About six years ago, I went through a period I call my Monogram Years. It was around the time of my wedding, and my husband and I were registering for gifts. But not just any gifts! Monogrammed gifts. Our towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond? Monogrammed! Our sheets and pillowcases? Monogrammed! I remember feeling an intense wave of nausea when I realized that if I used my personal monogram (not our joint monogram) it would be EGG. As in scrambled. Needless to say, we proceeded with our joint initials—EGJ, the ‘G’ large in the center, a typographical symbol of our love. When my best friend got married, I rattled off the list of things I could get monogrammed for her. “I have a contact,” I told her cryptically. If you overheard our conversation, you’d probably have thought we were discussing where to score meth. It took her weeks to finally spit it out, in a fit of desperation: “I don’t like monograms!”
UPDATE: A reliable source tells us that Anthropologie just re-signed, and will, in fact, be staying on.
The circa-1897 Fell-Van Rensselaer building — or as most refer to it, “the Anthropologie building” at 18th and Walnut — was put on the market this summer. At the time, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni said the estimated price could go as high as $40 million. She also noted that Anthropologie, the upscale Urban Outfitters brand, had a “sweet deal” — $14 per square foot.
Indeed, that’s practically cavity-inducing. Jacob Cooper, vice president of MSC, estimates that the market rent for the 25,000-square-foot space on a blended basis — first, second, and third floors combined –would be between $70 and $90 a foot, particularly considering the nontraditional layout of the property.
Over at our sister site, Shoppist, the news is good for Bucks County Anthro fans: The Promenade development in Newtown Township — which is planned as several retail stores and 26 luxury apartments — has reached “an agreement in principle” with Anthropologie, owned by Urban Outfitters Inc., to be its anchor tenant. The reason the language is tentative right now is because Promenade developers have yet to secure funding for the project, which can’t happen until problems with the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority are resolved.
But Urban Chief Development Officer Dave Ziel is clearly optimistic about the development’s future — and he is not a guy who speaks off the cuff. “Anthropologie is incorporating the final deal points and we are hopeful of completing the transaction is the very near future,” he told the Bucks County Courier Times. (This isn’t the Promenade’s first dance with Anthropologie, which was slated to be a tenant before and then pulled out.)
Huge news on the Bucks Co. retail scene: It looks like Anthropologie is opening an outpost in Newtown. The township will welcome the chain to its Promenade development, according to the Bucks County Courier Times. The developer, Jim Worthington (who also owns the Newtown Athletic Club), noted that they need to deal with a sewer issue first, and then construction will begin.
For a town that’s long been surprisingly light on retail, especially apparel (I should know, I live there), this is a major gain. Hopefully it’ll increase traffic to the few smaller boutiques in the area, and drive more independents to come to the township. After all, a stylish suburban town can’t survive on Gap Body and the mall alone.
Trey Popp says it’s a shame that Talula’s Daily’s chef Scott Megill’s dinner was interrupted by a sales pitch.
But somewhere before dessert and the individually tailored cheese course, our cheerful waitress broke the enchantment of Aimee Olexy’s ode to homespun coziness by delivering what you’d have to call a sales pitch. Everything on the table, she divulged, was a product for sale by Anthropologie.
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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Talula’s Daily [Philadelphia Magazine]
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Something most people don’t realize about me: I’m five-feet-three-inches tall. (Even my husband is a little bit surprised when I take my heels off and drop down about a foot.) So this news excites me just as much as it probably excites you: Walnut Street’s Anthropologie is getting a whole petites section next week. (Go on, take a few minutes to dream about never having to hem your jeans again.)
Aimee Olexy’s Talula’s Daily is open on 7th Street across from Washington Square. In addition to being a gourmet grocery with fresh bread, cheeses, tea, wine and beer, the casual offshoot of Talula’s Garden is also a showcase for retailer, Anthropologie. Talula’s Daily’s table decor is provided by the locally based home and apparel store. The video above showcases Olexy’s newest venture and introduces her to the Anthropologie audience.
Talula’s Daily will also begin offering dinner on August 1st.
Textile designer Janelle Pietrzak moved to the West Coast from Philly last year for what she thought was a temporary stay. But she fell in love with the area and decided to move there for good. There was just one problem: She was still in love with her four-bedroom South Philly home, which she’d spent a lot of time obsessively bringing up to contemporary standards with a new boiler system, new hot water heater, six new windows, a completely renovated and repositioned kitchen with black soapstone counters, new appliances, and new first-floor powder room.
A former Anthropologie employee who worked at the home office in design, trend and fabric sourcing for more than six years, Pietrzak tried to give the home that same “Anthro” feel. She bought a chandelier from Terrain for the vestibule, and papered the space in bright, floral wallpaper. She refinished and installed an antique solid oak foyer door with vintage textured glass. She used salvaged wood for a paneled wall in the living room (with bike racks) and installed an enormous gas pipe bookshelf.
She exposed a brick wall in the dining room and tore down the existing ceiling to replace it with salvaged corrugated metal, and added more salvaged and antique touches, like an old medicine cabinet embedded into the wall, vintage wallpaper and a light fixture made from an industrial whisk.
Aside from her interventions, the home itself already had good woodwork, pine tongue and groove paneling and hardwood floors.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 1,600
Extra space: Basement with workshop area; back yard
Listing: 1718 Wolf Street