Located in the King of Prussia Mall, FOR THE JAWNS (FTJ) was started as just a “cute idea,” then founder Telanea gained clarity of the bigger picture and how it fits into her purpose. T’s ultimate goal is to build a network of beautiful, intelligent, boss women who are unapologetically themselves and are living their purpose. The women in this network will be offered opportunities to mentor the young girls T meets every day through her work with her 501(c)3 Elizabeth Ann Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (EACADA) and networking opportunities to potentially help one another reach the level of greatness that we all strive to achieve.
A Little Mental is a business created by Morgan Reid, a young mental health professional, in effort to help people reach wellness, a little mental, at a time. Its mission is to bridge the gap between recognizing one’s own mental health struggles and accessing the adequate care needed to address them.
AroDough is the first product developed at A Little Mental. It is a portable self-care tool that holds the benefits of aromatherapy, fidget toys, and mindfulness tools combined. It’s a soft malleable dough infused with essential oils that leads you to smell and squeeze your stress away.
Grant Blvd is a Black- and women-owned business practicing ethical and sustainable fashion right here in Philly! Their mission is to support women who have formally been incarcerated or have experienced homelessness by using fashion to create employment opportunities and points of exposure. You can check out Grant Blvd’s designs located on Penn’s campus, or visit their website to learn more about their mission and find out how you can support this one-of-a-kind, Philadelphia-based clothing store!
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.
Vanessa Jackson has come to be known as The Cheesecake Lady, and rightfully so. This Elkins Park shop opened in 2018 (originally opened in Jenkintown in 2014) and has people coming from all over to try the delicious desserts made by Jackson herself. With over 40 flavors to try, these mini cheesecakes are delectable and the perfect-sized treat. Be sure to arrive early and check their Instagram for updates, as they are known to sell out quickly!
Owner and founder Adeline Koh, Ph.D., began Sabbatical Beauty after experiencing beauty products on the market failing to deliver on promises and claims. Drawing upon her background in research, she experimented with creating skincare lines and products that actually improve skin for a multitude of skin types. Sabbatical Beauty focuses on small-batch, handcrafted skincare products with active ingredients that actually work, and is largely influenced from trends in Korean and East Asian beauty.
Hot Box Yoga, located in the heart of Manayunk, creates a welcoming environment for all to unlock their potential on and off the yoga mat. The studio during classes heats up to 95 degrees to create a sauna-like environment—perfect for an intense workout that also allows for de-stressing and improving your strength and flexibility. Come get your sweat on in Manayunk at Hot Box Yoga!
Simple, tasty, and fresh, this Café focuses on creating a little piece of Argentina in the heart of West Philly. Jezabel Careaga opened the café back in 2010, and has been crafting up Argentinian classics ever since. They specialize in empanadas and coffee, but one truly can not go wrong with anything on the menu.
Named after the historical Philadelphia seaport district (and how in the late 1700s it was the largest producer of beer in the country), this brewery specializes in small batch, artisanal beer. Dock Street is perfect for a fun hangout centered around trying craft beverages and cocktails, plus non-alcoholic options, as well. They host events throughout the year, too, including live tattooing, comedy shows, spirits tastings, and more, to keep the party going! Stop in for a brewery tour to see how the magic is made.
This Manayunk Main Street boutique is the perfect destination for all gifts—whether for yourself or someone else! On their website, they have curated gift guides for the homebody, Philly fan, cocktail enthusiast, and so much more. They pride themselves on offering items from local artists and fellow small business owners to find some truly unique gifts. Owner and founder, Brandy, also runs a blog that not only covers exclusive finds and deals at The Little Apple Boutique, but also covers knowledge from her years as a small business owner!