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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying our friends in the fashion industry about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. Thus far, we've been reflecting on the past; today, let's look the future. Here, Philly fashion and retail insiders share their predictions for local shopping in 2013. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments. Image credit: C. Gabello for GPTMC
Q: What are your predictions for local shopping in 2013?
Abby Kessler and Katie Loftus, co-owners, Smak Parlour: Everyone loves shopping local—it's going to just keep getting more and more popular.
Caroline Bean, Director of Social Media, GPTMC: Philadelphia has such a strong indie boutique scene, and I think that will continue to thrive. But I also feel like there might be some more national brands poking around. The mix of national and local just makes it better for shoppers.
Alina Alter, owner, Aoki Boutique: A continued support of small and independent retailers, despite some bigger names opening locations in Center City.
Liz Scarlett, owner, Scarlett Alley: More local vendors, designers.
Danielle Audain, blogger, Indie.Electric.Alternative: I'm hoping even more stores expand to the Northern Liberties neighborhood. In the last two years it has started to blossom, but I think it will explode in 2013.
Joelle Brodhecker, co-owner, Addiction Studios: More shop local!
Allison Stadd, Editor, Uwishunu: The growth of already-strong, up-and-coming corridors: Fabric Row, East Passyunk Avenue, Frankford Avenue, etc.; and the continuing oomph of stalwarts like 3rd Street and Rittenhouse Row.
Matthew Vlahos, founder/publicist, MVPR: More and more shopping will move online, so I think local style websites and magazines are even more important, and we need style advice from experts to keep us in check as we click. Philly trends are different than those in Miami or Dallas or Portland, although I think we all put a bird on it. So that's my way of saying: welcome Racked Philly! We need you and more like you!
Liz Sieber, owner, Omoi Zakka Shop: I'm hoping that Philly will appreciate that "boutique" can apply to much more than just clothing shops
Elena Brennan, owner, Bus Stop: The "shop local" movement has just begun—it's just going to get bigger, better, and bolder!