Philly and Montco, here are your BEST

Each January, Philly Happening kicks the year off with a bang by hosting the most important people’s choice contest in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas — The Happening List®! With thousands of local people, places, and businesses competing in the most competitive Happening List contest ever, a select few have taken home top honors as Winners and Finalists in the 2018 Happening List Competition.

And to the winners go the spoils.  Winners receive awards to display and an invitation to the swankiest event of the year – The Red Carpet Bash.  At this marquee event, winners and finalists receive recognition and party with their fellow winners.

Happening List 2018: By the Numbers

  • Total nominations: 2,149

  • Total votes: 86,484

  • Total winners: 268

  • Total finalists: 698

Happening List 2018 Hall of Fame

Throughout the year, we check in with our Happening List winners. From family fun to automotive experts to the chefs behind the region’s best food to trusted health experts and everything in between! Learn more about the people and businesses who took home top honors in the 2018 Philly and Montco Happening List Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Winner Gallery

Rim Cafe

Hall of Famers:

Rim Cafe, Philadelphia PA

WINNER, Best Chocolatier

1172 S. 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 //

Groupe Rim originated on the Cote d’Azur in 1982. Founder, Master Rene Kobeitri, introduced the concept of around-the-clock service in his markets in Nice, France and expanded to Cagnes-sur-Mer and Cannes.
In the late eighties Rene was the premier caterer to the finest Cote d’Azur hotel establishments and soon after, opened the first restaurant, La Ferme. In 2006 Groupe Rim expanded, venturing to the United States and South Philadelphia’s Italian Market became home to the RIM Cafe. Rene brought the essence of the French Riviera and Italian cafe tradition, making Rim Cafe a cozy and eclectic nightspot. In 2007 RIM Cafe was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine for BEST HOT CHOCOLATE in June’s Best of Philly issue.
Then in 2011 RIM Cafe was featured on the Food Network’s show, “Sugar High.”RIM Cafe has regularly been awarded Best Coffee, Tea House, and Best Chocolate in Philly’s Hot List and Philly Happening. In 2014 Groupe Rim expanded, opening Cafe Crema, the King of Cannoli and Hot Chocolate Bar in the Italian Market. Then in 2016 Master Rene was featured as a Guest Chef at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival in California and presented Philadelphia with the first Victoria Arduino BLACK EAGLE VA388 espresso machine. In 2017 Groupe Rim expanded again, opening Little Italy Philadelphia.  Little Italy offers custom design and printing for personal and commercial accounts, and souvenirs from Italy, France, and Philadelphia.

Cats Only Veterinary Hospital, Norristown

WINNER, Best Veterinarian

1533 DeKalb Street Norristown, PA 19401 // (610) 279-2287  //

Cats Only Veterinary Hospital is located in Norristown, PA. They are a full service veterinary hospital specifically for cats, offering a number of services including comprehensive physical examinations, vaccinations, preventative health care, laser surgery, Class IV Laser Therapy, digital x-rays, dental health care, digital dental x-rays, in-house laboratory testing, in-house pharmacy, and luxurious boarding in 3 story cat condos. Visit their website to find out why they were voted 2018 Best Veterinarian in Montgomery County.

Lauren Smith Photography, Spring City

WINNER, Best Photographer

608 Crosshill Road Royersford, PA // 484-477-3245 //

Lauren Smith is a fine art portrait photographer based Montgomery County, PA. Lauren’s artistry captures unique, rich and luminous memories that will last a lifetime. She specializes in newborns, children, maternity, family, modern boudoir and custom stylized sessions. She shoots both on location sessions and in her Spring City, PA studio at the Spring City Mill Studios. Visit her site to view her work and inquire about a package to fit your session needs.

Nourishing Storm Studio & Cafe, Hatboro

Finalist, Best in Dieting/Nutrition, Best Kept Secret and Best Yoga

Winner, Best Coffee 

124 N York Rd Hatboro, PA 19040 // 215-394-8152 // [email protected] //

Nourishing Storm Wellness Company is made up of experienced instructors, coaches and foodies that are passionate about healing and sharing wellness practices, each designed to inspire and transform. We offer weekly classes (both indoor and outdoor), monthly Yoga and Food inspired workshops, private and group health coaching as well as an array of healthy foods in their cafe. Their mission is to make the practice of yoga, healthy eating and joyful living approachable, purposeful and nourishing for all.

Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School, King of Prussia

WINNER, Best Elementary School

405 Allendale Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 // 610-265-2323 // [email protected] //

The Mission of Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School, underpinned by a deep and active Catholic Faith, is to shape their students’ hands, hearts and minds.  A leadership culture exists at MTC.  It is continuously developed by school administrators, through their empowered faculty, and within the minds of their amazing students.  The Pastors, Principal and Officers guide the school towards the vision laid out in their strategic plan by releasing the energy and potential within the MTC community.  They offer early childhood programs through 8th grade, and their vision includes a student body full of collaborative, curious, adaptive and technologically competent learners who, along with developing a deep Faith in Christ, will thrive academically and actively participate in the life of the Church.

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