Drink Wine and Play With Fire at This New Candle-Making Spot

Plus: the NYC-based brand that just landed in Philly, a new home shop that stocks gorgeous locally made goods, where to spruce up this season, and Elena Brennan's covetable spring shoe collection.

Wax + Wine | Photograph courtesy of Laura Cocchia

A New Night Out

Maybe you’ve painted and imbibed with your buds, but have you played with fire? At sleek Marguerite Rodgers-designed newcomer Wax + Wine, groups make custom candles by combining fragrances from a cellar “library” of 75 scents and mixing them with molten coconut wax, all while clinking BYO glasses of vino. Prices start at $30. 1034 Pine Street, Washington Square West.

Photography courtesy of Greenwich Letterpress

From Greenwich Village to Queen Village

We’re gushing over sisters Amy Salvini Swanson and Beth Salvini’s new Greenwich Letterpress store, the second outpost of their NYC-based brand. The shop stocks beautiful soy-based-ink stationery and cards and custom invitations that are designed right in the back, plus adorable party banners, quippy key tags, and quirky gift items like a “Gouda Ideas” notepad. 510 Bainbridge Street, Queen Village.

Weekend | Photograph courtesy of Taylor Baldwin

A Fresh Shop with Local Love

Need more proof that Philly’s artisan scene is full-tilt? A pretty new home-and-lifestyle shop called Weekend, sister store to M Concept, is stocking goods made exclusively by locals. Gorgeous ones, too, like hand-dyed linens from H.E. Collective, black currant- and fig-scented reed diffusers from Dilo, and earth-hued ceramics by Clay Kitchen Studio. 1533 South Street, Grad Hospital.

Beauty Boomlet

Looking to spruce up for spring? Options abound. It’s only been a few months since LaBelle Nail Bar (52 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore) opened, but fans are falling for the waterless manis and organic pampering. Newcomer Ethos Grooming Station For Men (1818 Market Street, Center City) offers haircuts, hot-towel shaves and steam facials for the “metropolitan gentleman.” The new 3000BC Center City (834 Chestnut Street, Washington Square West) determines skin services based on an in-depth facial analysis — find out your skin’s real age, if you dare!

Chunky two-tone pumps from Bus Stop shoes | Photograph courtesy of Sophie Cécile Xu

The Perfect Spring Shoes

For the past five years, Elena Brennan, owner of Queen Village’s beloved Bus Stop shoes, has been turning out her line of oxfords-with-an-edge. For this spring’s release, Brennan added new styles — and in doing so created her best collection yet. There are ankle booties in moody hues, flirty crisscross-strap kitten heels and chunky two-tone pumps, all with cheeky names like Pink Parfait and French Martini. 727 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

Published as “Market Report” in the May 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.