New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off. Read more »
While Gap is struggling, its sister brand Old Navy continues to thrive, raking in $6 billion in US sales last year alone. And it’s funneling a little bit of its profits into setting down even more roots in Philly.
The company is planning to open a nearly 24,000-square-foot flagship store at 1618-22 Chestnut Street (you know, the gorgeous Art Deco building that’s now home to the Art Institute of Philadelphia). No word on when it’s slated to open, but they have confirmed that they won’t be closing the Gallery location.
Head to our sister blog, Property, for more info. And keep your fingers crossed that they don’t destroy that cool building facade.
If August has felt a bit sleepy, it’s because the city is ramping up for what’s looking to be a jam-packed fall. There’s the Pope in September. The Eagles season opener on September 14th. And the Dalai Lama in October. But the buzz isn’t limited to major visitors and football. Our city’s retail scene is also shaking up this fall, thanks to a flock of new stores coming to town. Here’s a handy preview of the shops you’ll soon see in Philly, and when to expect them. Consider it the city’s new class of taste-makers. Read more »
The latest boutique to make the move to the city? Shop Sixty Five, which currently has two suburban locations (one in Doylestown and a newer outpost in Gladwyne). Owner Linda Bidlo confirmed in an email that she’s closing her Main Line location for Rittenhouse digs.
The boutique is slated to open at 1921 Walnut Street on September 1st. (You might remember this spot as the former location of Atelier Rittenhouse, which closed its doors last month.) Add it to your shopping roster, along with neighboring newbie Skirt, which is opening its third location at 212 South 17th Street in September. Welcome to the neighborhood, guys!
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 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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »