I visited this store on Sansom Street near 20th Street (not sure if it's a new branch or they've moved) and found the layout very pleasant. Personally, the style was geared to a slightly older person than I am, but I can imagine stopping here if I need some work clothes. Prices seemed decent for a vintage clothing store, more like a consignment store rather than a thrift (e.g. goodwill, salvation army) store. For trendier clothes, you may want to try Green Street or Buffalo Exchange or Retrospect, but for more classy clothes, it's worth a browse. The salesperson was very friendly also.
Relman & Assoc. is a relatively small civil rights law firm, with excellent and highly qualified attorneys. Unlike other civil rights firms, they handle a broad range of issues, from discrimination in employment and housing due to race, gender or disability, and racial profiling in various forms. John Relman has a longstanding excellent reputation and the other attorneys are similarly esteemed and courteous. They also do consulting work, so if you are looking to develop policies for your company, to create an environment respectful of all people and to follow the law, you also might want to consider this firm.
Community Legal Services (CLS) is a legal organization serving the poor, with an excellent reputation in Philadelphia. They practice law in a variety of fields, including family law, employment, energy, welfare, consumer, and housing. They have another office in North Philadelphia. The attorneys are generally well-qualified, and you will get the quality of service comparable to any private law firm (sometimes better). They do have income requirements to be eligible for their services. CLS is also often on the cutting edge of legal reform, and if you want to find out more about what they're working on, visit http://www.clsphila.org/.
Even though I lived near this bookstore, I only discovered it at a flea market the other day. It's not obvious from the outside that there is a bookstore inside, but inside is a nice collection. They have floor to ceiling bookshelves chock full of books in the small space, with categories such as literature, history, fix-it books, judaic interest. Most interesting is a bookshelf full of autographed books. Prices are comparable to other used bookstore prices, and during sidewalk sales, you can find books for $1!
During First Friday, I strolled into this gallery and it was definitely one of my favorites. The gallery featured six different artists, all with a contemporary flair. One artist had constructed art using those white round sticky circles that you use to reinforce looseleaf paper, and it was quite stunning. Other artists' work was less abstract, but equally stimulating. The gallery is open from Wed-Fr: 11am-5pm, and Sat.: 12noon-5pm, but on First Fridays, they are open later. If you want to see some art from contemporary artists, or have the funds to buy art, I recommend this gallery. The website is www.pentimenti.com. Also, the busines card I picked up had an address at 145 North Second St., different from the address above.
This trendy boutique in Old City bills itself as a place where you can get stylish clothing at cheap prices. I wouldn't say the prices are cheap (T-shirts for women can range from $23-50), but they are less than many other boutiques in the area, and are within range of a splurge. Actually, their shoes seems quite affordable, and I thought their men's section was very interesting and seemed more affordable than the women's. There were some T-shirts in the men's section that I was tempted to buy too, even though I'm female!
Eternity Fashion sells trendy clothes and shoes at bargain prices. The store is often frequented by young African American women. The store tends to carry lots of jeans and T-shirts and tank tops that look like you could wear on a night out, and the tops are usually $20 or less. The shoes in the back are set-up outlet style, i.e. all the sizes are there and you can try on what's there without asking for help. The shoes similarly trendy, ranging in colors and styles, although most tend to have high heels. Occasionally you'll see a more mainstream brand like Nine West.
Robinson Luggage is conveniently located on Broad and Walnut, and recently was renovated to carry an even larger selection of luggage. All their luggage is high quality. The prices correspond to the quality (i.e. higher than luggage at Target, for example, and maybe even Macys), but aren't overblown. There are a few Robinsons in this local area, and if you don't find what you're looking for, they'll be happy to check the other stores for the item. In fact, a friend of mine bought me a gorgeous Tumi laptop case. Apparently it was sold out everywhere, and she couldn't find it online, but then Robinsons special ordered it for her! Thus the staff can be extremely helpful, especially if you are looking for something in particular!
This is a cross between a florist and the delis/supermarkets that sell prepackaged flowers. They have a variety of flowers in pre-arranged bunches out front, with decent prices. You can also pay $1 for extra "greens" to fill out your bouquet. Sometimes you an get great deals, like nice orchids for $10. Other times, the selection is less good. The flowers aren't as high quality as a fancier florist, and you won't find more exotic flowers, but prices are cheaper. Also, some people drive by and ask for a bunch and sometimes they'll do the transaction through your car window, handy in the downtown area. Other people temporarily park illegally to dash by and pick out their bunch. Of course, you can also walk there.
I am not a cigar smoker and know very little about cigars, so was out of my league when I was asked to get some cigars or something cigar related as a gift for a colleague who was really into them. I stopped into Holts and a very friendly guy helped me narrow down the options and I miraculously walked out of there 20 minutes later with a gift that my colleague was genuinely happy to receive. No odd looks, no impatient staff, no attitude. Also, there were women there--that shattered my stereotypes on the matter.
PROS: large selection, friendly staff