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Shopping, Spas & Beauty In Rittenhouse Square
The blocks around Rittenhouse Square are Philadelphia’s preeminent go-to for style and beauty. High-end shops, locally owned boutiques, bargain stores and day spas are more numerous between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and Market and Pine Streets than in any other Philadelphia neighborhood. (Ditto restaurants and bars, venues for showing off high style.)
Like all neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square offers tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes. It’s also the home of many national retailers. Busy Walnut Street, also called “Rittenhouse Row,” boasts a lineup that includes American Apparel, Athleta, Apple, Barbour, Barney’s New York, Dr. Martens, Free People, Goorin Hat Bros, H&M, Intermix, Jack Wills, Lush Cosmetics, lululemon, Madewell, Michael Kors, My.Suit, New Balance, Paper Source, Stuart Weitzman, The North Face, Theory, Tiffany & Co., Ulta, Under Armour, Vince, Warby Parker and Zara. Chestnut Street is known for both low-price stores such as Banana Republic Factory Store, Buffalo Exchange, Forever21, Gap Outlet & Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Target and Uniqlo, and higher-end shops Camper, Indochino, Sephora, South Moon Under and The Shade Store.
Below are listings of popular Rittenhouse shops and beauty spots. More information about Rittenhouse Square and other Philadelphia neighborhoods is available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.
- Anthropologie – Housed in a remodeled mansion, this Philly-born chain fills its four floors with clothing, accessories and homewares that epitomize funky-chic. Fashionable shoppers looking for deals head straight to the expansive sale section on the upper level. 1801 Walnut Street,(215) 568-2114, anthropologie.com
- Bella Turka – Midtown Village’s global jeweler added a second shop of home accents and personal accessories, including some fabulous handmade scarves—with many pieces by Philadelphia and other American designers—to its irresistible repertoire. 1700 Sansom Street, (215) 560-8731, bellaturka.com
- Benjamin Lovell Shoes – Benjamin Lovell proves that fashionable shoes don’t have to hurt. Famously comfortable brands, including UGG, Clarks and Thierry Rabotin, line the shelves. 119 S. 18th Street, (215) 564-4655, blshoes.com
- Born Yesterday – This children’s boutique stocks designer duds for fashionable babies and tots. Little ones who rock Philadelphia-themed onesies and T-shirts (Rocky, the Phillies) are the most popular kids on the playground. 1901 Walnut Street, (215) 568-6556, bornyesterdaykids.com
- Boyds Philadelphia – For more than 75 years, Boyds has been dressing Philadelphians in the best of the best. Guests receive royal treatment from the attentive staff while browsing the clothing and accessories by big names like Ermenegildo Zegna and Alexander McQueen. 1818 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-9000, boydsphila.com
- Breakaway Bikes – This bike shop sells and services bicycles, plus it stocks all of the gear and accessories that bikers need to hit the road safely and stylishly. On the store’s second floor, the Breakaway Training Center hosts indoor cycling sessions, performance training and professional fitting services. 1923 Chestnut Street, (215) 568-6002, breakawaybikes.com
- Coeur – Shoppers peruse this beautiful walk-up boutique for extra high-end designer lingerie along with accessories and toys. Walk-ins are welcome, and those who opt for a personalized fitting find it to be lifestyle-changing. 132 S. 17th Street, (215) 972-0373, coeurlingerie.com
- Commonwealth Proper – Frustrated with the fit of men’s shirts, the founder of Commonwealth Proper began selling well-designed, locally made shirts in 2008. Now the shop outfits men in custom-tailored suits, shirts and pants and even offers personal styling. 1839 Chestnut Street, (267) 319-1741, commonwealthproper.com
- Craiger Drake Designs – Ready-made and custom jewelry comes with intimate personal attention at this exclusive shop. Personal attention means expert tips on jewelry cleaning, storage, manufacturing qualities—and wholesale pricing. 1701 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, (215) 253-6507, craigerdrake.com
- Doggie Style – When a pooch or any other small animal deserves nothing but the best, owners go to this boutique for food. The store specializes in canine accessories, toys and grooming services. Tip: The doggie in the window is up for adoption. 1635 Spruce Street, (215) 545-5900, doggiestylepets.com
- Egan Day – This jewelry boutique walks the line between luxurious and laid back with ease. The tiny parlor of a Civil War-era home carries nature-inspired baubles from 15 jewelry artists, including Gabriella Kiss. All the designs are exclusive to Egan Day. 260 S. 16th Street, (267) 773-8833, eganday.com
- Egan Rittenhouse – Just inside the elegant Rittenhouse Hotel, Kate Egan of Egan Day (see above) brings her impeccable taste to a pristine gift stock of Lostine candleholders, Alex Stadler sketches (both local products), elegant glassware, men’s grooming products, wooden-boxed florals—even children’s toys. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, eganrittenhouse.com
- Ellelauri – After debuting in Avalon, New Jersey, the Pennsylvania native sisters/owners opened a second location of their trendy women’s clothing boutique in Philly. Gals find fashion-forward skirts, dresses and tops, made exclusively for Ellelauri. 114 S. 19th Street, (267) 457-5939, ellelauri.com
- Frankinstien Bikeworx – Frankinstien was born out of a genuine love for bikes and bike culture. The shop designs, makes, sells and repairs bicycles, parts and accessories. 1529 Spruce Street, (215) 893-0415, frankinstienbikeworx.com
- Head Start Shoes – Head Start Shoes has been a Philadelphia go-to spot for more than 35 years. The store specializes in high-quality Italian boots and shoes for women. 126 S. 17th Street, (215) 567-3247, headstartshoes.com
- Hope Chest – Voted one of the top lingerie stores in the world by Travel + Leisure, Hope Chest stocks the finest in European and American bras, sleepwear, shapewear and sexy lingerie. Customers stop in as they’d like or make reservations for fittings. 1937 Chestnut Street, (215) 665-9169, hopechestshop.com
- Jacques Ferber – Luxurious furs and shearlings, Moncler and Bogner, Italian leather down from AFG and fur accessories look right at home in this gorgeously revamped historic space. 1708 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, (215) 735-4173, jacquesferber.com
- Joan Shepp – Joan Shepp has been a Philadelphia fashion powerhouse since 1971. The eponymous shop owner and her daughter stock their 9,000-square-foot store with Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons, and Balenciaga, along with spotlighting local designers. 1811 Chestnut Street, (215) 735-2666, joanshepp.com
- Just Dogs! (& Cats!) Gourmet – This pet boutique carries handmade toys, fashions and treats using only all-natural, human-grade ingredients—it is Rittenhouse, after all. The shop also sells American brands such as Planet Dog and West Paw. 1700 Sansom Street, (215) 988-9876, jdgphilly.com
- Kitchen Kapers – High-end kitchenware and gadgets await any domestic diva or dude—or simply someone who needs a housewarming gift. Stiletto spoon rest, anyone? 213 S. 17th Street, (215) 546-8059, kitchenkapers.com
- Knit Wit – This Rittenhouse staple has been dressing fashionistas since the 1960s. Sweaters, jeans and dresses by designers like Stuart Weitzman, Alexander Wang and Paul Smith hang from its racks. 1729 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-4760, knitwitonline.com
- LAGOS – Jewelry shop offers stylish, museum-quality jewelry created in Philadelphia by local artist and master jeweler Steven Lagos. Perfect for the Philly-proud, the Heart of Philadelphia pendant incorporates architectural elements from City Hall, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 1735 Walnut Street, (215) 567-0770, lagos.com
- Long in the Tooth – In the digital age, Long in the Tooth satisfies purists looking for an old-school music store experience. New and used vinyl records, books and DVDs line the shelves; rockin’ tunes flow from the speakers; and friendly, music-obsessed staffers provide expert advice to anyone who needs it. 2027 Sansom Street, (215) 569-1994
- Omoi Zakka Shop – Inspired by lifestyle shops in Japan, this locally owned boutique, offers soaps, daily planners and office supplies. 1608 Pine Street, (215) 545-0963, omoionline.com
- Second Time Around – For Rittenhouse labels at significant discounts, there’s this consignment shop offers secondhand Prada, purses by Kate Spade and suits by Chanel. 1728 Chestnut Street, (215) 988-9903, 2ndtimearound.com
- The Shops at Liberty Place – Shoppers find skin and beauty products at Kiehl’s and Aveda, deals from Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store and fashions from national chains like Express, J.Crew, Victoria’s Secret and Loft on the bottom floors of this high-rise building. 1625 Chestnut Street, (215) 851-9055, shopsatliberty.com
- Shop Sixty Five – Chosen by Lucky magazine as one of the best boutiques in the country, Shop Sixty Five outfits its guests in luxury knitwear, designer denim and envy-inspiring handbags. Fashionistas come for the progressive collections including clothes from Helmut Lang, Elizabeth & James, and Rag & Bone. 128 South 17th Street, (267) 239-5488, shopsixtyfive.com
- Skirt – Trend-seekers can find contemporary, high-end womenswear in this sleek space. Expert in-store stylists guide shoppers through the racks of recognizable, quality brands such as Milly, Rag & Bone and Rebecca Minkoff. 212 S. 17th Street, (215) 309-8419, shop-skirt.com
- Sophy Curson – Since 1929, Sophy Curson has been filling the closets of Philadelphia’s most distinguished women. In addition to colorful wool dresses, cocktail frocks and evening gowns, the shop carries European sportswear, jackets and trousers, daytime dresses (with sleeves) and cashmere sweaters. 19th & Sansom Streets, (215) 567-4662, sophycurson.com
- stadler-Khan – This gallery/design shop sells the scarves and design works of owner Alexander Stadler. The eclectic shop also features a rotating selection of fine and decorative arts, new and vintage jewelry and glassware and ceramics. 1724 Sansom Street, (267) 242-7154, stadler-kahn.com
- Suitsupply – Amsterdam-based outfitter Suitsupply is a destination for stylish guys in Philadelphia. The outpost carries a complete array of menswear—from tuxedos to messenger bags. 1601 Locust Street, (215) 383-1500, suitsupply.com
- ToBox – Everything in this impeccable men’s shoe store is for sale, from the nine exclusive-to-Philadelphia shoe brands to the vintage furniture. The built-in shoeshine station keeps loyal customers coming back. 25 S. 19th Street, (215) 644-9435, toboxshoes.com
- TownHome – For jewelry from such designers as Me&Ro, Jennifer Meyer and Heather B. Moore, shoppers squeeze into this tiny store for customizable pieces. Its most popular pieces feature initials, lucky symbols and inspirational words. 1616 Walnut Street, (215) 972-5100, townhomeonline.com
- Ubiq – Three floors of kicks, clothes and art keep sneakerheads coming back to this store again and again. It may also help that Mitchell & Ness opened a pop-up shop under its roof. 1509 Walnut Street, (215) 988-0194, ubiqlife.com
- Urban Outfitters – Founded in Philadelphia, Urban stocks its three-story flagship with essentials for the hip, urban lifestyle: men’s and women’s fashions, fun gifts and apartment décor. 1627 Walnut Street, (215) 569-3131, urbanoutfitters.com
- Wayne Edwards Workshop – Wayne Edwards has been outfitting Philadelphia men since the 1970s. His boutique features beautiful cashmere sweaters, Drake’s handmade ties and McIntosh raincoats alongside the shop’s custom line of shirts and suits. 1710 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, (267) 606-6691, wayneedwardsworkshop.com
Spas & Beauty:
- Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon – Haircuts, color, nail services, massages and body treatments are a few of the standout treatments that keep loyal fans feeling fabulous. That’s the mission of this health and beauty center, after all. 1605 Sansom Street, (215) 735-6404, adolfbiecker.com
- Beans Beauty – In addition to salon brands, brushes, blow dryers and flat irons, Beans houses an in-store salon for last-minute blowouts or waxing needs. The store also stocks nail care, body care and makeup products. 1733 Chestnut Street, (215) 567-1518, beansbeauty.com
- BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar – In need of quick, professional hairstyling? This salon lets you choose a signature BLO/OUT that includes shampoo, blow, dry, and styling for only $40, plus other full salon services are available. 1804 Chestnut Street, (215) 305-8245, bloout.com
- Bluemercury – A haven for personal beauty care and cosmetics, this store stocks brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Chanel, NARS, La Mer and Skinceuticals. Bluemercury also offers spa services, including facials, waxing and makeup applications. 1707 Walnut Street, (215) 569-3100, bluemercury.com
- Body Restoration – This day spa offers massages, facials, body treatments and waxing. Before and after services, patrons are invited to don plush robes and slippers and relax in the tranquil lounge. 1611 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, (215) 569-9599, bodyrest.com
- Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique – People rave about the waxing at this beauty boutique, which also does blowouts and Phyto Conditioning Treatments. Memberships and series packages help loyal customers save some cash while looking great. 265 S. 19th Street, (215) 875-8343, headsandtailsrittenhouse.com
- Le Rêve Rittenhouse Day Spa – Every inch of this medical spa was designed to make guests feel like royalty—from the plush waiting room to the luxurious couples massages. 255 S. 17th Street, 4th Floor, (215) 790-4444, lereverittenhousespa.com
- Rescue Spa Philadelphia – Manicures, pedicures, massages and laser hair removal are all on the menu, but the outstanding facials and skin treatments make Rescue a true neighborhood—and international—standout. 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor (215) 772-2766, rescuespa.net
- Ursula’s About Phace – Ursula Augustine opened her makeup studio to provide safe alternatives to harsh beauty treatments. The salon offers sugaring, a natural form of hair removal, in addition to makeup application, customized facials and her signature brow shaping. 1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201, (215) 557-1562, aboutphace201.com
- Mi Cumbia Organica – The beauty treatments at this Colombian-inspired nail and waxing salon incorporate natural and organic ingredients like fresh coconut and mango butter. For an extra $1.50, patrons can enjoy authentic style Columbian coffee during services. 328 S. 17th Street, (215) 735-7980, tierramiaorganicnailspa.com
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