Finally, we have confirmation that those Bloomies rumors were true: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet store is coming to Liberty Place in November. (Cue cheers.)
According to a press release, the Outlet will be located on the second level of the shopping center, in a vast 22,700-square-foot space (formerly home to Christopher’s Men’s). You’ll find off-price womenswear, menswear, children’s and home goods. Read more »
David Witchell’s expansive Newtown salon.
David Witchell is to Bucks County what Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are to Midtown Village. The salon and boutique owner is a booming fixture on would-be sleepy State Street in Newtown, with two boutiques, a gift shop and a massive salon. Now, after two decades of dominating this charming strip, David and Galina Witchell are expanding their beauty empire to Peddler’s Village in Lahaska with a brand-new spa and salon set to open this fall.
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Skirt’s Main Line location.
Great retail news for Rittenhouse shoppers: Skirt Boutique — the Bryn Mawr/Stone Harbor haven for upscale contemporary womenswear and accessories — is opening a third outpost at 212 South 17th Street, formerly home to luxe bedding store Duxiana.
In a press release, owner Maureen Doron explained the Center City move: “Skirt offers a curated collection of the best designers perfect for women raising their families in the city who need great casual clothes to look chic everyday, as well as for career women of Philadelphia, who always need to look both polished and fashion-forward.”
The store is expected to open in September. For now, you can get your fix through the boutique’s shopping box service (read about it here), or by visiting its Main Line and Shore outposts.
A rendering of the first TargetExpress store in Minnesota. | Target.
After Target execs announced in January that they were planning to bring a TargetExpress store to Philly, they’ve finally settled on where and when: 19th and Chestnut (part of the redevelopment of the Boyd Theater space), opening in July 2016. But what the heck is a TargetExpress, and will it be worth shopping? Let’s dig in. Read more »
See anything you like? | Evan Kaucher; Lapstone & Hammer
Exciting news, guys: Lapstone & Hammer just opened its doors at 1106 Chestnut Street. As you can see, the space is huge, clocking in at 4,000 square feet, according to Philly Voice. The ultra-cool menswear shop will stock sartorial favorites like leather jackets, oxfords, denim, books home goods, grooming products and shoes. Ooooh, the shoes.
Lining the side and the back of the shop are shelves upon shelves of on-trend, high demand sneakers and shoes (scope out their offerings on Instagram). And the back of the shop includes a 1,000-square-foot gallery space called Pauline’s Bridal Shoppe that will feature events and exhibitions. They opened on Friday, so swing by the store to welcome to the neighborhood. In the mean time, we’ll be drooling over that all-wood interior. Read more »
Out with the old, in with the new. | Facebook
Last month, we called out Mushmina’s Wayne store opening as one of the most exciting happenings of April. Now, they’ve announced that they’re closing up shop at their Rittenhouse boutique and moving to Wayne full time. While we’re sad we’ll no longer be able to get our fix of Moroccan accessories and sweet fair-trade goods right here in Center City, we can report that their new location in the ‘burbs is positively gorgeous. And even better? They’re having a sale to celebrate the move. Read more »
The store’s exterior, and a peek of the interior. | Facebook.
While vintage shopping online and via Instagram is fun, it can also be a bit of a gamble. (You can’t tell that that 1940s dress smells musty, or that the tulle underlayer of that 1950s skirt is disintegrating.) So while we’ve been content to shop Philly-based Millay Vintage online — and via the shop’s dreamy Instagram account — we’re over the moon that the store is setting up brick-and-mortar roots.
Owner Mary Spears is opening her cult-loved vintage shop in the old Meadowsweet Mercantile space at 4390 Main Street in Manayunk. The grand opening is this Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Stop by to shop her carefully curated collection of vintage clothing, furniture and home decor, along with a smattering of small-batch goods. Look for a floral pop-up out front and the ultimate treat: Each purchase on opening day comes with free flowers. See you there! Read more »
Not all brands are migrating into neighborhoods other than Rittenhouse (see Kit and Ace in Fishtown). In fact, Aldo is doubling its efforts here, opening a second location on 17th and Walnut Street, mere blocks from its spot in Liberty Place.
The store is slated to open in July and, according to a store rep, will carry women’s and men’s shoes, plus accessories like handbags and jewelry. But will a street-front Walnut location harm Liberty Place sales? “We’re not concerned,” says Jessica Pomerantz, an Aldo assistant (who will also — hint, hint — be throwing the grand-opening party, though it will most likely be invite-only). The more the merrier? Read more »
Some of Kit and Ace’s offerings. | Images via Kit and Ace.
It’s the dream of Philly retail, or my dream at least: to lure in good national retailers, and then get them to set up shop somewhere other than Rittenhouse. It’s not that I don’t love Rittenhouse (good shopping here makes dipping out for a quick retail pick-me-up frighteningly easy). But to really expand our city’s shopping scene, we need to convince brands that there are viable options outside of that hallowed retail address. (In fairness, Michael Salove and his team have done a great job of brokering retail deals beyond Walnut Street, convincing shops that, yes, you can still survive on Chestnut and even on, gasp, numbered streets.)
But we need to go further than that, and the news that Canadian technical-cashmere company Kit and Ace is setting up shop in Fishtown (Fishtown!) is a pretty good start. Read more »
These blouses are closet lifesavers. | Images via TUXE.
Madewell isn’t the only new addition to Suburban Square today. Bodysuit and undergarment brand TUXE Bodywear has also opened up shop at the Ardmore shopping center. Formerly called Bradamant, the brand got its start as a pop-up in Rittenhouse; now they’re branching out with a full-fledged flagship location under their new name. Starting today, shoppers will be able to score all of their super-chic, office-appropriate blouses and bodysuits in their brick-and-mortar boutique. Workwear never looked so good. Read more »