You’ll be able to meet the needs of any sweet craving at Chestnut Hill’s old-time neighborhood candy shop Zipf’s Candies, located at 8433 Germantown Avenue and sure to take lots of us on a trip down memory lane. For something savory, the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop just steps away at 8509 Germantown Avenue is well-stocked with imported cheeses, meats and other yummy treats, sometimes served with complimentary wine while you discuss the merits of goat vs. cow milk cheese with their enthusiastic staff. Want both? The Spice Rack at 8431 Germantown Avenue offers small batch products featuring farm fresh, organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients to round out your meal, plus some fun kitchen accessories. You can even find natural treats, toys, and other supplies for your your 4-legged friends at Weavers’ Way Co-op and The Bone Appetit at 8424 and 8517 Germantown Avenue, respectively. And if all of this shopping made you hungry, check out one of the many cafes and pubs on the Hill like the Top of the Hill Market & Cafe or Tavern on the Hill for a quick lunch break.
Just a 15 minute scenic drive down Bells Mill Road, you’ll find ear-pleasing shopping options on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough at Roxy Guitar at 7026 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia Music Studios at 6183, who also rent studio space and offers lessons, and Opus Piano at 6066. Sports fans who like to stand out from the crowd and support their team in unique gear should also be sure to check out Philly Muscle Tees at 61216 Ridge Avenue. And if you need to take a little break from all of this shopping excitement, unplug and find some inner calm at Halcyon Floats spa at 6068 Ridge Avenue. Just don’t leave town before picking up some homemade cannoli at family-owned Cafe Roma at 6147 Ridge Avenue, preferably with a cappuccino made by Mario.
And 5 minutes down the hill in Manayunk, there is truly something for every pleasure seeker. Shop quirky one-of-a-kind gifts at The Little Apple, stop by the carefully curated humidor at SMoKE Cigar Lounge and Hookah Bar, or wine and dine your loved ones at a Main Street staple, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar. Take advantage of discounted class rates with a class pack at The Wall Cycling Studio, and then run — don’t walk! — to Philadelphia Runner for all of your workout apparel and accessories. Need an outfit? Find the perfect outfit for any affair at LILA Fashion International. And don’t forget to pick something up for your furry friend, too! The Pet Friendly Dog Bakery has locally handmade treats and plenty of squeaky toys for your dogs and cats.