The most shoppable salon in Phily is The Parlour, which pairs luxe brands with some of their own housemade miracle-workers. | Photo by Courtney Apple.
The shopping here is less of a neat cluster and more of a slowly unfurling trail of gems that leads you all the way up Frankford Avenue to the edge of Kensington. Sure, there are barren pockets along the way, but these speak less to what’s missing and more to the neighborhood’s possibilities. And if what comes along is anything like the fantastically motley collection already here — from the festival-ready baubles and fringed moccasins at Adorn (1314 Frankford Avenue) to the acclaimed selection of antique furniture at 20th Century by HFKA (1311 Frankford Avenue) — we can expect big things.
Coming up next, a La Colombe flagship cafe and distillery next to The Parlour, and rumors of a boutique hotel. Whether this increases foot traffic or just makes parking a nightmare remains to be seen. For now, make a beeline to this brimming retail corridor, where you’ll find everything from an incredible atelier to some of the best vintage shopping in the entire city.
Stop by hair salon The Parlour (1339 Frankford Avenue) for its assortment of top-notch beauty products, including the salon’s own skin-care brand. We recommend asking co-owner Kelley to whip you up a custom face mist, which refreshes the skin and lends an instant dewy glow.
An assortment of the salon's homegrown essential oils.
More vintage abounds at FriendandNemesis (2472 Frankford Avenue), a hair salon/boutique/photo studio that sells a small, oft-rotating selection of vintage, plus incredible accessories by co-owner (and former Kiki de Montparnasse designer) Kristy Lee, and a handful of other not-anywhere-else-in-Philly lines, like Bailey hats and unisex Apothia perfumes.
Kristy Lee and Andreas Billig, the husband-and-wife team behind FriendandNemesis.
A curated selection of vintage at the shop; I walked away with a sculptural gold bangle and a kimono-like watercolor jacket.
With three locations throughout Philly, Jinxed (1331 Frankford Avenue), is a cult-fave for salvaged home goods. I scored an enormous vintage paper sign from an old grocery store, advertising toilet paper. (It's now framed and hanging in my bathroom.) Photo via Bldg 25.
Sandwiched between The Parlour and Jinxed is Toile (1333 Frankford Avenue), the ambitious boutique-cum-design-studio of fledgling designer Bianca De Pietro, who sells her ready-to-wear pieces alongside collections of Philly up-and-comers. Image via Toile.
Catch & Release
Catch & Release (1832 Frankford Avenue) is a kitschy, modern mom-and-pop shop that sells vintage and new items, from housewares to delightful gifty goods.
Catch & Release
(Tip: Look for the $30 vintage ties; each is silk-screened with a custom design and comes in a vintage tin safety deposit box.)
Two Percent to Glory
Make a point to visit endlessly shoppable Two Percent to Glory (2031 Frankford Avenue). Sarah Anderson's store is chockablock with all sorts of vintage treasures, including furniture (I nearly walked out with a massive circular couch, reminiscent of something that'd be on the set of Austin Powers), womenswear, menswear, accessories and other smalls. Image via Marcel's Mint Julep.