SHOP PHL: Support Local

by Lashay Smith
November 21, 2023

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As we gear up for the busy holiday shopping season, PIDC clients across the city have unique foods, beverages, and services available to support your every need. 

Also, on Saturday, November 25, commercial corridors across the city are participating in the annual Small Business Saturday. Come out and shop at your favorite local small businesses—or explore new ones in a different neighborhood! 

Small Business Saturday celebrates local small businesses, the people who run them, and the important impact they have in their communities. 

Visit diverse shopping districts across Philadelphia for discounts, events, and more. Then, go back—again and again—to finish your holiday shopping at all your favorite local small businesses.


Kevin O’Brien Studio

Nothing makes sleeping in your bed or laying by the fireplace better than with a nice comforting blanket and pillow but Kevin O’Brien Studio makes it even better because their blankets, duvets, pillows and pillowcases are made here in Philadelphia. You can also purchase items such as scarfs and fabric.


Twee offers side-walk chalk in the shape of your favorite sport, tree or shape as well as paint for your vegetables. Enjoy the activities of drawing outside with your family and painting your favorite vegetables with the many homemade chalks and paints that Twee has to offer.

Tailored Home

Decorate your home with fine china and glass, home accessories and custom furniture from this elegant home decor store located in historic Chestnut Hill. 

Cliq Jewelry

Thriving coffeehouse colloquially called “West Philly’s Living Room,” and has since opened four other locations serving Pumpkin Walnut waffles and Apple Cider and Pumpkin flavored iced and hot coffee.

Grant BLVD

This Black-women owned sustainable apparel shop sells a variety of clothing items such as dresses, two piece sets, shirts and more. They also offer aprons, bedding and table cloths well for your kitchen aesthetic for the holidays.

Dolly’s Boutique

Dolly’s Boutique is full of trending clothing items such as two piece sets, winter coats, jewelry, dresses and more.

Fashion District

Get ready for Black Friday and holiday shopping at Center City’s major shopping center. The Fashion District expands three blocks in the heart of Philadelphia and is full of many brands, entertainment, food and more.

Food & Beverage

Cathryn’s Cake Salon

Whether you are looking to celebrate your birthday, or offer sweet treats for Thanksgiving or the holidays, Cathryn’s Cake Salon has your baked goods prepared by a stylist that can bring your vision to life. This Cake Salon is passionate about baking and all of their deserts are made from scratch.

Sahara Restaurant

Serving delicious African cuisine, this restaurant provides various African soups and dishes filled with flavor and spice.

Schmear It

Philly’s first food truck serving bagels with personalized flavoring and combinations that are custom and crafted to your liking.  Don’t miss out on their bagels at their brick-and-mortar locations.

Cafe Lift

Cafe Lift is a brunch spot serving quality coffee drinks prepared with roasted beans created by the owner and local roaster. The menu changes with the seasons and all of the ingredients are sourced from responsible growers.

Beauty & Hair Salons

Hair Du Jour

Hair Du Juor provides hair growth services along with styling such as braids, locs and cuts.

Pristine Beauty Spa

The one stop shop for all of your beauty needs. Pristine Beauty Spa provides services such as massage therapy, makeup artistry, eyelash extension, teeth whitening and more.

Magaly Spa

This spa is a health and wellness center that uses state-of-the-art methods, technologies, and equipment to ensure total customer satisfaction. Book yourself a self care day this holiday season to relieve stress and get ready for the new year.

Mickie Davis Hair Salon

Mickie Davis is a diverse hair salon determined to express that everyone deserves great hair with a welcoming and non-judgmental salon experience. The salon services include styling such as blow outs, silk press, blow and curls, locs, coloring, and more.


Purple Gloves Cleaning Company

This cleaning company’s goal is to lighten the load of those with busy lifestyles. Some of their services include commercial, event, and carpet cleaning.

Home Hero

Do you need a hand putting up your Christmas tree or support in hanging holiday lights on your home?  Home Hero is your handyman that provides services from lighting to baby proofing your home.

Custom Arts Studio

Custom Arts Studio  is a full service fine art and design company providing illustration, marketing and more services to private clients, businesses and organizations across the country.

Team Clean

Looking to clean your office space before holiday break? This commercial janitorial cleaning service makes it their priority to get your building clean while being green.

Support the Arts

Arden Theatre Company

A theater company based in Old City that is dedicated to bringing stories to life through the talent of young and adult theater professionals through contemporary dance, acting and more

Wilma Theater Co

An Adventurous theater filled with an array of events such as cafe chats, open mic night, art, pre- and post-show discussions and more.

Kimmel Cultural Center

The Kimmel Center houses a variety of world-class performance and meeting spaces. The Kimmel Cultural Campus cultivates a creative, inclusive, socially-responsible community to share experiences. The Kimmel Cultural Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Miller Theater (formerly the Merriam Theater).

Holiday Events

Looking for ways to celebrate the holidays in Philadelphia? Check out this list of events that Visit Philly put together for the holidays featuring markets like Christmas Village in Philadelphia, Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market in Dilworth, and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Also, find out how you can support black and brown businesses this season.

This article was prepared by PIDC intern, LaShay Smith.


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