Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley will host the 6th “Puppy Love Valentines Party,” on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the 23rd Street Armory (22 S. 23rd Street). This popular Valentine’s themed bash returns to celebrate the one you truly love, your pooch. Ardent animal lovers and upscale comfort food fans will enjoy a night on the town with their dogs. Evening highlights will include cocktails, appetizers by Smokin' Betty's and Devil’s Alley, sweet treats by Ms. Goody Cupcake, silent auction items, live music, dancing, puppy photo booth, red carpet, doggie swag bags and homeless pets available for adoption. Tickets are on sale now for $40. Puppy Love is open to those 21 and up. ALL funds raised will be donated to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSCPA). For more information, call (215) 922-6500 or visit www.smokinbettys.com .
Tails will be wagging over the delicious lineup of comfort food presented by Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley, including Crab Cake Sliders, BBQ Chicken Salad Sliders, Mini Veggie Burgers and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pita. At the bar, guests will enjoy Absolut, Jameson and Malibu cocktails, craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery, Yards Brewing Co. and Stoudts Brewery, and a selection of wine by the glass. All food and drink is included in the low ticket price. For a perfect end to the night, Ms Goody Cupcake (1838 East Passyunk Avenue) will tempt taste buds with Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes for humans and Banana Mutt Muffins for their four-legged friends.
Other evening highlights will include dancing and acoustic love songs by Jon Hagen Band, 30+ silent auction items, a pet photo booth and doggie swag bags. Emmy winner, and host and contributor for “Out and About” on philly.comand soon to debut Pets with Papadakis, Maria Papadakiswill serve as master of ceremonies and hostess of the doggie red carpet.
For those without a date, the PSPCA will match guests with eligible ‘bachelor and bachelorette’ dogs looking for a home. They will also present a Kitty Korner for those that prefer to flirt with feline adoptables. Finally, an animal behaviorist will provide consultations at a special “Dog House.”
Puppy Love Valentines Party returns in 2013 after taking a “cat nap” in 2012 when the event outgrew the former space.
Since its inception in 2006, the event has attracted 1,000+ attendees and raised nearly $30,000 in ticket sales and in-kind donations. Susan Schlisman, owner of Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley, created the event to raise funds for local animal shelters. Schlisman is a lifelong animal lover and advocate, and past PSPCA volunteer, who will attend this year with her Yorkie Sayde.
Recommended attire for Puppy Love is dog park finest, ie. mart casual. Tickets are on sale now for $40 at Event Brite. Puppy Love is open to those 21 and up. ALL funds raised will be donated to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSCPA). For more information, call (215) 922-6500, visit www.smokinbettys.com, and follow @smokinbettys and @devilsalley215 on Twitter.
About Smokin’ Betty’s
Smokin’ Betty’s offers upscale American comfort food complimented by 16 rotating craft drafts, house crafted cocktails and daily menu additions paired with weekend brunch and daily happy hour. One of Philly’s favorite spots for burgers and BBQ ribs, Betty’s strives to push the envelope of “comfort food” and preparing plates that would truly make your Mama proud.
Smokin' Betty's is located in the heart of trendy Midtown Village and Center City District, located just three blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, across the street from Jefferson Hospital and around the corner from two of Philadelphia's most historic theater districts. With close proximity to public transportation, major highways, rail lines, and parking it’s never been easier to visit!
About Devil’s Alley
Devil’s Alley, located just off Rittenhouse Square, bridges the gap between American comfort cuisine and a backyard barbecue, allowing for a delicious lunch, fun dinner or late night bite complimented by liquors from around the world, eight seasonal local drafts and addictive signature cocktails. Flames from the open kitchen sear classics from slow-smoked ribs to spice-rubbed ribeyes. Ingredients are of the highest quality, with local produce and high end meats. Service is prompt, knowledgeable and fun with attention to every detail of the dining experience.
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents the most festive
Second Saturday of them all on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Deck the Ave with a
new Shopping Spree Contest, strolling musicians, visits from Santa Claus,
photos with Santa, pet photos, Holiday Crafty Balboa craft show, Nice
Things...Handmade ornament show, sales and specials, art openings and
more. All activities are free (unless noted) and will run from 9:00am
to 10:00pm at various locations along and around the commercial corridor. Parking at meter spots will be free after
11:00am courtesy of Philadelphia Parking Authority. For the full list of
events, visit the event tab on www.visiteastpassyunk.com, or
visit East Passyunk Avenue on Facebook.
Bring your pooch down for a special photo with
St. Nick. Take pictures with your own camera for free, or purchase a photo
package printed on the spot, which range from $10-25.
Charity Toy Drive
11:00am to 3:00pm Alphabet Garden (1631 EPA)
Alphabet Academy presents a special collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Alphabet Garden during Photos with Santa.
Crafty Balboa Holiday Craft Show
11:00am to 6:00pm
SS Neumann Goretti High School (1736 South Tenth Street)
Nicole Rae Styer Boutique and Nice Things...Handmade team up with Crafty Balboa
to present 60+ artists and crafters for all your handmade holiday shopping. The
first 50 shoppers in the door receive limited edition Girls Can Tell totes
filled with special items from craft vendors. Shoppers are invited to remember
the occasion with a photograph in the Photobot 3000 photobooth. For more info +
updates visit craftybalboa.blogspot.com
Win a Holiday Shopping Spree!
12:00pm to 4:00pm
EPABID Office (1904 EPA)
Every $10 spent between Thanksgiving and Holiday Second Saturday is worth a
chance to win a $100 shopping spree. Fun prizes for second and third place too!
Bring your receipts in between 12:00pm to 4:00pm for your raffle chances and
some holiday treats.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Enjoy festive holiday tunes from Joe King's Strolling Christmas Trio.
Photos with Santa
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Alphabet Garden (1631 EPA)
Bring the kids down to meet Santa! Take pictures with your own camera for free,
or purchase a photo package printed on the spot, which range from $10-25.
SATURDAY PROMOTIONS BY MERCHANTS:
A Star is Born (1821 EPA) presents a red sale!
Enjoy 50% off all red dress and most red sets, 10-50% off other select
merchandise and 20% off all coats.
Black N Brew (1523 EPA) presents free pictures with Santa from 3:00pm
to 4:00pm, plus psychic readings by Jimmie Bay from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Bottle Shop (1837 EPA) presents a free B. United International beer tasting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Calm Studio (1214 Moore) invites you to rest and
relax with a one hour peppermint aromatherapy massage for $50 or a half hour
peppermint foot and leg treatment for only $29. For holiday shopping, buy two
gift certificates get one free. Also, buy a therapeutic massage and get 1/2 off
a 10 class yoga card.
Chhaya Cafe (1823 EPA) will offer free samples
of Kenyan Double A coffee, plus free sugar waffles with any purchase. Purchase
a $25 gift certificates for only $20!
Conestoga Bank (1833 EPA) will offer the Sharing
Card, a Visa® gift card that gives back. Purchase yours in any amount from
$25-$750. Any unused balances after 18 months will be donated to Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia.
Fuel (1917 EPA) will offer $30 gift certificates
for only $20! Stock up and save, or grab one to give as a gift.
Headhunters Hair Design (1718 EPA) offers hair chalking for $5 off
(only $10). New festive colors are in stock. The process takes five minutes.
Walk-ins are welcome. All hair and
makeup products will be on sale for buy one get one for 1/2 off.
HOME (1815 EPA) hosts a holiday party with
cocktails and nibbles from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, plus 15% off all Christmas cards.
Metro Men’s Clothing (1615 EPA) offers 20% off the entire store and free holiday flavored cocktails from
11:00am to 9:00pm.
Ms Goody Cupcake (1838 EPA) gives away FREE
holiday treats to anyone wearing a Santa or Elf hat, or Rudolph Antlers. Enter
to win an EZ Bake Oven! With every six cupcakes you receive four chances, with
every dozen receive nine changes to win.
Nice Things...Handmade (1731 EPA) presents the
3rd Annual Ornament Show featuring hand-crafted ornaments made by local artists
from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 EPA) hosts
Traveling Wares pop-up art and craft show to help restore the Shore from 1:00pm
to 6:00pm! A portion of proceeds goes toward Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts.
Sermania Jewelry (1719 EPA) offers 20% off
sterling silver holiday jewelry, custom and fashion items, 10% off select gold
jewelry and 30-40% off in stock Citizen Eco Drive watches. Enjoy free holiday
Urban Jungle (1526-30 EPA) presents a wide assortment of real
Christmas trees, wreaths and holiday decorations.
Wake Up Yoga (1839 EPA) presents a special
donation class with Jennifer Nehila supporting Philabundance from 4:00pm to
5:00pm. Beginners are encouraged to
attend! Please bring cash or check.
Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is home to over 150
independently-owned shops and restaurants, offering an excellent opportunity to
stretch your legs and take a stroll up the Avenue. For more information and directions, like
East Passyunk Avenue on Facebook, follow @epassyunkave on Twitter, pin East Passyunk
Avenue on Pinterest or visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com.
Each year I go home for the Easter holiday, or my family comes here for a traditional Polish dinner. I couldn't travel this year due to starting a new job. On their end, my family was spending the holiday with my grandmother who was too ill to travel. Since I was by myself, I decided to make the most of my Easter with some local traditions on South Street.
Philadelphians love brunch "almost" as much as they love cheesesteaks and Tastykakes. Therefore, I started my day with Easter brunch at one of my favorite restaurants on South Street, Supper. I had only dined at Supper in the evening, so I had never experienced their brunch. I had long heard of Supper's famous Red Velvet Waffles, and I wanted see what the fuss was all about. When the waffles arrived they looked picture perfect. However, they were anything but perfect. Instead, they were lukewarm, dense and overcooked. The waffles came with sweet cream cheese mousse, toasted pecans and bourbon cherries. All three accents were delicious -- however, there was not enough mousse for the volume of waffles served.
I had almost started to wish I went to a big Easter Brunch at one of the Center City Hotels until I was distracted by our next entree, Banana Cream Pie French Toast. The french toast itself was light, fluffy and coated with Nilla wafers. If you didn't tell me what I was eating, I would have thought I was eating a deliciously moist piece of cake. The toast was surrounded by fresh sliced bananas and cinnamon meringue. I am not normally a big french toast fan. However, this dish has now converted me!
In addition to the sweet, decadent items, we also ordered lamb shanks, the Supper Fritatta (with Gruyere, smoked bacon and green onions), grits and sausage. These delicious savory items were a great replacement for the traditional ham I would have enjoyed with my family.
After sampling Supper's brunch treats, I continued my South Street adventure by checking out the 80th South Street Headhouse District's Annual Easter Parade. Circus performers and students from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts were asked to join in the festivities this year and I wanted to support their efforts. In addition to circus folks, the parade featured a double-decker Big Bus, Mummers, costume-clad dogs, and Halloween's Henri David. The Headhouse District handed out hundreds of rabbit ears, so South Street was filled with bunnies of all shapes and sizes.
Following the parade, I picked up Buster for our annual trip to the parks in Center City to look at the springtime flowers. Buster also played with his new Easter toys and posed for some photos wearing his rabbit ears.
Despite not being with my family, it was a wonderful Easter. Philadelphia has some amazing restaurants with delicious and unique food for every season. The city also always has fun and exciting activities taking place all the time -- no matter the time of year.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday and experienced some Philadelphia restaurants or activities for yourself. Happy Easter.
Buster Brown is sporting a new look that I am sure you will be "green with envy" about! In honor of PSCA's "The Green Fairy Cabaret" and the "Green Fairy Facebook Photo Contest," Buster sports a new Green Fairy custom-made shirt. If you want to join in the fun, visit Philadelphia School of Circus Arts on Facebook and enter your own photograph to win four tickets to the show -- an $80 value!
Today, Buster and I had an impromptu photo shoot to create a card for my grandmother who has been sick all year. Using an old work polo, some Halloween items, and a tie, we created "Buster, MD." The pics will certainly perk up my grandmothers day. I love the backdrop of the bathroom floor. A possible re-shoot might be in the works sometime when I have assistance. American Staffordshire Terriers get bored easily and the model decided he wanted to go to the park five minutes into the shoot!
Come join me on Thursday, July 15, 2010 for a night of bowling, drinks and a great cause! GenPhilly and Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association Junior Committee presents a “Pet-tastic Happy Hour” to raise support for furry companions of homebound seniors on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The event will take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at North Bowl, in Northern Liberties, at 909 North 2nd Street. The event is free, but all guests are asked to bring a pet accessory and/or gift card for pet companions owned by frail and isolated older adults living in Philadelphia. Pets can offer older adults unconditional love, relive isolation, and help elders to cope with loss. Accessories can be new toys, unopened treats, gift cards, dog bones, water bowls, cat nip, PETCO or PETSMART gift card, etc. Happy hour will feature drink specials, discounted bowling and networking with other young professionals. North Bowl is near the SEPTA Spring Garden stop. There is off-street parking available. RSVP is requested by visiting genphillyhh.eventbrite.com. Please become a fan of GenPhilly on Facebook! About Our Sponsors As a Steering Committee member of GenPhilly, I can personally attest to their great work and mission. They are a network of emerging professionals who are inspiring Philadelphians to connect with older adults through their work and personal lives. The DVJC is an organization of young adults dedicated to furthering the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter to eliminate Alzheimer's disease