Industry Update
Press Release 7 November 2019

AKA Rittenhouse Square Launches Kiosk Concierge from a Sidewalk Newsstand – a First in the Hotel Industry

“Everyone loves Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.” - Larry Korman

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It was the request from a world-renowned singer to stock his AKA suite with Diet Cokes and Snickers that gave Larry Korman, the visionary behind AKA, the leader in hotel residences, the idea to offer a kiosk concierge service from the sidewalk newsstand that sits outside AKA Rittenhouse Square on the corner of 18th and Walnut on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. To kick off Kiosk Concierge, the newsstand is temporarily being rebranded "a.kiosk powered by AKA" with a three-sided AKA wrap and electrical power from AKA.


It helped that Larry was already friendly with the stand's owner Mrs. Ha, who brings him homemade kimchi and dumplings.

Now the residents of luxury AKA Rittenhouse Square, which just underwent an extensive renovation with refreshed interiors and new amenities, will be able to order their favorite candy bars, including M&Ms, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers, as well as other popular fare, such as Pepsi and Sprite, at newsstand prices by contacting the front desk. The charge will be applied to the bill, and the doormen will deliver the goods.

"The marketplace has a misperception about luxury," said Larry Korman. "The affluent do not only buy expensive.Everyone loves Snickers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The Mars family named the Snickers bar after their favorite horse."

Whenever Mrs. Ha has issues with graffiti, Larry has it removed. He also helped her stock a few international pubs. Mrs. Ha was born in Korea, has a daughter who graduated from Princeton University, a son who is in finance and another daughter who sometimes works with her at the newsstand and in Mrs. Ha's dry-cleaning businesses.

AKA, the global leader in luxury hotel residences that brought us the first outdoor bedroom and the first mobile suite, is doing it again with the first-ever newsstand concierge service.

AKA Rittenhouse Square's fully furnished one-bedroom suites with gourmet kitchens start at $325 a night for a weekly stay, with lower rates for stays of a month or longer. For reservations and information, visit

Click here for a list of the ten most popular candy bars.

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