Business Spotlight

In a city as large and diverse of Philadelphia, there are no shortage of new businesses opening every day, as well as old stand-by favorites that only get better with time. Our Business Spotlight series highlights the best places in the city. These are businesses doing everything right—restaurants reliably serving amazing fare, arthouses, and more.

The Center City Team lives in neighborhoods all over the Philly and we are always on the lookout for standout places that should be on your radar. Whether you are a longtime native to the City of Brotherly Love, or a recent transplant, use this section of the site to find businesses we love.

We hope you enjoy the advice we offer here. If you need additional information, or to speak with one of our real estate agents, contact the Center City Team: 215.440.2093

January 20, 2020
candy

Living The Sweet Life at Shane Confectionery

Looking to sate your sweet tooth? The cure for what ails you is right in Old City. There, on Market Street (which, back in 1863, was called “the High Street”) sits a modest sweets shop called Shane Confectionery. But things are far from ordinary inside this establishment. Born in Philadelphia during the time of the Civil War, this candy store […]
January 15, 2020
beets

Beloved Veggie-Focused Resto Coming to Center City

There are plenty of veggie-focused restos in Center City, a nexus for eateries of all kinds, and there’s no shortage of farm-to-table either. Both these concepts are ones that hip diners are really focusing on these days, and, for the most part, downtown delivers. Still, there’s something exciting about the Philadelphia edition of a well-known from-scratch fast casual eatery, beloved […]
January 13, 2020
coffee

Philly’s Tiniest Wawa Open in Center City

In a large metropolis like Philadelphia, things are usually bigger. The skyscrapers reach tall towards the clouds, the parks are vast and littered with historical markers, and flagshop store locations feature perhaps three floors of retail where their suburban counterparts have only one. But is bigger always better? Not necessarily. Old City Philadelphia is home to the world’s largest Wawa […]
January 6, 2020
barber

Shave and a Cocktail? Get Them Both at The Blind Barber

What’s the coolest new place in Center City? Is it another hipster ax-flinging joint? A super-chic Rittenhouse Square bar? Nope. It’s a barbershop. The Blind Barber just opened its fifth expansion location in the City of Brotherly Love. You can stop in to get your beard trimmed, a luxurious shave, or the kind of haircut that will make you feel […]
January 2, 2020
door

Luxury Hotel Coming to East Market This Spring

Philadelphia is a big city that has long been plagued by one major shortcoming: there simply are not enough hotel rooms available for guests when the city hosts large events. The Pope’s visit, the DNC, and other international banner events have left would-be guests clamoring for overpriced Airbnb units or staying on friends’ couches, since the limited hotel space gets […]
December 16, 2019
decorations

Bars Brawl Over Decadent Decking of the Halls, Customers Win

There’s only nine more days until Christmas… can you believe it? I don’t know about you, but I’m fully in the spirit. I’m halfway done wrapping my Amazonian mountain of gifts – meaning that it is both huge and consists of Amazon boxes – my tree has been up and shining for several weeks, and my cards have all been […]
December 11, 2019
mugs

Beyond Tinsel: Three Bars to Get Your Festivus Spirit Going This Year

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve given Tinsel a lot of coverage on this blog. The concept of a recurring holiday pop-up bar is a fun one, especially now that the owners have expanded on the concept and gotten in on the Halloween gig as well. December is a time of year when people love to be enveloped in […]
December 9, 2019
bananas

Giant Alternative Format Stores a Hit in Center City

National chain stores are gradually figuring out the formula to bringing all the convenience of a big store to a small, city-friendly format: and they’re doing it in Philadelphia. A few years ago, Target successfully test-drove a Center City location with an itty-bitty footprint and curated assortment of products aimed at those that live, work, and play downtown. Now, grocery […]
November 26, 2019
tinsel

This Black Friday, Get Your Tinsel On

For some people, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – means shopping oneself into oblivion as the malls and department stores bowl you over with doorbusters and other great deals. For Center City-ites, however, this Friday means the yearly start of a young but beloved holiday tradition: the opening of Tinsel, the renowned holiday pop-up bar, on 12th Street […]
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