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Absolute Spa at the Century 10th Anniversary and Penthouse 60th Anniversary Vancouver

Nov 30, Dec 1, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Do you remember Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole? Well, the Filippone family does. This famous foursome (brothers Joe, Ross, Mickey and Jimmy) started the Penthouse nightclub back in 1947 when the era was swinging and the parties were posh and lavish. In its day, it was THE superstar supper club to see and be seen as the autographed celeb photos on the wall will prove. Times may have changed, but the memories live on, as does the Filippone name thanks to second generation impresario Danny Filippone. Last Saturday, he transformed the now exotic dance club back into its former self in memory of his dad, and in celebration of the club's 60th anniversary. And speaking of anniversaries, congratulations also goes out this week to businesswoman, philanthropist and spa sensation Wendy Cocchia. As owner of the Absolute Spa empire, she celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a special, invite-only, pamper party for friends and fans that included diamond giveaways  and relaxation massages. Ohm . . mygosh!


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absolute_spa_10th_1 Celebrating 10 spa-tacular years are Absolute Spa's Ivana Mahler, left, Jodi Skulsky and Amy Berry.
absolute_spa_10th_10.jpg* Time to toast 10 years of success. From left: CTV's Dr. Rhonda Low, CityTV's Dawn Chubai, Lugaro Jewellers' Clara Agopian, Absolute Spa owner Wendy Cocchia and CTV news anchor Pamela Martin.
absolute_spa_10th_4 Manicures, pedicures and massages are on the menu at the Absolute Spa party with Jennifer Milliron, left, and Kristen Neal.
absolute_spa_10th_7 Alexis Tivadar, left, will soon work at the new River Rock Absolute Spa location while Chaline Hird, director of training and education, will oversee the details.
penthouse_60th_1 Volunteering at the Penthouse party and greeting guests are Rasa Cormier, left, and Brittany Carnegie.
penthouse_60th_10 Actor Kaj-Erik Eriksen, left, who plays Danny Farrell on The 4400, joins CFUN 1410 radio host Joe Leary at the Penthouse party.
penthouse_60th_12 Entertainer extraordinaire Goby Catt channels the energy of Sinatra and more as he sings and plays the bass at the Penthouse party.
penthouse_60th_19 Laying down a beat all their own are the Umoja Drummers, just one of four different acts, at the Penthouse party.
penthouse_60th_3.jpg* The gregarious and ever generous Danny Filippone poses with wife Jackie in front of a wall of personally autographed celebrity photos, that date back 60 years, at the Penthouse party.
penthouse_60th_6 Penthouse waitress and party planning helper Amanda Hanlon, left, keeps guests grinning with Molson hostess Michelle Marsh.
penthouse_60th_7 Friend Shayne May, left, of Rossini's restaurant fame, congratulates Penthouse proprietor Danny Filippone on 60 years of legend and legacy.



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