Ultimo Coffee shop’s new location in Philly. 22nd & Catherine. Beautiful space.

Ultimo Coffee shop’s new location in Philly. 22nd & Catherine. Beautiful space.

Loving One Shot Coffee lately. The staff here has been really nice and helpful the handful of times I’ve stopped by. They’ve got this beautiful space upstairs where you can unwind a bit. Need to go try their brunch one weekend!
Check it out in Northern Liberties.
217 W George St. Philadelphia

Loving One Shot Coffee lately. The staff here has been really nice and helpful the handful of times I’ve stopped by. They’ve got this beautiful space upstairs where you can unwind a bit. Need to go try their brunch one weekend!

Check it out in Northern Liberties.

217 W George St. Philadelphia

Gorgeous local boutique Moon and Arrow in South Philly.

The store specializes in handmade jewelry by designer and owner Chelsea Pearce as well as a collection of vintage shoes and clothes. I think that along with Briar Vintage this is one of the most beautifully designed local boutiques in Philly. When you go inside you’re stepping into an experience, the first time I walked in the store it reminded me of the local shops I saw while in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. It’s nice to see this level of visual merchandising in local shops, you can’t underestimate the importance of creating a memorable experience for customers, bigger stores like Anthropologie thrive on details like that.

I’d definitely recommend going to check it out. If you’re not in Philly you can still get your hands on some of these goodies via etsy at CanoeCrafts and MoonAndArrow.

Moon and Arrow

727 South 4th St., Philadelphia

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 12-6 
Friday: 12-7  
Saturday: 11-7  
Sunday: 12-5 …or by appointment!

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Design Consumption Vol 7: Percy Street BBQ

It’s no secret that our city has lot to offer in terms of dining, hell even New York based publications like GQ and Details are coming down to visit us and praising our food scene. A lot of the current and upcoming restaurants feature concepts we’re familiar with, so that’s why having an authentic Texas-style BBQ joint in our midst is even more special. Before it opened last year on South St. the crew (Mike Solomonov, Steve Cook and chef Erin O’Shea along with the management staff and family) traveled to the Lone Star state in order to taste authentic Texas-style bbq and get a sense of the feel and atmosphere of bbq joints. They sampled some of the best the region had to offer and brought back what they learned to Philadelphia.

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Design Consumption Vol 6: Cook

Spearheaded by Audrey Claire Taichman of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill restaurants and presented by Philadelphia Magazine, “COOK is a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, sixteen-seat kitchen-classroom to discover, prepare and enjoy meals made from local and seasonal ingredients.” The space, “provides a platform for classes, conversation, demonstrations, experimentation, and private dining events focused on celebrating the craft of cooking, drinking and gathering at the table.”

Talk about a beautiful kitchen! The concept of this space is very unique in the area and it’s great to get the opportunity to connect with chefs on an individualized level. You can book a class with one of the many acclaimed chefs on their site.

At Cooperage Whiskey bar having a Left Hand Milk Stout

At Cooperage Whiskey bar having a Left Hand Milk Stout

Design Consumption Vol 5: Elixr Coffee

In the heart of Center City, stands a coffee shop inspired by Indonesia and Seattle. Evan Inatome opened Elixr earlier in the year and already it’s a neighborhood favorite and national success, receiving attention from The New York Times along with beloved coffee shops like Shot Tower, Spruce St. Espresso, Bodhi and Ultimo. Even though it seemed like last fall and winter there was a new coffee shop opening up every month, Elixr brought something new to the game. Here you can learn how to enjoy coffee extracted from brewing methods we haven’t really been exposed to in Philly until now; it’s a unique experience even for this foodie town.

One of my favorite pieces that I’ve written so far. I learned a lot about coffee while interviewing Evan, he inspired me to continue my research into specialty coffee and expand my palette. My usual is a cappuccino or macchiato but there’s a world of hand poured coffee that is amazing!

I’m a fan of these Robert Ogden lamps @bodhicoffee You can also see some @ShotTowerCoffee

I’m a fan of these Robert Ogden lamps @bodhicoffee You can also see some @ShotTowerCoffee

Design Consumption Vol 4: OCF Coffee House

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In a city that has no shortage of coffee shops, the midcentury modern inspired OCF is a standout. Earlier this year OCF Coffee House (an offshoot of OCF Reality) joined the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, already home to LaVa and Beauty Shop coffee shops and, upped the ante in terms of design.

See more pics at the link.

I’m loving the different color palettes that emerge from each new volume in this series.

Design Consumption Vol 3: Shot Tower Coffee

I’ve posted about this place many times on here, now you get the see the entirety of the interior! Gorgeous.

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If you’re following the coffee shop explosion that has been happening in the city since last fall, you might have noticed the design influence Shot Tower has had across the city. Beaming with natural light, white oak hardwood floors, reclaimed white pine on the side of the bar, chestnut counter-tops, up-cycled blue glass, 1920’s subway tile and custom lighting designs, the vintage industrial interior design makes it one of the most beautiful coffee shops in the city.