As you walk about or drive around different neighborhoods in Philadelphia like Center City, Queen Village, Fishtown, and University City etc., you’ll notice more peculiar boutiques that are spread about the city. These retail boutiques surfacing the area offer a variety of apparel and accessories. As an independent shopping hub boutiques can be more personable and they are just a different atmosphere from your typical mall store. Let’s take a look at five boutiques about the Philly area that are either newly established or are a big staple within its neighboring community. Explore the city! You might find a favorite place to shop, and possibly save a buck or two.
VIX Emporium (5009 Baltimore Ave.)
A quaint boutique, this shop offers lots! As you walk into the space you are welcomed by the homey feeling of mahogany cabinets and an atmosphere reminiscent of its original tapestry. VIX Emporium, the (VIX) describes in Roman numerals the stores location which is 5009 on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. While there you can find retro jewelry, bath & body products, art work, even pottery! Their website explains, “Unique gifts…made by independent artists and craftspeople, primarily in Philadelphia.” Prices vary depending on what the item is, but mostly the costs are reasonable.
Bleu Denim (4329 Main Street)
If you head to the Manayunk section of the city you’ll find an array of restaurants and shops, it is also where you’ll find Bleu Denim. This women’s clothing store is chic and has a variety of apparel, specifically their denim jeans, made right here in America. Owned by a married couple who are keen on meeting their customers fashion needs. Local shoppers who love to stop in seem to enjoy the merchandise and the feeling of comfort once they walk in. Check them out!
The Children’s Boutique (1702 Walnut Street)
In the heart of Center City where there’s always much to see and explore, independent boutiques are showing up more and more. The Children’s Boutique is one of those shops that caters only to the wee kind, babies and young children. From clothing and toys this cute shop is colorful and cheerful to the eye. Prices can be on the higher end, it can depend on what you’re looking to buy. But you can often find baby blankets and sweaters that can be customized, which makes this boutique even more adorable!
Bella Boutique (527 S. 4th Street)
Located just off of South Street this trendy shop has vintage finds galore! You’re bound to discover clothing, shoes and accessories that are unique, not to mention reasonable in price. With fall just beginning you could definitely stop in and possibly get a few outfits to start off the new season. This boutique is somewhat tiny inside but the value of the fashionable treasures you’ll find exceeds its size.
Sophisticated Seconds (2019 Sansom Street)
At this stylish location there’s something for all lovers of clothing and other items that are inexpensive. Though it is displayed as something like a thrift store, Sophisticated Seconds has the feel of a boutique because of its comfy surroundings and different items such has retro handbags, silk printed ties, and classic yet modernized apparel.