| June 23, 2014 | People
Who better than eight of our most recognizable personalities to share their favorites in the City of Brotherly Love?
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.
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.
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.
Open since 2010, Jonathan Adler’s Old City boutique has revitalized the neighborhood’s reputation for contemporary home furnishings.
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, limited edition 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.
Bernard Hopkins is fit to fight at Joe Hand Boxing Gym, a hub for athletes for more than two decades.
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.
Jessica Dean takes a seat inside Talula’s Daily, the sister location to Talula’s Garden, which features a market, café, and dinner service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ritz-Carlton, taking a stroll by the waterfront, dinner at Sassafras, and, if I’m feeling lively, dancing it all away at the 700.
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.
Former Governor Ed Rendell may no longer be in public office, but he is in the public eye just as much as ever, as he lends his time and influence to countless organizations, including the National Constitution Center, Historic Philadelphia, and The Moyer Foundation. In addition to his usual lineup of local and national media appearances and an ongoing push to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia, Rendell remains focused on the Museum of the American Revolution. Slated to open in 2016, the new attraction, for which he serves as capital campaign chair, tells the story of the Revolutionary War.
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.
photography by Jared Castaldi