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Summer 2014 14 Front Runners 26 From the Editor-in-Chief 28 From the Publisher 30 ...Without Whom This Issue Would Not Have Been Possible 33 Invited 50 The List

People 55 Forging Ahead Valley Forge Flowers’ Barbara King—“The Martha Stewart of the Main Line”—readies a home-furnishing line and a new shop.

58 Reel Talk Philly filmmaker Jamal Hill tells the story of Brotherly Love with the help of some famous friends.

60 Desktop Icons Jennifer and Michael Maher collaborate on everything—including desk space at their new shared workspace concept, Benjamin’s Desk.

62 A Legacy of Learning By helping fund The Franklin Institute’s new “Your Brain” exhibit, Nicholas and Athena Karabots lend a helping hand to generations of Philadelphia students and lifetime learners.

66 Charity Register

58 Reel Talk

Jamal Hill uses Overbrook High School to set the scene for his latest feature film.

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Culture 68 Chairman of the Bard Annual favorite Shakespeare in Clark Park returns to the West Philly outdoor enclave—for its largest production yet.

70 An Apple a Day The Barnes Foundation seeks to astonish Philadelphia with an exhibition of still lifes by French luminary Paul Cézanne.

Taste 72 Serious Reservations Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi helms the kitchen at Laurel, his East Passyunk BYOB that has become Philly’s toughest table.

76 Great Expectations Newcomers and the Coravin wine preservation system give the city even more culinary cachet.

Chef Jose Garces’s Volver gives Philly its most expensive (and immersive) dining experience.

Style 82 On the Cuff David Yurman celebrates the 30th anniversary of his iconic cable design.

84 Style Spotlight Knit Wit and Plage Tahiti prep a fashionforward merger, and Saks Fifth Avenue debuts a new shop-in-shop.

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86 Small Wonders Roberto Capucci’s mini-dresses dazzle at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

88 Summertiming Chronographs are ideal for measuring summer’s precious minutes.

92 Making Waves Philly salons are helping tame summer tresses with new treatments and take-home products.

96 Hope Floats Halcyon Floats, the only spa of its kind in Philadelphia, lets guests unwind weightlessly.

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Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel offers elegantly plated dishes like this torn New Jersey sea scallop, yuzu, and green apple with a sauce poured tableside.

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110 Life to the Max

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Art legend Peter Max sketches a life in Philadelphia Technicolor. By Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Photography by Eric Ryan Anderson and Jeff Gale

114 Estate of Mind After 200 years, Freeman’s auction house is holding more high-profile sales than ever. By Eve Zibart Photography by Jeffrey Stockbridge

120 The Best of Style Eight Philadelphia boldfacers and the city’s superlative shops, salons, saloons, and more. Photography by Jared Castaldi

110 Life to the Max

Peter Max illustrates a vivid life as saturated and bright as his Technicolor palette.

A historic Main Line carriage home gets a contemporary redesign.

140 Estatements AQ Rittenhouse extends the reach of the ritzy neighborhood, the Navy Yard’s first hotel opens its doors, Spruce Street Park pops up in Penn’s Landing Marina, and the growing Graduate Hospital area expands with Carpenter Square.

146 On the Rise According to Philly’s premier real estate professionals, new building contracts—and the city skyline itself—are looking up.

158 Information Superhighway

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Summer 2014 The Guide 161 21st-Century Style, 18th-Century Soul Montgomery County’s Blue Bell Inn gets an update that maintains its historic heart.

162 Devour Philadelphia’s newest restaurant openings provide something for everyone—from redesigns to entirely new concept eateries.

164 Devour Local lobster fills the plates of Philly’s premier dining destinations.

168 Imbibe These city watering holes are offering drinks by the pitcher full for alfresco dining.

174 Relax Sunday salon time helps locals ready themselves for the workweek.

PS 176 The Great Outdoors?

120 The Best of Style ON THE COVER: Peter Max Artwork by Peter Max, 2014

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Legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins and other local luminaries help us showcase the best Philadelphia has to offer.

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As temperatures rise, standards for conduct at city parks fall. What’s a conscientious visitor to do?

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KRISTIN DETTERLINE Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor JOHN VILANOVA Art Director JUAN PARRA Photo Editor JODIE LOVE Assistant Editor JESSICA GREEN Contributing Editor MARNI PRICHARD MANKO Entertainment and Bookings Editor JULIET IZON Associate Fashion Editor ALEXANDRIA GEISLER Copy Editor DALENE ROVENSTINE Research Editor JUDY DEYOUNG

JOHN M. COLABELLI Publisher Senior Account Executive MARY RUEGG Sales Associate LISA JOY BURICK Business Development Coordinator NICHOLE MAURER Sales Assistants BRITTANY CORBETT, MICHELLE MASS

NICHE MEDIA HOLDINGS, LLC Senior Vice President and Editorial Director MANDI NORWOOD Vice President of Creative and Fashion ANN SONG Creative Director NICOLE A. WOLFSON NADBOY Executive Fashion Director SAMANTHA YANKS

ART AND PHOTO

Senior Art Director FRYDA LIDOR Associate Art Directors ANASTASIA TSIOUTAS CASALIGGI, ALLISON FLEMING, ADRIANA GARCIA, JESSICA SARRO Senior Designer NATALI SUASNAVAS Designers GIL FONTIMAYOR, SARAH LITZ Photo Director LISA ROSENTHAL BADER Photo Editors KATHERINE HAUSENBAUER-KOSTER, SETH OLENICK, JENNIFER PAGAN, REBECCA SAHN Photo Producer KIMBERLY RIORDAN Senior Staff Photographer JEFFREY CRAWFORD Senior Digital Imaging Specialist JEFFREY SPITERY Digital Imaging Specialist JEREMY DEVERATURDA Digital Imaging Assistant HTET SAN Senior Fashion Editor LAUREN FINNEY Copy and Research Manager WENDIE PECHARSKY

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Fashion Editor FAYE POWER

Fashion Assistants CONNOR CHILDERS, LISA FERRANDINO

COPY AND RESEARCH

Copy Editors DAVID FAIRHURST, NICOLE LANCTOT, JULIA STEINER

Research Editors LESLIE ALEXANDER, MURAT OZTASKIN, AVA WILLIAMS

EDITORIAL OPERATIONS

Director of Editorial Operations DEBORAH L. MARTIN Director of Editorial Relations MATTHEW STEWART Editorial Assistant CHRISTINA CLEMENTE Online Executive Editor CAITLIN ROHAN Online Editors ANNA BEN YEHUDA, TRICIA CARR Senior Managing Editors DANINE ALATI, KEN RIVADENEIRA, JILL SIERACKI Shelter and Design Editor SUE HOSTETLER

Managing Editors JENNIFER DEMERITT, KAREN ROSE

Timepiece Editor ROBERTA NAAS

ADVERTISING SALES

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing NORMAN M. MILLER Account Directors SUSAN ABRAMS, MICHELE ADDISON, TIFFANY CAREY, CLAIRE CARLIN, KATHLEEN FLEMING, KAREN LEVINE, MEREDITH MERRILL, NORMA MONTALVO, ELIZABETH MOORE, GRACE NAPOLITANO, JEFFREY NICHOLSON, DEBORAH O’BRIEN, SHANNON PASTUSZAK, VALERIE ROBLES Account Executives SUSANA ARAGON, JUDSON BARDWELL, MICHELLE CHALA, THOMAS CHILLEMI, MORGAN CLIFFORD, JANELLE DRISCOLL, ALICIA DRY, VINCE DUROCHER, DINA FRIEDMAN, SARAH HECKLER, VICTORIA HENRY, CATHERINE KUCHAR, FENDY MESY, MARISA RANDALL, LAUREN SHAPIRO, JIM SMITH, CAROLINE SNECKENBERG, JACKIE VAN METER, JESSICA ZIVKOVITCH, GABRIELLA ZURROW National Sales Coordinator HOWARD COSTA Sales Support and Development EMMA BEHRINGER, ANA BLAGOJEVIC, EMILY BURDETT, CRISTINA CABIELLES, JAMIE HILDEBRANDT, DARA HIRSH, KELSEY MARRUJO, RUE MCBRIDE, STEPHEN OSTROWSKI, ELENA SENDOLO, ALEXANDRA WINTER

MARKETING, PROMOTIONS, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations LANA BERNSTEIN Vice President of Integrated Marketing EMILY MCLINTOCK Director of Integrated Marketing ROBIN KEARSE Integrated Marketing Manager JIMMY KONTOMANOLIS Director of Creative Services SCOTT ROBSON Promotions Art Designers DANIELLE MORRIS , CARLY RUSSELL Event Marketing Directors AMY FISCHER, HALEE HARCZYNSKI, MELINDA JAGGER, LAURA MULLEN, JOANNA TUCKER, KIMMY WILSON Event Marketing Managers ANTHONY ANGELICO, CHRISTIAMILDA CORREA, MONIKA KOWALCZYK, CRISTINA PARRA Event Marketing Coordinator BROOKE BIDDLE Event Marketing Assistant SHANA KAUFMAN

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Vice President of Manufacturing MARIA BLONDEAUX Director of Positioning and Planning SALLY LYON Positioning and Planning Manager TARA MCCRILLIS Assistant Production Director PAUL HUNTSBERRY Production Manager BLUE UYEDA Production Artists ALISHA DAVIS, MARISSA MAHERAS Distribution Manager MATT HEMMERLING Fulfillment Manager DORIS HOLLIFIELD Traffic Supervisor ESTEE WRIGHT Traffic Coordinators JEANNE GLEESON, MALLORIE SOMMERS Circulation Research Specialist CHAD HARWOOD

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Controller DANIELLE BIXLER Finance Directors AUDREY CADY, LISA VASSEUR-MODICA Advertising Business Manager RICHARD YONG Director of Credit and Collections CHRISTOPHER BEST Senior Credit and Collections Analyst MYRNA ROSADO Senior Billing Coordinator CHARLES CAGLE Senior Accountant LILY WU Junior Accountants PONNIE FITZPATRICK, NEIL SHAH, NATASHA WARREN

ADMINISTRATION, DIGITAL, AND OPERATIONS

Director of Operations MICHAEL CAPACE Director of Human Resources STEPHANIE MITCHELL Executive Assistant ARLENE GONZALEZ Digital Media Developer MICHAEL KWAN Digital Producer ANTHONY PEARSON Facilities Coordinator JOUBERT GUILLAUME Chief Technology Officer JESSE TAYLOR Desktop Administrators ZACHARY CUMMO, EDGAR ROCHE

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

J.P. ANDERSON (Michigan Avenue), SPENCER BECK (Los Angeles Confidential), ANDREA BENNETT (Vegas), KATHY BLACKWELL (Austin Way), ERIN LENTZ (Aspen Peak), LISA PIERPONT (Boston Common), CATHERINE SABINO (Gotham), JARED SHAPIRO (Ocean Drive), ELIZABETH E. THORP (Capitol File), SAMANTHA YANKS (Hamptons)

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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

In between takes for this issue’s “Best of Style” shoot, former Governor Ed Rendell played a few holes at Franklin Square’s miniature golf course.

With Arianna Huffington, creator, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. She spoke in support of her new book, Thrive, and shared some professional insights at an event hosted by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

ABOVE: With Zac Posen, who brought his breathtaking Fall 2014 collection to Philadelphia for the 58th Annual Daisy Day Luncheon, held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue. LEFT: With Tom Swartzendruber at the launch of Qatar Airways. Thanks to Nicole Miller for my amazing dress.

and always has been The List: Fifty-one names with no accompanying photos arranged in three neat columns. Without fail, six times a year, they spark everything from idle chitchat to half-hour dissertations. The trajectory of questions usually goes something like this: “How did [so-andso] get on The List?” Then, “How do people get on The List, anyway? Do they know someone?” And, finally, “I want to be on The List!” I smile wryly— “Our methods are a mystery,” I say. What’s that quote from Oscar Wilde about the only thing worse than people talking about you is people not talking about you? That’s how I view The List. People also love to talk about our “Best of Style” section. It’s become a hallmark of our Summer issue and the catalyst for our annual Best of Style bash, which celebrates 10 unbelievable years Follow me on Twitter at this summer. Philly notables are back with @philastylekm and on their city standbys: secret finds, go-to phillystylemag.com. restaurants, and favorite landmarks. Their answers alone would be enough to spark debate over who really has the best sushi in town or what is the best Philly movie (Mannequin, of course), but put all of these Q&As in the context of our countless lists across five categories and there’s enough material to inform a panel discussion. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together. “Best of Style” may take up plenty of time and energy, but there are other stories to take a look at, such as our “View from the Top” with Barbara King from Valley Forge Flowers. I’m blown away by her business savvy and creative spirit. Our feature story on Freeman’s auction house has been a tale more than 200 years in the making: It’s the oldest auction house in the US, and this year it celebrates 90 years on Chestnut Street. After what definitely felt like the longest winter ever, it’s finally summer in Philadelphia. No matter where you cozy up with this issue, just make sure it’s outside.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYLE ZANCA(HUFFINGTON); JARED CASTALDI(RENDELL); QATAR AIRWAYS(SWARTZENDRUBER)

The lists we present in Philadelphia Style spark a lot of intrigue around town. There is

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

With Nicole Miller, Mary K. Dougherty, and Ken Toscano commemorating the brand’s 20th anniversary in Philadelphia.

Our summer issue marks many big milestones at Philadelphia Style. Along with the Summer issue

ABOVE: Alyssa Schwartz, Rebecca Jelfo, and Sarah Ward pose with Boys II Men, who put on a buzzworthy performance at the Qatar Airways launch party. LEFT: With my wife, Lauren, and Johari and Jimmy Rollins at The Rollins Family Foundation Taste of the World event.

itself, which marks 15 years of fantastic editorial, we also celebrate the 10th anniversary edition of our illustrious “Best of Style” issue. To memorialize these accomplishments, we’ve collaborated with famed artist Peter Max, who has created a one-of-a-kind, Philly-centric image for our summer cover. Max graced our cover once before, in 2002, and he was kind enough to return to us this year with this original cover artwork and an eyeopening interview, giving us a glimpse into Follow me on Twitter at @philastylejc and on his life and mind. In his signature Pop Instagram at style, the city explodes around the Liberty @johnc2k5. Bell, an iconic and enduring image. It’s particularly poignant as we celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday. Max is an iconic artist who has been creating unique masterpieces for decades, but he is also involved in charity work and devoted to environmental and animal rights causes. He has generously donated the cover portrait to be auctioned off on Charitybuzz. All proceeds will benefit The Humane Society of the United States. Inside these pages you will also find our annual “Best of Style” roundup, where we explore everything from divine cuisine to luxurious salons and spas and fashion-forward boutiques. Philly’s leading institutions fill these pages, and we hope our readers can use this as a map to the wonderful things our city holds. With our , we honor all those who helped us get to where we are today. Without them and you, our readers, we wouldn’t have found the success that the past 15 years has brought us. Join us for 15 more.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK MCMULLAN (AL BAKER); MARJORIE AMON (MILLER); MARK STEHLE/AP IMAGES FOR QATAR AIRWAYS (STOCKMAN); ANDRE FLEWELLEN (ROLLINS)

Celebrating the launch of Qatar Airways in Philadelphia at The Ritz-Carlton with CEO Akbar Al Baker.

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Eve Zibart Eve Zibart is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, where at 17 she got her first full-time newspaper job. She spent 30 years at The Washington Post and she has written nine books on travel and food as well as nearly 100 magazine articles and reviews. Her feature on Freeman’s auction house (page 114) is her second article for Philadelphia Style; previously she wrote about The Franklin Institute’s Titanic exhibition. If you could have bought any item at Freeman’s during your reporting, what would you have chosen? I have a

weakness for vintage watches, and while the diamond versions were obviously alluring, the one I really coveted was a Cartier purse watch, only 1.5 inches wide, that was engraved to look like an envelope addressed to the owner and “postmarked” from 1941; it slid open at the middle to display the face. What makes someone a good auctioneer? I have served as the auctioneer for a couple of charity events and had a blast! You need to play bidders against one another, but in a nice way; you want to jolly them along, so they still feel good about being there—and maybe they’ll try again! What makes Freeman’s a perfect Philadelphia institution? It would be impossible to spend any length of time at Freeman’s without learning about art, history, Philadelphia legends, and antiques…. I can see why everyone loves working there.

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Nick DiUlio Nick DiUlio is a freelance magazine writer from Medford, New Jersey. The South Jersey bureau chief for New Jersey Monthly, DiUlio is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. For this issue, he penned “Dynamic Duo” about shared work space Benjamin’s Desk (page 60). Why does Benjamin’s Desk work so well here? Philly’s a hub of social,

cultural, and intellectual diversity—the ingredients for a successful shared work space. How are you at sharing with others? I have three brothers and two sisters, so sharing was an occupational necessity growing up. If sharing with others were an Olympic event, I’d take the gold.

Roberta Naas Roberta Naas has been writing about watches and jewelry for nearly 30 years. The founder of atimelyperspective.com, an e-newspaper on watches and luxury goods, Naas regularly travels the world seeking insider information on product news. She wrote “Time Honored” in this issue (page 88).

B O C C A , T H E E Y E W E A R C O L L E C T IO N W I T H IR R E S IS T IB L E L E G S !

What sparked your love of watches? It happened by accident. I

started writing about retail jewelers and when a watch editor position came up at a top trade publication, I took it. What’s next? I am finalizing my fifth book on timepieces, and I’m working on a digital photography book and a children’s book. The good life is… Living each day to its fullest, doing the right thing even when it’s hard, and enjoying family.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WRIGHT(DIULIO); MICHAEL SPAIN-SMITH(CALLAGHAN)

Drew Callaghan Drew Callaghan is a Philly-based architectural and interior photographer. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Philly.com and Philadelphia RowHome, and he works with everyone from interior designers to real estate brokers. He lives in Bella Vista; for this issue, he shot a suburban carriage house for “Haute Property” (page 136). What set this home apart from others in the neighborhood?

It’s original for the Main Line, with high ceilings and an open, breezy floor plan, which exudes an enormous amount of natural light, which is perfect for a photographer. What sets Leslie Hayes’ homes apart? Leslie has a fascinating ability to combine

understated chic with overstated luxury.

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he Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual awards ceremony at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, honoring famed actor, producer, and director Lee Daniels. Awarded alongside him were 10 Philadelphia notables who have made a difference in arts and business, including David Othmer and James Holman. Invitees Blondell Reynolds Brown and Sharon Pinkenson mingled with guests and all enjoyed a night of buffet-style food by Stephen Starr and music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Philadelphia welcomed Qatar Airways to the city with a gala on April 3 at The Ritz-Carlton celebrating the launch of the new, nonstop service from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha. Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, hosted the event, where over 300 guests, including emcee Maria Papadakis and Mayor Michael Nutter, enjoyed a formal dinner and surprise performance by Boyz II Men.

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The 84th annual Radnor Hunt Races took place on May 17 at Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern. Philadelphia Style hosted a VIP tent party, teaming up with Busybee Homestore & Design Center for the stylish furnishings and BrulÊe Catering, which treated the elite guests, including Irvin Rosenzweig, Eva Pilgrim, Steve Jayne Rosenman and Amanda Hartung, Pam Blair, Tania and Thorne, and other guests to and food, desserts, Lorraine D’Annella Andrew Hartung Luciano Spensierato and race-themed cocktails.

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On May 3, Bernie Robbins Jewelers presented the Blingo to Cure Duchenne Benefit, which raised awareness and funds for a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ed Rendell and Cory Wade were in attendance at the Hyatt Regency, where the waterfront hotel hosted a night of bingo, fine jewelry displays, and cocktails for a good cause.

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To preview the 2014 Spring collection, David Yurman hosted a cocktail party at his King of Prussia Mall store on April 8. Guests browsed the new line, titled “Cable Re-Imagined,” while enjoying light bites and cocktails. A portion of proceeds from the event benefited the James A. Michener Art Museum.

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Cherry Hill Audi launched the new Audi A3 Sedan on April 3 with a high-class celebration full of appetizers, cocktails, and handcrafted beer from River Horse Brewery. Guests enjoyed live DJ entertainment and admired the luxury automobile.

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Celebrating 20 years in Philadelphia, designer Nicole Miller and Mary K. Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller’s stores in Center City and Manayunk, hosted a fashion-forward soirÊe at the Shops at The Bellevue on April 24. Guests dressed in their favorite Nicole Miller creations and enjoyed bites from The Palm and cocktails from Capital Wine & Spirits.

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Don and Renee Freeman

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To celebrate the season, the Philadelphia Art Alliance hosted Spring at the Mansion on May 3 at the Wetherill Mansion in Rittenhouse Square. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and a dessert lounge as they mingled with event chairs Nicole Cashman and Nigel T. Richards. Proceeds from the event went toward the preservation and restoration of the historic mansion.

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A Night of Broadway Stars celebrated 15 years of service to homeless youth on May 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event was hosted by Broadway lyricist and composer Neil Berg and featured special guest Jon Bon Jovi. VIP ticket holders enjoyed an acoustic set played by Bon Jovi and posed for pictures with the star before the show. Proceeds from the event benefited Covenant House Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that serves homeless and at-risk and trafficked youth.

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On April 4, The Gift of Life hosted the Donors Are Heroes/The Party at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Eleven restaurants catered the event alongside live entertainment by DJ Eddie Tully. All proceeds benefited education on organ donation and the need for life-saving transplants.

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The Rollins Family Foundation held the Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014 on May 14 at The Union League. The Dandelion and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse set up food stations, while Cakes & Candies by Maryellen showcased a Bollywood-style, four-tier cake. Guests including Cole Hamels and Mike Jerrick, enjoyed music by DJ Ravi Jackson. Proceeds from the event went toward local charities helping to provide healthy food to families in need.

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Forging Ahead BARBARA KING’S NOT “THE MARTHA STEWART OF THE MAIN LINE” FOR NO REASON: THE VALLEY FORGE FLOWERS OWNER IS SET TO BRANCH OUT. BY MARNI PRICHARD MANKO

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tart a conversation with Valley Forge Flowers maven and QVC garden expert Barbara King and her profound love of her craft is instantly as bright and abundant as a field of tulips after a long, wet spring. “It’s pretty darn wonderful what I do,” she says. “Flowers just make people so happy. You get to be a part of people’s lives, get inside their heads, and pull out their imaginations. I love to figure out what people are thinking and make it come alive.” A third-generation florist, King has green blood in her veins. Her grandfather was a florist in New York City and her father, too, caught the blooming bug, not only adorning Jackie O’s apartment with her favorite geraniums, but also opening Valley Forge Flowers back in the ’60s, when King was a mere sprout. “I really grew up in a typical mom-and-pop shop,” she reflects. continued on page 56

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IN FULL BLOOM Barbara King’s floral favorites. *favorite flower: “Peonies are my favorite flower because they remind me of my childhood. Every June we would pick bunches of these decadent beauties out of the garden, shake the ants off, and make gorgeous arrangements.”

*long-term vision and goals: “We’re always striving to make our store a complete and wonderful experience. The merchandise makes our customers’ lifestyles more fun.”

*favorite local restaurant: “The White Dog Cafe in Wayne. It’s like having dinner at someone’s home — similar to the vibe here at Valley Forge Flowers.”

*favorite boutique: “I love Menagerie here in Eagle Village Shops. It’s a New York–style, casual-chic boutique filled to the brim with handmade jewelry and clothing brands scouted from all parts of the globe.”

*on being a business owner: “I look forward to waking up and having a challenging day. It doesn’t feel like ‘work’ to me — it’s simply something to be accomplished. If you love what you do, it shows.”

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continued from page 55 Along the way, King was mentored by not only her father (who still works for VFF), but also by the folks at Robertson’s Flowers & Events and Campbell’s Soup scion, philanthropist, and world-renowned horticulture aficionado Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton. “Meeting Dodo was the best meeting of my life. I was 18, going to Villanova at night, and she wanted a full-time florist for her house. I thought, Who the heck wants a full-time florist?” King laughs. “So Dodo said, ‘How about you come to my house two days a week, and when I have parties we’ll go through your father’s flower shop?’ Without my first job of doing a giant tent party for her, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity for so many people to see my work, which really opened up so many doors for people to try out Valley Forge Flowers.” Through her 30-odd years in the business, King has taken the mom-and-pop flower shop to new heights, helping Valley Forge Flowers become one of the area’s most-renowned florists— winning Best in Show ribbons at the Philadelphia and Newport Flower Shows and decorating the Academy Ball for eight years running. In addition to a newly opened store in Bridgeport, she recently broke ground on a major revamp of the Wayne location, including a brand-new adjacent space called The Barn, which will house all of the essentials for alfresco living. With a total of 14,000 square feet including an expansive café, King calls it the “store of my dreams.” King’s influence has taken root well beyond the Main Line; she’s also QVC’s guru of all things gardening. Just like at the start of her career, the opportunity arose from a combination of happenstance and commitment. “There was a party at the Bellevue, and the last thing I wanted to do that night was decorate a party,” says King, recalling how her relationship with QVC began. “But we went, and after decorating, we sat at a table where we knew no one. The gentleman sitting next to me was a buyer for QVC and said, ‘I’m looking for someone to sell garden products on QVC. Would you be up for it?’ That was 15 years ago.” King examines a rendering for her Since then, King has curated collections of some of her favorite gardening products new store, The from around the world. In 2011, she started designing her own upscale, on-trend Barn, in Wayne, which sells products like lounge chairs and patio mats for the eponymous QVC Barbara King outdoor living Home and Garden line, and earlier this year she became the brand’s face of gardenessentials. ing. “I now run its blog, and it’s just a whole other world for me. I didn’t even know what a blog was,” she laughs. “It makes my brain explode trying to come up with what’s going to be out there for next year, and even the following year.” Beyond her ever-blooming businesses, King is just happy to keep her life in bloom with husband Joe, a horticulturist, and her two sons. “They grew up like me, napping in flower boxes. They love the energy of it,” she says. “When I walk into a flower shop, those olfactory senses kick in and I’m like, ‘This is what Grandpa’s flower shop smelled like,’ and same with my dad’s. Now they’ll think the same of mine.” 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-6875566; valleyforgeflowers.com PS

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TALENT PATROL Philly filmmaker Jamal Hill set his newest movie, Brotherly Love, at Overbrook High School.

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rotherly Love isn’t the first film from Philly screenwriter/director Jamal Hill, whose independently produced 2006 breakout Money, Power, Respect—which he and his mother funded—made him the city’s filmmaker-to-watch and put him on the radar of some of Philly’s local luminaries. It is, however, the first to truly capitalize on those relationships, with Overbrook pal Will Smith helping with promotion and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit set to produce. Brotherly Love, which opens late summer or early fall, deals in always-relevant urban themes like basketball stardom and the question of whether one’s dreams are worth the difficulties they can cause.

I’d been working with Will Smith’s production company [Overbrook Entertainment] for two years. Overbrook and Flavor Unit are like brother and sister; both stemmed from hip-hop. The Queen, she snapped it up. How did you and Will hook up in the first place? I shot my first two films and was dead broke, sleeping on my buddy’s couch, when I got a call from my now-manager, Charlie Mack, who’s tight with Will. Instead of talking for 20 minutes, we rapped for three hours. On the spot, he phoned Will, and the next day, I’m in Manhattan with Smith while he’s filming I Am Legend. It’s like a dream. Are you doing any local screenings? We plan on doing premieres at the Roxy Theater and the Suzanne Roberts Theatre since the Philadelphia Film After hours: “I’ve been Society and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office showed hanging out at Stratus Lounge at Hotel Monaco. the movie so much love. [We also want to do] an orange It has a New York feel.” carpet premiere at Overbrook High with the cast. Philly on film: “The Sixth What’s different about filming in your city? Sense is my favorite People aren’t jaded here like in LA and NYC. The people movie. I was influenced and companies still welcome the inconvenience a producby M. Night early on, and I tion creates. Here, shooting at Overbrook High was an met him when he and Will amazing backdrop: The classic architecture and personaldid After Earth here.” ity made it a character in the film in and of itself. PS

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You’ve written stories about lust, crime, and high school basketball. What’s the trajectory? I like telling stories about young people, things they go through, and trials they come into. You become who you are between 16 and 20. That’s your coming-of-age moment. Why has basketball become such a fertile ground? Basketball is the perfect vehicle to tell a story about ambition. In the ghetto, your finite focus is to move forward. So when you catch your dreams, what do you do next? How did the movie get to Queen Latifah?

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Jennifer and Michael Maher of Benjamin’s Desk hope to have nearly 10,000 square feet of shareable workspace available by the end of 2014.

open Benjamin’s Desk in 2012, a stylish, state-of-the-art shared workspace that doubles as a business community, inside the historic Allman Building at 1701 Walnut Street. It comprises 120 members (fees to rent coworking space range from $99 to $2,000 a month) and more than 60 organizations and entrepreneurs in industries ranging from finance, technology, and marketing to legal services, nonprofits, and communications. With help from partnerships with Comcast and Yards Brewing Company, Benjamin’s Desk has grown to include such members as Capstone Law, a group reenvisioning the traditional legal model; start-up Philadelphia Game Lab, which is innovating new online strategies for game development; and the youth literacy nonprofit Springboard Collaborative. “There are a lot of shared workspaces across the US, but they tend to focus on certain niches,” says Michael. “But we’re industry-agnostic. There is real value in diversity.” Rather than working alone, businesses come to Benjamin’s Desk for such office conveniences as free printing, high-speed Internet, on-demand legal advice, and private meeting rooms, all in an expansive, industrial-chic setting. “At our most basic, we rent desks and offices,” says Michael. “But people come here for more than that. They come for the community. There’s a natural yearning for face-to-face interaction, and sometimes the home office or coffee shop just doesn’t cut it.” JENNIFER AND MICHAEL MAHER’S SHARED WORKSPACE The couple scouted potential locations for more than CONCEPT, BENJAMIN’S DESK, INCUBATES SOME OF THE two years until settling on the Allman Building, and CITY’S MOST SUCCESSFUL START-UPS. BY NICK DIULIO after pooling their savings and securing a small business loan, they opened Benjamin’s Desk in August 2012. Since then, it has doubled in size to include 6,000 total ive years ago, while serving as a naval officer and traveling around the square feet on two separate floors, with a rooftop deck and another 3,000 world, Michael Maher stumbled upon an article about a shared work- square feet of workspace planned for later this year. “It wasn’t easy rolling the space in seemingly faraway Brooklyn. It changed his life forever. dice like that. But Mike’s more risk tolerant, and I’m more risk averse, so I “When I graduated from the Naval Academy [in 2005], I knew I’d want to think we balance each other out,” says Jennifer, who has known Michael start my own business, but I wasn’t sure what it would look like,” says Maher. since 1996, when they both attended middle school in Cape May Court “But when I read that article, I just fell in love with the idea of entrepreneurs House, New Jersey. “And that’s why we’ve been so successful. Our personalities and strengths complement each other nicely.” 267-765-2070; working together and helping one another grow.” This seed of inspiration eventually led Michael and his wife, Jennifer, to benjaminsdesk.com PS

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SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY

A Legacy of Learning INSPIRED BY THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE’S MISSION TO SERVE UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH, NICHOLAS AND ATHENA KARABOTS MADE MUSEUM HISTORY WITH A DONATION TO MAKE A NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION, “YOUR BRAIN,” A REALITY. BY MARNI PRICHARD MANKO

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hen philanthropist and local business tycoon Nicholas Karabots first walked through The Franklin Institute’s brand-new and spectacularly innovative “Your Brain” exhibit, his first reaction was that of sheer surprise. “I had no idea what went on in this little head of mine,” he says with a laugh. “Especially when I see my lovely wife. Now I know exactly what neurons are firing when I look at her.” Science aside, his involvement with The Franklin Institute is also a connection of both the head and the heart. Four years ago, when Nicholas—the son of poor Greek immigrants—first ventured into The Franklin Institute, he encountered a group of

inner-city kids enthralled with the stars, skies, and astronomy. Nicholas, a self-professed “bad kid” growing up, was instantly taken back to his rough-and-tumble childhood in the South Bronx and his trips to New York’s Hayden Planetarium. “The Hayden Planetarium opened my eyes to certain things—and The Franklin Institute brought me back to my youth,” he says. “My wife and I just fell in love with the programs here.” It’s a connection so strong that it spurred him, along with wife Athena, to donate $10 million to the Philadelphia institution— the single-largest private sector donation in its storied 180-year history. The end result of this investment? The Nicholas and Athena

Karabots Pavilion, a game-changing, high-tech, 53,000-square-foot addition. “This expansion will take us far into the future,” says Larry Dubinski, the institute’s chief operating officer, who will take over as CEO and president on July 1. “It is a building that will work and flow with wherever the future takes us. But none of this would have happened if it were not for Mr. and Mrs. Karabots,” he says emphatically. “The Karabotses have made one of the most marked impacts on the Franklin Institute in our entire history.” The Karabotses aren’t new to the philanthropic game. Nicholas made his fortune continued on page 64

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The neural network climbing structure in the new “Your Brain” exhibit at The Franklin Institute.

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continue from page 62 as the head of the Fort Washington–based Kappa Media Group, best known as the world’s leading publisher of puzzle magazines. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Spartan Organization and the Jericho National Golf Club, and he and Athena are the owners of the local 24-acre Karamoor Farm winery. And to share in their good fortune, they have been some of the region’s most-active charitable donators, offering major gifts to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For the charitable couple, The Franklin Institute falls squarely into that pantheon of worthwhile organizations. “The Franklin Institute has never, ever done anything that wasn’t spectacular,” explains Athena. “We have always respected the Institute, and that’s why we are involved.” Anchored by three key elements, the $41 million pavilion is nothing short of spectacular. The centerpiece is the signature “Your Brain” exhibition, an awe-inspiring, 8,500-square-foot exhibit with more than 70 different interactive elements that’s been eight years in the making. “I think we all want to learn more about how our brain

“The Institute has never done anything that wasn’t spectacular.” —ATHENA KARABOTS works, and from beginning to end, this exhibition will take people into their own brain and transform them,” says Dubinski, adding that this is the largest exhibition on the brain in the country. Included in the exhibit is a climbable 18-foot brain structure that mimics neurons firing, an elevated piano that illustrates the notion of fear, and a street scene full of mind-bending optics. By all accounts, “Your Brain” is poised to be the next generation’s version of the Institute’s beloved “Giant Heart,” a fixture here since 1953. Equally awe-inspiring is the 3,000-square-foot kinetic Shimmer Wall that welcomes visitors as they enter Karabots Pavilion. Created by worldrenowned environmental artist Ned Kahn and crafted out of 10,000 aluminum tiles, the naturecontrolled Shimmer Wall was designed to mimic the sky and move freely in the wind. The lingering impression is that of undulating waves. “It’s absolutely magnificent—you feel as if you’re

floating,” says Nicholas. The pavilion also houses an IACC-certified Conference Center and an 8,000-square-foot, climate-controlled traveling exhibit space, which will allow the Institute to bring larger, world-class visiting exhibitions into its hallowed halls. But for the Karabotses, it’s the new high-tech and innovative STEM Education Center for student-based programs that turns their involvement from merely philanthropic into something deeply personal. “We’re hoping to work on some educational programs with the kids, with the ultimate purpose of drawing some of these kids from the disadvantaged areas and helping them learn a roadway out of negativity,” Nicholas says. “The satisfaction will be when kids come through the Institute and the new ‘Your Brain’ exhibit, their eyes are opened a little bit further, [and they] want to learn a little bit more,” says Nicholas. “The ultimate purpose is to show kids that there is something out there that they haven’t discovered yet. To me, that would be the ultimate success. That is the only legacy I care to leave.” The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., 215-448-1200; fi.edu PS

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models at the “Your Brain” exhibit, which was funded by Athena and Nicholas Karabots.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 42ND ANNUAL BIKE-A-THON

The Cause: This fundraiser helps the American Cancer Society continue its work in supporting cancer patients. Four different course lengths are offered to suit any skill level, including the challenging Century Route, stretching almost 100 miles from the Ben Franklin Bridge. The Details: Sunday, July 13, at 6:30 AM at the Ben Franklin Bridge. Fifth and Race Sts., 215-985-5401; acsbike.org

THE LEMON RIDE

The Cause: Round up your bikes for this fun-filled cycling event sponsored by Volvo to support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and combat childhood cancer. With several courses of varying lengths, plenty of children’s activities, and refreshing lemonade stands, this is a day the whole family can appreciate. The Details: Sunday, July 20, at 7 AM at Central Bucks High School. 375 W. Court St., Doylestown, 610-649-3034; alexslemonade.org

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

The Cause: Support autism awareness during the three-day festival featuring excellent food, wine, and incredible celebrity-chef creations. With a rooftop cocktail party, a clambake on Bally’s beach, and more, you’re sure to have plenty of fun this weekend while supporting a great cause. The Details: Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, at Bally’s and Caesars. 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4077; acfoodandwine.com

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The Cause: Channel your inner athlete as you walk, run, or bike a 20-mile loop in the quaint Montgomery County countryside to support the Livestrong Foundation in its efforts to provide information, tools, and resources for people affected by cancer. The Details: Sunday, August 17, at 6:15 AM at Montgomery County Community College. 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, 877-236-8820; livestrong.org/events/1730

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Chairmen of the Bard SHAKESPEARE IN CLARK PARK, AN ANNUAL SUMMERTIME SPECTACLE IN UNIVERSITY CITY, GIVES HENRY IV A NEW TWIST. BY JOANN GRECO

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ake one “madcap Prince of Wales,” one portly playboy who “lards the lean earth as he walks along” and one fiery rebel “robbed of [his] youth,” and you get Shakespeare’s classic tale of the wastrel heir to Henry IV, Hal, his lusty mate Falstaff, and their enemy Hotspur. Add in a cast of 100 or so Philadelphians and you get an ambitious new spectacle called Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine. The massed assemblage will perform the famous battle scenes of the last act of Henry IV, Part 1, then return to the stage in bits for the sequel. Directed by Alex Torra, the production is offered jointly by Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP), which marks its ninth (mid)summer season when the actors step into the spotlight for a July 30 opening night, and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, which Torra cofounded in 2010. During its inaugural season in 2006, SCP drew 500 people per night for four free performances of Twelfth Night. These days, twice that number lay down blankets and chairs on Saturday alone, with five additional performances throughout the week. SCP is anticipating record crowds this year, thanks to the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. Torra approached SCP looking for “big ideas.” “We didn’t start with the idea of staging Henry IV,” he says. “We said, ‘What if we did a really big war scene? Wouldn’t that be cool?’ The focus for us is always on bringing people together—the play is a vehicle.” What started as a fun concept to engage audience members has morphed into a remarkable leap forward for SCP, which usually leans toward lighter fare, such as Much Ado About Nothing (the 2011 production directed by Torra), which seems well suited to its bucolic location. But during these performances, the ensemble will enact the Battle of Shrewsbury, where the king’s men are pitted against rebel forces. By enlivening scenes that normally consist of an actor huffing and puffing his lines then walking offstage, this happy band of Philadelphians will do much more than just hold shields and wield swords, says Torra. “We’ve given a lot of attention to how a real battle looks and sounds,” he says, “and we’re encouraging everybody to really go out and get in there... to run across the field and start wrestling with one another.” The play is “ultimately about how ordinary people grapple with the possibility of being part of something great,” Torra observes. “And by bringing regular folks into the action, we’re making that idea very real and resonant.” Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine will run July 30–August 3 at 7 PM each evening at Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave., 215-764-5345; shakespeareinclarkpark.org. PS

FROM TOP: Catherine Slusar enchants audiences during last summer’s production of The Tempest; a midsummer evening in Clark Park, where thousands gather each year.

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Paul Cézanne’s Apples and Cakes will be the centerpiece of the Barnes’s exhibit.

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will astonish Paris with an apple,” French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne once famously declared, a prescient suggestion from the dynamic artist who would become known for portraying the simplest subjects with high-art sensibilities. Decades later, the “painter of apples,” with his humble materials—tablecloths, vases, and, of course, fruit—continues to “astonish” audiences the world over with his extraordinary renderings of ordinary life. The Barnes Foundation plans to astonish Philadelphia when it presents “The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne,” opening June 22. The exhibit features a career-spanning collection of 21 of the artist’s still lifes and is the first major mounting focusing exclusively on his nature morte works. “In 1912—the first year that Albert Barnes was collecting—he bought a Cézanne at auction,” says Judith Dolkart, chief curator at the Foundation, explaining the long-standing relationship between the artist’s work and the museum. “It really caused a ruckus in the sale room: People were saying, ‘Who is this Mr. Barnes, spending this kind of money on a Cézanne?’”

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When considering the exhibition, which will run through September 22, Dolkart calls Cézanne one of the Barnes’s “core artists.” His contributions to the modernist canon engage with the complex questions of the age. “He’s a painter who makes you very aware of the materiality of paint,” she says. “In the past, you weren’t really supposed to see the means of creating the work. It was supposed to be completely seamless, but he shows it to you. So Cézanne is not only core here in terms of the numbers of his works, but he was an important figure for so many artists who followed.” The exhibition features additional paintings like The Kitchen Table (1888-1890), Three Skulls (1902-1906), and Apples and Cakes (1837-1877). “Still life itself traditionally wasn’t considered the noblest or most elevated of the genres, and an apple is just about the humblest kind of prop that you could use in a still-life,” Dolkart muses. “It would be great if Cézanne astonishes Philadelphia with an apple.” 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pky., 215-278-7200; barnesfoundation.org PS

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE BARNES FOUNDATION

WITH “THE WORLD IS AN APPLE: THE STILL LIFES OF PAUL CÉZANNE,” THE BARNES FOUNDATION BRINGS TO LIFE A CLASSIC ARTISTIC GENRE. BY JOHN VILANOVA

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THIS ISSUE: NEW AND NOW

Serious Reservations THANKS TO CHEF AND OWNER NICK ELMI’S TOP CHEF WIN, LAUREL HAS FAST BECOME PHILLY’S TOUGHEST TABLE. BY KRISTIN DETTERLINE

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ick Elmi seems happy. A young couple is offering effusive praise for the seven-course feast they’ve just finished. Others chat contentedly, surrounded by the warm, cream-colored walls of his dining room. It’s a Tuesday at Laurel, Elmi’s East Passyunk Avenue BYOB, and he bounces back and forth between his kitchen and the 22-seat service. The skilled chef and attentive host fields many more compliments before dinner is complete. He might actually be starting to get used to this. Just a few months ago, anyone who watched Elmi on Top Chef saw he was a technique-focused, tightly wound tradition-defier; he was the French chef from humble Massachusetts roots who was moved to tears over a pasta dish and wearing his stress on his furrowed brow. But Elmi has plenty of reasons to be pleased of late: The Philly toque is the latest continued on page 74

Nick Elmi, winner of Top Chef season 11, plates a foie gras and cocoa terrine dish with candied celery root and cherry at his new restaurant, Laurel.

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FROM TOP: Wild striped bass with sunflower, artichoke, grape, and cauliflower; albacore tuna with frozen horseradish, Asian pear, and crispy shallot.

continued from page 72 winner of the hit Bravo reality cooking series and Laurel, his first turn as owner, has maintained a three-month wait list (and growing) for reservations since January. Fame might have helped fuel the opening buzz last November, but it’s sheer talent, honed at nowshuttered dining institutions like Le Bec-Fin and New York City’s Lutèce, that has garnered glowing reviews from the city’s most discerning palates for his French-inspired plates. To satiate the persistent demand for those prized 44 seats per night—there are two seatings at 6 and 8 PM—Elmi flirted with a 10 PM seating on Fridays and Saturdays and he’s still considering opening another day each week, but for now, Laurel will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. Talk of an expansion —NICK ELMI was just a rumor—plans to take over an adjacent storefront were quickly dashed. It seems like everyone has ideas about how to get bigger. But for Elmi, this is exactly how he envisioned things unfolding. “I like talking to everyone,” he says. “As a first-time business owner, I wanted to touch on everything and talk with every table that comes in. I wanted to make it as intimate as possible from the very beginning.” Of course nothing sparks a sense of familiarity quite like a turn on reality TV, and over time Elmi has found that his small restaurant serves another important purpose: “The good thing about the dining room is that ‘super fans’ are forced to use some form of discretion,” he explains. “I come off of TV and some people think we are best buds.” Of late, things have quieted down, and the requests for photos with the “Top Chef” have begun to abate. On this night, the only camera

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flashes going off are from guests snapping a few keepsake photos of their favorite dishes. Despite being comfortably settled in, Elmi is far from resting on his laurels, as the saying goes. He is expanding the diminutive kitchen so there is a “little more space,” and Laurel’s back patio is now home to a chef’s table complete with heat lamps and a fire pit. The menu will evolve with the seasons—mostly fish and vegetables to reflect what’s available— and thus inform Elmi’s seven-course tasting menu available nightly with à la carte offered on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Elmi says around half of his guests on those nights elect for the full menu. There are already staples among the offerings, like the foie gras and cocoa terrine that’s been available since day one. And the silky ricotta gnocchi with pancetta, a dish he makes at home for his young daughter that brought on the tears (and snagged a win) during one of Top Chef ’s many challenges, is one of Laurel’s signature bites. The torn New Jersey scallop with green apple, sea lettuce, and yuzu is a not-to-be-missed first course, as is the brightly colored albacore tuna studded with frozen horseradish and accompanied by shallots, pear, and yogurt. Entrée courses offer heartier flavors like roasted walu with sunchokes and Berkshire pork finished with asparagus and hickory nut pesto. Back in the dining room, two women congratulate Elmi on his Top Chef win when he serves dessert. He asks how their dinner was before retreating to the kitchen, a smile still on his face. “I’m back to real life,” says Elmi. “And real life is better than ever.” 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-2718299; restaurantlaurel.com PS

TWEETING FOR TABLES Chef Nick Elmi relies on social media to spread the word about open reservations. With roughly a three-month waiting list for reservations, it’s hard to believe that people actually cancel at Laurel. But it’s become a golden opportunity for social-media-savvy diners who follow the restaurant on Twitter (@LaurelEPX), where available tables can pop up at a moment’s notice. “We can fill a reservation within minutes sometimes,” says Elmi, who first calls people on a waiting list before taking to the Twitterverse. “Just be open to picking up your bag and running out the door.”

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Great Expectations A NEW CROP OF CHEF-DRIVEN RESTAURANTS PROVES THAT FINE DINING IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE. BY ADAM ERACE

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hen Le Bec-Fin extinguished its chandeliers for the final time last year, silver-spooned dinosaurs wrung their hands and lamented the death of fine dining. But in reality, fine dining has never been more alive in Philadelphia... the look of it has just changed. In the haute cuisine of 2014, the focus has become the food itself and the culinary point of view of the chef preparing it—not the upholstery, silverware, or breadth of the reserve wine list—and service is about making guests feel comfortable and cared for. “There are always going to be varying levels of fine dining,” says Chip Roman, who recently opened The Treemont (231 S. 15th St., 267-687-2237; thetreemont.com), which occupies a bi-level Center City address with clean, classic looks (polished wood, onyx tiles) that let the compelling plates (veal tenderloin with fermented barley, wild nettle, and ricotta gnudi) shine. “[Diners] expect similar if not the same things that go hand in hand with fine dining, but don’t necessarily expect a white tablecloth. It’s packaged differently now, but the customer still demands the basics: attentive service, delicious food, and to leave wanting to come back.” The same could be said of Philly’s other “fine dining” newcomers—Le Chéri (251 S. 18th St., 215-546-7700; lecheriphilly.com), uptown sibling to Charlotte and Pierre Calmels’ Bibou, which is housed in the Art Alliance’s beautiful Italianate mansion. (The whole fish for two, baked in fennelscented pastry, should not be missed.) Under the new management of Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp, A.Kitchen (135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7030; akitchenandbar.com) has stepped up its game with deviled skate, uni rice cakes, and XO-sauced duck dropping jaws. When you collect yours from Chef Eli Kulp, part of A.Kitchen’s the ground, Eternal Skies awaits. It’s a rum and mezcal cocktail—as well new management. as the limit for Philly’s chefs. PS

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Imagine being able to order the coveted 1995 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon... just to sample. A veritable cuvée of options that were only available when you were ready to make a hefty bottle-size commitment are now available by the glass, thanks to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, its incorporation of the Coravin winepreservation system, and, now, the best by-the-bottle pours in town. The unique Coravin uses a needle and inert argon gas to extract the priceless wine without opening the bottle: Once the needle is removed, the cork naturally closes up the minuscule hole. Because oxygen never touches the wine, it can be stored and will continue to age as if untouched. So if you have your eye on a magnum of Amarone from Bussola, you can take it for a spin rather than making the full commitment it typically requires. “At Davio’s, we have that need for higher-end wine by the glass,” says Ettore Ceraso, director of operations and general manager in Philadelphia. “It’s a great way for us to offer something that we might not have been able to do [otherwise] because of the cost. Now we have no waste, and at the same time, the guest is reaping the rewards.” 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810; davios.com/phil

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW LEFT: Siberian sturgeon caviar with brioche migas, whipped crème fraîche, and chive; chef Jose Garces; a ticket is required to enter the dining room at Volvér.

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space with an oval bar, exhaustive Champagne list, small plates, dessert cart, and psychedelicblue textile mural. But for access to the inner-sanctum dining room, separate admission is required. “[Ticketed dining] is something entirely new for Philadelphia, which is in line with the oneof-a-kind experience we want to offer at Volvér,” Garces explains. “Being based in the Kimmel Center and having so many performances go on behind us, we decided to make our dining experience a performance as well.” Tickets are nonrefundable (but transferable, with some hoops to jump through), taking a cue from restaurants like Next in Chicago and Trois Mec in Los Angeles. “I thought that was a progressive look at our industry and how to book

tables,” he says. By installing this policy, Garces has placed himself and his cooking on a level with Grant Achatz, Dave Beran, and Ludo Lefebvre—an enormous leap of faith being asked of notoriously persnickety Philadelphia diners, even those who frequent his 11 other restaurants from here to Atlantic City. But Volvér is Garces’s most ambitious, rarefied restaurant yet: one in which salads are served alive, desserts are gold-leafed, and servers are “captains” with neat manicures and off-centered parts deep enough to swim in. Yours will collect you from the entrance, introduce him- or herself with a handshake, and whisk you into the quietly stunning, sunflooded dining room hidden beyond the bar. continued on page 80

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continued from page 78 It’s one of the best-designed spaces in the city, at once intimate and airy. The square footage between tables is downright luxurious—the best ones line up against floor-to-ceiling etched-glass windows that overlook Spruce Street—and the studded-leather, design-geek chairs are so money you’d swear they were upholstered in $100 bills. Opposite the window wall, the open kitchen gleams. Garces’s cooks, led by longtime Amada general, Natalie Maronski, whom he describes as a “rock in the kitchen,” are a fiddlehead’s throw away with their stations facing the dining room. Once you’ve settled at a table, the captain presents a wine iPad and the leather-bound menu, inside of which is a welcome note from Garces explaining the restaurant’s name and concept: “[Vol-vehr] to return. A word steeped in memory. An aspiration tonight. Return with me to the places, the experiences, and, especially, the flavors that have shaped my journey so far, from my mother’s kitchen to my travels around the world. Welcome to Volvér.”

Like a public reading of someone else’s autobiography, the captains preface each course with “chef’s” inspirations for the dishes: cooking in Spain, for instance, or competing on Iron Chef America in Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, or a particular sculpture that inspired him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That piece of art yields another: a clear plastic carton filled with foamy white asparagus milk, served with a bowl of savory “cereal” (rice flakes, bacon, chicken oysters, a softly cooked quail egg, and truffles and thyme marshmallows tinier than pencil erasers). You pour one over the other, stir, and spoon. Lettuce is raised at Garces’s Bucks County Luna Farm and transported to Volvér in a mobile raised bed that sits like a boxed bonsai on the pass and is snipped to order before joining a landscape of glazed carrots, curried raisins, pickled cauliflower, goat cheese “dirt” darkened with squid ink, duck skin crumble, almond milk crisps, and purées of pistachio and Meyer lemon. Wagyu is seared on embers with salsa criolla and Provoleta. Chocolate discs are drizzled tableside in shimmering gold-leaf sauce. “I can connect with my guests and see their expression after they take a bite,” Garces says. “Each dish has a bit of heart and soul, and that’s what I’m trying to convey.” Volvér at Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215670-2303; philadelphia.volverrestaurant.com PS

“Volvér: to return. A word steeped in memory. An aspiration tonight.” —JOSE GARCES

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On the Cuff DAVID YURMAN TALKS ABOUT CRAFTING THE BRACELET THAT BECAME AN ICON AND HOW, THREE DECADES LATER, THERE’S A REASON TO CLAMOR FOR IT LIKE NEVER BEFORE. BY LAURIE BROOKINS

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sk David Yurman to name the most successful design in his considerable portfolio and he doesn’t hesitate, pointing to one of his earliest—an open-ended cuff that he crafted as a twisted helix of cables, adorning the ends with gemstones. He christened it the Renaissance bracelet, and it was a hit, “fortunately, right from the very beginning,” he says. It’s now the stuff of industry legend that Yurman’s career was born largely out of two passions: his love of sculpting and his love for his thengirlfriend, Sybil. In the ’70s, he created a few pieces of jewelry as a present to her, using the techniques and materials he favored for his art: a process of heating, melting, and twisting long metal rods to create new forms. Sybil wore the jewelry to an art show, where it attracted the attention of a buyer, who inquired if it was for sale. Yurman said no at the same moment Sybil said yes. And just like that, David Yurman was a jewelry designer. He and Sybil will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this year.

18k yellow-gold Renaissance stone tips bracelet set with emeralds ($35,000).

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David Yurman selects gemstones in his workshop; the jeweler’s King of Prussia boutique. LEFT: 14k yellow-gold and sterling silver Renaissance Carre bracelet with blue topaz and lolite ($2,600).

“Cable is the river that runs through everything I create.” —DAVID YURMAN

Not long after that seminal moment, Yurman came up with the design for his Renaissance bracelet, which indeed became the bedrock of his business. Over the years he has reinterpreted the design in hundreds of ways, using different combinations of metals and stones, with his evergrowing fan base always eager for the latest iteration. For the bracelet’s 30th anniversary, Yurman and his son, 32-year-old Evan, have designed a limited-edition collection entitled “30 Years of Cable,” which the two celebrated with a cocktail party at the jeweler’s King of Prussia boutique. Attended by guests including Susan Hanover, Kathy Opper, and Jessica Troiano, the high-profile event benefited Doylestown’s James A. Michener Art Museum. Bracelets in the collection are rendered in brilliant tones such as violet and rose. “The saturated colors have the feeling and fun of Pop Art and are a nod to fashion,” Yurman says. Other designs include a monochromatic style in sterling silver or 18k yellow or rose gold as well as more classically inspired designs in yellow gold accented with gemstones. All of which is to say that, 30 years later, Yurman is far from out of ideas. But “cable has been and will continue to be a constant,” he says. “It’s the river that runs through everything I create.” King of Prussia Mall, 610265-6370; davidyurman.com PS

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Summer Blues Saks Fifth Avenue’s brand-new denim annex boasts the most eye-catching styles of the season—whether paint-splattered, floral, or cropped. Just in time for summer, luxury multibrand retailer Saks Fifth Avenue reveals its latest revamp: the expansion of its contemporary department, complete with an additional 1,200 square feet of space. Stocking a larger assortment from designers including Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and T by Alexander Wang, the floor also boasts a new Denim Annex with dedicated shop-inshops for Paige Denim, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, and 7 for All Mankind. “Philadelphia is often overlooked in terms of fashion because we are so close to New York, but there is such a unique flair here,” says Britt Braverman, contemporary selling manager at Saks. “Our clientele wants to wear contemporary brands. They’re fun to wear and trendy.” New styles include art-inspired paintbrush jeans from up-andcoming label IRO and floral denim tops and pants and ultrasoft shorts and pants by J Brand and Paige Denim. “You don’t want raw denim anymore; you want luxurious denim now,” explains Braverman. “These fabrics mold to your body and after every wash, it’s like putting them on for the first time.” 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1550; saksfifthavenue.com

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Natural bronze wide cuff ($260), natural bronze standard cuff ($250), and natural bronze thin cuff ($240), Marmol Radziner, available at Knit Wit.

Two’s Company THIS JULY, CHESTNUT STREET WELCOMES A SUMMER-ESSENTIALSFILLED WONDERLAND WITH THE EXCITING MERGER OF KNIT WIT AND PLAGE TAHITI. BY ALEXANDRIA GEISLER “EVERYBODY ALWAYS TELLS ME that our Margate location is their favorite because it’s really Knit Wit and Plage [Tahiti] combined,” says Knit Wit co-owner Ann Gitter, who is unveiling a similar mergedconcept store in Philadelphia next month. “Joining the two just made sense.” Like the Shore store in Margate, all of the brands from the original two stores now hang together, artfully arranged by color or fabric. “Women want to wear dresses when the weather gets hot, and the expansion will offer contemporary designers like Alice + Olivia and Parker,” explains Gitter. The shop also boasts rare accessories from Marmol Radziner. “Radziner is a famous architecture firm; they make jewelry with the same fabrication as their modern staircases,” Gitter says. “Their pieces are raw-looking and beautiful. I’ll be wearing these amazing cuffs.” 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564-4760; knitwitonline.com PS

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La Calla—The Calla Lily miniature dress by Roberto Capucci ($4,100).

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t’s been nearly a decade since the Philadelphia Museum of Art put the City of Brotherly Love on the map in the world of fashion with “Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” in 2003. In the years since, the museum has featured some of the most exciting— and oftentimes eccentric—designers to ever grace the runways, from the minimalist looks of Ronaldus Shamask to the playful collections of Patrick Kelly now on view at the Perelman Building through November. For the ultimate fashion keepsake look no further than the Museum Store for its collection of Roberto Capucci dresses. Meant to be admired rather than worn, these handmade, limited-edition pieces measure just 24 inches. “The mini Capucci dresses are scaled-down versions of Mr. Capucci’s favorite designs,” says Dilys Blum, the Jack M.

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and Annette Y. Friedland senior curator of costume and textiles at the museum. “The techniques used to construct each miniature are the very same used in the originals and were made in his workrooms in Rome by the same seamstresses who make sculptural gowns. Each is unique.” Two years after the museum’s retrospective on the couturier’s work, the first ever held in the US, these tiny tokens are more than just luxe accents for display in one’s dressing room—they represent a chance to own a small piece of fashion history from a true artist. Says Blum: “Roberto Capucci is considered one of fashion’s most original and innovative designers. For him, craft, color, and cloth combine to fashion the sublime.” Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100; philamuseum.org PS

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he world’s finest brands are taking chronographs—watches that can track designated intervals of time—to new heights this season. Though chronographs are most often associated with sports (sailing, bicycling, and automotive racing, among others), they have become so sophisticated in styling that these gentleman jocks work as nicely in the office as they do on the field. Indeed, these precision instruments—which can time your morning run or help you maintain an efficient pace at work— make a powerful statement wherever they are spotted around town. For additional watch features, go to phillystylemag.com/watches. PS

FROM TOP: This Movado Circa watch ($1,495) is sleek and chic in a 42mm black PVD-finished stainless steel case with black dial and silver-tone hands and numerals. It is equipped with a tachymeter scale for measuring speed and date indication. The mesh link bracelet offers cool appeal. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505; movado.com

From TAG Heuer, this Carrera 1887 watch ($5,550) features a shimmering blue dial and is equipped with an 1887 movement made in-house. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 500 Route 73 South, Marlton, NJ, 856-985-4500; tagheuer.com Ruggedly celebrating the brand’s legendary lunar history, this Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA Co-Axial GMT chronograph ($9,800) is crafted in titanium and features a black carbon fiber dial and subdials. It has a central chronograph seconds hand, GMT indication, and tachymeter scale. King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-0296; omegawatches.com

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each waves and bouncy curls are making their inevitable comeback as the weather turns warmer. The salt water of the Atlantic makes the twisty tresses easy to manage at the Shore, but summer hair cityside takes effort to look effortless. Local salons make the look possible—both through visits to the stylists and DIY methods. Giovanni Mele, owner of Giovanni & Pileggi (308 S. 12th St., 215-568-3040; giovanni pileggi.com), says he’s seeing a demand for big, curly hair this season, and his newly relocated

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1,600-square-foot salon is the perfect place to get the look. The space features big windows and an open floor plan, so customers can get cuts, colors, and styles in a “beautiful, relaxing environment,” Mele says. Although the 18-year-old salon is enjoying new life in Midtown Village, clients get the same luxe treatment courtesy of Mele, his team of stylists, and his product line, G Melé. Working with countless clients in his salon, Mele saw how women struggled with maintaining youthful, shiny hair. “It’s not about being old; it’s about what you’re doing to your hair at home,”

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continued from page 92 naturally,” he says. “Braid your hair really tightly in three to four braids and let it dry that way overnight. You will have such a hot look—wavy, beautiful, very beachy hair.” Fellow salon-owner/product developer Donald Moore of Calista Grand (1211 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 610-399-6677; calistagrand.com) agrees that he is seeing a trend toward summer hair with more movement. “I’m not saying straight hair is out, but I think we’re going to be a little freer this summer,” he adds. A visit to the salon, which has been open since 1998 and sees close to 3,000 clients a week, will help you achieve the look. Or you can try Calista Tools, the line of products Moore and his business partner, Maria McCool, have been developing since they launched on QVC in 2005. In addition to three lines of shampoo and conditioner, Calista Tools also features sprays and wet and dry styling products, such as Extend, a lightweight, fibrous formula for volume and texture. Because the products and tools are used in the salon, clients have weighed in on their effectiveness. “Our clients are our research team,” he says. “They’re our focus group.” Out of client feedback has come the next-generation Perfecter, a heated round brush tool that has now sold more than a million units. The styler, now available in two barrel sizes and four colors, adds volume. Moore suggests using the long ion rollers for long straight hair with curls at the end, a look he’s seeing around Philly a lot as the weather warms. —DONALD MOORE “Wrap [the hair around] them vertically, not horizontally like a regular roller. Start at the base and then wrap the hair all the way around it. You’ll get a nice spiral curl going down,” he advises. A Philly staple for more than 30 years, SignaCurl by Joseph Lentini (116 S. 19th St., 215-567-1456; signacurl.com) can also help women achieve runway looks—the salon has been a part of both Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors shows—or just a casual day look. Lentini says a summer must-have is his Curl Juice, which controls frizz and can be used before blow-drying or on dry hair at the beach. “It will protect hair from becoming dry or brittle,” Lentini says. “Hair is left manageable and soft to the touch. It’s the best product ever.” PS

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ne of the most prolific artists working today, Peter Max is widely known for his “cosmic style,” with creations that have been seen everywhere from the banner celebrating City Hall’s centennial in 2001 to the hull of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway, a Continental Airlines Boeing 777 fuselage, and the massive stages of the 1999 Woodstock music festival. His mixed-media works can be found in the collections of six past US presidents, while his art—recognizable for its energetic brushstrokes of primary colors and psychedelic panoramas of stars, planets, profiles, and icons from Lady Liberty to Marilyn Monroe—has been used to represent five Super Bowls, the World Cup, the World Series, the US Open, the Grammys, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I’m just happy to be in the middle of all this,” says Max of his many noteworthy accomplishments. “I’m very happy to do all the painting and have all the museum shows.” Born in Berlin and raised in Shanghai, Max and his family moved around the globe, from Tibet to Israel to Paris—each destination influencing his art. Eventually, Max settled in New York, where, at age 76, he continues to produce a dizzying array of works, including this Philadelphia Style cover. The original painting will be auctioned on Charitybuzz starting this month to benefit The Humane

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Society of the US. “I paint and draw every day, and I loved creating this cover art for Philadelphia Style. I always daydreamed about America as a child growing up in Shanghai, China,” says Max. “America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, and the most creative country on the planet. Philadelphia holds so much of our great country’s history with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. My cover art for Philadelphia Style features this great bell as a beacon of liberty with two profiles honoring the City of Brotherly Love. The flower runner [in the painting] also celebrates the natural beauty of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped urban park in the world and home to inspiring art and outdoor sculpture. A beautiful city with a rich history.” In his studio—two full-floor lofts near New York’s Lincoln Center—Max has galleries’ worth of his work: a towering portrait of the Statue of Liberty he painted on the White House lawn for President Ronald Reagan in 1981; rows of Lucite sculptures taken from his “Angel” series; a painted guitar originally made for Jon Bon Jovi; and portraits of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to John F. Kennedy, all done in Max’s distinctive style. “When you’re a singer and you have a really great voice, it’s not like you create a voice—it’s just there. My art is just there,” says Max. “I just put the brush on paper and I don’t even know what I’m doing, but I know it’s going to come out great. Twenty-four seven, creativity, creativity, creativity—it’s all I do. I draw on airplanes, I draw on limousines, I draw when I wake up in the morning and in taxicabs.” Beyond the studio, Max is a longtime vegetarian and practices yoga and meditation daily—a part of his routine for more than 40 years. He also gives freely of his time, money, and art to benefit animal charities such as The Humane Society of the US and the equine rescue organization Wild for Life Foundation. By his side in all of it is his wife of 17 years, Mary Max, whom the artist calls “one of his greatest inspirations.” “When I met her, it fueled me, and she still fuels me today, quite a few years later,” he says of his wife, whom he spotted one day while out for coffee and declared he would marry at first sight. “We donate money left and right, we have events up [in the studio] all the time, and we have six rescue animals of our own at the house.” At the present, Max also has seven feature film and animation projects in the works, including one for the estate of Frank Sinatra. Here, in celebration

of Max’s 50 years of commercial success and his collection of city renderings exclusively for Niche Media, the artist opens up about his unparalleled career, his spirituality, and philanthropy, and the famous friends who have helped influence his work.

BEHIND THE BRUSHSTROKES Many artists will agree that it’s a struggle to gain recognition, but to keep it and have it last 50 years is staggering. What do you think is the key to your success? It’s just being present, letting creativity come through. I’m also really lucky because we live in an age of media. It used to be, when I was on the cover of Life magazine 45 years ago, there were only three magazines—Time, Life, and Fortune. My art got to be on two of those covers. Today there are thousands of magazines, and my work has been on 2,000 to 3,000 covers. Early in your career, you studied a lot of the masters, from Rembrandt to Sargent. So how did you develop your cosmic style? I always used to draw, never even thinking that drawing is something you could do [as a career] once you became an adult. In China, I studied with the 6-year-old daughter of a street artist. Then in Israel, my mother hooked me up with a famous art professor from Austria. After we left Israel and moved to Paris, my mother signed me up for the classes for kids at the Louvre. And when we came to America, I found a private teacher, Frank Reilly [at the Art Students League of New York]; after high school, I used to go into the city and I studied with him. Frank Reilly went to that school 30 years earlier, and the kid who used to sit beside him was Norman Rockwell. So Norman Rockwell and Frank Reilly studied together and Rockwell became Rockwell while Reilly became Peter Max’s teacher. Then I hooked up with some people with certain art schools who were very design-oriented. For someone who studied realism, your painting style is not necessarily realist.… No, I’m kind of impressionistic. Realism gave me the skill to paint, but my eye was more into design-ery art. The Art Students League has produced some very famous alumni, including Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly. Ever have any celebrity encounters?

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I once met Marilyn Monroe. The steps to the street were very narrow, and some of the students used to sit on the steps. I sat there one day with a friend of mine and I see this girl walking by, and I did a double take. I said to my friend, “It’s Marilyn Monroe,” and as she’s walking by, she turns to me and says, “I like your pants”—I had a lot of paint on my pants—and then she kept on walking. She was so stunning; all her features were just perfect.

I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Many people will recognize your paintings of the Statue of Liberty or the “Love” series, but what do you think your most defining piece is? There are so many defining pieces. Painting the Statue of Liberty was a big thing because it’s an emblem; it’s the symbol for the United States of America, so it got so much notoriety. Then I’ve painted so many unbelievable people, like Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, I mean, close to 800 unbelievable portraits. You’ve also painted portraits of all of the Beatles, who also just celebrated 50 years in America. Over the years, your work has been linked many, many times to the band—tell us more about that relationship. I met John way, way back, and I was best friends with Yoko Peter Max puts the Ono. One day I read in the paper that my little friend Yoko finishing touches on was going out with John. I knew John, I knew Yoko; I could his cover for Philadelphia Style. have introduced them in a second. I called her up and she said, “Yeah, John tells me he knows you really well.” I used to meet them at the Dakota where she lives, and we’d go to Central Park. We used to walk around and bullshit and talk and sing songs for years. —PETER MAX In your studio, you have a colorful piano that’s signed by Ringo... I did a Baldwin piano for Ringo Starr, and he loved it. Then Baldwin called the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, whom you brought to me up and said, “We love it so much, we’re going to send you a piano.” Two America in 1966. Was it George who introduced you to the Swami? days later, they deliver it, the guys assemble it, and I roll out my paints and No, George was involved with the Maharishi out of England. George and I start painting the piano beautiful colors. Just as I’m finishing, my girl comes talked about my Satchidananda and his Maharishi, and we introduced each from the front desk and says, “Your buddy Ringo is here.” Ringo had been other to the other guys. The institute teaches how to go into meditation, get uptown and wanted to say thanks; instead he said, “I like yours better!” and I your mind focused, do stretching, become a vegan—a lot of health, behavsaid, “No, Ringo, yours is the first; it’s the nicest.” He asked if I had paints and ioral, and mental benefits that have changed my whole life. I said, “Do I have paints?” We roll out a cart of paints, and he writes, “To Peter, Love Ringo,” followed by a star. THE BEST IS YET TO COME There’s a photo right on top of you and Ringo. He and other musi- Over your career, you’ve accomplished so much. Is there something— cians—including his pal, Paul McCartney—have been a constant a goal—you have yet to achieve? presence in your life, right? I’m always being creative; that’s full time. And I’ve been listening to music Paul and I became vegetarians at the same time. I’ve been a vegetarian now very intensely my whole life, but especially in the last 36 months because I’ve for over 40 years, and I’m only 38. [Laughs] I’ve had everybody up here in the been collecting music for seven feature films and animation. Characters and studio—Mick Jagger a couple of times, Ringo, Paul—they’ve all been up here, stories—I have so many. The only thing I hadn’t collected was music, so I they’re all my friends. We hang out; I’ve been very lucky. called my friends—Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bon Jovi—everyone I knew, Is it true that you also have a DJ who works here in your studio? and I got about 175,000 to 200,000 songs on these little iPods. Everything Yes—Joe. I have two or three radio stations I like, and he has certain CDs he’s that’s pop-y is five stars, and if it’s a great piece but a little melodic, four stars. made for me. He plays for me all good contemporary music—jazz, bebop, Everything that’s four and five stars is going into the films. Out of 200,000 fusion jazz, certain rock ’n’ roll. When I start painting, the music is on and I’m pieces of music, I selected about 3,000 or 4,000 that I adore. just in the groove. Music inspires my whole will to paint, the will to be cre- Have you ever thought about retiring? ative—it fuels the creativity. I’ve been retired since I was 20. [Laughs] Retiring is getting to do completely You worked with George Harrison on the Integral Yoga Institute, a what you love, right? It’s not like sitting in a chair somewhere. This is a nice yoga center and ashram in New York’s Greenwich Village based on life—it’s creative, colors, music, and people. I love it. PS

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WITH 200 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS—NEARLY HALF SPENT AT 1808 CHESTNUT STREET—FREEMAN’S IS THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST AUCTION HOUSE. BUT WITH A GROWING PORTFOLIO OF ATTRACTIVE GOODS AND AN INCREASED NATIONAL PRESENCE, THE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS ENTERS A NEW ERA OF PUTTING A PRICE TAG ON THE PRICELESS. BY EVE ZIBART

ifteen years ago, if you had wandered into one of Freeman’s weekly walk-up auctions, you would have seen a hodgepodge of antiques, paintings hanging over massive footed wardrobes and sideboards, perhaps a few tall-case clocks, and maybe some pieces of jewelry that came, the staff might discreetly murmur, “from the estate of a Philadelphia lady.” Well, sleep no more, my lady. After more than 200 years as Philadelphia’s dependable but slightly dowdy clearinghouse, Freeman’s has emerged in the 21st century as a specialty consignment house to rival such single-name New York brands as Sotheby’s and Christie’s. In the past 18 months alone, Freeman’s has recorded four “white glove” sales of collections and catalogs, meaning that every offered item went out the door. “We’re selling a quarter of the number of lots we used to,” according to vice chairman and Antiques Roadshow fixture Alasdair Nichol, “and making five times the money. In 2004, we had a sale of fewer than 200 lots that brought in $4.8 million; that was more than the total sales the year before.” He grins. “I pat myself on the back a little for that.” Freeman’s is not only Philadelphia’s oldest auction house, it’s also considered the oldest firm in America. Founded in 1805 by Tristram B. Freeman, and still in family hands six generations later, it has in its time disposed not only of heirlooms, hand-me-downs, old masters, and American antiques, but also refrigerators, factories, liquidated businesses, vintage cars, and even decommissioned battleships—“from diamonds to destroyers,” as the staff likes to say. One previous chairman is alleged to have asserted, “We’ll sell anything but our friends.”

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ommissioned by the firm in 1924, the Beaux-Arts building at 1808 Chestnut Street was designed to suggest an upscale retail space, and it has been home to Freeman’s ever since; the double-bow display windows and the gate-front elevator, complete with attendant, are bits of its history. The boardroom is lined with family portraits of Freemans, many of whom strongly resemble the first Tristram. But there are more generations to be added, including the current chairman, Samuel M. Freeman II, universally known as “Beau,” his children (generation seven), a great-nephew, and grandchildren. Beau keeps it simple: “Freeman’s will remain a family business,” he intones. Beau Freeman, whose signature neckwear allowed the firm to call its bicentennial party in 2005 the “Beau Tie Bash,” is an amateur in the true sense: a lover of his field. He never studied the business formally; he didn’t even spend much time as a boy rummaging about the building. Instead, he learned his craft by ear, so to speak, mimicking the experienced auctioneers, and literally rose through the sales ranks: starting in the basement, “graduating to the first floor and the mezzanine—appliances, carpets, silver, and books—and eventually to the gallery,” the showcase on the third floor. Many of Freeman’s sales back then weren’t even cataloged. They were the contents of whole houses (and attics and barns). It was a comfortable, congenial, and valued part of Philadelphia society, but attendance at the house’s sales was also a habit that many Philadelphians were abandoning. So 15 years ago, rather than become just another regional affiliate of some big-name brand, Freeman approached Paul Roberts, head of Britain’s prestigious Lyon & Turnbull, about forming an alliance. “Paul gave me one of the most important pieces of advice I ever heard,” Freeman recalls. “He said, ‘People give you to sell what they see you selling. We need to go for better things.’’ The first step was to start recruiting specialists like Nichol (though the firm also still encourages employees to learn on the job) and take aim at high-end competition.

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Freeman’s now holds more than 25 auctions a year in a dozen categories, including reemphasizing several specialty sales in areas such as Asian art, fine jewelry, and contemporary design, to anticipate emerging markets. It has gone, in effect, from barn to boutique. It has also embraced international advertising, fullcolor publications and catalogues, and, perhaps most importantly, the Internet and eBay, meaning that buyers can bid in person, on the telephone, or online. Nichol refers to the system as “clicks and mortar.” As anyone who’s ever taken part in an auction knows, the adrenaline spike during competitive bidding can be extremely seductive. Longtime TV personality and producer Nancy Glass, who has bought both in person and online, says the live sales are “more fun, but more dangerous.” Nichol calls the psychology of bidding fascinating. “If the price is low, people get really excited; and if they lose out on one thing, they’ll often go wild on the next lot. It’s like, well, I’m going to get something.” This past December, when a snowstorm battered an American art sale, Nichol was taking bids on a landscape by Pennsylvania Impressionist Edward Willis Redfield, “and there was nothing,” Nichol recalls. “I was at ‘going, going...’ and suddenly the computer went ding! And it sold for $150,000. I ran into the buyer later, and he said, ‘Oh, well, I was just hanging around the house watching it snow.’”

Roy Lichtenstein’s Lobster sold for $25,000 on May 4.

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A dinner marking Freeman’s 100th anniversary, in 1905.

Freeman’s Boston shop, circa 1937. The latest opening is slated for Los Angeles.

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reeman’s is a Philadelphia institution, and it has sold quite a few, too: Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 full-length portrait of George Washington, a desk reputed to have belonged to Benjamin Franklin, and one of Edward Hicks’s “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings from the estate of Philadelphia society lady T. Charlton Henry. (Auctioneers say the three most common reasons for sales are “death, debt, and divorce,” factors that contribute to the traditional anonymity of many consigners.) Freeman’s was even responsible for the sale of the old Chestnut Street Philadelphia Post Office building back in the early 1880s. More famous, perhaps, was the sale of a first printing of the Declaration of Independence, published by Philadelphian John Dunlap; it fell out of one of the cases of books Freeman’s staff hauled out of the legendary Leary’s Bookstore when it closed in 1969. The auction house sold the copy, one of only 16 known to exist, for more than $400,000 and in 2005, followed up by selling a copy of the United States Constitution, also printed by Dunlap, for $207,000. These sales were particularly appropriate, as patriarch Tristram Freeman himself trained as a printer in England and had tried to make a go of it in Philadelphia— before he went bankrupt and had to watch his own stock

Artwork at the recent Modern & Contemporary sale, which occurs each May and November.

auctioned off. It might have sparked an idea or two. To this day, Freeman’s doesn’t buy anything—every lot is on consignment. The business charges the seller a fee—on a sliding scale that gives not-for-profit groups a little break— which goes toward photographing and authenticating the items, creating the catalogs, and advertising the sales. The process of setting up a sale takes five to six months. The buyer also pays a premium, a percentage of the sales price, to Freeman’s. That $400,000 Declaration, for example, actually cost $440,000 (not counting the glass frame that broke when a gust of wind billowed a drape into the display easel, nearly giving Beau a heart attack). The house still has a loyal regional following, especially among collectors in New York and the Washington, DC, area. The firm has also been gradually adding regional offices in Boston, Charlottesville, and Cincinnati and is widening the portfolio; most recently the company announced that Michael Larsen, head of the fine jewelry and watches department, is opening a Los Angeles location. At the same time, Freeman’s has gone international, selling to collectors—and dealers—all over Europe and the Middle East. It most recently saw a spike in Asian and Russian buyers, including some Chinese collectors who fly in twice a year to Freeman’s Asian art sales. In 2011, Freeman’s made industry headlines when an 18th-century

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Freeman’s Philadelphia building on Chestnut Street.

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Freeman’s original storefront, on 12th and Walnut Streets, held the house’s early treasures before the move to Chestnut Street in the 1920s.

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, FREEMAN’S HAS EMERGED AS A SPECIALTY CONSIGNMENT HOUSE TO RIVAL SOTHEBY’S AND CHRISTIE’S. imperial white jade seal sold for $3.5 million, more than 100 times its estimate. Six months later, a Ming Dynasty jar aroused the same feverish bidding, going for $1.5 million on a $15,000 estimate. (As the Asian fine arts market is heating up here, so is a craze among Chinese collectors for European and Continental furniture and decorative arts, and for contemporary American art.) Much of the international traffic comes via the Internet, since online catalogs are available two to three weeks before bidding begins, but staff specialists also spend a lot of time at major sales around the world building brand awareness and establishing closer working relationships with clients. The partnership with Lyon & Turnbull has also allowed Freeman’s to preview some sales by mounting exhibits in London, increasing interest in American art among British collectors. “We are ambitious, and we’d certainly like to grow more,” Nichol says. “I’d love to expand to Hong Kong, for example. But the world is shrinking. The Internet has made it a much more level playing field.” Modern and contemporary art is one of the newer specialties, and department head Anne Henry is seeing a lot of repeat customers as well as younger collectors just getting started. “I spoke to one [woman] who said ‘I just made my last college payment, so I want to stop buying prints and start buying paintings.’” But Henry says there are also empty nesters downsizing and others furnishing second homes or redecorating: “Tastes change; houses change.” Trading up—or down—is totally acceptable. The day before a recent auction, Henry was closely examining a Warhol print for a prospective bidder, taking photographs on her smart phone. “She can’t be here, but she doesn’t need to be,” Henry said. “I can be her eyes.” “I get that feeling that they curate their sales, and I really like that,” says Glass, who has bought and sold both art and jewelry at Freeman’s. “It’s not just the contents of Aunt Melba’s attic.” Not anymore. PS

NEXT ON THE BLOCK Upcoming auctions have Freeman’s bidding for an even larger national profile.

With a widened portfolio comes a more diverse docket, and Freeman’s 2014 schedule epitomizes the house’s commitment to bidders of all sorts. Upcoming sales will feature everything from Photographs & Photobooks (September 16; recent lots have included Robert Mapplethorpe images and Bert Stern’s “Last Sitting” photo series with Marilyn Monroe) to Books, Maps, and Manuscripts (October 16; a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle– signed Sherlock Holmes manuscript recently made waves),

but the prized lots will likely be found during the firm’s Asian Arts sale on September 13. Richard Cervantes, who heads Freeman’s Asian Arts department, says trends have seen prices soar to “unprecedented heights,” like the recent sales of $3.5 million for an Imperial jade seal and $1.5 million for a Ming Dynasty jar. “Lives have been changed thanks to the value of a vase or piece of jade that had been gathering dust on a shelf or neglected in a box of grandfather’s things,” Cervantes says. “It really does happen.”

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Blondell REYNOLDS BROWN

COUNCILWOMAN-AT-LARGE Blondell Reynolds Brown is a true local success story: She went to Philadelphia High School for Girls, began her career as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and then took a turn on the stage as a professional dancer with Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). In 1999, she turned her attention to government and is now in her fourth term as a member of the Philadelphia City Council, where she has supported legislation ranging from funding for early childhood education to equal benefits and hospitality promotion. This summer Reynolds Brown is focused on authorizing the city’s bike-sharing program and making Philly one of the greenest cities in the US.

It’s been another exciting year in Philly, and we’re only halfway through 2014. Local Nicholas Elmi took the title on Top Chef and now owns the city’s hottest restaurant. Jay Z’s Made in America music festival is back—with Kanye West atop the bill. And Mayor Michael Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett put the city in the international spotlight after meeting with the pope in the hopes that Philadelphia will play host to the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families in 2015. As the year unfolds, our annual compendium of Philly’s top restaurants, shops, spas, and cultural experiences is the ultimate resource for living the good life. And who better than eight of our most recognizable personalities to share their favorites in the City of Brotherly Love?

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Favorite Philly music act: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. I have many favorite songs: “I Love Music,” “Love is the Message,” and “Wake Up Everybody.” Favorite restaurant: Estia. My favorite meal is Mediterranean salad, hummus plate, and a glass of wine. Philadelphia service on your speed dial: AAA Sunflower Florist on Sansom. Sending flowers to others makes my heart very happy. Famous Philadelphian I’d most like to have dinner with: C. Delores Tucker, women’s civil rights activist and founder of the National Congress of Black Women. On my Philadelphia bucket list: To train and run with the “Black Girls Run!” organization in the Philadelphia IBX half marathon. First place I tell visitors to go when traveling to Philly: A walk around America’s Most Historic Square Mile, from Mother Bethel AME Church (the oldest blackowned parcel of land in the nation), to the President’s House, where George Washington and his slaves lived during his presidency, and then to the National Constitution Center.

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Blondell Reynolds Brown navigates through the Philadelphia History Museum’s main gallery, home to the world’s largest walkable map of Philadelphia plus objects and artifacts from over the last 300 years.

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colorful pieces by a collection of talented artists. BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY (709 Walnut St.;

HOME

There’s never been a better time to call Philadelphia home, thanks to a boom in new luxury residential real estate projects. No matter what your zip code, you can turn to the city’s finest retailers for home décor and design inspiration.

bridgettemayergallery.com) Features the likes of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. CALDERWOOD GALLERY (631 N. Broad St.; calderwoodgallery.com) Specializing in French Art Deco and original photography. GRAVERS LANE GALLERY (8405 Germantown Ave.; graverslanegallery.net) Internationally recognized museum-quality contemporary art. MERRITT GALLERY (385 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford; merrittgallery-renaissancefinearts.com) Creating unique collections for over two decades.

Customized Design BUSYBEE HOMESTORE & DESIGN CENTER

Fine Furnishings

MAIN LINE SOUND & VIDEO (503 W. Lancaster Ave.; mainelinesv.com) Provider of sound and video solutions. SURROUND SOUNDS (215 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton; surroundsounds.com) From Plasma TVs to custom surround-sound speaker systems. WORLD WIDE STEREO (754 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville; wwstereo.com) Bringing the best consumer electronics to Pennsylvania since 1979.

BOCONCEPT (1719 Chestnut St.; boconcept.com) Danish brand brings modern design to all its pieces. LUXE HOME (1308 Chestnut St.; luxehomephila delphia.com) Modern furniture and custom design. MARKETPLACE DESIGN CENTER (2400 Market St.; marketplacedc.com) Forty rooms full of high-end furnishings. RESTORATION HARDWARE (King of Prussia Mall; restorationhardware.com) Boasting a comprehensive collection of high-end home furnishings. ROCHE BOBOIS (313 Arch St.; roche-bobois.com) Bold designs and bright colors bring personality. SHEFFIELD FURNITURE & INTERIORS (211 E. King St., Malvern; sheffieldfurniture.com) Window work, bedding, and in-home consultations.

In Bloom BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS (1016 New Market St.;

beautifulblooms.com) Full-service event planning company made up of inventive designers. EVANTINE DESIGN (7500 Wheeler St.; evantine design.com) Luxurious floral arrangements and gifts for your home and garden. EXOTIC FOLIAGE (2395 York Road, Jamison; exoticfoliageinc.com) Creating interior landscapes with some of nature’s most beautiful foliage. VALLEY FORGE FLOWERS (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; valleyforgeflowers.com) Family-run business that pays close attention to detail.

Outdoor Oasis COSTELLO’S CUSTOM LANDSCAPES (586 N.

Broadway, Deepwater, NJ; costelloslandscapes.com) Complimentary consultations, custom landscaping, and environmental responsibility. SECRET GARDEN (7631 Ridge Ave., Roxborough) From sod to fences, this local company works with residential homes and small businesses. WALLACE LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATES

(1244 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; wallace landscape.com) High-end residential firm that creates custom designs. YOUNG’S LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT (323 Main

St., Lumberton, NJ; youngslandscape.com) The Delaware Valley company delivers breathtaking landscape and hardscape designs.

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Accessorize Your Home BLACK-EYED SUSAN’S ANTIQUES (black-eyed

susanantiques.com) A great place for antiques, ceramics, and pottery. STUDIO 882 (882 Baltimore Pike; studio-882.com) Top designers under one stylized roof. UNIQUE INTERIORS (1604 Rte. 70 West, Cherry Hill; uniqueinteriors.com) Eclectic contemporary and modern furniture.

Kitchen Essentials CAVA BUILDING SUPPLY (2007 Washington Ave.; cavabuilding.com) Bricks, blocks, pavers, and customized limestone. JOANNE HUDSON (2400 Market St.; joanne hudson.com) Boasting eco-friendly kitchen essentials from plates to utensils and everything in between. PORCELANOSA (645 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia; porcelanosa-usa.com) Tile, kitchen, and bath products featuring tile, stone, and mosaics.

(734 South St.; busybeephilly.com) Talented interior designers offer whole-home furnishing. FREEMAN INTERIORS (1520 Spruce St.; freeman interiors.com) Don and Renee D. Freeman bring fresh ideas to all their interior design projects. LIGNE ROSET (162 N. Third St.; rosetphilly.com) All purchases come with complimentary layout services. MORIHATA (428 N. 13th St.; morihata.com) Japanese design that features superior craftsmanship.

All in the Details ALLURE WINDOW TREATMENTS

(1714 Washington Ave.; windowtreatments philadelphia.com) Decorating windows with high-end designers. CLOSETS BY DESIGN (928 Springdale Dr., Exton; closetsbydesign.com) Experts in closet, office, and wall organization. HOME TRIMWORK (1957 Pioneer Road, Huntingdon Valley; hometrimwork.com) Crown moldings, flooring, painting, and remolding.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SPEWAK (LUXE HOME)

Tech-Savvy Home

THOS. MOSER CABINETMAKERS

(625 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; thosmoser.com) Specializing in fine wood, the craftsmen are both designers and builders. Luxe Home Philadelphia is known for its upscale modern and contemporary furniture.

Art Enhanced BLUESTONE FINE ART GALLERY (142 N. Second St.; bluestone-gallery.com) The gallery specializes in

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Open since 2010, Jonathan Adler’s Old City boutique has revitalized the neighborhood’s reputation for contemporary home furnishings.

Jonathan ADLER

DESIGNER AND AUTHOR

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TK; ILLUSTRATION BY TK

The purveyor of all things “happy chic,” Jonathan Adler’s distinctive style was honed growing up in South Jersey, where he famously got his start making pottery in the basement of his parents’ home. A few decades later, Adler’s penchant for crafts has grown into a lifestyle brand that includes furnishings, lighting, home accessories, and even handbags. In addition to overseeing 25 stores worldwide, an e-commerce business, and a wholesale business with over 1,000 locations, Adler will be toasting to a new partnership with Moët & Chandon this summer: He has designed a serving tray to complement the Champagne’s nautical-themed, limitededition American Summer bottle. Favorite Philly music act: No playlist is complete without a little Patti LaBelle. Favorite Philadelphia movie: The Philadelphia Story. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart—need I say more? Secret city find: The Franklin Fountain has the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Famous Philadelphian I’d most like to have dinner with: Grace Kelly, an American royal. Philadelphia space I would most like to make over: The Divine Lorraine could use a little style, craft, and joy. What inspires me about Philly: Philly is where I fell in love with design, and my beloved Eagles. Five years from now Philly will: Have even more fab restaurants, even cooler shops, and even nicer people. We should all invest in real estate now.

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DO THE

EASTERN COSMETIC SURGERY INSTITUTE

BODY GOOD Philadelphia’s top colorists, yoga instructors, juicing companies, and facialists—to name just a few of the boutique fitness and beauty experiences now available in Philly—fill the contact lists of the city’s fittest residents.

(2 Bala Plaza, Ste. PL-15, Bala Cynwyd; drgrecoface.com) Dr. Timothy M. Greco treats sun spots, broken capillaries, and more. THE LASER TECHS MED SPA (834 South St.; thelasertechs.com) Fade sun spots and even out skin tone with the eMax Advanced Skin Rejuvenation. PENN PLASTIC SURGERY (multiple locations; pennmedicine.org/plasticsurgery) Laser 360 combines three lasers at once. RUMER COSMETIC SURGERY (105 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore; rumercosmetics.com) The Ardmore spot specializes in minimally invasive procedures.

Glowing Highlights Cutting-Edge Haircuts ADOLF BIECKER SPA/SALON (1605 Sansom St.;

adolfbiecker.com) Every haircut comes with a consultation and stress-relieving treatment. BLUE HAIR STUDIO (2550 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley; bluehairstudio.com) A consultation is done before any styling service. GIOVANNI & PILEGGI (308 S. 12 St.; giovanni pileggi.com) Its new home in Midtown Village brings summer specials and a Keratherapy line. MARTINO CARTIER SALON (1902 Rte. 70 East, Cherry Hill; martinocartier.com) Dry-cut techniques are used for perfect precision. OGGI SALON & SPA (1700 Locust St.; oggisalon andspa.com) Let Henry Whitcomb give you a brand-new hairstyle for a night on the town. SALON ROYALE COURT (215 S. Broad St., Ste. 202; salonroyalecourt.com) Co-owner Michael McVey creates unique color transformations. SALON VANITY (1701 Walnut St., Third Floor; salonvanity.com) Innovator Edmondo Blando is the go-to stylist for his haircutting methods.

Brighten Your Smile DEME (2200 Arch St., No. 102; demecosmetic.com) Less-invasive dental care with new digital X-rays. THE DENTAL SPA (1601 Walnut St.; phillydental spa.com) Doctors Yaffe and Berson create a comfortable environment for all your dental needs. NATOLI DENTAL (188 Fries Mill Road, Turnersville, NJ; natolidental.com) This New Jersey spot offers a technique to keep teeth white for up to five years.

Pamper Yourself 3000 BC (8439 Germantown Ave.; 3000bcspa.com)

The Eucalyptus Massage helps boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. CARIE BRESCIA (cariebrescia.com) One-on-one makeup training classes with beauty experts. JASON MATTHEW SALON (1735 Chestnut St.; jasonmatthew.com) Let Jennifer Bisicchia make you

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(243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; josephanthony.com) Opt for the Oriental Summertime Rasul Therapy. MASSAGE BELLA VISTA/MASSAGE FAIRMOUNT AVE. (750 Fitzwater St.; 2021 Fairmount Ave.; massage

bellavista.com, massagefairmountave.com) Release muscle tension with the Thai Massage. RESCUE SPA (1601 Walnut St.; rescuespa.com) Blow-out salon, brow room, and makeup boutique. RICHEL D’AMBRA SPA & SALON (The Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts; richeldambra.com) The Ultimate Islander includes a Fijian foot massage.

Break a Sweat FLYWHEEL (1521 Locust St.; philadelphia.flywheel sports.com) Indoor cycling class set to energizing DJ-created playlists. PURE BARRE (1701 Walnut St., No. 4; purebarre.com/ pa-philadelphia) Get a full-body workout in just 55 minutes using a ballet barre. THE SPORTING CLUB AT THE BELLEVUE

(224 Broad St.; sportingclubbellevue.com) Group classes like Vinyasa Yoga and Cardio Kickboxing. SWEAT FITNESS (1425 Arch St.; sweatfitness.com) Its Summer Cycle Concert Series features a Made in America festival–inspired class.

Laser Skincare ABINGTON AESTHETIC & LASER MEDICAL

(11 N. Second St.; abingtonaesthetic.com) Look and feel younger without the pain of surgery. ABOUT FACE SKIN CARE (1015 Chestnut St., No. 1205; aboutfaceskincare.com) Naomi Fenlin provides outstanding aesthetic skincare service. DAVIS COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY (1916 Rte. 70 East, Ste. 1, Cherry Hill; daviscps.com) Zap spider veins with Dr. Steven L. Davis’s laser removal treatment. DR. RICHARD P. GLUNK (216 Mall Blvd., Ste. 101, King of Prussia; drglunk.com) Laser resurfacing is a specialty for the 20-year skincare veteran.

LOTUS SALON (36 NJ 70, No. 212, Marlton, NJ; lotussalonnj.com) Salon co-owner Nicholas Clark specializes in hair coloring. PLATINUM HAIR DESIGN (1334 Brace Road, Cherry Hill; platinumhairdesignsalon.com) Skilled in every coloring technique, stylists ensure a rich, shiny look. SALON NORMANDEE (2550 Grant Ave., Ste. 100; salonnormandee.com) Color that helps your hair look thicker and healthier. SIGNACURL (116 S. 19th St.; signacurl.com) Joseph Lentini will brighten your locks for summer.

Fresh Facials CALISTA GRAND (1211 Wilmington Pike, West Chester; calistagrand.com) Level 101 Fundamental Treatment makes for a fresher face. COLE WELLNESS SPA (101 N. Wayne Ave.; colewellness spa.com) The “A-La-Cole” facial services include a vitamin C mask and LED light therapy. ELIZABETH ARDEN RED DOOR SPA (Harrah’s Resort,777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City; reddoor spas.com) Try the Advanced Brightening Facial.

Extensions and Blow-Outs AME SALON AND SPA (111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne; amesalonandspa.com) Get the length and dimensions you’ve always wanted. BELLEVUE SALON AND SPA (200 S. Broad St.; bellevuesalonandspa.com) Busy schedule? The blow-dry bar is open early mornings and evenings. HEADS & TAILS BEAUTY BOUTIQUE (265 S. 19th St.; headsandtailsrittenhouse.com) Get loose, beachy waves or a smooth and straight look. PILEGGI ON THE SQUARE (717 Walnut St.; pileggisalon.com) Great Lengths extensions are used for volumizing and lengthening hair. PRIVÉ SALON (5 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; prive salonps.com) Let certified stylist Jodi DePaul add volume to your hair with extensions. SALON ZIZA (6 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; salon ziza.com) Correct your color by adding extensions. THE STUDIO C.L. (128 S. 19 St.; thestudiocl.com) Add a Luxury Conditioning Treatment to any blow-out.

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Bernard Hopkins is fit to fight at Joe Hand Boxing Gym, a hub for athletes for more than two decades.

Bernard HOPKINS

FIVE-TIME CHAMPION BOXER Philly fans were out in full force in April to see if hometown sports hero Bernard Hopkins could pull off what some called the unthinkable: Could the 49-year-old lightheavyweight clock another win? In true Hopkins fashion, the North Philly Badlands native, known as B-Hop, outpointed Beibut Shumenov to become the oldest boxer ever to win a world title, defend a world title, and also unify a weight division. Credit that to Hopkins’s famously disciplined lifestyle, which includes regular workouts, an organic diet, yoga, and meditation. With his historymaking win now behind him, Hopkins is focused on his real estate company and working with the national promotional company Golden Boy. Favorite Philly athlete: Allen Iverson. He is a strong, very competitive athlete. When he was drafted to Philly, I was excited for the Sixers. We needed that extra spunk in our team, and AI was the right one. Favorite Philly actor: Will Smith. He is a great guy and a very positive role model. He really went from “West Philadelphia, born and raised” to actor and producer. Favorite Philly music act: Teddy Pendergrass. My favorite song is “Love T.K.O.,” which came out in 1980. Favorite Philly restaurants: Café La Maude for the Kafta wrap with egg whites and oatmeal. At Radicchio Cafe, I always order the whole-wheat pasta with baked fish and a plate of cheese and olives. Favorite local landmark: The Valley Green Inn in Chestnut Hill. Its history dates back to William Penn. Famous Philadelphian you would most like to have dinner with: Ben Franklin. First place I tell visitors to go when traveling to Philly: Reading Terminal Market for the Amish bakery and lunch at the Dutch Eating Place. Why I love living in Philly: It’s a tough city, but you can make it if you try.

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IN GOOD

Specialty Cocktails

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Artisanal cocktails. Locally grown vegetables. House-cured charcuterie. Once upon a time these exceptional elements may have belonged only to the city’s most lavish kitchens. These days, it’s just another night out at one of dozens of noteworthy Philadelphia restaurants.

Asian AZIE ON MAIN (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova;

azieonmain.com) Globally influenced Asian specialties made fresh in the quiet suburbs. BUDDAKAN (325 Chestnut St.; buddakan.com) Try the five-spice duck breast complete with scallion spoon bread, roasted garlic, and corn. MORIMOTO (723 Chestnut St.; morimoto restaurant.com) The Chef’s Choice features a multicourse Morimoto-san approved tasting menu. SAGAMI (37 W. Crescent Blvd., Collingswood, NJ) Sample the fresh sashimi appetizer at this casual Collingswood restaurant. SAMPAN (124 S. 13th St.; sampanphilly.com) Order a Scorpion bowl or crispy rock shrimp and feast at one of the sidewalk tables.

ZAMA (128 S. 19th St.; zamaphilly.com) The

Rittenhouse Row spot for authentic Japanese beers, sake, and Philly-themed rolls.

High Steaks BARCLAY PRIME (237 S. 18th St.; barclayprime.com)

Enjoy the dry-aged porterhouse on the first floor of the historic Barclay building. BUTCHER AND SINGER (1500 Walnut St.; butcher andsinger.com) The glamorous décor will bring you back to a 1940s Hollywood dining experience. DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE

(111 S. 17th St.; davios.com/phil) The Executive Lunch is the perfect two-course meal for a midday meeting. DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE

(1426-28 Chestnut St.; delfriscos.com) For a change, try the veal porterhouse in the stunning dining room. DELMONICO’S (4200 City Ave.; hiltonphiladelphiacity ave.com/delmonicos.html) Take advantage of the glassenclosed private dining room for special occasions. PALM RESTAURANT (200 S. Broad St.; thepalm.com) The award-winning wine list complements its steaks and chops.

Brunch Spots A.KITCHEN (135 S. 18th St.; akitchenandbar.com)

The agave nectar cocktail at Positano Coast is a refreshing sip on a hot summer day.

Don’t pass up the famous Rittenhouse Slam or organic cocktails. AMIS TRATTORIA (412 S. 13th St.; amisphilly.com) Enjoy Italian brunch favorites at this Vetri restaurant. GARCES TRADING COMPANY (1111 Locust St.; garcestradingcompany.com) Opt for the two-course prix-fixe brunch menu. HIGH STREET ON MARKET (308 Market St., highstreetonmarket.com) Chef Eli Kulp creates one-of-a-kind breakfast sandwiches. MIXTO (1141 Pine St.; mixtorestaurante.com) A mix of Cuban, Latin American, and Caribbean flavors. THE SAINT JAMES (30 Parking Plaza, Ardmore; saintjamesphilly.com) The raw bar is always available during brunch.

10 ARTS BISTRO & LOUNGE (10 Avenue of the Arts;

10arts.com) Enjoy live weekend entertainment and a wine happy hour. 30 MAIN (660 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; 30mainline.com) This suburban, Manhattan-style restaurant features a new lunch menu alongside a lively bar lounge. AVENUE KITCHEN (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; avekitchen.com) Seasonally changing cocktails in this bright suburban haunt. HOP SING LAUNDROMAT (1029 Race St.; hopsing laundromat.com) The specially created cocktails pay tribute to the birthplace of America. LIBERTÉ LOUNGE (120 S. 17th St.; libertelounge.com) Try its signature cocktail with pear-infused vodka, lemon, St-Germain, and Champagne. THE RANSTEAD ROOM (2013 Ranstead St.) Opt for the Bartender’s Choice in the low-lit, leather-bound spot. RED OWL TAVERN (433 Chestnut St.; redowl tavern.com) Classic recipes and handmade ingredients create the perfect cocktail.

Best Burgers 500 DEGREES (1504 Sansom St.; 500degrees.com)

Pair the Turbo burger with truffle fries. BOBBY’S BURGER PALACE (3925 Walnut St.;

bobbysburgerpalace.com) Try Bobby Flay’s signature Philadelphia burger. PUB & KITCHEN (1946 Lombard St.; thepuband kitchen.com) Chef Eli Collins creates a rustic European cuisine in an authentic neighborhood tavern. PYT (1050 N. Hancock St.; pytburger.com) Several unique burgers, including the Philly-centric cheesesteak pretzel roll burger. VILLAGE WHISKEY (118 S. 20th St.; village whiskey.com) Every month features a new burger alongside a late-night dining menu.

Wine Pairings AMADA (217-219 Chestnut St.; philadelphia.

amadarestaurant.com) Spanish tapas pair perfectly with these signature sangrias. BISTROT LA MINETTE (623 S. Sixth St.; bistrotlaminette.com) Brad Histand has a Franceheavy wine list. GIRASOLE (440 S. Broad St.; girasolephilly.com) Consult with a Girasole sommelier to find the perfect wine pairing for any entrée. SAVONA (100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills; savona restaurant.com) Choose from over 1,200 wine selections from the largest wine cellar in Pennsylvania. TINTO (114 S. 20th St.; tintorestaurant.com) Chef Garces provides a full list of Spanish wines and ciders. TRIA CAFÉ & TAPROOM (1137 Spruce St.; 123 S. 18th St.; 2005 Walnut St.; triacafe.com) Enjoy fresh cheeses at the café or a wide selection of wines.

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Jessica Dean takes a seat inside Talula’s Daily, the sister location to Talula’s Garden, which features a market, café, and dinner service.

Jessica DEAN

CBS 3 EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TK; ILLUSTRATION BY TK

In less than a year as coanchor with Chris May of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News weeknights, Jessica Dean has quickly carved out a place in the Philadelphia spotlight that extends beyond the bright lights of the news desk. In March, she was named the first ever honorary ambassador for The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and has been a force behind fundraisers for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Summer event I’m most excited about: Made in America. I’ll never miss a chance to see Beyoncé. Beauty essentials: Alex Molchadskiy and the crew at AMS Luxury Salon are simply amazing with hair. And Rescue Spa lives up to the hype—my skin thanks them. Favorite Philly music act: I have loved Hall & Oates for as long as I can remember. Favorite Philly landmark: Independence Hall. As a history lover, it doesn’t get any better than that. Favorite Philly restaurants: Twenty Manning Grill, Laurel, The Mildred, Fork, Talula’s Garden, Zahav, Cheu Noodle Bar, Pizzeria Vetri.... I could go on. What inspires me about the city: There is a fierce streak of pride and independence here that is contagious. It’s as if the city is saying, “Be proud of who you are and open to others doing the same.” Perfect Philly day: Grab a latte at Talula’s Daily and head to the Schuylkill River Park Dog Run with my husband, Blake, and our dog, Finn. Take in a performance at one of the wonderful venues along Broad Street and settle in for a late dinner. Then finish it off with a cocktail at Hop Sing Laundromat.

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Signature Desserts

Alfresco Dining

CLASSIC CAKE (480 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill;

PARC (227 S. 18th St.; parc-restaurant.com) Take a

classiccake.com) The new dessert bar features steakhouse cheesecake by the slice and an assortment of shakes.

POSITANO COAST BY ALDO LAMBERTI

Modern Mediterranean

(212 Walnut St.; positanocoast.net) The lemon drop and red sangria transport you to the Amalfi Coast. ROUGE (205 S. 18th St.; rouge98.com) Top a burger with an array of artisanal cheeses. TALULA’S GARDEN (210 W. Washington Sq.; talulasgarden.com) Choose from one of its extensive cheese-tasting options or arrange your own assortment in the picturesque summer garden.

(110 S. 13th St.; barbuzzo.com) Cured meat and cheese boards add a light and flavorsome finish. OPA (1311 Sansom St.; opaphiladelphia.com) Enjoy Greek-inspired meats, seafood, and flatbreads after a beer cocktail in the Drury Beer Garden. VALANNI (1229 Spruce St.; valanni.com) Medi-Latin cuisine and a late-night menu served until 1 AM.

Bar Scene

Lunch Spots

A.BAR (18th and Walnut Streets; akitchenandbar.com)

THE DANDELION (124 S. 18th St.; thedandelion

The combinations are endless with the vast list of wines and raw oyster bar selections. ASHTON CIGAR BAR (1522 Walnut St., Second Fl.; ashtoncigarbar.com) Enjoy wide selections of cigars and over 250 selections of whiskey. CUBA LIBRE RESTAURANT & RUM BAR (10 S. Second St.; cubalibrerestaurant.com) Pouring over 80 different rums and an in-house guarapo. STRATUS ROOFTOP LOUNGE (433 Chestnut St.; stratuslounge.com) Sit 11 stories above Independence Hall and sip a cocktail from mixologist Bess Gulliver. XIX NINETEEN (200 S. Broad St.; hyatt.com) Sip on an XIX signature cocktail or choose from an extensive selection of wines by the glass.

pub.com) Cozy up in this charming pub with a proper afternoon tea service and British cuisine. HARRY’S SAVOY GRILL (2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE; harrys-savoy.com) Add the Reggiano and truffle fries to any signature lunch sandwich. JG DOMESTIC (2929 Arch St.; philadelphia. jgdomestic.com) Each day of the week has a different daily lunch special, perfect for business or pleasure.

MAX BRENNER CHOCOLATE BAR & RESTAURANT

(1500 Walnut St.; maxbrenner.com) Satisfy your chocolate cravings with fondue, milkshakes, or tiramisu. POTITO’S ITALIAN AMERICAN PASTRIES (1614 W. Ritner St.; potitosbakery.com) Get your favorite Italian specialties with a new online ordering system.

Seafood to Share BLUE2O (1906 Rte. 70 West, Cherry Hill; blue2oseafood

grill.com) From a family with over 85 years of experience comes fish, crab, and scallop dishes. BLUE BELL INN (601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell; bluebellinn.com) This suburban treasure puts a modern American twist on ocean-fresh seafood. OCEAN PRIME (124 S. 15th St.; oceanprimephilly.com) This popular seafood restaurant is known for its ahi tuna tartare with avocado and ginger ponzu. SMITH & WOLLENSKY (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; smithandwollensky.com) Try the shellfish bouquet for an assortment of tasty seafood. SNOCKEY’S OYSTER & CRAB HOUSE (1020 S. Second St.; snockeys.com) Oysters, clams, and mussels stock this 101-year-old venue.

Pizza Enthusiast OSTERIA (640 N. Broad St.; osteriaphilly.com) An open kitchen combines with unique pies, topped with everything from octopus to pecorino fresco. PIZZERIA STELLA (420 S. Second St.; pizzeria stella.net) Pizzas are topped with traditional delicacies like pesto and black truffle. SLICE (1740 Sansom St.; slicepa.com) Gourmet Italian pies and fresh, hand-tossed dough. ZAVINO (112 S. 13th St.; 3200 Chestnut St.; zavino.com) The gourmet pizza restaurant is expanding with its new home in University City.

Special Occasion AVANCE (1523 Walnut St.; avancerestaurant.com)

Eight course tasting menus by chef Justin Bogle. BIBOU [BYOB] (1009 S. Eighth St.; biboubyob.com) Plan your reservation for exclusive French elegance. FOUNTAIN RESTAURANT (1 Logan Sq.; four seasons.com/philadelphia/dining) Contemporary glass artwork and a view of the Swann Memorial Fountain. LACROIX (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; lacroix restaurant.com) This AAA Four Diamond restaurant offers a chic setting and creative fare. R2L (50 S. 16th St., 37th Fl.; r2lrestaurant.com) The view is the perfect backdrop for a picturesque meal. VETRI (1312 Spruce St.; vetriristorante.com) Try the spinach gnocchi with brown butter, a Vetri signature. ZAHAV (237 St. James Pl.; zahavrestaurant.com) Have a taste of Israel with freshly baked laffa bread.

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Casino Dining HARRAH’S (777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester; harrahs philly.com) Try its new restaurant, Philly Tap and Tavern. PARX CASINO (2999 Street Road, Bensalem; parx casino.com) Even your taste buds will feel lucky with options from Sangkee Noodle House to Chickie’s and Pete’s. SUGARHOUSE CASINO (1001 N. Delaware Ave.; sugarhousecasino.com) Take a break from the slots with a waterfront meal at The Refinery. VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT (1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; vfcasino.com) Try an all-American burger at the American Grill or opt for home-style Italian dishes at Viviano.

Gourmet-to-Go CARLINO’S SPECIALTY FOODS (2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore; carlinosmarket.com) Homemade cookies, traditional pizzelles, and cake bites. DI BRUNO BROS (multiple locations; dibruno.com) Select signature handmade cheeses and various cheese spreads from around the world. RASTELLI DIRECT (300 Heron Dr., Swedesboro, NJ; rastellidirect.com) Quality-controlled seafood options include Brazilian lobster tails and Scottish salmon. SAM’S ITALIAN MARKET & BAKERY (3504 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove; samsitalianmarket.net)

Take home a prepared pasta dish at this all-in-one butcher, bakery, caterer, and delicatessen.

BARBUZZO MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN & BAR

Inspired Italian CAFFE ALDO LAMBERTI (2011 Marlton Pike West,

Cherry Hill; caffelamberti.com) Enjoy specialty whole fresh fish at this South Jersey landmark. CATELLI DUO (12101 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees Township, NJ; catelliduo.com) Try the traditional full-portioned entrées or the smaller tasting menu. MERCATO (1216 Spruce St.; mercatobyob.com) This BYOB carries a wide range of cheeses. MODO MIO (161 W. Girard Ave.; modomio restaurant.com) Dishes inspired from every region of Italy combine with fresh seasonal ingredients. RISTORANTE PANORAMA (14 N. Front St.; pennsviewhotel.com/panorama) Trattoria-style dining, custom-built wine bar, and over 150 wines to try.

American, New and Classic MARIE NICOLE’S (9510 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ; marienicoles.com) Three courses for $30; try soup du jour, herb-roasted chicken, and tiramisu. PENNSYLVANIA 6 (114 S. 12th St.; pennsylvania 6philly.com) This post-Prohibition-style restaurant has a raw bar and contemporary American dishes. TWENTY MANNING GRILL (261 S. 20th St.; twentymanning.com) A neighborhood atmosphere brings seasonal, classic cuisine. SBRAGA (440 S. Broad St.; sbragadining.com) Sustainable ingredients and New American classics. VERNICK FOOD & DRINK (2031 Walnut St.; vernickphilly.com) Seafood, organic Amish chicken, and strip loin roasted in the wood-fire oven. WATER WORKS RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

(640 Water Works Dr.; thewaterworksrestaurant.com) Waterfront views and a variety of event spaces.

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Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos track down the Sweet Box Cupcakes food truck at one of its daily stops in Center City. The popular bakery opened a storefront at 13th and Pine Streets in 2013.

Susie CELEK and Julie DORENBOS BUSINESS OWNERS AND MEDIA PERSONALITIES If Philly has a dynamic duo right now, it’s Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos. The best friends-turned-business partners, who own the Skin Palette Airbrush Tanning Studios at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue and another location in The Studio CL in Rittenhouse, have parlayed their playful personalities into local media. Celek and Dorenbos are regulars on SportsRadio 94.1WIP, have a beauty blog on philly.com, and have explored their comedic chops hosting the Philly Sports Roast featuring Terrell Owens and opening for Two Funny Philly Guys. Summer event I’m most excited about: SC: Center City District Sips. JD: The Hamels Foundation Diamonds and Denim event. Beauty essentials: SC: Lauren and Sydni take me from “curly Sue” to “nice and smooth” at The Studio CL. JD: Deme Cosmetic and The Hughes Center. Favorite restaurants: sc: Zama and Osteria. JD: Village Whiskey and El Vez (I’m obsessed with the guacamole). Famous Philadelphian I’d most like to have dinner with: SC: The Broad Street Bullies team with several kegs of beer! I imagine there would be some wild stories. JD: Ben Franklin because he’s electrifying. On my Philly bucket list: SC: Base jump off the Walt Whitman Bridge. Wonder if I’d have to pay the toll. JD: My dream is to be the Phillie Phanatic for one inning. He’s a prankster, and I love that about him. My perfect Philadelphia day: SC: Morning spin at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue, a stroll through Rittenhouse Square Park with my pup, and then a glass of Johnnie Walker at Oh! Shea’s Pub. JD: Tailgating with my brother in Lot K at the Linc, followed by cheering on the Birds in Section 121, topped off by celebrating the win at Chickie’s & Pete’s after the game.

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WHO WHAT

WEAR

A revitalized Market East retail landscape and a push from local boutiques on Chestnut Street prove that Philly’s fashion future lies beyond Walnut Street.

Fashion-Forward Boutiques

Premier Jewelers

JOAN SHEPP (1625 Chestnut St.; joanshepp.com)

BERNIE ROBBINS JEWELERS (595 E. Lancaster

The mother-daughter team carries everything from Phillip Lim to Elizabeth and James. KNIT WIT (1729 Chestnut St.; knitwitonline.com) Well-known designers mix with brand new lines. SOPHY CURSON (S. 19th St.; sophycurson.com) A Philadelphia staple since 1929. THIRD STREET HABIT (153 N. Third St.; thirdstreethabit.com) Sanctuary, Pamela Love, and Joie are just a few of the many designers found here.

Ave., St Davids; bernierobbins.com) Find unique items like company-sourced yellow diamonds. BILLIG JEWELERS (300 Rte. 73, Marlton, NJ; billigjewelers.com) On-site ring sizing, watch repair. GARY MANN JEWELERS (4349 Main St., Manayunk; garymannjewelry.com) Estate and designer jewelry. GOLDEN NUGGET JEWELERS (800 Chestnut St.; goldennuggetjewelry.com) Let the highly trained staff lead you to the perfect diamond. GOVBERG JEWELERS (1521 Walnut S.; govberg watches.com) Breitling, Rolex, and much more. JAY ROBERTS JEWELERS (515 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ; jayrobertsjewelers.com) This Marlton jeweler carries local and international designers.

Shoe Envy BENJAMIN LOVELL SHOES (119 S. 18th St.; 318

South St.; 4305 Main St.; blshoes.com) Anything from Cole Haan to Birkenstock, and everything in between. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd; saksfifthavenue.com) The newest styles from Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO (King of Prussia Mall; ferragamo.com) Luxury Italian brand brings high-end shoes to men and women. STUART WEITZMAN (1717 Walnut St.; stuartweitzman.com) The summer’s hottest sandals.

A Day of Shopping KING OF PRUSSIA MALL (King of Prussia Mall; simon.com/mall/king-of-prussia-mall) Ted Baker London recently joined the 400-plus retailers. PHILADELPHIA PREMIUM OUTLETS

(18 Lightcap Road, Limerick; premimumoutlets.com/ philadelphia) Shop 150 premium outlets of all stripes. THE PROMENADE AT SAGEMORE (500 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ; thepromenadenj.com) Treat yourself to Pinkberry after yogawear at Lululemon. THE PIER SHOPS AT CAESARS (1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City; thepiershopsatcaesars.com) Upscale shopping overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. THE SHOPS AT LIBERTY PLACE (1625 Chestnut St.; shopsatliberty.com) A shopping mall in the center of the city brings a mix of designers and staple stores. SUBURBAN SQUARE (6 Coulter Ave., Ardmore; suburbansquare.com) Find everything outdoors from Kate Spade New York to Elizabeth Johns.

JEFF KELLMER PRIVATE JEWELER

(510 W. Lancaster Ave.; jeffkellmer.com) Necklaces, earrings, and rings in a variety of standout colors. MORTON & RUDOLPH (1900 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill; mortonandrudolph.com) Engagement rings from Diana Classic, Gottlieb & Sons, and more.

Accessory Necessities EYESITE (124 S. 19th St.; eyesite-phila.com) The optical boutique carries vintage and high-tech glasses. HERMÈS (King of Prussia Mall; hermes.com) Seven different lines let you find your perfect timepiece. MODERN EYE (145 S. 13th St.; modern-eye.com) Exams, surgery, and eyewear all-in-one. NATIONAL WATCH AND DIAMOND EXCHANGE

(101 S. Eighth St.; nationalwatch.com) Exchange your pre-owned Rolex for another luxury watch. OMEGA (King of Prussia Mall; omegawatches.com) The Constellation Collection features elegant yet understated designs. TAG HEUER (King of Prussia Mall; tagheuer.com) The Swiss watchmaker’s KoP outpost has a multitude of men’s and women’s collections. WEST COAST OPTICAL (1726 Chestnut St.; westcoastoptique.com) Tom Ford, Gucci, and Prada are just a few of the top-of-the-line offerings.

High-End Baubles CARTIER (King of Prussia Mall; cartier.us)

The signature Trinity de Cartier collection features three bands: pink, yellow, and white gold. DAVID YURMAN (King of Prussia Mall; davidyurman.com) The new Hampton Cable Collection utilizes elegant black diamonds. HEARTS ON FIRE (King of Prussia Mall; heartsonfire.com) Founders Glenn and Susan Rothman craft diamonds like no other. LAGOS (1735 Walnut St.; lagos.com) Iconic beading magnified with a new signature design, Bold Caviar. PAUL MORELLI (1118 Walnut St.; paulmorelli.com) Jewelry handmade here in Philly. TIFFANY & CO. (1414 Walnut St.; tiffany.com) The iconic home to the little blue box.

Signature Handbags GUCCI (King of Prussia Mall; gucci.com) Stay in style

this season with a Bright Diamante leather bag. LOUIS VUITTON (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd;

louisvuitton.com) The Summer 2014 Collection is full of pastel and sorbet-colored handbags. NEIMAN MARCUS (King of Prussia Mall; neimanmarcus.com) Introducing monogramming on select Michael by Michael Kors handbags.

Contemporary Wear BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE (5001 West Chester Pike;

boutiquewarehouse.com) Designer duds at a discount. C. WONDER (King of Prussia Mall; cwonder.com)

Monogrammed handbags, cardigans, and jewelry. CAMEO WATER WEAR (1420 Walnut St.; cameowaterwear.com) The largest selection of women’s swimwear in the area. G-STAR RAW (2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; g-star.com) The Colour Jeans in a variety of vibrant colors are perfect for summer. KALEIDOSCOPE BOUTIQUE (151 N. Third St.; kaleidoscopeboutique.com) This unique boutique features a shoe salon and vintage Chanel. MACY’S (1300 Market St.; macys.com) The all-time one-stop shop for all things designer. SOUTH MOON UNDER (1731 Chestnut St.; southmoonunder.com) Summer brings bright striped polos for men and floral dresses for women.

Custom Designs COMMONWEALTH PROPER (1839 Chestnut St.;

commonwealthproper.com) Design a custom shirt. EILEEN FISHER (King of Prussia Mall; eileen

fisher.com) Bright whites and light layers are staples. ELLE LAURI (1625 Chestnut St.; ellelauri.com) Fashion-forward items for any occasion. IRINA SIGAL (2038 Locust St.; irinasigal.com) A famed dressmaker with a new Rittenhouse shop. NICOLE MILLER (200 S. Broad St., 4249 Main St.; nicolemiller.com) A local favorite creates unique prints and sleek outfits. VENTRESCA LTD. (145 W. State St., Doylestown; ventresca.com) Honor 30 years of custom suiting.

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She may find design inspiration at parks and public spaces throughout the city but Dom Streater’s best work is done inside her Center City studio.

Dom STREATER FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGNER

It’s been a wild ride for Dom Streater, who went from fledgling Philly fashion designer to the winner of Project Runway’s Season 12 to showing her first collection at New York Fashion Week—all in less than a year. This summer look for her Fall 2014 designs— retro silhouettes splashed with bold abstract prints—to pop up at trunk shows and charity events as Streater gears up for the debut of her SS15 collection at NYFW. Can’t-miss Philly event for summer: The Roots Picnic. There is no party like it. Famous Philadelphian I’d most like to have dinner with: Bill Cosby. Philadelphia fashion designer I admire most: Ralph Rucci. Favorite boutiques: Verde and Open House on 13th Street and Lost + Found and US*U.S. on Third Street. On my speed dial: Fabric Row and Green Garden Chinese & Japanese Sushi Bar. My life is food and fashion. On my Philadelphia bucket list: I’ve never been to the top of City Hall. I would also like to go canoeing in the Delaware River. Where I go for inspiration in Philly: I visit the waterfront by Penn’s Landing quite often; I think it’s one of the calmest places to reflect in Philly. I also love Rittenhouse and Washington Square Park. My perfect Philadelphia day: Brunch at Silk City, visiting the Art Museum, and lying in the grass at Fairmount Park under the sun. Then catching a movie at The RitzCarlton, taking a stroll by the waterfront, dinner at Sassafras, and, if I’m feeling lively, dancing it all away at the 700.

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OUT and

forrest-theatre.com) The Book of Mormon makes its way to the Forrest Theater July 29–September 14. KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

ABOUT

From the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk to Penn’s Landing’s Spruce Street Harbor Park and the long-awaited debut of Dilworth Plaza, dynamic public spaces are inviting Philadelphians to venture outdoors and experience the city in a whole new way.

History Buff

Science-Centered

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY

(525 Arch St.; constitutioncenter.org) Learn about America’s history through the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” exhibit. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY (101 S. Independence Mall East; nmajh.org)

See how our nation’s favorite pastime united America with the exhibit, “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.” THE ROSENBACH MUSEUM AND LIBRARY

(2008-2010 Delancey Pl.; rosenbach.org) A new exhibit shows Shakespeare’s influence on Joyce.

(1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; ansp.org) Escape to the rainforests of New Guinea and discover the elegant birds of paradise found there. THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE (222 N. 20th St.; fi.edu) Challenge your knowledge at “Your Brain,” the new multimillion dollar permanent exhibit. MÜTTER MUSEUM (19 S. 22nd St.; muttermuseum.org) Focus your lens on the afterlife at a microscopic level at the “Death Under Glass” exhibit.

SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

(6825 Norwitch Dr.; simeonemuseum.org) Take a spin around the track on Driving Demonstration Days.

(3260 South St.; penn.museum) The galleries offer a wide range of cultural antiquities.

The Rittenhouse hotel’s brand new Library Bar is a sophisticated 20-seat space right off the lobby.

Art Enthusiast THE BARNES FOUNDATION (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; barnesfoundation.org) Explore pieces by Cézanne and Renoir with a fresh perspective. PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS

(118-128 N. Broad St.; pafa.org) This summer, explore the combination of the Kelley collection and “Eldzier Cortor: Theme and Variations” in the exhibit, “Spiritual Strivings.” PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

(2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; philamuseum.org) Get a glimpse of Picasso’s prints and 20th-century flash photography. RODIN MUSEUM (2154 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; rodinmuseum.org) The outdoor garden exhibit is styled after the Champs-Elysées.

Center Stage THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC (240 S. Broad St.; academyofmusic.org) Home to various performers—from stand-up comedians to musical theater troupes. FORREST THEATER (1114 Walnut St.;

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(300 S. Broad St.; kimmelcenter.org) Join the Philadelphia Orchestra as it pays tribute to the Beatles with its Classical Mystery Tour on July 23-24. PRINCE MUSIC THEATER (1412 Chestnut St.; princemusictheater.org) The legendary Prince Music Theater offers everything from cinematic showings to live performances.

Home Suite Home AKA RITTENHOUSE (135 S. 18th St.; stayaka.com) Luxury extended stay services make this hotel ideal for long trips. THE BELLEVUE (200 S. Broad St.; bellevue philadelphia.com) Classic design meets modern amenities. HOTEL MONACO (433 Chestnut St.; monaco-philadelphia.com) Observe the city’s historic district from 11 floors up at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. RADISSON BLU WARWICK HOTEL

(220 S. 17th St.; radissonbluphiladelphia.com) A multimillion dollar renovation yields redesigned guest rooms with upgraded amenities. THE RITTENHOUSE HOTEL (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; rittenhousehotel.com) This top-rated hotel is also a child- and pet-friendly establishment. THE RITZ-CARLTON (10 Avenue of the Arts; ritz carlton.com/philadelphia) Sit in the lap of luxury and enjoy the central location of this five-star hotel. SHERATON VALLEY FORGE HOTEL

(480 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia; sheratonvalley forge.com) Take advantage of this hotel’s convenient proximity to the King of Prussia Mall. SOFITEL (120 S. 17th St.; sofitel.com) Newly redesigned suites add to the modern American elegance and French sophistication of the upscale hotel.

Family Friendly ADVENTURE AQUARIUM (1 Riverside Dr., Camden; adventureaquarium.com) The recently opened Hippo Haven lets visitors experience a day on an African river through the eyes of a hippopotamus. PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (100 N. 20th St.; phsonline.org) The annual Fall Garden Festival on September 20 brings music, gardening tips, and children’s activities. PHILADELPHIA ZOO (3400 W. Girard Ave.; philadelphiazoo.org) The Rock ’n’ Roar outdoor concert series features live children’s music after a day of exploring the zoo. PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM (4231 Avenue of the Republic; pleasetouchmuseum.org) The interactive theater show “From the Sea to the Sky” features traditional Vietnamese masks and music.

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Ed RENDELL

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Ed Rendell gets into the swing of things at Franklin Square’s Philly-themed miniature golf course. Rendell is on the board of directors for Historic Philadelphia, the organization that oversees attractions like the Square.

Famous Philadelphian I’d most like to have dinner with: Ben Franklin or Chip Kelly. Favorite local athlete of all time: Randall Cunningham. Go-to restaurants: Barclay Prime, Del Frisco’s, Talula’s Garden, Cheu Noodle Bar. Inspirational landmark: National Constitution Center. First place I tell people to visit when they come to Philly: Pat’s or Geno’s. On my Philly bucket list: Cutting the ribbon for the Museum of the American Revolution and watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl. What inspires me about the city: The resilience of its people. Five years from now Philly will: Be the home of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles. What makes Philly great: Its diversity and our never-give-up attitude.

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A painting by Philadelphia artist Murray Dessner, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is the centerpiece of the living room, which Hayes divided into two seating areas.

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eslie Hayes loves a little drama in a room. “I think everyone wants the wow factor,” she says while explaining that high impact is something she has been testing out in the new Main Line home she calls a “laboratory for design.” Just a year ago, Hayes was approached to rent her Haverford home to a local sports figure and quickly needed to look for new digs and new projects. Surprisingly, the timing was perfect: Her friend Douglas Mellor was looking to move to Center City and asked Hayes to be the trustworthy custodian of an estate with just the kind of character that Hayes prized.

Fine-arts photographer Mellor had bought his carriage house, part of the La Ronda estate designed by famous architect Addison Mizner 29 years ago, and was ready for an update. Mizner had created homes for the who’s who in Palm Beach, including Rodman Wanamaker. For years, La Ronda was the 17,000-square-foot home of Percival E. Foerderer, who ran a leather manufacturing business, and his wife, Ethel Brown. When Mellor bought the carriage house, it was merely a garage with two continued on page 138

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“I think individualism is more important than ever, and I push the envelope.”

continued from page 136 When Mellor bought the carriage house, it was merely a garage with two studio apartments. He gutted it but kept elements Mizner would have used in the original design. The outdoors remained classic Mediterranean Revival—Mizner’s sig nature—with its stone detail and stucco with a tile roof. Inside, he took out the second floor to create a double-high space and created a dramatic loggia of columns in the oversize living room. “Since there are no walls, the columns create the illusion of rooms,” says Hayes. The result is a dramatic, airy space, but one that is a challenge to decorate. When Hayes moved in, she saw nothing but possibilities. Her palette became silver and gold against white walls with crystal and brass lamps decked out in dramatic black shades to light the loftlike living space. She broke up the seating into two areas with a chaise (upholstered in a combination of text ures—matte burlap sides with silver sateen cushions) in the middle to anchor the room and placed a Chesterfield sofa next to mirrored chests to create balance. “The furniture needed to be powerful and bold so it didn’t get swallowed up by the room,” she says. Above the sofa she

A chaise by the gated pool is one of the favorite spots for Hayes’s guests (and her dog) to linger.

hung a 10-foot-wide abstract FROM ABOVE: made a oil painting by the late Hayes bar cart pop Philadelphia artist Murray with harlequinpatterned Dessner. wallpaper; a Bold statements are every- loggia of where, highlighted by the columns creates the 300-year-old Italian console illusion of in the accented by two brass lamps. rooms double-high “I have Italian glamour, old- living space. English formal along with designs from the ’50s and ’60s. All of those combinations are provocative,” she explains, pointing to two settees upholstered in a geometric pattern juxtaposed against proper needlepoint pillows with tassels. “You wouldn’t think they would go together, but they do, because the colors unite and the patterns are complementary.” One recent project was a moveable dining room bar cart, which she covered in colorful harlequin-patterned wallpaper. “I think individualism is more important than ever before and I help clients push the envelope,” she says, emphasizing a philosophy that asks clients to reorient their relationship to their well-worn furnishings. That doesn’t mean that she makes anyone get rid of items they love. “If a client has a sentimental [attachment to a] piece, I like to use it in a fresh way—like using a traditional Fortuny fabric on a contemporary piece of furniture.” Hayes admits that this house, more than any other she has called home over the years, draws people in. The outside has all the patina and age of an old Tuscan villa. “It is a great party house,” she says, having hosted 150 people there comfortably. “People come in the summer, and we hang out by the pool on chaises. There are different outdoor rooms enclosed

with shrubs near the gated pool. Guests can mill about the living room or in the courtyard that leads to the pool.” When the party is indoors, her office becomes a bar. “No matter if visitors have a traditional home, are purists, or have a more eclectic style, they come in and like it but they don’t know why it works,” she says. “It is a space people love to be in because there is richness to it. They are always walking through looking to see more.” PS

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hestnut Street is coming to life with AQ Rittenhouse (2021 Chestnut St.; aqrittenhouse.com), a new mixed-use building. The lot, previously home to the Mid-City YWCA and vacant since the early 1990s, will hold the 12-story tower featuring 110 luxury apartments as well as ground floor retail/restaurant space. The full-service real estate development company Aquinas Realty Partners purchased the property from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and has vowed to keep the current adjacent tenant, Freire Charter High School, intact. It ABOVE: The new will occupy a lower level with expanded Courtyard Marriott is The Navy Yard’s space and modern amenities. first hotel; RIGHT: AQ The tower will stand on a 120,000-square- Rittenhouse’s lobby. foot foundation in Rittenhouse Square, enhancing the bustling area. “AQ Rittenhouse’s location at 2021 Chestnut Street is one of the most active areas in Philadelphia, the second heaviest traversed by pedestrians. This building will dramatically change the western stretch of Chestnut Street, transforming it to reflect the luxury and style of nearby Rittenhouse Square,” says Leonard Poncia, president of Aquinas Realty Partners. “It’s a fantastic location in a neighborhood where the variety of apartments and the new street-level retail and restaurant space that AQ Rittenhouse will provide is in high demand. The area is alive with so much to do and enjoy.” Accompanying the prime location are impressive amenities within its variety of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, including “luxurious granite countertops, elegant hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances,” says Poncia. “Residents will have access to a vibrant central outdoor courtyard and garden on the second floor and rooftop urban sky

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terrace offering panoramic views of Rittenhouse Square and the Philadelphia skyline. The sky terrace with hot tub, grills, fire pits, and a rooftop lounge will offer residents unique opportunities to host gatherings and social events.” AQ caters to enhancing the lifestyle of its residences, and with an anticipated opening date coming in late fall 2014, the property will promote a first-class hotel feel in each of its units and throughout the main floors. THE NAVY YARD WELCOMED ITS FIRST HOTEL with the official opening of the Courtyard Marriott (1001 Intrepid Ave.; mariott.com/hotels). Managed by Marriott International and owned by Ensemble Hotel Partners, the property stands five stories tall and features 172 rooms, including eight suites and 1,800 square feet of conference room space. The new property joins the long-standing ranks of Marriott hotel chains, becoming “one of the first properties in the Select Service and Extended Stay line of Marriott hotels to open in 2014,” according to Marriott International COO David LEFT AND BELOW: Carpenter Square is an 11-unit Marriott. residential home and The hotel features amenities aimed at commercial property project in Southwest business professionals, with contempoCenter City. rary meeting spaces complete with WiFi, media pods, and a variety of seating zones in order to accommodate the large workforce in the area. “Our location here at The Navy Yard puts us at the center of activity, with the hotel situated conveniently between the Philadelphia Airport and Center City Philadelphia and with easy access to public transportation,” says general ma nager Derek Beckman. “Our hotel is not only an important part of the tourism and hospitality community in Philadelphia, but also a fantastic continued on page 142

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continued from page 140 new resource for the over 11,000 people working in The Navy Yard every day.” The close proximity to Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field will also bring a slew of business from sports fans during the seasons. The hotel’s location marks a big change for the area; it’s a departure that Ensemble Hotel Partners knew was necessary. “Ensemble Hotel Partners was excited to hear about this project back in 2012 and recognized the tremendous potential for a hotel in The Navy Yard, an area that is responsible for so much traffic and industry in Philadelphia,” says Ensemble COO Ed Proenza. “Opening the first hotel in The Navy Yard is a great accomplishment for Ensemble and a great addition to one of Philadelphia’s most important economic hubs.” The Navy Yard joins the 900 other Courtyard hotels as the newest member of the Marriott Family. “The Navy Yard is changing the business landscape of Philadelphia,” says David Marriott, “and Marriott is proud to be a part of its growth.” PENN’S LANDING MARINA WILL BE ABUZZ THIS SUMMER as the temporary pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park makes its way to the Delaware River Waterfront (delawareriverwaterfront.com). The park, created by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and developed by Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios, and Digsau, will arrive on June 27 and is scheduled to last until the end of August. “Expect to be blown away; we’re pulling out all the stops on this one,” says David Fierabend, Groundswell Design Group principle. The developers are creating a built-out landscape featuring The Oasis, a floating restaurant and bar that extends into the water using a series of nets. The restaurant will sit on one of three floating barges alongside a lily pad garden and seating area. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a hammock lounge, fire pit installations at night, a makeshift boardwalk featuring concessions and arcades, an urban pebble beach complete with lounge chairs and oversize umbrellas, and a mist walk to cool off on during the hottest summer days. “Spruce Street Harbor Park engages the river and presents the region with one of the best, and coolest, places to be during the hot summer in Philadelphia. The [harbor’s amenities] create a physical connection back to the water and provide people with a unique opportunity to continued on page 144

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continued from page 142 connect with the river and relax at Penn’s Landing,” says Jodie Milkman, VP of communications and programming of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. “This new park complements the full season of summer events at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing by creating a beautiful park and public space for people to sit back, relax, and enjoy the waterfront all summer long.” The two-month-long venture has no entrance fee and will extend south from the Independence Seaport Museum at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street. THE GRADUATE HOSPITAL NEIGHBORHOOD IS EXPANDING as Carpenter Square (1001-1023 S. 17th St.; 17carpentersquare.com) has set its sites on the Southwest Center City area. The project, complete with 11 residential homes and a first-floor commercial property, is situated on the corner of 17th and Carpenter Streets, with 1,000 square feet of outdoor space. MR Scott Development LLC is heading the development process and Michelle Ashley of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors is the head realtor as well as interior designer. Both key players live in the neighborhood, with Ashley living right on the premises in a custom home she developed, allowing her to give the developers firsthand insight on what the area needs and what this new building will bring to the Graduate Hospital area. A community park is being developed adjacent to the Carpenter Square property. Named Carpenter Green, the park will be easily accessible for both residents and patrons of the tenants occupying the commercial property. “The dedicated outdoor space, coupled with the public plaza, will allow this corner to be the gathering space for the neighborhood.” says Jackie Balin, a retail broker for the property. “This corner will be like Fitler Square.” The building itself comes equipped with sustainability-focused features such as Energy Star—qualified fixtures, green roofs for water retention and storm-water management, and super-efficient HVAC systems. “When I moved into the area almost nine years ago, I could only dream of having a neighborhood park, a restaurant with outdoor seating, and a stunning new construction development within eyeshot of my house,” says Ashley. “Now it’s quickly becoming a reality.” PS

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Road Worthy THE AUDI A3’S IMPRESSIVE UPGRADE HELPS PHILADELPHIANS STAY WELL CONNECTED WHILE ON THE GO. BY GEORGE POLGAR

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here was a time when the best car I had ever owned was a low-riding 1966 Dodge Coronet convertible that I purchased for a hundred bucks. My treasured Coronet held the crown for years before I sold it—at the same price—for an upgrade: the rakishly sexy 1984 Audi GT Quattro Coupe. The amazing quickness and agility of that Audi GT is a fond memory that has stuck with me through the decades, during which I’ve test-driven what feels like virtually every car ever made. Great cars come and go, but after experiencing the substantially revised and completely reimagined new 2015 Audi A3 sedan, a next-generation take on an old favorite has made its way back to the top of my list. This new luxury sedan—a compact, “don’t-call-me-little” brother to the A4—leapfrogs the whole entry-level set. Though even the higher-powered A3 is zero-to-60-mph rated at 7.2 seconds, the combination of competent power and amazing all-wheel-drive alacrity on the road make the A3 the perfect daily driver. The pairing of nimble Quattro handling and the updated four-cylinder 2.0T, 220-horsepower engine set me on a giddy jaunt around Center City, out through Fairmount Park, and onto the winding, wooded lanes of Gladwyne. Though notably smaller than the Audi A4, with a shorn rear deck, the new A3—previously presented in the US as a hatchback—carries off the spare elegance of the Audi signature look as an except ionally well-proportioned

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21st-Century Style, 18th-Century Soul MONTGOMERY COUNTY WELCOMES A WHOLLY RENOVATED BLUE BELL INN. BY KEN ALAN

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istory seems to be repeating itself at the Blue Bell Inn: Scott Dougherty’s new place of business is actually his old one. The everaspiring restaurateur and now co-owner at M2K Restaurant Group began his career 24 years ago as a busser at this “grande dame” dining establishment, but upon learning of the venerable property’s closure in 2013, joined forces with fellow visionary Kevin Clib (the duo co-owns Bridgets and KC’s Alley, both in Ambler), and teamed up with Bridgets’ Executive Chef Peter Sherba to initiate a brilliant reimagining of the Inn. The recent opening honors the restaurant’s history and heritage while introducing a new, modern concept to a younger generation of diners. If you’re visiting the Blue Bell Inn, ask to tour—she’s a beauty to behold. Begin at the new entranceway and walk into the bar: Solid white oak floors and a 20-seat cherry wood and leathered granite bar will greet you—just one aspect of the striking ambience conceptualized by visionary designer Judi Goodman. The 55-seat patio beckons with its welcoming fire pit, relaxing

waterfall, and manicured flower boxes. The main dining room features an original exposed stone wall from 1743. Nearby is a custom-built, temperature-controlled, 800-bottle, floor-to-ceiling, glass wine tower. Dine on Peter Sherba’s regional American cuisine like signature steak tartare and fresh Maine lobster roll while relaxing in the comfy terrace lounge with three garage bays that roll open to reveal the tempting patio beyond. Or stow away in the 10-seat Patio Bar, as cozy a hideaway as you’ll find and a solid spot for East and West Coast oysters, Atlantic salmon, or dry-aged Blue Bell burger. The bar’s featured daily wines, 14 drafts, and crafted cocktails provide spirited complements to the experience. Busser, maître d’, manager, and now, a co-owner, Dougherty holds great pride in the operation. “This day and age’s Blue Bell Inn is a place to wear a jacket and celebrate, and it’s also a place to hang out comfortably and relax with friends. Fine dining or casual—we can accommodate any style.” 601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, 215-646-2010; bluebellinn.com PS

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Bank & Bourbon’s rustic roasted baby carrots with yogurt chipotle pepper, honey pistachios, and toasted quinoa.

Cutting-Edge Cuisine PHILADELPHIA’S FOOD SCENE IS ELEVATED WITH REDESIGNS, SECOND LOCATIONS, AND BRAND-NEW CONCEPTS FROM RENOWNED PHILLY CHEFS. BY JESSICA GREEN

Esteemed chef George Sabatino started his culinary quest in Philadelphia eight years ago; and he worked everywhere from Monk’s Café and Lolita to Bindi and Barbuzzo. The chef is now taking his talents to Rittenhouse Square with the opening of Aldine. Located in Noche’s old home, the second-floor space will feature a full bar and chef-driven menu, with everything from the lamb loin to the soda prepared with a back-to-basics, artisanal approach. 1901 Chestnut St., no phone at presstime

Cafe Ynez From the husband-and-wife duo who brought us Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 comes Café Ynez, a Mexico City –themed diner helmed by Executive Chef JC Pina. Jill Weber and Evan Malone’s third restaurant will be BYOB and feature Mexican favorites, including tacos, burritos, and seasonal soups. 2025 Washington Ave., 215-2787579; cafeynez.com

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Crow & the Pitcher

Located in the iconic Loews Philadelphia Hotel, this new restaurant has a rustic, neighborhood vibe. “I like to challenge myself, and I want to serve great food that complements the cool, relaxed décor of the restaurant,” says Executive Chef Thomas Harkins, who created the seasonally changing menu with ready-to-pair bourbon offerings. 1200 Market St., 215-231-7300; bankandbourbon.com

Rittenhouse’s newest addition will boast American cuisine prepared using haute-French techniques alongside a relaxed décor. Chef Alex Capasso creates a hearty menu full of everything from steak to perfectly al dente ravioli. 267 S. 19th St., 267-687-2608; crowandthepitcher.com

Borgata Baking Company Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s newest addition to its dining repertoire is the Borgata Baking Company, a sweet concept led by Thaddeus DuBois, executive pastry chef and former White House pastry chef. Savor indulgent éclairs and artfully designed cake pops or try the bounty of house-

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made gelato flavors. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000; theborgata.com

La Colombe Distillery Since its founding 20 years ago, La Colombe has become a staple in Philadelphia’s coffee scene. With cafés opening all over the country, the homegrown locale continues to pay homage to Philly with its new Fishtown rum distillery. Patrons will be able to watch the distilling process through a glass window while enjoying the on-site café, bakery, and bar. 1335 Frankford Ave., 215-4262011; lacolombe.com

Lolita Almost 10 years after its opening, the Mexican street food–inspired spot has been upgraded with a bevy of new options. “We’re excited for our guests to experience the new look of Lolita,” says Marcie Turney, who owns the restaurant with her partner and fellow pioneering restaurateur, Valerie Safran, “especially with the addition of the full bar now that we have a liquor license as well as a new menu.” 106 S. 13th St., 215-546-7100; lolitaphilly.com

Society Hill Society Executive Chef Yun Fuentes creates a menu inspired by the flavors of our state amid casual, tavern-esque décor. All ingredients are sourced from the nearby Headhouse Farmers Market, and à la carte and multicourse tasting options are available. 400 S. Second St., 267-273-1434; societyhillsociety.com

Zavino-University City The upscale pizza joint opened its second location in University City’s Chestnut Square. “Like the original, [this location] will be the kind of restaurant where you can feel the energy from the street,” says owner Greg Dodge. The menu will be expanded and include new soon-to-be-signature pizzas and handmade pastas with a lengthy list of spirits and wines. 3200 Chestnut St., 215-823-6897; zavino.com PS

FOOD EVOLUTION Co-owner, Steven Cook, gives us insight on the Jewish cuisine you can find at his new venture, Abe Fisher. “People think Jewish cuisine is matzo ball soup and gefilte fish, and it is that, but that’s not what we are going to have on the menu. Eel and foie gras kreplach with sour cherry duck broth is a good example of the departure we are making from what people think of as ‘Jewish food.’ I read recently in Joan Nathan’s book that what we know in America as traditional Jewish dishes have stayed the same—they are from the old country, they are primary, and they haven’t changed at all. In those places where the food originated, they kept evolving. Abe Fisher will reflect that evolution of Jewish food.” 1605 Sansom St.; abefisherphilly.com Abe Fisher serves artfully plated beets with homemade potato chips.

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Azure by Allegretti’s signature lobster salad pairs the delicacy with asparagus, potato, and mustard.

Boiling Point THESE LOCAL LOBSTER-RICH CREATIONS ARE THE MOST DECADENT DISHES FROM THE SEA. BY JESSICA GREEN AND CARLI HALPER

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Chef Alain Allegretti cooks up a signature lobster salad inside his spacious hot spot at Revel. “This is a perfect salad to enjoy, especially in the summer months,” says Allegretti. “The lobster meat paired with mustard, potatoes, and asparagus makes the dish a standout.” 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-225-9870; azureatrevel.com

Enjoy rich homemade seafood pasta in a charming Mediterranean setting. Lobster truffle risotto is prepared in a brandy-infused sauce with generous chunks of fresh lobster. Pair the creamy dish with a glass of Chardonnay. 440 S. Broad St., 215-732-2728; girasolephilly.com

The Continental Mid-town The retro restaurant serves up classic cuisine with a contemporary approach. Enjoy the lobster mac ’n’ cheese—featuring orzo pasta baked with poached lobster, Gruyère cream sauce, and Parmesan bread crumbs— on the rooftop overlooking the city or in one of the vintageinspired egg chairs. 1801 Chestnut St., 215-5671800; continentalmidtown.com

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High Street on Market This rustic watering hole proves to be more than just a bakery with its recent dinner additions. New items like lobster tartine (a nightly special) and lobster knuckles drenched in buttermilkhabanero aioli fit seamlessly with the family-style menu. 308 Market St., 215-625-0988; highstreetonmarket.com

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Marie Nicole’s This elegant Wildwood Crest eatery serves up lobster in unconventional ways. Try the savory lobster quesadilla garnished with lobster corn salsa, or order the lobster and crab “martini” topped with avocado relish and mango aioli for a seaside treat that’s sure to please. 9510 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ, 609-522-5425; marienicoles.com

Oyster House Tossed in a signature dressing, this lobster roll uses only the freshest ingredients to achieve its authentic taste. “We’re confident that our version is as close to Maine’s as you can get in Philadelphia,” says proprietor and third-generation restaurateur Sam Mink. “Whether for lunch or dinner, our lobster roll is the ultimate culinary escape.” 1516 Sansom St., 215-567-7683; oysterhousephilly.com

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The perfect blend of Philadelphia charm and European chic.

In the heart of this historic city, you’ll discover a Sofitel experience that refreshes, intrigues and enchants. www.sofitel.com

Sample fresh catch at this long-standing steak and seafood favorite, located inside The Bellevue hotel. The crustacean is a house specialty: premium Nova Scotia lobsters, which can be added to any steak order to create the Signature Palm Surf ’n’ Turf plate. 200 S. Broad St., 215-546-7256; thepalm.com

Smith & Wollensky Feast on expertly crafted

shellfish bouquets towering with lobster, lump crab, jumbo shrimp, oysters, and clams, which corporate Executive Chef Matthew King describes as “fresh, colorful, and elegantly arranged. A feast for the eyes, as well as the appetite.” 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-545-1700; smithandwollensky.com PS

SUMMER SALAD DAYS Owner Aldo Lamberti discusses his favorite lobster dishes at Caffe Aldo Lamberti. “We have lobster available at Caffe Aldo Lamberti every day. Our guests love it, whether it is steamed with drawn butter, in a salad, or with linguine in a spicy fra diavolo sauce, a dish that I happen to love. The most popular lobster dish in our restaurant, and my personal favorite, is the lobster asparagus salad. It is light and refreshing, yet brings a lot of flavor and is fulfilling.” 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-663-1747; caffelamberti.com

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Amada

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The rustic restaurant, owned and operated by chef Jose Garces, transports guests to Spain through artisanal cocktails and rich cuisine. “Our pitchers of sangría are very much on-theme with the tapas experience as a whole. They are meant to be shared—much like our food dishes,” notes general manager Nick Agosto. 217 Chestnut St., 215-6252450; amadarestaurant.com

Stephen Starr’s unique gastropub comforts diners with savory British dishes and cozy tables. On your next visit, order a pitcher of its take on red sangría, a clever mix of Malbec, blackberry brandy, strawberries, and orange slices. It’s an ideal accompaniment to the restaurant’s signature bangers and mash entrée. 124 S. 18th St., 215-558-2500; thedandelionpub.com

Buddakan

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Channel your inner chi with Buddakan’s Zen-gria pitcher. The seasonal blend of wine, sake, and fruit mixtures pairs with the restaurant’s modern Asian fusion dishes, like the five-spice duck breast or wasabi-crusted filet. 325 Chestnut St., 215-5749440; buddakan.com

Spice up your weekend brunch with pitchers from Garces’s European bistro. While the mimosa is always a classic choice, we recommend the Pamplemousse pitcher. It’s filled with Cava, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and a hint of lavender essence. 1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099; garcestradingcompany.com continued on page 170

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continued from page 168 The Parkside Punch is the perfect libation to sip on while people watching along Rittenhouse Square. Made with Appleton Estate Jamaica rum, pineapple, fresh ginger, and lemon, the cocktail is poured tableside into a half carafe for diners to drink at their leisure. 205 S. 18th St., 215-732-6622; rouge98.com

Sampan The Scorpion Bowl, a thirstquenching communal drink, is available in three delicious varieties from the 13th Street eatery. Another standout beverage is The Midtown Punch—consisting of Absolut Citron, lychee, house-made grenadine, and pineapple—perfect for sipping in the open-air Graffiti Bar, located down an alley behind the restaurant. 124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501; sampanphilly.com

Zahav “The Lemonnana is a riff on the minted lemonade that can be found all over Israel,” comments chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov of the restaurant’s signature pitcher. “We took the classic pairing up a notch by spiking the drink with bourbon and adding the herb lemon verbena to bring another dimension to the fresh flavor.” 237 St. James Pl., 215-6258800; zahavrestaurant.com PS

MOJITO MOGUL Julio Cesar Ugarte, Mixto’s general manager, describes the restaurant’s Latin American vibe.

Talula’s Garden Tucked away in picturesque Washington Square, this farm-to-table establishment provides diners with seasonal American cuisine. The Winemaker—sangría spiced with Snap Dragon wine, berries, and orchid fruit—pairs wonderfully with the extensive cheese menu. 210 W. Washington Sq., 215-5927787; talulasgarden.com

Valanni Red and white seasonal sangrías are available by the pitcher at this Mediterranean/Latin– themed restaurant. Grab friends, order the sangría alongside Valanni’s traditional tapas and flatbreads, and enjoy the neighborhood feel that this casual Spruce Street eatery offers. 1229 Spruce St., 215-790-9494; valanni.com

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“Mixto is known for having the best mojito pitchers in the city, and its cuisine is a combination of traditional Latin cultures and today’s South Beach ambience. Plates fly out of the kitchen as our signature cocktails are crafted at the bar and contemporary Latin music plays throughout the restaurant. Everything has an undeniable feeling of all things Latin American.” 1141 Pine St., 215-592-0363; mixtorestaurante.com

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Sunday Services PHILADELPHIA’S TOP SALONS AND SPAS WANT TO HELP YOU LOOK AND FEEL YOUR SUNDAY BEST. BY JESSICA GREEN

Take your lazy Sundays to a new level with Adolf Biecker’s Day of Beauty package, which includes a facial, massage, manicure, hair and makeup consultation, and lunch. With a head-to-toe revamp, you’ll be good as new when Monday morning rolls around. 1605 Sansom St., 215-735-6404; adolfbiecker.com

Bellevue Salon & Spa “On Sundays, people generally have more time than on weekdays, so they tend to indulge in services that may be a bit lengthier,” says Bellevue’s director of marketing, Jami Slotnick. She recommends the 50-minute anti-aging facial or Keratin hair-straightening treatments. 200 S. Broad St., 267-514-8000; bellevuesalonandspa.com

David J. Witchell This season, the Newtown salon will be kicking off its Lazy Summer Sundays, where guests receive a complimentary upgrade when they schedule two same-day spa services. We suggest combining the spa pedicure with the 55-minute Signature massage, then adding an aromatherapy treatment to make your day of pampering extra special. 25 S. State St., Newtown, 215-579-1200; davidjwitchell.com

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Martino Cartier Salon

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Stuck in a style rut? Martino Cartier brings a creative edge to all its hair services, offered in full every Sunday. Treat yourself to a blow-dry in preparation for the week ahead or get those flowing summer locks you desire with Hot Heads extensions. 304 Hurffville Crosskeys Road, Sewell, NJ, 856-582-6600; martinocartier.com

“Sundays are one of the busiest days at the salon, with most people coming in for regular cuts and color,” says owner Tabitha Heit. Take advantage of the consultation process, which includes a stress-relieving scalp massage and one-on-one time with an expert stylist to find your signature look. 2550 Grant Ave., 215-676-0554; salonnormandee.com

Richard Nicholas Hair Studio Offering 20 percent off all its products every Sunday throughout July and August, the Richard Nicholas Studio turns getting a haircut into the perfect end-ofweek pursuit. “On Sundays we feature eight seasoned stylists,” says creative director Juaquin Cameron. “This summer we are focusing on deconstructed haircuts with an emphasis on movement and body.” 1716 Sansom St., 215-567-4790; richardnicholas.com

Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon A salon centered on peace and harmony, Richel D’Ambra is the perfect spot to unwind after a long week. Especially good: the Tranquility Massage, which is designed to improve relaxation and ease tension. 10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-5238035; richeldambra.com

HAIR RELAXER Blue Hair Studio owner Will Bostock reveals why Sunday is very often the best day to splurge at the salon.

Salon Ziza With so much humidity in the air, your hair may be your worst enemy as temperatures creep upward. “Blow-outs are especially popular on Sundays,” says owner, Liz Stelmach, who recommends joining the salon’s “Z Club.” Members get four blow-outs a month for $100, the perfect remedy for summer hair woes. 6 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, 610-642-5200; salonziza.com

The Spa at the Four Seasons Wipe away those Monday blues in advance with a Sunday at the iconic Four Seasons. Revitalize the senses with a signature Four Seasons in One treatment and spend the rest of your day relaxing in the whirlpool or hotel gym, both complimentary for guests of the spa. 1 Logan Sq., 215-963-1500; four seasons.com/philadelphia/spa PS

“Sunday is our most laid-back day. The day gives clients the opportunity to relax and get away from the craziness of life by spending some quiet time alone with their stylist while listening to music and enjoying a beer or a glass of wine. We offer full services every Sunday, from blow-drys, updos, and cuts to color and special hair treatments. Sundays are especially great for longer hair services such as extensions and relaxers. If scheduled in advance, makeup and waxing services as well as trials for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, or other special occasions, are also available.” 2550 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, 215-9472963; bluehairstudio.com

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P . S. The Great Outdoors? PHILADELPHIA’S HISTORIC PARKS SPRING TO LIFE IN THE SUMMER, PUSHING US ALL TO GET A LITTLE HOT UNDER THE COLLAR. BY BETSY F. PERRY

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here may be a whopping 10,000 acres of parkland throughout Philadelphia, but it’s a statistic that’s hard to wrap your brain around when you’re shoulder to shoulder with five strangers conducting all manner of personal business—from reading the newspaper to gratuitously stretching after a workout—on a steamy day in Rittenhouse Square. But such is life in the city in the midst of summer, and there’s no shortage of sights to behold. Ideological turf wars arise when Frisbees, like misguided drones, land on unsuspecting targets (or were they?) and sunbathers slick with oil but covered by not much else are rump to rump with visiting clergy enjoying a déjeuner sur l’herbe along with their Bible verses. Tiny tots tethered to mile-long leashes waddle like baby ducks behind their frazzled parents as even tinier dogs sans leashes (ironically) kick up dirt on those neatly manicured lawns. Painters paint and musicians perform. People watching could be considered a sport this time of year. But this free-spirited mentality can test our tempered civility. You may think that anything goes on the green, but beware and behave! It’s not as if armed militia patrol our communal spaces every summer, but there are some rules and regulations that must be observed. Topping the list of park perps is anyone blasting loud music, followed by litterbugs, graffiti artists, and those who give their pups free rein. Beyond that, you’re allowed to “live it up,” but that can be tricky if we all have our own interpretation of what that means. Having been brought up like a trained seal, with manners bordering on perfection, I am intolerant of those who don’t follow posted rules unless they are under 5 and can’t read. But with only about 24 park rangers to “police” the parks and a bunch of seasonal volunteers to assist, Lauren Bornfriend, executive director of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance and a passionate advocate of our green spaces, admits, “It’s hard to regulate people’s behavior, but we have to be mindful of one another [because we all] treasure our little pieces of green.” Pushing Bornfriend to share what drives her nuts, she says, “Amplified noise, broken park benches and equipment, and, of course, people who don’t clean up their trash.” Yes, littering seems to be the most obvious problem. Mark A. Focht, first deputy commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation feels that “philosophically most people respect our public spaces, but on Mondays,” he says, “the parks can be trashed, so we go around with garbage bags during the weekend, offering them to all.” I’d call that a not-so-subtle hint to those who assume there’s maid service or think that Shake Shack burger wrappers add to the landscaping. So pack your sunscreen, hoagies, Fido, and Speedo and head off to your preferred park. But remember: Rules don’t exist just for the other guy. With one hot summer in the city and the “back of my neck getting dirty and gritty”—so sang The Lovin’ Spoonful—do exactly what you teach your kids to do. Make nice and share. PS

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