Halloween NESTival: 'Trick or Tweet'
The second-annual family-friendly Halloween event also kicks off a coat drive.
October 24, 2012
NEST's Halloween event offers family-friendly fun for a good cause.
Philadelphia’s premier children’s enrichment center and indoor play area, NEST, will host their second-annual Halloween NESTival “Trick or Tweet” event on Sunday, October 28 (10 AM-1 PM). For $10 per member ($15 for non-members), children and adults alike will enjoy Halloween-themed storytelling, live entertainment, cookie decorating, delicious food from Shake Shack, face painting, balloon artists, a ShutterBooth photo booth, and more.
In addition to the festivities, Nest is encouraging guests to bring coats to help kick off their November Coat Drive. Nest, a three-floor, 12,000-square-foot space that caters to children from six weeks to six years, will provide a 20%-off coupon to the Nest Boutique for anyone who brings a coat donation for the Cradles to Crayons organization. Cradles to Crayons ensures that undeserved Philadelphia children have essential items they need at home, at school, and beyond.
Pre-registration is required to attend this event and can be completed by visiting NESTphilly.com. Don’t forget to register the little ones separately, and hurry, since space is limited. 1301 Locust St., 215-545-6378
Giovanni & Pileggi’s Cuts for a Cause
The salon offers a beautiful way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October 22, 2012
This Sunday, a haircut at Giovanni & Pileggi supports a good cause.
On Sunday, October 28, support a beautiful effort to fundraise for a breast cancer cure with Giovanni & Pileggi’s Cuts for a Cause (12-4 PM). Owner and master stylist Giovanni Mele and his talented team will be offering attendees $25 fashion-forward fall hairstyles at the salon’s 11th street location. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Breast Health International, a part of the locally-based Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. The cause is especially close to the salon—services are being donated in honor of Joan Pileggi, a friend and Philadelphia entrepreneur who was recently diagnosed with the disease.
For clients who recently got a haircut but still want to donate, blowouts will also be available for $20 each. Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling the salon at 215-568-3040. Hurry, as slots are expected to fill up fast. 258 S. 11th St.
Club Monaco Reopens on Walnut Street
The shopping brand returns with a renovated space and exciting collaborations.
October 19, 2012
Shop Club Monaco's fall collection at the brand's reopened Walnut Street store.
Club Monaco finally reopens on Walnut Street today, October 19, ready to showcase its latest collections and collaborations. Since the Walnut Street outpost focuses solely on womenswear, expect the renovated 2,000-square-foot space to have a decidedly feminine ambiance. Art-deco is the overarching décor scheme, with internationally sourced vintage art and unique furniture, a European-inspired façade, and special pieces such as an intriguing three-pendant light fixture from the Egg Collective.
In addition to the brand's fashion-forward apparel, the Walnut Street location also offers vintage accessories and lines from outside designers that complement the Club Monaco lifestyle. Luxe jeweler Erikson Beamon, whose pieces have been seen on everyone from Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama, created a vintage-inspired jewelry collection exclusively for the brand that will launch in three different phases. As an added bonus, beloved designer Jane Mayle collaborated with the Club on a limited-edition set of extremely wearable and timeless leather bags just in time for the holiday season. 1503 Walnut St., 215-567-7071
Sunday Specials at Ella’s American Bistro
Indulge in international dishes at Ella’s, inspired by the travels of the resto’s namesake.
October 19, 2012
This Sunday, October 21 (5 PM), Ella’s American Bistro in Wayne will offer a special menu inspired by the real-life travels of its namesake, Ella Anne Widener Wetherill. Spotlighting a different country on one Sunday every month, the dinner program ($26/per person) speaks to the restaurant's overall mission—the family-run resto pays homage to its late matriarch by borrowing inspiration for everything from the menu to the architecture from Wetherill’s adventures.
The first stop on Ella’s world tour is Italy, where chef Chad Jajcyzk will wow guests with a family-style dinner complete with classic Italian favorites. Start off with fresh autumn salad greens topped with olives and pepperoncini, and toasted bread with roasted garlic and olive oil. Traditional pastas like spaghetti and meatball marinara and orrechetti primavera are set to serve as the meal’s mains. But be sure to save room for a savory side of broccoli rabe, and—of course—Italian cookies as dessert.
Stay tuned next month, when the resto’s rotating menu takes your taste buds to Korea on Sunday, November 18. 214 Sugartown Rd., Wayne, 610-964-3552
Blogger Diary: Anne Klein Store Opening
Streets and Stripes' Chaucee Stillman takes us behind the scenes at the new Walnut St. store.
October 16, 2012
Last month marked the launch of the newly opened Anne Klein Special Retail Store at 17th and Walnut. With Anne's original sketches on the wall next to the latest designs, it's like shopping in the designer's personal sketchbook. From lion heads to statement necklaces, the tri-level store showcases the stunning color and quality of the latest threads from Anne Klein. Visit StreetsAndStripes.com for more visuals, starting at 8 AM tomorrow.
Chaucee Stillman of StreetsAndStripes.com is a freelance photographer and blogger covering life and style in the city of Philadelphia. She writes for the culturally aware reader covering topics such as fashion events, lifestyle stories, and interviews with Philly's creatives. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @chaucee to stay updated on happenings in the city!
Photography by Chaucee Stillman
Jake's and Cooper's Toasts to 25 Years
The Main Street mainstay marks a milestone with a charity-focused event.
October 16, 2012
Bruce Cooper, owner/chef at Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar, supports a cause that's especially close to him.
After 25 years of offering customers delectable dishes paired with perfect wines, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar will kick off its quarter-century celebration on October 17 from 6-10 PM with an event giving back to a good cause. To coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of the evening’s profits will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Cis B. Golder Quality of Life Grant—a breast cancer support group and one of its honorary grants.
Guests will enjoy mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, assorted pizzas and desserts, crisp wines and pink cocktails, and live entertainment. Off-menu hors d'oeuvres will be available, such as grilled octopus with Kalamata olives, oven dried tomatoes, and smoked paprika; crab spring rolls with an orange mustard sauce; and a chanterelle mushroom bruschetta.
The cause is especially important to Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar, since chef and owner Bruce Cooper’s wife and mother were both diagnosed with the disease, and his wife, Lisa, sought support from Living Beyond Breast Cancer during her battle. Both women are now cancer-free.
Anniversary celebrations continue after Wednesday’s event, with a special 25th Anniversary Menu. Three courses—an appetizer, choice of entrée, and dessert—crafted from the Philadelphia area’s freshest ingredients will be on offer October 21 through October 26. Guests can purchase tickets ($150) to Wednesday’s event by calling 610-645-4568. Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar, 4365 Main St., 215-483-0444
National Spa Week in Philadelphia
See what spas within city limits are offering fabulous treatments.
October 15, 2012
Starting today (October 15) through October 21, National Spa Week will again offer its exclusively priced $50 treatments at spas and wellness centers across the nation, including a few inside Philadelphia’s city limits. At The Sporting Club at Bellevue (220-224 S. Broad St., 215-985-4142), indulge in a meltdown Swedish massage with white flower oil or a customized facial. Ensure that skin is in tip-top shape for the coming cold winter with a hydrating facial or 45-minute salt scrub at Ultrabeauty Day Spa (10769 Bustleton Ave., 215-969-0299). Or, treat yourself to the ultimate mani/pedi—a gel manicure and detox pedicure at 3rd Element Spa & Salon (7175 Ogontz Ave., Ste. C, 215-276-2633). A slew of other spa treatments are on offer just outside of Philadelphia, too.
In addition to beauty services, this 17th-annual installment of Spa Week will focus on vital health concerns—including weight loss, stress and pain management, and mind-body balance. The Spa Week website helpfully lists local cooperating yoga and Pilates studios and fitness, nutrition, and wellness centers where you can choose from an abundance of services. For a list of all spa week offers, visit spaweek.com.
Weekend Recommender: October 12-14
A fashion event with benefits, haircuts to support BCRF, and a cheesesteak challenge.
October 12, 2012
Three Sirens Boutique hosts a Fashion Styling Studio event in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia.
Fashion Styling Studio
Friday, October 12, 7 PM
Old City’s adorable Three Sirens Boutique will offer cocktails, shopping, and a fashion presentation from stylist Alice Selverian and photographer Dana Romano at this DesignPhiladelphia event. Learn how to rock the latest fall looks, and enjoy the opportunity to score prizes, promotions, and a style makeover. RSVP on fashionstylingstudio.splashthat.com. 134 North 3rd St., 215-925-3548
ULTA Beauty Cut-a-thon
Sunday, October 14, 11 AM-6 PM
ULTA Beauty Store is hosting its annual Cut-a-Thon to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donate a minimum of $10 and receive a cut, shampoo, and style from a professional stylist. All proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Plus, help ULTA beat 2011’s record of 19,000 haircuts—for additional donations, supporters will receive an ULTA Beauty umbrella and a pink water tumbler. Willow Ridge Plaza, 720 Route 73S, Marlton, NJ, 856-596-9484
Third Annual Cheesesteak Challenge and Block Party
Sunday, October 14, 2 PM
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia and neighboring eatery Square 1682 celebrate their third anniversary with the Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks! Block Party. Square 1682 has established a team of the area’s best chefs including the likes of Daniel Stern (R2L), Natalie Maranski (Chifa), Guillermo Tellez (Red Owl Tavern), and more. Attending guests can help vote for the best cheesesteak, along with a panel of local personalities. Victory Brewing Company beers and live entertainment add to the festivities, and a portion of the event’s proceeds benefit The Philadelphia Academies. Visit cityeats.com for tickets. 121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008
The Sartorialist Book Signing
Scott Schuman makes his first trip to Philadelphia to promote his new book.
October 11, 2012
Scott Schuman, creator of the popular blog thesartorialist.com, will be in Philadelphia on October 13 (5-7 PM) to sign his new book The Sartorialist: Closer at The Barnes Foundation. Despite documenting street style and fashion shows around the world, this will be Schuman’s first visit to Philly.
The Sartorialist: Closer is Schuman’s second book, following his debut The Sartorialist in 2009. This new tome features over 500 pages of photographs taken everywhere from New York to Milan, showcasing stylish people Schuman has come across in his travels. A special "Bespoke" edition, which includes 40 exclusive photos, a slipcover, sewn pages, and a hand-stamped individual number, is also available.
Since leaving his position in fashion sales and starting thesartorialist.com, Schuman’s fame in the style world has skyrocketed. He has shot ad campaigns for brands such as Burberry—and even appeared in them for The Gap and Verizon. Schuman's work now resides in permanent collections at multiple museums and he has contributed to fashion publications like style.com. Don’t miss this chance to meet Schuman and his friend and fellow photographer Garance Dore. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., West Terrace. The event is free but please RSVP to email@example.com.
Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco
Enjoy rustic seasonal fare at the new Old City spot.
October 03, 2012
The Red Owl Tavern, located in the new Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, opens October 4 in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. Situated off a cobblestone street across the way from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Red Owl is a prime place to sit and luxuriate in the city’s historical ambiance. Inside, white girders and weather-washed red barn siding reclaimed from upstate New York create a casual and comfortable tone.
The menu—which encompasses everything from breakfast to dinner, a la carte to prix-fixe—is described as “rustic” by James Beard award-winner and executive chef Guillermo Tellez. Meat will be locally sourced and butchered on-site, in accordance with Tellez’ belief in sustainable butchering practices. For an even more literal take on eco-conscious meat eating, unusual cuts will be offered to ensure the use of as much of each animal as possible, and sausage, scrapple, bacon, and hot dogs will all be made in-house. Pickled fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as in-season pies and Pennsylvania Dutch desserts, will also be available.
During the day, the restaurant will include an upscale take-out counter and butcher shop serving gourmet salads and sandwiches. Come evening, enjoy Red Owl’s signature grilled roast-house dishes alongside a drink. The bar at the Red Owl is set to mix classic cocktails and come fully stocked with American spirits, as well as both local artisanal and international beers. 433 Chestnut St., 215-923-2267
Photography by Jason Varney