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"We like to champion the city. It’s a city that’s on the rise as we all know and...we want to be one of the standard bearers of that growing tide."

Aaron Pierce &
Craig Arthur Von Schroeder
Owners and Designers, Commonwealth Proper

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amada Stephen Starr
Owner, STARR Restaurants
Ever the reigning king of trendsetting dining, Stephen Starr probably doesn't need an introduction. His diverse roster of restaurants has become iconic throughout the region. And his masterful menus have even expanded to locations in AC, NYC, and Ft. Lauderdale.


amada Rich Furino
General Manager, Del Frisco's of Philadelphia

Thanks to his years of working in every facet of the food industry, Rich has a deep connection to the restaurant business. As the new GM of Del Frisco's Steakhouse, Rich applies his well-rounded experience to make sure his establishment shines in the bustling center-city dining scene.


amada Jason and Delphine Evenchik
Co-Owners, Vintage, Time and Bar
Co-owners of this trio of bars, Jason and Delphine are cornering the market on quaint cool. Step into one of their establishments and you'll see why. They have a knack for atmosphere, and taste for fine liquors & libations. A little secret – they've also played a large part in the absinthe revival.


verde Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney
Co-Owners and Chef, Open House, Lolita, Grocery, Jamoners & Verde
This dynamic retail duo is making the most of Midtown Village with a home accessories shop, a contemporary Mexican restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant, a cafe and gourmet market, a Spanish Tapas restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and a home and garden shop.


amada Bill Mignucci
Co-Owner, Di Bruno Brothers

Long the centerpiece of Philly’s famed Italian Market, Di Bruno Bros. was founded by Bill’s grandfather in 1939. Since opening in Center City, it has fast become Philadelphia’s premier gourmet destination store.


ms. tootsies Jose Garces
Chef/Owner, Amada, Tinto, Garces Trading Company, Distrito & Village Whiskey
Named Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 2009 by the prestigious James Beard Foundation, Jose is creator and owner of five of Center City’s most reservation-worthy restaurants. He’s currrently vying for a spot on TV’s The Next Iron Chef.


fpo KeVen Parker
Owner, Ms. Tootsie’s & Soul Food Cafe, Simply Delicious Caterers
KeVen is South Street’s one-man dynamo. The versatile entrepreneur has spun off Ms. Tootsie’s, Simply Delicious Caterers, Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Café, the KDP Lifestyle Boutique and the Suites at KDP. Next: a home store and boutique hotel!