Better Than Best: Style and Services

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Finding a good hair dresser can make even the sanest people act like puppies, following a stylist around, hoping they land in another salon or start their own haircare biz. Liberty Shattuck is one of the good ones. After bouncing through Philly’s salons for a while, in 2009, she opened Hello … on Passyunk Avenue. Shattuck’s versatile—she can give you punk-rock pink highlights or the perfect job-interview cut. She also offers free bang trims for anyone who’s already gotten a cut at Hello ... Added bonus: Her sweet pup Brandy spends most days in the salon so you don’t have to worry about being the only one following her around.

Hello ..., 1905 S. 13th St. 215.755.0444

Best Haircut With all the Manly Fixins

Ranstead Street is a Center City alley home to dumpsters and dishwashers on smoke breaks. On weekdays, it’s also home to expert barber Tanya . Originally from Vietnam, Tanya has the work ethic of a plow horse and the delicate touch needed to use a straight razor without a single nick. She’ll capably cut your hair, trim your beard, give you a head and back massage and clue you in to the best spots in Philly to score killer banh mi. For a little over 20 bucks plus tip, this is manly pampering at its finest.

Ranstead Barber Shop, 1811 Ranstead St. 215.568.0844

Business You Should Cross Your Fingers for While the South Street Bridge is Out

When the South Street Bridge closed for construction, Bicycle Therapy suddenly lost a ton of ride-by traffic. Previously, the bridge was so terrible that half the time riding over it, you’d get a flat—and there was Therapy, waiting to help. With free air outside and reasonable prices inside, the shop has long been one of the best places for cycling needs. Supposedly, the bridge is reopening this fall, which means the classic neighborhood shop needs to hold on just a little longer. But even then, when the bridge isn’t as riddled with torn-up concrete, will as many flats need fixing?

Bicycle Therapy, 2211 South St. 215.735.7849.

Best Place to Buy a Wedding Dress and Then Get Too Fat to Fit In It

The Sample Rack at La Fourno is a hidden gem above La Fourno Italian Restaurant on South Street. Before going through the emotional rollercoaster of finding the perfect wedding dress, enjoy one-on-one attention from Jim Whittaker. He’s got a stunning collection of designer runway and sample dresses that he keeps below $800, and you can try them all on without guilt or pressure. If you buy a dress at the Rack, you can also stuff yourself with their delicious pizza downstairs for a discount—before squeezing into that gown.

La Fourno, 636 South St. 215.266.4064.

Best Place to Score Unique Jewelry

Henri David, owner of Halloween jewelry store in the Gayborhood, is no ordinary jewelry designer: He’s a local jewelry icon. Peep his fantastic designs in the nondescript building where he hides his gothic funhouse of unique jewelry. Pieces hang from every surface of the cavernous store and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, Henri will personally design your piece at a more-than-reasonable price.

Halloween, 1329 Pine St. 215.732.7711

Best Place to Shop for Bike Accessories

When 29-year-old Carrie Collins relocated to Philadelphia, her small business, Fabric Horse , was a one-woman textile fabricator. But after settling here, her life changed. For starters, she began commuting by bike. From there, she progressed into creating products that made life more pleasant for all members of the bicycling class; strangely beautiful utility belts, messenger bags made with vintage seatbelts—even handmade spats!

Fabric Horse, 1001 N. Second St. 215.694.9034.

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1. Stephanie said... on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:48PM

“I'm so glad Liberty and Hello were recognized for great service and skill. As far as hair stylists go in this city, many are hit or miss but Liberty is always a mega-hit! She has the best personality and makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her. I haven't been to her since last May and my hair still looks great and the color has even held. I won't go anywhere else!”

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2. CAROLYN VERDI said... on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:48AM

“Thank you very much for listing The Sample Rack as the best place to buy a wedding dress... I am Jim's associate who manages the business for him and sees the clients. Just for your information, we are in a new location at 918 Pine St. where I have moved my small boutique and wedding planning business in with The Sample Rack.

If you have any questions, or would like to come and see our new shop, please contact me, Carolyn at 215-925-2997.”

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3. T! said... on Mar 2, 2010 at 02:56PM

“Yes! I've been telling everyone I can about Liberty because she's so awesome. Every time I get a haircut, people notice it--and not just my coworkers, who are sort of expected to do so. But people on the street comment on the lines of the cut, which is a compliment entirely to Liberty and to Hello!”

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5. Miriam Hohag said... on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:39PM

“PVLA's updated contact information is as follows:

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 200 S. Broad St. Suite 700. 215.790.3822 x1.”


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