Just a few weeks ago, I made my way down Fourth St. for its Fourth Friday festivities and remarked to my friend how lively the neighborhood has grown over the past year.
So, like many, I was incredibly saddened to hear about the 3-alarm blaze that ripped through several of the businesses Saturday evening, killing Captain Michael Goodwin. In addition to destroying Jack B. Fabrics, there was extensive property damage to several adjacent apartments and businesses including, Urban Princess Boutique and Moon & Arrow—both of which I’ve been to, and written about a million times.
Proving just how tight-knit this community has become, already the neighborhood’s shops have come together to collect donations for the tenants and store owners who lost their livelihoods in the blaze, with BUS STOP boutique’s owner, Elena Brennan having just launched the “Friends of 4th St. Fund.”
In addition, rather than allowing this tragedy to put a stain on their sixth anniversary, BUS STOP (727 S. Fourth St.) will go ahead with its birthday bash this Friday as planned.
From 6-9 p.m., all are welcome to come out to celebrate/show their support while enjoying Proper Cuppa Tea-infused Gin cocktails and live music by Ginger Coyle. Six guests will even have a chance to go home with their pick of one of the shop’s favorite six accessories.
If you can make it out, consider making a tax-deductible donation now through The Queen Village Neighbors Association’s “Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund.”
Now that you know what Philly’s Ten Most Romantic Meals are, it’s time to start worrying about your Valentine’s gift. Here’s eight local shops and businesses definitely worth hitting up:
FOR YOUR FELLA …
If your beau isn’t afraid to rock a little pink, right now Duke & Winston is taking 20 percent off their entire selection of refined, yet appropriately festive pink and red menswear, both in store and online (promo-code: ILUVDUKE). For the more dapper of dudes, consider one of the brand’s gentleman polo ($65) and signature logo tie, in your choice of burgundy or pink ($68). For the more laidback dresser, there’s always their signature red hat ($22) and pink “Long Live Duke” tee ($32). (633 N. Second St.)
As long as you get the team right, you can never really go wrong with cool, vintage-inspired sports apparel and accessories. Hint: the Flyers and Sixers are both in the midst of their seasons. (1201 Chestnut St.)
Lingerie is over-rated. If you really want to get your man’s attention, how about sprucing up your vajay vajay with gemstones or hot pink dye? No, seriously—the chic, organic Old City salon is currently has four different V-Day specials going on, the two most interesting being their “Bedazzled Brazilians” ($85) and “Hot Pink Bikini Color” ($50, $95+ with Brazilian). Should you want to do something far less extreme for yourself they’re also offering a one-hour facial and complimentary blow-out for $100 dollars as well as a 30 minute scalp treatment and custom oil blend for just $37 dollars. (55 N. Third St.)
FOR YOUR LADY…
Rather than going to a department store and picking out some cheap, generic piece of jewelry, you’re gal is much more likely to appreciate a one-of-a-kind, handmade adornment. Though any of owner/designer, Sarah Lewis’ creations will do, you should definitely consider Adorn’s new Love Potion Necklace ($38), a tiny faceted, heart-shaped glass vial which holds a few drops of essential oil—your choice of lavender, rose, or jasmine. As an additional incentive, if you stop by the boutique any day before V-Day, you’ll save 10 percent. Meanwhile, if you shop online before Feb. 12, you can save 20 percent with the discount code: LOVE. (1314 Frankford Ave.)
The gift of pampering never goes out of style, and nor will your lady’s mane should you give her a gift card to Philly’s award-winning, cutting-edge salon. Their services start at just $25 dollars and range from blowouts and restorative treatments to makeup application and brow shaping. (258 S. 11th St.)
Though typically, men should not be trusted to pick out women’s attire, Arcadia’s sales associates will be more than willing to help you out. This is just a preview of the eco-friendly, V-Day appropriate fashions they have in store. (No Libs: 819 N. Second St. Rittenhouse: 265 S. 20th St.)
FOR HIM OR HER…
If they have a home, then TPF has the perfect gift—whether it’s a a mid-century sofa, an Indian Navi blanket, a set of Victorian tin cups or the 1940s kiss letterpress postcard set that you see above. Seriously, they have more truly unique home goods, décor and accessories than you can even imagine. (376 Shurs Ln., Building A)
In addition to their selection of rare designer shoes, the Fabric Row boutique has all sorts of lovely gifts and accessories, both for him and her. Even better, starting next Monday, several of those gifts and accessories will be 15 percent off including, handmade wallets from Cheap Monday and Patrick Michael, Betsy & Iya earrings and Lisa B. unisex socks, which have a hint of cashmere. (727 S. Fourth St.)
National Peanut Butter Day
Sure, everyone loves peanut butter, but how do you feel about peanut butter and beer? In honor of National PB Day, Devil’s Den will be adding a few nutty brews to their already ample selection, courtesy of Terrapin Brewing Company from Athens, Georgia. This includes Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss (chocolate peanut butter Porter) and Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster (an imperial red ale with rich oaky notes and a hint of vanilla). Meanwhile, Chef Paul Trowbridge will be whipping up a variety of surprise peanut butter-infused specials. Thursday, 7pm-2am. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St.
Annual Winter Ware House Sale
To make room for their upcoming spring/summer merch, Fabric Row’s BUS STOP Boutique is offering up to a whopping 70 percent off their winter designer shoes, both for ladies and fellas. We’re talking styles from designers like Antelope, TOMS, Matiko, Oliberte and my personal fave, Irregular Choice starting at just $25. The sale runs Friday-Sunday and your options are limited, so you better get yo’ ass there fast. BUS STOP, 727 S. Fourth St.
Mad Men Quizzo
Surely there’s plenty of hardcore Mad Men fans out there who could probably rattle off all sorts of inane facts about the Madison Avenue advertising agency and it’s almost obscenely attractive staff. So why not see just how much you’ve learned over the past five seasons of the AMC hit while competing in teams of 2-5 people for drinks and themed prizes? Thursday, 8pm. Free. Drinker’s West, 3900 Chestnut St.
If you thought Don Drapper liked his scotch, just you wait till Skull Splitter, a strong, aromatic scotch ale from Scotland’s Orkny Islands makes it’s Philly debut. For it’s unveiling, a dude in a legit Viking costume will be in attendance for photo ops. Be sure to strike a ridiculous pose because the night’s most outrageous shot posted to Instagram with the hashtag #skullsplitter will score a prize package that includes a pair of pint glasses and $50 dollar gift certificate to P.O.P.E. Now, I don’t know much about scotch, but this must be a big deal if even the Hammer of Glory, Philly Beer Week’s official keg hammer is going to be making an appearance. Thursday, 7pm. P.O.P.E, 1501 Passyunk Ave.
Sure 2011 may now official be behind us, but there’s still plenty of “end of the year” sales going on. So if you’ve got some Christmas cash leftover, here are some local shops you may want to consider blowing it at this weekend.
Three Potato Four: If you’re on the market for a unique salvaged vintage item for your home, now’s the time to check out Three Potato Four awesome collection of treasures. Spend over $100 and you’ll receive 35 percent off your entire order with the promo code NEWYEAR35. The sale ends at midnight on Sunday. (376 Shurs Ln., Building A)
Knit Wit/Plage Tahiti: Select items throughout the store are now be half-off. (1729 Chestnut St./128 S. 17th St.)
Arcadia Boutique: Looking for a little retail therapy to cure your holiday hangover? Take 25 percent off all clothing, shoes and sale items either in stores or online with the promo code: LEFTOVERS. If that’s not enough of an incentive, shoppers will automatically be entered to win a $100 gift certificate when they make a purchase anytime now-Sunday. (No Libs: 819 N. Second St. Rittenhouse: 265 S. 20th St.)
Nicole Miller: You have just a few more hours to take advantage of Nicole Miller’s semi-annual sale and take an additional 15 percent off all sale items using the promo code EXTRA15. By the way, this includes an ample selection of designer dresses. (200 S. Broad St.)
Three Sirens Boutique: As part of the Old City’s First Friday festivities, the boutique is offering 30-50 percent off clothing as well as 20 percent off accessories. Even better: they’re extending the sale through the weekend. (134 N. Third St.)
BUS STOP: Save anywhere from 30-40 percent on the Fabric Row boutique’s selection of winter shoes for ladies and blokes including, winter styles from such hot international designers as Irregular Choice, Nicole and Antelope. Their “RED HOT Winter SALE” ends on Jan. 13. (727 S. Fourth St.)
NOTE: This only includes events going down Tuesday-Thursday. The weekend is a whole other separate beast, one that I will wait till Friday to tackle. That said, spend your money wisely.
This may just be the most Philly-appropriate holiday celebration I’ve heard of. During each of these 12 straight “jolly happy hours,” locals will enjoy a different, half-priced seasonal brew as well as complimentary bar snacks before discarding their empties on the “Percy Street Beer Can Xmas Tree.” Once you’ve had enough to drink, you’re invited to take a photo on Santa’s lap—and by “Santa,” I mean a disguised representative from the night’s featured brewery. Return on the 12th day to see how their booze tree sparkles during a special ceremony with live music and even more festive beers. Daily through Dec. 12 from 5-7pm. Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South St.
For one night, Bus Stop’s incredible selection of unique designer shoes will take a slight back seat as the boutique becomes an emporium of oh-so adorable gifts and stocking stuffers from an eclectic mix of local, national and international designers. This includes wristlets and men’s wallets from the UK brand Cheap Monday, the trendy jewelry of Betsy & Iya and the very fashion-forward socks of the Hong Kong-based line Da-Sein Socks (Bus Stop is currently the only store in America where you can find them). Guests will also be treated to cocktails and bites and whether you decided to purchase a small gift and/or a pair of shoes, you’ll receive 15 percent off your purchase. Weds., 6-9pm. Free. Bus Stop Boutique, 727 S. Fourth St.
For this special craft show, benefit sale and auction, the second floor galleries at the Philadelphia Art Alliance will be transformed into an upscale retail shop, featuring an array of handmade items—tableware, toys, jewelry, sculpture, etc.—from over 35 carefully selected artists. For any Rittenhouse nannies who happen to be reading this, the PAA is offering special family-friendly activities every afternoon including several origami workshops and a “Bring Your Stroller” guided tour. Tues., 12-7pm. Through Dec. 9. Free. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.
If all these massive local holiday craft shows are too intense for you, here’s a chance to shop locally-hand-made gifts in a more intimate setting. Party with the Kembrel crew and patronize with some local designers while checking some folks off your Xmas list. Some of the designers confirmed so far include Armstrong & Wilson (men’s accessories), bombom jewelry and De Jong Design (wooden home goods). Finally, as always, drinks and snacks will be provided. Thurs., 5-9pm. Free. Kembrel, 1822 Chestnut St.
With the apocalypse now allegedly less than a month away, not only is this a good time to finally go check out the Penn Museum’s MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibit if you haven’t already, but given the inevitable slew of apocalypse parties, now also seem like a good time to stock up on some fun doomsday novelty items. For the next five days, the museum will be offering shoppers 10 percent off their purchase (15 percent if you’re a Penn student or faculty member; 20 percent if you’re a member). Besides their usual selection of unique gifts from around the world, their store currently has a special “Party Like It’s 184.108.40.206.0” gift collection featuring everything from shot glasses to t-shirts. Daily through Dec. 9. Various times. Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
When local jewelry designer and vintage connoisseur, Chelsea Pearce first opened her awesome Fabric Row boutique, Moon & Arrow last fall, I immediately went to check it out. I then documented my glowing first impressions on this here blog. Back then, I had no idea that the store was only a pop-up so by the time I went to retrieve the umbrella I left there, the place was empty and Bus Stop Boutique was moving in.
I’ve spent the past year wondering whatever happened to Chelsea and morning the loss of yet another great local indie boutique. Or at least that was until about three weeks ago when I happened to spot an even bigger storefront at 4th & Fitzwater Sts. being renovated with the Moon & Arrow sign the window.
Tomorrow will officially marks the boutique’s resurrection and to celebrate, all are welcome to stop by and enjoy drinks, food and tunes from 6-10 p.m. Guests who make a purchase during the bash will receive a free custom-made screen-printed tote bag and while I’ve yet to see the new digs myself, I assure you it won’t be hard to find something you like.
Creating a unique shopping atmosphere with all sorts of eclectic pieces of décor—from terrariums housed in recycled fish tanks to hanging air plant sculptures stuffed with turkey feathers and horsehair—the new location boasts an even larger stock of vintage housewares as well as men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, all curated by Pearce herself. Meanwhile, Moon & Arrow’s Bohemian-chic jewelry can be found draped from antique mirrors or meticulously arranged on shelves alongside chucks of quartz.
Perhaps a pretty good indication that boutique is here to stay, Moon & Arrow has recently partnered with the local founders of Territory Hard Goods, offering retail presence to their supply of “rediscovered” vintage furnishings and home accents. Having found success on Etsy as well as through sales on sites like Fab.com and HauteLook.com, THG will now run their upholstering studio, workshop and office in the same space.
As you begin to devise a game plan for the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season, there’s three key things you should keep in mind:
#1.) The deals do not just begin and end on Black Friday. The next day you’ve got Small Business Saturday followed by Cyber Monday.
#2.) Most stores have extended hours thus allowing shoppers more flexibility.
#3.) Philly’s awesome independent shops and boutiques need your money far more than Target or Macy’s.
That said, here’s several local sales you can look forward to this weekend…
Joan Shepp: Save 20 percent on all coats now through Monday in stores and online (code: COATS20). (1616 Walnut St.)
South Moon Under: All this weekend, take an additional 25 percent off all sale merchandise in store and online (code: BLACK25). Spend over $150 and you can save another 20 percent (code: HOLIDAY20) (1731 Chestnut St.)
Arcadia Boutique: As part if their “Black on Black Sale,” on Friday, the eco-friendly retailer will be taking 30 percent off every item of black clothing as well as an additional 20 percent off everything else. This 20 percent off deal will then run through Sunday at both their Rittenhouse and NoLibs locations as well as online using the checkout code: TURKEY. (265 S. 20th St. & 819 N. Second St.)
Rocker’s Closet: Take 10 percent off everything in the store (except independent artist items) from 9am-8:30pm. They will also be officially launching their online store at midnight on Friday. (818 S. Fourth St.)
Adorn Boutique: On Friday and Saturday, Sarah Lewis is not only extending the hours at her tiny Fishtown treasure chest (11am-9pm), but she’ll be taking 20 percent off the boutique’s entire selection of jewelry and wrapping it for free. On Monday, online shoppers can save 30 percent on their purchase (code: cybermonday) from 6 a.m. till midnight. (1314 Frankford Ave.)
Smak Parlour: All this weekend, the Old City boutique is partnering with Toys For Tots and for every toy shoppers drop off, they will donate a pair of super-cute children’s gloves. Shoppers who spend $40 dollars will also get a free pair of equally cute, adult-size gloves. If that’s not enough, the ladies will serve you apple cider and ginger snaps as you shop before carefully wrapping your purchases in pink cupcake and pastry for free. (219 Market St.)
BUS STOP: In addition to keeping their doors open late (11am-8:30pm) the boutique will be serving up Black Velvet cocktails and offering customers 20 percent off their entire autumn/winter styles of black and brow boots. (727 S. Fourth St.)
Lakshmi Hair Studio: Get 15 percent off all products plus a free gift during their Black Friday Blowout. (21 N. Second St.)
Concrete Polish: Anytime between Friday morning and next Monday at midnight is the perfect time for you splurge on one of designer Angela Monaco’s stunning jewels as they will all be 15 percent off. This deal can be redeemed online (code: TURKEYLOVE) or in-store. Either way, be sure to RSVP to the sale’s Facebook event page as you will then receive a special gift with your purchase. (716 N. Third St.)
Third Street Habit: Save 40 percent on the entire Isabel Marant Etolie Collection now through the end of Saturday. (153 N. Third St.)
Kembrel: Although a bit confusing, Kembrel is offering shoppers savings all three days, both online and in stores. Friday: 40 percent off from 6am-11am (code: KEMBLK6) then 30 percent off from 11am-9pm (code: KEMBLK11). Saturday: 30 percent off all day (code: KEMSMLBIZ). Monday: 40 percent off (code: KEMCYBER). (1822 Chestnut St. & 1219 Locust St.)
Knit Wit: Get 20 percent off your entire in-store purchase on Friday. (1729 Chestnut St.)
SA VA: Shop before 1 p.m. today and save 30 percent off your entire SA VA label purchase or receive 15 percent off from 1-8pm. (1700 Sansom St.)
Expect a roundup of more holiday shopping events going on this weekend on Friday.