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Philadelphia has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to 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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It may be Valentine's Day, but Chaucee Stillman's love affair with Philadelphia is a year-round deal. "Philadelphia is a city made up of neighborhoods, and in each neighborhood there's a gem to be found," says the Streets & Stripes blogger. Here, Stillman dishes on the five Philly shopping haunts she's always sweet on, and reveals the Center City boutique owner who's stolen a special piece of her heart.


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Once Worn Consignment

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Once Worn is the perfect place to find those unique items. Well priced, and with a constant influx of new items, the store owner, Jen, does a great job at collecting one-of-a-kind items for her customers! What you can find there: jewelry, shoes, handbags, accessories, menswear, and women’s wear.

Aoki Boutique

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It’s no secret that I have a major crush on Aoki's owner, Alina. The feel of Aoki is feminine with a bit of edge and funk. You’ll find anything from shirts with skulls to leather clutches and oversized sweaters. Alina also has a great selection of books and gifts!

Charlie's Jeans

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If you are on the lookout for your next piece of denim, then head to Charlie’s Jeans. Their experienced staff will help you find the perfect fit and cut for your shape!

Knit Wit

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Knit Wit is the modern woman’s miracle! It’s always a dangerous endeavor when I step inside this shop; I’m immediately smitten with everything! They have a really unique selection of clothing that ranges from tops and riding pants to fabulous skirts with the best prints. Definitely one of my favorite shops in the city.

Arcadia Boutique

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I feel like everything you take home from Arcadia could be that statement piece in your wardrobe. They carry unique pieces that add that sparkle to any outfit. Their impressive jewelry collection is lust-worthy, and their clothes are well made. They partner with independent brands as well as some beloved favorites. Make sure to check out their vintage section in the back!

Once Worn Consignment

Once Worn is the perfect place to find those unique items. Well priced, and with a constant influx of new items, the store owner, Jen, does a great job at collecting one-of-a-kind items for her customers! What you can find there: jewelry, shoes, handbags, accessories, menswear, and women’s wear.

Aoki Boutique

It’s no secret that I have a major crush on Aoki's owner, Alina. The feel of Aoki is feminine with a bit of edge and funk. You’ll find anything from shirts with skulls to leather clutches and oversized sweaters. Alina also has a great selection of books and gifts!

Charlie's Jeans

If you are on the lookout for your next piece of denim, then head to Charlie’s Jeans. Their experienced staff will help you find the perfect fit and cut for your shape!

Knit Wit

Knit Wit is the modern woman’s miracle! It’s always a dangerous endeavor when I step inside this shop; I’m immediately smitten with everything! They have a really unique selection of clothing that ranges from tops and riding pants to fabulous skirts with the best prints. Definitely one of my favorite shops in the city.

Arcadia Boutique

I feel like everything you take home from Arcadia could be that statement piece in your wardrobe. They carry unique pieces that add that sparkle to any outfit. Their impressive jewelry collection is lust-worthy, and their clothes are well made. They partner with independent brands as well as some beloved favorites. Make sure to check out their vintage section in the back!