HughE Dillon: Keith Leaphart’s Replica Celebrates Launch

Business VIPs and creatives turn out for new Center City design and print firm.

Last night, Mayor Nutter attended the celebration of the opening of Replica, a design and print firm at 33 South 18th Street. The new space offers double the work area for the local firm; it also houses a small-business incubator with workstations for freelance designers, as well as a place to hold business meetings. Keith Leaphart, brand manager at Replica, is on the right.

Below: Roger Estes, Greater Philadelphia Marketing Corporation, chats with Kristen Kondor about this morning’s launch of the city’s first-ever coordinated and sustained visual arts marketing campaign called “With Art Philadelphia.” In the spring, the campaign will tell the story of Philly’s rich and diverse creative sector. Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, is behind on the right.

Below: David Dix, vice-chairman at Grand View Radiology Associates, and Al Spivey, Jr., chief of staff for City Councilman Curtis Jones.

Below: Ian Swain and Kristen Kondor. Ian tells me he has taken the plunge to move into Center City and is now doing the reverse commute to his Main Line job. This weekend, though, he’ll be celebrating his birthday, so when you see him wish him well.

Below: Dominique C. Smith, director of development at Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, Shelley Leaphart-Williams, Elana M. Donald, Odunde CEO, and Oshunbumi “Bumi” Fernandez.

Below: Leslie Bari, principal of Bari Consulting Group and executive VP of the Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, and Jonathan H. Bari, president of Bari Consulting Group and president of the Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia.

Below: Nicole Rossi, who’s wearing French Connection with a beautiful Fenton necklace, and Street Gazing’s style-spotter Reuben Harley. Nicole was in and out as she was headed over to the re-launch party of Theatre Confetti in the Loft District.

Below: Jacquie Patterson, VP of organizational advancement at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, Darwin Beauvais, Zarwin Baum, Brett Goldman, and Tony Payton, Jr., Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 179th legislative district.

Below: David L. Cohen, Comcast executive vice-president, Tyra Ford, Sandra Dungee Glenn, president and CEO of American Cities Foundation, Keith Leaphart, Replica, and Luis Liceaga, president of Impact Dimensions.

Below: Mike Shade, who created the photo blocks you see behind him (a service offered at Replica), and Larry Giuffra. When Larry’s not working as a creative consultant at Replica Creative, he’s pursuing his career as an actor. Look for him in several scenes with Bradley Cooper in the upcoming Silver Linings Playbook, which was filmed in the Philadelphia area last fall.

Below: Michelle Miller, CEO and founder at the Nouveau Image, and Marc Byers, founder of Rockstar Entertainment. Congratulations to Michelle and fiance Josh DeMarco; they were recently engaged. Josh popped the question on top of the Rockefeller Center overlooking NYC.