A Tale of Two Targets

Target - Rittenhouse Square - 19th and Chestnut

The new Target at 19th and Chestnut streets opened with a ribbon-cutting last night. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Colleen Hastings said she never saw someone more excited for the opening of the Target.

It was last night. The girl must have been six or seven years old. She had dragged her father to the outside of the new Target store at the corner of 19th and Chestnut streets, which was about to hold its ribbon-cutting.

“She was so excited,” says Hastings, the store team leader for Center City’s second Target. “She said she wanted to work at Target when she grows up. People would come up and ask what was going on, and she would fill them in: ‘This is the new Target, it’s opening in a few minutes!’”

Residents of Rittenhouse Square might be sharing in that little girl’s excitement today: Last night, the new Target officially opened for business. So how’s it different than the one that opened in July seven blocks away on the 1100 block of Chestnut? Read more »

Wiz Kid: Rich Landau’s Fast-Casual Vegan Eatery

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like.

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like | Mad Photoshop skillz by Arthur Etchells

Rich Landau of Vedge and V Street fame touches base with an update on his fast-casual concept that he has plans to open next door to V Street on 19th Street. The former EyeSite will open as Wiz Kid this holiday season. Landau is promising a “chef-driven” fast-casual concept with a focused menu and a “beverage program built to match.”

The menu will include sandwiches like the namesake Wiz Kid, a mushroom steak sandwich topped with long hots and rutabaga wiz and the KFT (Korean fried tempeh). In addition to the sandwiches there will be multiple takes on fries, ice cream and more.

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Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apartments

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments' classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments’ classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

For decades, the Roosevelt Apartments at 23rd and Walnut streets has had a reputation as a decent, low-rent (for Rittenhouse) place to live with a great pub on the street floor.

Now that it’s in the hands of Post Brothers, it’s become a stylish place to live at modest (for Rittenhouse) rents. (The pub, however, is long gone.) And for three tenants, it will be even more than that.

This week, the Pestronk brothers took the wraps off the Roosevelt Edition, three super-sleek, ultra-stylish apartments inserted among the merely stylish units that make up the rest of the building. These deluxe units are equipped with many high-end fixtures, fittings and appliances, including showers lined with Travertine tile and equipped with thermostatic shower columns with hand-held sprays and rain shower heads, Miele multifunction glass-front speed ovens, custom European acrylic cabinetry, floating Italian vanities with storage, and more. Read more »

Audrey Claire Turns Twenty

Audrey Claire turns 20

Audrey Claire turns 20

In 1996, Audrey Claire Taichman opened Audrey Claire on 20th and Spruce. Taichman has expanded her reach since then, and now owns and operates two other businesses: Twenty Manning Grill and COOK. But now, twenty years later, her original BYOB will be celebrating it’s anniversary this coming Tuesday, June 28th.

To celebrate two decades of Audrey Claire, the crew will be hosting a five-course meal with some of the best dishes from their opening menu. The prix fixe menu will cost $40 per person, and the best part? 20% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund which supports victims of the recent Pulse nightclub tragedy.

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Di Bruno Bros. to Host Cheese “Legends”

LegendsWorldTour_cheeseFor one night, and one night only, get your fill of cheese-related knowledge at The Legends Series: World Tour. It’s just like a band’s world tour, but instead of music rock stars, it’s the rock stars of the cheese world.

Di Bruno Bros. is hosting the only U.S. gathering of the tour at their Rittenhouse location this Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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Work Out Your Mind: Wake Up Yoga Opening Rittenhouse Studio

Wake Up Yoga | Photo courtesy Corina Benner

Wake Up Yoga | Photo courtesy Corina Benner

Anyone who’s walked around Rittenhouse can tell you: There’s no shortage of yoga studios. So why did Wake Up Yoga owner Corina Benner decide to open her third Philly yoga studio at 2030 Sansom Street? Well, as she tells us, the studio was actually sort of a “‘whoops’ baby.” The new studio space, located in the same building as the Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, where she practices meditation, just kind of fell into her lap. But she did consider whether setting up another studio in the neighborhood, which already has a good number of them, made sense. In the end, she decided it did.

As she says, “There’s so much yoga in Center City, so it was a big consideration: Does Center City need another yoga center? And my hope is that we’ll be able to reach people who might not already be served by the current offerings.” Read more »

An Inside Peek at Rittenhouse’s Best New Gift Shop

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On Sunday, I had the privilege of getting a special peek of Kate Egan’s newest addition to our shopping scene: Egan Rittenhouse, a brilliantly curated gift shop in the Rittenhouse Hotel.

The shop soft-opened a few weeks ago, and Kate invited a handful of people to an intimate dinner celebrating the new venture. Egan Rittenhouse features the same artful, impeccably edited mix that her jewelry shop, Egan Day, is known for, but the boutique’s bent is towards gifts and lifestyle products, like dishes, vases, glassware, caftans (caftans!), men’s grooming products, kid’s toys, and flowers – these are presented in hand-carved wood boxes – created by Terrain’s in-house floral and landscape designer, Matthew Muscarella (see his dreamy Instagram here).   Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Live/Work Space in Rittenhouse

Reception room, 1905 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Reception room, 19xx Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Most of the intact townhomes around Rittenhouse Square remain residences, as they were designed to be. They also retain the elegant detailing that made them such choice properties for Philadelphia’s most respectable citizens in the first place.

This handsome late-1860s Italianate mansion on Spruce Street clears that latter hurdle as well. Its owner, however, split its inside into two distinct spaces: one for work, the other for living. Read more »

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