This shop is the start of power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s transformation of 13th Street. Open House specializes in Philly-themed gifts. Whether it’s jewelry, apparel, house décor, or even “smells like an Eagles win” candle, they truly have it all. Beyond their Philly selection, they also offer general apparel, accessories, house gifts, and more.
Duross and Langel brings self-care to a new level with their high-quality skincare and spa products. Beyond their extensive list of skincare scrubs, soaps, shower products, hair care, and more, they also offer customizable options to tailor your perfect product. Stop in at one of their specialty events for an interactive, hands-on experience where you walk away with your own custom-made soap!
As a “nerd who asks too many questions,” Sharif Pendleton uses his master with lasers to create beautiful goods including “tongue-in-cheek accessories, innovative artwork, and pop-culture-infused décor.” LaserPhilly offers house-made goods that become personalized using quality-custom laser and engraving services. From specialty greeting cards, to name plates displaying “head jawn in charge,” to Philly love maps, and more, this shop is the perfect stop to pick up something new and personal.
Craving chips and guac? Us, too. Mission Taqueria is a Sansom Street staple, and for good reason. The vibes inside are cozy and fun, and the food is light and flavorful. Be sure to try the esquites and the carnitas tacos, or just stick with the classics like tacos and burritos. If you’re 21+, try one of their specialty margaritas! Plan your next dinner here for an amazing night.
As a bakery committed to fighting the HIV/AIDS virus and stigma, Darnel’s Cake’s uses profits to help support organizations dedicated to this cause. They offer a wide variety of sweet treats, hot breakfasts, and hearty lunches to satisfy any craving you may have. Stop by for a bite and to enjoy the atmosphere (and a treat, of course!)
This South Street pop-up shop turned full-time destination highlights Philly-based (and global) artists and their creations—with an emphasis on highlighting LGBTQ+ artists. The shop’s eclectic yet punk vibe creates a fun shopping experience for all who have the pleasure of visiting. With pieces from over 180 artists (including jewelry, apparel/clothing, pet accessories, and more) the shop is sure to have something for everyone!
This online shop, founded by Jourdan Porter in 2018, began as a solution to finding a shirt to wear to a natural hair festival. Naturally Queer is a small, Black-owned business operating online, specializing in apparel and accessories for queer and trans people of color. They offer a wide variety of shirts, stickers, and tote bags as a celebration of all identities—and rocking your natural hair.
When you bake Beyonce’s birthday cake not just once, but twice, that obviously means you are one of the best bakeries in the business. Cake Life Bake Shop is an award-winning bakery located in Fishtown, and is proudly woman-owned and trans-owned. Pre-order cakes for events coming up (perfect for holiday celebrations) or pop into the shop for a pastry or dessert when “something sweet-o’clock” hits.
Philly Aids Thrift is a non-profit thrift store focusing on using proceeds to fight against HIV/AIDS. What you might find in this store is truly unpredictable, as they accept donations of all sorts—knick-knacks, clothing, furniture, artwork, and so much more. Philly Aids Thrift is the perfect thrift shop to find those little hidden gems.
One of the many household names by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is this artisanal chocolate shop. Marcie Blaine uses local and organic ingredients from Lancaster country to create these decadent treats. These chocolates look as incredible as they taste, as they are decorated with patterns on top (and they even have a Philadelphia series with decorations inspired by Philly icons!). Be sure to try out the classics, or mix up your samplings with some of the more interesting flavors including blood orange, Hot Lolita, smoked bacon, and more.