Brewerytown: Curve Conscious A Consignment Store Exclusively For Plus-Size Women

Brewerytown: Curve Conscious A Consignment Store Exclusively For Plus-Size Women

Consignment stores have become an increasingly popular retail destination, however, these stores often do not often target a certain demographic: plus-size women. Hoping to change that, Brewerytown businesswoman Adrienne Ray (below) decided to open her exclusively plus-size consignment shop, Curve Conscious, 2719 W. Girard Ave., in June. Since then, Ray said, the store has been a hit.     This consignment shop, […]

 

Germantown: Lack of Supermarkets Causing Concern in Community

Germantown: Lack of Supermarkets Causing Concern in Community

Recent grocery chain corporate restructuring has not only affected sales and store performance, it has created a food desert of sorts in Germantown where two grocery stores recently shut their doors. “We’re suffering greatly,” the Rev. Chester Williams, president of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club, said. “The neighbors are hurting from the closings of Pathmark and Bottom […]

 

Fishtown: Produce Delivery Service Aims To Become Neighborhood Staple

Fishtown: Produce Delivery Service Aims To Become Neighborhood Staple

The bustling corridors inside of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) can be an overwhelming place to think logistically about purchasing produce. The market is inside of a massive temperature-controlled building that spans more than 14 football fields long, where 24 independent produce distributors sell truckloads worth of veggies and fruits from around the world. Pedestrian walkways are marked with […]

 

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington is a close-knit community with a thriving arts and culture scene (watch out, Fishtown). On every street you will encounter anything from an art recycling center to a monstrous exhibition hub. Want to brush up on your photography skills? Grab a cup of premium-sourced coffee? Network at a trendy gallery event? In Olde […]

 

Mantua: Shop Owner Gives A Part of Herself to the Community

Mantua: Shop Owner Gives A Part of Herself to the Community

Phyllis Jones-Carter provides the magic behind the thriving consignment shop located on the 3800 block of Lancaster Avenue. Jones-Carter actively supports the neighborhood and works to strengthen the community in hopes of helping it thrive the way A Part of Me has. “Having a business that hasn’t closed, a thriving business – being open, being […]

 

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Thrift shops, like Retrospect (above), are popping up all around Philadelphia, and the center of the used and vintage craze is Queen Village. With Fabric Row on 4th Street, many thrift and vintage shops have appeared on neighboring 5th and South Streets. Each one has its own flair. Some take solely donations while others are willing […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Recruiting Retail To Combat Vacancies

Chestnut Hill: Recruiting Retail To Combat Vacancies

Growing up in Chestnut Hill means trips to Bredenbeck’s Bakery for hand dipped ice cream in the summer, perusing trinkets at the Antique Gallery’s outdoor tables, stopping by O’Doodles for bubbles or other small toys, and grabbing dinner at McNally’s Tavern before heading home. Those are a few of the stores along the Avenue that […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Transforming The Bottom Of The Hill

Chestnut Hill: Transforming The Bottom Of The Hill

“If you lit a match and held it close, the whole thing would probably go up in flames,” Marsha Moss, owner of Oxford Circus speciality boutique, said as she looked out her storefront window – past colorful toys and fantasy stuffed animals – to across the street. There a row of vacant stores stand, paneling […]

 By Emily Heller and Dan Koob

Germantown: Bargain Thrift Center Serves the Community

Germantown: Bargain Thrift Center Serves the Community

Right in the heart of the neighborhood, Bargain Thrift Center is proud to serve Germantown. Owner Suzanne Quinn has been with the store, located at 5261 Germantown Ave., for over 20 years. Her father opened the shop in 1976. The store has been selling used clothing, accessories, furniture, home goods, books, toys, unique vintage pieces and […]

 By Talia Leggieri and Jessica Lista

North Central: Local Thrift Store is Affordable for All

North Central: Local Thrift Store is Affordable for All

Dolores Johnson Robinson decided to revive a family pastime after being in retirement for five years. She decided to open a thrift store, which is located at the block of 15th and Montgomery streets. Robinson’s business is so simply named “The Thrift Store.” This very building has been in her family since the 1940s. This […]