Some of the best news the city of Philadelphia has received since I do not know when was announced this week. In case you missed it, Comcast is building a 2nd tower at 18th and Arch promising 1500 Innovation and technology jobs (i.e. good paying) and a new Four Seasons Hotel among the highlights. What it really means is that Comcast (which owns NBC) is going to continue to grow their business in Philly - something this city is desperate for - more national companies making Philly home. They did not run to NYC (where their costs for employees is double). This will help improve our tax base and housing markets and local area businesses in expoential ways. For the first time this month when I write that Comcast check, I will not be nearly as bitter. BTW, it is going to be the 4th highest building in the country behind the new World Trade building (1776 feet), Willis (Sears) Tower (1451 feet), Empire State (1250 feet). The new tower will be 1121 feet while the existing Comcast building is 975 feet.
Moving on....I am on my way up to Stowe, VT this weekend with Phillytrips.com, but here is something from Killington. One of their locals is entering the Olympics this winter and the article about him highlighted three items that he as an athlete is now focusing on through therapy. It is the mental side of the sport which I think we all could apply to the mental part of life. Think about these things each day and the world will be a better place for you?
1. Be In The Present
2. Control The Controllable
3. Have a “Can-Do’ Mindset
Let's not forget that Monday is MLK day - here is a copy of his famous speech. I read it this week and thought it was worth sharing.
Growing up, Sir Charles, aka Round Mound of Rebound, was a hero of mine - I even read his autobiography. Did you know he never played beer pong before? Now he does - check out the video.
I was nearby Sugarhouse Casino in need of a cab late Saturday night so I walked through the casino out of curiousity. The place was doing what seemed to be as good business. Looking at the demographics at the tables, it was hard not to notice the amount of Asians in the building gambling. And when I saw this article about a Chinese city that makes Las Vegas look like the backwoods of gambling, I figured I would share the article.
Lastly, thought it was interesting that Justin Verlander was in town for a hockey game last week wtih Kate Upton. Just sharing some gossip.
As always, I ask that you think of me if buying or selling a home in greater Philadelphia. I have been helping others since 2005. And if you are thinking of putting some money towards real estate investments, I beg of you to talk with me as I am actively seeking new partners in many opportunities I am currently doing my due diligence on as well as for future opportunities. - Mark
SPONSOR: The 20th Annual Hair O' The Dog
Get ready to step back into a time of flappers, pearls, zoot suits, whisky and vintage gin cocktails! On Saturday, January 18, Parx Casino proudly presents: The 20th Annual Hair O’ The Dog, Philadelphia’s Swankiest Black Tie Affair.Join Philly’s finest for a “”Gatsby-Inspired”” evening of excitement at the Sheraton Center City and “”Let the Good Times Roar.’ This highly anticipated affair will set an all-new precedent for the gala, with a DJ set and live performance by Havana Brown, a certified triple platinum artist best known for her debut smash hit, “”We Run the Night featuring Pitbull. In addition to Havana Brown, local star and winner of Philly Hot List’s best DJ award, DJ Perry Angelozzi, will be spinning along with Hair O’ The Dog founder, DJ aka Dan Cronin. Other live performances include local-sensation Jade Starling of Pretty Poison, who will perform her all-new hit, “”Insomniak””?, the band The Business and Bryen O’Boyle of Mr. Greenjeans. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Claddagh Fund, founded by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphy’s, to help underfunded nonprofits make a greater impact in vulnerable communities.
SPONSOR: The 20th Annual Hair O' The Dog
1) Winterfest 2014 - The Great Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival
Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
Announcing Winterfest 2014, The Great Philadelphia Winter Craft Beer Festival celebration - complete with beer gardens, 6 spectacular areas with 140+ beers to taste, hot food, music, and MUCH MORE! Grab some friends & get ready for great day of amazing beer-drinking fun at the incredible XFINITY Live complex. Over 1,600 Tickets Already Sold!
2) Young Friends Valentine Event
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 pm
Blurred Lines: The Secret Side of the Collections
The Young Friends of the Penn Museum invite you to their annual Valentine's Day event. This year, Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section, and Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator, Penn Museum Egyptian Section, will explore artifacts depicting racy and sexually explicit material in the Museum's permanent collection. Cash bar and tours of sex in the collection to follow. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Museum members. To purchase tickets, visit www.penn.museum. For additional information, call 215.898.5093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) CLOVER MARKET
sunday jan 19th
Armory (S 23rd Street Philadelphia)
This is Clover Market's 2nd ever Winter Market. Over 60 vendors will be on site selling handmade and vintage items and art.
B) FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED (June 19-22) Dover, DE
C) Palestra Makes ESPN List of Fave Basketball Venues
D) SI: Phillies off season so far a D+
E) Heavy drinking speeds memory loss in men
F) New Red Light Cameras Installed In Northwest Philadelphia
G) Travel sites give Philly a boost
Saturday, January 18th at RUBA Social Club at 416 Green Street. Doors open at 7:30.
6) Philly Cooks Tasting Tours Now on Sale
First three neighborhood tours are now on sale. Check them out.
7) Get Free Admission To The Brand New Benjamin Franklin Museum
This Weekend Only
In celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 308th birthday this weekend, you can take advantage of free admission to the brand new Benjamin Franklin Museum, courtesy of Visitphilly.com.
From Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, visitors can explore the only museum dedicated to the life and times of one of Philadelphia's most extraordinary Founding Fathers — for free!
Located right in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, the newly renovated museum offers a rare, in-depth look at Franklin's life as a private citizen, diplomat, philosopher and more. And Ben's birthday is the perfect time to check it out, if you haven't already.
Details: You do not need to register in advance — simply arrive at the museum during operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you will receive complimentary admission.
Free Admission at the Benjamin Franklin Museum, Presented by Visitphilly.com
When: Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Franklin Court - Enter through Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th
8) SPORTS ROAST FEATRING TERRELL OWENS
2/20/14 :: Crystal Tea Room (Philadelphia)
Jan 25th - Naval Yard
10) Entrepreneurs' Forum and the Philadelphia Union
January Signature Event
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 :: 5:30 - 8:00PM
The Forum is excited to announce that the speaker for our January Signature Event will be Nick Sakiewicz, founder of the successful Philadelphia Union MLS team.
A Great Entrepreneur Success Story
In 2006, Sakiewicz founded Keystone Sports & Entertainment and assembled the investors which eventually became the ownership group of Major League Soccer's sixteenth expansion team, the Philadelphia Union. Over a two year period (2006-2008), Sakiewicz led Keystone's efforts to negotiate one of the League's most favorable soccer specific public/private stadium deals paving the way to announce the launch of Major League Soccer's 16th franchise in February 2008.
Without the backing of a large sports and entertainment entity, Sakiewicz founded the Union in the face of the worst recession in U.S. history and carefully navigated the two years leading up to the opening of PPL Park the Union's home stadium on July 27, 2010. After three seasons, the Philadelphia Union stand as a flag ship organization in Major League Soccer, performing amongst the very top of all teams in almost every measurable category. Nick will share the excitement of this unique happening in Philadelphia and his entrepreneurial journey with the Forum.
11) Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show Introduces "Taste For Travel
Regional Beer & Food Samples Highlight 4th Annual Travel Even
The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, set for January 25–26 at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, will introduce a new culinary component. Regional restaurants will provide complimentary samples of select menu items, while a Mid-Atlantic Beer Pavilion will showcase 20+ breweries and 50 beers on tap. Listen to noted travel experts Arthur and Pauline Frommer, "1000 Places" author Patricia Schultz, and local Survivor contestant Gervase Peterson. Meet with travel destinations near and far as you plan your next trip. Travel Show tix are $8 online and $10 on-site; Beer Pavilion tix are $28 online and $35 on-site (pending availability).