Nordstrom Rack, Century 21, and the Future of Center City Discount Shopping

Shoppist-Essay

Logos via the stores. Design by Alyse Moyer.

There were rumblings for more than a year, and then, early last spring, they grew to a fever pitch. Finally, in late April, the announcement came: Philly was getting a Century 21, the fabled New York bastion of off-price designer merchandise. It was almost too good to be true. After all, only six months earlier, Nordstrom Rack — that department store’s off-price sister — had announced it, too, was planting Center City roots, in the old Daffy’s building at 17th and Chestnut.

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Retail News: Hill Company Opening a Huge New Showroom in Chestnut Hill

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Hill Company’s current location on Germantown Avenue.

Few things are sadder than de-trimming your home after the holidays. Front doors look suddenly barren without a wreath, bushes look plain and puny without twinkling lights, and windows look bare without swags of garland. It’s a perfect time, then, to set your sights to warmer-weather outdoor gear; you’ll be using that patio/deck/pool area soon enough. My advice: Take advantage of Hill Company‘s huge relocation sale, which is happening right now.

The home and garden store is moving out of their small Chestnut Hill storefront to a larger spot on Germantown Avenue. The new 11,000-square-foot location—which will be in the old Diane Bryman rug store at 8040 Germantown Avenue—is slated to open in early March.

So about that sale …

Custom Menswear Shop Indochino Opening In Center City

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Indochino comes to Philly.

Good news on the menswear front: National menswear retailer Indochino is opening up a Center City outpost in two weeks. The menswear brand—which has a devoted online following—offers custom suits and shirts at very reasonable prices. (Think: Suits for $449 and shirts for $79.)

The brand tested the waters with a pop-up shop last May, and it was a hit with Philly shoppers. The Center City showroom will be Indochino’s fifth brick-and-mortar and only its third in the US. The Chestnut Street store is a 2,300-square-foot open concept space, with 10 “Style Guides”—associates trained to help you sift through measurements and design options. It’s made-to-measure without the steep price tag, but it looks far from cheap.

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Retail News: Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location Officially Opens

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The store pre-opening. | Photo by Josh Middleton.

It’s finally here! After a mighty long process, the highly anticipated Michael Kors at 1705 Walnut Street has officially opened. The 8,000-square foot, two-floor store celebrated its opening on Friday, December 19, and is home to women’s apparel, shoes, bags and the collection linejust in time for shoppers to score last-minute gifts. Turns out, the procrastination may have paid off; the store is offering exclusive holiday and grand opening promotions.

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Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow

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It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

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Buy Every Single One Of Your Holiday Cards At Wayne’s New Stationery Store

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Better than Papyrus. (Yes, seriously.) | Photos via Two Paperdolls.

Brides and letterpress fanatics have long known of the wonders of Two Paperdolls, the Main Line’s most cult-followed letterpress and design house. While they’ve always had a design studio in Wayne, it wasn’t open to the public. (Fans would have to shop the collection online; you still can do this, but it’s a drop in the bucket of all of TPD’s offerings.)

Now, just in time for holiday gifting (and those holiday cards which, REMINDER!, you need start thinking about!), they’ve opened a bigger, better studio in Wayne—with an attached brick-and-mortar shop.

More details here!

Destination Maternity Celebrates Grand Opening in Liberty Place

Image via Destination Maternity

Image via Destination Maternity

Listen up, expecting mamas: Destination Maternity has relocated from its Walnut Street shop into a new 2,300-square-foot storefront in Shops at Liberty Place. To celebrate the big move, the shop is having a grand opening event this Saturday, November 22nd. And it’s totally worth checking out.

How to score free giveaways.

Global Shopping: My Little Redemption Opens in Old City, Mushmina Hosts Shopping Event

Image via Mushmina Facebook

Image via Mushmina Facebook

Philly is already home to a pretty impressive import shopping scene (see: Morihata, Millésimé, Via Bellissima, Omoi Zakka Shop and Curio Philadelphia). But today, our cluster of global-centric shops gets a boost thanks to My Little Redemption, a brand-new boutique in Old City that specializes in high-end Israeli designers, and a major shopping event at South Street’s Morcoccan boutique Mushmina.

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Ellelauri Opens New Location Tonight

Image via Neff Associates

Image via Neff Associates

Following recent major store openings like Century 21, Nordstrom Rack, and Timberland, we thought the Center City retail hurricane would be calming down for a bit. Not so. Remember when we got word in August that Philly-based lifestyle brand Ellelauri was trading in their pop-up digs in Shops at Liberty Place for a brick-and-mortar boutique in Rittenhouse? Well, the shop is opening its doors tonight and they’re inviting everyone to a grand opening event. Live on, retail hurricane!

We’ve got the event details and a sneak peek at the new location!

6 Best Finds At The (Surprisingly Awesome) New Timberland Store

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The interior of Timberland on Walnut Street.

When I heard that Timberland was coming to Walnut Street, I was less than excited. I wasn’t even moved when the press reps referred to the store with words like ‘lifestyle,’ ‘concept,’ ‘revamped,’ ‘luxe.’ Luxe, I scoffed. Timberland is the tan work boots that J.Lo wore. Timberland is not luxe.

And then I went to the opening party and ate my words (along with very good hors d’eouvres butlered by handsome woodsy-looking guys).

The rugged, industrial store, sandwiched between Bluemercury and Stuart Weitzman, is packed with shoes (mostly in the back of the store), clothes (men and women, though there are more men’s things here), and accessories. (Who knew Timberland made cute little bags? They do!)

I shopped around, and here’s what I found that you should add to your shopping lists now. (Psst: It includes a $1,000 men’s leather jacket, from their “Premium Collection.” Timberland makes $1,000 leather jackets!)

See the best fashion buys here.

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