- Neighborhood: Center City East, Midtown Village
- 129 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-922-3095
- Cuisine: Wine Bar
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
I adore Era Atomica, the mid-century store that’s as endlessly shoppable as it is wildly cramped. In news that will delight all who ever felt as though they were bulls in Era’s china shop, Passyunk Post reports that the store is moving into bigger, better digs very soon. It’s not a far move—the shop is moving only one block away, to the former Tanquest space at 1835 East Passyunk Avenue—but in terms of gaining valuable retail space, it’s huge. The move will give Era Atomica a whopping three floors and 3,000 square feet of space, which the owners plan to fill with more vintage clothing (a collab with Astro Vintage, who closed their e-store just a few weeks ago), a greater inventory of smalls and larger items like bedroom sets and sectionals, and an on-site workshop where they hope to offer repair and reupholstery services for mid-century furniture.
Look for the move in the next six weeks, after a nuts-to-bolts remodel of the space. Until then, get your mid-century fix with the shop’s huge sales going on right now, like this 1950s telephone table, now 50 percent off.
Photo via Passyunk Post.
You’ve probably seen them about town: Elizabeth Nettles (event planner, Egan Day shopgirl, owner of the best shoe collection in the tri-state area) and Lisa Ertl (design aficionado, event planner, stylist). You might have even seen Elizabeth’s quirky living room in my style section of Philly Mag (that’s a shot of it up there; read more about it here). I’ve gotten a peek at the rest of Nettles’s home—and inside her closet—and I can report that both are bursting with furniture and knickknacks and treasures and, ohmigod, shoes. It’s the sort of collection that has you wishing you lived next door, or across the street, so that you could sneak over in the dead of night and root through her trash for castoffs. For those who can’t bear to trash-pick, you’ll be happy to hear that the stylish duo is hosting another one of their infamous Two Girls Tag Sales on Thursday, right in that bold blue living room.