This week has been a whirlwind of store openings, parties and previews. The ones generating the most buzz are Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack (see my reviews and sneak peeks of each here and here). But, lest we forget, there are two other stores opening their doors today: Timberland in Rittenhouse, and Frey Boutique in Newtown Square.
Tis the season for revamping your wardrobe. Fall’s chillier temperatures are moving in, and giving us the chance to layer up in sweaters, knits and jackets (I hear parkas are big this year!) and throw on some chunky, weather-defying footwear.
Lucky for us, Philly has also seen an influx of new fashion retailers moving in. Just last night I was a guest at a sneak-peek opening of New York discount megastore Century 21 in the old Strawbridges Building (which, let me tell you, brought out the gays in full force), and this weekend will see the opening of Nordstrom Rack (1700 Chestnut Street) and Timberland.
Welcome to what we here at Shoppist HQ have begun calling Opening Week. We’ve got three long-awaited stores opening huge locations in Center City, and all are worth checking out ASAP. Mark your calendars and start making your shopping lists—here’s what Philly welcomes this week.
Here’s some shocking news for you: According to Google’s research on holiday shopping trends, 26 percent of shoppers will have already started their holiday shopping by Halloween this year. Yes, you read that right. As of today, about one-quarter of Americans have already started holiday shopping.
We stumbled upon this curious study on Fashionista and immediately hated these people. They’re sort of like those annoying people at college who finish writing papers weeks before they’re due. Isn’t procrastination half the fun, that frenzied jaunt to the mall seconds before it closes? Hell, I haven’t even bought Halloween candy, let alone Christmas presents.
But is it really so crazy?
Menagerie has officially expanded into a second location in Haverford Square (the original location is in Wayne’s Eagle Village Shops). The boutique is nestled in a prime corner spot at 379 West Lancaster Avenue and will feature the same luxe, beachy-cool aesthetic as its sister store with, of course, tons of covetable accessories, including owner Kate Lawson’s own jewelry line.
For those who thought Manayunk was a black hole of bars and tipsy twentysomethings, we have signs of (retail) hope. First, there’s Nicole Miller, which has been chugging along in its corner spot for 20 years. Then Philadelphia Runner announced it was opening a store in the former TAG Denim space (maybe in time for the Philly Marathon?) And now we’ve got Rowhouse, which officially opened this past Friday.
The vast 2,000-square-foot store at 3610 Sansom Street opened today. It’s still a work in progress, but already the stuff there—from gifty goods to larger furniture and upholstery—looks fantastic.
As previously reported, the new store is the shopping love child of Hello World and Hello Home, and will feature handbag and jewelry lines, Chilewich tabletop and flooring, goods from Umbra, a MoMA retail section, and a gift shop of sorts for the Institute of Contemporary Art. But what to really look out for: the debut of owner James Lamancuso’s new private-label line of custom upholstery and chairs, called Hello Home.
The ever-indefatigable Gawker got its hands on an email Urban Outfitters’ CEO Dick Hayne sent to staffers after offering for sale a mock-bloody Kent State University sweatshirt. It’s… something.
In the last 24 hours we have received a lot of negative publicity and many of you have received communication from friends, family members or those outside the URBN community regarding a Kent State sweatshirt for sale on urbanoutfitters.com that was mistakenly identified as ‘bloody’. We wanted to address this with our community and provide some ‘facts’.
Say goodbye to the Franklin Mills Mall.
As part of a “multimillion dollar” renovation, Franklin Mills Mall’s owner is renaming Northeast Philly’s outlet-shopping mecca Philadelphia Mills. The largest mall in the city has already removed the “Franklin Mills” sign from the main entrance. The mall’s owners, Simon Property Group, say a dozen new retail and dining options will open over the life of the renovation.
“Philadelphia Mills is an important part of the city’s retail history and we look forward to working with the Mills as this incredible asset is transformed and repositioned for a bright future,” City of Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said in a release. This is such a big deal even the city government is weighing in!
Renovation on the exterior has already begun and is expected to finish this year. The grand re-opening is scheduled for fall of 2015, after interior renovations are finished. In addition to a visual refresh, Simon says the mall is adding fancy new restrooms, free Wi-Fi and charging stations.