There are two things about Hope on 7th that make it above avarage for a thrift store. #1 is the front window display that always makes me crack up laughing. The ones bashing Bush are instant classics. #2 is the people who work there are genuinely friendly. Unlike some used or consignment stores where the staff acts like they are doing you a favor by letting you into the store (Hello Buffalo Exchange, I'm talking to you!), the folks at Hope on 7th are nice and eager to help.
PROS: nice staff, good variety
CONS: meager selection
Nuts to You is a bulk nut & candy store, so you can get all sortsd of snacks there, but I also find it useful for buying baking and cooking ingredients. The prices are much better than the supermarket and they also have a selection of sugar-free candy. They roast peanuts in the store daily, so it always smells great, too!
PROS: Fresh Roasted Peanuts, yummy candy
CONS: small crowded store
As the name implies, Whodunit is a store specializing in mysteries. The selection is pretty good (not comprehensive, but darn close) and the owner is an avid fan himself. He can talk at leangth about who influenced whom, which book is best to start with in a series, and how the tv and movie adaptations stack up, so be prepared to chat. And that is a good thing.
PROS: Good selection, knowledgeable staff
Pearl on South Street has an amazing selection of art & craft suppiles. If it weren't for their staff, I'd never shop anywhere else. Unfortunately, the people working at Pearl make it as difficult as possible to have a smooth, easy shopping experience. They are rude, have a bad attitude and delight in giving out incorrect information to customers they don't like. If you can find it somewhere else, I suggest you do so.
PROS: Good selection
CONS: rude, rude, rude
I've been visiting I. Goldberg for years and have always been happy with the service and selection. A person can spend hours downstairs in their Clearance floor rooting through all the hats, coats, shirtsd, shoes, helmets, gas masks, and long johns. The second floor is filled with camping gear, outerwear and nicely priced study footwear. I love shopping there for gifts because I can always find something unique.
PROS: Huge Selection, Friendly Staff
The Center City location of Miel Patisserie is a jewelbox of beautiful colors, shapes, designs and flavors. From breakfast standards like croissants and danishs, to fresh-baked breads to pies, tarts, cakes and mousses to hand made chocolates, Miel hits every nail on the head. They also make sandwiches, coffee drinks, lemonade and sorbets. It's all a bit pricey, but well worth it.
PROS: beautiful and tasty
CONS: no off street parking, high prices
Pizza places can be basic and get the job done, or they can be more elaborate and fall short on most counts, but rarely do you have a pizza shop with a big menu that does it right. All Star wins in that regard as their pizzas are tasty and fresh, the salads are huge and super cheap, and they have a tons of other items I'm slowing making my way through. They have a hopping take-out and delivery service, plus a nice dining room if you want to go out from your meal. The strombolis and calzones are the best! Oh, and they are open till 4am!!!!!!!!!
PROS: open till 4am, low prices, smoking section
CONS: smoking section
I love the classic Reuben Sandwich available at delicatessens and Greek diners around the world, but have always been searching for that one perfectly made, SUPREME REUBEN EXPERIENCE. Now, it has finally happened. An unassuming sandwich shop in Roxborough provided me with the best Reuben sandwich I've ever tasted. It was perfect. The bread was thin, lightly grilled and not too chewy, the corned beef was incredibly thin and high quality, the cheese, sauerkraut and dressing were in perfect proportions. It was amazing. I never need to eat another Reuben Sandwich and honestly probably will not anywhere else. Roxy's Sandwich Grille is all I ever need from now on.
PROS: friendly service, clean, good selection, parking available
I moved to Philly to go to pastry school and for several months, I heard from people I would meet that I absolutely HAD to visit the Pink Rose. When I went for the first time, I nearly cried in disappointment. The cakes were dry, the waitstaff was rude, the chocolate dipped strawberries looked disgusting and the ice cream was melted by the time it got to my table. Afterward, I figured it must have been a fluke because I still heard good things about it. About a year later, I went again, and again the cakes were dry, the items in the lighted front case looked ready for the garbage-bin, and the service was once again rude. I left not only disappointed, but saddened that the bakery is still coasting on a reputation it must have once legitimately earned.
CONS: no off street parking
I used to shop at the old location of The Book Trader and like it but would only go when I had hours to spare because finding anything was always difficult. There are still a ton of books, many sections for all different tastes, a bit of art and many many cats! The only drawback is reduced hours of operation (no more open till midnight), but you can still lounge for hours upstairs reading. And now it's better lit!