Hoorah for answers (finally). Rumors that Nordstrom Rack is coming to the old Daffy’s space on Chestnut are true. With the recent announcement of Off 5th’s new online e-commerce site, this makes it a huge week for off-price clearance stores. Racked Philly first broke the news, and I’ve got even more of all the juicy details. Here, everything you need to know now about Chestnut’s latest: Read more »
Well, that took a very long time to resolve, but now it’s a done deal: Nordstrom Rack will open in fall 2014 at 1700 Chestnut Street — aka the former home of Dear, Departed Daffy’s. The off-price department store will occupy three floors, according to Racked Philly.
Oh, and for more shopping news, take a peek at our new sister site, Shoppist, which launched today.
It’s not very often that the shiny new luxury high rise is rental-only. But such is the case at 2116 Chestnut. The building is home to 321 units spread between 30 floors all set above a five-story parking garage. Residents enjoy an entire amenities floor closer to the kind you’d find in a fancy condo building, as well as high-end finishes in their own apartments.
In addition to the standard-issue stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops, individual units each come with front-loading washers and dryers and their own dedicated hot water heaters. Units range in size from about 620 square feet in the studios to approximately 1,200 square feet in two-bedroom, two-bath models. Expect to pay anywhere between $1,800 for a studio closer to the ground and up to $3,675 for a two-bedroom, two-bath space on the 34th floor.
Legendary LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, which owner Ed Hermance has run for 37 years, is up for sale (both the building and the store). He (and the community, surely) is looking to keep the bookstore alive, but will sell it outright if there isn’t enough cash to make it happen. And in case he doesn’t, you better head to 12th and Pine and get your fix. Much more at G Philly.
Today was the grand opening of 2116 Chestnut (left), a 34-story residential building that already has more than 100 people moved in. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, who was intimately involved in making 2116 Chestnut happen, said in a statement that the city “is fast becoming a place of choice for exciting new projects which bring with them investment, new public spaces, and jobs.”
In fact, 2116 Chestnut provided 800 jobs. It was developed by the John Buck Company of Chicago along with the INDURE Fund, whose CEO, Jeff Kanne, trumpeted another indication of the fund’s faith in the city: “the complete revitalization of the Girard Trust Property on Market Street, with a targeted construction date of 2014.”
We assume Kanne is talking about Girard Square (formerly owned by the city-run Girard Trust) between 11th and 12th, for which INDURE has been trying to secure city or state funding for more than a year. (At the groundbreaking for 2116 Chestnut last year, in fact, Kanne told the Inquirer’s Joseph N. DiStefano that any plan he has for Girard Square “depends on getting money.”)
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Center City Condo in Symphony House
Exclusive condo available in Symphony House, located on Center City’s Avenue of the Arts. Floor-to-ceiling windows create a sun-filled atmosphere during the day, and provide enchanting urban views at night. Other topnotch features include Merbau mahogany floors, a custom gourmet kitchen, luxurious marble bath, and custom-built closets. The condo is ideally situated near fine dining, great shopping and public transportation, and comes with two parking spaces, fitness center, club room and concierge.
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400-26 S. Broad St., #2702
1,826 sq. ft.
This beautiful penthouse at 220 is described as “Grande, Glamorous, Gracious” in its listings copy–hence GGG. When it comes to living on Rittenhouse Square, those are pretty much the three adjectives that count (even with an extra “e.”) GGG is also the way that wise relationship columnist Dan Savage characterizes a perfect partner: “Good, Giving and Game,” aka, kind and generous and willing to try something once. Three Gs are good.
Of course, more than three Gs are required to take possession of this exquisite place, which has more than 6,000 square feet of living space, private elevator access, a glass-walled solarium, wrap-around terrace, marble and built-in everywhere you look, and painted ceilings and elegant decorative touches in the circular reception room and similar spaces.
You may have heard of Philly-based law firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Your father might even work there. Well, their band “Class Action & the Marshall Dennehy Horns” has just made the finals of the “Corporate Battle of the Bands,” hosted by Fortune Magazine. September 28th, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. Be there. Or wait for us to tell you if Class Action wins. For the record, Blank Rome’s band Alternative Dispute Revolution (great name) was eliminated at the Jersey regional finals in June.
Here’s Class Action in action. Skip to the 9:00 mark for “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” With the bari sax licks and the sparse lyrics, the band brings a little Morphine-style edge to the band’s otherwise bouncy Blues Brothers set.
To further solidify its connection to the arts and to French culture, the Sofitel hotel on 17th and Sansom has had all its guest rooms completely redone to reflect the influence of the Rodin Museum on the Parkway. Though there aren’t any explicit references to the sculptor or to the art venue itself, there are works of art in each room that were painted with Rodin in mind. Additionally, the museum’s Beaux Arts style and French garden apparently had a strong impact on the finishes and colors chosen, as well as the furniture.
Two things Rodin would never have anticipated: The eco-friendly materials used in the rooms he inspired, and the $295 Barnes Collection package deal that’s now being offered as well.