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.
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Image via Frey Boutique
Store opening alert: Frey Boutique is opening in Newtown Square on October 24. The shop will be housed at 3555 West Chester Pike and after seeing how each shop reflects the local area’s flair (see: their Ocean City location), we’re positively giddy to see what they’ll do with the space. Really, the addition of brands like Rag & Bone, Equipment and Vince is just the icing on the cake.
So, about Exton.
The boutique is still waiting on its sign, but here’s what the exterior looks like. | Image via Erdon.
It’s finally here! After two decades in its former Marlton space, Erdon has set up shop in a somewhat unlikely new spot: the Moorestown Mall. (Yes, really.) Here’s what you need to know: The space is cavernous (2,500 square feet), it packs a larger selection of hard-to-find brands like Ivan Grundahl and Acne, and it’s every bit a high-fashion boutique—in a mall.
Keep reading for the scoop.
Shoppers clamor to get into Willow Grove Mall’s new UNIQLO store, left, and a look at the setup, right.
Just one week ago, UNIQLO opened its Rittenhouse doors with a flurry of activity that included runway shows, carnival games and a free Questlove performance. Today’s opening at the Willow Grove Park Mall (located on level three, near Nordstrom Rack) is decidedly less flashy—it is a mall, after all—but still worth checking out. Even sans Questlove.
Goodies continue all weekend.
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.
Major sale news and trunk show alert ahead.
Just one year after the eco-conscious coffee shop and clothier opened their flagship in Old City, they’ve expanded into University City with a new location at 3421 Walnut Street. “It’s been in the works for the past six months now,” says founder Brian Linton. It’s not open yet, but Shoppist got a sneak peek at what’s in store and we’ve returned with lots of snaps to share.
You need to see this place.
You can’t tell here, but the space extends down 17th Street | Photo by Josh Middleton
Eeeee! In case you forgot, Nordstrom Rack’s opening is just around the corner. A Philly Mag staffer snapped the above pic which shows the official signage being mounted. He also got word from a construction worker outside that the store will open on October 24. Excited? You bet.
But wait, there’s more!
Newsflash: UNIQLO is taking over Philadelphia. (Just kidding. It only seems like that.) After lots of breaking news, store confirmations and announcements (plus a store preview from us back in June!) UNIQLO’s 1608 Chestnut Street location finally opens tomorrow. Woohoo! Shoppist got in early to snap a few pics of the new spot, and get some intel. And we scored big time.
Just see for yourselves.
Hats for all!
Remember back in August when we announced a Goorin Bros. Hat Shop would be opening in the former MAC space on Walnut Street? Well, the fantastically old time-y haberdashery opened this past Friday and we got a sneak peak, along with an interview with CEO Ben Goorin—the fourth generation of Goorins to man the business. Keep reading for a slideshow of snaps from the new shop, style suggestions and the answer to the burning question: is it possible to look good in a fedora—ever?
Exciting news: Another float spa is opening this week in West Chester. It’s called East Coast Float Spa and fans of the Dead Sea-esque baths will be able to scope out the new space (and enter to win loads of prizes) at a grand opening from 5 to 8 this Friday. Oh, and did we mention it’s the largest in the Philly metro area? Floats for everyone!
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