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Old 08-31-2015, 06:39 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Horn and Hardarts started in Phila. I think the first automat, or nearly the first, was in 800 block of Chestnut. The upper floor facade of its building, which was quite distinctive, may still be visible. Something tells me that it may have been a Tiffany design because of the stained glass.

Hmmm.... I think the folks who migrated here from NY certainly know about Woolworth Bldg so they may know something about the store chain.
I am a youngster by most standards, but I have heard all about the old department store days from my father and grandmother, who are from Philadelphia.

And I did one of my research projects on early American skyscrapers, I was actually able to tour the lobby with a professor (they usually don't allow that anymore)
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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Also, Center City needs a variety. It can't all be upscale. There used to be nice enough places for everyone. Then the trashy places popped up. That wasn't nice. But there used to be a huge dime store on east Chestnut. Nothing wrong with that. There used to be a really nice fabric store on Market, across from Lits, while there were still enough mills to fill it. There were places for all incomes. There were automats for people to eat in that weren't pricey. There was a King of Pizza across Market from Wanamakers. You could watch them throwing the dough & spinning it. Madame Wellington's fake diamonds were sold in the Bellevue Stratford.
I agree and I understand the sentiment. (I am among those who complain when KMart in the Gallery closed).
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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I will need to check it out sometime. It must be in a blink-and-you-miss-it location, for I don't recall running across it. Where is it?
It is on the second floor. Once you go up escalator, turn right. It is in the corner against the wall.


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I remember when Chestnut Street was really scary after 5 p.m., in the last days of the Transitway. After the offices closed, the street became a no-man's land, and you'd see folks putting up big fabric backdrops with street scenes or graffiti for people to pose in front of on the gates of the closed stores.

Even in its current transitional state, Chestnut Street is much better now; eliminating the Transitway was the best thing the city's done for the street. It may never again be the epitome of Center City shopping it once was, but it's headed in the right direction. And speaking of high-end retail, how about homegrown furniture boutique Cella Luxuria?
What is transitway?
I hope you don't mind I am asking questions. I am always interested in the past history of Philadelphia, especially coming from those who experienced it first hand.
Cella Luxuria is a nice addition of course. I love independent stores, but I also would like to see international renowned brands. Joan Shepp is one of my favorite store to go.

Speaking of which, that corner building across from Cheesecake is done.
I love how they also fix the sidewalks. Look so clean and nice!
When I first saw it, I forgot that I used to go into that building for dry clean and shoe repair.
Nice tall glass storefronts and whatnot. It is a shame that AT & T will occupy it.
It makes a good flagship store for one or two of nationally or internationally renowned brands.
In my imagination, it could be used for Kate Spade / Jack Spade in one corner and perhaps Ted Baker on the other corner. Since usually both brands have popping out storefronts.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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It is on the second floor. Once you go up escalator, turn right. It is in the corner against the wall.




What is transitway?
I hope you don't mind I am asking questions. I am always interested in the past history of Philadelphia, especially coming from those who experienced it first hand.
Cella Luxuria is a nice addition of course. I love independent stores, but I also would like to see international renowned brands. Joan Shepp is one of my favorite store to go.
Just google "Chestnut St Transitway". But, in nutshell, vehicular traffic, except buses, was removed from Chestnut St, in CC, in the mid-70s, for about 20 years. The idea was to create a kind of outdoor pedestrian only mall. It worked for a few years but gradually ended up killing the retail on the street and bringing on the decay that the street is emerging from.

Walnut St became a better location for more upscale shopping and also morphed into "restaurant row", with the gone but not forgotten, Le Bec Fin, as the premier restaurant in the city on the row. Eventually that spurred the explosion of restaurants that we still enjoy today.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:22 PM
 
Location: New York City
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It is on the second floor. Once you go up escalator, turn right. It is in the corner against the wall.




What is transitway?
I hope you don't mind I am asking questions. I am always interested in the past history of Philadelphia, especially coming from those who experienced it first hand.
Cella Luxuria is a nice addition of course. I love independent stores, but I also would like to see international renowned brands. Joan Shepp is one of my favorite store to go.

Speaking of which, that corner building across from Cheesecake is done.
I love how they also fix the sidewalks. Look so clean and nice!
When I first saw it, I forgot that I used to go into that building for dry clean and shoe repair.
Nice tall glass storefronts and whatnot. It is a shame that AT & T will occupy it.
It makes a good flagship store for one or two of nationally or internationally renowned brands.
In my imagination, it could be used for Kate Spade / Jack Spade in one corner and perhaps Ted Baker on the other corner. Since usually both brands have popping out storefronts.
In a dream land, but Ted Baker opened in KoP 2 years ago, so I doubt there will be another one

Cheesecake Factory has a line out the door basically every night of the week. Great foot traffic.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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In a dream land, but Ted Baker opened in KoP 2 years ago, so I doubt there will be another one

Cheesecake Factory has a line out the door basically every night of the week. Great foot traffic.
I would love for Ted Baker to come to Center City. If we could get more stores along this line I would be truly satisfied.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Under Armour confirmed for 16th and Walnut

Pearl Properties Bringing Under Armour Flagship, Apartments to Walnut Street
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:16 PM
 
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Is it just me or is Philly beginning to get a lot of flagship stores? (Under Armour, Old Navy) This is great news. Philly can now compete against cities like Seattle, Boston, Chicago when it comes to attracting companies to build flagships.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:58 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Is it just me or is Philly beginning to get a lot of flagship stores? (Under Armour, Old Navy) This is great news. Philly can now compete against cities like Seattle, Boston, Chicago when it comes to attracting companies to build flagships.
I think it's more that the retail business is adjusting to changing shopping habits. More companies are building more "flagship" type locations, which function a bit more like product showrooms, since people are doing do a lot more of their actual purchasing online nowadays.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:20 AM
 
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Is it just me or is Philly beginning to get a lot of flagship stores? (Under Armour, Old Navy) This is great news. Philly can now compete against cities like Seattle, Boston, Chicago when it comes to attracting companies to build flagships.
No offense but Under Armor and Old Navy is nothing to get too excited about. I just want a nike store (doesn't have to be a flagship) and more high end that is not a outlet (just to start, still hoping that Bloomingdales opens a department store in center city)
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