The Shangai Bazaar is a new store in Chinatown, carrying a whole variety of items. Downstairs you'll find dishware, purses, clothes, and various other gift items such as games, swords, etc. In the back you can get Chinese massages. Upstairs, popular for the Chinese folks, you'll find books, CDs, DVDs/videos and musical instruments. There's also a T-mobile (cell phone) booth up there. The store is set up like a bazaar in China, with separate booths for separate items, but I'm not sure if the booths actually have different owners, since staff seem to serve all booths, and you pay up front like an American store. Items seem reasonably priced (although of course much more than it would cost in China, if you don't count the airplace ticket), and you don't have to bargain the way you would in China! Prices seem comparable to other gift shops in Chinatown. Overall, a very fun place to browse, and you never know what you'll leave with!
This place is small, but carries a good selction of the types of items you need for a bridal/batchelor party--candies etc shaped like you know what. Also has lubes, massage oils, lingerie, dildos, plugs, beads and even some leather goodies for those who have been naughty. Most importantly, the staff is non-judgemental--I have seen all types in there-- straight couples, gay couples, timid folks, wild looking characters and all races. This place is more natural and has more quality items than most places on south st. (Although Passional is great too!)
PROS: nice variety, helpful and non-intimidating staff
CONS: not open late, small store
Need to send a very nice, but affordable bouquet to someone? Want to send a bouquet that looks like it was thoughtfully, skillfully put together by someone who actually knows about flowers? Interested in sending something other than the usual roses, carnations, tulips? Then stop in or call--very nice, affordable and trustworthy in terms of delivery.
PROS: classy bouquets
CONS: small shop on Latimer
This is a cozy place located on sansom street--it doesn't look too appetizing from the outside, but it's worth checking out--especially if you like live jazz and blues music. Lunch is affordable and includes such treats as rack of ribs for under $10, a portobello mushroom sandwich or crabcakes for about $7 and of course for dessert there are many options including a delicious white chocolate mouse cake. Good portions for lunch and dinner. Also a nice place to meet a date or friends after work. Only crowded when a big name is playing live.
PROS: cozy, affordable date/meeting place
CONS: no parking, located on ugly street
I work near two Marathon's so I decided to try them out. I had a meal at the Marathon on chestnut, off broad street and had a miserable experience. I thought perhaps it was a particularly bad Marathon, so I ate a few weeks later at the Marathon on the corner of Sansom and 16th--just slightly better. First the food was just ok-- a step above a hospital cafeteria. The staff treated the customers fine, but what was horrible though was seeing how the staff was treated-- not nice. The smoothies are probably the few things worth having here.
PROS: convenient locations; not too pricey
CONS: mediocre food, bad mannered management
Ruka is a store for those who are looking for pretty jewlery, clothes, small furniture, cards, music, incense, decorations etc from Asia. I have bought reasonably priced jewlery and wall hangings from her. If you have been to south and southeast Asia, you will feel that her prices are high, but she is reasonable in comparison to other local import places selling comparable goods.
PROS: friendly owner, pretty items
CONS: no parking
This is a small store that has lots of hip gifts for the home, pet and baby. It is the sort of place to buy a gift for the person who already has the essentials. For example, you can find dog beds in varying designs to please both modern and retro fabric lovers. If you are shopping for a baby shower, how about a very cute baby outfit with felt animals stitched on or some classic gift like an Eloise book or a caterpillar puzzle. Of course, there is stuff for the home--frames, servingware, vases etc. Not cheap, but not way overpriced. Better than other local places for these types of gifts (for exaple, better than Anthroplogie)
PROS: trendy, fairly unique gifts, something for everyone
CONS: small selection, a bit pricey, no parking
Kitchen USA is down the block from Wawa, on Spruce near 20th, and sells pretty much the same items, but with better condiments. The main advantage though, is that it sells a nice range of beer and alcohol, so you don't have to run to the Wine & Liquors Shoppe. They also have a little eating area, although I've never seen anyone eat there. I've gone there to buy drinks, cat litter, bread, candy, etc., whatever you need. They have an ATM machine too.
I love Open House and I always stop in to browse if I'm in the area. The store carries various home accents and furnishings, unique and modern. You'll find dishes, sofa cushions, candles, interesting vases, and distinctive gift cards. They also have an interesting baby section which sells baby leotards (not sure what they're actually called) and bibs, with interesting designs and phrases. All the items have a designer flare, so aren't cheap, but the prices aren't outrageous either (more than Target but less than Usona, which is also in the same neighborhood), and I've purchased several gifts here.
This supermarket is located off of Rittenhouse Square, on 18th and Spruce (not sure why the address is showing up as 2212 Spruce). I find the prices high, but if you don't have a car and live close by, then you might as well shop here. They're deli section is actually decently priced (the section where the staff slice turkey, ham, etc for you), and their meats are good value, and they package smaller portions is you're just cooking for yourself or for a few people. The fresh produce seems pricey to me, and I tend to buy produce at Maxx's on 20th St. For better prices and selection, I prefer going to Pathmark, but you need a car. Another option is the Thriftway on 23rd and South, which might have ever so slightly lower prices but is about the same size.
PROS: Clean, good quality