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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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 »

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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Is Bloomingdale’s Really Coming to Center City?


Bloomingdale’s in New York City. | Shutterstock.

The Bloomingdale’s rumors have been churning for some time now. Two years ago, our resident pap HughE Dillon wrote on his blog, Philly Chit Chat, that reps from Bloomie’s looked at the Burlington Coat Factory space four times, once with lawyers and a design team. (In a July 2014 update on the post, HughE wrote that Bloomingdale’s was seeking other spaces, as the city won’t let them tear down the BCF building.)

And then, early last month, MSC Retail sent out a heartening email announcing that Bloomingdale’s is “actively looking” for space for a full-line store in Center City. MSC president and CEO Michael Salove wouldn’t comment further on the possibility; Brittany Goldberg, MSC’s “high-street specialist” (she’s the one who helps bring the big-name retailers to Philly), also wouldn’t comment when I reached out to her.  Read more »

Get Psyched, Shore Folks: Ellelauri and Frey’s Seasonal Boutiques Are Opening

How perfectly nautical is Frey Boutique in Ocean City?

How perfectly nautical is Frey Boutique in Ocean City?

If the onset of spring already has you daydreaming of summer Fridays and Shore trips, you’re in luck; Frey Boutique and Ellelauri are both reopening their seasonal shops this weekend. Both boutiques have Philly counterparts so you’ll be able to score all your favorite brands — with a beach-y flair — during your getaways this spring and summer.  Read more »

5 Things We’re Excited For This Month


What’s marked on our April calendars.

Each month brings its own splashes of excitement. Store openings, major sales, new lines launching. Here are a few of the things I’m excited for this month, including two new stores, a new location for an old flea fave, a collection that is sure to ruffle feathers (in ways good and bad), and the coolest way to get flowers in Philly this summer.

1. Mushmina to open in Wayne.
The Rittenhouse boutique is opening an outpost on Lancaster Avenue early next month. It will sell its custom Moroccan accessories and home goods alongside other fair-trade and sustainable lines. Cheer! Mushmina.com.

2. The Flwry launches.
It’s like a CSA, only instead of picking up fresh veggies, you get bundles of locally sourced blooms. They’ll begin taking memberships at the end of this month; delivery starts in June. (Tip: Memberships are limited, so snag yours early.) Theflwry.comRead more »

A New Balance Concept Store Opens On Walnut Street Today


The line to shop the store this morning. | Image via Facebook.

The latest addition to the Walnut Street retail scene is a 2,222-square-foot New Balance store, which opened this morning to a crowd of shoppers that stretched down the block. The store features men’s and women’s running and training gear and apparel in an industrial space (open ductwork, exposed brick).  Click here for a peek at the store’s interior!

Home Store Cella Luxuria Is Opening Another Location on South Street


Cella Luxuria’s Chestnut Street flagship. | Photo by Emily Goulet.

Cella Luxuria, the cavernous home store at 1214 Chestnut Street, opened just two years ago. But it’s already expanded exponentially. In November, they expanded into the building next door, opening a 12,000-square-foot showroom called Domus that stocks home goods with a more modern, contemporary bent than Cella’s reclaimed, industrial offerings. And now, they’re taking their wares to South Street.

“We’re very bullish on South Street,” says Cella Luxuria co-owner Stefan Sklaroff. “We think South Street is changing. I think it’s a street that under-serviced now — you’ve got Society Hill on one side and Queen Village on the other. It’s odd that it’s in the mix of great neighborhoods and it’s selling hookah pipes and sneakers. We’d like it to make more sense. ”  Read more »

Indochino Menswear Shop Opens a Temporary Store After Electrical Fire


Indochino’s Chestnut Street location, temporarily closed. | Photo courtesy of Indochino.

After an electrical fire broke out in the basement of Indochino last Tuesday, the Chestnut Street store has plans to reopen at a temporary location. The custom menswear showroom will reopen at 128 South 17th Street tomorrow at 10am.

“We have a fantastic team who have been working around the clock to get the showroom back up and running with minimal disruption for our guys,” said Shontae Parham, Indochino’s Philadelphia showroom manager, in a release sent out this morning. “We may be in a different location for a while but we promise that the customer experience and exceptional service will remain the same.”  Click here for hours and more details.

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