2016 Philadelphia Family LOVE Awards: Best for Families Guide
There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around Philadelphia, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies.
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Dr. Matthew Fogg, Allergy & Asthma Specialists
Along with his team of board-certified allergists and immunologists, Dr. Fogg provides care to patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, congestion, chronic cough, and more. Specializing in needleless testing, high-risk food challenges, sublingual allergy extract, and aspirin allergy treatment, peanut sublingual allergy extract for peanut allergies and advanced pulmonary function testing for patients with asthma, Dr. Fogg is committed to caring for each patient personably.
“Philadelphia is home to my wife and two sons,” he says. “Seeing patients in my office is like seeing family. I treat all my patients as if I am treating my own.”
470 Sentry Parkway East #200, Blue Bell; allergyandasthmawellness.com
Dr. Eric Bantz, Cornerstone Allergy & Asthma
103 Old Marlton Pike #211, Medford, NJ; cornerstoneallergy.com
Dr. Soma Jyonouchi, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3550 Market St., Philadelphia; chop.edu
Best Child/Family Therapist
Holly Olshefski, Play & Family Therapy
Olshefski is a psychotherapist specializing in work with children through adults with ADD. Using play therapy for children 3-10 years old, she also offers mindfulness parenting and coaching, family therapy, and help with sleep issues and relationship stressors.
“Philly families are forward thinking and have complexity that is attractive and vibrant!” says Olshefski. “I enjoy working with families because of the authenticity and deep care they have for bettering themselves and others.”
505 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia; hollyolshefski.com
Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services
525 S. Fourth St. #471, Philadelphia; equilibriapcs.com
Dr. Brian Daly, Center City Pediatrics
1740 South St. #301, Philadelphia; centercitypediatrics.com
Rubina Tahir Chiropractic, LLC
Focused on not treating just the pain, but the reason behind it, Tahir customizes treatment to allow patients to heal and function at their maximum potential.
“I enjoy being a part of the community and inspiring others to better their health,” says Tahir. “Health is our most valuable possession! You have a choice of how you want to treat your body. As your community chiropractor, I am dedicated to making that happen.”
7592 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia; rubinatahir.com
6809 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; rhinochiro.com
1518 Walnut St. #1206, Philadelphia; phillychiro.com
Dr. Stephen Hess, Center City Dermatology
Center City Dermatology is a full-service destination, helping patients with dermatologic concerns, skin care, cosmetic procedures. But more than that, the staff strives to create a relationship with each individual that enters the office, providing education, support, and advice that ensures great skin and confidence.
1500 Walnut St., Suite 1240, Philadelphia; centercitydermatology.com
219 N. Broad Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia and 10 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia; drexelmedicine.org
Dr. Alexander Ehrlich
1900 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Kate Wright, BellyWise
Every pregnancy, mother, and birth is special and different, and Wright approaches each relationship with respect for the process and the knowledge that every woman can journey through it with the right knowledge, comfort, and human interaction.
“I am thoroughly committed to honesty, affection, and openness,” says Wright. “I do not expect anyone to behave or believe the same way that I do, and as a result my business can embrace all people. I also base my work on evidence-based practices so the behind-the-scenes scientist brings important information into perspective.”
Elizabeth Varaso, Mama Bird Birth Services
Christine Golcher, Christine’s Care and Compassion Services
Dr. Karen Zur, CHOP
An ENT expert on the rise and in demand, Dr. Zur is the director of the Pediatric Voice Program and the associate director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Well known for her vast knowledge and skill, she’s a parent’s best friend when facing the confusing world of adenoids, tonsils, and more.
324 S. 34th St. #10, Philadelphia; chop.edu
Dr. Robert O’Reilly, Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington; nemours.org
Dr. Marc Rosen, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
925 Chestnut St. # 6, Philadelphia; jefferson.edu
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
It’s no surprise readers have a special place in their hearts for CHOP – with a world-renown facility dedicated to kids in our backyard, we are lucky. The nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, it’s the birthplace of medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives.
34th Street and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia; chop.edu
800 Spruce St., Philadelphia; pennmedicine.org
Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington; nemours.org
Best Lactation Consultant
April Rosenblum IBCLC, West Philly Lactation
What is totally natural may not always come naturally. Rosenblum and her team offer home visits and in-office care for all stages of the breastfeeding experience, from prenatal preparation through weaning.
“I like being a detective for my families – I go the extra mile to get to the bottom of breastfeeding issues,” says Rosenblum. “Sometimes the answers are unexpected! My clients appreciate the time I take, and how I don’t like to give families generic, cookie-cutter plans. Every parent and baby are unique; that shows in my care for them.”
Naomi Levitt, Baby Steps, LLC
2216 South St., Philadelphia; babystepsphiladelphia.com
Brittany McCollum, Blossoming Bellies
Best Marriage Therapist
Gerry Davis, Circle Counseling
Relationships take work, communication, and give-and-take, but when the road is too hard to manage alone, the assistance of a therapist can help you both see what’s important and what needs to change. The team at Circle Counseling provides quality psychotherapy that promotes health, wholeness, and reconciliation while ensuring the respect and consideration of each individual’s mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns.
4617 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia; circlecounseling.com
Dr. Joellyn Ross
1930 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ
232 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia; natashachang.com
Center City Orthodontics
Getting a beautiful smile is a whole lot prettier than it was when you were a kid – thanks to new options like ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and Invisalign, patients at Center City Orthodontics have options that are stylish and smart.
“We do not focus on what other practices are doing,” says orthodontist and owner Tejjy Thomas DMD. “We are here to serve our patients and the Philadelphia community and we work hard to go above and beyond in achieving that goal.”
1352 South St., Suite C3, Philadelphia; centercityortho.com
Top of the Hill Orthodontics
8705 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia; topofthehillsmiles.com
302 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees, NJ; elfmanortho.com
Best Pediatric Dental Practice
We’ve yet to meet a kid who adores going to the dentist, but thanks to the caring staff at Cobblestone Kids, we know plenty who don’t mind getting their smiles sparkled one bit. With a goal of “happy kids and pleased parents,” the team are pros are communicating with kids on what’s happening, and parents on treatments, home care, and procedures, all in a brightly colored and fun space.
1352 South St. #C5, Philadelphia; cobblestonekids.com
Lafayette Hill Family Dentistry
630 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill; lafayettehilldental.com
Dr. Steven Solow Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics
1601 Walnut St., #1014, Philadelphia; drsolow.com
Best Pediatric Practice
Center City Pediatrics
A comforting and comprehensive one-stop shop for parents, Center City pediatrics is beloved for it’s quality doctors that cover all the needs and milestones of childhood. That means in addition to well checks and sick visits, families can take CPR classes, moms can get postpartum support, and parents can lean on in-house experts for advice on topics like sleep, lactation, and mental heath.
1740 South St., Suite 200, Philadelphia; centercitypediatrics.com
Society Hill Pediatrics
834 Chestnut St. #306, Philadelphia; advocaredoctors.com/societyhill
CHOP Care Network, CHOP Campus
3550 Market St, Philadelphia; chop.edu
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Best Cycling Studio
Get ready to leave the stress of the week in the studio as you fly through cycling classes at this modern destination. Get ready to sweat, too. “Each class is packed with races, rhythm riding, and sprints,” says Michelle Kasker, studio manager. “Our technology sets a new standard for indoor cycling, allowing you to track performance over time. As soon as class is over, you can log on to your Flywheel account and see your stats, including how fast and how strong you rode, how this compares to your previous rides, and how you rank against other riders in your classes.” Sounds like its time to take a break from the rat race and race yourself.
1521 Locust St., Philadelphia; flywheelsports.com
The Wall Cycling Studio
107 Cotton St., Philadelphia; thewallcycling.com
Body Cycle Studio
1923 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; bodycyclestudio.com
The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Right at the epicenter of downtown sits Philadelphia’s premier health and fitness club, featuring some of the best amenities available in the region for more than 25 years. Between the 120+ group fitness classes, 10,000 sq. ft. fitness floor, 25-meter indoor pool, 5000 sq. ft basketball court, and 134-meter indoor track, you’re sure to find a way to break a sweat.
“We love the people and the energy of Philadelphia – there is nowhere else like it in the world,” says Marketing Director Maureen Weir. “We’re proud to have be part of an ongoing tradition of building a healthy and fit lifestyle for all ages.”
200 S. Broad St., sportingclubbellevue.com
Locations in Fitler Square, Queen Village, Center City, Manayunk, Old City, and Conshohocken; sweatfitness.com
Locations in Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, South Philly, and Society Hill; cityfitnessphilly.com
Best Personal Trainer
Crystal Widmann, Y2B Fit
Personal health and fitness is important for busy parents, which is why Widmann has a wide variety of ways available to ensure every mom and dad can find the right approach for them. Individual training, group classes, parent-child sessions like her babywearing barre class, and even online tutorials allow each client to work their goals into their lives.
“I love developing a close relationship with my clients while helping them to reach their fitness goals,” says Widmann. “It’s an amazing experience to see the newborns of my postnatal clients become toddlers as we continue to work together.”
Kate Jesuele Personal Training
Kasey Manwaring, Goals Fitness
Best Yoga Studio
Mama’s Wellness Joint
Motherhood is a club, one full of support and encouragement. The apparent HQ for this club here in Philly, Mama’s Wellness Joint is a community-focused studio that in addition to yoga and fitness classes, offers a holistic feel and lots of love, help, and positivity. A full suite of classes for adults, pregnant mamas, and families are paired with workshops, health consults, and event kids’ birthday parties.
1100 Pine St., Philadelphia; mamaswellnessjoint.com
4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia; studio34yoga.com
Philly Power Yoga
2016 Walnut St., Philadelphia; yandpphilly.com
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Best Area Attraction
It was the first zoo in the U.S., and it’s still our favorite. A beautiful space with a multitude of animals from around the globe, we particularly love the interactive exhibits the zoo has embraced of late, including the hands-on fun of Kids Zoo U and the awe-inspiring views of stunning creatures available through Zoo360.
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia; philadelphiazoo.org
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ; adventureaquarium.com
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia; pleasetouchmuseum.org
Best Art Classes
Philly Art Center
With three locations and oodles of classes, these neighborhood favorites in Cherry Hill, Queen Village, and Fairmount are sure to offer up the perfect creative outlet for your pint-sized Picasso. More than just art classes, the centers also offer music, birthday parties, camps, and playgroups.
Locations in Cherry Hill, Fairmount, and Queen Village; phillyartcenter.com
Palmer Pond Art Center
1431 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia; palmerpondarts.com
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine St., Philadelphia; fleisher.org
Best Children’s Theater
This small theater with a dynamic and impressive line-up of shows is the perfect place to immerse kids in the magic and pull of live shows. Kid-centric shows are matched with classes, workshops, and camps for those little ones who want to move from the seats to the stage.
40 N. Second St., Philadelphia; ardentheatre.org
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St., Philadelphia; walnutstreettheatre.org
PAPAYA, PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences
Best Dance Studio
The Philadelphia Dance Academy
For dancers who are ready to turn a hobby into a skill, The Philadelphia Dance Academy provides exceptional dance training in a professional and positive environment. Programs prioritize refined technique, dancer wellness, and artistic development and aim to strike a healthy balance between structure, discipline, and cultivating the joy of dance.
“I love to see so many families in Philadelphia who value dance not only for its beauty but for the values of commitment, self-discipline, attention to detail, and perseverance that it teaches our children,” says director Lori A. Lahnemann.
219 Cuthbert St., Philadelphia; philadelphiadanceacademy.com
15 Cavalier Dr., Ambler; a2dance.com
Merge Dance Studio
4047 Cresson St., Philadelphia; mergedancestudio.com
Best Drama Classes
Curtain Call Performing Arts Center
In a nurturing and non-competitive environment, Curtain Call allows children through adults develop their acting talents, self-esteem, and make lasting friendships. Owner Anne Kessler works hard to feature every child in productions, which fosters self confidence. This focus, combined with the talents of a staff of certified educators create a well-rounded curriculum that brings together the performing arts with language arts and literacy.
“I grew up in Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia public schools,” says Kessler. “I am proud that I am a positive contributor to the arts and to education. Philadelphia is a wonderful city for performing and fine arts. I am happy to continue to be a part of that.”
3815 Church Road Suite 11, Mount Laurel; curtaincallpac.com
Yes! And… Collaborative Arts
21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia; yesandcamp.org
Act II Playhouse
56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; act2.org
Best Gymnastics Program
Roth’s CrossPoint Gymnastics
Roth’s CrossPoint Gymnastics strengthens minds and bodies through gymnastics and tumbling classes, camps, and clinics for ages 1 to 17. From parent-child classes to their USA Gymnastics competitive boys and girls team, the focus is on love for the sport and instruction by knowledgeable, enthusiastic coaches.
“We enjoy watching children learn gymnastics along with so many life lessons this sport provides…courage, determination, hard work, patience, humility, and perseverance,” says owner Christina Roth. “We also love watching their confidence grow as they learn their first cartwheel or handstand. It is a privilege to coach and teach our next generation!”
7 Creek Parkway Suite 750, Boothwyn; crosspointgymnastics.com
722 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; relentless-fitness.com
500 Kenilworth St., Philadelphia; phillyinmovement.com
Best Indoor Play Space
Jumpers Family Fun Zone
Pent-up energy is no match for the highflying fun at this suburban destination. A laid back atmosphere, unlimited jump time for one price, and the end result of happy-but-tired kids make this perfect for rainy days, birthdays, or any day that needs a little pick-me-up.
“Philadelphia is where we grew up, and to know that I can provide a family fun environment to the community makes it all worth while,” says owner Paul French. “We love to be able to give back to the community with fun raisers and donations to those in need.”
5117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; funatjumpers.com
10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills, PA; skyzone.com
Oasis Family Fun Center
35 Lacrue Ave., Glen Mills, PA; oasisfamilyfun.com
Best Martial Arts Program
Martial Posture Studio
Offering martial arts and kickboxing classes for kids as young as 4 up through adults, this neighborhood studio is known for it’s welcoming vibe and professional staff of instructors who offering up attitudes, a willingness to help others, and an ability to share and teach important skills in a friendly and encouraging manner.
2100 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia; martialposture.com
Arrow Martial Arts and Fitness
1612 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown; arrowmartialartsandfitness.com
3219 Concord Road Aston; amkorkarate.com
Best Mommy-and-Me Program
NEST Center City
This child’s wonderland of imaginative play space also happens to host some of the most fun parent-involvement programs around, allowing the youngest of families to get acquainted with all NEST has to offer, like Children’s Activity & Enrichment Center for families with little ones 6 weeks to 6 years old offering 3000-square-foot play space, parties, a hair salon, boutique, and snack café.
“We love being a part of the families’ development!” says Keiko Kimball Gouty, general manager. “We have little ones start with us at 6 weeks old; watching them laugh, learn, start walking, thrive, and making friends at NEST is a great feeling!”
1301 Locust St., Philadelphia; nestcentercity.com
Hall Mercer Parent and Child Center
245 S. Eighth St.; med.upenn.edu/hallmercer
627 S. Second St., Philadelphia; bilingualbutterflies.com
Best Music Program
Music Monkey Jungle
Kids need a new way to shake those sillies out? Music Monkey Jungle’s music, movement, and dance sessions provide interactive fun for little ones. Classes original songs, dances, and games designed to provide core music, dance, movement, and physical educational objectives, all while allowing for a ton of fun.
“I thoroughly enjoy working with our partnering locations, who are all small businesses in Philadelphia as well,” says creative director Lori Turner. “We all believe in each other’s causes and as a result, blossom, grow, and bloom to our fullest potential while working together.”
Settlement Music School
Locations in Queen Village, Germantown, the Northeast, Willow Grove, Wynnefield, and Camden; smsmusic.org
Jump, Jive, & Jam!
Best Place for Birthday Parties
Primp and Play
A birthday at the spa sounds lovely. Your kid’s birthday party at the spa – even better! Primp and Play is a full-service day spa and birthday party event space. How? One part of the beautiful space is a spa, the other a kid-friendly craft area. While usually the parents are the ones in the manicure chair, Primp and Play’s birthday parties are all about the kids with fun treatments like chocolate facials. “The diversity of our party space is something that generates a lot of compliments – it works for art classes, a Star Wars-themed birthday party, or a princess party complete with manicures, facials, and glitter tattoos,” says owner Tara Murphy. “Parents are always thrilled that we handle everything for them from paper products to decor so they can enjoy the party.”
249 S. 10th St., Philadelphia; primpandplay.com
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia; smithplayground.org
Bette’s Fun Center
2971 W. Dutton Mill Road, Aston; bettesfuncenter.com
Best Sports Program
Soccer Shots Philadelphia
Foster a love of the game and some fancy footwork with this much-loved program’s state-tested curriculum, high-quality coaching, and holistic communication. Thanks to a team of great coaches, Soccer Shots is known for its positive impact on young, growing kids.
“Philly families are straight forward, and you have to win their hearts through hard work and quality programming,” says director Thomas Rockett. “This keeps us on our toes to show all children an excellent experience week in and week out.”
Matt Paul Sports
Best Swim Lessons
Goldfish Swim School
Make the water safe and fun with lessons from this adorable center. Highly trained instructors, small class sizes, warm 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system are paired with brightly colored décor for an experience the whole family can appreciate.
“Parents and children come in with smiles on their faces and are ready to swim when they arrive at our facility,” says owner Meg Kevane. “We are lucky to be part of such a supportive community.”
185 Commerce Dr. Fort Washington; goldfishswimschool.com
West Philadelphia YMCA
5120 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; philaymca.org
Christian Street YMCA
1724 Christian St., Philadelphia; philaymca.org
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Best Auto Mechanic
Lei’s Auto & Collision Service Center
From it’s early beginning as a small two-lift, two-worker shop, Lei’s has grown to a respected and trusted full-service center for quality, guaranteed auto repairs. Featuring personable service, fair pricing, and skilled work, Lei’s uses the latest diagnostic equipment, quality replacement parts, and technicians who are ASE-certified.
24 S. 42nd St., Philadelphia; leisauto.com
Mid-City Tire & Auto
709 Washington Ave., Philadelphia; midcitytire.com
11th Street Auto Repair
820 S. 11th St., Philadelphia
Best Consignment Shop/Sale
CityKids Consignment Sale
Everything old is new again at this bi-annual sale. Local parents can sell their gently-used items, while shoppers benefit by finding great deals on thousands of baby, kid, and maternity clothing, gear, books, and toys.
“We love putting together the only kids consignment sale in South Philly, not only for the sense of community it brings, but we get to recycle our used items and find new treasures for our kids,” says secretary Kiralie Konde. “We love that we’ve met an amazing group of supportive, hard-working moms in the past three years we’ve put the sale together, and we hope to continue to grow our core group of organizers to continually improve.”
The Nesting House
Locations in Mount Airy, West Philly, and Collingswood; thenestinghouse.net
3 Mama Llamas
1542 E. Montgomery Ave., Rear Building, Philadelphia; 3mamallamas.com
Best Family Photographer
Rachel Utain Evans Photography
They are only going to get bigger, so a stunning family photo that showcases their current size – not to mention smile, spirit, and personality – is a must. Rachel Utain-Evans’ sessions are relaxed and fun, and capture what is special about your family right now.
“I help my clients choose their favorite images and how they want to display their new photos in their homes, a complete service to my families from start to finish,” says Utain-Evans. “One less thing for busy parents to worry about!”
SAS Becker Photography
Lucy Baber Photography
Best Hair Salon
Crimson Hair Studio
Stylish parents and kids are quick to endorse this cutting edge salon by Rittenhouse Square thanks to their well-trained stylists and quality products.
“Throughout my career my family has always been my number one support system. I have been so fortunate to build a clientele with a strong family background,” says owner Jennifer Eberwein. “Watching children I gave their first haircut to get a part in the school play, go to the prom, and graduate has been such a rewarding part of my job over the last 19 years. Making the entire family look great…that’s the best part of being a hairstylist!”
1710-12 Sansom St. Second Floor, Philadelphia; crimsonphilly.com
265 S. 10th St., Philadelphia; architeqtsalon.com
922 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia; talkingheadzsalon.com
Best Independent Bookstore
ead House Books was founded in 2005 on the belief that no community is complete without the inspiration and exchange of ideas that only a locally owned, independent bookstore can provide. Drop in to browse a well-curated collection of books, peruse in a casual atmosphere, or take in one of the shop’s readings or special events.
619 S. Second St., Philadelphia; headhousebooks.com
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia; bigbluemarblebooks.com
4530 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia; bindlestiffbooks.wordpress.com
Best Kids’ Boutique
As colorful and kooky as Pippi Longstocking herself, this children’s boutique carries stylish yet whimsical American and European apparel, accessories, and gifts for kids newborn through 10.
“We have a great hometown feel, fabulous customer service, and clothing and gifts that stand out in a crowd,” says owner Beth Milley. “We love being in the heartbeat of the city!”
8135 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; pippisvillavillekula.com
1605 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia; shopatcloth.com
1226 W. Ritner St., Philadelphia; believeachildrensboutique.com
Best Maternity & Newborn Photographer
Carolyn Clement Photography
The first days home with a newborn are previous, but fleeting. Carolyn Clement helps capture the early days of your new family. An experienced photographer who specializes in contemporary family portraiture, she can also what to wear, how to pose (so you look stunning!), and present the best ways to display and preserve your photographs.
“My style is unique – I specialize in urban photo shoots that capture my clients having fun in their city,” says Clement. “My mama clients always tell me how beautiful they look in their photos and how ‘real’ their kids smiles are – those are the best testimonials!”
Jamie Siever Photography
Michelle Lindenmuth Photography
Best Pet Grooming
Doggie Style Pets
No matter where you go in town, there’s an outpost of this fun and friendly pet destination to turn to. In addition to stocking a wide variety of pet food, toys, treats, beds, and more, the shops also offer a full menu of dog and cat grooming services to ensure your pet looks and feels their very best.
Locations in Old City, Washington Square, East Passyunk, Rittenhouse Square, Point Breeze, Northern Liberties, and Fairmount; doggiestylepets.com
133 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia; woofgrooming.com
Bow Wow & Meows
801 N. 24th St., Philadelphia; bowwowmeowspa.com
Rescue Day Spa
Stressed out parents, rejoice – this stunning spa comes to the rescue. A 7,500-square-foot urban oasis, Rescue features 10 treatment rooms for body, facial, and massage treatments, a nail lounge, women’s steam room, infrared saunas, shampoo and blow-out salon, brow room, and expanded beauty and make-up boutique.
“My business is my passion,” says owner Danuta Mieloch. “Every day for me is very exciting and enjoyable.”
1601 Walnut St. Third Floor, Philadelphia; rescuespa.net
Spa Terme Di Aroma
32 N. Third St, Philadelphia; termediaroma.com
Sanctuary on 2nd
752 S. Second St., Philadelphia; sanctuaryon2nd.com
Best Toy Store
Let playtime begin! This oh-so-cute shop in Old City carries toys for curious kids of all ages, with a focus on products that allow children to learn through play. Come in for high-quality, educational toys that you won’t find in big box stores, plus a spacious play area and craft table.
“We get a nice mix of regulars and tourists in Old City,” says owner Heather Mohorn. “It’s such a pleasure to get to know local families and play with the kids in the store. It’s also a treat to meet visitors from all over the world and to be part of their Philadelphia experience.”
205 Arch St., Philadelphia; momostreehouse.com
2029 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia; minnow-lane.myshopify.com
Oxford Circus Toys
8127 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia; oxfordcircustoys.com
Best Women’s Boutique
Named after its owners, both Kimberly, this women’s boutique in the heart of Center City offers up stylish and trendy designer clothes in a relaxed, approachable atmosphere. Look for brands like La Rok, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Joe Bush Denim, and Anna Paul.
23 S 16th St., Philadelphia
219 Market St., Philadelphia; smakparlour.com
817 Old York Road, Jenkintown; lindasloftltd.com
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Pound cake. If you know this Northeast destination that’s all we need to say. The no=frills bakery is often the home of a line of devoted fans who come for pies, cookies, donuts, and a variety of amazing, rich, pound cake.
2614 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe
2204 Washington Ave., Philadelphia; kermitsbakeshoppe.com
Four Worlds Bakery
4634 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia; fourworldsbakery.com
Best Coffee Shop
From its simple original location off Rittenhouse Square to the warm and rustic ambience of the Fishtown shop, these homegrown coffee shops win us over with quality brews and service. Be sure to try the draft latte, a patented invention by owner Todd Carmichael that’s coffee-meets-milkshake consistency is a true delight.
“We love to make Philadelphia area families happy with coffee,” says Kathryn O’Connor, director of brand management and marketing. “Whether we see you at the beginning, middle or end of your day, we want to give you a special, handcrafted beverage that we know you’ll love.”
Locations in Fishtown, Center City, Rittenhouse Square, and Old City; lacolombe.com
2149 Catharine St, Philadelphia and 1900 S. 15th St., Philadelphia; ultimocoffee.com
Black ‘n Brew
1523 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia; blackbrew.net
Best Ice Cream
Dessert dreams come true at this old-timey outpost in Old City. Hop on a stool and order anything from classic egg creams and floats and massive, creative sundaes from your bow tie-wearing waiter. We can’t do anything about the sugar rush they’ll have in an hour, but you can feel good knowing all the ingredients are house-made and delicious.
116 Market St., Philadelphia; franklinfountain.com
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia and 4903 Catharine St., Philadelphia; littlebabysicecream.com
2223 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia and 1514 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia; igloodesserts.com
Best Meal Delivery Service
Home Appetit Philly
Healthy meals, delivered, and prepared locally? Done, done, and done. Home Appetit is a weekly meal delivery service for busy professionals, families on-the-go, and anyone who craves a simpler and more flavorful quality of life.
“Philadelphia has provided Home Appetit with a great deal of opportunity to grow and thrive in its food rich culture,” says chef and owner Lee Wallach. “Our clients truly enjoy our staple dishes each week, but are also extremely receptive to the varied dishes we introduce from all over the world. We feel there is an exciting energy in Philadelphia surrounding new businesses, especially in the food service industry, and we are ecstatic to be a part of it.”
A fun and funky outpost from acclaimed local restaurant genius Stephen Starr, this casual outpost featuring communal tables and rustic touches also pulls out some impressive Italian dishes, including amazing, authentic pizza. Wood oven-fired, options range from your classic Margaherita to more grown-up flavor combinations.
420 S. Second St., Philadelphia; pizzeriastella.net
1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia and 1615 Chancellor St., Philadelphia; pizzeriavetri.com
611 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia and 1305 Locust St., Philadelphia; nomadpizzaco.com
Best Place for Dinner When You Have a Sitter
Perhaps the very definition of a room with a view, this stunning restaurant on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place offers up a look at the city even the most jaded local has to appreciate. When you can tear your eyes off the windows, enjoy the culinary display featuring creative American dishes featuring local ingredients and the modern and sleek interior design.
50 S. 16th St., Philadelphia; r2lrestaurant.com
Vernick Food & Drink
2031 Walnut St., Philadelphia; vernickphilly.com
757 S. Front St., Philadelphia; kanellarestaurant.com
Best Place for Dinner With the Family
Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
A family affair in the kitchen delivers perfect family dining at the table at these two bustling locations open for lunch and dinner. Centered around a family recipe developed more than 60 years ago, Pietro’s pies balance that delicate and so-important line between melty and charred, crispy and chewy, and satisfy the cravings of all ages.
1714 Walnut St., Philadelphia and 121-123 South St., Philadelphia; pietrospizza.com
Honey’s Sit and Eat
800 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia and 2101 South St., Philadelphia; honeyssitneat.com
Dock Street Brewery
701 S. 50th St., Philadelphia; dockstreetbeer.com
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Best Child Care
Olde City Day School
With a child-centered approach to learning and focus on nurturing and stable relationships, Olde City Day School’s three strategically located centers welcome infants through for days of play and a curriculum with special attention on language arts, creative endeavors, STEM learning, literacy, music, and physical activity. Themes and age-specific approached introduce ideas and concepts that invite the children to explore the world and prepare for future school success.
Locations in Old City, Newbold, and Germantown; oldecitydayschool.com
Busy Bees Learning Center
601 Walnut St., Philadelphia; busybeeschildcare.com
Book Worms Early Learning Center
307 N. Third St., Philadelphia; bookwormselc.com
Best Day Camp
Tall Pines Day Camp
Summer is spectacular at Tall Pines, a traditional summer day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 14t with an amazing facility that rivals many overnight camps’. Over half the staff are former campers, and 90 percent them return each summer to give campers a family-like experience.
“We enjoy watching campers from the city get some grass under their feet only minutes away from their homes,” says owner and director Andrew Yankowitz. “We’ve created a summer tradition for city children similar to the one that their parents may have experienced in their youth.”
1349 Sykesville Road, Williamstown, NJ; tallpinesdaycamp.com
Sesame/Rockwood Day Camp
1702 Yost Road, Blue Bell; srdaycamps.com
Blue Bell Camp
Best Overnight Camp
Camp Green Lane
Let them get away for the summer … but not too far! Camp Green Lane is a traditional overnight summer camp for boys and girls located in southeast Pennsylvania, about an hour from Philadelphia. With a program emphasizing participation, skill building, and teamwork through a combination of athletics, aquatics, the arts, and adventure, it’s a space kids love to return to year after year.
“We are truly a Camp Green Lane Family,” says Jay Freedman, owner and director. “The younger campers get to know the older campers, and vice versa. We eat all three meals together as a summer family. We are family.”
Pine Forest Camp
85 Pine Forest Road, Greeley; pineforestcamp.com
Sandy Hill Camp
3380 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD; sandyhillcamp.com
Children’s Community School
A great start can lay the foundation for an amazing educational career. At Children’s Community School, the staff honors and empowers children to engage their whole selves in learning, exploring, and making connections. Curriculum is a collaborative process between staff, teachers, and parents, and all work is anchored in child development and the principles of inquiry, mindfulness, and community.
“Raising children can be a hard and isolating endeavor,” says director Merryl Gladstone. “I love that through CCS, we create opportunities to provide resources and support families. We help families connect with each other and we create lots of space for celebrating each other and our milestones.”
1212 S. 47th St., Philadelphia; childrenscommunityschool.org
Schwartz Preschool at Kesher Israel
412 Lombard St., Philadelphia; schwartzpreschool.com
Mi Casita Spanish Preschool
1420 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia; micasitaphilly.com
Best Special Needs Program
OROT is an organization that supports diverse learning needs education in Jewish day schools for those children whose needs cannot be met by a resource room. In conjunction with host schools, OROT sets policy, creates and supervises programs, provides financial support, and advocates for the services provided to children with diverse learning needs.
7601 Old York Road, Melrose Park; orotkids.org
Village Care Family Services Inc.
4950 Parkside Ave. #6, Philadelphia; vcfsphila.org
Grow Through Play
1636 South St., Philadelphia; growthruplay.com
Best Tutoring Program
Carrie Waldron-Brown, Between The Lines Tutoring
Every child has amazing potential – they may just need the right one-on-one help to unlock it. With exemplary credentials, Waldron-brown brings an inspiring approach to teaching writing and multi-curricular subjects, fostering confidence and meeting students’ needs with academic strength and independence.
“The enjoyment and emphasis on education in our area generates a groundswell of intellectual stimulation,” she says. “There’s always something to learn, a new book to discuss, a new exhibit to see, new food to eat, new music to appreciate: our community is very alive and intellectually curious.”
Huntington Learning Center
Locations in Abington, Cherry Hill, North Wales, and Wilmington; huntingtonhelps.com
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Best General Contractor
From a custom luxury home on your plot of land to an addition, renovation, or upgrade, the skilled professionals at Cherokee deliver stunning work. Their full-time staff of carpenters is experienced at working directly with designers and architects, have sensitivity to and appreciation for architectural details, and understand that a successful project is a team effort.
820 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor; cherokeeconstruction.com
The Home Hero
Mitchell Custom Concepts
Best Interior Designer
Melissa + Miller Interiors
Melissa + Miller Interiors is a highly-acclaimed, international interior design firm, specializing in high-end interior designs where comfort and functionality are as paramount as luxury and style.
“It is a real honor to have the opportunity to design a space in which families eat, sleep, play and live,” says director Melissa Bodie. “As a parent myself, I love to explore the balance between form and function, keeping in mind the practical without sacrificing style.”
Christina Henck Designs
Widell + Boschetti
Best Professional Organizer
Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants
Clutter: be gone! Sicalides helps clients get control of the mess, whether they are moving out, moving in, going through a renovation, or simply need help managing piles of papers, photographs, and other items.
“The best part of the process is working with our clients,” says Sicalides. “They are fun, appreciative, and grateful for the changes and support that they gain working with us.”
Simple Solutions Home Organizing
Debra Serota, Sort it Out
Holly Mack-Ward & Co
Buying and selling often come with a side of stress, but locals trust in the team Holly Mack-Ward has brought together. City Realtors who know the ins and outs of each neighborhood, they are as effective as they are knowledgeable – a continual top realty team in the city and one of the top 5% for Coldwell Banker nationwide.
223 Market St., Philadelphia; weknowphilly.com
Karrie Gavin Group
2000 Pine St., Philadelphia; karriegavin.com
Brooke Willmes, Fresh Quarters
200 Walnut St., Philadelphia; freshquarters.com
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