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2021 Best Surprising Pandemic Reinvention


The past year should have spelled doom for Boyds. The Chestnut Street mainstay closed its doors for months. Worse, people swapped suits for — the horror! — sweatsuits. But the Philadelphia icon responded with impressive enthusiasm, opening a pop-up in the ’burbs that sold casual clothes and hosting an upscale outdoor market in the parking lot of its Center City headquarters. Read More »

117 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA Website

2021 Best Pop-Up Incubator

Kampar Kitchen

One day, it’s Vietnamese home cooking — chilled silken tofu in a mushroom XO sauce, or stuffed squid in tomato sauce. Another day, it’s Sri Lankan curried vegetable buns and string hoppers. The options are always different because Kampar Kitchen is many things all at once: a restaurant incubator, an outlet for cooks with big ideas, a way for food-obsessed Philadelphians to try something new. Read More »

1901 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2015 Best Pop-Up

Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park

When the Delaware River Water-front Corporation announced that it was turning the Penn's Landing ice-skating rink into a summertime roller-skating rink, our first thought was duh: Why didn't anyone think of this sooner? And because the rink sits cheek-to-jowl with Spruce Street Harbor Park, there's also Franklin Fountain ice cream, booze on a floating dock and arcade games galore. Read More »

Penn's Landing | 215-922-2386 | Website