Philly’s Favorites 2012

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Favorite Bookstore


BRICKBAT BOOKS

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.


Favorite Building


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


STEVEN SINGER

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.


Favorite Park


RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

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


DOGGIE STYLE

Why: There are lots of great pet stores in Philly, sure, but let’s face it: Folks love saying “Doggie Style.” Woof.


Favorite Salon


LAKSHMI
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.


Favorite Festival


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


THE RITZ

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.


Favorite Museum


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1. J.H. said... on Nov 28, 2012 at 05:09PM

“John Bolaris OVER Melissa Magee? What are you smoking? M.M. is the best (and hottest) meteorologist in this city.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 29, 2012 at 01:27AM

“Eric Smith is the creepiest looking mofo in this city.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Dec 4, 2012 at 08:48AM

“XPN has lost the magic they once held. They have not met their fundraising goals in 4 years. Listeners are leaving everyday as they have not made the change to embrace to youth of Philadelphia and the oldsters that gave XPN its name are looking for funeral homes more than musical ones”

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