The 5 Items You Need This Fall, According to Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


The 5 Items You Need This Fall, According to Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Borrowing its name from Walter Benjamin’s canonical 1936 essay, Philadelphia’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a multi-faceted lifestyle brand rooted in the American tradition of careful craftsmanship.

In the store—which opened in November 2008—and online, the brand has carefully curated its ever-evolving product mix to support and foster the artisan lifestyle, offering shoppers a blend of socially and environmentally conscious lines of apparel, accessories, and home goods, as well as independent, exclusive, and small-run pieces created by folk artisans. Brands of note includeGitman VintageNorman PorterThe Hill-SidePenfield, and D.S. & Durga.

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Philadelphia’s Shopping Districts: A Traveler’s Guide


Philadelphia’s Shopping Districts: A Traveler’s Guide

The trend in travel is to experience your destination like a local. So we’ve pounded the pavement (so you don’t have to) to give you the inside scoop on where to shop like a local in Philly. This is a city of neighborhoods and each offers its own unique retail attitude. I’ve focused on four districts that are must-visits for most travelers.

Old City

Vibe: Artsy

Starting point: Second Street

Old City boasts more than historic venues and colonial sights; it also teems with locally-owned boutiques and offbeat art galleries. Art lovers should report to Second Street, which is rife with galleries. Find contemporary art at 3rd Street Gallery on Second Street and LGTripp Gallery, or stop into Muse Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, featuring a range of mediums and styles. For unique, global finds visit Vivant Art Collection and Impact Imports.

Shop indie boutiques like Third Street HabitLost + FoundVagabond andThe Geisha House on Third Street for trendy women’s clothing and accessories. Be sure to stop into Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue andArt in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction for one-of-a-kind and locally-made finds.

Rittenhouse Row

Vibe: Chic, designer
Starting point: Walnut Street

Head to posh Rittenhouse Square for a designer experience. Walnut Street is home to loads of luxe and fashion-forward brands, including Coach,Tiffany and Co.Free PeopleINTERMIXVinceMy.SuitZara and Stuart Weitzman.

Tucked on 17th and Samson streets you’ll find Italian designer footwear boutique Head Start Shoes. Nearby, browse fiction, art books and children’s literature at Joseph Fox Books. Next door, stadler-Khan is a local treasure for unique gifts, vintage jewelry and clothing.

Local fashion forces Joan Shepp and Seun Olubodun take residence on Chestnut Street. Joan Shepp’s eponymous, multi-level concept store has been the premier fashion retailer in this city for more than 40 years. Here, you’ll find clothing and accessories from luxury designers like Phillip Lim, Vivienne Westwood and Moschino. At Seun Olubodun’s Duke & Winston, you’ll find preppy, collegiate tees and hoodies inspired by British collegiate style and Olubodun’s loyal English Bulldog, HRH the Duke. Nearby, The Shops at Liberty Place is an indoor shopping complex, featuring stores likeellelauri and Les Richards and Kiehl’s.

Midtown Village

Vibe: Homegrown hip
Starting point: 13th Street

In the not-too-distant past, this neighborhood was nameless. But thanks to an energetic merchants association, the area around 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust streets has been reborn as a hot spot for dining and shopping. Gift shops on 13th Street run the gamut: Find one-of-a-kind jewelry from local and international designers at Bella Turka; handmade all-natural soaps, scrubs and soaks are packed into locally-owned Duross & LangelOpen House is the place to find stylish home accessories, children’s gear, quirky books and gifts. Across the street, Verde sells trendy accessories and jewelry and women’s clothing.

For high-end vintage pieces, a visit to Philadelphia Vintage and Consignment Shoppe on 12th Street is a must. This tiny boutique is packed with sequined gowns, costume jewelry and beautiful clutches. For stationery, cards and pretty little gifts head to The Papery.

South Street & Queen Village

Vibe: Bohemian
Starting point: South Street

One of Philadelphia’s most famous streets, South Street attracts the free-spirited, funky and creative types with its eclectic mix of shops, eateries and music venues. Stop into Urban Princess for locally-made clothing, purses, jewelry, home goods and more. Just off of South Street, Crash Bang Boom outfits glam punk and goth shoppers with studded jewelry, neon hair dye and band tees. Find gems, crystals, jewelry and mythical home décor atMineralistic. For brands like French ConnectionCitizens of Humanity andHugo Boss, head to Platinum. Then walk to Mushmina, a ways away west of Broad Street on South Street–trust us, it’s worth it. Shop fair trade clothing, accessories and home goods straight from Morocco.

South of South Street, Queen Village boasts historic charm, while offerings contemporary appeal with its popular pubs, cafes and shopping alongFabric Row. You might guess what you’ll find there—textile resources, custom tailors and dress makers.

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Labor Day Cocktails


Cheers to the working man this weekend with two Art in the Age classic cocktails!

ROOT Old Fashioned
2 parts ROOT
4 dashes Angostura bitters
1 part simple syrup

SNAP and Ginger
2 parts SNAP
4 parts ginger beer

RHUBARB Roasted Plums

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These RHUBARB infused Roasted Plums with Honey Whipped Ricotta + Pistachio Dust brought to us by, Sherrie of With Food + Love are literally the easiest, fanciest sweet treat you could ever whip up. They take under 30 minutes to make and they’re the most perfect late-summer dessert ever.

RHUBARB Roasted Plums

RHUBARB Roasted Plums


  • 3 plums, other stone-fruit like peaches, nectarines + pluots would also be delicious
  • 1/3 cup RHUBARB
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Wash and halve your plums, discard the pits and stems. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the RHUBARB. honey + lemon zest. Place the plums in a baking dish face down and pour the RHUBARB mixture over the top. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes {or until soft and bubbly}, flipping halfway through.

Honey Whipped Ricotta


  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Pulse the ricotta, honey and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth and creamy; this should take about 30 seconds to 1 full minute. If you wanted to, you could also vigorously whip the ricotta by hand.

Pistachio Dust


  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios

In a coffee grinder or spice grinder pulse the pistachios until they are super fine. Be careful not to over grind, because it will eventually turn into pistachio butter.

To assemble, divide the cheese evenly into 6 small dishes. Top each with half a roasted plum + sprinkle with pistachio dust. Serve while fruit is still warm.


Sherrie is a Certified Health + Wellness Coach living in Philly, PA. She writes the gluten-free, vegetarian food blog, With Food + Love. You can find her around the city chowing down veggies + sipping earl grey tea. Connect with her on Instagram: @withfoodandlove


Best of Philly – Best Place For Guy Gifts


Best of Philly

Best Place for Guy Gifts


Art in the Age

Consider the “He’s so hard to shop for” dilemma a thing of the past. From heritage clothing (Penfield and Woolrich) to cologne (he can smell like evergreens!) to a fully stocked camping cocktail kit (complete with a flask and booze, of course), it’s hard to find something here he won’t like.

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Best of Philly: Best Place For Guy Gifts

SAGE and Tonic

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A twist on the classic G&T, try using SAGE and tonic with a rosemary sprig as a garnish.

2 parts SAGE
3 parts Tonic Water
Fresh rosemary sprig

An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert at The Woodlands

A couple weeks ago we had the privilege to attend an evening with author Elizabeth Gilbert to celebrate the success of her latest novel “The Signature Of All Things”. We mixed up SAGE and RHUBARB herbal infused cocktails and ended the night with a Laurel ice cream ROOT beer float. All in all it was an incredible evening to remember. Click here to see the entire gallery.

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Hosted at The Woodlands.
Photos by Emily Wren.

Modern Spirits: Tequila, Gin, And… Sage?!

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The world is all about crafting these days, and we’re not just referring to knitters on Etsy. Wine and beer have been undergoing craft revolutions, with local, organic, “boutique”, and “handmade” showing up on labels and during tastings. But the biggest changes are coming from small-batch spirits and distillers, all the rage in cocktail bars which seem to be springing up practically daily across the United States. Here are three you might not be able to find in your local watering hole, but which are worth seeking out.

The strikingly beautiful Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila, deserves special mention for the packaging. While plenty of bottles are eye-catching, this one is perhaps the best we’ve ever seen at showcasing both the lovely color of the precious liquid inside, as well as connecting to the crop (the hand-blown glass is shaped in the form of agave, the source of all tequila). Luckily, the stuff inside is classy as well, a very smooth and perfectly-aged sipping tequila that definitely shouldn’t be blended. In fact, this was one of the first that we didn’t bother making margaritas out of, and would consider almost criminal to do so. Clay oven roasted in the traditional style, then triple distilled and aged for 36 months in white oak, there are no edges here, and the caramel/pepper sweet/spice balance is spot-on. There’s no aftertaste, but still a slight smokiness, a little earthiness, and plenty of wood- no surprise that it’s won everything from “Best in Class” to Double Gold Medals at the SF World Spirits Competition. That said, it’s almost like a long-aged whiskey or some wines- the smoother it gets, the more you might miss some character. And the price is sure to make you appreciate every drop- at around $75 a bottle, it’s in a category of it’s own, and we’ll be savoring it (and the beautiful bottle) for some time to come.

On the flip side, the bottles for Philly-based Art In The Age spirits couldn’t be much simpler, with a style that recalls a different time. Shaped liked classic medicinal and simply labeled,we’ve been tasting their Sage “garden gin”, a very old-school version that is the fourth in their line (check out their other focused styles, like Root, Rhubarb, and Snap). This one skips the botanical behind true gins, juniper, in favor of others that make it into a very fresh, herbaceous mixer- thyme, rosemary, lavender, and fennel all play a role. We tried variations on the Julep and Gimlet, but had no trouble enjoying it over ice. 80-proof and crisp, the licorice-pine notes balance well against lemon and lime, and we found ourselves coming back to this one over traditional gins when paired with tonic too. Available now, it’s a great way to transition from summer to fall, and runs about $30 a bottle.

On the topic of “almost-gins”, how about something old-fashoned in a completely different way. Prohibition shuttered businesses and reconfigured the entire industry, and the first distiller in the city of Napa since that era is none other than Napa Valley Distillery, home to the Old Hollywood Ginn. Note that extra “n”- it’s because the government regulates spirits and defines them, and this one doesn’t meet the requirements due it’s grape brandy base. Who needs ‘em? This version is made with nine botanicals and American oak chips, and aged as well. Most gins are clear, of course, but this one isn’t distilled again so offers a nice golden color. An unusual cinnamon and clove note at the top and oaky toastiness pair better with sweet than tart- put down the tonic and try other speakeasy cocktails (they suggest a play on the Aviation). Available directly, for around $32.

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Modern Spirits: Tequila, Gin, And… Sage?!