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Now that it's officially fall, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of Philadelphia's most essential stores. It's impossible to sum up Philly's shopping scene, but this is our rough guide—a north-to-south round-up of the places worth browsing, whether you're a tourist or a Philadelphia lifer.
Here's a summary of the most news-worthy retail developments that took place over the past three months: Joan Shepp moved to Chestnut, Madewell announced its Walnut Street opening date, Stuart Weitzman debuted on Rittenhouse Row, and news broke that additional Nordstrom Rack, Terrain, and Anthropologie stores will be opening in the area. Exciting developments, indeed, but the Racked 38 only includes stores open longer than six months — which brings us to our update: Today, we're removing Franklin Square, Menagerie, and Loehmann's (no hard feelings) to make room for Plage Tahiti, Tselaine, and The Geisha House. Our map is in no particular ranked order; rather, we're taking a look from north to south.
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04/02/13: Added Omoi Zakka Shop, Jinxed, and Material Culture
07/09/13: Removed Antiquarian's Delight; Added I. Goldberg Army & Navy
10/03/13: Removed Franklin Square, Menagerie, Loehmann's, and Concrete Polish; Added Plage Tahiti, Eaves, Tselaine, and The Geisha House