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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.