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 »

Pssst: This Is When Lululemon’s New Rittenhouse Store Is Opening 

Lululemon Walnut Street had a rough year, what with their roof collapsing and then the store getting burglarized post-roof collapse (rude), then being in a temporary location just a hop, skip and a throw away from their old location since March of this year. But it’s almost a new year, and it seems things are looking up: As assistant manager Katlin Davies tells us, they are set to move in to their brand new, permanent digs at 1720 Walnut Street and open their doors for business come January — Tuesday, January 12th, to be exact. Read more »

Rittenhouse’s New CorePower Yoga Studio Opens Tomorrow

Remember wayyyy back in July, when we told you guys about CorePower Yoga, the yoga company — which has studios all over the country — that would soon be setting up shop in Philly for the first time? Well, the time to open the doors to their new Walnut Street studio has come: Starting tomorrow, December 4th, the yoga studio will be open for business, running a very full roster of classes. But, if you don’t have any plans for tonight, note: To kick off their opening, they’re holding a free first-come, first-served yoga class, open to 120 people, at the studio at 7 p.m. this evening. Yes, please!
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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Rittenhouse Home May Have Once Been a Boarding House

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images by Drew Callaghan via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

If the walls inside this Rittenhouse Square home could talk…well, we couldn’t even begin to imagine what they’d say if what the listing says is true: formerly a corner store and, later, a boarding house, the unique property has now settled into its latest iteration as a sleek single-family dwelling a mere few blocks from the neighborhood’s namesake park (map). It’s currently listed for $812,500.

So, what does a supposedly flexible building like this yield as a three-bedroom home? Read more »

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