So you’ve made the decision to brave the streets of Philly during Papal Visit 2015; your shopping game face is on and you’ve mentally prepped (or prayed) that you can handle the insanity of the crowds. Your mission? To score the cutest, quirkiest Pope merchandise for you and your out-of-towner family and friends. We’ve already looked into which boutiques are staying open this weekend, and now we have the scoop on which of our favorite shops are carrying the best (read: not cheesy) gifts and souvenirs to commemorate this historic Philly moment. Because bootleg Pope tees sold on street corners are so not the things to buy. Read more »
In the grand list of things we do in the name of beauty and self-maintenance, bikini waxes are down at the very bottom of the list. They’re painful and, even worse, inexplicably awkward. But if you’ve gotta get it done, you’re best getting it done at one of these spots. I can’t promise that it won’t be painful, but it’ll be thorough, quick, and as comfortable as possible (read: less small talk, more expert efficiency). Read more »
Off-the-rack doesn’t always cut it the age of custom everything. Here, six local services, from artisanal cobblers to jewelers, that forgo mass production in lieu of the ultimate luxury: made-to-order. Read more »
I follow a lot of Philly shops on Instagram. It helps me keep my finger on the pulse of the retail scene, and quite often it’s the go-to place for boutiques to release breaking news and post new arrivals. But they’re not just posting sneak peeks on their Instagram feeds; stores are also fielding purchase requests and sometimes updating their feeds up to 50 times a week.
It’s the new merchandising trend: vintage stores are posting their new buys to Instagram to provide the most up-to-date stock information without shoppers needing to constantly call or visit the stores. If shoppers find something they like, they need only call the shop to purchase the item or put it on hold and the item will be available for pick-up. If you’re someone who gets overwhelmed poring over mounds of merch, then this hyper-selective shopping method is just for you. Here, five Philly vintage shops that post their wares to Insta. We’ll be over here clicking the refresh button. Read more »
A toasty caffeine fix needn’t be limited to coffee. Here’s how to best enjoy tea’s indisputable resurgence.
For cozy atmosphere:
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, Northern Liberties // This whimsical tearoom and herbal apothecary sells a bevy of authentic loose-leafs — like its tried-and-true chai — that have garnered quite the fan base. The quaint interior is irresistible — knickknack-strewn counters, pillows piled high in the booths, a clientele usually enthralled by a game of chess — making it the perfect place to curl up with a book and transport yourself. // 713 North 4th Street. Read more »
Turn the chilling temps into something memorable by renting one of these postcard-perfect (totally luxe!) wooden cabins for a weekend this winter. Read more »
Easily the most fail-safe Valentine’s Day gift, flowers have come a long way from the dozen red roses cliché. From the Paris-inspired to the super luxe, floral arrangements are fresher than ever (both literally and figuratively). Here, eight local florists in Philly, the Main Line and Bucks County that are serving up flora worth fussing over. Read more »
Following Starbuck’s announcement of the Chestnut Praline latte, its first new holiday beverage since 2009, some seasonal beverage devotees found themselves clutching their PSL’s for dear life. Luckily, the beauty benefits of pumpkin and its autumnal cohort are infinitely better than its sugary beverage counterpart. And even better? You scan score these fun get-you-glowing-from-within beauty treatments right here in Philly and the ‘burbs. New fall tradition, anyone?
What A Good Dog // Frazer
Owner Mary Remer, who’s spent more than 30 years training dogs, believes socialization makes most canines happiest, so she designed her state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot facility around that concept. There are 20 play yards and five fields for small-group romping, a misting system for refreshing dogs, and an indoor agility course. Come sleepy-time, staffers match dogs to their neighbors by breed, age, sex and temperament to reduce anxiety. Overnight stays come with lots of time in the sun; you can also add one-on-one leash walks, games of catch, swimming lessons and straight-up cuddle time. go here for: Extra love and attention for your senior dog. // 295 Three Tun Road.
When the spa moved to 16th and Walnut, it expanded its services (hello, Best of Philly 2014 winner for blowouts!). But we really love the new location for its bigger, better selection of beauty products, now organized in a huge display section worthy of the luxury brands it carries. Here you can score hard-to-find products like Valmont and Biologique Recherche skincare, Keiko Mecheri and Serge Lutens perfumes, Chantecaille makeup, Rene Furterer shampoos and conditioners, and James Read self-tanning lotions. It’s basically the best of all European beauty brands in one sleek space. Better yet: Their website makes it easy to shop online, too.
Go here for: The cult-favorite P50 cream, which magically turns tired, dull skin into dewy-fresh perfection. See owner Danuta’s skin for proof.
1601 Walnut Street, Center City, shoprescuespa.com.
You’ll find more luxe picks at this beauty store, which has a quaint boutique feel that belies its national-chain status. They’ve got the beauty world’s top brands—La Mer, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Trish McEvoy—and knowledgable salespeople to help you find what you need. For skincare, the M-61 line (created by Bluemercury’s founder Marla Malcolm Beck) is one of the best for brightening and tightening skin.
Go here for:
1701 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse; 3603 Walnut Street, University City; 42 St. James Place, Suburban Square, Ardmore; 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne; bluemercury.com.