Archive for December, 2010

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

RE/MAX Leaders Named “Influential Real Estate Leaders of 2010″

imagescazm50boTwo RE/MAX leaders made Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders of 2010 list for the Brokerages category. Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO, and Dave Liniger, RE/MAX Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, both made the list for their positive words, actions, and insight on the real estate industry. Kelly and Liniger were selected through a nomination process and editorial review. To see who else made the list, click here. (The list is in alphabetical order.)

[Provided by Keri Henke Public Relations & Communications Coordinator for RE/MAX North Central]




Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Brunch Philadelphia. One Shot Coffee Hits the Spot

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Not sure where to go for Brunch in Philadelphia this weekend? Try the reinvented and totally amazing One Shot Cafe, a coffee house and cafe mash up that will caffeinate, comfort, and keep you coming back for more!

Their menu will satisfy your soul with such delights as their Poached Eggs with mushroom gravy, parm cheese and truffle oil over an English muffin… yum! How about our long time favorite Garden Bagel with crispy cucumber, fresh tomato, cream cheese and capers on a bagel of your choosing? There are dishes such as Ham Jack with black forest ham, apple-wood smoked bacon, applesauce, cheddar and arugula which is sure to become brunch favorite.

For the vegans amongst us One Shot Cafe loves you too! Try the Tofu Scramble or a Homemade Almond Butter with caramelized banana bagel sandwich that sounds incredible. Like waffles, oatmeal, or just plain toast? They have you covered.

The delicious coffee, tea,  chai, and hot chocolate alone are reason enough to visit, with your laptop of course, on any day of the week. There is upper level seating too so do not forget to check that out. The folks that work at One Shot Cafe are attentive, friendly, and more than happy to recommend their favorite dishes for you to try.  But hey! Just because we love the place, don’t take our word for it. Try One Shot Cafe yourself this weekend. Let us know what you think.

One Shot Cafe is located in Northern Liberties. And remember, do not just Brunch in Philadelphia… Make your visit a longer stay and enjoy walking to the shops at Liberties Walk, Liberty Lands Park, and the Piazza at Schmidt’s. We are pretty much always at our Remax Access Real Estate office in the Rialto Tower so come up to say hi and enjoy our amazing view of Philadelphia.

Brunch on Philadelphia. One Shot Cafe hits the spot!


A Bigger, Bolder One Shot Coffee in Northern Liberties

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Winter “Curb Appeal” Tips

shovel-snowEven Tough You Have Put Your Lawnmower Away, Here Are Some Ways To Keep Up With Your Homes Appearance in the Winter

Safety first. First and foremost, you want to ensure that folks can make it to your front door without any accidents. Prevent slips by clearing your driveway, walkways and stairs of snow and ice.

A tidy lawn. Your grass may no longer be green, but you can still keep your lawn looking neat. Keep your lawn clean by periodically raking up leaves and other debris.

Clean gutters. Leaves will accumulate in your gutters in the fall.

Fresh paint. Because of bare trees, there will be a clearer view of your home in the fall and winter than there will be in the spring and summer. Faded or chipped paint will really stand out, so give your home a fresh coat if it needs it.

Outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter, having proper outdoor lighting will make your home safer and more attractive. Use a series of path lights to illuminate the way to your front door, or flank the door with decorative sconces or lanterns.

Winter decorations. A giant inflatable Santa Claus in the front yard could be distracting, but subtle wintry decorations can bring out the best in your home. Try a simple wreath on the front door, small white lights strung around shrubbery, or a pile of firewood stacked neatly against a wall.

Cold-weather plants. Evergreen trees or plants that can stand up to the cold weather such as pansies or witch hazel can liven up a drab landscape.

[photo and tips via HGTV Front Door]


Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

2011 Philadelphia Mummers Parade January 1, 2011 10am

mummers-parade-philadephiaMummers Strut Up Broad Street, Leaving Behind a Trail of Glitter, Feathers and Fun

What better way to bring in the new year than watch 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes strut up Broad Street? This year marks the 111th year for the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. The parade begins at 10am and begins in South Philadelphia in the morning and winds its way up Broad Street to City Hall approximately eight hours later.

Spectators are encouraged to leave their cars behind and take public transportation into the city. Those who drive should park in a garage. One of the best places to view the spectacle is from the judging stands outside City Hall, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets for the City Hall Grand Stand performance zone are one sale at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th and JFK Boulevard, 215-683-0246 or the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market, 215-965-7676.

For sidewalk seating, arrive early and set up near a drill location, where marching String Bands and Fancy Brigades stop to perform. These spots are at the intersections of Broad Street and the following streets: City Hall, Sansom, Pine, Washington, Ritner and Shunk. If there’s no space there, another option is to watch from a staging area: Broad Street and Washington Avenue (Comics, 10 a.m.), Broad and Moore Streets (Fancies, 10:30 a.m.), Broad Street and Oregon Avenue (String Bands, 11 a.m.).

So now onto some history:

Mummery traces its roots to ancient Roman laborers who ushered in the festival of Saturnalia by marching in masks while exchanging gifts and satirizing the issues of the day. In the 1600s, Swedish settlers to Philadelphia’s outskirts honored Christmas by beseeching their neighbors for dessert and liquor by dressing up, chanting and shooting firearms.

The party eventually migrated to New Year’s Day and evolved into a series of neighborhood parades; then, as immigrants moved to the area from Ireland and Italy, each group added their own cultural flair to the local customs. In 1901, the tradition began in earnest with the first recognized and judged Mummers Parade. The term “Mummer” is German and means “to costume or masquerade.”

 Cannot make it out to the parade? MY PHL 17 has you covered. Viewers at home can watch the Mummers Parade on MY PHL 17 with pre-parade coverage starting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Use THIS SCOREBOARD to keep track of of the comic, fancy and string band divisions as they strut!


Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Start the New Year with a Supper Club in Northern Liberties

MED0000933We’re going to come out and say we think it’ll be the year of the Supper Club in Philadelphia.

Many of us dream of having the ultimate dinner party at home, with a lively cast of players rounding out the table for some scintillating conversation. Only, there’s the nagging question: Who will clean up afterwards?

Okay, relax. You can still have a Supper Club Experience right here in Northern Liberties. A Full Plate Cafe in Liberties Walk is planning a Supper Club Series for 2011, with the kick-off dinner scheduled for New Year’s Eve. Each month, the cafe will take a different inspiration to form a delicious 5 course meal with wine pairings. You’ll meet neighbors, try new things, and best of all, the dirty dishes are not your problem!

January 2011’s inspiration will be foods that will bring good luck for the coming year:

#1 Housemade black eyed-pea vegan sausage over Hoppin’ John rice cake with Dijon drizzle

#2 Kale soup with tasso ricotta gyoza

#3 Coin salad – Beets, carrots, and parsnips tossed in a lemon goat cheese dressing

#4 Braised Pork Steak stuffed with a skewer of 12 grapes over fennel onion sauerkraut

#5 Dark chocolate pot de crème with fresh tangerine

*all courses can be made vegetarian

5 course meal – $50 + gratuity / Complimentary wine pairings with each course

Interactive dinner includes discussions about wine pairings and explanations about meal selections

RSVP – call Café 215-586-0243 or email to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

Orignally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Planet Fitness Now Open in Fishtown

planet-fitnessWe’re excited to hear that Planet Fitness is now open in Fishtown in time for those post-holiday fitness goals. One thing that the neighborhood was missing was a gym, and Planet Fitness fills that void with a $19.99 a month membership, with no initiation fee and many other benefits. They also offer an extremely low $10 a month option with a $59 initiation fee.

The list of all that Fishtown has to offer for those interested in buying or renting there continues to grow. Fishtown has everything from yoga studios to a vibrant art scene to stellar coffeehouses and restaurants. And now, a full gym with massage chairs, personal training, and tanning, that’s open 24 hours from Monday – Friday and 7am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Planet Fitness took over a vacant plot of land, transforming it into a much-needed business that adds to the neighborhood.

Have you visited Planet Fitness yet? If not, what fitness center in Philadelphia do you belong to?

Planet Fitness

2641-63 East York Street

Philadelphia, PA 19125

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Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Saturday, December 25th, 2010



Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Several Northern Liberties Restaurants make Philadelphia Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Eat Right Now

untitledPhiladelphia Magazine has revealed a sneak peek of their Annual 50 Best Restaurants Roundup. Even though this roundup hasn’t yet hit newsstands, they’ve unveiled a sneak peek of the rankings online. Several Northern Liberties restaurants have made this list!

#13. Koo Zee Doo Northern Liberties | Portuguese

At this NoLibs BYOB, chef David Gilberg serves up the rustic, family-style Portuguese fare he learned from wife Carla Gonçalves’s mother. Don’t miss the pork and clams or the hearty caldo verde soup. Did you know: Carla makes all the pastries in-house. Consider the bread basket a sneak preview of just how delicious dessert is here. Insider tip: Go on Sunday night for the grilled chicken and ribs, the equivalent of Portuguese barbecue. 614 North 2nd Street, 215-923-8080 .

#24. Modo Mio Northern Liberties | Italian

Where else does $33 buy four rich Italian courses – ranging from pillowy gnocchi to calf’s tongue – plus an amuse-bouche? Don’t miss: Braised veal cheek with cherries and walnuts. Insider tip: Lasagna here is always a solid bet. 161 West Girard Avenue, 215-203-8707

#38. Bar Ferdinand Northern Liberties | Spanish

At this rosy NoLibs tapas bar, the sangria flows freely and patrons gamely feast on the enormous array of (mostly) Spanish small plates. Don’t miss: Pixin con pancetta – a small skewer of fabulously fatty pork belly paired with salty monkfish and seasoned with rosemary. Did you know: The first Friday of every month, there are live flamenco dancers.  1030 North 2nd Street, 215-923-1313 .

#45. Standard Tap Northern Liberties | Gastropub

The original Philly gastropub remains one of the best. Low-key chef Carolyn Angle has been delivering spot-on fare since 2001 to go with the all-local beer list. Don’t miss: The messy, drippy, delicious pork sandwich, the better-than-any-of-our-moms’ meatloaf, or the flaky, rich chicken potpie. Season’s greetings: Don’t expect to devour that killer tomato sandwich with basil dressing again until next summer – Angle strictly adheres to the gospel of seasonal produce. 901 North 2nd Street, 215-238-0630

Since our office is located in the heart of Northern Liberties, At The Piazza at Schmidts,  we are very fortunate that we are able to walk to most of these restaurants! It makes us proud in a way that we work in a neighborhood whose restaurants make lists such as these.


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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010


Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Last-Minute Shoppers Map for Northern Liberties


It’s not too late. Check out some of our favorite spots in Northern Liberties, like Dylan Gallery (above), Arcadia Boutique, and Art Star for last minute one-of-a-kind items that you can only find in between Spring Garden and Girard Avenue.


We promise there won’t be any crowds or frenzied mall nonsense, but there will be plenty of helpful store owners, many of whom have made the products they are selling you or can actually tell you about what you are buying and give you honest suggestions, ready smiles, and a relaxed experience. Best of all, there are plenty of bars in Northern Liberties to commence your shopping completion.


We put together a local map below in case you want to make a mission of it. Best of luck and enjoy your holiday. Buy something cool, local, and special.

View Northern Liberties Shopping Map in a larger map

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice