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With almost one full month of 2014 behind us, 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.
Today, we're making a few minor tweaks to our round-up. The subject of 2013's most shocking store closure, SA VA, has been removed from our list. We're removing Midtown Village's Verde to make room for made-to-measure menswear label Commonwealth Proper, the founders of which unveiled a new retail store/showroom last fall. SEE Eyewear, a fashion eyewear retailer with a new location within Ardmore's Suburban Square, is now part of our 38, as well. 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.)
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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
01/23/14: Removed Verde, SA VA; Added Commonwealth Proper and SEE Eyewear