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.
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
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Jewelry, watches, clocks, sales service
Pro Tip: Bring your curiosity and enjoy a FREE coffee or tea while you browse.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
At United by Blue—an environmentally focused venture—company-organized and company-hosted cleanups remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean and waterways for every product sold. Products include gifts and apparel for women, men, and kids sold online and at its café store. At the shop, its eco-friendly efforts are exhibited in the reclaimed wood used for the tables and café bar. There, employees serve coffee, bagels, and pastries, all in the name of protecting the world's largest ecosystem.
An imaginative oasis on the border of Bella Vista and Queen Village, Mineralistic packs quite an original selection within its walls. Inside, earthy yellow walls, a ceiling painted like a partly cloudy sky and glass cases filled with trinkets of all sorts give customers the feeling that they might have entered into jungle of oddities in a far off world. As the name suggests, this South Street storefront sells a variety of minerals, ranging from agate to spectrolite. These rare and beautiful gems take the forms of jewelry, trinkets and home décor. Additionally, books, games, incense, artifacts, figurines and handmade Celtic jewelry round out the store's inventory. Customers can even purchase fossilized remains dating back hundreds of millions of years. Mineralistic is open seven days a week, and a knowledgeable staff is always on hand to inform shoppers and guide purchases.
After moving from London to Philadelphia, Elena Brennan needed a way to fulfill her desire for hard-to-find designer shoes without hopping a transatlantic flight back home. In 2007, she stashed away her aviation goggles in favor of opening Bus Stop, a boutique specializing in stylish kicks and women's apparel. The quirky spot carries lesser-known brands, such as Jeffrey Campbell, J Shoes, and FarylRobin, as well as fashionable favorites from Toms and Fluevog.
White walls outfitted with monochromatic shelves pull shoppers' attention towards a collection of shoes so eclectic it helped Bus Stop win an award for best women's shoe store in 2008 from Philadelphia magazine. Antique wooden tables heave under the weight of handmade accessories and apparel from local and national designers and wayward elephants that thought they smelled peanuts. This Fabric Row boutique also holds monthly events that showcase the work of emerging artists and local fashionistas.