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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