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im heading to philly soon to research some new stores for my inquirer column and wanted to reach out to the philly readers out there. what are the stores i just shouldn't miss- any great new finds, must visits (web presence a plus). thanks! if you're in the area and want to come on a design trip, drop a line!



Blogger Liz said...

I would check out Manayunk. There are a strip of stores that are really neat. Hope you have a great time in Philly!

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not in Philly, but I know the Galbraith and Paul showroom/shop is there

2:07 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

This could be a huge list, but a few of my favorites are:

Open House
107 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215) 922-1415

Hello World
2056 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.545.5207

Foster’s Urban Homeware
124 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12-5


2:29 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

How could I forget:

Art Star
1030 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Tues-Sat: 11-7
Sun: 12-6


2:52 PM  
Anonymous Pipsqueak said...

Cool, Philly will be so fun for you!

Mode Moderne is here, http://www.modemoderne.com/

same street has Foster's Urban Hardware, shopfosters.com

Also nearby is Minima http://www.minima.us

There are a few other neat shops on 3rd.

Then yes you have to check out Galbraith and Paul, there's a brand new West Elm nearby, and another great store on 13th - I'll try to figure out the name. Perilously close to capogiro.com !!!

We have a complex called Marketplace Design Center marketplacedesignphila.com/ where I've alway wanted to go, that's downtown too, at 24th.

Then we have lots of architectural elements stores like ReStore, www.re-store-online.com, Architectural Antiques - architecturalantiques.com, and one more I can't remember but can figure out.

And of course we have tons of fun stores like Art Star artstarphilly.com/, Hot Soup glass studio - hotsoupstudio.com/, lots of stuff like this.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1002 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6007
(215) 351-9260

antique row

Sassy vintage boutique that's as fun to dig into as a general store

3:20 PM  
Blogger mizzmercury said...

I was going to suggest most of the shops mentioned, but here are a couple more:

Antiquarian's Delight
615 S 6TH St
(215) 592-0256
-this is a huge building full of vendors selling everything vintage from soup to nuts. Lots or furniture and decorative items.

1817 Frankford Ave.

A little off the beaten path, this is an art gallery that also consigns retail options such as hand made jewelry, decorative stuff, etc.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just moved from Philly. Miss it terribly and will be back for a conference in April. You must check out Petulia's Folly on 17th and Sansom, along with the AIA bookstore, also on 17th and Sansom. And on the same block as "Open House," is the best Gelato outside of Italy, Capogiro. Also fun is The Black Cat near the Penn campus on 34th and Sansom. Another place I love is Blendo, on 10th and Pine, in the "antiques row" neighborhood. It's full of contemporary and vintage gifts and home designs. Literally crammed full. But everything is lovingly selected. And finally you must check out Halloween, jewelry designer Henri David's gothic palace on Pine Street (and junpier? or maybe 12th?). It's difficult to spot-- looks like one of the many townhouses on the street, but there is a tiny card in the window. When you enter it is cavernous and magical and the jewelry is fantastic. Also a huge collection of vintage pieces.

3:58 PM  
Blogger mizzmercury said...

Oh god, I shop too much...

Also try Petulia's Folly
1710 Sansom St.
(215) 569-1344
-a gorgeous selection of home stuff like throws, pillows, etc. Some Hable Construction items.

And of course, the AIA Bookstore, almost right across the intersection at 17th & Sansom. Mecca for design/architecture books, and a slew of neato gadgets and gifts.

3:59 PM  
Blogger decor8 said...


Do you mind if I add some of these *great* links to my shopping list on my blog?


4:12 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

grace, also...
northern liberties is the new hot spot...
check out:
P.A.D. ~ 804 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~ 215 925 4005

Vintage Modern, 906 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~ 215 238 1997

some other's in the area I recently posted about...

ALSO...on Antique Row (along Pine Street)
Twist (twisthome.com)
1134 Pine Street

Paper on Pine
1008 Pine Street

Near Rittenhouse Sq.
Town Home
126 S. 19th Street

Have fun!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Leo said...

Just adding to the list here.

In northern Liberties (~10 blocks North of Market St on 2nd st) P.A.D. (http://www.pad-home.com/) is across the street from Architecturalantiques (mentioned above). As well as vintage modern just a little further north (906 N 2nd St). Around the corner from vintage modern is a coffee shop called the Ground Floor which regularly showcases local artists of high quality (no web presence, but already in the inquirer http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/12826988.htm). You can also get coffee at The Pond (630 N 2nd St) (http://www.pondcoffee.com/), very nice interior and amazing breakfast burritos.

In Old City, on Third St. Be sure to check out Vagabond/Honeymilk ( http://seamsters.net/2006/01/26/store-alert-honeymilk/)
As well as a wonderful pastry shop called Petit 4 (http://www.partyspace.com/facilitypages/petit4/main_page.htm) also close to Fosters (montioned above).

4:45 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

DH just got a job offer for the Philly area. I will be checking in often to see your reports. Thanks to rest of the readers for the links.


5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matthew Izzo
1109 Walnut St and 928 Pine St

113 S. 16th (between Chestnut and Sansom)

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Ara said...

In Old City, Minima
high concept, super-expensive modern furniture and accessories.

Already mentioned, but Town Home's site is http://www.townhomephila.com/, they have nice tableware, vases, etc.

Plus no one mentioned it so I assuming
you already know about Matthew Izzo. They have a clothing store, a home store, and now a huge "lifestyle" store with lots of furniture, accessories and clothing. http://www.matthewizzo.com

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Leah said...

Matthew Izzo has several locations in Philly... and he has a great eye.
The website isn't nearly as enticing as the store though...

You also might want to check out Hot Soup Glass Studio for local artisan made glass. http://www.hotsoupstudio.com

By the way...in my opinion, Manayunk is a great place to go for drinks, but if you're looking for great shopping...you should probably stick to N.Libs and the others recommended here. Especially if you have limited time. Petulia's Folly is good as some others have mentioned.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Leah said...

By the way...for really higher end modern furniture, you should make sure to hit Minima in Old City. Their space is great....and you'll probably be in that area based on some of the other best places to shop. :-)


7:05 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

These have already been mentioned, but FWIW, my list would be:

- Open House (their taste matches d*s 100%, and their prices are great)
- Foster's Urban Homeware
- Matthew Izzo (he's in the middle of moving, so check out both the Pine and Walnut locations)
- AIA Bookstore
- Paper On Pine

...while you're on Pine, also be sure to check out:

- Linu Boutique

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about a must visit list like this for major cities for your blog?

4:35 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

psst: please see "guide". it's coming soon. i'm one woman trying to do it all alone, so i promise i'm working as fast as i can ;)


4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1721 Spruce Street

This is a must see!

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Not sure what your timline is, but designphiladelphia is going on April 1-9. There are some cool events including some at the Marketplace Design Center, which is normally open only to interior designers. http://www.designphiladelphia.org/

Moore College of Art and Design also has a shop that carries student and alumni pieces including artwork, jewelry, accessories,etc. There's not a lot of selection on the website but it'll give you an idea of what they carry. http://www.moore.edu/index.cfm/nodeID/e4024d66-6d11-4be3-bade-f20c16d6f341//fuseaction/content.page

Also, on Pine Street (near Hello World and right next to Blendo) is Show of Hands. Every year they have the most beautiful selection of Christmas Tree ornaments!

1:19 PM  

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