Retail Report: Tons of New Store Openings

Screenshot of  the former Ligne Roset at 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Screenshot of 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Earlier this year we noted how North Third Street had lost two neighborhood staples with the closing of the Three Sirens Boutique and Ligne Roset. But like warm weather sneaking in day by day, so too has new retail been springing up around the area.

Old City: Erdon and Philadelphia Independents
Ligne Roset’s former spot, 162 North Third, is now taken by Erdon, whose owner tells Shoppist the space is a tad small. But hey, with the included storage area, they’re sure to figure out where to put the extra merch. Some three blocks down, Philadelphia Independents, which will carry repurposed furniture and miscellaneous home decor, among other things, is moving in at 35 North Third (pictured above).

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Retail News: Ted Baker London to Open in King of Prussia

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Photo via Ted Baker Spring/Summer Collection

It’s official: Ted Baker London is slated to open the doors at its first Pennsylvania location at King of Prussia Mall on May 2. The 1,817-square foot store will be inspired by Philly’s revered Liberty Bell; the shape of the store as well as a cash till, armed with bells and whistles, will mimic the monument. Maintaining their British roots, the walls will be emblazoned with the lyrics from an English nursery rhyme (charming, right?).

On opening day, the store will be stocked with spring/summer ’14 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections (think bold colors and sporty-chic neoprene).

Shoppers present during opening weekend will be treated to a special gift with purchase as well as giveaways. Fever-Tree premium sparkling beverages will be on tap along with gourmet kettle corn for shoppers throughout the weekend. Can’t make it during opening weekend? There will be an enter-to-win competition running all month. The winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree at the store. We’ll assume that’s incentive enough.

Store Opening Awesomeness: Saint Laurent Opened in King of Prussia

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Philadelphians, meet your new favorite store.

In fashion news that will make you squeal with glee: Saint Laurent (yep, still looks sorta naked without the ‘Yves’) has opened a new store! In Pennsylvania! In the King of Prussia mall! Yes, go on. Let that soak in for a little bit. Okay, here are the details: The space is in the lower level of the Plaza, sandwiched between Ferragamo and David Yurman, right across from Neiman Marcus. It’s 1,800 square feet, and features men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories.

I spoke with the store’s general manager, Jacquelyn Merrin, who confirmed the store opened this morning, without much fanfare (in fact, there were still ladders up yesterday!). “We try to keep it word of mouth,” she said. “We like to keep it exclusive. And the response today has been phenomenal. We’ve had everyone in here checking out the collection. We’re making our stamp.”

The store’s open until 9pm tonight. Go there. Now. (Oh, and welcome to the neighborhood, Hedi.)

King of Prussia, Willow Grove, Radnor Township Top 10 Best Cities in PA

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Image via Wikipedia

Movoto Real Estate released its list of 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania today, and Eastern PA — and this area in particular — does quite nicely, thank you. In addition to looking at amenities, the other criteria — crime, high school graduation rate, median income, cost of living, and home value — were measured against state averages.

Here are the towns in our neck of the woods that make the grade and an explanation of why they did so:

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SOLD: Richard Neutra’s Coveted Coveney House in Gulph Mills

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The legacy of modernist architect Richard Neutra may have been tarnished slightly earlier this year with the demolition of his Cyclorama building at Gettysburg, but his homes are still in demand. One look at the midcentury master’s Coveney House, and it’s easy to see why. Like his modernist peers, Neutra was intent on bringing the outside in, hence the glass-walled living room, three skylights, and ample views of the surrounding 2 acres of trees.

It must have been difficult for the Coveney family to give the house up after 52 years of loving stewardship. Take a look at the gallery below. It’s very much worth it.

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Shoo Fry Celebrates a “Chili” Christmas in July

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French fries are deeply embedded in our nation’s culinary palette. From greasy fast food side dishes to the ultimate snack at baseball games, it doesn’t get much more all-American than a bucket of fries.

But Shoo Fry, which just opened last week in the King of Prussia Mall transforms the ordinary side-dish into a full-fledged meal. Some of their wacky (but awesome?) combos include Pig & The Giant Peach (pulled Pork, Apple-Carrot Slaw topped with Peach-Ginger Sauce), Bad Apple (diced Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, bacon & cheddar cheese) and Shoo Fly Pie Fries (fresh Pie Crust crumbles topped with super “Sweetie” sauce). Or you can go traditional “naked” fries (clothes are optional).

And this Thursday you can celebrate Christmas in July with a FREE chili cheese fry giveaway from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (no purchase necessary). If you do check them out, please report back on how strawberries and potatoes go together.

Shoo Fry [Facebook]

Shoo Fry is located on the 2nd floor of the Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, near the Sears.

Are You Ready To Take The Train to KOP Mall? You’ll have to wait.

PlanPhilly reports:

SEPTA’s next big idea – the King of Prussia Rail Line – is moving forward. This week the Authority hosted a public scoping meeting to provide an update and solicit feedback.

The process of simply planning an extension like this is a long one though, and SEPTA is upfront about that.

“We are many years away from engineering and design,” said Byron Comati, SEPTA’s director of strategic planning and analysis.

He stressed that this is a long-term project and said, “If you don’t plan, you never build, so the planning process has to start somewhere.”

As other observers have noted, SEPTA will mostly want to ensure it has funding enough to maintain its existing routes before it gets into the business of creating new ones. Don’t expect to see that KOP route anytime soon.

Is High-Speed Rail Finally Coming to King of Prussia?

Ever wish you could enjoy the splendors of suburban sprawl without all the sprawling, suburban, traffic? At a public meeting tomorrow, SEPTA will unveil plans to extend the Norristown High Speed line to the King of Prussia Mall and Valley Forge. Right now, you best option from Philly is to take a car or a bus. Both of which will result in I-76-induced road rage. Tomorrow night’s session, of course, will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge smack in the middle of rush hour. “Open House” at 4 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. [Daily News]

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