From Philly-designed dresses to handmade jewelry, these Northwest Philadelphia businesses offer unbelievably unique items.
Alice Alexander is a size-inclusive, ethically-made women’s apparel brand, with gorgeous print-driven, colorful pieces, like bright orange wool pants, fuchsia ‘coatigans,’ sheer silk kimonos and turquoise jumpsuits. You’ll also find well-crafted jewelry and bags, along with assorted gift items.
Alice Alexander (4056 Ridge Avenue)
Armen’s Custom Tailor Studio
There’s nothing better than a well-fitting suit – and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Armen Tailors. This Manayunk institution not only tailors suits, but also creates pieces for men and women, including suits, shirts and jackets.
Armen’s Custom Tailor Studio (104 Levering Street)
Request a custom order from the world-class jewelers at Bendi Jewelers, or shop the distinctive pieces that line the shop’s shelves. Stunning engagement and wedding rings, earrings and statement necklaces are always available, and owner, Sami, is always happy to work with clients to create their dream pieces.
Bendi Jewelers (4333 West Main Street)
You’ll find everything from bright, colorful bottoms to stylish, structured outerwear at this Mt. Airy clothing design house and storefront. Owner and designer Sherri Hall and her mother Sybil Lyles run the boutique, and create enviable fashions for all sizes.
Blacqskirt (7161 Germantown Avenue)
Dolly’s Boutique & Consignment Shop
Dolly's Boutique & Consignment is one of Philadelphia's most unique boutique experiences. Specializing in consignment designer clothing, accessories, handbags and jewelry, they know what you like, what looks good on you and also have the ability to get you to come out of the box and try something new.
Dolly’s Boutique & Consignment (6778 Germantown Avenue)
Not only can you get your own custom-printed tee shirts, or other screen-printed items with the design of your choice. The shop also offers a selection of Germantown-inspired shirts available for purchase, the perfect way to share your Northwest Philly pride!
G-town Tees (5283 Germantown Avenue)
Gary Mann Jewelers
Custom, estate and designer jewelry is available at this Main Street staple in Manayunk. For over 20 years, the intimate store has featured colorful and intricate baubles, but you can also find a sculpture gallery, with landscape sculptures for sale, created by the jeweler himself.
Gary Mann Jewelers (4349 Main Street)
Specializing in handcrafted, affordable fine jewelry, Illuminé Gallery is a hidden gem in Manayunk. The shop carries jewelry artisans from across the country, including a number of well-known designers, too. You’ll find 14K and 18K gold selections, sterling silver jewelry, and a few select gold-filled pieces. One more note: The shop also carries an array of gifts, including original paintings, illustrated cards, candles, and more.
Illuminé Gallery (4386 Main Street)
Mt. Airy’s Julia Turner Lowe launched JTL Designs to create clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. Available from her online boutique, JTL Designs features gorgeous panel dresses, flowing tunics, fitted pants, and more.
Located in Material Culture, this import shop features hand-woven wool scarves and clothing, Monika Turtle knit ponchos and scarves, a large collection of jewelry featuring Israeli artist Ayala Bar and Michael Michaud, plus lots of home goods, toys, stuffed animals like vintage sock monkeys. Think the things you pick up on your trip-of-a-lifetime vacations conveniently located in East Falls.
Merchant Monkey (4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Ste 101)
Nostalgic Eye Care
Though Nostalgic Eye Care in Mt. Airy is primarily known for their comprehensive eye care and eyeglasses, they also offer a fashionable surprise: a selection of beautiful Tanzanian jewelry. Stop in to browse their pieces, and pick up something completely unique.
Nostalgic Eye Care (6656 Germantown Avenue, Suite 1)
In addition to stunning works of art, Orbit Gallery regularly showcases local Philadelphia jewelry makers and designers, featuring one-of-a-kind pieces in their shop, including seasonal and themed collections.
Orbit Gallery (4312 Main Street)
Customers love Serendipity Shops because they never know what they’ll find in store, with a collective of makers and purveyors of fashionable women’s, mens and kids-wear, plus accessories and even shoes. If you’re looking for lots of original and unique gifts and additions for your wardrobe, you’re sure to find something visit-worthy here.
Serendipity Shops (8506 Germantown Avenue)
Vault + Vine
While their main function in life is to adorn our homes and special occasions with some of the finest floral arrangements in Philadelphia, Vault + Vine also carries a fun collection of locally-crafted gifts and accessories, including handbags, scarves and Old Blood Jewelry metal and stone pendants.
Vault + Vine (3507 Midvale Avenue)
The Vendors Boutique
This distinctive shop boasts items from a number of small business sellers, all under one roof. Along with designer clothing items, handbags and handmade jewelry, you’ll also find small-batch beauty and bath products, such as soap, lotion and skincare items.
The Vendors Boutique (7167 Germantown Avenue)