Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Throughout 2015, Philly 360° will showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. For January, we start the year off with serial entrepreneur and "Jill of all trades," Melissa Alam of Old City.
Melissa is one of the city’s young hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she found last September for female entrepreneurs. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe her schedule, hence why Old City; one of Philly’s most beloved and historic neighborhoods, is a prime location for her to navigate to all the necessary hotspots throughout the city.
Established in 1702 by William Penn and the Quakers when first settled, Old City is the eldest section of Philly spanning from Front and Sixth Streets between Vine and Walnut Streets. In fact, much of the colonial foundation is still intact with some brick buildings dating back to the early 18th century.
Today, Old City has become a hub for boutique coffee shops, innovative art galleries, and a unique shopping experience. Worth to be noted, every first Friday of the month, denizens flood the streets of Old City visiting galleries, shops, and sampling the tastes of the neighborhood; making it a lively and enjoyable experience.
Find out about Melissa’s hood below! And, check out this comprehensive Visit Philadelphia guide for a look at all things Old City.
Melissa: Where business meets pleasure meets history meets art meets style - all while on beautiful cobblestone sidewalks.
Melissa: I usually start my day off with a delicious dirty chai from Cafe Ole, work all day at my co-working space The Hive, and then occasionally have a retail therapy moment at some of the local boutiques such as Smak Parlour and Sugarcube. When the weather is nice, I’ll take a stroll down the Race Street Pier — it’s so beautiful it hurts!
Melissa: Old City has a mix of everything without being too commercial or overly saturated with people. I've gotten to know a lot of the small business owners around the neighborhood, and they're extremely welcoming and supportive of each other. There's also a unique international presence here with a lot of visitors stopping by the neighborhood's historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Elfreth's Alley and the National Constitution Center. It’s like an extroverted area with introverted tendencies. The shops are small, the restaurants are intimate and it has a pretty eclectic nightlife scene on either side of Market Street.
Meliisa: I love the art scene, so make sure to visit the galleries all over the neighborhood during First Fridays. Expect live music, free booze, interesting art and new friends!
Cafe Ole - 147 N. 3rd Street
Smak Parlour - 219 Market Street
Sugarcube - 124 N. 3rd Street
Elfreth's Alley - 124 Elfreth's Alley
The Liberty Bell - 6th and Market Streets
The National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
The Hive - 222 Market Street
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Step into this space this Friday to take in the collection and to experience First Friday at The Barnes.
Join OneHunted and the Barnes for a toast to the new year and a celebration of Dr. Barnes's birthday with the music of M'Balia Singley, performed by Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Mike Boone and Anwar Marshall. Attendees can also meet fashion designer Wale Oyejide, whose menswear line Ikiré Jones marries African aesthetics with Neapolitan tailoring. Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey will be hosting the program.
With the Barnes' amazing collection and OneHunted's perfectly curated lineup of entertainment, there's no better way to kick off the New Year and celebrate First Friday than this party. Check it out!
Philly, step out and enjoy the cooler side of Philly's music, fashion and art scenes. That's right — The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is back with another packed lineup highlighting some of the top influencers and artists which are powering our city's ever-evolving creative movement.
Tyrone Dixon, Philadelphia Wine Mixer founder and President of LITM Marketing Group, had this to say when intereview on why he started this popular event,
"The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is a celebration of culture. I decided to create this event because I noticed the overwhelming talent in our city,"
Reserved seating participants will enjoy the fashion showcase, open wine bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The VIP reception will be sponsored by Spoodee Wine. If you want to get a feel for the vibe and crowd, then be sure to check out our recap video below.
Grab your tickets today and we'll see you there! Let's go.
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia
A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12. Known for her use of vivid colors and graphic prints with contemporary cuts, Streater took home the big Project Runway win thanks to her clear design vision and expert execution.
Streater recently debuted her latest collection during New York Fashion Week, and we were there to capture it all. Check out our recap video below for a behind-the-scenes look.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms.
The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out! So, definitely make your way to this hot Rittenhouse retails spot and grab one of Dom's fresh designs while you can.
Philly-bred design and lifestyle brands Kings Rule Together and Veteran Freshman are joining forces to present an evening with buzz-worthy author Alex Elle. This emerging influencer has cultivated her sizable following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on natural hair care, and her latest book of poetry Words from a Wanderer. Elle’s work relates to a generation of entrepreneurial woman learning to love themselves and chase their dreams.
This month, R&B songstress Jhene Aiko hits Philadelphia with her Enter The Void Tour. Philly fans last saw the Souled Out singer/songwriter holding it down at an underground Vitamin Water Uncapped event in North Philly and of course on the mainstage during this year’s Roots Picnic. Aiko will perform at The Electric Factory along with alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and popular soul band The Internet.
Hip-hop and entertainment great Common is returning to Philly to promote his 10th studio release, Nobody’s Smiling. His 13-date tour kicked off last month and includes appearances by underground hip-hop artist and producer Jay Electronica. You can catch the duo as they hit The TLA on South Street on December 8. Insider tip — cross the street and grab a cheesesteak from Ishkabibbles before, or after, the show.
Robert Glasper first made a name for himself playing behind some of the hottest soul artists in the industry. Destined to step out into the spotlight as a solo act, The Blue Note recording artist has now released seven studio project featuring prominent acts like Ledisi, Jill Scott, Bilal, Brandy and Erykah Badu. In 2013, Glasper achieved new levels of success, landing a GRAMMY for his album, Black Radio.
Wine lovers: Grab a glass, and get ready for the next installment of the Philadelphia Wine Mixer. This seen-and-be-seen event fuses music, art and fashion—presenting the very best of Philly’s dope creative scene. The December edition of this popular mixer takes place at Northern Liberties hotspot, Impact Hub.
Every third Friday, Art Sanctuary presents the very best of Philly’s local music scene with Sanctuary LIVE!. This month, audiences will rock out to the soulful sounds of Philly-based jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese. A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, Laurin’s pitch-perfect sound has won her a cult following of music lovers and gigs alongside serious industry heavyweights like Adam Blackstone, Vivian Green and Bilal.
Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the world. His credits includes work with renowned acts of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many more. The December 22 show at World Cafe Live includes appearances by soul singer Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.
Still searching for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further. Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you share local Philly flavor with the ones you love. Check out our post for some great shopping ideas.
Red Bull’s Canvas Cooler Project landed in Philadelphia for the first time, presenting 20 emerging local artists who each transformed a blank, canvas-wrapped cooler into a signature work of art. The Philadelphia event included a fresh lineup of talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular Instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson. Watch our recap video for a behind-the-scenes look at this event.
Philly-born visual artist American Queen TJD just opened an exciting new exhibit at Art Sanctuary. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," the show will run through the end of the year and includes 15+ pieces of TJD’s graphic, graffiti-inspired paintings. Click here for details.
This month, the East Coast gets its first taste of Flash, a dance theater duet featuring Philly hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and Japanese butoh dance artist Michael Sakamoto. The duo performs at The Painted Bride on December 12 and 13. Fans can also get a special First Friday preview at the Barnes Foundation. Get more details here.
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.
Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter When: Opening reception, Saturday, January 10, 8 - 12 a.m.; Exhibit open through February 28 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours. This month, Art Sanctuary…
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…
In the Mix When: Monday, January 26, 5 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets Cost: Free with RSVP, rsvp_philadelphia@GRAMMY.com. More Info: Click here. This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting its second In the…