For a volunteer-led civic association, fostering community is tough when volunteers can’t engage in their normal events, attend their scheduled meetings, or even roam the streets of their neighborhood. As the COVID-19 outbreak made its way to Philadelphia, Center City Residents’ Association started brainstorming ways members could engage with one another from the comfort (and safety) of their own homes.
CCRA members flocked to Facebook to participate in a Facebook Photo Competition. Members posted their favorite photos of their pets on social media and friends and family helped to choose a winner by hitting “like” on their favorite photos.
At the end of the week, Sara King-Dowling and her dog Penelope (shown above, top left) were chosen as the winner of the contest with a total of 248 likes. Sara received a gift certificate from CCRA Business Member Di Bruno Bros., as well as a gift certificate from local small business, World of Animals at Rittenhouse.
Overall, over 50 CCRA members posted photos of their pets to enter the contest, which received hundreds of “votes” via Facebook comment likes, as well as hundreds of comments from members chatting with one another about their favorite pet photos.
The opportunity to have some lighthearted fun with neighbors is invaluable during such a difficult time. To stay up to date with future Center City Residents’ Association photo contests, visit facebook.com/CCRAPhilly.
We were thrilled to be able to help the community of Chinatown here in Philadelphia this week. Click here to watch the video explaining why you should head to Chinatown for a delicious lunch or dinner right now!
Fashion District Philadelphia just opened! Mixed with Philly staples and brand names, the Fashion District has something for everyone. Tiffany’s Bakery, the only remaining store from the former Gallery, is back in business along with local favorites like Chickie’s and Pete’s and Yards Brewing Company. Name brands like Aerie and Nike Factory Store as well as noteworthy stores like Uniquely Philly and Chinese department store Yoyoso will suffice your shopping needs.
Shopping isn’t all that you can do while visiting the Fashion District. Check out the art exhibitions that line the walls. Not only is art and shopping abundant, but there are also loads of entertainment including Round 1 for arcade games and AMC for movies. Upcoming creators will be happy to hear that Rec Philly, a new co-working hub for creators, is coming along with Industrious Philly. The Fashion District has your whole family covered.
Phillips Restaurant Group is excited to announce the opening of Phillips Seafood and Steak. This new restaurant features the best premium steaks, seared over hot hickory to lock in the natural juices, alongside an expansive menu of seafood items, including Phillips’ famous family-recipe crab cakes, fresh raw bar, seafood appetizers and entrees.
Join Phillips Seafood and Steak for happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Settle in at the bar for the $4 specials. Enjoy draft or domestic beers, select wines by the glass and select cocktails while snacking on Phillip’s peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, crab ragoons, and more. Keep an eye out for Sunday brunch, patio seating, and online ordering coming soon!
This dynamic new restaurant design showcases an open kitchen to give guests an action-packed view of the chefs at work. Located at 1460 P Street, NW Washington, D.C., is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 202.919.2200 or visit www.phillipsseafood.com.
Join University City District from July 18 to 28, 2019 for University City Dining Days, an exploration of the neighborhood’s innovative and diverse dining options. From exceptional craft beer bars to celebrity chef restaurants to cozy BYOBs, University City’s international dining scene features dishes from India, Ethiopia, China, Vietnam, and beyond.
Enjoy over 30 of University City’s finest restaurants featuring three courses at three different price points ($15, $25 or $35). From Vietnam Café to Zavino University Pizza there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out the lunch and dinner options here.
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Markelle Fultz has a new jumpshot and Misconduct Tavern and Conshohocken Brewery have a new exclusive beer.
Stop by to try “Emperor’s New Jump Shot” inspired by Markelle Fultz. This pilsner style beer brewed with blond ale wheat is crisp, fresh and ready to win.
Last season Misconduct Tavern and Conshohocken Brewery created “Hinkie’s Revenge” and “All About the Benjamins” and are ready for this 2018-2019 season with this exclusive new beer available only at Misconduct Tavern Rittenhouse location (1511 Locust Street) and Conshohocken Brewery.
Enjoy this limited time beer with $5 drafts during any Sixers game, along with any of our new menu items this season. Misconduct Tavern is located at 1511 Locust St., and 1801 JFK Blvd. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To make reservations, call 215.732.5797 (Rittenhouse Square) or 267.928.4297 (Logan Square). Misconduct Tavern is open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Show your sweetie how much they are loved this by sending them Nomoo Cookie’s Valentine’s Day gift box! Each gift box contains a dozen cookies, a combination of the Bananas for Chocolate and the vegan Love with Berries, baked exclusively for Valentine’s Day.
Nomoo’s Bananas for Chocolate creation is a soft chocolate cookie with cocoa banana cake crumbs topped with a slice of glazed banana. Perfect for your chocolate-loving Valentine! And nothing is as sweet as Nomoo’s vegan Love with Berries cookie. Executive Pastry Chef Michael Finehirsh dries strawberries and raspberries to make a scrumptious berry topping for this vanilla sugar cookie.
Nomoo’s Valentine’s Day gift box is wrapped with a beautiful red satin ribbon and personalized gift card. All Nomoo products are certified Kosher-Parve. To request Pas-Yisroel, please call (267) 362-5326 Ext. 120. All cookies are baked and shipped in the same day for guaranteed freshness. Please visit store.nomoocookies.com to place your order.
Hai Street Kitchen & Co. Takes Over the Big Apple
In the fall of 2015, Urbanspace invited Hai Street Kitchen & Co. to join pop-up market Broadway Bites, a seasonal market that provides popular chefs, small culinary businesses, and local artisans with an environment to showcase their wares. On Monday, October 5, 2015, HSKC opened at Broadway Bites in Greeley Square Park, NYC. This was Hai Street’s first location in New York City and we used this opportunity to gain publicity. We developed a PR campaign designed to accomplish two goals. First, we wanted to share the news of Hai Street opening in NYC and second, we wanted to turn national media attention on HSKC and their sushi burrito.
To maximize our objectives we used a few different strategies. We first reached out to notable local reporters and social media influencers. We invited them to join us at Broadway Bites, where they were introduced to the concept of Hai Street Kitchen and could try their first sushi burrito. Our next step was to facilitate media drops. The media drops were designed to place our product in front of national publications to spark their interest and gain publicity. Our third tactic was to connect with national and local television producers to pitch stories on Hai Street Kitchen,
During this campaign, we successfully introduced Hai Street to editors at Yahoo!, Delish.com, Esquire, and GQ Magazine. We were able to form relationships with these outlets, which allowed us to execute media drops and put Hai Street sushi burritos in front of dozens of national reporters. These opportunities led to multiple social media posts by publications and editors. In addition, we placed stories in amNY and Food Republic about the Broadway Bites and Hai Street Kitchen opening. Due to our efforts, Hai Street Kitchen was featured in over 30 different local foodie Instagram accounts.
We also reached out to a number of TV producers in New York. One connection lead to a media drop, which led to Hai Street Kitchen chef’s performing a sushi burrito rolling demonstration for all of the Today Show producers. The staff at the Today Show loved the Hai Street brand and saw the potential for a Hai Street Kitchen segment on the show.
The Hai Street Kitchen & Co. and Broadway Bites was a six week campaign that targeted national and local media with a two part goal: first, share the opening of HSKC in Broadway Bites and second, introduce the HSKC brand on a national platform. The campaign resulted in several news hits, dozens of social media posts, and many new connections with media in the New York City and national market.
Dine above the Atlantic Ocean this New Year’s Eve. Phillips Seafood is offering oceanview tables for an unforgettable dinner on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Take a seat and enjoy expertly prepared seafood, attentive service and spectacular views. Join Phillips for an early sunset dinner, or reserve a table later in the evening to watch the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.
Treat yourself to Phillips’ fabulous New Year’s Eve special menu, or our classic à la carte menu featuring award-winning seafood. The NYE menu includes two mouthwatering appetizers: Shrimp & Lobster Spring Rolls and Mussels Oreganato. For entrées, enjoy Surf & Turf, Pistachio Crusted Halibut, or Double Cut Pork Chop. Then, finish your meal with New Jersey Blueberry Cobbler, served à la mode.
Space at Phillips’ exclusive oceanview tables is limited and reservations are recommended. Please call 609-348-2273 to reserve your place.
Join Herban Quality Eats on Tuesday, December 15 as they open their doors for the first time! To celebrate the opening of University City’s newest restaurant, the first 101 guests will be treated to a free lunch! Doors open at 11:30 a.m., don’t be late!
At Herban, wholesome ingredients meet bold, flavorful herbs and spices to create simple homestyle dishes. To build your homestyle platter start with a base such as Himalayan red rice, seasoned kale, or chilled whole wheat peanut noodles then add a protein: choose from grilled chicken, backyard steak, pesto salmon, or “the vegan jawn”, a mix of lentils, quinoa, and sweet potatoes baked into protein-packed balls. Next, pick a sauce to accompany your combo, from herbed tomato, walnut coriander, and Herban hot sauce. Finish off your plate by choosing two sides like roasted Brussels sprouts and quinoa ‘n cheese. Salads are also on Herban’s menu; the Montego with organic baby spinach, avocado, plantain chips, fresh pineapple, and jalapeno-lime vinaigrette and the Spruce with organic kale, feta cheese, pear, pecans, dried cranberries, and balsamic-ginger vinaigrette.
Throughout December, Herban Quality Eats will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. In 2016 they will extend their hours. For more information, please visit www.herbanqualityeats.com.