856-424-1101, mortonandrudolph.com

NEMO TILE COMPANY Nemo will help you realize your vision for the most beautiful interiors by offering the best selection of tile and stone with personalized start-to-finish service. Come visit our new showroom, and discover a new way to see space. 1520 Locust Street, 2nd foor, 215.558.3698, nemotile.com

BORGATA FESTIVAL PARK Introducing Borgata Festival Park, an outdoor concert venue and festival grounds, featuring artists synonymous with Borgata’s reputation for bringing world-class musical acts to the Jersey Shore – including Meghan Trainor (7/3), Darius Rucker (8/15), and Counting Crows (9/5). For more information, visit theborgata.com.


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PoP Culture

From boutiques to beer gardens, summer in philly belongs to pop-ups— and this year might be the noisiest one yet. by a.d. amorosi within boutiques within shops within malls like Russian nesting dolls, all in cahoots. Yoga teachers and their mats popped up on the Art Museum steps. The Philadelphia Orchestra popped up. Opera Philadelphia popped up. Do you know how loud all that is when you don’t expect it? You might need earplugs this summer for all the popping that’s planned. Spruce Street Harbor Park is back at the waterfront. So is The Oval, the public space along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Glen Foerd Mansion along the Delaware gets a Jazz Age lawn party pop-up on August 1 with live bands, pie-making contests, and cocktails (perfect in case you can’t snag a ticket to Dîner en Blanc, back for a fourth time). It’s no surprise that the pop-up is popular. Part of it feeds into our temporal lust for what’s hot, what’s next, and what’s hottest next. The other half fuels our social media—who doesn’t want to be among the first to post a picture in the oversize chair at Harbor Park? When it was announced the Penn sylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden would be around the Italian Market, the news caused the sort of panic in the neighborhood reserved for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky run in the upcoming Creed movie that filmed here—so much so that rumors followed about making it a permanent attraction. Maybe they should just open a brick-and-mortar location…. but where is the fun in that?  PS

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A few weeks ago, I went to one of my favorite restaurants expecting one of my favorite chefs to delight me with yet another gourmet set of dishes. I had been out for a walk anyway, tracing a route that cut through a few of the city’s parks. I bring these incidents up now because, in both cases, I got popped up on—a near-attack on my sense of stability where nothing is as it once was, if only for that one night, and occasionally involving fried chicken. So my chef was gone only to be replaced with another restaurant’s operator and an entirely different cuisine (this time, it was dim sum), and my garden respite was suddenly filled with more craft brew varieties than the opening party for Philly Beer Week. In both cases, everyone seemed really okay with this. They had to be. Ever since the concept became a catchy cash cow—this idea of a location being transformed into something else for a day, a week, an entire season—Philly has been in a jittery lather about pop-up everything. Maybe it was Dîner en Blanc that created this marketing monster. It was a warm August night in 2012 when more than 1,000 people dressed in white popped bottles and ate cheese from Whole Foods at picnic tables around Swann Memorial Fountain for the city’s first-ever impromptu dinner party. Three years later, there are food truck events that have grown so big they require street closures, beer gardens with grass so thick you can’t feel the blacktop below, stalls

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Philadelphia Style - 2015 - Issue 3 - Summer - Art of the City  

Philadelphia Style - 2015 - Issue 3 - Summer - Art of the City