A cute and eclectic gift boutique on Main Street in Manayunk, The Little Apple stocks new, vintage and repurposed cards, jewelry and housewares that can’t be found anywhere else. Screen printed tote bags are in the company of artistic special-occasion cards, inspiring books, candles and oil diffusers with the scent of Aloha Ochis, small glass vases, lotions and perfumes with exotic aromas such as gin and rosewater. Vintage trays and chests of drawers serve as display cases for most of the merchandise, bicycle-themed glassware fills one bookshelf and a small velvet-lined case holds jewelry made by local artisans. Quirky gifts for infants and pets inhabit the back room.
The idea, really, is genius: edible fruits, chocolates and other snacks, tastefully arranged as bouquets, to be given out to coworkers, ordered for friends or handed to a special loved one. The Roxborough outpost of this national chain seeks to pair up customers with the arrangement of their dreams, often going well beyond the usual anniversaries and milestones to reach for a more personalized finish. Funkier options might include balloons and a stuffed bear; squeal-worthy pineapple cutouts of the wide-eyed Hello Kitty; or apple Fruit Truffles: Granny Smith apple pieces dipped in semisweet chocolate and dripped with toppings like cinnamon chocolate or white drizzle. Call ahead to choose your arrangement and have it delivered, or swing by the small shop to pick something up before any big occasion.
Since 1948, Roxborough residents have been heading to Stanley’s Hardware for their household needs, or the perfect DIY solution to a small, nagging apartment problem. The impressively stocked store moved to Ridge Avenue in 1961, and has been supplying the neighborhood with nails, screws, fixtures, fittings, tape and everything in between for more than a generation since. After a much-needed expansion, Stanley’s now runs out of a bright, welcoming, even more thoroughly stocked building on the same lot, where the dedicated team working inside sells an array of indoor and outdoor plants, consult on paint options and rent a range of equipment for bigger jobs. It’s nice to know that there’s still a corner hardware store to pick through for the perfect solution; even if you need a jackhammer, some patio furniture or some party supplies.
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Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).