Best of Philly: 7 Shops to Help You Create the Home of Your Dreams

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Photo by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-based home decor shops, as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Curating a home that feels entirely you is one of the more fun challenges that come with adulthood, but is still a challenge in and of itself. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of all home decor shops in Philadelphia to help you outfit the pad of your dreams. From top-secret Instagram steals on home furniture to boozy barn sales, here are the Best of Philly winners for all things home decor, from fancy to refurbished:  Read more »

Best of Philly: These Philadelphia-Made Goods Are Just Too Good

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Photography by Ashley Crandall for Philadelphia Magazine

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-made goods as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

We get it — really, we do. When you hear “artisan-made,” you just want to roll your eyes (similarly to when the words “farm-to-table” or “chick’n” cross your path). But we urge you to hold onto those eyeballs for just a minute longer while we convince you that Philly’s handmade scene is bigger, better and more refined than ever. From handcrafted kids shoes to African-inspired menswear, Philadelphia-made goods are stepping up to the plate. And to be clear, we don’t love these products because they’re made in Philly — we love them in their own right, and the Philly-made aspect is just an added bonus. Here’s the best of the small-batch bunch: Read more »

Best of Philly: Eat More Fried Chicken

Best of Philly Fried Chicken Sandwich at Samwich | Photo by Jason Varney

Best of Philly Fried Chicken Sandwich at Samwich | Photo by Jason Varney

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in fried chicken as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Everyone is getting in on the fried-chicken-slapped-on-a-bun game these days, but the fried chicken sandwich (pictured) at Samwich (1040 North American Street, #1101, Northern Liberties, and 600 Catharine Street, Bella Vista) rises above the finger-lickin’ fray. A spice-blended, crispy-skinned, buttermilk-brined bird is topped with house-made bacon, pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing and sweet and sour pickles. You’ll need two hands and about 20 napkins.

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The Ultimate Guide to the DNC

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images.

The Parties and Events
The actual convention is hardly the most exciting thing happening in town. So whether you’re here for her or here to drink, there’s an event, festival or shindig for you. By Ashley Primis

Keep Bernin’
Sanders diehards: Here’s where you’ll find your people. By Kacie Iwasky

The Protests
With POTUS, hundreds of elected officials and thousands of media in town, Philly will be the ideal venue for those who have something to say (or scream). Here’s who’ll be marching down Broad, camped out in FDR Park and swarming City Hall. By Dan McQuade

WATCH: Here’s the DNC Stage Where Hillary Clinton Will Accept Nomination

The DNC Drink-cision Is Upon Us
Tired of all the political talk? Here’s an election with two candidates that are a little easier to swallow. By Chelsea Portner

Kenney, Other Philly Pols Added to Lineup of DNC Speakers
The DNC announced today Mayor Jim Kenney, Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and Congressmen Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle will speak. By Dan McQuade

Clinton Campaign to Hold Post-DNC Rally Near Liberty Bell
The campaign says that it will be a chance for Pennsylvanians to hear from Clinton. By Brian Thomas

Five Big Ways Philly’s Not Ready to Show Off for the DNC
We’re about to invite the world into our living room (again). But we’re still failing at some pretty basic, embarrassing stuff. By Liz Spikol

The DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town” Scavenger Hunt Officially Begins
The more donkeys you find, the better the prizes. By Talia Balakirsky

Pets: The Urban Dog Owners’ Guide to Philadelphia

A dog walker at Mario Lanza Park | Photography by Christopher Leaman

A dog walker at Mario Lanza Park | Photography by Christopher Leaman

We’re not exactly sure when it happened. First your neighbor got a puppy, then you thought about adopting a rescue. You’ve seen them in the park, on the sidewalks, and eventually in your favorite restaurant. You’ve stopped to pet them. You’ve stepped in their business. With roughly one canine for every four people in the city, there’s no denying it — Philadelphia is officially dog-crazy. It might seem tough to care for anything bigger than a shih tzu in a town that’s among the nation’s worst for yard space. But take a walk through any neighborhood or open your window, and you’ll see and hear proof that Philly is practically overrun by pooches. So whether you’re a proud (perhaps obsessive) owner, thinking of joining the club, or just fascinated by our growing canine culture, you’ll love this guide to the Philly dog experience — fun, fresh activities, the best parks and essential services, etiquette advice to keep your dog (and its owner) from infuriating everyone around you, and more. (Tip number one: Always watch where you’re walking.)

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Hillary Clinton for President: The Philadelphia Magazine Endorsement

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

This figures. Philadelphia hosts its first Democratic National Convention since Harry Truman was selected in 1948, and the two presumptive presidential nominees are none other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two most reviled major-party candidates in the history of American political polling.

That’s not hyperbole. According to the polls, as many as 59 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump. Very nearly as many say the same of Clinton. Big as those numbers are, they fail to capture the loathing and dread that’s gripped the electorate. And who can blame us?

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The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

Jersey Shore Food Guide: 20 Best Shore Restaurants

Lobster bake at Quahog's Seafood Shack, Stone Harbor | Photo by Jason Varney

Lobster bake at Quahog’s Seafood Shack, Stone Harbor | Photo by Jason Varney

At some point — maybe during one of those gray February days — a thought pops into your head: ice cream. Two scoops of mint chocolate chip. In a waffle cone. At your favorite Shore shop. Or maybe you remember a family tradition — getting up early with the kids and biking to Oves, then all of you licking your fingers clean of cinnamon sugar from the warm doughnuts you just devoured. There’s more: the mid-beach-day pizza break, the bayside seafood-shack feast, the giant stack of puffy pancakes … Shore weekends are, of course, about beaches and bikes and late-night games of dominoes, but nothing quite captures summer like the delicious tastes we dream about all winter. Here are dozens of ways to make sure every bite counts this year.

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