After 13 years at 1616 Walnut St., Philadelphia retailer Joan Shepp is moving her boutique to the first floor of the Shops at Liberty Place - temporarily.
"We are moving to Liberty Place as a pop-up store," Shepp told The Inquirer on Monday, soon after signing the three-month lease at the Shops. "We will be there through Christmas, and then we will figure out what our next move is."
Shepp and her daughter, Ellen, have been trying to figure out their fashion fate since they received notice more than a year ago that their rent would triple. Other independent boutiques also have been forced to leave Walnut as national retailers take up residence along the prime real estate corridor between Broad Street and 20th Street. For example, Mall staple Theory will move into the space next to Joan Shepp's current spot next year, but it's unclear what will replace her boutique.