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Friends of Racked Philly Name 2012's Best New Shops

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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying Philly's fashion and retail industry experts about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. So far, we've looked at 2012's best and worst fashion trends and the experts' favorite purchases of the year; now, let's discuss 2012's top local shopping newcomers. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.

Image credit: Julia Mead for Moon & Arrow

Q: What are the top local shopping newcomers of 2012?

Alina Alter, owner, Aoki Boutique: I'm loving Curated Goods and Stadler-Kahn, and I'm thrilled that Moon & Arrow, originally a pop-up, has found a permanent home! Also, I'm obviously excited that I was able to open my own boutique, Aoki, in 2012.

Allison Stadd, Editor, Uwishunu: Intermix!

Liz Scarlett, owner, Scarlett Alley: Shane Confectionery—not new this year and not clothes, but I'm always bringing company there to show off!

Caroline Bean, Director of Social Media, GPTMC: Never Too Spoiled in Old City is a great little shop. The "big guys" along Walnut Street (Intermix, etc.) are getting lots of attention, and quirky little places like the design shop Stadler-Kahn in Rittenhouse Square round out the shopping experience in Philadelphia.

Joelle Brodhecker, co-owner, Addiction Studios: Industry and Intermix.

Matthew Vlahos, founder/publicist, MVPR: I'm always drawn to that Lululemon emporium in a way that defies logic. I mean, do I look like I do yoga!?

Liz Sieber, owner, Omoi Zakka Shop: Industry at 1020 Pine Street. Finally an Antiques Row shop has tapped into the vintage-modern aesthetic. I love the lamps and reading chairs that J is bringing in.

Elena Brennan, owner, Bus Stop: Industry on Pine Street, Moon & Arrow on Fabric Row.

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