February 7, 2016 |
First Impressions, the Lafayette Hill boutique that fashionistas flocked to for L.A.-based contemporary labels like Michael Stars and Seven for All Mankind is closing its glass doors in March. Pam Katz, the eternally tan and always in the know owner, points to a shift in the shopping habits of her customers' - the well-to-do stay-at-home mom, the white collar mover and shaker and their teenage daughters. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, First Impressions was bursting at the seams with Juicy Couture, Francois Gibraud, Z. Cavaricci.
January 29, 2016
FOR THREE DECADES, Connie Baker's Sans Appelle dress boutique catered to a mostly elite group - the ladies-who-lunch crowd, socialites, and members of prestigious civic and social organizations such as the Carats or the Girlfriends. During a recent visit to the store, most recently located in Cheltenham Square Mall, Baker - a member of the Epicureans and the Moles social groups - showed off a jewel-trimmed satin suit in emerald green that she had ordered specifically for members of the Links Inc., a prestigious predominantly black social service organization.
December 25, 2015 |
Suzanne Levy-Polikoff's shopping destinations have names like Riverview Towers, Dubin House, and Burlington Manor. The gregarious Cherry Hill resident arrives at these and other senior living facilities in South Jersey and Philadelphia with a "pop-up" shop that's stocked with donated clothing, accessories, household goods, and other items. At her "Mobile ReSale Boutique," the quality is high, the prices are low, and Levy-Polikoff is in every sense the driver. Also the "schlepper extraordinaire," in her words.
May 29, 2015 |
Investment manager Franklin Square Capital Partners has applied for a $7.5 million grant to build a hotel at Philadelphia's Navy Yard business campus, according to a state report. The property, described as a "luxury boutique hotel," would feature 150 guest rooms, according to the list of applicants to the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program posted Wednesday on the state's website. No other details, including the prospective hotel's operator and total budget, were disclosed.
May 9, 2015 |
When Stu Eli and Janet Morales started an online store called Three Potato Four in 2007, they quickly became known for their handpicked vintage finds, garnering loyal customers and national press. Then, a few years ago, the markets where they sourced those goods underwent a radical change. "A lot of TV shows came out - American Pickers , Storage Wars . That changed the marketplace, and a lot of weekend-warrior antiques dealers changed the whole price structure," Eli said.
April 30, 2015 |
Center City architect Nicole Rossi is embracing a shift in her wardrobe. Instead of dresses, Rossi now gravitates toward casually sophisticated looks: silk jogger pants; pastel blouses; zipperless, quilted leather jackets; and dresses with asymmetrical hems. "I'm focusing more on being comfortable," said Rossi, 31. "But I'm not dressing down . . . I wear heels with everything. " Rossi's go-to brands are Theory, Vince, A.L.C., and Joie (pronounced zhwah) - womenswear collections known for chic lines and such features as soft backless T-shirts that instantly look conservative when paired with tailored blazers.
March 28, 2015 |
When most people think of extended-stay hotels (if they think of them at all), they might envision a cheaply furnished room in a desolate location - cold comfort for bleary business travelers and depressed divorcées. But, this underserved niche has received an extreme makeover in recent years, powered in large part by Philadelphia-based Korman Communities and its luxurious AKA chain. Now, a former Korman executive has developed a new take on the concept: Roost Apartment Hotel, a boutique-hotel-meets-Airbnb vision.
March 17, 2015 |
JOHNZEE TOOK A break from the breakneck pace of the JFCS Thrift Boutique's back room and said that he and Robin Michaelson are pioneers, which is true. "Me and Robin are like the founders of this program," said JohnZee, 64, who prefers to use his email name. "JFCS does so much for people with special needs. " Michaelson, 46, nodded. In 2013, when Jewish Family & Children's Services opened the JFCS Thrift Boutique on Frankford Avenue near Tolbut Street in Pennypack Woods, its goal was to offer low-income residents donated clothing, housewares and toys for pennies on the dollar.
January 29, 2015 |
Maureen Doron, owner of the Bryn Mawr boutique Skirt, is ushering in the spring shopping season with seven new-to-her-store women's-wear lines. This may not seem to be major fashion news, but it marks the first time in four years that Doron is selling untested designers on her store's racks. Like many other recession-weary boutique owners, Doron didn't want to take chances with a clientele that had grown price-conscious, seemingly interested only in affordable basics. That is starting to change.
November 25, 2014 |
Stroll Moorestown Mall between the food court and Boscov's department store, and that new clothing store, Erdon, might not catch your eye. Its walls are off-white. Some dresses hang from pipe racks. A few black boots and shoes line the shelves. Just another mall store for teenagers, right? Hardly. Go ahead. Step through Erdon's black-framed glass doors and pluck at a sleeve. This black leather jacket by Ivan Grundahl is $1,228. That black cocktail dress is $690. The tailored denim jeans, by Closed, start at $190.