Exciting Retail News: Century 21 is Coming to Market East

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Photo, Beyond My Ken, via Wikipedia.

[UPDATE 1:45pm] A group of a dozen or so people gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon to hear the mayor and PREIT CEO Joseph Coradino announce—officially—the plans for the retail development at the historic Strawbridge & Clothier building. The deal was signed two days ago, and Century 21 is slated for an October opening. It will be 16,000 square feet, located on the ground level and second floor of the building.

 

[Original 10:38am] We got word this morning that daily newspaper employees would have to stop using the lobby at 801 Market Street as their primary entrance to the building because a retailer is (finally) moving on in. The Inquirer claims it’s Century 21, which is awesome. (I’ve gotten some great designer finds at the massive flagship store in NYC.)

Mayor Nutter is making an official announcement at noon today. Stay tuned for more.

Shop Hand in Hand’s Earth Day Sale Now

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Photo courtesy of Hand in Hand.

Happy Earth Day, Shoppists! Since we’ve not exactly of the green-thumbed variety over here, we’re celebrating Mother Earth by making smart, socially responsible shopping decisions. First up, Hand in Hand, the Philly-based company of husband-and-wife duo Courtney Apple and Bill Glaab. Together, they make the sweetest-smelling soaps (orange blossom, wildflower and fern, lavender, rose water, white tea, sea salt), bath salts and candles with an even sweeter mission.

Click here for sale details.

Covet: The Spring Outfit That Takes You From Work to Alfresco Cocktails

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How to dress for the office this spring and still be ready for post-work cocktails: a blend of loose, airy white pants, a structured denim jacket (a collarless neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves and bolero fit keep it from feeling too casual), a mixed-media necklace, and a pair of strappy sandals (they look sleek beneath a pant cuff, but give just a hint of sexiness when your legs are crossed). Here’s where to get the look: Citizens of Humanity Thalia jacket, $468 at Third Street Habit, Old City. Lizzie Fortunato ‘Fast Lane’ necklace, $495 at Peter Kate, Greenville. 10 Crosby Derek Lam white trousers, $395 at Intermix, Rittenhouse. Stuart Weitzman ‘Ria’ pumps, $498 at Stuart Weitzman, Rittenhouse.

The Secret Pop-Up Sale You Need To Shop Tonight

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A sampling of Per Lei’s summer-perfect offerings. Photo via Facebook.

A word of advice to those trying to get editors to read press releases (shopping editors get a ton of press releases): Don’t use all caps in your subject line. Don’t even worry about marking your email high priority. Just make sure these three words are in the subject line: “secret”, “pop-up”, “sale.” *

Get all the details here.

Make This Your Spring Hostess Gift: Skeem Soaps

Photo via Skeem Soaps.

Photo via Skeem.

Going out of town for Easter weekend or making any weekend trips this spring? Assuming you are, you need to come equipped with a hostess gift. Plus, the way get-togethers crop up in the spring, it’s not always possible to dash out to the store to pick something up. We have your stock-up solution: Philly-based Skeem soaps. (Yes, this is the same company that makes those gorgeous glass-encased candles!) The soaps come in sumptuous spring-appropriate fragrances like grapefruit zest, blood orange, and lilac dandelion, so they’re kind of irresistible. Our tip: Buy a few at a time and keep them tucked away for unexpected occasions. And if you decide to keep one or two for yourself, we won’t tell.

Is the Philadelphia Airport the New Mall? Pilot & Captain Seems to Think So

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To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a retail location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?

To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.

Click here to read the interview!

Street Style: Where The Huffington Post’s Senior Beauty Editor Shops

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Dana L. Oliver

‘Hood: Washington Square Park

Day Job: Senior beauty editor at The Huffington Post

Where We Found Her: Soaking up the sun while enjoying papaya and kiwi gelato from Capogiro.

What She’s Wearing: Warby Parker glasses, Equipment top, Armani Exchange boyfriend jeans, Alex and Ani gold bracelets and Jimmy Choo calf-hair loafers.

Where She Shops: ”I love shopping at all the high-street stores on Walnut Street like Zara. But I also love dipping into the thrift stores for standout accessories.”

Sound Bite: ”My style is bold and brilliant like my Afro.”
Click here for more.

Skirt Boutique Launches New Shopping Box Service

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Part of Skirt’s Style Box questionnaire.

We at Shoppist love local boutiques probably more than anyone else, but we have to admit, online shopping is really freakin’ convenient sometimes. Still, when you need a new outfit stat and the only option is to tack on $20.95 for overnight delivery, sometimes even that isn’t fast enough. That’s where Skirt comes in.

And they’re even faster than Amazon.

5 Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

“Get your billion back, America!”

Every time I see that commercial, I wonder how weird it would be if that guy was actually your tax guy. (Yep, that affable man in the bow tie is named Richard Gartland, and he really is a “senior tax preparer” for H&R Block in California. He also did this clip with Ellen, and it’s hilarious.) Then I wonder how much I’ll get back in my tax return this year—maybe a billion, like Richard promised!—and then I plot exactly how I will spend it all.

This is what I’ve come up with, because filing your taxes is no fun but tax returns are really quite lovely.

Click here for a Tax Return Shopping List!

Street Style: What a Fashion Buyer Wears on Weekends

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Ashley Taylor and her pup, Mischa

‘Hood: Rittenhouse

Day Job: Northeast director and buyer for Piper Boutique

Where We Found Her: On her way to take Mischa to the park and meet a friend for lunch at Continental Midtown

What She’s Wearing: A vintage Hermès-inspired silk shirtdress from Sazz Vintage in Old City; Sam Edelman lattice zipper wedges; Urban Outfitters black hobo.

Where She Shops: Piper Boutique. “It’s very simple: I buy merchandise that I want for myself and when it arrives at the store, I pull my size and sell the rest on the floor.”

Sound Bite: ”I have the ability to dress with versatility. I spend a lot of time people-watching and I pull my style inspirations through this. But you can never go wrong with a graphic tee and a fitted blazer.”

Click here for more puppy photos!

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