The Philly Home Girls love to shop, especially for your dream home. While we’re doing that, we tend to point out the small businesses and local establishments that add to the vibrancy of your future neighborhood. Recently Philly Magazine released its list of the best 50 shops in Philadelphia. It’s a great list and we’re jumping on the bandwagon by adding a few of our favorites!
Let’s start downtown in the sophisticated Rittenhouse neighborhood. Rittenhouse is known as the place to shop in Center City with its big name stores like Anthropolgie, Free People, Madewell, Zara, H&M and Sephora. However, Rittenhouse isn’t just for name brands, there are lots of amazing small boutiques just waiting to be perused. Philly Mag listed two great places, Knit Wit & Stadler-Kahn, both worth the trip. However, they missed a few we just absolutely love.
First up is the Joseph Fox Bookstore. This store is a book worm's dream. It's tightly tucked into a converted rowhome. Stacks upon stacks of books line the store from floor to ceiling. You’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time in this independently-run book store, open since 1951.
Just around the corner is the sweet Aoki Boutique. This boutique was made with the “funky and fabulous” woman in mind. They carry on-trend clothing, jewelry and home goods. With lifestyle branding in mind, they’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a gift for someone special or a treat for yourself!
On Rittenhouse Square is great baby and kid boutique, Born Yesterday. This boutique has something for everyone under four feet tall in your life. They carry local artists as well as name brands and carry an assortment of goodies. From onesies to strollers to toys, Born Yesterday is the place to go when you need something for a shower or birthday party.
Let’s move on to the Midtown Village neighborhood! Philly Magazine noted Mitchell & Ness, a men’s clothing and lifestyle store, Halloween, arguably our favorite jewelry store, Duross & Langel, the place in town to get amazing soaps, and Open House, a boutique with something for everyone and of course we love the name. Let’s move on to the PHG picks!
Just steps away from Open House on 13th Street, is Paper on Pine. Planning a party? Wedding? House warming? This is the place you’re looking for. They have stunning stationary and great gifts for the home. They even do custom designed and beautifully printed invitations.
Looking for that perfect gift for the person whose always impossible to buy for? (You know we all have that one person!) Well, Ten Thousand Villages is the store. This store is a nationwide chain, but they sell only handmade goods from around the world all sold on fair trade. The best part about their goods are the amazing stories that accompany them. You know the Philly Home Girls are suckers for a good story (hint hint), so we just can’t resist this shop.
Moving on to Old City, our favorite shopping district and home to Philly Home Girls' headquarters! Philly Magazine named Vagabond, a contemporary but earthy Women’s boutique, and Art in the Age, an artisanal lifestyle boutique featuring house made spirits, apparel and accessories. Now for our favorites!
Let’s start at Philadelphia Independents, just up the street from Art in the Age. This great shop features only goods made by local artists. You will always find the perfect gift here. It’s like being able to attend your favorite craft fair anytime you want!
Just next store to the PHG's home base is Smak Parlour. This vintage-inspired boutique caters to the ladies who love bold prints. Need a cat dress? They’ve got it. Got a pin up party to attend? Smak Parlour has that perfect dress for you. Everything they carry is made in the USA and perfectly curated to match the style of the shop. It’s definitely worth the visit.
Now, let’s move down to Queen’s Village. Philly Magazine listed the Eye’s Gallery, an eclectic and worldly boutique and Bus Stop Boutique, the place in Philly for stunning shoes. Let’s take a look at our favorite places nearby!
For those of you not familiar with 4th street, it’s known in Philadelphia as Fabric Row. There are so many excellent fabric shops, it was hard to choose just one. B. Wilk Fabrics, otherwise known as Wilk's, shines about the rest. It’s hard to describe because it really is one of those places you need to see with your own two eyes. With floor to ceiling reams of fabric between two floors, you’re sure to find the perfect fabric, trim, zipper or buttons every time. It’s a seamstress' dream location, and the customer service is always friendly and quick. It’s worth the trip.
Just north on 4th street, is Sweet Tooth. Welcome to candy lover’s paradise! Sweet Tooth carries every candy you could possibly imagine. You’ll will literally feel like a kid in a candy store when visiting.
Finally, just a few blocks from Sweet Tooth, is Mostly Books. It is located on the first floor of a rowhome and in an adjacent garage. They sell mostly used books and also have a great book swap program. In addition to books, they sell dvds, cds, vinyl, and, what they might be most known for, vintage photographs. Their photo collection is so large they’ve even started a YouTube channel to showcase some of their favorites. It’s definitely a great place to visit when you want to experience the eclectic side of Philly.
Traveling even further south, we head to the East Passyunk area. This strip is known for its amazing neighborhood charm, and ease of strolling between great shops and restaurants. Philly Magazine noted Occasionette, a stunningly recently renovated gift shop. While we love Occasionette, there are so many more amazing shops in the area to mention!
First up is Urban Jungle. Located in a giant garage, Urban Jungle strives to bring green into your life! They have a stunning array of foliage for great prices. The knowledgeable staff also host classes on a wide array of topics. Want to learn to make a terrarium? Build a green wall? Start raised beds? They’ll teach you all of it. When you’re there don’t forget to visit the roof top garden!
Just up the Avenue is Nice Things…Handmade. This great small shop sells crafts made mostly by local vendors. They have amazing jewelry and hilarious Philly-centric gifts. Need a photo realistic painting of a cheesesteak? Or how about an embroidered wall hanging saying “Jawn”? Nice Things has you covered. Even one of our own Philly Home Girls sells her goods there. Be sure to ask for BonBonBaby Apparel!
Now we'll jump to the opposite side of the city. to the Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Kensington neighborhoods. Philly Magazine mentioned Ritual Ritual, a modern lifestyle boutique with amazing hand-made jewelry and Jinxed Philly, an antiques and vintage store geared for the home. We have just a few more favorites to add to our list!
On 2nd street, just steps from Ritual Ritual, is Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Art Star has really made a name for themselves in the Philly craft scene. They host three giant craft fairs showcasing their favorite local and not-so-local artists. The gallery is constantly filled with cutting edge arts and crafts, and is a great place to visit on First Fridays. It’s also the place in No. Libs to grab the perfect gift.
Over on Frankford Avenue is Minnow Lane. Three wonderful local badass mothers have started their own all-natural, organic and sustainable baby boutique. You’re sure to find anything you’ll need for starting your own family or providing thoughtful gifts to another. They also provide a host of classes for moms, kids, and families alike.
Lastly, find the Mid Century Furniture Warehouse. This spot is a neighborhood worst kept secret. Their hours are by appointment only. They often host public sales on Sundays and that’s the best time to go, considering their furniture is in pristine condition and the price often reflects that. It’s the place to find the perfect vintage furniture for your new home.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our shopping guide to Philadelphia! We’ve only barely scratched the surface of all the amazing shops and boutiques Philly has to offer. We can’t wait to join you! Meet us in Old City and then we can decide on where to head next! See you soon!