Come early or early ahead if you want any specialty items. I highly recommend their cream puff cake--it's delicious! They combine simple artistry and elegance in their cakes, and they taste delicious. This bakery is also very affordable. It's located in the Italian Market, so you can combine a trip with some food shopping.
When I brought in my cats to this clinic, they had a long laundry list of tests for my cats, even though I was bringing them in for a routine spaying, and they had already gotten all their immunizations. To spay the cats was going to cost double what it cost at other places. I was turned off by the clinic and went elsewhere.
I have tried to go to this car wash at least three times, and either it's not open or something is wrong. The last time I went, a Philadelphia Parking Authority van was parked at the end of the carwash, all shiny and clean, but when I pulled up, the attendent told me the car wash was broken! Because of its proximity, I'm still going to try going there, but beware if you're going out of your way.
This is a convenient laundramat, with parking right in front. They have a variety of washers and dryers in different sizes so that you can use the one according to your load. Prices are comparable to other laundries in the area. You can also drop off laundry to be done. The nice thing about this laundry is that you can put your clothes in, then pop next door for pizza or down the street to Silk City diner! It closes at 11pm.
There are a couple of these stores in Philly, but I've only been to the one in Reading Terminal Market. It's a little stand on the edge of the Market, but is chock full of delightful gourmet foods, ranging from yes, caviar to truffles, balsamic vinegar, jams and teas. This is a great place to pick up a gift. Personally, my favorite is John and Kira's chocolates (formerly Jubilee chocolates), a socially conscious chocolate praised by Gourment magazine and made locally in Philadelphia.
If you go here, you'll get dental work done by Univ. of Penn. dental students. My friends have been pleased with the work done, and I thought the students were very nice, and they are supervised. The main downside is that you can't get your teeth cleaned on the first visit. You have to go first for a consultation and then later make another appointment for the cleaning. When I went, I already had waited a long time just to get my teeth looked at, and was going to be away for several months, and the student dentist was all booked (or had exams?) for the near future, so I ended up going to another dentist.
Someone took me here for my birthday and I'm still savoring the taste of the yummy food! It's located in the Wissahickon Valley of Fairmount Park, so it's set against a beautiful backdrop. The Inn itself is reminiscent of an old style inn. The highlight is the food, with items like brie-stuffed french toast, lobster ravioli, and black-eyed crabby. The brunch is a pre-fixe meal for $19-23, and although a bit pricey, worth it for special occasions. You should make reservations in advance. You can drive there as there is parking nearby. Afterwards, you can take a stroll or hike through the park.
This store is near other similar stores such as Eternity Fashions, carrying trendy ghetto-fabulous clothes and playing Lil Kim in the background. A lot of African American shop here, and their prices are relatively low and affordable. You can find jeans for $20, and upstairs is a section where everything is $10 or less. They also have a shoe selection in the back. If you like this type of clothing, then this will be a fun browse.
While Ritz Camera has quality photo development, I find their prices expensive, so I tend to go to Jacks Camera on 22nd Street. However, there are a bunch of these so it might be more convenient just to go to Ritz. I used to go to the one in University City, and found the staff very helpful. The University City one has a number of cameras you can look at and purchase, and I thought the staff was pretty knowledgeable. I've also been to the Ritz on 16th, and found the atmosphere more busy, but again the staff were friendly. Their black and white development is quite good, and you can get passport photos taken also. Ritz Camera has this thing where you can buy some type of discount card, which gives you development at lower prices. I tend to dislike deals like this, especially since the discount card is pretty pricey, but it might be worth it if you frequently go to Ritz. Also, they charge for the print index, which is annoying. However, their quality is reliable.
Having moved from NYC, I was glad to see that dollar stores also abound in Philly. This was the first dollar store I found, so I'm partial to it, but really, it's a fairly average dollar store. It actually has items that they sell for more than a dollar, such as some electronics and other items, but most things you can still get for $1. It carries the standard dollar store items, and my recent find included $1 dress/suit protection bags (handy since I think I have moths in my apartment).