Herbert and Edwin Sherman founded their business as a resource for men with hard-to-find sizes and difficult-to-please fashion tastes. They used to cart closeout styles from East Coast factories to their storefront, traversing miles in the name of great deals and men’s fashion. Since the 1950s, local politicians, athletes, entertainers, and powerful wizards have frequented their store, finding wares from brands such as Alden, Santoni, Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds. Sherman Brothers Shoes’s staff measures feet by hand using an old-fashioned fitting stool, matching customers with exotic, dress, casual, and work shoes, among other types.
Hope Chest curates a trove of designer intimates that sensuously shelter curves and help to shape physiques. Boutique attendants measure figures to unite AA- to H-cup bras and band sizes ranging from 30 to 42 with their convex counterparts. Independent, multi-lingual panties, hose, camisoles, and shapewear are recruited from European and American lines such as Chantelle, Wolford, and Fleur't. With seamless underwire cups and front closures, Le Mystère's signature y-back bras modestly mask their structures ($60+). Organic-cotton Hanky Panky thongs ($18 for one, $48 for three) compete for seats with Cosabella hot pants and bikinis in games of musical chairs ($22+), and Spanx stockings and leggings sculpt and cinch below the belt ($26+). Pajama sets round out the collection with varying degrees of sultriness, as camisoles provide the missing link in the complex evolution of underwear to outerwear.
For more than four decades, Merion Art & Repro Center has supplied artists, engineers, architects, and other professionals with the building blocks of creativity. One needs only to look down an aisle for inspiration. In one area lie hundreds of paints and canvases ready to be transformed into watercolor masterpieces. In another, clay waits patiently for the right sculptor to come along and mold it into its true form: an even bigger ball of clay.
Beyond art supplies, Merion encompasses a fully equipped copy shop and a custom-framing center. Here, expert framers help clients select from thousands of frame and mat styles, honing in on the perfect design to preserve photos or parking tickets autographed by the best traffic cop in town.
For more than 80 years, the retailers at Robinson Luggage have packed their showroom with functional and stylish luggage, business cases, and bags from brands such as Kenneth Cole, Johnston & Murphy, and Kipling. Today, more than 60 brands of luggage, computer cases, and backpacks line the shelves waiting for somebody to entrust them with their clothes, business documents, or treasured slinky collections. A close-knit family, the staff averages 12 years of experience, with many team members having been a part of the store for more than 20 years. They welcomely combine their expertise to aid shoppers searching for pieces that fit ideal factors such as budget, aesthetic, or function.
Nestled in a funkily refurbished old house, Julie's Bottega harbors a sumptuous selection of high-fashion designs, cherry-picked by a stylish mother-daughter team. Try on a pair of Only Hearts leggings in black, navy, or chocolate ($55), and slip into a shiny elbow-length turtleneck from Michael Stars ($50) for a flattering fall look that complements backyard leaf piles. A plush, poncho-like cashmere ruana from Minnie Rose drapes torsos in a spectrum of colors ($200), and the wide range of baubles, jewelry, and other accessories underlines each wearer's trendy taste.