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.
Call it fate, or call it mere coincidence. One day, Bobby Ray Harris happened upon an ancient wooden box inside his tavern. He was poking around in a crawlspace of the 105-year-old building when, buried beneath a mallet and a handful of corks, he found a recipe for a nameless beer. Bobby Ray sent the instructions to some local brewers, who proceeded to craft the first batch of a truly special beer they called Pennsauken Crick.
The brew is a highlight of the beer list at Bobby Ray?s Pennsauken Tavern, which is saying something?the selection includes nearly 30 drafts and more than 90 bottled and canned options. These pours complement the kitchen?s creative spins on barroom classics, from burgers topped with mac and cheese to ravioli doused in champagne sauce. As if the food and drinks weren't enough to draw in crowds, Bobby Ray?s regularly hosts open mics in which poets one-up each other with dramatic readings of the tavern's original beer recipe.
The family behind Feller's Baking Co, has lots of delicious desserts in its baking repertoire, including brownies, cookies, and pies. But when it comes to specialties, the family prides itself on its creamy cheesecakes and dense bundt cakes. Cheesecakes combine soft, fresh cheese with sugar and eggs and may include cookie crumbles sprinkled on top. For its cakes, the family uses batter mixed with apples, chocolate chips, or carrots, all of which add more flavor than folding in pictures from food magazines.
The staff at New Balance of Philadelphia & South Jersey isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
At Posh Lingerie and Bra Boutique, lingerie experts strive to strike a balance between seductive and practical?sheer, lacy thongs and leopard-print push-up bras share shelf space with sturdy sports bras and seamless boy shorts. This diverse inventory for women of all ages and sizes earned storeowner Denise Magaziner a feature on Talk Philly. The in-house bra fitters help customers hone in on their ideal fit, and they specialize in prosthetic bras, postsurgery corsets, and undergarments for expectant or nursing mothers.
At Wine Legend, owner Mahesh Lekkala and his team of wine enthusiasts introduce oenophiles and first-time sippers to sundry varietals from around the world. The shop’s selection features a massive inventory of reds and whites from Italy, France, Australia, and California. Wine Legend’s consultants help patrons pair wines with meals or tiny ships to build inside the bottles. Wine tastings are available in the shop on Saturday afternoons and can set up tastings at offsite events in homes or offices, paired with house-prepared platters of cheese, crackers, and breads.