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| June 22, 2015 | Lifestyle
Our annual compendium of the ultimate in beauty, shopping, culture, and dining.
With a downtown population that recently ranked second only to Midtown Manhattan, Center City is not just a great place to work and play—it’s a fine place to call home, too. Millennials and Baby Boomers, two driving forces in residential real estate, will quickly agree. But no matter where you call home in and around the 215, you’ll need furnishings and finishing touches. Look to these luxe home retailers to feather your nest with style.
COMMUNITY AUDIO (8020 Germantown Ave.; commaudio.com) Local retailer of high-quality A&V.
JFAB DESIGN (1741 Valley Forge Road, Worcester; jfabdesign.com) One of the area’s top installers of state-of-the-art sound, video, and lighting.
MAIN LINE SOUND & VIDEO (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; mainlinesv.com) More than 60 years of experience in sound and video solutions.
MEDIA ROOMS INC. (20 Hagerty Blvd., West Chester; mediaroomsinc.com) An award-winning design center for home theater and electronics.
WORLD WIDE STEREO (754 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville; wwstereo.com) Offering everything from headphones to furniture along with installation.
BOCONCEPT (1719 Chestnut St.; boconcept.com) Sleek, modern pieces paired with interior design services.
ETHAN ALLEN (multiple locations; ethanallen.com) High-quality furniture with myriad styles and custom options.
HOST (multiple locations; hostinteriors.com) Luxe furnishings with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams upholstery.
LUXE HOME (1308 Chestnut St.; luxehomephiladelphia.com) A large collection of designer furniture and lighting for contemporary homes.
MARKETPLACE DESIGN CENTER (2400 Market St.; marketplacedc.com) Designer showrooms for Lee Jofa, Scalamandré, and Baker Furniture.
RESTORATION HARDWARE (King of Prussia Mall; restorationhardware.com) Timeless home goods from a notable national name.
BONS RÊVES (18 N. Union St., Lambertville, NJ; bonsreves.com) A French-inspired boutique featuring elegant décor and housewares.
KELLIJANE (1721 Spruce St.; kellijane.com) This home décor center specializes in luxe bath, bed, and kitchen linens and accents.
MORE THAN OLD (144–146 N. Third St.; morethanold.com) A mix of Victorian, Art Deco, and retro pieces for true lovers of vintage.
UNIQUE INTERIORS (1604 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ; uniqueinteriors.com) Sleep in the Selva Roma bed with your choice of fabric or leather and Swarvoski crystal.
USONA (113 S. 16th St.; usonahome.com) Lighting, furniture, and accessories in Center City.
AVANT GARDENS (1848 N. Front St., avantgardens.net) Complete outdoor transformations for any budget.
COSTELLO’S CUSTOM LANDSCAPES (586 N. Broadway, Deepwater, NJ; costelloslandscapes.com) Free consultation and management through every phase of your designs.
SECRET GARDEN (7631 Ridge Ave., Roxborough) A local business offering gardening and landscaping services.
WALLACE LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATES (1598 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; wallacelandscape.com) Award-winning architect and design center.
YOUNG’S LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT (323 Main St., Lumberton, NJ; youngslandscape.com) Twenty years of service in landscape and hardscape design.
BELLA B HOME (multiple locations; bellabhome.com) This family-owned company specializes in home design, styling, and décor.
BUSYBEE DESIGN (350 S. 15th St.; busybeephilly.com) Owner Anna Powers can help you invest in a single signature piece or a full redesign.
DWELLING HOME (4050 Main St.; dwellinghome.com) Staging and designing services for every room.
FREEMAN INTERIORS (1520 Spruce St.; freemaninteriors.com) Don and Renee D. Freeman bring fresh ideas to their interior design projects.
JONATHAN ADLER (33 N. Third St.; jonathanadler.com) Midcentury Modern design rounded out by Adler’s fun, funky accents.
ROCHE BOBOIS (311 Arch St.; roche-
bobois.com) Bold, colorful design is the hallmark of this contemporary brand.
SEMERJIAN INTERIORS (237 W. Lancaster Ave., Devon; semerjianinteriors.com) Design services, including kitchen and bath, space planning, and lighting design.
BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS (1016 New Market St.; beautifulblooms.com) A contemporary design flair informs this Northern Liberties flower boutique and party-planning firm.
EVANTINE DESIGN (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; evantinedesign.com) Premier party planners who create and supply artful arrangements.
OLD CITY FLOWERS (31 S. Third St.; phillysbestflorist.com) A neighborhood staple for gifts and same-day delivery.
ROBERTSON’S FLOWERS & Events (8501 Germantown Ave.; robertsonsflowers.com) Family owned since 1927 and specializing in weddings and events.
TERRAIN (914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; shopterrain.com) This gifts-and-gardens wonderland is worth a stop for its displays and garden café alone.
VALLEY FORGE FLOWERS (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; valleyforgeflowers.com) A garden center from Barbara King, home to lush floral displays, gifts, and an in-store café.
FRAME OF MIND
THE BAZEMORE GALLERY (4339 Main St.; thebazemoregallery.com) This newcomer to the local art scene brings emerging and established contemporary artists.
BLUESTONE FINE ART GALLERY (142 N. Second St.; bluestone-gallery.com) National and local artists converge at Pam Regan’s Old City space, a favorite stop for First Friday.
BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY (709 Walnut St.; bridgettemayergallery.com) Contemporary works from major artists and notable Philly talents.
CALDERWOOD GALLERY (631 N. Broad St.; calderwoodgallery.com) Twentieth-century Art Deco design and photography.
GRAVERS LANE GALLERY (8405 Germantown Ave.; graverslanegallery.com) An intimate and innovative contemporary art gallery in Chestnut Hill.
FREEMAN’S AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS (1808 Chestnut St.; freemansauction.com) The oldest auction house in the US, home to premier sales in art, estate jewelry, and furnishings.
I. BREWSTER & CO. (210 N. 21st St.; ibrewster.com) Specializing in Louis Icart, the gallery’s inventory exceeds 40,000 pieces.
ALL IN THE DETAILS
BLUEBELL KITCHEN (1104 Bethlehem Pike, Spring House; bluebellkitchens.com) Staple suburban design center for kitchens, baths, and interiors from Peter Cardamone.
CAVA BUILDING SUPPLY (2007 Washington Ave.; cavabuilding.com) Large selections of bricks, blocks, pavers, and customized limestone.
INTERNATIONAL GRANITE AND MARBLE (2700 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown; igmcorp.com) Materials for any custom project about the house.
JOANNE HUDSON BASICS (2400 Market St.; joannehudson.com) Designs, sells, and installs luxury kitchens and baths for the home.
NEMO TILE COMPANY (1520 Locust St., Second Fl.; nemotile.com) The renowned NY-based design emporium recently landed in Philadelphia.
PORCELANOSA (645 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia; porcelanosa-usa.com) An innovative leader in kitchen and bath products and materials.
TAGUE DESIGN SHOWROOM (181 Lancaster Ave.; taguelumber.com) Gather inspiration for every room at Tague’s suburban design center.
Philadelphians love food. All kinds of food. Entire neighborhoods have been transformed thanks to a single restaurant opening, particularly when a notable chef or restaurateur, of which we have many, is behind the endeavor: Stephen Starr, Jose Garces, Marc Vetri, Nick Elmi. We are a city that celebrates and socializes at our favorite haunts, from precious gourmet plates to farm-fresh vegetarian takeout and bathtub-size bowls of pho. The story of Philadelphia could be written in the form of a menu—or at least on the back of one.
A. KITCHEN (135 S. 18th St.; akitchenandbar.com) Chef Eli Kulp whips up a selection of small plates perfect for sharing.
AVENUE KITCHEN (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; avekitchen.com) This suburban haunt puts a spin on traditional favorites.
BLUE BELL INN (601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell; bluebellinn.com) Enjoy Sunday brunch outside on the newly renovated patio.
CITY TAVERN (138 S. Second St.; citytavern.com) Step back in time at the Colonial-inspired dining establishment.
RED OWL TAVERN (433 Chestnut St.; redowltavern.com) Enjoy American classics on the rooftop overlooking Independence Hall.
SBRAGA (440 S. Broad St.; sbragadining.com) New American plates from Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga.
CLASSIC CAKE (1821 E. Sedgley Ave.; classiccake.com) Design a custom cake or order from the bakery’s list of pastries and other goods.
COUTURE CANDY BUFFETS (couturecandybuffets.com) Create an inventive candy buffet for your next party—for kids or adults.
POTITO’S ITALIAN AMERICAN PASTRIES (multiple locations; potitosbakery.com) Twenty-five years of delicious cannolis and cakes.
SWEETBOX (339 S. 13th St.; sweetboxphilly.com) A truck and brick-and-mortar shop carry all your favorite flavors of cupcake.
CAFFÉ ALDO LAMBERTI (2011 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill, NJ; caffelamberti.com) Enjoy an intimate meal in the private wine cellars or outdoor patio.
D’ANGELO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO (256 S. 20th St.; dangelosristorante.com) After a weekend dinner, head to the lounge for music and dancing.
DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE (111 S. 17th St.; davios.com/phil) Enjoy a grilled veal chop in the dining room before a postprandial cocktail in the lounge.
GIRASOLE (440 S. Broad St.; girasolephilly.com) Homemade pasta complements a menu full of fresh seafood and meats.
OSTERIA (640 N. Broad St.; osteriaphilly.com) Northern Italian dining from the Vetri family.
PALLADINO’S (1934 E. Passyunk Ave.; lukepalladino.com) Now offering Sunday brunch, with Nutella waffles and Italian eggs Benedict.
VETRI (1312 Spruce St.; vetriristorante.com) Prix fixe dinners with beer and wine pairings.
500 DEGREES (1504 Sansom St.; 500degrees.com) Known for top-of-the-line burgers and truffle fries.
P’UNK BURGER (1823 E. Passyunk Ave.; punkburger.com) Enhance your burger with an array of toppings like truffle oil and fried pickles.
PYT (1050 N. Hancock St.; pytburger.tumblr.com) Unique burgers pair well with their grown-up milkshakes.
ROUGE (205 S. 18th St.; rouge98.com) Enjoy the Rouge Burger outside overlooking Rittenhouse Square.
SASSAFRAS (48 S. Second St.; sassafrasbar.com) Unique burgers like ostrich, bison, and lamb.
A. BAR (18th and Walnut Streets; akitchenandbar.com) Classic cocktails include a gin sour and a French 75, with Cognac and curaçao.
ASHTON CIGAR BAR (1522 Walnut St.; ashtoncigarbar.com) Enjoy over 330 whiskeys and a cigar in the upscale space.
CODA (1712 Walnut St.; codaphilly.com) Live performances and events from every genre of music.
HOP SING LAUNDROMAT (1029 Race St.; hopsinglaundromat.com) A private speakeasy whipping up unique cocktails.
LIBERTÉ LOUNGE (120 S. 17th St.; libertelounge.com) French cuisine and cocktails inside the Sofitel Hotel.
VALLEY BEACH POOLSIDE CLUB (1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; vfcasino.com) Frozen drinks, entertainment, and poolside favorites.
VESPER (223 S. Sydenham St.; vesperphilly.com) The new space in Center City is a spin on the classic supper club.
ZEE BAR (100 Spring Garden St.; zee-bar.com) Live music, upbeat dancing, and a full lounge.
LACROIX (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; lacroixrestaurant.com) The Rittenhouse hotel presents a menu full of locally sourced dishes.
LAUREL (1617 E. Passyunk Ave.; restaurantlaurel.com) Be sure to make your reservation at Nick Elmi’s French and American BYO far in advance.
PANORAMA (14 N. Front St.; panoramaristorante.com) Home to the world’s largest wine preservation system.
PARAMOUR (139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; paramourwayne.com) Fine dining and a full wine list.
SAVONA (100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills; savonarestaurant.com) Housing the largest wine cellar in Pennsylvania.
10 ARTS BISTRO & LOUNGE (10 Ave. of the Arts; ritzcarlton.com) Offering a modern lounge setting and high-end cuisine and cocktails.
TOWNSEND (1623 E. Passyunk Ave.; townsendrestaurant.com) A French-inspired menu with wine pairings.
VOLVÉR (300 S. Broad St.; philadelphia.volverrestaurant.com) Inventive tasting menus from chef Jose Garces.
BANK & BOURBON (1200 Market St.; bankandbourbon.com) A bourbon and whiskey bar at the Loews Hotel serving meals based on seasonal ingredients.
HARVEST SEASONAL GRILL & WINE BAR (200 S. 40th St.; harvestseasonalgrill.com) Farm-to-table plates under 500 calories.
SEASONS 52 (Cherry Hill Mall and King of Prussia Mall; seasons52.com) Accompany your seasonally fresh meal with a crisp glass of wine from the eatery’s international list.
VERNICK FOOD & DRINK (2031 Walnut St.; vernickphilly.com) Seasonal items include wood-fired options like organic Amish chicken and the fish of the day.
THE LOVE OF PIZZA
BUFAD (1240 Spring Garden St.; bufadpizza.com) Roman-style pizzas topped with spicy marinara and rosemary.
NOMAD PIZZA (611 S. Seventh St.; nomadpizzaco.com) Locally grown organic ingredients top Nomad’s brick-oven pizzas.
PARLOR SUBURBAN SQUARE (30 Parking Plaza, Ardmore; parlorardmore.com) Artisan-style pizzas with everything from shrimp to butternut squash.
PIZZERIA STELLA (420 S. Second St.; pizzeriastella.net) Wood-oven pizzas, fresh pastas, and house-made gelato.
SANTUCCI’S (901 S. 10th St.; santuccispizza.com) Home to the original square pizza.
SLICE (1740 Sansom St.; 1180 S. 10th St.; slicepa.com) A BYOB pizza spot with unique creations.
ZAVINO (112 S. 13th St.; 3200 Chestnut St.; zavino.com) The Kennett pizza with roasted mushrooms and onions is a local favorite.
DINNER WITH A VIEW
CONTINENTAL MIDTOWN (1801 Chestnut St.; continentalmidtown.com) Enjoy a signature cocktail on the ’70s-inspired roof deck.
MOSHULU (401 S. Columbus Blvd.; moshulu.com) Dine on house-made charcuterie aboard the large ship.
POSITANO COAST (212 Walnut St.; positanocoast.net) Take a seat in Positano’s gorgeous Sopra Lounge for a picturesque view of Old City.
R2L (50 S. 16th St., 37th Fl.; r2lrestaurant.com) Reserve a spot next to the window and take in the panoramic views.
TALULA’S GARDEN (210 W. Washington Sq.; talulasgarden.com) Sit in the summer garden and enjoy dishes inspired by the farm.
XIX (200 S. Broad St.; hyatt.com) Delicious seafood (and views) on the 19th floor of the Bellevue.
FROM THE SEA
BLUE2O (1906 Rte. 70 W., Cherry Hill, NJ; blue2oseafoodgrill.com) A raw bar full of lobsters and oysters complements a full wine list.
BONEFISH GRILL (multiple locations; bonefishgrill.com) Local seafood destination featuring shrimp, oysters, trout, scallops, and more.
DOC MAGROGAN’S OYSTER HOUSE (3432 Sansom St.; docmagrogans.com) With the new weekend brunch menu, diners can get the freshest seafood all day long.
MORIMOTO (723 Chestnut St.; morimotorestaurant.com) Seafood- focused Japanese delicacies from the original Iron Chef.
THE ORIGINAL SNOCKEY’S OYSTER & CRAB HOUSE (1020 S. Second St.; snockeys.com) Celebrating its 103rd anniversary with all-you-can-eat crab fests and “clammy hour.”
OYSTER HOUSE (1516 Sansom St.; oysterhousephilly.com) Enjoy the stylish atmosphere at this local raw bar gem.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE (1338 Chestnut St.; thecapitalgrille.com) Dry-aged steaks and more than 350 wines.
DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE (1426–28 Chestnut St.; delfriscos.com) Wow guests at your next party by reserving a table in the original bank vault downstairs.
MARIE NICOLE’S (9510 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ; marienicoles.com) Complement a filet with one of the eatery’s signature martinis.
OCEAN PRIME (124 S. 15th St.; ocean-prime.com) Center City District’s newest steak house is the restaurant’s 10th location.
THE PALM (200 S. Broad St.; thepalm.com) The restaurant’s impressive wine selection pairs well with its seafood and steakhouse fare.
THE PRIME RIB (1701 Locust St.; theprimerib.com) Nestled inside the Radisson Blue Warwick hotel, this spot offers award-winning steak and seafood options.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE (260 S. Broad St.; ruthschris.com) Enjoy a romantic steak dinner for two after a visit to the Academy of Music.
AMADA (217–219 Chestnut St.; amadarestaurant.com) Chef Garces celebrates the tradition of Andalusian tapas.
CUBA LIBRE (10 S. Second St.; cubalibrerestaurant.com) An open-air spot offering Cuban dishes and late-night fun.
JAMONERA (105 S. 13th St.; jamonerarestaurant.com) Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney’s Spanish tapas and wine bar.
MIXTO (1141 Pine St.; mixtorestaurante.com) The Latin American-inspired menu is fused with a South Beach Miami ambience.
BUDDAKAN (325 Chestnut St.; buddakan.com) A bento box for lunch allows you to try all their specialties.
SAMPAN (124 S 13th St.; sampanphilly.com) Enhance your workweek with sake specials and happy hour dumplings.
BARBUZZO (110 S. 13th St.; barbuzzo.com) Meatballs stuffed with short rib and pastas filled with prosciutto and pork ragu.
KANELLA SOUTH (757 S. Front St.) The new location brings the same Greek menu and a full bar.
MERCATO (1216 Spruce St.; mercatobyob.com) An Italian BYOB serving experimental, inventive cuisine.
OPA (1311 Sansom St.; opaphiladelphia.com) Indulge in Greek classics like tzatziki, plus modern interpretations.
VALANNI (1229 Spruce St.; valanni.com) Create your own tapas tastings from the most popular entrées.
WATER WORKS RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE (640 Water Works Dr.; thewaterworksrestaurant.com) Highlights include fresh antipastos, caprese salads, and lemon-thyme chicken.
CHARLIE WAS A SINNER. (131 S. 13th St.; charliewasasinner.com) Vegan bar with small plates, strong drinks, and healthy wheatgrass shots for all.
STRATUS ROOFTOP LOUNGE (433 Chestnut St.; stratuslounge.com) Enjoy a single-malt Scotch 11 stories above Independence Hall, on the rooftop of the Hotel Monaco.
TRIA (multiple locations; triacafe.com) Wine and cheese taken to a new level of local excellence.
U-BAHN (1320 Chestnut St.; ubahnphilly.com) One of the city’s newest underground ventures, offering live local music, pickle boards, and cheese platters.
GOURMET TO GO
DI BRUNO BROS. (multiple locations; dibruno.com) Celebrating 75 years of signature cheeses, spreads, and meats from around the world.
RASTELLI MARKET FRESH (710 NJ-73, Evesham Township, NJ; rastellimarket.com) Delectable foods available at freshly stocked markets or via national home delivery.
SAM’S ITALIAN MARKET & BAKERY (3504 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove; samsitalianmarket.net) One-stop shopping for all your deli and bakery needs.
Retail news has dominated local headlines over the last year. Multilevel shopping meccas—Century 21, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21—all debuted to massive crowds. King of Prussia Mall is undergoing renovations that will add major square footage to one of America’s biggest shopping centers. And The Gallery is slated for a redesign so extensive that it will forever alter an entire stretch of Market Street. Still, the lifeblood of Philly retail remains its many designers and boutique owners. Take a page from their style playbooks for a covetable wardrobe.
EILEEN FISHER (King of Prussia Mall; eileenfisher.com) The label’s 30th-anniversary Icons collection includes six classic pieces.
NICOLE MILLER (200 S. Broad St.; 4249 Main St.; nicolemiller.com) One-of-a-kind prints and a full bridal section, inside the Bellevue.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd; saks.com) Upscale finds include Phillip Lim, Chloé, and Christian Louboutin.
VAN CLEVE COLLECTION (68 Lancaster Ave., Paoli; vanclevecollection.com) Pieces from badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Alberto Makali, and more.
EYESITE (124 S. 19th St.; eyesite-phila.com) Customized glasses for unique needs.
G-STAR RAW (Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, NJ; g-star.com) A full range of sunglasses you can try on with its virtual fitting room.
MODERN EYE (145 S. 13th St., 3419 Walnut St.; modern-eye.com) Fashionable frames from the world’s most renowned designers.
WEST COAST OPTICAL (1726 Chestnut St.; westcoastoptique.com) Eyewear from Gucci, Prada, and TAG Heuer.
BOYDS (1818 Chestnut St.; boydsphila.com) Full of top suit designers like Armani, Hugo Boss, and Etro.
BROOKS BROTHERS (1513 Walnut St.; brooksbrothers.com) Dress shirts, ties, blazers, and more.
COMMONWEALTH PROPER (1839 Chestnut St.; commonwealthproper.com) Every suit is made from scratch with intense care and attention to detail.
VENTRESCA (145 W. State St., Doylestown; ventresca.com) Create a custom suit from an array of fabrics and patterns.
BENARI JEWELERS (3606 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; benarijewelers.com) The Philadelphia go-to for all your diamond needs.
GARY MANN JEWELERS (4349 Main St.; garymannjewelry.com) Ten generations of fine jewels and exquisite diamonds.
GOLDEN NUGGET JEWELERS (800 Chestnut St.; goldennuggetjewelry.com) From princess to cushion cut, you will find the diamond you desire.
HEARTS ON FIRE (King of Prussia Mall; heartsonfire.com) The premier spot for engagement rings and wedding bands of all styles.
MORTON & RUDOLPH (1900 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, NJ; mortonandrudolph.com) Featuring Forevermark diamonds in rings, pendants, bracelets, and studs.
BERNIE ROBBINS JEWELERS (multiple locations; bernierobbins.com) Selling jewels from Cartier, Chanel, Michele, and more.
DAVID YURMAN (King of Prussia Mall; davidyurman.com) The designer’s signature cable bracelet is amplified with new designs.
JEFF KELLMER PRIVATE JEWELER (510 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford; jeffkellmer.com) A Main Line staple for all special-occasion baubles.
LAGOS (1735 Walnut St.; lagos.com) Their newest collection is full of unusual colors and sleek designs.
TIFFANY & CO. (1414 Walnut St.; tiffany.com) The iconic blue box features personalized pieces through the jeweler’s engraving services.
CAROLYN VERDI BOUTIQUE (1746 E. Passyunk Ave.; carolynverdi.com) One-stop shop for all your bridal needs.
PAPER BOUTIQUE (125 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park; paperboutique.invitations.com) A unique mix of invitations create the perfect first impression for your big event.
THE PAPERY (1219 Locust St.; paperyofphilly.com) Family owned, it’s the only place you need to go to prepare for your next party.
SCARLETT ALLEY (241 Race St.; scarlettalley.com) Personalized gifts for that special party host.
BOUTIQUE W (1916–1918 E. Passyunk Ave.; boutiquew.com) The city recently welcomed Boutique W’s second location on Passyunk Avenue.
ELEMENT SIX (503 Lancaster Ave., Wayne; elementsixclothing.com) Where Main Liners shop for their next fashion statement.
ELLELAURI (114 S. 19th St.; ellelauri.com) The fashion-forward sisters are making a name for themselves in their new home, Rittenhouse Square.
INTERMIX (1718 Walnut St.; intermixonline.com) Dealing exclusively in chic designers, from Dafné to Enza Costa.
IRINA SIGAL DRESSMAKER (2038 Locust St.; irinasigal.com) Exquisite tailoring, from casual to couture.
JOAN SHEPP (1811 Chestnut St.; joanshepp.com) Now featuring Italian homeware brand Fornasetti.
KNIT WIT (1729 Chestnut St.; knitwitonline.com) Three locations means three chances to shop European and American designer collections.
LA BELLE MARIEE (14 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne; labellemarieebridal.com) The family-owned boutique is dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
SOPHY CURSON (19th and Sansom Sts.; sophycurson.com) This Rittenhouse Square shop has been dressing notable American and European women since 1929.
GUCCI (King of Prussia Mall; gucci.com) Prep for fall with the interlocking polished leather shoulder bag.
HARTMANN LUGGAGE (King of Prussia Mall; hartmann.com) The Tweed Belting collection will add a classic element to your future travels.
LORD & TAYLOR (121 E. City Ave., Bala Cynwyd; lordandtaylor.com) Special in-store boutiques include the Contemporary Shop, the Active Shop, and the Wedding Guide.
LOUIS VUITTON (King of Prussia Mall; vuitton.com) Iconic handbags and timeless luggage featuring the legendary monogram.
MACY’S (1300 Market St.; macys.com) Footwear brands ranging from Michael Kors to Steve Madden.
NEIMAN MARCUS (King of Prussia Mall; neimanmarcus.com) Pre-fall 2015 is all about a ’70s revival with retro-inspired chunky heels.
STUART WEITZMAN (1711 Walnut St.; stuartweitzman.com) Designer shoes, from boots and sandals to chic pumps.
THIRD STREET HABIT (153 N. Third St.; thirdstreethabit.com) The Maison Scotch canvas shoes will make your summer morning commute both comfortable and chic.
CARTIER (King of Prussia Mall; cartier.us) Four unique collections for men and women, including the elegant Ballon Bleu.
GOVBERG JEWELERS (1521 Walnut St.; govbergwatches.com) Stocking more than 50 celebrated brands of new and pre-owned watches.
HERMÈS TIMEPIECES (King of Prussia Mall; hermes.com) The Cape Cod collection is a summer tribute to the much-loved vacation destination.
OMEGA WATCHES (King of Prussia Mall; omegawatches.com) The Globemaster is the brand’s most advanced watch to date.
SECOND TIME AROUND
NATIONAL WATCH AND DIAMOND EXCHANGE (101 S. Eighth St.; nationalwatch.com) Trade in an old watch for a new Rolex.
RACHELLE BOUTIQUE AND DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT (1040 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; rachelleconsign.com) Personal consultants will help even the most hesitant of consigners clean out their closets.
REMIX (4355 Main St.; remixonmain.com) Head home with new Manolos from this high-end consignment shop.
HAVERFORD SQUARE (379–385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; haverfordsquare.com) An eclectic mix of shops and gourmet eateries.
KING OF PRUSSIA MALL (160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia; simon.com) A new expansion plan will bring even more retail and dining to the luxury mall.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIUM OUTLETS (18 W. Lightcap Road, Limerick; premiumoutlets.com) Shop 150 outlets: Kate Spade, Lucky Brand, and more.
THE PLAYGROUND (1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City; theplaygroundatlanticcity.com) Oceanside luxury shopping in Atlantic City.
THE PROMENADE AT SAGEMORE (500 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ; thepromenadenj.com) Open-air shopping center perfect for a summer day.
THE SHOPS AT LIBERTY PLACE (1625 Chestnut St.; shopsatliberty.com) Stop in for a bite or a new outfit at this Center City staple.
CAMEO WATER WEAR (1420 Walnut St.; cameowaterwear.com) A large selection of swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes.
POLO RALPH LAUREN (200 S. Broad St.; ralphlauren.com) Tropical prints are the label’s summer essential.
SHIRLEY & COMPANY (42 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; shirleyandco.com) Personalized services that make finding the perfect swimsuit a breeze.
SOUTH MOON UNDER (1731 Chestnut St.; southmoonunder.com) A go-to for flowy Free People pieces and L*Space swimsuits, just in time for summer.
COEUR (132 S. 17th St.; coeurlingerie.com) Intimate apparel and fitting services.
THE GEISHA HOUSE (149 N. Third St.; hellogeisha.com) Vintage jewelry and free-spirited clothing fill this Old City boutique.
HOPE CHEST (1937 Chestnut St.; hopechestshop.com) Premier lingerie, from bras to sleepwear.
JACQUES FERBER (1708 Walnut St.; jacquesferber.com) Luxury outerwear, divine furs, and fall-ready shearling.
LINDA GOLDEN (379 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford; haverfordsquare.com/shop-lindagolden) Find unique items from America and Europe.
From the museum-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway to historic Old City, it’s hard to go anywhere in Philadelphia and not stumble upon a cultural gem, family destination, or performance venue. In the last few years, the concept of the pop-up has revived tired community spaces and driven visitors by the thousands back to the waterfront for everything from yoga to paddleboats. And, as always, Philadelphia is in fine form each year for its Fourth of July festivities. Make the most of those lazy summer days with a stop at any one of these celebrated attractions.
ON THE WATERFRONT
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK SUMMERFEST (101 S. Columbus Blvd.; riverrink.com) The popular ice skating rink transforms into an outdoor roller-skating spot for the first time ever.
PADDLE PENN’S LANDING (121 N. Columbus Blvd.; drwc.org) Canoe, kayak, or hop into a swan boat to explore the Delaware River Waterfront from the water.
SCREENINGS UNDER THE STARS (101 S. Columbus Blvd.; drwc.org) Catch films like The Goonies and The Wizard of Oz during outdoor movie nights every Thursday through July and August.
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK (Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street; sprucestreetharborpark.com) The über-popular pop-up park returns stocked with even more hammocks, plus summer-ready bites from Garces Group, Federal Donuts, and The Franklin Fountain.
YOGA ON THE RACE STREET PIER (Columbus Boulevard and Race Street; drwc.org) Practice sun salutations seven days a week during free classes through the fall.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY (101 S. Independence Mall E.; nmajh.org) Tour the permanent exhibits after walking through the newest highlight, a photo collection from fashion photographer Richard Avedon.
SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM (6825–31 Norwitch Dr.; simeonemuseum.org) Rare racing sports cars roar to life on the museum’s adjacent track for twice-monthly Demo Days.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY (3260 South St.; penn.museum) Egyptian artifacts hold court, but this summer, all eyes are on a new exhibit filled with gold-flecked finds from ancient Panama.
WINTERTHUR (5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE; winterthur.org) Henry Francis du Pont’s ode to American decorative arts is worth a visit in spring and summer, when the gorgeous gardens come to life.
ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY (1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; ansp.org) Walk among butterflies, get up close with dinosaurs, and check out this summer’s latest exhibit, “Animal Grossology.”
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE (222 N. 20th St.; fi.edu) The museum’s blockbuster summer exhibit chronicles one of the world’s great ancient empires in “Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life.”
FRANKLIN SQUARE (200 N. Sixth St.; historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square) Play Philly-themed mini golf before grabbing a Cake Shake from SquareBurger.
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER (525 Arch St.; constitutioncenter.org) Ongoing exhibits that tell the story of US freedom are appropriate for all ages, but parents should also tour the Kennedy photo display, “Creating Camelot and the Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.”
PHILADELPHIA ZOO (3400 W. Girard Ave.; philadelphiazoo.org) The nation’s first zoo stages an environmentally minded art display about endangered animals for summer.
SONG AND DANCE
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (300 S. Broad St.; kimmelcenter.org) The crown jewel of Philly arts and culture boasts premier programming and world-class dining at Jose Garces’s Volvér.
OPERA PHILADELPHIA (select venues; operaphila.org) On the heels of its 40th anniversary, Opera Philadelphia begins its new season in September with an operatic ode to Andy Warhol.
PENNSYLVANIA BALLET (240 S. Broad St.; paballet.org) A famed Philadelphia institution benefits from new artistic vision thanks to recently hired Creative Director Ángel Corella.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA (select venues; philorch.org) The orchestra’s series of summer shows at the Mann Center includes an ode to The Godfather.
IN THE GALLERIES
THE BARNES FOUNDATION (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; barnesfoundation.org) A trio of large-scale installations commissioned by the Barnes comprise its show “Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things.”
JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM (138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; michenermuseum.org) The suburban arts destination features “The Artist in the Garden” through August 9.
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS (118–128 N. Broad St.; pafa.org) PAFA students curate contemporary works on paper in the school’s current exhibit, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; philamuseum.org) Summer brings studies in modern photography and the birth of Impressionism.
MAIN LINE GETAWAYS
HILTON PHILADELPHIA CITY AVENUE (4200 City Ave.; hilton.com) Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Hilton’s in-house restaurant, is a prime spot for prime cuts.
THE RADNOR HOTEL (591 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; radnorhotel.com) Formal gardens, fine dining, and seasonal special events keep the Radnor buzzing with guests.
SHERATON VALLEY FORGE HOTEL (480 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia; sheratonvalleyforge.com) Close to King of Prussia Mall and just 30 minutes outside Center City.
AKA RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (135 S. 18th St.; stayaka.com) Luxury extended-stay suites in the heart of Center City.
HOTEL MONACO (433 Chestnut St.; monaco-philadelphia.com) Philly-themed touches punctuate a staycation at this Old City hot spot.
LOEWS (1200 Market St.; loewshotels.com/philadelphia-hotel) The contemporary mood of the Loews hotel is matched by its bustling restaurant, Bank & Bourbon.
RADISSON BLU WARWICK HOTEL (220 S. 17th St.; radissonblu.com/philadelphia) The hotel recently welcomed a new group of guests with its Pets Loving Pets package.
RITTENHOUSE 1715 (1715 Rittenhouse Sq.; rittenhouse1715.com) A historic getaway in the heart of Center City features select suites and superior concierge services.
THE RITTENHOUSE HOTEL (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; rittenhousehotel.com) Redesigned suites and a swanky new salon and spa have been the hotel’s latest newsmakers.
THE RITZ-CARLTON (10 Ave. of the Arts; ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia) Steal away from your suite to the lively nightly happy hour in the hotel’s grand rotunda.
SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA (120 S. 17th St.; sofitel.com) A Francophile flair informs the décor and menus at this Rittenhouse hideaway.
Behind every Philadelphian, there is a trusted hairstylist, favorite manicurist, preferred masseuse, and skincare guru worth driving across four zip codes to see. Who are we kidding? Philly trendsetters are likely to have all four and more—personal trainers, acupuncturists, barre teachers, makeup artists…. Call on the following spas, salons, and beyond to keep you in fine form.
BAKED SUNLESS TANNING (815 S. Fourth St.; bakedtanning.com) Organic tans offer a natural look that lasts.
OLD CITY TAN (11 N. Second St.; oldcitytans.com) Go UV-free with a custom spray tan and smile bright with teeth whitening services.
SUN MYST TANNING SPA (124 S. 16th St.; mysunmyst.com) Three levels of tanning provides precise coloring.
TANTINI TANNING BAR (172 William L. Dalton Dr., Glassboro, NJ; mytantini.com) The Super Hydrating treatment freshens skin after a tanning session.
CITY FITNESS (multiple locations; cityfitnessphilly.com) Kickboxing, spinning, and Zumba are just some of the group fitness classes offered here.
THE SPORTING CLUB AT THE BELLEVUE (224 S. Broad St.; sportingclubbellevue.com) Get in shape with a one-on-one session with a seasoned personal trainer.
SWEAT FITNESS (multiple locations; sweatfitness.com) Locations all around the city make breaking a sweat easy.
ZARETT REHAB (520 S. 19th St.; zarettrehab.com) Specializing in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and fitness training.
AME SALON AND SPA (111 Wayne-wood Ave., Wayne; amesalonandspa.com) Choose from three aromatic blends for the Good CHI Massage experience: balance, peace, or inspiration.
COLE WELLNESS SPA (101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; colewellnessspa.com) Whether you have sensitive skin or fine lines, there is a facial for you.
JOSEPH ANTHONY RETREAT SPA AND SALON (243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; josephanthony.com) Their signature facial is customized by skin type and leaves the face glowing.
LE RÊVE RITTENHOUSE DAY SPA (255 S. 17th St.; lereverittenhousespa.com) Spend the day de-stressing with a package that includes a facial, Swedish massage, and body wrap.
RED DOOR SPAS (777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City; reddoorspas.com) Add a reflexology treatment to any massage for enhanced relief.
A PERFECT SMILE
THE DENTAL SPA (1601 Walnut St.; phillydentalspa.com) Now offering AvaDent Digital Dentures and Invisalign braces.
NATOLI DENTAL (188 Fries Mill Road, Turnersville, NJ; natolidental.com) Implants, veneers, whitening, and more, all in a relaxing environment.
GIOVANNI & PILEGGI (308 S. 12th St.; giovannipileggi.com) Opt for org-
anic coloring for added hair health.
MARTINO CARTIER (1902 Rte. 70 E., Cherry Hill, NJ; martinocartier.com) From simple gloss to semipermanent color, Martino offers every shade.
RITTENHOUSE SPA & CLUB—HAIR BY PAUL LABRECQUE (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; therittenhousespaclub.com) Labrecque, an award-winning stylist, will create your perfect color for summertime.
SALON VANITY (1701 Walnut St.; salonvanity.com) inoa, a no-ammonia coloring system, is used to keep hair healthy and strong.
BLUE HAIR STUDIO (2550 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley; bluehairstudio.com) The keratin express blow-out gives you silky and shiny locks.
HEADS & TAILS BEAUTY BOUTIQUE (265 S. 19th St.; headsandtailsrittenhouse.com) You can’t go wrong with four different blow-out options all priced equally.
PAGEBOY HAIR (12 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; pageboyhair.com) Pop in for a blow-dry and curl before a night out on the town.
SALON ZIZA (6 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; salonziza.com) The Brazilian Blowout is the perfect solution for those wanting that sleek look.
BELLEVUE SALON AND SPA (200 S. Broad St.; bellevuesalonandspa.com) Accompany your wax with a body scrub to keep skin smooth.
INTERNATIONAL SALON (1714 Sansom St.; internationalsalonphila.com) Aloe Green Wax is used for a pain-free treatment.
OGGI SALON & SPA (1700 Locust St.; oggisalon-spa.com) Head-to-toe waxing services in Rittenhouse Square.
RICHEL D’AMBRA SPA & SALON (10 Ave. of the Arts; richeldambra.com) Get summer ready inside the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton spa.
SALON ROYALE COURT (215 S. Broad St.; salonroyalecourt.com) Waxing services with a view overlooking the Avenue of the Arts.
ARCHITEQT SALON & GALLERY (265 S. 10th St.; architeqtsalon.com) Hot and cold fusion extensions are used for long-lasting length.
JASON MATTHEW SALON (1735 Chestnut St.; jasonmatthew.com) Their customized looks always start with a free consultation.
PILEGGI ON THE SQUARE (717 Walnut St.; pileggisalon.com) Extensions are used for length, volume, and dimensional color.
PLATINUM HAIR DESIGN (1334 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ; platinumhairdesignsalon.net) Book an extensions appointment and add instant fullness to your hair.
SMOOTH AND SHINY
LUNAROSA SALON (611 S. Orianna St.; lunarosasalon.com) The O&M Detox Treatment helps hair recover from the minerals found in city water.
OPAL DESIGNS (7 Louella Ct., Wayne; opalhair.com) A conditioning treatment can add more shine to any hair service.
SIGNACURL (116 S. 19th St.; signacurl.com) Products by Joseph Lentini leave hair smooth and frizz-free.
TUNDELLA & CO. HAIR SALON (130 Chestnut St.; tundellasalon.com) The Moroccan Oil Mask conditions dry hair.
ADOLF BIECKER (1605 Sansom St.; adolfbiecker.com) To help you celebrate your special occasion, the salon offers discounts for parties of eight or more.
LOTUS SALON (36 W. Rte. 70, Marlton, NJ; lotussalonnj.com) Event hair and makeup, all under one roof.
PRIVÉ SALON (5 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; privesalonps.com) The salon has a separate bridal boutique that specializes in wedding hair.
SALON NORMAN-DEE (2550 Grant Ave.; salonnormandee.com) Have a special event? Get beautified at the salon or have them come to you.
STUDIO CL (128 S. 19th St.; thestudiocl.com) Organized stylists will have you ready in time for your big day.
LASER SKIN CARE & COSMETIC SURGERY
ABOUT FACE SKINCARE (1015 Chestnut St.; aboutfaceskincare.com) Their new Porification Facial cleans, massages, and refreshes.
DAVIS COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY (1916 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, NJ; daviscps.com) The Diamond Lift exfoliates, firms, and tightens for beautiful skin.
EASTERN COSMETIC SURGERY (2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd; drgrecoface.com) Let Dr. Timothy Greco improve your skin with laser skin resurfacing.
LOUIS P. BUCKY PLASTIC SURGERY (230 W. Washington Sq.; drbucky.com) A focus on pre- and post-surgical care makes for a more comfortable surgical procedure.
PENN MEDICINE COSMETIC SURGERY (multiple locations; pennmedicine.org) Offering a full range of cosmetic procedures.
RUMER COSMETIC SURGERY (105 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore; rumercosmetics.com) Dr. Kathy Rumer specializes in everything from skincare to hair.
photography by daryl peveto
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