Local holiday gift guide
Layla A. Jones, philly.com
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 3:00 AM
For the jewelry aficionado: Check out ViVi G. Shoes (503 W. Lancaster Ave. Suite 640, Wayne) and their new, handmade private label jewelry pieces. The collection included unique, versatile jewelry like one link bracelet that can be worn in four different ways. Prices range from $100 to $395.
For the proud Philadelphian: Look to small business owner Jennifer Hill of JHillDesign for a colorful city map of the City of Brotherly Love. The print, which ranges in size from five inches by seven inches to 13 inches by 19 inches, features each Philadelphia neighborhood with a custom pattern drawing. Prices range from $12 to $80.
For a personalized touch: Philadelphia design firm Replica Creative (33 South 18th Street) is creating life-size images of anything you can imagine. From a wall-size logo of your favorite sports team to a life-size princess for you daughter’s bedroom, Replica Creative allows purchasers to customize wall décor in time for the holidays.
For the gardener: Art in the Age (116 North 3rd Street) is a Philadelphia staple. Support two Philadelphia businesses at once by purchasing the gardener on your list an Art in the Age Lombards Rope Planter. The hand woven planter is made from nautical and climbing ropes from Lombards Equipage.
For the soccer fan: Started by a former Temple University student, Live Breathe Futbol is brand for serious soccer stans. Whether you have a favorite team or just live and breathe futbol, there’s a special piece on the Philly-based site for you.
Loving Back Locally – The Philadelphia Egotist’s Holiday Guide to Gifts & Grub
Ok not just gifts since there’s a lot of really good food/drink/coffee to be heavily yet responsibly consumed in this city that loves you back.
Here are some instagram shots from our favorite local spots. We hope you indulge after reading. Or feel free to take a hike up at the Bucktoe Creek Reserve!
Stock is small and quaint but tis the perfect season for arguably the best broth north of Washington St.
Local denim, totes, belts, etc. for the rest of the winter and beyond from these tall hardworking lads at Norman Porter
Head to one of Federal Donuts 4 locations for David Lynch themed donuts and some fried chicken.
Philly based designers The Heads of State’sPilot & Captain is quite well known for their T-shirts but check out their new candles!
Buy your lady some nice crystal stuff, a candle, and cop a dope Radlands T’shirt for yourself while you’re at it at Ritual on N2nd St.
South Street’s finest of fine- P’s &Q’s has everything from swank Norse Projects shirts & caps to limited edition New Balance M530 and even Baxter and other grooming products.
Winter cycling, day trips, whatever- R.E. Load bags are sought after by bike messengers around the world and they’re made, quite often custom, in Northern Liberties. We’re personally huge fans of the Navy Blue waxed canvas and ballistic nylon bags but there’s a lot to choose from, including new winter hats.
Philly’s best in eclectically classic vintage goods. Jinxed now has four locations but if you go to the one in Fishtown on Frankford, get a coffee at LaColombe and a hair cut & tattoo at Art Machine Productions all on the same block
Doodlers, artisans, crafters and furious letter-writers BEHOLD; the finest school desk to ever darken our door!!! This setup has so many bells and whistles the normal ones don’t; for starters it has a great shelf to sit books, inkpots, and inspirational toys! Huge work area with a pen trough! Roomy storage with a hanging pen trough! And guess what!? There’s what I’m guessing is Soviet Cipher graffiti!!! The operative, who’s name was Lisa Marie had a temp of 98 degrees, the BSB is probably a location of microfilm, and NSYNC is the cell in the gulag she buried the plans for Stalin’s Ape Army!!!! Bam! Figured you out! And to keep with the Catholic School disguise, there’s a picture of a saint on the inside! You’re not fooling us Lisa… or should I say NATASHA! Sturdy metal construction, the wood is stained and marked, but this really is an incredible desk! 30″x25″x28″ (desk height) 37″ (shelf height) $45. Piazza location, call to buy! 215-978-JINX
ReAnimator Coffee. Stay awake or grab some of their Tumeric Ginger tea. Send a T-shirt to your West Coast coffee snobs cuz these beans are the best!
Keep those feet covered. In style. UBIQ on Walnut St.
Ingredients for perfect cocktails, chocolate, Warby Parker specs, socks, beard oil, books:Art in the Age in Old City is kinda what it would be like if Wes Anderson had a general store.Need a break from Center City? Head over to Cheu Noodle Bar on 10th St. Get the buns. Get a Six Point Bengali Tiger on draft and enjoy some of the most creative noodle soup creations in existence. Thank us later.
Nothing feels better than putting on a shirt or suit that was specifically made for you. The hard pard is picking out the right pocket square at Commonwealth Proper in Center City.
Stop hatin & start skatin! Grab some nice Vans or Nikes. Grab a board. Check out the gallery downstairs at Exit Skateshop on N.2nd. Same block as Ritual. Get a beer atStandard Tap before and/or after.
Sure the coffee is awesome but the buttered ham sandwich is the perfect treat atLaColombe on Frankford Ave. Also try their rum.
If you’re not into shopping and just wanna play some mini golf, head over to Keystone in Kensington
We missed a lot of epic spots but all of these have awesome shops within blocks of each other. You’ll be more than set if you visit around Third St. in Old City, East Girard and Frankford Ave in Fishtown, 2nd St. in Northern Liberties, South St. and Passyunk Ave area.
Way of the Wong mixes up a SNAP Old Fashioned with TheLip.TV
The Holidays can sometimes be stressful, so I wanted to help take the edge off with some easy cocktail ideas that will make entertaining a breeze, leaving you with more time to rock around the Christmas tree or just catch up with the family.
The recipes are below, if you would like to make any of these tasty winter cocktails for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa!
Chill 1st two ingredients in a shaker, pour into a champagne flute & top with Le Grand Courtâge. Garnish with apple or pear.
Travelling Emporium Punch
1 ½ parts Hendrick’s Gin
2 parts seasonal herbal tea of your choosing
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
1 part sparkling water
3 dashes Angostura bitters
lemon & cucumber wheels to garnish
Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl over a block of ice. Stir together to chill and dilute. Add bitters to taste, then garnish and serve.
SNAP Old Fashioned
1oz Art in the Age SNAP
.25oz Simple Syrup
Dash of Angustura Bitters
Stir with a large ice cube and Garnish with Orange Peel
Optional: Spritz with Toasted Pecan Bitters or Toasted Oak Bitters over the glass
The Midnight Express
2 oz VEEV
1 oz Espresso
Dash of Vanilla
2 Tsp. of Brown Sugar
Add all ingredients to ice filled rocks glass and stir.
Top with whip cream and an animal cracker
Owl’s Brew Tea Toddy
2 Parts The Classic Owl’s Brew
1 Part Whiskey or Spiced Rum
Combine 1st 2 ingredients in a saucepan.
Heat until desired. Do not boil.
Pour into mug. Garnish: Cinnamon Stick and Apple Slices
After a whole day of feasting there is bound to be some Thanksgiving leftovers. We propose whipping up some SAGE buttered Turkey and Jam sandwiches the day after!
1/4 Cup fresh Sage leaves
1 medium Shallot
Zest of one Lemon
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 C Butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp SAGE liquor
By hand, or in a food processor, mince Sage and Shallot.
In a small mixing bowl, add Butter, Sage leaves, SAGE liquor, Shallots, Lemon zest and juice, Salt and Pepper. Combine thoroughly, and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
Next find your favorite loaf of bread, generously add the butter, some left over slices of turkey breast, fresh arugula, and your favorite jam (we used quince). It’s as simple as that! Now sit back, relax, and work off that food comma until next year.
Whether you’re hosting or attending this year, here are four easy to make cocktails for Thanksgiving! Show us how you are mixing Art in the Age this year using the #artintheage hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!
.5oz Pear Liqueur or Pear Puree
.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
.75oz Simple Syrup
Splash of Club Soda
Shake all ingredients (including sprig), strain over ice, add splash of club soda, garnish with a three pear slices and additional rosemary sprig.
1/3 Cup ROOT
2 Tbsp Sugar
Zest and Juice of a Lemon
1 Cup Heavy Cream
.5oz Cranberry Simple Syrup
.5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Shake the first 3 ingredients, pour up in a coupe glass, top with champagne, garnish with cranberries and a lemon twist.
½ Gallon Apple Cider
1 Pint Tart Cranberry Juice
⅓ Cup Brown Sugar
21 Whole Cloves
33 Allspice Berries
6 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Oranges, sliced
2 ½ Cups Art in the Age SNAP
In a large pot over medium heat, add the apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, spices and orange slices. Bring to just under a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the heat to very low and add the SNAP. Keep warm and serve as punch.
Ah yes, Thanksgiving is almost upon us once again. It’s that time of year when elastic waistbands become our best friends, mere hours after we join hands around the table and recite our thanks we nearly strange each other while waiting in line for the best deal, and our aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents all join forces in order to pester us about our current relationship statuses. (Or, lack thereof.) I’m kidding. (Kind of.) I love the holidays and Thanksgiving is a particularly cozy one. What’s a good get-together without some high-quality spirits? Booze not for you? No worries, I’ll let you know how you can also make these drinks alcohol-free.
Sage & Cranberry Cocktail
I fought the whole “cranberry drink” thing for a while. I mean, what right does cranberry have getting into all the other juices? I’m still not sold on combinations such as “cran-grape” but I do love me some sparkling cranberry juice. This drink is tart, earthy, and very light– exactly what you need when you’re stuffing your face with Thanksgiving dinner.
What you’ll need:
- Sparkling Cranberry juice
- Art in the Age SAGE
- Sage and cranberries to garnish
Begin by filling a glass halfway with ice. Pour one part SAGE and two parts sparking cranberry over the ice. Add a splash of lemonade and stir. Garnish with fresh cranberries and sage leaves. You can make this large-scale by simply making in a pitcher and letting guests serve themselves. For an alcohol-free version, muddle some sage in the bottom of a shaker and mix with lemonade. Pour one part sage lemonade over ice along with one part sparking cranberry.
Boozy Apple Pie Float
This drink is a childhood favorite all grown up. Who doesn’t like apple pie? Who doesn’t like ice cream? Thought so. This drink is spicy, rich, and perfect for dessert. It may seem somewhat innocuous but it packs a big punch.
What you’ll need:
- Apple Pie Moonshine (I like Ole Smoky but there are a lot of others.)
- Spiced whiskey
- Ginger beer
- Ice cream (I used Amy’s dairy-free Coconut ice cream)
- A sprig of rosemary to garnish
Scoop 2-4 large spoonfuls of ice cream into a glass. Add two shots of moonshine, a splash of spiced whiskey, and fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer. Add a sprig of rosemary to garnish. For an alcohol-free version, simply substitute the booze with sparking apple cider and add a dash of cinnamon on top.
Many of us here at the home office have a favorite brand of spirits we swear by: Art In The Age. Head to any employee’s holiday party, and you can bet they’ll have a bottle sitting atop the mini bar.
The spirits have a full depth of flavor, melded together with clear craftsmanship and inspired by traditional – although sometimes forgotten – recipes. Especially in the colder months, it’s hard to resist the spiced flavors of SNAP or ROOT in your cocktail. So do your mini bar a favor, and get it stocked.
We were fortunate to work with the spirits brand at our Holiday Nights event earlier this month. Their team crafted two very special cocktails that are perfect to serve for any upcoming holiday festivities. The first is a rosemary and cranberry spritzer made withSAGE, and the second, a ginger beer and ROOT cocktail with lime. Sound delicious? Your guests will think so too!
Rosemary + Cranberry Spritzer with SAGE:
1 part (oz) SAGE
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part club soda
Ginger Beer + ROOT Cocktail:
1 part (oz) ROOT
4 parts ginger beer
Garnish with a lime wedge/wheel
Follow Naomi on Instagram @NumieAbbot
Check out Naomi’s blog Numie Abbot
Philadelphia goes big for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a spectacular citywide celebration.
After soaking up Philly’s nightlife on Thanksgiving Eve, officially kick-off the holiday season with the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade — the oldest parade of its kind in the nation. The 1.4-mile parade down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway features gigantic balloons, celebrity appearances, local performers and festive floats.
You’ll give thanks for Philadelphia’s fantastic restaurants as many are offering delicious Thanksgiving dinners to help you avoid the stress of cooking and cleaning for the holiday.
The day after Thanksgiving means the official start of the holidays. Stay in the city with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package to explore the city’s holiday lights, pop-up shops and traditional family-friendly holiday attractions throughout the weekend.
Read on for our official guide to Thanksgiving weekend fun in Philadelphia.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 — Small Business Saturday
• Small Business Saturday in Old City
A wealth of independent businesses are housed in the charming storefronts of Old City, and there are tons of deals to be had on Small Business Saturday. From great gifts at Art in the Age and Scarlett Alley to cool clothing at United by Blue and Charlie’s Jeans, there’s sure to be a buy for someone on your shopping list. MORE INFO