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 »

There’s a Spanish-Style Mansion In Rittenhouse – And It’s For Sale

TREND images via Zillow.com/Maxwell Realty Co.

TREND images via Zillow.com/Maxwell Realty Co.

Well, we didn’t see this one coming! Nestled squarely on the corner of S 17th Street and Delancey Place (map) is a Spanish-style townhouse mansion with three-car gated parking. What the what? Indeed, the 5,400-square-foot residence actually runs from 17th (its front) to cobble-stoned Chadwick Street (its rear) and comes with a single-bedroom apartment that can be opened up and adjoined to the main floor living space.

Let’s take a look inside…

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There’s a Morning Dance Party Happening in Rittenhouse Next Week

Ticketleap, the team behind quirky local events like Dîner en Sweatpants and Pope Yoga, is throwing a morning dance party next Thursday at the Coda in Rittenhouse. It’s fittingly called “I Woke Up Like This,” a little nod to Beyoncé who will almost definitely be thrown into the mix for this pre-work-day pick-me-upper.

The party goes from 7 am to 9 am on Thursday, November 12th. Much like their other events, there’s no specific dress code, just wear whatever — as the invite says — inspires you to “get up early and shake what your momma gave ya.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Who Will Buy This Minimalist Delancey Mansion?

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If it is giving you museum vibes, that’s because it is one.

Well, as far as personal museum homes go anyway. See, when Henry “Hank” McNeil, member of the McNeil Tylenol dynasty and notable art collector in his own right (seriously, this guy was dubbed one of the best in the world by ARTnews magazine in 2011), lived at 1901 Delancey Place, he had – and we’re assuming continues to have because why would you want to give these up? – a, quote, “museum-quality collection of contemporary art.” We’re talking pieces by Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, and Donald Judd, to name a few.

Suffice it to say, members of the art world were habitual visitors to this Rittenhouse abode. And we’re sure they felt right at home.

A paint drop over 8,800 square feet, the pristine residence shows off a granite vestibule entrance with a glass door leading out to a reception hall. Oak floors and high 12-foot ceilings are spread throughout and a single elevator hits up all five of the home’s levels. Kitchen details consist of frosted glass pocket doors, appliances by Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, Miele, and Viking, and counter tops made of granite. Bonus: the rear service area comes with a pantry ice-maker.

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