Philadelphia Holiday Shopping Guide 2009

Philadelphia Holiday Shopping Guide 2009

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Art Star in Northern Liberties
Art Star in Northern Liberties

The holiday season is right around the corner so you’re probably planning out what gifts to get your friends and family. Here’s a look at some Philadelphia stores that offer up the perfect gifts that will actually stand out.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Your friend who’s addicted to Star Wars might have a replica Death Star, and almost every single Darth Vader figurine in existence. But rest assured he doesn’t have the Chewbacca T-Shirt that’s exclusive to Art in the Age in Mechanical Reproduction. and your aunt who’s hooked on kitchen condiments would love their corn relish. And anyone who likes to mix drinks will go gaga over their Root Alcohol. Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction firmly believes in empowering artists producing high quality work marked by fine craft and intellectual rigor. It does so by applying the fruits of such labors to the cultural forms of everyday life, granting those who wish to engage the opportunity to do so in his/her own environment. And as a result you can find a diverse selection of clothing, literature, bars of soap, and then some.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Omoi

Otherwise known as Heavy in Japanese. From Domo, to G-Shock Watches, To Lucky Cat; Omoi is your one stop shop for items that are blowing up all over Japan. But you can also finds fresh new T-shirts from the likes of Soundscreen Design, 2K Gingham, and Upper Playground; Midori Stationary, a diverse selection of Books, bags from Philly’s own TRKFLD, and so much more. It’s a cute little store to shop in, especially with it’s recent makeover. But it’s also perfect for shopping online.
Omoi

Big Green Earth Store

Big Green Earth Store is an environmentally friendly home goods retail store. The store is the first to invoke a “green-only” approach meaning the products sold are either made out of recycled materials or reduce and reuse the earth\’s limited resources. Big Green Earth Store is committed to providing our customers with a one-stop shopping experience that promotes the protection and sustainability of the environment. It is the goal of Big Green Earth Store to not only provide our customers with the highest quality of earth-friendly products and services, but also positively inform the community of the tremendous benefits these products have on the environment. When you pick up things like their Recycled Speakers, Solar Backpacks, Stainless Steel Canteens, and bags made out of recycled magazines and bottle caps; your not only picking up something that looks cool; you’re picking up something that’s good for the environment.
Big Green Earth Store

Long in The Tooth

With such a big inventory of vinyl, Long in the Tooth is easily a one stop shop for any of your record collecting friends. But they also have a HUGE selection of new and used CDs and DVDs that contain some pretty rare finds and good deals. Toss in it’s extensive book shelf that’s filled to the brim with good deals on novels and art books, and a good selection of local music; and you have a spot that has plenty to offer!
Long in the Tooth

Art Star

Art Star is a gallery and boutique located in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. It exhibits and sell handmade work and limited edition products by emerging artists across the globe. Hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as the “the cities first cutting-edge craft shop”, it strives to carry work that is innovative and superbly crafted. We have also created and continue to support a growing network of burgeoning artists. Its exhibitions rotate every 6 weeks and our boutique offers shoppers everything from handmade clothes, jewelry and accessories to dolls, ceramics and prints. with so many art prints, hand crafted dolls, interesting bags, and then some; you’re bound to find something for that person who likes artistic things.
Art Star

Jinxed Clothing

What could be better than a place where you can get top of the line and unique hoodies, T-shirts, and shirts? A place where you can also get unique toys like Tofu Zombie, Geisha Girls plaques, and Sailor Jerry Tattoo stencil books of course. Jinxed Clothing offers a diverse selection of artistic merchandise that’s of the rocking persuasion, and it has been able to do it even more so since it moved into The Piazza!
Jinxed Clothing

Duross and Langel

From their website –

Our approach to creating Duross and Langel is basic. It reflects our approach to living. Make responsible choices that affect a change for the better.

There is a great deal of chatter about what is safe in cosmetics and skincare products. The old axiom “don\’t believe everything you read” certainly holds true. When developing our brand, we set out to create the next generation of body and skin care. As we went through the process to achieve this goal, we found a great deal of misleading information and an unfortunate truth that very few products can actually be 100% natural even though by law, they can call themselves all-natural. Even the most natural product ingredients go through a process during formulation while modern chemistry offers some amazing approaches to formulation.
Not everything natural is good.
Not everything synthesized is bad.

We\’ve worked hard to be responsible in developing the products and the packaging for duross and langel. Our job is to offer you and your family some good clean fun at a great price. Our products are as free of synthetic ingredients as can allow for in safety, effectiveness and esthetic appeal. Some of our products are scented with essential oils, others with fragrance oils. Our colors are derived from natural micas and logwoods as well as employing natural sources that have been synthesized for use in food.

98% of all ingredients in duross and langel are derived from botanical sources. Our packaging meets the highest standards of environmental responsibility available for safe cosmetics today. Bottles and jars are 100% recyclable. Our boxes and bags are made with 100% recycled paper.

At Duross and Langel you can find a distinct selection of soaps, candles, facial and body products, and soothing balms that are made from natural ingredients. So it’s perfect for any friend or family member that’s looking to achieve a fresh sense of euphoria in the bathroom.
Duross and Langel

Doggie Style

The perfect store for anyone who is looking to pick up something special for their pet this holiday season.

For over five years, Doggie Style stores have been bringing the Philadelphia area the finest in pet fashion and supplies. Started by fellow pet owners, Doggie Style has become a neighborhood “watering dish” for pet owners to bring their best friends and catch up on the latest in pet care as well as to get to know other pet owners in the area. And through social events and a continued relationship with the PSPCA, Doggie Style has managed to strengthen the pet owner community in Philadelphia and it wants you to be a part of it.

  There\’s no other place you can go to get all the pet basics, such as food and nutrition needs, as well as the fanciest pet pampering accessories. We carry high-end pet carriers, doggie waste supplies, outdoor camping gear, and bakery fresh gourmet treats! And we always love to hear from our customers about how our selection of products has worked for them.

 And although it may call itself “Doggie Style” it also cater to pets of the feline persuasion as well, with tons of kitty toys, comfy beds and lounges.  And be sure to say hello to Sugar, Lily, Monty, and Nigel, our resident cats when you\’re in the stores!
So if you haven\’t already, stop in to your local neighborhood Doggie Style. “they bark, we listen.”
Doggie Style

Pinot

The bad news to it being in Philadelphia is that Pinot itself doesn’t sale wine. But the good news is that it’s the perfect place for any wine aficionado to accessorize their collection. it is a a unique wine accessory boutique that is a must shop for any wine drinker, whether their a novice or an expert. they have everything from bar furniture to corkscrews. its focus is premium wine accessories and products such as Riedel glassware and decanters, Howard Miller Wine and Spirits furniture, Le Cache Wine Storage units, and hand crafted wine racks. the basics are also covered with corkscrews, wine stoppers, wine caddies, and much more.
Pinot

Foster’s Homeware

From their Website –

Rooms can always be more roomy. Homes can always be more homey. Life can always be more lively. And we’re here to make it that way at ShopFosters.com and our new and our new store at 33 N. 3rd in Old City, Philadelphia – Foster’s Homeware, offering the finest in contemporary housewares and furnishings for the urban dweller and a wide-array of products that cater to the serious chef in all of us.

Foster’s is hands down the perfect place to shop for any one who is looking to expand upon their kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and anywhere else in their home or office.
Foster’s Homeware

There are plenty of Honorable mentions out there for holiday shoppinmg in Philadelphia; including Sailor Jerry, Mew Gallery, Joseph Fox Bookshop, and Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop. But with choices above, you’re sure to find some things that are truly eclectic.