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The 38 Essential Philly Shopping Experiences, Spring 2014

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Once again, 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.

Just a few minor tweaks are on the docket for today: First, we're (sadly) scrubbing Adresse from our list; the upscale Old City boutique shuttered last month, but we're told a relocation is in the works. In its place, we're adding Terrain at Styer's, the have-to-see-it-to-believe-it garden/lifestyle store from Philly's own Urban Outfitters.

Our map is in no particular ranked order; rather, we're taking a look from north to south. (Also see our Indie 38, a listing of the area's 38 best independent boutiques.)

Got other suggestions? State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline.


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
01/23/14: Removed Verde, SA VA; Added Commonwealth Proper and SEE Eyewear
04/08/14: Removed Adresse; added Terrain

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1. King of Prussia Mall

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160 N Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-5794
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Whether or not you're a fan of the mall "scene," you can't ignore the presence of our beloved KOP. The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and a collection of luxury retailers.

2. EAVES

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105 North Aberdeen
Wayne, PA 19085
(610) 688-4466
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Susan Ahn's sunny boutique is a Main Liner's destination for the coveted labels A.L.C., Mother Denim, Isabel Marant, Lem Lem, and Rag & Bone.

3. Trove General Store

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19 Paoli Shopping Center
Paoli, PA 19301
(484) 320-8626
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Whether you're a true outdoorsman or just want to look like one, Trove General is a one-stop-shop for labels like Pendleton, Filson, Woolrich, Levis, and Blundstone. The Main Line store also carries housewares and apothecary.

4. Material Culture

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4700 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 849-8030
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East Falls' best kept secret, Material Culture is 60,000 square feet of unique furnishings from the world over.

5. SEE Eyewear

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37 Coulter Avenue, Suburban Square
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 726-9010
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This fashion eyewear retailer recently unveiled its 31st location—Pennsylvania's first—within Ardmore's Suburban Square shopping center in 2013. Trendy, thick-rimmed frames in funky colors make this shop worthy of the drive from Philly.

6. Jinxed Clothing

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1050 N Hancock St. #86
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 978-5469
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Now with three locations, Jinxed is synonymous with estate/vintage housewares and furniture at prices you have to see to believe.

7. Arcadia Boutique

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819 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 667-8099
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Arcadia takes the reins as one of the city’s best places to shop under-the-radar designers. A section for curated vintage and menswear (Alternative Apparel, Penguin) rounds out the NoLibs boutique.

8. Duke & Winston Showroom

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633 N. 2nd Street.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 639-5594
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Seun Olubodun's line of men's casual tees and hoodies is inspired by his beloved English bulldog, Duke.

9. Scarlett Alley

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241 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7898
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In need of a wedding gift or a housewarming present? This longstanding boutique is a go-to for tasteful housewares plus jewelry and accessories from local and global labels.

10. The Geisha House

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149 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 886-8110
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The winner of our 2013 So Hot Right Now Racked Award, this relatively new addition to Old City's North Third Street houses women's apparel and accessories from labels you probably haven't heard of yet.

11. Third Street Habit

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153 N. 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5455
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The most sought-after trends and designers are represented at this trendy Old City boutique. Shoppers can count on Third Street Habit to carry contemporary ready-to-wear from labels like Rag & Bone and Rodebjer, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map.

12. Lost + Found

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133 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-1311
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We love Lost + Found for its wallet-friendly finds. Its racks are packed with affordably-priced sundresses in the summer, and discounts are deepened with regular sales.

13. 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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The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.

14. Sazz Vintage Clothing

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60 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-7299
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The sister store to Briar Vintage, Sazz is known for its selection of womens 1950s-1960 dresses, blouses, and skirts; select vintage 1970s-80s tshirts; mens western shirts; jackets; cowboy boots; and seasonal apparel.

15. Briar Vintage

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62 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1990
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This men's-only vintage boutique outfits the modern-day gentleman in apparel, accessories, and oddities dated from the 1800s to the 1960s. Look for antique cufflinks and '50s-era letterman sweaters.

16. Vagabond

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37 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 671-0737
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This Old City boutique displays a well-edited selection of vintage alongside women’s duds from the coolest emerging designers. Think shoes from Rachel Comey and Swedish Hasbeens, jewelry from Philly’s own Bario Neal, plus apparel from a mix of local and national labels.

17. Smak Parlour

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219 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-4551
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With a bubblegum pink exterior fit for a modern day Barbie, Smak Parlour satiates the shopping itch with frilly frocks, embellished cardigans, and more from lesser-known names like Many Belles Down and Ark & Co. The boutique also attracts attention for its house-label, rockabilly-meets-pin-up style clothing line. (Image credit: B. Krist for GPTMC)

18. Commonwealth Proper

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1839 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 319-1741
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Philly custom menswear label Commonwealth Proper debuted a new, 2,000-square-foot showroom at 1839 Chestnut Street in October 2013. The retail showroom's inventory of tailored ready-to-wear makes a visit here mandatory for nattily-dressed gentlemen.[Image credit: Andrew Bonacci for Commonwealth Proper]

19. Joan Shepp

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1625 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2666
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Joan Shepp is a Rittenhouse Row staple, a must-see shop for designer labels like Marni, Givenchy, Opening Ceremony, and Comme des Garcons.

20. Boyds

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1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 564-9000
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An old-school department store in an era where there aren't many of those left, Boyds carries the highest of the high-end. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere makes it worth a visit even if you're not going to walk out with a brand-new pair of Manolo slingbacks.

21. Mitchell & Ness

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1201 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 273-7622
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In its nearly 110-year history, Mitchel & Ness has provided on-field uniforms for the Eagles and the Phillies, not to mention the Philadelphia Athletics. Now, the store carries new and vintage-style team jerseys, hats, and tees. Looking for an authentic 1960s satin baseball jacket? You're in the right place.

22. Knit Wit

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1729 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-4760
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Knit Wit's new Chestnut Street digs house designer buys from labels like Paul Smith, Helmut Lang, and J Brand.

23. I. Goldberg Army & Navy

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1300 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-9393
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This corner mainstay houses three floors of outdoor and athletic apparel, plus camping accessories, backpacks, and workwear. The basement level is a bargain lover's paradise—especially if he or she is a fan of buffalo plaid.

24. Open House

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107 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-1415
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Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from housewares and kitchen items to candles and personal accessories.

25. duross & langel

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117 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-7627
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Steve Duross and James Langel specializes in natural, hand-made soaps, candles, and bath products, using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. It's like farm-to-table for your face.

26. Plage Tahiti

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128 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-9139
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The younger, funkier counterpart to Chestnut Street's Knit Wit, Ann Gitter's Plage Tahiti delivers American and European labels to the fashion-savvy.

27. Tselaine

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1927 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 301-4752
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This unpretentious Rittenhouse Square boutique houses jewelry, handbags, scarves, and cufflinks from the coolest indie designers and up-and-comers.

28. Anthropologie

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1801 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-2114
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It's hard to resist this Anthropologie's four-level location on Walnut Street. Head to the bottom floor to check out the latest markdowns.

29. UBIQ Walnut Street

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1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 988-0194
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Ubiq has been selling streetwear for over a decade now, so it's safe to assume they know their stuff. Go for brands like Adidas, Stussy, and Vans, all of whom have collaborated with the store on special projects.

30. Omoi Zakka Shop

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1608 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-0963
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Japanese pop culture is front-and-center at this Pine Street shop, where you can find everything from bento boxes and stationery to jewelry and toys.

31. Crash Bang Boom

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528 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 928-1123
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Crash Bang Boom is South Street's resource for dog collars and Manic Panic. Born out of iconic punk shop Zipperhead, the store has been keeping Philadelphians in leather and studs in one form or another since 1980.

32. Retrospect

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508 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 671-0116
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Hipsters flock to South Street vintage outpost Retrospect for the large selection of men's and women's apparel and accessories. Head to the rear of the shop for housewares and furniture.

33. Eyes Gallery

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402 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 925-0193
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Owners Julie and Isaiah Zagar opened this gallery in 1968 after three years in the Peace Corps in Peru, and ever since, they've been selling Latin American crafts and jewelry. Even if you don't know Isaiah Zagar's name, you'll recognize his work instantly; he's the man responsible for South Street's mosaics, as well as the tilework that covers the interior of the store.

34. Bario-Neal

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700 south 6th street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 454-2164
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Handcrafted in its in-store studio, Bario-Neal jewelry uses reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones, and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices.

35. Bus Stop

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727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2357
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Store owner Elena Brennan fills her under-the-radar footwear boutique with funky men’s and women’s shoes from designer names like Irregular Choice, United Nude, and Jeffrey Campbell.

36. Metro Men's Clothing

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1600 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 324-5172
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Newly relocated to a bigger, badder spot on East Passyunk Avenue, Metro Men's Clothing keeps its customers looking natty with selections from Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, and Penguin.

37. Occasionette

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1825 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 465-1704
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Every inch of Sara Selepouchin's EPA gift boutique, Occasionette, oozes charm, from the stationery, art prints, and gift wrap to the store owner's own line of Girls Can Tell wares.

38. Terrain at Styer's

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914 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-2400
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URBN Inc.'s garden store concept, Terrain, is everything you'd expect from the merchandising/display pros behind the Urban Outfitters brand. A luxurious indoor-outdoor space is equal parts rustic and refined and comes complete with an on-site greenhouse cafe. There are only two Terrain stores in existence, one of which is about 30 minutes south of downtown Philly. [Image credit: Terrain/Facebook]

1. King of Prussia Mall

160 N Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
Whether or not you're a fan of the mall "scene," you can't ignore the presence of our beloved KOP. The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and a collection of luxury retailers.
160 N Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

2. EAVES

105 North Aberdeen, Wayne, PA 19085
Susan Ahn's sunny boutique is a Main Liner's destination for the coveted labels A.L.C., Mother Denim, Isabel Marant, Lem Lem, and Rag & Bone.
105 North Aberdeen
Wayne, PA 19085

3. Trove General Store

19 Paoli Shopping Center, Paoli, PA 19301
Whether you're a true outdoorsman or just want to look like one, Trove General is a one-stop-shop for labels like Pendleton, Filson, Woolrich, Levis, and Blundstone. The Main Line store also carries housewares and apothecary.
19 Paoli Shopping Center
Paoli, PA 19301

4. Material Culture

4700 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
East Falls' best kept secret, Material Culture is 60,000 square feet of unique furnishings from the world over.
4700 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

5. SEE Eyewear

37 Coulter Avenue, Suburban Square, Ardmore, PA 19003
This fashion eyewear retailer recently unveiled its 31st location—Pennsylvania's first—within Ardmore's Suburban Square shopping center in 2013. Trendy, thick-rimmed frames in funky colors make this shop worthy of the drive from Philly.
37 Coulter Avenue, Suburban Square
Ardmore, PA 19003

6. Jinxed Clothing

1050 N Hancock St. #86, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Now with three locations, Jinxed is synonymous with estate/vintage housewares and furniture at prices you have to see to believe.
1050 N Hancock St. #86
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. Arcadia Boutique

819 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Arcadia takes the reins as one of the city’s best places to shop under-the-radar designers. A section for curated vintage and menswear (Alternative Apparel, Penguin) rounds out the NoLibs boutique.
819 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Duke & Winston Showroom

633 N. 2nd Street., Philadelphia, PA 19123