Shop Small (and Shop Penn)

Everyone is always looking for that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones and Shop Penn is here to help with a local gift-gathering guide for the list-making set and the last-minute, devil-may-care crowd.
We are where you go to support local Philadelphia businesses, score standout holiday gifts, and surprise all the one-of-a-kinds in your life.
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Dine
Breakfast
Lunch
Snacks
Address

4000 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Before you head out on your shopping marathon, make sure to get the day started with a cup of coffee at Saxbys for an early energy boost. The Philadelphia coffee company released a new elevated coffee program with brand new blends from their recently opened South Philadelphia roastery. Enjoy a caffeine boost with their “Pep Talk”, “Liquid Courage Dark Roast” or “Go-Getter Expresso”. Got a coffee lover in your life? While you are there, why not grab a bag of their favorite blend and a mug for a perfect stocking stuffer?

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Furniture
Specialty
Address

3610 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

As the stack of Best of Philly awards may suggest, J. Lamancuso’s impeccably merchandized shop on 36th and Sansom Street serves as a home and lifestyle mecca for gift givers far and wide. What to expect: friendly staff, a variety of price points, tasteful from-Philadelphia wares, accessories, wall art, mid-20th-century designs, and an irresistible assortment of items just for fun. What to keep an eye out for: gifts for those with furry friends, statement necklaces sourced from local makers, vegan leather bags, great coffee table contenders, and the sofa of your [actual] dreams.

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Apparel
Specialty
Address

3724 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Don’t let the hordes of people emerging with their dry cleaning slung over one shoulder fool you – Bonded Boutique does a bustling retail business, with a carefully curated collection of women’s apparel and accessories. You don’t have to break the bank to find a flattering silhouette, an eye-catching piece of costume jewelry, or an exquisitely detailed clutch. Have an up and coming fashion blogger in your family? A friend known to nail the high-low look? Shop Bonded the next time you’re on Spruce. 

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Books
Address

220 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

There’s still something to be said for holding a book in your hands, isn’t there? And there’s a lot to be said for supporting an independent bookstore. Last Word Bookshop, just off the Penn campus, is a wonderful place to get lost among the stacks of used books in every genre. Gift yourself with an afternoon of browsing or search for the perfect story to give to anyone else you know with books climbing the walls at home.

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Beauty
Address

212 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Why not gift someone you love a little well-deserved pampering? Luxe Nail Bar, Penn Campus Hair, Skin, and Nail Salon, and Joseph Anthony Hair Salon all offer gift cards – and great options for a post-holiday (and mid-winter) treat. What’s not to like about an already-paid-for manicure and pedicure?  

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dine
Lunch
Dinner
Address

3432 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Once you are done with the shopping spree, it’s time to refuel with a delicious meal from Bernie’s, a locally-owned casual-American style restaurant and bar on Sansom Row. With great food and a fantastic offering of craft beers and cocktails, it is the perfect spot to unwind and maybe play a game or two of pool. Order up some wings, crab cakes or of course a burger, and settle into the season!


Want to help us spread the word about these local businesses? Share this post with another Philly fan. Not seeing your favorite locally operated brick and mortar on this list? Browse our shopping page for more options or send an email to shopsatpenn@upenn.edu. And wherever you choose to shop this year: may the magic and thrill of the holiday season start small and stretch on.

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