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What To Do This Weekend


Chinese New Year Celebration

On Saturday from 6-9pm, Abakus Takeout is hosting a full-out bash to ring in the Chinese New Year. In addition to drinks, live music by DJ Wreckless and DJ Art, a special video production and 30 percent off their entire selection of apparel, the store will be releasing two extremely limited pieces, both of which are heavily inspired by the Chinese Zodiac sign “The Dragon” (the mightiest of all the signs, obviously).

Not familiar with Abakus Takeout? Neither was I until a few days ago. But there’s a good chance you’ve walked by the Chinatown shop before but just didn’t realize it. Because it looks like Chinese take-out restaurant! That’s right—shoes hang in the windows like fried ducks, a faux walk-in freezer serves as a dressing room and hats sit in wok pans. Even their price tags look like take-out slips. The store has been open a little over two years now and carries super trendy mens’ and womens’ streetwear, including varsity jackets, branded sweatshirts, graphic tees, hats and sneakers galore.


Greek & Life Grand Opening

Local college students rejoice! Opening pretty much smack-dab on Temple’s campus (2125 N. Broad St.), Greek & Life boutique will be specializing in Greek paraphernalia and custom lettering in addition to offering clothing for men and women from designers like Funktional, Life after Denim, Melanie Marie, and Aphilliyated. The opening party will be going down from 3-7pm on Saturday and will include music by Temple alum, DJ Omega, Wale’s DJ and host, EmEz of Hot 107.9. PW Style’s own Mark Longacre was lucky to get a sneak peek of the store and judging from the pics, the boutique is going to be a nice addition to Philly’s college community.


Joan Shepp’s Annual Basement Sale

Now through Saturday, Joan Shepp will be slashing prices on their designer fashions, including 50-70 percent off Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens and several others. Ok, so even with the applied discounts everything is still incredibly expensive. But for wardrobe staples, spending $200-$300 isn’t all that crazy. Plus, this is just a good excuse to go and check out the snazzy Center City shop if you never have.

A few pre-Christmas tidbits around the city

Arcadia Boutique has been sale-crazy as of late. Follow them on Twitter to get daily updates on what new deals they are offering. Tomorrow they are also hosting a trunk show of items by Chelsea Pearce of Canoe Crafts.

Philadelphia photographer with a flare for the outside-of-the-box portrait Zoe Strauss will be at B2 on Wednesday with signed copies of her book America. Be there between 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to nab a copy from her limited stock of 30 books.

Christmas sale at Abakus Takeout—buy one item and get one 60% off through December 24. Perfect for some last minute deals before the holidays!

Sugarcube has extended hours today through December 24 and they recently started carrying Richer Poorer, a line of men’s contemporary socks that would make any dapper gentleman on your list grin with holiday cheer.

Three Sirens Boutique is still offering free shipping on orders if you enter the code HOLIDAY2010 and they are also holding special holiday hours. Everyone loves free shipping, especially when it is this close to Christmas.

Spool has joined up with Ann Kelle for a giveaway of Ann Kelle’s Remix fabric line. Check out the Spool blog for details on how you can enter to win a pack of 45 five-inch squares, perfect for quilting!

Air Jordan on the wishlist

When it comes to Philadelphia style, this city has always had a sweet spot for sneakers. With this in mind, the release of the newest Air Jordans are a definite fashion event and tomorrow two of Philly’s most well-known sneaker boutiques will be joining in the craze. Ubiq is unveiling the newest Air Jordans at 11 a.m. and Abakus Takeout will be hosting an Air Jordan sample sale from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Abakus gives us a sneak peek at their goods below:

The shopping season is in full swing and the sneaker craze is holding its own so we suggest you arrive at both stores early in order to make some Air Jordan holiday dreams come true.

Remnants: Thanksgiving week


-Dude No. 1 just might be the best name for a men’s fragrance EVER. Additionally, it’s fashionable yet functional with its moisturizing qualities for skin and facial hair. Maybe you should put it in your dude’s stocking this year. valet.

-Looks like Dolce and Gabbana have some explaining to do. Reports of fraud totaling approximately one-billion-euros abound. AFP

-Philly Chinatown sneaker faves, Abakus Takeout have released a video detailing their winter stylings. Nice nod to fellow Philly boutiques in the opening sequence. Vimeo

-Continuing the madness of holiday shopping, Saturday has been deemed “Small Business Saturday.” Check the Facebook page for more info on shops that are participating in your area. Facebook

-Design blog guru Swiss Miss has her own Amazon shop. Honestly, if I wasn’t fully aware that everything in her shop was out of my friends’ (and my own) budget, I’d just send the link to folks and call it my Christmas list. Swiss Miss Amazon

-Apparently I’m on a guy’s gifts roll because I just can’t pass up an opportunity to put in my endorsement of this cardigan gift suggestion care of our favorite fashionable photo snapper, The Sartorialist. And ladies, why not enjoy a little swoon over the man in the photo too… The Sartorialist

-Check out the Philadelphia edition of Daily Candy for a sweet deal from eco-friendly boutique SA VA. I’ve always been a fan of the buy one gift for someone else…buy one for yourself approach to holiday shopping, maybe use this one for you. Daily Candy

Limited edition prayer beads from Abakus Takeout

abakus good wood

Chinatown sneaker and apparel shop Abakus Takeout has gotten together with New York City wooden jewelry makers Good Wood to create a limited edition of Buddhist prayer beads donning the Abakus logo. They come in red, natural and black and if you dig what you see you had better act fast because this limited run consists of only 25 pieces of each color. Check out the Abakus blog for more info on the history and meaning behind Buddhist prayer beads. The beads will be available this Friday, October 29.

We were unable to reach anyone at Abakus to find out pricing prior to publishing this post.

Broad Street Bullies

The crew over at Abakus Takeout have the Flyers on their minds—like most of Philadelphia—but they’ve gone a step further than just putting a poster up in the store. They’ve printed up some limited edition tees in preparation for the Stanley Cup Finals and they are available now! Go get one because they are sweet! Also, if you’re a fairweather fan or you are like me and from Michigan and are still learning about Philadelphia sports, the Flyers are also known as the Broad Street Bullies—which I have now decided is definitely the best nickname for a sports team, ever.