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Welcome to Playing Favorites, wherein local shopping and fashion gurus provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around Philly that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Years later, Christina Saboe, the owner of South Street's s'mores headquarters Fireside Camp Supply, still rues the day she passed over "the one." That is, the perfect leather jacket from the KOP Mall's Madewell. Nowadays, Madewell's Walnut Street store lands a spot on Saboe's favorite Philly shopping spots, along with six other stores, where Saboe shops everything from Warby Parker frames to cacti and harmonicas.


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1. Open House

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107 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-1415
Open House is my go-to for birthday and holiday gifts. I never fail. It's great for inexpensive, lighthearted gifts. I love that it has a whole Philadelphia section of gifts without being touristy. I've found harmonicas, sewing kits, and kitchen gadgets all in the same spot. [Image credit: C. Gabello for GPTMC]

2. VERDE

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108 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-8700
When you have a close friend who's crazy for sparkles, Verde is the place to go. Here, you'll find beautiful jewelry and accessories that are up to date, cozy and chic. Let's not forget that they sell chocolates.

3. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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I've always been a fan of a shop where I can buy a one-of-a-kind screen-printed t-shirt alongside a bottle of Root liqueur. I've spent hours in Art in the Age trying on Warby Parker frames. Check them out of First Fridays when they have unique lecture series. I stopped in once to find a seminar on how to keep chicken coops in an urban space. Genius.

4. Madewell

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1716 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 772-1213
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When I found out Madewell was coming to Philly, I sunk deep into a flashback from years ago when I tried on the perfect leather jacket at King of Prussia. It didn't get purchased that day, but it haunted my shopping spree dreams ever since. It was definitely the one that got away. My advice to the Philadelphia shopper: If you find it, buy it! [Image credit: Madewell]

5. Era Atomica

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1726 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-2345
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This small shop on Passyunk is beautifully curated for the retro homes of Philadelphia. They carry one of a kind pieces of furniture that were obviously hand-picked by a pro. I love it because the shopper doesn't need to hunt through a store of clutter to find that perfect addition. [Image credit: Era Atomica/Facebook]

6. Urban Jungle

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1526 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 952-0811
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After countless dollars lost on cacti and ferns, I found my new plant heaven, Urban Jungle. It never fails to astonish me. Now, I feel good about shopping local, and my plants stay alive! You can see for yourself with the bushes in Fireside's front window. [Image credit: Urban Jungle/Facebook]

7. Moon & Arrow

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754 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 200-1617
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Impeccably set up and revamped after its unfortunate brush with smoke damage, Moon & Arrow inspires me as a store owner to go against the grain. Located in the heart of Fabric Row, it seems to be one step ahead of every store in town with its presentation. I'm at a loss for words when trying to categorize it, so I'll take a line from their own website: "Linking outdoors to in, primitive to modern, small artisans to a diverse urban community, Moon & Arrow is many things." [Image credit: Moon & Arrow]

1. Open House

107 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Open House is my go-to for birthday and holiday gifts. I never fail. It's great for inexpensive, lighthearted gifts. I love that it has a whole Philadelphia section of gifts without being touristy. I've found harmonicas, sewing kits, and kitchen gadgets all in the same spot. [Image credit: C. Gabello for GPTMC]
107 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

2. VERDE

108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
When you have a close friend who's crazy for sparkles, Verde is the place to go. Here, you'll find beautiful jewelry and accessories that are up to date, cozy and chic. Let's not forget that they sell chocolates.
108 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
I've always been a fan of a shop where I can buy a one-of-a-kind screen-printed t-shirt alongside a bottle of Root liqueur. I've spent hours in Art in the Age trying on Warby Parker frames. Check them out of First Fridays when they have unique lecture series. I stopped in once to find a seminar on how to keep chicken coops in an urban space. Genius.
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Madewell

1716 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
When I found out Madewell was coming to Philly, I sunk deep into a flashback from years ago when I tried on the perfect leather jacket at King of Prussia. It didn't get purchased that day, but it haunted my shopping spree dreams ever since. It was definitely the one that got away. My advice to the Philadelphia shopper: If you find it, buy it! [Image credit: Madewell]
1716 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Era Atomica

1726 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148
This small shop on Passyunk is beautifully curated for the retro homes of Philadelphia. They carry one of a kind pieces of furniture that were obviously hand-picked by a pro. I love it because the shopper doesn't need to hunt through a store of clutter to find that perfect addition. [Image credit: Era Atomica/Facebook]
1726 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

6. Urban Jungle

1526 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
After countless dollars lost on cacti and ferns, I found my new plant heaven, Urban Jungle. It never fails to astonish me. Now, I feel good about shopping local, and my plants stay alive! You can see for yourself with the bushes in Fireside's front window. [Image credit: Urban Jungle/Facebook]
1526 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Moon & Arrow

754 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Impeccably set up and revamped after its unfortunate brush with smoke damage, Moon & Arrow inspires me as a store owner to go against the grain. Located in the heart of Fabric Row, it seems to be one step ahead of every store in town with its presentation. I'm at a loss for words when trying to categorize it, so I'll take a line from their own website: "Linking outdoors to in, primitive to modern, small artisans to a diverse urban community, Moon & Arrow is many things." [Image credit: Moon & Arrow]
754 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147