Study: Philly a Top 10 Global Destination for Shopping. Philly as a shopping destination? That’s what it sounds like, at least in a study conducted by CNBC in conjunction with the editors at Tobe Report, a trend forecasting firm that analyzes the retail industry.
“To choose the world’s best cities for shopping, the analysts at Tobe compared a variety of city characteristics, as well as what the location had to offer in terms of the ultimate shopping experience.”
And listed right there alongside Paris, Hong Kong, Austin (Tex.), Los Angeles, Melbourne (Aust.), London, New York, Copenhagen and Milan (Italy) is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“Tobe Report assistant editor Alyssa Ciranni says the City of Brotherly Love offers everything from high end merchandise to locally produced products. There’s also an added bonus - no sales tax on clothing and shoes. Check out: Center City is home to a mix of national retailers like Urban Outfitters, local retailers and trendy boutiques.
Rittenhouse Row claims to be one of the most exclusive shopping areas in the country, with specialty shops, spas, haute couture boutiques and national retailers. There are carefully curated collections at Boyds, and innovative women’s wear at Joan Schepp. Ciranni also likes Knit Wit, which is “urban chic,” and Arcada Boutique, which sells up and coming labels.
Old City is not only home to Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House, it also has a wide array of stores. There are art galleries, hip boutiques, new-age designs stores and vintage shops. Ciranni suggests paying a visit to Sugarcube, which sells designer goods and vintage frocks.
Chestnut Hill is where the “city meets the suburbs,” Ciranni said. Pedestrians can stroll along the cobbled streets and visit any number of specialty stores, antique shops, art galleries or chain stores.”
Rittenhouse Row’s annual spring festival takes place on Saturday, so you’ll have plenty of chances to get out and shop. But no mention of King of Prussia Mall?
What do you think? Is Philly a great shopping town?
CNBC, Tobe Report, Visit Philly (h/t @PhiladelphiaGov and Philly.com)
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