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;

Mid-City Tire & Auto
709 Washington Ave., Philadelphia;

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;

3 Mama Llamas
1542 E. Montgomery Ave., Rear Building, Philadelphia;

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;

Architeqt Salon
265 S. 10th St., Philadelphia;

Talking Headz
922 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia;

Best Independent Bookstore

Headhouse Books
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;

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia;

Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia;

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;

1605 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia;

1226 W. Ritner St., Philadelphia;

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;

Woof Grooming
133 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia;

Bow Wow & Meows
801 N. 24th St., Philadelphia;

Best Spa

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;

Spa Terme Di Aroma
32 N. Third St, Philadelphia;

Sanctuary on 2nd
752 S. Second St., Philadelphia;

Best Toy Store

Momo’s Treehouse
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;

Minnow Lane
2029 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia;

Oxford Circus Toys
8127 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia;

Best Women’s Boutique

Kimberly 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

Smak Parlour
219 Market St., Philadelphia;

Linda’s Loft
817 Old York Road, Jenkintown;