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
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
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. bicycletherapy.com
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. lafourno.com
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
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. fabrichorse.com
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