BREAKING: Superior Shoes Is Closing; Philly Shoe-Lovers Freak Out


Where soles are saved. |Photo via Google Maps.

Bad news for the Philadelphians who’ve relied on Superior Shoe Repair to fix their fanciest footwear: the shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Owner Won Song confirmed this afternoon that he would be closing up shop on December 31st. He told me over the phone that the building (1501-1505 15th Street) has been sold and all existing businesses were given two months’ notice to vacate. The building was bought by PREIT (who, it should be noted, also own the Club Monaco property located just next door).

Get details on a new location here.

Nail Art! 10 Most Festive Manicures from Philly Salons


Like wearing red and green or a fair isle sweater, a festive manicure sends a message to the world that you are majorly psyched about holidays—like a female version of Buddy the Elf, or Clark Griswold, the traditional beacons of holiday festivity. Head to one of these Philly spas and salons (Rescue Spa, Lacquer Lounge, Polish Nail Lounge, and Mi Cumbia) and embrace the season with everything from understated emerald polish to a sparkling snowflake to a meticulous beaded Christmas tree. But hurry: Christmas is officially one week away.

Manis galore ahead!

Shoppist Gift List, Day 18: Moss Mills Clutches At Style Camp

FoxOur discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ll unveil our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

The best indication that a gift will be a hit? When the store can’t keep it in stock. This is the case with the Moss Mills clutches found at Style Camp in Chestnut Hill. The store’s owner, Natalie, told me that after a Facebook post showing one of the bags went up, the calls came pouring in and the bags instantly sold out. She’s ordered more, but they’ll go quickly. And it’s no wonder: The leather envelope clutches are handmade and feature quirky hardware (a fox, reindeer, a horse head) for a one-size-fits-all gift that’s about as cool as they come.

Click here for price and how to buy.

Market Report: 23 One-Size-Fits-All Gifts To Give This Season


  • Avoid the tricky guesswork of determining sizes by stocking up on one-size-fits-all gifts like clutches, earrings and headphones. Here, 23 ideas to get you started. [Pop Sugar]
  • Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and Heidi Klum have all made (ahem, designed) Build-A-Bears for Operation Bobbi Bear, a South African charity that protects sexually abused children. We assume they’re infinitely better than anything we made at the mall. [Vanity Fair]
  • Talk about tried and true: These are the top-selling mascaras from big brands like Clinique, Dior and MAC. [The Zoe Report]

Up Next: Hanukkah-inspired beauty products and 50 Cent’s sales pitch.

Shop at These Rittenhouse Stores and Get a Free Shake Shack Treat



Cheers to you, city shoppers. | Photo by Evan Sung.

Center City shoppers are in for a treat—literally. From now until December 31st, shoppers who make any purchase at Knit Wit, Ellelauri or Aoki Boutique will be able to get a complimentary cup of salted caramel hot chocolate at the Shake Shack in Center City (20th and Sansom Street) with proof of purchase. We haven’t been this psyched about a pairing in a while.
Click here for more info!

The Edit: 11 Pairs of Double-Sided Earrings



Jewelry designers are finally maximizing earring real estate with the advent of double-sided earrings. Rather than fastening your earring with clunky metal backs, or worse, the well-intentioned plastic variety, utilize both ends of the post with backs that create streamlined shapes or an unexpected profile. The best part? Most double-sided earrings give the illusion of being simple studs, so it’s  a subtle way of adding some extra sparkle or hardware.

Price and store details ahead!

Shoppist Gift List, Day 17: Duke & Winston Modern Gents Gift Box


Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Several go-to guys gifts fall under the slightly more formal category (like ties and cufflinks), but if you know your intended giftee is of the less buttoned-up variety, we suggest going casual. Enter: Duke & Winston‘s Modern Gents Box. It includes an In Duke We Trust Hat, a Casual Gentleman Tee, a Embroidery Hoodie and a Horween Leather Card Wallet. Plus, it’s a deal; the box usually retails for $182 and it comes wrapped. Done, and done.

Click here to find out where to buy it.

Market Report: The Best And Worst Store Credit Cards

  • Come holiday shopping season time, some of those store credit cards can look mighty tempting. Here’s a roundup of the best and worst store credit cards on the market. [Racked]
  • The best indicator of jeans’ elasticity? If four very flexible professional dancers can wear them—while dancing. [Elle]
  • American Apparel’s Dov Charney has been fired again. Yes, again. [Gawker]

Keep reading for more fashion and beauty news.

Please Wrap All Your Presents In This Glorious Paper From Paper Source


While perusing the interwebs for standout gift wrap for an upcoming post (keep an eye out!), I stumbled across this glorious Philly-centric paper from Paper Source. Ultimately, I decided its vintage-inspired color scheme and regional charm warranted its own space in Shoppist’s blogroll. Printed to include most of downtown, the only folks that miss out are true West Philadelphians—sorry, gang.

We’d pair the sepia-toned wrap with some understated baker’s twine and a complementary gift tag for a present that shows Philly pride while still looking perfectly Martha Stewart-esque. The best part? You can pick up a roll right in Center City. (We checked.)

Keep reading to find out where to buy it.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow


It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

Keep reading for more info.

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