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Pennsylvania Shopping

Bruges Home
323A Race Streeet
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 922 6041

The moniker refers to the Belgian proclivity for bringing nature into interior design, although the selection of wares at this high-end home-furnishing emporium spans the globe. There might be handcrafted sofas from California-based design studio Oly; brightly patterned cosmetic bags from Uchi, a Japanese bag company; framed insects from globe-trotting artist Christopher Marley; or found objects, like a striking weathered wood rice mill salvaged from Southeast Asia. To some, that antique Brazilian barrel is just a $2,000 piece of driftwood, but the dear prices don't stop couples with unconventional (and expensive) tastes from adding outré Italian Gervasoni dishware and French Bleu Nature benches (modern pieces that incorporate branches and rough-finished tree trunks) to their wedding registries. The store is just off North 3rd Street, Philly's main drag for independent boutiques, and plenty of historical sites, such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, are also nearby.

Open Mondays by appointment, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.

Foster's Urban Homeware
399 Market Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 800 734 8511 (toll-free)
Tel: 215 925 0950

Look to owners Ken Foster and Larry Lantz for the necessities of modern metro living. Their staff fearlessly mixes and matches Chilewich woven-vinyl tablemats, bright Waechtersbach plates, and detailed Origo porcelain from Iittala to create bold but totally usable tablescapes. There's also a whimsical children's section chock-a-block with funny pick-me-ups—who could resist a Ben Franklin or Marie Antoinette action figure?

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Francis J. Purcell, Inc.
251 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 574 0700

Working from the largest collection of fireplace paraphernalia in the country, Francis J. Purcell and his son have done installations in both Mount Vernon and the White House. One floor of their four-story Old City shop is devoted to antique fireplace mantels (mostly wooden American 18th- and early 19th-century examples), while the other half of the building is filled with authenticated 18th- and 19th-century English, American, Russian, and French furniture.

Call ahead for an appointment.

Hello World
257 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 545 5207

Textile designer J. Lamancuso assembles a rotating collection of home furnishings and personal accessories in his two shops. The focus of the Rittenhouse Square location is handbags (animal-friendly Mat and Nat numbers), gifts (Chilewich vinyl placemats), and jewelry (freshwater pearl necklaces by J. himself). If you're in the market for a unique wedding gift, this is the place to go. The Pine Street store on Antique Row (Washington Square West) has a select inventory of vintage Mid-Century Modern, Eames-inspired furniture, and California studio pottery (1201 Pine St.; 215-545-7060; Closed Monday).

Open Mondays noon to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm.

M. Finkel & Daughter
936 Pine Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 627 7797

The standout on Philadelphia's Antique Row (along Pine Street between 9th and Broad streets) is M. Finkel & Daughter, housed in a circa 1810 building since opening in 1947. There are two floors of 18th- and 19th-century furniture and period accessories, but the collection of samplers and other needlework from the 17th to mid-19th centuries is a goldmine for major museums and historical societies. Wannabe collectors can subscribe to their print catalog or order online.

Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Call ahead for hours.

124 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 238 0825

Elisa Buratto, formerly the vintage buyer for Philadelphia-founded Urban Outfitters, is the experienced eye behind this vintage-lover's closet. She knows just how to combine new designs (APC denim, Hengst of San Francisco dresses, Bing Bang jewelry, and totes by local designers So & Sew) with a strong selection of mint-condition finds (cocktail dresses, belts, eyeglass frames, bags, and shoes).

Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.

1509 Walnut Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 988 0194

You're not in Foot Locker anymore. When it opened in May 2007, this sneaker shop brought an urban, indy element to Walnut Street's stretch of predictable retailers (Club Monaco, Cole Haan, and the rest). The front room—a black-and-white space that's more art gallery than shoe shop—is a sneaker buff's paradise. The dapper staff happily expounds on each pair's rarity, color palette significance, release date, and value, so you know whether you're buying for the street or the safe-deposit box. Among the options are Nike Dunks (the current hipster sneaker of choice), retro Re-Runs (colorful, chunky-soled reissues from the 1970s), as well as limited editions and prototypes. The back room, like a gentleman's boudoir with a carved wood fireplace, is stocked with Stussy Deluxe and aNYthing brand T-shirts and hoodies. Ascend the intricately carved wood staircase—lent some street cred by the cartoonish graphic art on the walls—to the second floor, which is devoted to Vans, from high-top Chukka Boots to Velcro-strapped Prison Issue. To impress your sneakerhead friends, walk out with snakeskin-print high-top pumps (there are only 48 pairs of these Reebok-Ubiq collaborations in existence).

Open Mondays and Tuesdays 11 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.