Why: Ever really want to shove it in the faces of your friends from New York and Portland when they say Philly doesn’t have a good independent bookstore? What Brickbat lacks in size, it makes up for in rare reads and intimate musical performances.
THE DIVINE LORRAINE
Why: The longer it sat empty, being stripped and vandalized, the more we realized how great a building it was. Now it looks like there’s finally a future for the Divine Lorraine—even if parts of its past are lost forever.
Favorite Jewelry Store
Why: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and they ain’t cheap, honey, no matter where you buy ‘em. Singer makes the hit fairly painless with expertise sans pressure, and word of mouth keeps couples (and singles) coming back—no matter what the slogan says.
Why: Rittenhouse is a little ritzy, but it’s also about the only place in Philly where the homeless, a farmers market, sunbathers, crust punks and high-jumping street performers can co-exist at the same time.
Honorable mention: Fairmount Park.
Favorite Pet Store
Why: There are lots of great pet stores in Philly, sure, but let’s face it: Folks love saying “Doggie Style.” Woof.
Why: Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of beauty, and the Old City salon really honors her name. So if you don’t get your hair did here, you probably need to ask yourself: “Why not?”
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Favorite Dance Club
THE 700 CLUB
Why : Cover price: free. Then there are the four coolest words ever: Rutger Hauer Power Hour. Ultimately, though, it’s the wonderfully eclectic mix of Philly’s most affable, highly jaded patrons--and the DJs who inspire ‘em to dance, drink and nod along as they spin so skillfully—that keep us coming back.
LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL & PHILLY FRINGE
Why: Three weeks of awesome, that’s why. Superheroic acrobatics, resurrected rock stars, Japanese political drama, cult-favorite Polish comedy, and experimental dance theater about human consciousness.
Favorite Movie Theater
Why: Other than the fact that it’s the best place to catch indies and other non-mega releases, it also fails to attract obnoxious teenagers and drunk college students. Win.
PW's Holiday Guide 2014