Exciting Retail News: Century 21 is Coming to Market East

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Photo, Beyond My Ken, via Wikipedia.

We got word this morning that daily newspaper employees would have to stop using the lobby at 801 Market Street as their primary entrance to the building because a retailer is (finally) moving on in. The Inquirer claims it’s Century 21, which is awesome. (I’ve gotten some great designer finds at the massive flagship store in NYC.)

Mayor Nutter is making an official announcement at noon today. Stay tuned for more.

Is the Philadelphia Airport the New Mall? Pilot & Captain Seems to Think So

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To be honest, when we got word that wanderlust-inspired brand Pilot & Captain was opening a retail location in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C on May 1st, we were a little confused. How would we get to it? Would we have to book a flight to shop there? And why, of all places, would they choose to open their first retail location in … an airport?

To get the scoop on their surprising move, we chatted with Pilot & Captain brand manager Chelsea Solitrin.

Click here to read the interview!

This Just In: Vince is Opening on Walnut Street

Photo via Vince.

Photo via Vince.

The folks over at Racked Philly just confirmed those pesky rumors that’s we’ve been hearing for some times now: Vince is coming to Walnut Street. Slated for a summer 2014 opening, the brand will be moving into the corner lot at 1701 Walnut Street currently occupied by Juicy Couture.

What to expect: updated classics in timeless shades (their spring collection has a ton of beige and navy). Their pieces transition seamlessly from work to play with shift dresses and silky minimalist blouses (read: perfect for summer). As one co-worker puts it, it’s all the classics—but better.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Vince. Now about that buttery soft leather moto jacket you’ve got out for spring….

A New Handmade-Gift Store is Opening in Old City

New Handmade Gift Store to Open in Old City

Coming soon: a handmade-gift and crafy-goods shop in Old City.

Even more retail news coming out of Old City: On May 2nd, Philadelphia Independents will open at 35 North 3rd Street. The gift store will feature only handmade items by local artists and artisans.

According to the press release, “Philadelphia has been well documented as a ‘city of makers’ entering into a renaissance of the handmade and upcycled. Philadelphia Independents is responding to this trend of customers seeking out locally sourced products and goods.”

But it’s not just another shop in the vein of Art Star/Nice Things Handmade/VIX. Not only will everything they sell be made by only local artists, but they’ll also host talks, demos and workshops. Hm. Sounds interesting. Let’s see what artists they’ll be carrying, shall we?

Click here for more.

Lacquer Lounge to Debut New Location in Rittenhouse Next Week

Girly-girls of Rittenhouse (actually, anyone with nails), rejoice! Luxury nail salon Lacquer Lounge is opening its doors on Tuesday, April 8. We love them for their Katy Perry-esque nail art (they polished digits at Philly Mag Shops), and for their super-high hygienic standards (think disposable liners and no whirlpool jets) to negate infections. So news of a second location has us thrilled.

Click here to see pictures of the new location!

Retail News: Ted Baker London to Open in King of Prussia

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Photo via Ted Baker Spring/Summer Collection

It’s official: Ted Baker London is slated to open the doors at its first Pennsylvania location at King of Prussia Mall on May 2. The 1,817-square foot store will be inspired by Philly’s revered Liberty Bell; the shape of the store as well as a cash till, armed with bells and whistles, will mimic the monument. Maintaining their British roots, the walls will be emblazoned with the lyrics from an English nursery rhyme (charming, right?).

On opening day, the store will be stocked with spring/summer ’14 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections (think bold colors and sporty-chic neoprene).

Shoppers present during opening weekend will be treated to a special gift with purchase as well as giveaways. Fever-Tree premium sparkling beverages will be on tap along with gourmet kettle corn for shoppers throughout the weekend. Can’t make it during opening weekend? There will be an enter-to-win competition running all month. The winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree at the store. We’ll assume that’s incentive enough.

Retail News: Erdon Opens New Location in Old City

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Photo via Erdon.

Another reason why Old City is one of our favorite shopping destinations: Erdon opened a second location at 162 North Third Street over the weekend. The street is already home to heavy-hitters like The Geisha HouseSugarcubeThird Street Habit and Vagabond, so the addition of high-fashion boutique Erdon is basically just the cherry on top of a very indulgent cake.

Here are the details: The space is smaller than its Marlton counterpart, but owner Donna Sandoz admits there are more items in this store and that they’re “tweaking here and there as [they] work in the space.” All of the same lines from original boutique (think: Acne and Ivan Grundahl) will be stocked but in a slightly more curated fashion; most lines won’t have every item stocked, except French brand Maison Kitsuné—Sandoz says every item they bought will be available. She also alluded to new brands coming to both stores next season, as well as the potential to expand the new spot. (There’s a vacant basement below…)

The boutique is open until 7pm tonight; take advantage of the weather and make a trip—now.

Greene Street Opens Kids’ Store and Launches Online Boutique

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If you haven’t started switching out your winter wardrobe in lieu of spring garb, you will soon. And with that comes garbage bags filled with old clothes. Rather than toss ‘em, consider recycling the goods by selling them to Greene Street, a consignment shop that stocks everything from Gap to Gucci. And it’s not just for adults anymore. The ten Greene Street boutiques have expanded to include a children’s store in Chestnut Hill. They’ve also launched an online store.

Get more details here.

Uniqlo Opens Pop-Up Shop at King of Prussia Mall Tomorrow

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Photo via Uniqlo.

We first reported on the opening of a Uniqlo store in KOP back in January (the announcement came a few months after it was confirmed that they were opening a flagship store at 1608 Chestnut Street). The King of Prussia store officially opens in May, but you can get a sneak peek of the Japanese ‘fast-fashion’ collection now: A Uniqlo pop-up shop, well, is popping up tomorrow at the King of Prussia mall. The temporary shop will feature a rotating selection of Uniqlo apparel, including the men’s loungewear collection AIRism, men’s selvedge denim, and the amazingly stretchy women’s jeans.

The shop is open through April 27th. (The permanent spot opens on Friday, May 16th.)

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