Founded by Joe Mortimer in 1963, Select Jewelers has evolved from a door-to-door jewelry business to a thriving duo of elegant jewelry boutiques. Now run by Joe's son, called Joe Jr. by longstanding customers, the jewelry store carries high-quality brands such as Bentelli diamonds—which are sold below market-recommended prices—and Speidel watches. The shop's dexterous tinkerers also do repair work, replacing broken clasps on chains and resetting watches so that they skip over unlucky 13:00
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
North Wales Running Company’s staff channels its dedication to running and training, helping out shoppers with pertinent advice and earning the shop a Philly Hot List pick as the #1 running store in the city six years straight. Runners can peruse more than 80 types of shoes for men and women from venerated brands such as Asics, Mizuno, and Nike. The shop's staff assists patrons in reaching their fitness goals, whether finding a proper fit for jogging shoes or fastening rockets to jogging shoes. A selection of winter apparel and accessories—including GPS watches, heart rate monitors, pedometers, and energy bars—helps runners stride down the road toward optimal health.
The staff at both Born to Run locations know firstfoot what’s important in a good running shoe. Every Wednesday and Thursday morning before opening up shop, they slip on their footwear of choice and lead group runs. They share their passion for running and their knowledge of quality footwear with the marathoners, joggers, and walkers that amble through their doors. They pride themselves on having something for everybody, including minimalist, cross-trainer, and high-cushioned shoes from trusted brands such as Saucony, Adidas, Nike, and Brooks. In addition to equipping athletes with a wardrobe of reflective vests, sports bras, and Under Armour wear, Born to Run enhances daily runs with a host of accessories, such as GPS watches for mapping out jogging routes or remembering where you parked the hovercraft.
For more than two decades, European-inspired Hope Chest has been curating a trove of designer intimates that sensuously shelter curves and help to shape physiques, earning praise from Travel + Leisure magazine and Best of Philly. Professional bra fitters break out the protractors and the levels to match AA- to H-cup bras and 30- to 42-inch band sizes with their convex counterparts. If they can’t find a perfect pairing, they can specially order other sizes. Independent, multilingual panties, hose, and shapewear are recruited from European and American lines such as Chantelle, Wolford, and Fleur't. Pajama sets round out the collection with varying degrees of sultriness, and camisoles and tights provide the missing link in the complex evolution of underwear to outerwear.
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.