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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

The proof is in the numbers. Philadelphia boasts an impressive array of statistics that paint the picture of a very savvy, sophisticated and affluent customer base.

amada Jose Garces
Chef/Owner, Amada, Tinto, Chifa, 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 won the most recent season of The Next Iron Chef, making him one of just six chefs in the country to hold the prestigious title of Iron Chef America.


ms. tootsies KeVen Parker
Owner, Ms. Tootsie's
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!


fpo Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney
Co-Owners and Chef, Open House, Lolita, Grocery, Bindi
& Verde

This dynamic retail duo is making the most of Midtown Village with a home accessories shop, a contemporary Mexican restaurant, a café and gourmet market, an Indian byob, and a home and garden shop. Watch for their sixth venture, a Mediterranean restaurant concept, in summer 2010.