Viva Fashion’s staffers handpick the European threads that hang from the store's shelves, which heave under the weight of more than 3,000 unique styles. The clothing cloaks men, women, and children with a selection of dresses, women’s tops, women’s outerwear, menswear, and accessories. The high-quality fashions come from European brands including Deca, Angels Never Die, and Lauren Vidal, and they range in size from XS to 4XL, ensuring that whole families of nesting dolls can shop in the same store.
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
Play N Trade, an independently owned boutique, stocks a vast arsenal of gear for gamers playing on systems ranging from Atari to PlayStation 3 and seeking gently-used nostalgic classics or the latest pixelated adventure. Players peruse a library of new games ($19.99–$59.99) for consoles such as Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii, and—with the Try Before You Buy policy—ensure games are more challenging than a race against a chubby child on a pogo stick. In addition to the variety of new titles, Play N Trade also carries retro games and consoles including Atari and Nintendo, as well as rare Japanese imports. Used games ($9.99–$49.99) all undergo a thorough inspection before being added to the Play N Trade collection, and the store upholds a 30-day return policy in the event that a game is defective or fire-flower gardens refuse to grow.
J. Liddon Pennock Jr. treated Meadowbrook Farms as his passion project, honing his talent for garden design on the land's 25 acres for over 60 years. After his retirement, he created its now-flourishing retail arm to share his experiment with the wider world. Today, visitors traverse grounds and gardens dotted with ornate arrangements that fuse symmetry, color, and complex species. The Circle Garden’s water lilies burst open with vibrant pink energy, and at the dipping pool, pear cactus and coleus share ground with Japanese maple and their freshly blooming stacks of pancakes. The house also holds horticultural delights, with the Glass Room’s verdant wreaths tempting visitors during appointment-only tours. At the retail shop, guests stock up on a carefully chosen selection of statuary, pots, fountains, and garden ornaments inspired by Pennock’s work, as well as scented candles and soaps. Live plants from the indoor greenhouse or outdoor sales area help make home gardens more like Meadowbrook, with houseplants, annuals, and perennials that are occasionally whisked off for display in the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Rally House encourages customers to wear their Philadelphia sports-team pride on their sleeves, heads, and everywhere else. For more than two decades, the shop has stocked clothes, accessories, and home decor that represent the city's professional teams including the Eagles, Phillies, Union, and 76ers. Its college spirit soars equally high with prideful relics that feature logos of Drexel, La Salle, Penn, Penn State, Rutgers, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova and West Chester teams. Guests can browse the space for unique finds, including pint glasses, vintage t-shirts, and license plate frames, among other items.
At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.