Best of Gay Philly: Where to Shop in Midtown Village
BestÂ Menâ€™s store
Sport designer styles from Barneyâ€™s Co-Op, a taste of New York City on Phillyâ€™s Rittenhouse Square. To learn more about the Best Men’s Store in Gay Philly: Barney’s Co-Op,Â 1811 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-563-5333.
BestÂ Handmade Gifts
Where else will you find hand-painted cards, fancy hairpins and original prints? Yep, thatâ€™s why we love Art Star. To learn more about the Best Handmade Gifts in Gay Philly: Art Star,Â 623 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 215-238-1557.
BestÂ Kitchen Goods
We sure do miss Fosterâ€™s, but we love the new Kitchenette, the ultimate cookâ€™s paradise. Thereâ€™s even a gift registry in this big and beautiful Gayborhood shop. To learn more about the Best Kitchen Goods in Gay Philly: Kitchenette,Â 117 South 12th Street,Â Philadelphia, 215-829-4949.
Gay-owned Hello World has you covered for bags, jewelry and creative accessories. To learn more about the Best Accessories in Gay Philly: Hello World,Â 257 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, 215-545-5207.
BestÂ Womenâ€™s Store
Sugarcubeâ€”itâ€™s for girls who dress like boys (sometimes). The menâ€™s department is very unisex-friendly, with stylish brands like Pendleton, Big Star and Leviâ€™s Vintage. To learn more about the Best Women’s Store in Gay Philly:Â 124 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 215-238-0825.
BestÂ Kidsâ€™ Fashions
Gay moms and dads have a new place to shop for adorable outfits for the kiddies, and the play area at Nest is a great alternative to (gasp) Chuck E. Cheeseâ€™s. To learn more about the Best Kids’ Fashions in Gay Philly: Nest,Â 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 215-545-6378.
BestÂ Pet Shop
Pet parents can rest assured that Fido is being groomed to the nines at Doggie Style. The independent chain also has super-stylish duds for manâ€™s best friend (and fabulous felines, too). To learn more about the Best Pet Shop in Gay Philly: Doggie Style,Â 1700 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-271-5200.
Philly AIDS Thrift is getting bigger and better every year since it opened in 2005. The new nonprofit space in South Philly has huge preowned-clothing and music departments. Plus, proceeds benefit the AIDS Fund. To learn more about the Best Charity in Gay Philly: Philly AIDS Thrift,Â 710 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, 215-922-3186.
Thereâ€™s a reason MODA Botanica wins prizes each year at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The designs range from all-out lush to completely cutting-edge. Hire Armas Koehler (right) for your gay weddingâ€”now. To learn more about the Best Florist in Gay Philly: MODA Botanica,Â Modabotanica.com.
BestÂ Gift Shop
We donâ€™t know which we like more at Verde: the Marcie Blaine chocolates or the stylish â€śI Heart Phillyâ€ť jewelry and accessories. Either way, no one will return these giftable goodies. To learn more about the Best Gift Shop in Gay Philly: Verde,Â 108 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 215-546-8700.
BestÂ Home Store
Jonathan Adlerâ€™s whimsical homewares make us want to redecorate every seasonâ€”or at least spruce up our sofa with some new pillows. To learn more about the Best Home Store in Gay Philly: Jonathan Adler,Â 33 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 215-574-1999.
BestÂ Custom Suits
This Philly bespoke tailor caught the eye of Hollywood royalty thanks to his custom suits, all hand-sewn in Philly. Commonwealth Proper even has a showroom in Los Angeles now. To learn more about the Best Custom Suits in Gay Philly: Commonwealth Proper,Â 1732 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 215-435-0809.
Giovanniâ€™s Room is the oldest operating gay bookstore in the countryâ€”and for good reason. Many famous authors read here. And longtime owner Ed Hermance will order anything for youâ€”he even has Google eBooks now. To learn more about the Best Books in Gay Philly: Giovanni’s Room,Â 345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, 215-923-2960.
Need a sleeve for your new MacBook Air? A stylus for that new iPad? The folks at Springboard Media are smart and friendlyâ€”and you donâ€™t even have to make an appointment. (Weâ€™re looking at you, Apple Store.) To learn more about the Best Gadgets in Gay Philly: Springboard Media,Â 116 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 215-599-9000.
BestÂ Most Unique Shop
Yes, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction has a store. And we love it for things like the Garrison Bag, Root Soap and Baron Wells Cufflinks. To learn more about the Best Most Unique Shop in Gay Philly: Art in the Age,Â 116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 215-922-2600.