Hotel Palomar's Guide to Shopping Like a Local
When traveling it's easy to forget an outfit intended for a night on the town or an important business meeting you have the next day. Some travelers treat trips as mini shopping sprees scouring for the best fashions from a particular area. Hotel Palomar wants its guests to experience Philadelphia like a true style insider. Thus, that's where I come in. Welcome to the first "Shop Like A Local" retail guide! You'll find a selection of the best independent boutiques and retailers that are well known in the region. Don't have much time to shop while visiting the city? No worries, all of the stores I selected are hyper-local - you can walk to them within 10 minutes or less. Take a stroll through the Rittenhouse Row district, shop our favorite stores and let us know where you went via social media #PalomarPhilly.
Written by Ian Michael Crumm
Largest and Most-Loved Made-in-America Goods: Mettlers American Mercantile
From bags to buckles and pants to pillows, Mettlers products are all made in the good ol' U.S. of A. Shoppers can find Philadelphia brands including American Trench and Armstrong & Wilson on the shelves. And many other prominent companies include OTB Denim and Mettlers namesake line, making Mettlers a retail destination for patriotic shoppers.
2129 Chestnut Street
The Local LBD (Little Black Dress) Go-To: Knit Wit
Aside from its infamous knit selection, Knit Wit is a hub for designer denim and luxe contemporary garments, and, perhaps under the radar and our little secret, the store houses some of the best LBDs around. In one of our faves from the store, Alex is rocking this Alexander Wang dress. Who says a LBD can't be fun? I love the undeniable front panels! Pair this statement-maker with a comfortable pair of black wedges and jewelry from LAGO's Voyage collection, and you're set for a night on the town. (Have you tried Square 1682 yet?)
1729 Chestnut Street
Menswear Store Perfect for Fitted Shirts: Les Richards
It's easy to run out of dress shirts while traveling. Les Schwartzberg of Les Richards has a wide selection of fantastic shirts. The menswear store also carries Italian sports coats and is the exclusive retailer of Ted Baker in Center City. Ask for Anthony when you go. He'll help pick out an amazing look whether you have an hour or five minutes!
Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut Street
Most Coveted Designer Attire for Guys and Gals: Joan Shepp
Ladies are you looking for a Vivian Westwood frock? Fellas feel like a little 3.1 Phillip Lim? We love Joan Shepp, a bustling boutique that houses the best labels and brands in the city. The Philadelphia style staple just landed at a new location on Chestnut Street. Do I sense Chestnut is the new Fashion Row of Philadelphia? If anyone can make a movement happen, it's Joan. Jessica wears a pink and orange wrap top and skirt from Vivian Westwood - can you say Carrie Bradshaw chic?
1811 Chestnut Street
Coolest Collection of Men's Accessories: Henry A. Davidsen
Although you might not have time to get one of Brian Lipstein's custom suits, his selection of ready-to-don accessories are a must-see (and buy!). These silver and black cufflinks work well with Brock's black and white blazer. Henry A. Davidsen has a wide selection of pocket squares as well. Or more importantly, pocket rounds (as seen here). Pocket rounds work well for a guy on the go. Simply grab it and stuff it into a jacket pocket. They're easy to fold and difficult to wrinkle!
1701 Spruce Street
Premier Jewels to Match Your Sparkling Personality: LAGOS
Known for its caviar jewelry styles with metal beading, LAGOS is a Philadelphia staple. While a reputable nationwide jewelry brand, the bling company's flagship is housed right around the corner at 18th and Walnut. Beautiful lapis, rose quartz and jade fill the store. The Maya stone collection is a favorite, seen on Jessica. LAGOS also launched a new gold collection, seen on Melissa. Alex is wearing pieces from the Voyage Collection, which is inspired by travel - perfect for Palomar guests! Each collection is designed to mix and match with previous collections. Wear a matching set of earrings, necklace and bracelet or mix with other collections.
1735 Walnut Street
Most Convenient Store for Shoe Enthusiasts: Head Start Shoes
Either your heel broke and you need a new pair of black sling backs for a night on the town, OR you just want to go shoe shopping. (We won't judge you either way.) Head Start Shoes has a fabulous selection of high-end footwear. We're talking Italian leathers and well-designed heels and wedges fill the shelves. Find great colorful loafers (shown in pink and mint) perfect for walking around the city and making a stylish statement.
126 South 17th Street
Highly Respected, and Now Custom, Men's Footwear Company: ToBox Shoes
Tucked away on 19th Street, a blue sign alerts customers of ToBox's backset store front. Don't let the discreet exterior deceive you, inside there's an array of classic and moderately bold men's footwear. Customers can even create their own shoes with ToBox's custom shoe program. Won't be back to Philly in time to pick the kicks up? No problem, ToBox will have the shoes shipped directly. In addition to shoes, find ToBox branded accessories.
25 South 19th Street
Sexiest Spot for "Something More Comfortable": Hope Chest
Oh, shoot! It's too late to turn back for underwear (you're already in another city). Thankfully Hope Chest has bras and panties fit for a queen! The store also has a nice selection of silk lingerie nightgowns perfect for slipping into something more comfortable. Don't wear or aren't in need of lingerie for yourself? Stop by for a take home present for a significant other. Lingerie is a romantic's best friend! Melissa wears a teal night slip.
1937 Chestnut Street
The Best Treat for Your Feet: Stadler Kahn
This locally owned shop has an array of items glassware, ceramics and adorable sentimental gifts. What we find the most inspiring is its collection of vintage goods mixed with new merchandise, as well as a Stadler Kahn branded accessories collection. The luxurious cashmere-blend socks come in five colors - dirt, paprika, lagoon, toffee and French violet. The lagoon is my favorite, and in any color, a true treat for your feet.
1724 Sansom Street
Glamorous Locks in the Blink of an Eye: Richard Nicholas
Need a cut and color before going out? Or maybe just a blow-out to tousle those tresses? Richard Nicholas salon has been a Philadelphia hub since 1971. Salon stylists can give you a dimensional color or just a quick finish, priced around thirty-five dollars. Amazing prices and it's just a few steps outside the hotel.
1716 Sansom Street
Overall Amazing Customer Service: Boyds
The Philly-only, three story department store boasts impressive womenswear and menswear departments, however not everyone realizes that there are actually five floors. The fifth floor belongs to Boyds in-house tailoring department. That's right, anything and everything that can be altered at Boyds is done in-house free of charge. It's one of the many steps the brand takes to live up to a high customer satisfaction standard. Well done, Boyd's. Well done.
1818 Chestnut Street
Photos by Chris Fascenelli