Ed Hermance, owner of the pathbreaking LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, is looking to make a change, reports WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler.
“I’m hoping to sell the store,” Hermance told her. “I’ve been looking for a partner, a successor for 25 years, and I think I’ve come close several times but it’s never actually happened.”
Hermance says he’s open to proposals from people who’d like to buy the store.
• Owner Selling Philly LGBT Bookstore Giovanni’s Room [G Philly]
Photo: M. Edlow for GPTMC
With so many Center City office buildings turning residential, many small business owners–particularly those in 1616 Walnut Street–have had to make other plans. The future Joan Shepp, one of Walnut Street’s most stalwart fixtures, has been the subject of intense speculation, as it was hard to imagine the store being anywhere else. Shepp herself has been rather downcast about the need to move, but a source tells us that she’s been paying something like $30 per square foot basically since she opened, and it was simply impossible to keep her at a much lower rate than every other tenant now that the building was changing hands.
According to PhillyChitChat, Shepp has finally hit on a new space–featured, appropriately enough, on the Philly-set movie Trading Places–in the Witherspoon Building at Broad and Walnut, quite close to her old shop. Her windows will face onto Walnut Street, and be much more of a showcase than her previous digs. Congrats, Joan.
Photo: Smak Parlour Facebook
The very chic and hip Smak Parlour, headquartered in Old City, recently opened the doors to a pop-up shop at 126 S. 19th Street, formerly home to Skin Palette, and right near the Japanese restaurant Zama. The Smak gals rode around on a pink scooter fliering the neighborhood with news of the store, which–if Facebook comments are anything to go by–has people pretty excited. We’re excited too: Pop-ups are without question the best use of vacant (temporarily or otherwise) property, and this is a perfect fit for Rittenhouse.
Yesterday we broke the news that Madewell and Theory just signed leases on Walnut Street. Madewell will replace Arden B at 1716 Walnut, while Theory will go into 1616 Walnut.
Now Racked Philly reports that the Spanish shoe brand Camper is coming to town–at least, that’s what fashion bible WWD has to say. If the Philly store is anything like the new Nendo-designed Camper store in New York (pictured; photo by Jesse Goff), it’ll be pretty incredible.
Meanwhile, we continue to await the news of which store–or stores–will be moving into the Daffy’s space. We did post a countdown clock based on what a broker told us, but that just made readers hostile because we blew past the deadline by eons. What we believe now, based on multiple tips, is that there will be more than one retailer in the space, and one of those will be some variety of Nordstrom.
A summery dress from Madewell.
Two retail leases have been signed at last: The clothing store Theory will move into 1616 Walnut Street, and women’s clothing retailer Madewell will bring a store to 1716 Walnut.