CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Vincent Ottomanelli, Stuart Sullivan, Louis Williams and Spencer Hawes; Jacob and Kristina Brodie, Howard and JoAnn Wurzak, and Craig and BJ Spencer; John Colabelli and Kat Dennings; Cole and Heidi Hamels with Jennifer and Chase Utley; Lynette Townes and Ralph Rucci

On the Rise

Summer is the busiest time of year at Philadelphia Style magazine for two reasons: We’re putting the finishing touches on our annual, much-anticipated Best of Style issue, and we’re planning a spectacular party to match. Each season we scour the region for the best shopping, dining, entertainment, nightlife, residences and personalities that represent our great city and compile them into a comprehensive guide for all our readers—from Philly to the Main Line and beyond—to enjoy.

After celebrating Philadelphia Style’s 12th anniversary in May, I’ve come to consider the retail changes the city has undergone in the past two decades. The number of amazing dining options that we’ve laid out in our Hot List feature has grown astronomically: According to the Center City District, the number of finedining restaurants in Center City has increased by 328 percent since 1992. Outdoor cafés, a warm-weather staple for city dwellers and commuters alike, did not even exist until authorized by Governor Ed Rendell in 1995, and now there are 213. Even retail shopping has weathered the current recession: In 2010, the retail vacancy rate rose by less than 1 percent, remaining well below the most recent high of 14.5 percent in 2000.

With all this good news for our economy, we certainly have reason to celebrate. Flip through our pages to discover our favorite businesses, shops, salons, services and real estate, and take advantage of all Philadelphia has to offer.


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