Stay Neat in the Heat: Top Center City Fashion & Beauty Picks

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Your calendar is probably filling up for the week of the Democratic National Convention, and to help you find time for a quick refresh, we’ve put together a list of Philly’s can’t-miss beauty solutions and fashion stops.

Ladies: if you’re in need of a blowout, that’s what Charlie Salon, BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar, and Drybar do best. Drybar’s recently opened Center City location is just minutes away from Dilworth Plaza, Comcast Plaza, and Commerce Square, where you’ll want to join the Host Committee to kick-off the biggest outdoor Center City Sips ever on Wednesday, July 27. Mark your calendar… and book an appointment in advance.

Charlie Salon at 203 S. 12th Street is offering a #DNCDeal for Convention Week: Blow Dry and Makeup Application for $75 or just a Blow Dry for $35. Call 267-313-3548 to make an appointment.

BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar: 29 South 7th Street. 215-305-8245 (While you’re there, relive some of America’s most historic moments at Independence Mall, and visit some nearby #PoliticalFest locations!)

Drybar: 1701 Market St. 215-622-2835

For a standard mani-pedi with something special, try Rittenhouse Nails.

The surprise hot-stone massage during a regular pedicure earned Rittenhouse Nails a spot on this blog post. The deep shoulder massage while your toes are drying will ease any tension brought on by your travel to Philly.

Rittenhouse Nails: 1742 Sansom St. 215-557-0078

For the men, Philly has a top-notch selection of Barber Shops.

Yelpers love Gents Barber Lounge and Meister’s Barber Shop, both with an almost unanimous five-star rating.

Gents Barber Lounge: 45 N. 3rd St., 2nd Floor. 267-800-2873

Meister’s Barber Shop: 1810 E. Passyunk Ave. 215-309-3169


For a rejuvenating massage, try The Spa at Terme di Aroma.

There’s a reason The Spa at Terme di Aroma has earned Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Massage multiple times. Located on 3rd Street in Old City, you can take your pick from the extensive spa menu and then take a stroll through #PhillyFeast on Monday, July 25 from 11am-3pm.

Terme di Aroma: 32 N. 3rd St. 215-829-9769

When you need to stock up on anything and everything, get to Beans.

Before Philly had Sephora or Ulta there was Beans, a family-owned beauty institution that stocks an impressive selection of brands for makeup, nail, hair, skincare and men’s grooming products.

Beans Center City: 1733 Chestnut St. 215-567-1518


Packed for sunny skies but got stuck in a downpour? Wishing you thought to bring just a few more dress shirts or a Little Black Dress? Luckily, Center City is quickly becoming a shopping destination for visitors of all different tastes, with stores catering to all price points and budgets within walking distance of most hotels. Below are just a few of the many options available to DNC convention visitors.

Eco-Friendly: Buffalo Exchange, a nation-wide upscale “upcycled” clothing store making waves across the country for its unique approach to consignment, offers new or gently-used clothing at affordable prices, while also donating a portion of its proceeds to local charities.  You can also get your second-hand game on at 2nd Time Around in Center City and Greene Street Consignment on South Street.  From basic staples like t-shirts and jeans to fancy-occasion clothes, shoppers can find designers from around the world, as well as an eclectic collection of vintage picks.

Buffalo Exchange PHL: 1713 Chestnut Street. 215-557-9850

2nd Time Around: 1728 Chestnut Street. 215-988-9903

Greene Street Consignment: 700 South Street. 215-733-9261

Local: The winner of the 2016 Philly Magazine award for Best Shop for Local Designers, MAARK Concept, a relative newbie to the Philly fashion scene, serves as a retail/exhibition space for Philadelphia’s up-and-coming sartorialists.

MAARK Concept: 1540 South St. 215-839-9154

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Fast Fashion: Both Chestnut and Walnut streets (between Broad and 20th St.) offer dozens of big-name stores, and those looking to grab chic, cheap, last-minute accessories or clothing can duck into Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Express, and more.

Historic: If you’re seeking a more classic appeal, visiting Macy’s is a great excuse to walk through neighboring City Hall – plus, their downtown location in the old Wanamaker building is a National Historic Landmark.

Macy’s: 1300 Market Street

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