Best Around Town for 2016 LOVE Awards
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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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