Art in the Age
116 N. 3rd St., Old City
You don’t have to be a mixology enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of this cocktail-and-bar-centric shop, but if you are, welcome to mecca. The shelves are beautifully merchandised with bottles of booze (both classic and indie), every alcohol-related book imaginable, obscure mixers, garnishes, and a dizzying selection of bar tools—plus, you’ll find incredibly knowledgeable staff to show you how to put it all to good use. Not a DIY-er? The space plays host to lots of tastings and booze-related events, so make sure to inquire about the social calendar.
700 S. 6th St., Bella Vista
Designers Page Neal and Anna Bario have been making ethically sourced jewelry for more than ten years. Moved by a desire to created pieces that are sustainable and progressive, their collection has caught the attention of many (ours included), and now boasts two locations (the second is in NYC). The designs are unique and include materials that are responsibly sourced, including fairmined and reclaimed metals and conflict-free, fully traceable diamonds.
38 S. 3rd St., Old City
An eclectic custom and vintage furniture shop, Conversion is one of those places you'll score a Mid--century coffee table or accent piece that you'll have forever. There's a great ethos here: All the items are either vintage or handmade with incredible detail in the US. The woodworking and welding team will also help you design a custom piece.
260 S. 16th St., Rittenhouse
Tucked in an 1800s brownstone, this streamlined, thoughtful fine jewelry store is an unexpected oasis from the city. The space, outfitted with furniture from BDDW, is meant to evoke the look and feel of taking a walk in a garden. The pieces are minimal, inventive, and unique, with each one with a unique architectural bent. To top it off, the customer service team is extremely dedicated and thinks outside of the box.
47 N. 2nd St., Old City
Doing vintage in a way that feels fresh and current is no easy feat, and the folks behind this local-adored shop do it exceptionally well. The secret is in the mix of new and old: pre-loved Levi’s, concert tees, and leathers marched alongside Cuttalossa-designed linens, candles, and giftables. Make sure to check in regarding events as the owners constantly host music- and art-themed events.
2029 Frankford Ave., Fishtown
A beautiful, expertly curated one-stop shop for sustainability-conscious parents, this Fishtown boutique is an indispensible resource for non-toxic products, organic-cotton clothing, tried-and-true toys, strollers, and furniture, and so much more. Locals also come here for breastfeeding support groups, cloth diapering workshops, baby-care classes, and for help finding doulas, nannies, and specialists. Their consignment section is a goldmine of gently loved baby clothes, gear, and maternity wear—brilliant.
205 Arch St., Old City
What separates this adorable little toy store from its big-box counterparts is its focus on learning the old-fashioned way: through imaginative play and make-believe. Proof: There’s a play area where kiddos can test out floor models and an arts-and-crafts table, meaning customers are encouraged to stay a while. The toy selection is as vast as it is thoughtful, much of which is blessedly analog for when you need a break from screens, buttons, and the like. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the many in-store events (story time, sing-along, etc.)
1801 N. American St. #1E, Kensington
This craftsman team behind this salvage company has that kind of indelible talent that can make a piece to transform virtually any space. With a reverence for old historic pieces, they turn most anything into functional, stunning pieces (take, for instance, a part of the Long Island boardwalk, which they turned into rustic flooring).
1216 Walnut St., Washington Square West
Housed in a newer and larger location in Midtown Village (they’d been in Callowhill since 2010), this boutique run by husband-and-wife duo Kaz and Yuka Morihata is a veritable love song to their native Japan. Here, a thoughtful selection of porcelain, bento lunch boxes, yoshii towels, and Binchotan charcoal line the shelves. Don’t miss a sampling of the loose leaf tea, which is offered to you upon entering the shop—and easy to re-order thanks to their exhaustive online store should you find yourself hankering for it later.
Shop Sixty Five
128 S. 17th St., Rittenhouse
It’s really no surprise that this relatively new Rittenhouse boutique (undeniably one of the best places to shop in the city) is helmed by former fashion editor. There's Current/Elliott denim, Helmut Lang knits, Dannijo jewelry, and so much more are as wearable as they are on-trend, meaning, you can see exactly where your loot will fit within an existing wardrobe before you bring it home. With its elaborate fireplace, antique furnishings, and gleaming hardwood floors, the layout is more akin to a cool friend’s apartment than a retail space.
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