Archive for September, 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Philadelphia Fashion Week is Back

Another thing that makes Philadelphia special…We have a Fashion Week that is accessible to everyone…you don’t have to be super connected in order to attend or worry about any fashionista attitude here.

Philadelphia Fashion Week has just released its schedule and we are proud to see some our local boutiques (Delicious Boutique, Arcadia, Carmelita Couture) mix with international talents (Allegri, Cold Method, WESC) for a four-day run of streetwear and couture, Philly-style.

It’s also a chance to peek into the future of fashion and highlight some student designs from local universities – School Night is all ages with no liquor on-site and shows from Drexel University, Art Institute, Moore College, University of Delaware, and Philadelphia University.

PHL Fashion Week runs from October 6 – 9 at the 23rd Street Armory in Center City. Each night brings DJs, shows, and boutique vendors (a chance to shop in between runway shows). You can purchase tickets on the website. Here is some footage from last year’s show:


Get a primer on Philly fashion with our fashion posts below:

Stand Out This Summer with Old City’s Carmelita Couture

Greenable Plots Fashion Show in Northern Liberties

Battle the Heat with the 90degreez Fashion World Tour

Piazza Fashion Weekend: I’m a Model, You Know What I Mean and I Do My Little Turn on the Catwalk

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Haunted Houses, Thirsty Vampires, Wild Beasts…Just in Time for October!

st16While we can’t speak for how haunted Philadelphia is, many others can and certainly will. Come to Philadelphia this October where you can celebrate this season by checking out all of the creepy activities and fall-themed events happening this month.

A Hauntingly Good Time in Society Hill

A city as old as ours has some ghostly tales behind it and you can spook yourself silly with the Ghost Tour of Historic Haunted Philadelphia. This candle-lit walking tour strolls along the eerie streets and graveyards of Society Hill. The tour departs daily at 7:30 pm (and again at 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday) from 5th and Chestnut, pick up tickets at the Omni Hotel Gift Shop at 415 Chestnut St. On October 10, Ghost Tours allows you to dig a little deeper with Hauntings Tenfold: 10 Ghost Stories at 10 pm for only $10 per person.

An Authentic Haunted Prison in the Art Museum Area

Terror Behind the Walls is the #1 Haunted House in America for a reason. Each year, it just gets scarier and better at the massive prison in the Fairmount neighborhood. So what’s new for 2010? The After Dark VIP Tour is an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour of this National Historic Landmark that is limited to 15 people per group. The $99 tour will be offered every night of Terror Behind the Walls at 8 pm.

Even Vampires Like a Cold One Once in a While

For some Philadelphians, the best part about Autumn, besides the Phillies in the postseason, of course, is the arrival of pumpkin beer. The 2nd Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Event is thinking of you, with an all pumpkin beer list and pumpkin menu specials on October 2nd at Institute Bar in the Loft District. Get on over there for beer from Weyerbacher, The Bruery, Southampton, Southern Tier, Arcadia, Wolovers, Brooklyn, Lakefront, Doc Street, Elysian, Smuttynose, Wild Goose, Roy Pits, New midtown-village-fall-festival-300uwHolland and more. The first 20 people to drink 5 pumpkin beers get a free pumpkin pie…

Halloween Schmalloween… Let’s Eat!

Are you not the biggest Halloween fan but still love the arrival of fall? The 5th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival celebrates East of Broad and 13th Street with live music and specials on Saturday, October 2nd from noon to 8 pm. It’s one giant block party with plenty of great food from 13th street’s well-loved restaurants.

Where the Wild Things Live

Are the little natives getting restless? Dress up the whole family for Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, which is one of the best times to fit in a zoo visit. For every bit of candy your trick-or-treater collects, know that they’ll be learning a thing or two about the animals they like to dress up as. Boo at the Zoo runs on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, and October 23 and 24, from 10 am – 4 pm.

Ready for some pumpkin-carving, pie-making, and seed-toasting? Visit Pick Your Own to find a farm near you (the Philadelphia area has TONS) and learn when the best time is to go picking apples, gourds, and all of your fall favorites.

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Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Get Up Close and Personal with Center City Homes

2026_30chancellor1Have you ever wondered what those Center City homes look like on the inside?

On Sunday, October 10, satisfy your curious side at the 52nd Annual Center City Residents’ Association Fall House Tour. This is your chance to tour 12 different living spaces in the Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square neighborhoods. The rain or shine walking tour begins at 1 pm and ends at 5 pm, and the $20 ticket includes a map. It’s a self-guided tour, so you can check out the houses at your own pace and preference.

Tickets may be pre-purchased with a credit card on the CCRA Website by clicking here or at one of the following locations:

Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine Street

Reilly Real Estate, 1737 South Street

Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th Street

Pure Florist Design, 500 S. 22nd Street

CCRA Office, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 705

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Meet Your Neighbors: Yana of PlanEvent4You in Northern Liberties


YANA to the rescue! Meet Yana Kotlyarenko, our neighbor in Northern Liberties. Yana is a lifesaver! She is not a doctor, not a surgeon, not even an EMT. In fact, she has no medical training whatsoever. What she does have is an advanced certification in Event Planning from Temple University and what I call Super Party Planning Powers.

After hosting The Somers Meet the Builders Tour in August, We realized we needed help. It was nothing less than divine intervention when we bumped into Yana at the Piazza several weeks ago. Yana is the owner of a boutique event planning business called PlanEvent4You. Needless to say, that day, under the big screen TV, Yana became the event planner for The Somers next Real Estate event. Planning an event or party is like a full time job! And like I mentioned earlier… YANA to the rescue!

Yana Kotlyarenko made the September Meet the Builders Tour go off without a hitch. She made sure every detail was taken care of so that we could participate and enjoy our guests and the fun activities we had lined up.

Yana specializes in “the perfect intimate date, dinner party, and travel planning” as well as developing creative themes, gifts, and invitations. Yana has even orchestrated romantic marriage proposals for romantically challenged individuals and she has done so with a 100% “I Do” track record. Not too shabby. She can even work with shoestring budgets with “sky is the limit” type results.


Yana gets a lot of her inspiration from traveling. “I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved through Europe before settling in Northeast Philadelphia. I later studied in London and then traveled through Europe again. I moved to San Francisco for a few years, enjoyed that immensely, and hope to bring some of that energy to Philadelphia.”

When she is not planning a party or traveling, you might find Yana in…Old City or Northern Liberties, strolling through the shops and galleries, at Bar Ferdinand for a glass of wine…at the Piazza, or at Octo, enjoying the river views.

So if you need a helping hand planning an intimate event, party, or celebration, even if it as small as 2 people or as large as a corporate gathering, we say YANA to the rescue!

Thanks, Yana for helping us and for letting us pick your party planning brain. I hope the next time we “bump into” each other it will be over a glass of wine at Bar Ferdinand. Hint! Hint! You can contact PlanEvent4You at

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Squeezing Lemons and Seizing Opportunity

Squeezing Lemons and Seizing Opportunity

How often have you come across someone that says I could have bought this property or that property forlemon some absurdly low amount of money ?   And then they live in regret and tell the same “would of should of could of” story over and over to all of their friends.   And for you stock market followers, remember when Apple was trading at $10 a share before the company reinvented itself ?  Imagine that…  Now it is close to $300 !!!  If you only knew then what you know now, right ?

The same situation applies to relationships. There are those relationships that never happened due to not seizing the moment.  There are novels written and songs sung about the regret of a relationship that never happened. The same goes for job advancement and asking for a raise. I have read numerous times that one of the reasons that folks do not get a salary increase is that they simply did not ask for it.  Think about that for a second…

One of Wayne Gretzky’s famous quotes is “You will miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. “   Another great quote by Michael Jordon is “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Why I am writing this today you ask ?  Because I firmly believe there is tremendous opportunity available to all of us out there, no matter what industry you are in or where you are in your life.  Our economy always has its peaks and valleys.  That is the history. It is a sign that we are alive and constantly evolving. Sometimes it takes someone to remind us that opportunities are even MORE magnified during the downturn, that inspiration can be found in the valley.  That is where fortunes can be made, new business models are created, innovation and creativity is intensified and opportunities are endless for those that are willing to work hard and not fall into the trap of waiting for something to happen. Beware of the negative talkers, the doom and gloomers, the naysayers, and so forth.  Without risk, there is no reward. And I know it is cliche but “no pain no gain.”

ar128550944844018The person who reminded me of my conviction and belief that when life tosses you lemons, make lemonade, is Bart Blatstein, a prolific real estate developer who is very well known in our parts of Philadelphia.  Bart spoke at our monthly RE/MAX Access sales meeting and shared his experiences over the years through those very same peaks and valleys I mentioned earlier.  Blatstein shared some of his own experiences negotiating through some tough personal and economic times.  He concurs that it is in those valleys is where we find real success, and that the opportunities are upon us now.

If you have been reading our blog and newsletter, you know our thoughts about opportunity and seizing the moment in the Philadelphia Real Estate market.  We think there are deals to be had for buyers and investors right now.  Mortgage rates are at historical lows and we know they will not stay that way.  Do not be the one who says “I would of could of should of” bought that great investment property or taken advantage of the mortgage rates when they were so low.  And for you sellers out there, especially if you want to buy, do not wait for the interest rates to go up and your purchasing power to go down.  The opportunity for you is right now. 


OpportunitySeize it when it comes !   Whether it be your first new home, an investment property, a financial opportunity, your first date, a job opportunity, a pay raise or whatever it is in front of you that helps you move forward in life in a positive light !  We hope to see you out there sipping your own hand-squeezed lemonade.  


Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hey Kensington, Get Your Limited Edition Reusable Bag by Supporting Community Food

_dsc3421smallNow there is extra incentive to become a member of the KCFC (Kensington Community Food Co-op). If the Co-op reaches 100 members, it will qualify for new levels of grant support. So how badly do you want a co-op in Kensington? The next 30 members who join will receive a limited edition re-usable grocery bag screenprinted by high school students in Norris Square. The next 10 members who join will receive extremely limited edition hand-painted versions of the grocery bags. And before you know it, you’ll get to use this very bag to shop at your neighborhood co-op. Sounds like the right idea to us!

To become a member, visit You can pay with credit card, PayPal, or check. Just fill out the membership application form, submit your payment and you are the newest member! Or bring a check or cash to one of the KCFC’s tables. Saturdays at Greensgrow in October, or this Saturday at Girard Fest.


Food Co-op Comes to Kensington

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

OPEN HOUSE in Northern Liberties September 26th 1-3PM – This Home Offers Great Location and Upgrades Throughout


in Northern Liberties

Sunday, September 26th


1016 N 3rd Street – $500,000

This home is in a great location near Liberties Walk and Liberty Lands Park and offers an open layout and upgrades can be found throughout this beautiful home.

Features include:

  • Finished basement
  • 3 car parking
  • 5 Year of Tax Abatement (& no condo fees)
  • Exposed Brick (hardwired for flat screen tv)
  • Solid Hardwood Flooring
  • Kitchen w/ granite, stainless steel, gorgeous cabinetry
  • Open Staircase
  • Walk in Closets
  • and more!

Discover more about Life in Northern Liberties

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about this spectacular home and we hope to see you at any/all of our Open Houses this weekend!

Originally Posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

RE/MAX Access Welcomes Robert D. Wombwell !

bon-wombwell2We are proud and excited to announce that Robert Wombwell has recently joined RE/MAX Access! Bob has almost twenty-five years in the real estate profession and has successfully represented buyers and sellers. 

Bob comes to us with over ten years in the Re/Max environment and is very familiar with the services that this world-wide system can provide.  “I am very excited about joining one of the most progressive Re/Max offices in one of the most energetic and fastest growing neighborhoods in the city.

Although Bob will be specializing in assisting the buyers and sellers for the Residences of Pier 3 and Pier 5, he remains committed to serving his existing client base throughout the Delaware Valley.

Bob is a graduate of the School of Business at Temple University  and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Bob has been a guest instructor in the continuing education division of Community College of Philadelphia.  A strong believer in giving back to the community, Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served as co-chair of their annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  He was also the President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at his condominium association and serves as Treasurer.

Please welcome Robert Wombwell to RE/MAX Access! If you are thinking of buying or selling in the Philadelphia area be sure to contact Bob at 215-839-9404 and via email at

We are growing our market share rapidly and are ahead of the curve in technology and innovation and we are proud that Bob chose RE/MAX Access.


Friday, September 24th, 2010

4 Stages of Music from Front to 4th Street at Girard Fest


When a bunch of musicians show up on Girard Avenue on Saturday, September 25, do not be confused. It is only Girard Fest 2010, the latest in music-loving neighborhood festivals of Northern Liberties.

We got a glimpse of this year’s bands, and you can expect the following show schedule:

Performing at Front St.:







6:00 – TAGGART

Performing at 2nd St.








Performing at 4th and Girard

12:30 – REFLEX

1:30 – RAFIYA







Performing at Crane Arts Building


1:00 – LIKE A FOX






That is a ton of local music, all of it for free. There will be a trolley to take fest-goers through the loop. Along Girard Avenue from front to 4th St., there will also be vendors, food, and a beer garden. The event is hosted by a non-profit, the Girard Business and Arts Association (GBAA), to draw attention to the development of Girard Avenue. And they clearly have good taste in music, too!

Remax Access is going to have a table at  Girard Fest 2010,  so be sure to look for us and stop by for some free giveaways!!!

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Friday, September 24th, 2010

Community Action Center Opens in Northern Liberties

p1000925-768x1024On Tuesday, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams celebrated the grand opening of his Community Action Center, located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties.

It is inevitable. The SugarHouse Casino (which, by the way, had their VIP party this past Tuesday evening and has their grand opening scheduled for today) will drive more people to the area. Combined with the wide appeal of the Piazza and Liberties Walk, and the commercial and residential growth, we think that the DA taking up house in the Piazza is an extremely strong preventative measure. We hope to see this type of strategy applied to other areas of Philadelphia.

Things like the DA moving into the Piazza do not just occur by happenstance. Northern Liberties is known for its powerful, outspoken, proactive neighborhood association, coupled with a strong Business Association, and supported by a sizable number of private development. It was no accident or whimsical decision to have the DA strategically placed at the center of an extremely active area and it is not about favoritism. It is about securing the success of a community that will be carried on the backs of the people who reside there.

The Center will officially open in November and will be open a few days a week, to serve as a place for concerned citizens to report tips and address community issues and law enforcement. Williams wants to open additional centers in other neighborhoods as well.

If you’d like to hear from Williams, he will be speaking at the NLNA’s General Meeting tonight at 7pm, located at 700 N. 3rd St.












 Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog