We’re half-way through Philly Wine Week, are your teeth stained yet? Here’s what’s going on for Wednesday, March 26th.
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
I adore Era Atomica, the mid-century store that’s as endlessly shoppable as it is wildly cramped. In news that will delight all who ever felt as though they were bulls in Era’s china shop, Passyunk Post reports that the store is moving into bigger, better digs very soon. It’s not a far move—the shop is moving only one block away, to the former Tanquest space at 1835 East Passyunk Avenue—but in terms of gaining valuable retail space, it’s huge. The move will give Era Atomica a whopping three floors and 3,000 square feet of space, which the owners plan to fill with more vintage clothing (a collab with Astro Vintage, who closed their e-store just a few weeks ago), a greater inventory of smalls and larger items like bedroom sets and sectionals, and an on-site workshop where they hope to offer repair and reupholstery services for mid-century furniture.
Look for the move in the next six weeks, after a nuts-to-bolts remodel of the space. Until then, get your mid-century fix with the shop’s huge sales going on right now, like this 1950s telephone table, now 50 percent off.
Photo via Passyunk Post.
You’ve probably seen them about town: Elizabeth Nettles (event planner, Egan Day shopgirl, owner of the best shoe collection in the tri-state area) and Lisa Ertl (design aficionado, event planner, stylist). You might have even seen Elizabeth’s quirky living room in my style section of Philly Mag (that’s a shot of it up there; read more about it here). I’ve gotten a peek at the rest of Nettles’s home—and inside her closet—and I can report that both are bursting with furniture and knickknacks and treasures and, ohmigod, shoes. It’s the sort of collection that has you wishing you lived next door, or across the street, so that you could sneak over in the dead of night and root through her trash for castoffs. For those who can’t bear to trash-pick, you’ll be happy to hear that the stylish duo is hosting another one of their infamous Two Girls Tag Sales on Thursday, right in that bold blue living room.
Midtown Village’s Vintage is doing a new thing called Weekend Flights. That uneasy time between lunch and dinner where you’re not eating or drinking will finally be filled with something worthwhile.
On Saturdays and Sundays, between 2-4 pm, you’ll get a trio of Old and New World varieties, plus a carefully paired quartet of different cheeses from around the world, all for just $30. The flights will be organized by different themes, like Zippy Whites, Bold Reds, Sparkling, and Rosés. Choose your flight, use your provided cheat sheets to compare and contrast, educate, and indulge.
A mid-day meal in Midtown Village rolls off the tongue so well, and it tastes just as good as it sounds.
Vintage [Official Site]
Wednesday September 19th from 4 p.m. to midnight Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro will be holding a Burgers and Bubbly event to help choose the next Vintage burger. Throughout the night Vintage will be serving up a trio of sliders for $10. Those who try the sliders will have the opportunity to vote which of the three was their favorite and whichever receives the most votes at the end of the night will be the new Vintage burger. The toppings are top secret for now, but they will be beef burgers. The bubbly part of the evening will feature the house bubbly for $4 and discounted sparkling wine flights.
Vintage [Official Site]
Friday, Sept. 7
The 35th Annual SisterSpace Festival (10 a.m.) spends the weekend at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Md. The nation’s longest-running lesbian festival features live music, workshops, dance parties, crafts, sports and a community with hundreds of women from the Mid-Atlantic. Also look for comedy from Mimi Gonzales and music by Virago.
Papeles: Are We What We Sign? (12 p.m.) opens with a reception at Painted Bride. The exhibition examined how papers and other legal contracts relate to identity and sexual orientation.
Carousel Vintage & Contemporary Fashion is celebrating a grand opening (5 p.m.) in Old City (right across from the Betsy Ross House).
The Essence of Life and Line (5 p.m.) opens with a reception at Indy Hall with Sean Martorana.
Guys Night Out visits the opening of GenderReel (6 p.m.) at the William Way before setting off for a gallery crawl through Old City’s First Friday.
Growlers, the new pub coming to 8th and Fitzwater from Jason Evenchik (Time and Vintage Wine Bar) and Jay Willard (Dandelion, El Vez), officially has a chef. Jerry Donohue, formerly of Spamps and Blue Bell Country Club, will be at the head of the kitchen. Growlers will open in the first half of September and aims to be a neighborhood hangout. We caught up with Donohue about what to expect on the Growlers menu and about what is in store for his team at the Yards Smoke ‘Em If Yous Got ‘Em competition, where he will be the defending champion. Read more »
Suddenly Jason Evenchik has an empire. The man behind Time/Bar/Vintage and the upcoming Garage in South Philadelphia is also partnering with Jay Willard (Dandelion and El Vez) to open Growlers in the previous home of Vesuvio and Little Bar at 8th and Fitzwater.
Evenchik tells us that Growlers will be a gastropub with a living room feel. The wood burning fireplace in the dining room will be a focal point.
Back from a month-long trip to Italy, where he scoured street markets in Rome for baubles, scarves and anything that might fit into his suit-case, José Sanchez is ready for summer. His shop, Wistaria Vintage, a lesser-known treasure trove of pre-owned clothing, accessories and small furnishings on the edge of Mt. Airy, has been open for more than a year. But for Sanchez, it’s a work in progress.
“I’ve been interested in vintage clothing since I was a teenager,” says the 30-year-old. “I wanted to have my own business and work for myself. The building had been mostly vacant for years, and it was calling my name.”
The shop—which features handpicked fashions from the ’40s through the ’90s as well as jewelry, sunglasses, casual menswear and a few consigned items—shares the property with a carriage house Sanchez calls home on a block brimming with Philadelphia history. (Cliveden, the site of the Battle of Germantown, and the Johnson House, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, are just a few doors away, and nearby is the Wyck House, whose association with the famous Wistar family inspired the name of the shop.)
When Sanchez moved in, he outfitted the space with reclaimed items from the neighborhood and his family, including his great-grandmother’s antique mirror. A shoe rack is made from old metal fencing, and hats are hung on antique candlesticks. (“Most people don’t notice,” he says. “But the only thing new is my computer.”) He even carries a few housewares and small furnishings from time to time—pretty much anything that might be considered “vintage.”
“It depends really on the age of customer and what they think vintage is,” admits Sanchez. “But a large part of my business is young kids. To make anyone feel really old, the ’90s is starting to be vintage.”
This profile appears in the summer issue of G Philly magazine. Pick up a copy at your favorite LGBT-friendly destination in the region or subscribe online. You can also visit Wistaria Vintage: 6375 Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy, 215-789-9953, wistariavintage.com.