Well, the rumors were true: Banana Republic Factory is coming to 1911 Chestnut Street, the site of a former liquor store.
These days, everyone wants to be a boutique. Even the mega department stores. Case in point: Nordstrom, who just this very weekend launched its latest “pop-in” shop featuring Poketo, an LA-based shop that’s quickly become a cult-favorite destination for artful, innovative spins on everyday items like desk accessories, planners, notebooks, chairs, tables and planters.
I’ve got news of some exciting moves on the retail front (Rittenhousers, you might want to prepare yourselves. This isn’t going to be pretty). Hello World—the beloved Rittenhouse gift shop—and its sister store Hello Home—the home goods boutique at 10th and Pine—are closing their respective locations and combining into one mega lifestyle store in University City.
I recently toured the building at 1608 Chestnut Street, former site of the Art Institute and future site of the a vast Uniqlo store, slated to open on October 3rd. The store is still in the throes of construction — the Uniqlo team is doing a massive gut-job — but even in its bare-bones state, it’s impressive.
First, there’s the size factor: At 29,000 square feet and four floors, the store dwarfs most others around it. When it’s finished, over 60 LED monitors and tickers will display merchandise and style visuals. (I imagine it will look like the shopping version of Times Square, but in a less grossly touristy way.)
All that space also means that the store has more real estate for the company’s awesome MoMA collaboration and SPRZ New York collection, a line of art-inspired items, most of them tees splashed with frame-worthy art prints. (The Rittenhouse store is the only store other than New York that will have a dedicated area for this.) What this means for shoppers: More art-centric buys alongside the colorful classics you’ve come to love.
If I leave our office building, turn right and then make an immediate left down an alleyway, I can cut through two parking lots and be at Joan Shepp‘s new location in exactly two minutes. I discovered this yesterday evening when I set out for the store’s private press preview, an exclusive sneak peek at the space before it officially opens to the public this Saturday. After a much-publicized decision to leave its prime Walnut Street spot, and then it’s short-lived tenure at Liberty Place, Joan Shepp announced it was moving into the rundown space at 1811 Chestnut Street—the former site of a mattress store—to plenty of raised eyebrows. They were supposed to open in April. Then, we heard, possibly May. But I can tell you after last night’s walk-through: It was worth the wait.
Stylish men, rejoice! Totem Brand has moved into a spiffy new 2,000 square foot space just three doors down from their former location. Owner Phillip Yi says the quiet move (it happened discreetly two weeks ago) was necessary after outgrowing 529 South Street, which is good news for us because they’re rolling out tons of new brands to stock the shop.
We just opened the most exciting email of the week. Amid a solid black background, plain white text read, “June 28th. Our new concept store opens at 1811 Chestnut Street. We’d love for you to be with us. —Joan & Ellen Shepp.”
The folks over at Racked Philly just reported that Calypso St. Barth is set to open on Walnut Street before the end of the month. The women’s brand is known for its luxury resort-style wear (read: lots of flowy, colorful pieces) and it’s reported that the store will also stock an array of exotic home furnishings. We just perused the brand’s website and their pseudo-bohemian looks have us seriously excited.
Remember when we got a behind-the-scenes look at the new Duke & Winston location back in May? Well, now it’s time for the preppy shop’s grand opening and there’s a party to boot. An opening, a party and the chance to play with Duke and Winnie, the sweet in-store pups—that’s more than enough reason to check ‘yes’ on this invitation.