Retail News: Urban Outfitters “Lifestyle Village” Project is Revived

An artist's rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters' $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

A 2013 rendering of URBN’s plans for the Devon Yard complex. | Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

Remember that Devon Yard project, URBN’s cool-kid answer to the strip mall? A brief run-down: Urban Outfitters’ parent company announced it was building a $100 million complex, complete with Terrain and Anthropologie outposts, restaurants, some sort of wellness facility, a boutique hotel and a specialty food market. Everyone got very excited and then … silence.

Finally, though, we’re seeing some signs of life on that “lifestyle village.” Last week, our sister blog Property reported that the project’s developers have sought a zoning code amendment, which is a small but crucial step in getting Devon Yard off the ground. Go here to see the plans for the village. (A note: The plans includes apartments, in case you’ve ever wanted to actually live inside Terrain/Anthro).

Old City Is Getting an Awesome New Home and Lifestyle Shop


A sneak peek of Meadowsweet Mercantile’s Mercantile’s new shop; the Manayunk location. | Photos via Facebook.

One person’s loss is another’s gain, and this adage holds true for neighborhoods, too. Case in point: Manayunk, which loses one its best stores, Meadowsweet Mercantile, today. The picture-perfect vintage/reclaimed/handmade home and lifestyle shop officially closed its Main Street location yesterday, though it will be having a major moving sale this weekend (more on that later). The shop is relocating to Old City, and will soft-open at 47 North 2nd Street on Friday, May 1st.

About that moving sale: Head to the Manayunk location (4390 Main Street) this Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm to score some deals on the shop’s coolly rustic merch.

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Retail News: Macy’s in Suburban Square Is Closing


Macy’s in Suburban Square. | Google Maps.

Suburban Square might be getting a Madewell next month, but the open-air shopping center is losing its department store. A rep from Macy’s confirmed that the company will be terminating its Ardmore lease in early 2016. The store will continue operations throughout 2015. Expect a final clearance sale around March of next year (these usually last about eight weeks, according to the rep), and a final closing around April.

No word on what will be taking its place, but stay tuned.

The 10 Most Insane Lilly Pulitzer for Target Auctions on Ebay Right Now


Feast or famine. (left) An empty rack at the Malvern Target at 8:30am Sunday morning, photo by Carrie Denny. (right) A greedy shopper, photo via Twitter user TypicalFeminist.

Yesterday, the 19th day of April in the year of our Lord 2015, the clouds parted, angels sang, and the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launched in stores and online. If you slept through the early-morning chaos, here’s a short timeline of what went down:  Read more »

Is There Really Going to Be a Retail Revival at The Gallery?


A look at the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. | Image courtesy PREIT.

PREIT finally released its renderings for The Gallery, and they are shiny visions of glass and gleaming white tiles and flashy digital signage. But underneath the high-shine veneer, what are we really getting?

First, there’s a name change. The Gallery — which has long since shed its identity as the key retail hub of the city — will be known as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. The name speaks to one of the issues Philly faces in nabbing prime national retailers: They’ll come, but only in off-price, discount form (see: Nordstrom Rack and, most likely, Bloomingdale’s).  Read more »

Private Shopping Files: How to Get One of Philly’s Coolest Boutiques All to Yourself


Erdon’s Old City storefront. | Photo via Facebook.

We’ve all been there, shuffling out of a fitting room in a half-zipped dress, jeans around your ankles, craning your neck to find your friend while other shoppers pretend not to notice your granny panties. Enter: private shopping, which sounds intimidating until you realize that it’s actually a super-efficient way to shop. No politely picking your way among other customers, no feeling awkward about coming out in an Ivan Grundahl concoction and admitting you have no clue how it’s actually supposed to be worn. (We’ve all been there.)

Thankfully,  Erdon has just introduced private shopping appointments in its Old City location. As of today, the Philly boutique won’t be open to the public on Mondays, but they’ll be taking private appointments all day. Call the store to reserve a solo shopping appointment; give at least 48 hours notice. “It will give exclusive attention to our clients who want one-on-one,” said shop owner Donna Sandoz in an email. Which means extra help finding sizes and curating looks, and less time spent peering out of a fitting room door.  Read more »

Delia’s Is Messing With Our Heads, Not Shutting Down After All


WTF. | Screenshot from Delia’s (not defunct) website.

In what’s looking to be another installment of April Fool’s fashion pranks we believed, Delia’s is apparently not completely gone forever. In an April 3rd Instagram picture, the cult-fave ’90s fashion company announced that it will be sending out a Delia’s ‘magazine’ and opening an e-commerce site in August. WTF. Read more »

Madewell Is Opening in Suburban Square Next Month

Madewell (H)

Madewell’s Center City location. | Marina Lamanna.

Good news for Madewell fans: The J.Crew sister store is opening a location in Ardmore’s Suburban Square next month. Opening day is Tuesday, May 5th; doors open at 10am. Get there early: The first 25 people to stop by get Madewell gift card.

Can’t make it there in the morning? Stop by from 5pm to 8pm, when they’ll be celebrating with champagne, light bites and a DJ. Shopping tip: Buy something, and you’ll get a free Bien Fait tote with purchase. (You’ll want to nab one of these; I scored one at the Center City store opening and I use it all the time. See it here.)

Welcome to the neighborhood, Madewell!  Read more »

Champagne, Discounts, Flash Tats and Art at Aoki Boutique Tomorrow


Image courtesy Aoki boutique.

For any independent boutique, making it to your third anniversary is a big milestone — and one that calls for a proper celebration. Tomorrow, April 11th, Alina Alter rings in the third birthday of her Center City shop, Aoki, with a DJ, drinks, discounts — and (fake) tattoos.

Here’s the deal: Head to the shop at 115 South 22nd Street between 5pm and 7pm (so before you head to your dinner reservations!) and enjoy champagne, a 10 percent store-wide discount, a flash tattoo station and the launch of Aoki’s latest art installation (Alter always has a different local female artist exhibited in the shop).

Happy birthday, Aoki! Love, Shoppist.  Read more »

Introducing Your Favorite New Home and Gift Shop: HOME + Occasionette


Occasionette + Home’s new storefront.

Remember when we told you that home decor shop HOME was moving in with gift shop Occasionette? Well, the move-in is finally complete, and the duo is celebrating with a party on Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. It’s a grand reopening fete for HOME and a second anniversary celebration for Occasionette.

Head to East Passyunk — the whole stretch is celebrating Second Saturday as well — to check out the new boutique. Both shops will have a bigger-than-ever selection of goods and gifts (reminder: Mother’s Day is May 10th!), plus cocktails and snacks (save room for ice cream sandwiches from Weckerly’s).

Congrats, guys! Love, Shoppist. 

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