• Tuesday , 20 February 2018

Explore Philly/NJ Celebrates 2 Years of Exploring at Stateside Vodka in Fishtown

Story by Tiffany DuBois, Photos by Stephen Lyford

Two years can happen in an instant for some people. It can change the direction that you take a company in, change who works for you, or how they critique your work or even what your logo looks like. Two years ago, a little blonde lady with the many titles of photographer, model, actress and writer named Cassie Hepler took her talents and made a lifestyle magazine that incorporates passion, numerous contacts and events that boggle the mind as far as the scope of what you see, hear, touch and taste.

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017 Cassie Hepler’s babies, Explore-Philly.com and Explore-NJ.com celebrated their two-year anniversary. This event took place at Stateside Urbancraft Vodka from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Music was by DJ Elijah Arms, photography by Stephen Lyford and everyone with a camera smartphone. Food and drinks were by Stateside Urbancraft Vodka.

I want to thank Stateside Urbancraft Vodka for letting us celebrate the last two years at their Fishtown location, providing those spectacular vodka and cider drinks, the chocolate covered bacon, and letting me get a glimpse into the distillery. I love that there is a picture in the bathroom of who started the distillery and how far they have also come in such a short amount of time. If you are ever in the Fishtown area, stop by Stateside Urbancraft Vodka. You won’t be disappointed.

It was a celebration of an idea and dream that for 2 years now has become a reality. Explore-Philly and Explore-NJ covers everything having to do with Philadelphia and New Jersey, and occasionally, trips, travel and adventures outside the tri-state area. You name it, Cassie and the Explore-Philly staff cover it. There is so much going on in the Philadelphia area and Explore-Philly do their very best to make the public aware of all this region has to offer. It’s certainly not an easy task but the drive, passion and love for this city makes writing for Cassie all the more worthwhile. I have gotten the opportunity to leave a small mark in the city of Brotherly Love with a lot of different events and now this commemorative piece for Cassie is one of the highlights of my year.

Again, it was a fantastic, fun evening with a packed turnout. Congratulations to Explore-Philly on its second year anniversary. I look forward to celebrating many, many more.

Getting ready for Explore-Philly 2 year anniversary party!

Explore-Philly’s new logo!

The guests start to arrive.

The food at Stateside Vodka was amazing.

More incredible food! The sausage sliders went fast!

The caprese salad went fast as well!

Time to eat!

Cassie Helper and DJ Elijah Arms who provided the night’s music.

Stateside had their own photographer roaming around taking photos of the festivities.

Chocolate covered bacon! It was really good!

Cassie Hepler and some of the ladies of Explore-Philly.

Look at our new logo!

Stateside Vodka’s fantastic bartenders with one of the owners helping out behind the bar. They were busy this night!

See all the photos on our Facebook page and make sure to follow us on all our social media for behind the scenes moments and more Philly fun!

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