The area of Pine Street in Philadelphia that stretches from about 13th to 9th Streets is still known as Antiques Row even though most of the antique stores have moved out. The good news is that after a dry spell and the recession (which has not ended for everyone) new businesses are moving in and what’s more, they are changing the character of the street. And between you and me, while I appreciate antiques I would rather troll house sales and out-of-the-way flea markets than go into antique shops.
I never bought a thing on Antiques Row. But surprisingly (to me) I find myself patronizing the new stores on Pine Street, particularly the block between 11th and 10th Street. If I want a nice gift, that’s where I go. My husband and I were looking for a piece of furniture to replace an old entertainment center and ended up buying a mid-century console at Hello Home-and paid less than we would have for a mid-century knock off at a mass market place like Crate and Barrel or West Elm.
Plus I have enjoyed walking down Pine Street from the time I was in high school in South Jersey and ditched classes to come to Philadelphia and play.
Here are some pictures and links to the web sites from some of the stores. You can get a complete list here. Come and see for yourself the next time you are in the mood for something a little different and cannot endure another shopping mall.
Show of Hands Craft Gallery
Read about Pine Street in Transition