Our healthy colleagues over at BeWell report that the design firm behind Morgan’s Pier and Talula’s Garden will next take on 1706 Locust, formerly home to upscale clothing boutique Adresse. The space will be converted into Pure Sweets, a cafe/bakery/juice bar/take-out lunch spot courtesy of Andrea Kyan, whose gluten-free deliciousness biz will be going bricks-and-mortar for the first time.
Kyan just signed the lease today, so she has a while to think about design. As for food, Kyan is thinking healthy, raw and Southeast Asian.
This most delightful thing about this grand Rittenhouse home is how it combines very formal spaces with more private, family ones. On the first floor you’ll find formal sitting and dining rooms. But upstairs are children’s rooms and a much less stuffy bathroom.
True, the home is ready for some updates, but 5,000 square feet is a rare find in a neighborhood packed with microapartments and where townhouses are routinely carved into multi-family units. If the stainless steel appliances aren’t enough to lure you in, check out the enormous roof deck and remember there’s garage parking, too.
There are only 31 units at 1706 Rittenhouse, and four are left. Finishes read like a roll call of luxury brand names: Wolf, Bosch, Sub-Zero and Dombracht. The unit features two terraces and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. The luxury building itself boasts a hot tub, lap pool, sauna and the usual amenities.
Setting the building apart on Rittenhouse Square is the super cool parking situation, detailed in this video.
Photo: Smak Parlour Facebook
The very chic and hip Smak Parlour, headquartered in Old City, recently opened the doors to a pop-up shop at 126 S. 19th Street, formerly home to Skin Palette, and right near the Japanese restaurant Zama. The Smak gals rode around on a pink scooter fliering the neighborhood with news of the store, which–if Facebook comments are anything to go by–has people pretty excited. We’re excited too: Pop-ups are without question the best use of vacant (temporarily or otherwise) property, and this is a perfect fit for Rittenhouse.
Walnut Street in 2007. Via Wikipedia.
The Inquirer‘s fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington spoke with longtime Walnut Street style doyenne and shop owner Joan Shepp this weekend about what she’ll do now that she’s being priced out of the store that made the street chic to begin with. While Shepp isn’t sure where she’ll go next (we’ve heard rumblings about Chestnut Street; also, 15th Street), she certainly can’t afford the rent now charged to the “average 2,000- to 2,500-square-foot store…about $22,000 to $34,000 per month.”
In truth, Walnut Street has been expensive for a long time. In 2005, Women’s Wear Daily put it on a list of the most expensive retail streets, and reported that its average rent was $90 per square foot. (It’s now between $130 and $160 per square foot.)
Don Davidow, co-owner of Knit Wit, which moved to Chestnut Street, told Wellington: “Independent, local boutique owners just can’t afford to be on Walnut Street anymore.” And indeed, many of the newcomers are not independent: Intermix, the coming-soon Madewell, Stuart Weitzman, Theory, and potentially J. Crew menswear and C. Wonder.
Every now and then it’s fun to see how busy Allan Domb is. The answer is: busy. Here are three developments we’ve recently learned about. He might want to invest in a cape and a phone booth.
This 19th-century brownstone at 20th and Spruce is simply exquisite. From the boxed wainscoting and triple crown molding to the hand-carved door frames and carved plaster ceilings, each detail is gasp-inducing. There are nine fireplaces, each of them unique, and a five-story atrium with two skylights. Only the kitchen lacks a bit of the spectacular.
From a practical perspective, the home has two-car gated parking with an ice melt system, and it is, without question, in a superb location–both in terms of convenience and investment potential.
This Rittenhouse-area penthouse condo at 1737 Chestnut has city zoning approval to build 20 feet in the air on top of the roof deck, which measures 21′ x 17′. The structure can be versatile, from outdoor entertaining area to summer sleep space. The important thing is: It’s already got the air rights, so there’ll be no intractable NIMBY debates or community meetings where hair is pulled and pulled out.
As for the space now, it has oak hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and arched windows that get a lot of light, according to the listing. The building, known as 1737, is prewar but was rehabbed about nine years ago. It’s pet-friendly, and obviously nicely located. There are 19 units.