To help make your XPoNential Music Festival artist selections a little more bearable, we lay out some of our favorites that you should keep an ear out for. First up, five artists you already know and love:
Come summer, Princeton’s collegiate crowd clears out, making this the perfect time to enjoy the area’s quaint, brainy charm. Here’s where to go first.
Brick Farm Market
With a juice bar, a cheesemonger, house-dried sausages and polished-concrete floors, this lofty market feels more Brooklyn than Jersey. But in fact, Brick Farm Market has rather bucolic roots: It was founded last year by Robin and Jon McConaughy, owners of the nearby Double Brook Farm, as a place to sell the many sustainable products that come from their acres. The pair are somewhat new to the agro biz — they had one of those life-changing Michael Pollan moments a decade ago — and their fresh perspective is what makes this place so memorable. Just 15 minutes from downtown Princeton, it’s worthy of a stop for a snack, a meal, or ingredient-gathering on your way back to Philly.
Go here for: A hip twist on a country farm stand. 65 East Broad Street, Hopewell.
We Philly Mag editors have all had our fair share of spray tans. Nearly all of us pop in for an on-the-go glow before big events and appearance, and each year we try out countless places for Best of Philly—sometimes we walk out looking all glowy and fabulous; sometimes we walk out looking bizarrely orange and streaky. (Philly Mag legend has it that a staffer was once laughed out of the office after a particularly bad spray-tan experience.) So we’re pretty much spray-tan experts here, and we’ve all got our favorite haunts. Here, where we girls who’ve tried ‘em all go for our faux glows.
Philly Art Center
Philly Art Center (PAC), winner of “Best of Philly 2012,” is the ultimate playground for burgeoning Picassos. PAC offers summer camps for kids of skill levels ranging from ages 4-12 from June 23rd to August 29th. Each theme-based week treats kids to a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities led by brilliant and thoughtful teaching artists. Treat your kids to a summer vacation in the land of imagination. Registration is open, but space is limited. 2501 Olive Street (Fairmount location), and 514 Bainbridge Street (Queen Village location.)
The 21st-century flea market has nothing to do with junk. Need proof? These five local emporiums offer some of the best finds in the region.
Calling Clover a flea market is like confusing the Rittenhouse Hotel with a Holiday Inn. The popularity of this upscale marketplace — in different locations all year long — has skyrocketed since it began five years ago. That’s all due to founder Janet Long’s discerning eye and strict standards. (Each of the 100-plus vendors is vetted by Long before securing a coveted market spot.) She aims for a nice mix, too, which means you’ll find groovy ’60s artwork and sideboards made from old farmhouse wood alongside vintage-y glass cloches and jewelry crafted from antique china.
Go Here For: Quality home goods all in one place. // Locations in Ardmore, Chestnut Hill and Center City.
The Market Street divide is perhaps never so stark as in Old City. Head south and find a desert of fading bars and restaurants, but wander north and discover one of the best clusters of boutiques in the entire city.
Old City packs in some of the best shopping in the city. From indie boutiques to local designers to a hidden stash of specs, here are 10 reasons to make this your next shopping jaunt.
Look past the flash and splash of Walnut’s national outposts and you’ll find some of the most upscale independents in town, each one buoyed and validated by the very interlopers that have pushed them further from Philly’s most hallowed retail stretch of Walnut, between 15th and 18th streets.
Here are some of the best reasons to wander beyond Walnut, including the best shoeshine in the city, two top beauty bars, and a high-fashion atelier that turns out some of the coolest clothes we’ve seen.
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.
You think of 13th Street and think first of the Marcie Turney and Val Safran foodie empire: Grocery, Barbuzzo, Lolita. But also notable, and perhaps more impressive, are the duo’s two boutiques. After all, to get chef-obsessed Philadelphians to celebrate a restaurant is one thing; to get them to clamor over a shop is another. Home atelier Open House (107 South 13th Street) and gift shop Verde (108 South 13th Street) paved the way for others to come.
Here, the other must-visit shops that make Midtown Village a shopping destination, including a gem-hunter’s paradise, soaps that smell so good you want to eat them, and one of the city’s best vintage troves.