WTF Lists: Philadelphia Ranked #2 Shopping City In the World (Huh?)

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Ninobrand and Commonwealth Proper, two of Philly’s top shopping spots. | Photos by Courtney Apple.

Well, here’s a distinction that raised some eyebrows around the office: a Condé Nast Traveler reader’s choice list ranked Philadelphia as the second-best shopping city in the world. Let that sink in for a moment.

Yep. There we are, nestled right between Barcelona, Spain, and Hong freaking Kong. We beat out Tokyo (#19), Houston (#16), Florence (#11), and Paris (Paris!) which came in at a head-scratching #23. The last of the 24 cities on the list? New York City.

No one beats the ‘Philly is an amazing shopping town!’ drum more than me. I love our retail landscape, from our national newcomers to our tried-and-true boutiques. Our shopping options are getting better and more varied each year. But #2 in the world? No way.

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Pubic Hair, Lilly Pulitzer and Nordstrom Rack: Shoppist’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

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It’s been a big year here at Shoppist. The retail landscape in Philly is ever-changing (Burberry out! Michael Kors in! Uniqlo’s takeover! Century 21 madness! Joan Shepp … in an old mattress store?) and the shopping is as good as ever.

We’ve told you about vagina beauty treatments, dished the crazy makeup secrets you’ll learn at a Philly prison, and showed you the best holiday gifts in local stores. We also broke news on store openings (and, sigh, closings) and gave you sneak peeks at stores before they opened to the public. Unsurprisingly, these were some of the most popular posts of the year. But it’s not all store previews and retail news—you guys also had some pretty strong opinions about pubic hair and the Oxford Valley Mall. Here’s a look at the top 10 posts of 2014. Have a happy new year, and we’ll see you in 2015.

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Stream It: Top 20 Workout Songs of 2014

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In the past year, we’ve put together many a playlist over here at Be Well Philly. And all of this playlist-making was great preparation for our very last playlist of the year: Our top 20 favorite workout songs of the year—’tis the season for “best of” lists, after all. On this playlist, you’ll find a little bit of everything, from Miranda Lambert to Jennifer Lopez (um, can we talk about how enviable her abs are?) to Hozier, and more. And if you feel like something is missing, that something would be Taylor Swift whose “Blank Space” would no doubt have made the list, but alas, her music is no longer available on Spotify. Your loss, Taylor.

Now, grab your headphones and your running shoes and make these last workouts of the year count. And if you’re feeling nostalgic (this time of year tends to have that effect, doesn’t it?), head over here to stream our favorite workout songs from 2013.

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5 Reasons Philadelphia Should Be Thankful

And the No. 1 reason to be thankful...

And the No. 1 reason to be thankful…

It’s Thanksgiving Week! That means — it addition to some well-deserved time off for most of us — it’s time to actually contemplate what makes us thankful. Let me offer five suggestions for Philadelphia in 2014:

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Four Lessons Philadelphia Can Learn from The Simpsons

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A scene from The Simpsons, “Jury of the Damned.”

I’m not (necessarily) proud of it, but I spent most of my weekend with The Simpsons. At best, I’m a casual fan, but on a rainy Saturday, FXX’s 24-hour, 552-episode Simpsons marathon proved to be a pretty seductive mix of cozy nostalgia, surprisingly timeless writing, and non-judgmental hangover company.

Then, things got weird. After six or so uninterrupted hours in Springfield, it became apparent that the allegedly fictional town is based on none other than Philadelphia.

Officially speaking, series creator Matt Groening claims that Springfield is inspired by a number of generic small towns, and the ambiguity of where, exactly, it could exist is a long-running joke on the show (trust me — I haven’t got off my couch in days). Briefly, the honor went to Springfield, Vermont, when Fox held a contest promoting The Simpsons Movie.

However, Philadelphians will recognize the mix of casual corruption, enthusiastic alcoholism, rabid fandom, and blood-sucking, soul-crushing monopolies as, well, home sweet home.

Personally, I’m OK with this — I can get down with a place where my jeans stay in style for 25 years. My issue is that Springfield has, over the years, figured out how to do Philadelphia better than Philadelphia.

Here’s what we could learn, or at least stand to remember, from our four-fingered friends.

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