Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Tis the season to shop, and with that comes the stress of overcrowded malls, packed shopping bags, and merciless long lines waiting to get your hands on a special holiday gift. Sounds fun? We didn’t think so.
Yet, some of Philly’s most vibrant neighborhoods are brimming with exquisite local shopping. Be it an indie nouveau mom and pop shop specializing in edgy accessories to one of Philly’s latest and most innovative discount department stores (we’re looking at you Century 21), there’s plenty of neighborhood holiday shopping across the city to choose from.
Instead of clamoring the malls for last minute finds, here’s our neighborhood gift guide to help you in your holiday shopping endeavors!
Hipster Home: Winner of "Best Housewares Store in Philadelphia" by Fox 29, Hipster Home features contemporary and organic home furnishings for those with an affinity for eccentricity. For the holidays, they have awesome gifts for under $25. You cannot beat that! 8236 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill.
Duke & Winston: Having recently opened their new flagship shop in Center City, Duke & Winston will feature 20 percent off storewide on Black Friday. Perfect to stock up on those knit sweaters and hoodies for this winter! 1822 Chestnut St, Rittenhouse.
Boyds: Known as one of Center City much beloved high end department store, from Wednesday, November 26th, through Sunday, November 30th, get 25 percent off select suits, sport coats, sportswear and women's fashion. This means everything from Gucci to Jimmy Choo. 1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Armour: One of the best kept secrets in Queen Village, Armour boasts a bevy of smartly curate menswear brands including Hyden Yoo to Philly’s own Danny Fox. From Black Friday on, get 25 percent off and if you bring a friend who’s never visited the shop, receive an additional 5 percent off. 704 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
Century 21: If high end designer discounts at a very reasonable price get you in the holiday spirit, Century 21 is your haven. 821 Market St, Market East.
Ritual Ritual: The NoLibs denizen has long favored this hip and edgy hotspot known for its eclectic men’s and women’s apparel and decadent jewelry. For Black Friday and Saturday, get up to 40 percent off select items and 15 percent off the entire store. If you spend over $200, you’ll get a free Ritual Ritual candle! 816 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
La Colombe: The newly opened flagship of La Colombe’s Fishtown home, features some of the best and inexpensive holiday coffee around. Most of the holiday gift boxes range from $34 to $40, perfect for the coffee nut in your life. 1335 Frankford Ave, Fishtown.
Art In The Age: Known for their in house handcrafted goods such as popular spirits ROOT and SNAP, the flagship boutique also offers a vast collection of apparel and Warby Parker glasses. For Small Business Saturday, shoppers will receive 20 percent off the entire store (with the exception of consignment items). 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Piper Boutique: Right on Upenn’s campus, Piper Boutique features plenty of slinky holiday dresses and work wear for the fun loving, chic lady always on the go. On Black Friday, the store will open at 5AM for 50 percent off of everything. That’s a major perk to trek into West Philly to do some holiday shopping! 140 S 34th Street, University City
United By Blue: Aside from its Old City location, the recently opened West Philly outpost of United By Blue features everything from artisanal coffee to chic Hershel knapsacks. For Black Friday, receive 20 percent off storewide. 144 North 2nd Street, Old City; 3421 Walnut Street, University City
As Philly continue its ascent as one of the country’s hottest growing shopping destinations – last month brought Uniqlo, Nordstrom Rack and Timberland to the downtown area – the city is brimming with off the beat retailers in neighborhoods beyond Center City.
Through November 16, shoppers from all over will have the chance to get a glimpse of the shopping experience from some of Philly’s beloved neighborhoods like Queen Village, Northern Liberties and Old City – all under one roof at Beyond Rittenhouse…A Curated Pop Up Shop of the City’s Hidden Gems at Metropolitan Gallery 250, located at S. 18th Street.
The pop up shop is curated by Elena Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique and features for other handpicked indie retailers including: her shop which features a collection of men’s and women’s shoes, sophisticated menswear pieces from Armour Philadelphia, the high meets low womenswear lux of Third Street Habit and the edgy cool accessories from Ritual Ritual.
Some of the design brands featured from the shops will include LA-based Circle of Gentlemen, Isabel Marant, Joie, UNITED NUDE — as well as select items from Philly-based designers and artists such as Amber Noelle, Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox.
The pop-up will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for just 10 days, November 7-16. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted. For more information, see below.
What do you get when an entrepreneur meets art? Philadelphia-based alternative R&B singer Kriss Mincey has the answer. She created and curated Unleash the Beast, a three-part series that is all about the artrepreneneur.
With sounds by Wired 96.5, a performance by Kriss Mincey, a live interview by Sincerely Syreeta, visual and digital art by artists like Peopledelphia, this event is a must-hit for Saturday night. This is the final night of her Unleash the Beast series, so make sure you grab your tickets!
Fox’s Emmy Award-winning show So You Think You Can Dance has captivated audiences and reinvigorated the country’s fascination with dance forms of all genres. You can watch season 11’s talented top 10 in Philadelphia for a live, one-night-only performance at the Merriam Theater.
Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hotspots lately, and he’s returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.
One Wednesday a month, the Kimmel Center opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for its popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show features performances by the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road to connect with fans and perform reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Rapper Talib Kweli opens the Electric Factory show.
Undeniably one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence music worldwide. As part of his 11-city music tour, the legendary singer/songwriter gives fans a chance to relive the classic at the Wells Fargo Center.
The U.S. first got a taste of Daley’s soulful sounds after he collaborated with Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius on the hit single Alone Together, which appeared on his six-track EP Alone Together. Since finding success in the states, Daley was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and was featured on Nelly’s 2013 track Heaven.
It’s official—fall is here. While the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This season, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hit-making acts stopping through the city includes big names such as Common, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. We pulled together a list of our top 20 picks.
With a discography that spans two decades and includes hits like the Philly anthem Summertime, hometown legend DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty. Philly 360° sat down with the busy, internationally touring DJ and his protégé, Philly hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan, for an exclusive, first-time-ever interview on their forthcoming project. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at the duo at work in Jeff’s studio and for more details on their soon-to-be-released album.
Project Runway winner and Philly native Dom Streater is on a winning streak, and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way. Philly 360° even hit the road to attend Dom’s New York Fashion Week debut. Check out our video for a sneak preview of Dom’s spring 2015 collection and her custom headphone collaboration with high-end audio brand Velodyne.
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned jazz concerts our way. You’ll definitely want to catch these shows—from the moving lyrics of Philly’s own Ursula Rucker to such acclaimed musicians as Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis.
Project Runway winner and Philly native, Dom Streater is on a winning streak and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way.
During this past New York Fashion Week, Philly 360° hit the road to attend Dom’s spring/ summer 2015 collection runway show debut. Inspired by a mile-high view of the changing landscape during a recent cross–country voyage, Streater’s collection, “Elevated”, featured psychedelic prints on long flowy maxi dresses, chambray cocktail dresses, and even a riff on aviation.
BTW, we definitely want those vintage-inspired flight attendant hats and bags.
Furthering her brand, Dom collaborated with high-end audio company Velodyne to design custom headphones using the prints from her spring/summer collection. You can get a sneak preview of the Velodyne collab and Dom’s spring 2015 collection in our exclusive recap video below. Check it out!
Fall is officially here. And as always, it's bringing with it a ton of new store openings. From the recent open of contemporary clothing store, VINCE, on 17th and Walnut Street, to the coming attraction of designer department stores like Uniqlo, which opens this week, Philly is buzzing with new retailers.
And if you’ve been following, the swell of retail activity over the past few years have been rapidly picking up the pace. Over the past year, stores such as Stuart Weitzman, Camper, Madewell, Theory, and Ulta have impacted the Center City shopping experience.
In essence, Philly has had over 30 new stores of all sort that have opened, including nationwide chains, independent men’s and women’s boutiques, jewelry and shoe stores, and more. It also helps that Philly (along with the rest of PA) is tax-free when it comes to clothing; which is all the more reason to indulge shopping in the city.
So, to stock up on fall wardrobe essentials, we’ve compiled a few new spots that will open their doors this fall. Check them out below!
Opening: October 3, 2014
Location: 1608 Chestnut Street
In addition to opening three stores (there’s one in King of Prussia Mall and another in Willow Grove Park Mall), Uniqlo, the international clothing retailer for high quality casual wear, will on Chestnut Street in Center City this fall. That means more options for crisp denim for the win! www.uniqlo.com/us
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 17th and Walnut Street
We, Philadelphians have a special affinity for ‘timbs (affectionately shortened for Timberland boots). So it makes sense that a Philly Timberland flagship store will open in the heart of the city. Get ready to stock up on boots for the winter, when Timberland opens close to Stuart Weitzman on the 17th hundred block of Walnut Street. shop.timberland.com
Opening: October 2014
Location: 8th and Market Street
For ages, the popular NY based designer discount store has served fashionistas well stocking up on exclusive finds from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Now, the Philadelphia Century 21 will be the chain’s ninth location in the country and the first outside the NY metropolitan area. What’s even better? The 100,000 sq. foot store will occupy the former Strawbridge’s location at 8th and Market East (just blocks away from the new Jefferson Station). www.c21stores.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1701 Walnut Street
The contemporary clothing line known for its knitwear and a solid assortment of basics has already invaded center city and word has it, it’s a crowd pleaser. Stop by before all those cool knit sweaters are sold out! www.vince.com
Opening: October 24, 2014
Location: 1700 Chestnut Street
Inhabiting the home that was Daffy’s on 1700 Chestnut Street, Nordstrom Rack will make its debut toward the end of October. What’s there to get excited about? Similar to Century 21, there will be designer styles with deep discounts. Alas, Nordstrom also has a pretty impressive plus size collection that features fabulous steals from designers like Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors. www.nordstromrack.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1427 Walnut Street
Opening in the space that was once inhabited by Center City’s M.A.C. store, Goorin Brothers has recently set up shop. The 119 year old American hat haberdashery has opened near Broad and Walnut adding a rustic hipster vibe to the always trendy neighborhood. www.goorin.com
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 1708 Walnut Street
The beloved skater’s shoe paradise will make Philly its home this fall. Originally scheduled to open this spring and taking over the street level to Jacque Ferber’s furs, Vans plans to open sometime mid-fall. We can already see sneakerheads lined up for Vans’ latest line of tropical inspired kicks. www.vans.com
Opening: November 13, 2014
Location: 1705 Walnut Street
Across the street from new Vans store, Michael Kors will be arriving to the center city district come November. Also, taking over another establishment (remember, Burberry was there for a minute), the store will be multileveled and will feature a lot of the label’s signature items. So, if you’re interested in stocking up on Kor’s envious MK logo wrapped goods, the Philly store will be here in no time. www.michaelkors.com
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
For our next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster."
Okay, so let's just own it. We know that the word "hipster" can be a polarizing term, capable of causing intense feelings of love, or hate, when used. But, in this case we've got nothing but good things to say about these fashionable fellahs. You know the type — the uber stylish, heritage brand-wearing, vintage-loving, well-groomed in the most unassuming way type of guy.
Philly has plenty of dope "Heritage-Hipster" style and shopping options. And, we absolutely love every bit of it.
If you're on the lookout for your next fab vintage or heritage find, then your next shopping destination has to be the popular Philly neighborhood of Old City. This part of town is renown for good eats, great art galleries and some of the finest vintage/thrift shopping that Philadelphia has to offer.
Check out our pick's for this week's menswear style guide, and stay tuned for a few more classic Philly looks, courtesy of Philly 360°. Also, make sure to check out our style guide for the 'Dapper Sophisticants' of Rittenhouse Square.
At Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, heritage, originality and time-honored craftsmanship are the order of the day for this rustic boutique. Pick up your hearty, hand-crafted Gitman Bros. button-down. You’ll be right up there with those that paved the way to the ‘Cradle of Liberty.’ (116 N. 3rd Street)
For an impeccable pair of shoes, join the generations of men who have gone for the classic Oxford style. Briar Vintage has quite a selection dating from the 1960s all the way back to the 1800s. Your style is guaranteed to be one for the ages after hitting this shop. (62 N. 3rd Street)
‘Best of Philly 2011’ winner Charlie’s Jeans, offers the guys and girls a premium selection of denim. Find your own pair of perfectly sized dungarees to match that button-up and you’ll be the epitome of rustic charm. (1735 Chestnut Street)
For a stand-out addition to your look, try on-trend, Old City boutique Lost + Found. This mother-daughter run style spot has long-lasting vintage belts for a fraction of the price. Look stylish without trying too hard or spending too much. (133 N. 3rd Street)
Go full, vintage-meets-timeless style at Sugarcube, a boutique that carries everything from small label to well-known classic. We suggest a clean cut, casual chic blazer from Rag & Bone. Rest assured, Sugarcube’s selection will consistently provide you solid wardrobe mainstays. (124 N. 3rd Street)
Red Bull is back at it again. This week, the Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project lands in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presents 30 talented, emerging local artists who each will transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspiration art in their own signature style.
All of the Canvas Cooler Artist are hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event includes fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson.
On Thursday, September 25 Red Bull will reveal the finished coolers to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. During the event, two artists will be selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter.
The event is free and open to the public. So, stop through Arch Enemy, grab a Red Bull and support these phenomenal Philly talents.
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