Your Shame-Free Guide to the Best Philly Sex Shops

Condom Kingdom | Photograph by Christopher Leaman

Condom Kingdom | Photograph by Christopher Leaman

1. Condom Kingdom

437 South Street, Queen Village.

If Disneyland went X-rated, it’d be something like this South Street stalwart, which mixes bachelorette-party kitsch (penis-shaped candy) with fetish gear (nipple clamps) in a cartoonish space that looks like a cross between a kinky cave and an ancient castle, with stone walls, ponds, and a condom-bedecked tree. Corny? A tad. Fun? Absolutely. Go here for: A user-friendly, accessible playground for entry-level enthusiasts.  Read more »

Day in the Life: Christopher Dodson

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I wake up around 5:30 a.m. If it’s an OR day, I start my first case around 6:30 at the Rothman Institute. In the operating room, I listen to ’90s and 2000s R&B. Sometimes I’ll see some of the older patients smile when they hear it before they fall asleep. Read more »

Reuben “Big Rube” Harley Is Philly’s Most Beloved Hustler

Photograph by Adam Jones

Photograph by Adam Jones

I don’t want to get my picture taken.

It’s a soupy Wednesday afternoon, and I’m four months pregnant. I’m exhausted, pasty-white with nausea, and wearing the only pants that fit, which are so stretched in the legs that even my knees look bloated. I tell Big Rube I’m not camera-ready as soon as I see him, which is at the Starbucks at 19th and Chestnut. He’s impossible to miss, a 300-plus-pound guy in a Big Bird-yellow rain jacket that envelops his massive frame like a tarp. As always, he has a camera looped around his neck. He smiles and smothers me in a bear hug.

“Nah,” he says. “We shooting you today. You stylin’.” Read more »

Day in the Life: Palette Group Founder Nate Nichols

Nate Nichols | Photograph by Jillian Guyette

Nate Nichols | Photograph by Jillian Guyette

I wake up at 6:30 a.m. to work out. I get to my studio by 8:30. The first thing I do there is boil water for pour-over coffee. I only drink single-origin varieties from Central or South America. ReAnimator Coffee is the office favorite.  Read more »

The Philly Guy’s Grooming Manual: Best Barbershops and Salons for Men’s Cuts

Barber on 24th’s buzzy shop, far left, and pomades to recreate the look at home. | Photos by Jauhien Sasnou

Barber on 24th’s buzzy shop, far left, and pomades to recreate the look at home. | Photos by Jauhien Sasnou

For the Reluctant Groomer: Meister’s Barbershop

If the temptation to DIY is strong, defer to the five-person team at this intimate shop. For the uninitiated: It’s first-come, first-serve (they don’t take appointments; expect a line), and the near-uniform approach to cuts — subtle gradational fading on the sides, full on top — is universally flattering. Tip: The longer wait for scissor time with owner Rob Baumiester is totally worth it. // Starting at $26; 1810 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.  Read more »

The Best Indie Toy Shops in Philadelphia and the Suburbs

Ardmore's Puccimanuli is packed with toy cars, board games and plush animals. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Ardmore’s Puccimanuli is packed with toy cars, board games and plush animals. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

For One-and-Done Shopping: Puccimanuli // Odds are your giftee list spans different ages and interests. Tick ’em off in record time at this all-encompassing toy emporium, where the owner — who regularly hits the toy-fair circuit for new, special finds — stocks enormous stuffed animals, art kits for burgeoning creatives, a mind-boggling assortment of dolls, and even a tightly curated lineup of artisan-made goods (like wooden tops and puzzles). Bonus: Gift-wrapping is complimentary. // 35 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore.  Read more »

A Day in the Life: Fashion Maven Beth Buccini

Photography by Courtney Apple

Photography by Courtney Apple

You’ve likely heard Beth Buccini’s name before—whether it’s being touted alongside her über-successful boutiques, Kirna Zabête, or simply because her standout style is regularly photographed. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the fashion maven is also a local gal, taking up residence in nearby Chadds Ford with her husband and four children. She also just opened the newest outpost of Kirna Zabête in Bryn Mawr. This month, we chatted with Buccini to get the scoop on her closet workhorses, her favorite eccentric accessories and this year’s holiday card.


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The Sinister, Glitter-Fueled Truth Behind My Annual Holiday Cards

Illustration by Angela Rio

Illustration by Angela Rio

Something happens to me around Christmastime, and it involves glitter.

Each year, just after Thanksgiving, I suddenly take leave of my senses, convince myself I’m crafty, and become obsessed with hand-making my holiday cards. I scour the shelves of Paper Source and the pages of Martha Stewart Living, setting unrealistic and downright masochistic goals: Yes! I think. This year I’ll embroider messages onto tiny squares of linen and deliver them by dove!  Read more »

Day in the Life: Kriti Sehgal

Photography by Courtney Apple

Photography by Courtney Apple

I wake up every morning between 6 and 6:30 a.m. If I don’t have a physical activity planned for the day, I try to get one in before work. Then I get ready, read, and do some emails before I head to Pure Fare for my morning smoothie — usually the Avocado Key Lime. Read more »

The Anti-Black-Friday Shopping Calendar

Life's Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Life’s Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12
Lagos Sample Sale
Shop sparkly baubles at 50 percent off during this highly anticipated annual sale. Pro tip: Arrive at least two hours early (doors open at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday) to snag a good spot in line; once inside, make a beeline for diamond-dotted rings. 441 North 5th Street, fourth floor, Callowhill. Read more »

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