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7 Under-the-Radar Stops on Philly’s Quirkiest Block

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For decades, Philadelphia’s South Fourth Street was dominated by textile and notions shops. Some are still around, but now they’ve been joined by offbeat boutiques and a cat café.—By Ashlea Halpern
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743 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Book a family-style dinner of comforting favorites including turkey pot pie and lasagna at the Hungry Pigeon. Creative sweets—such as banana-bread sticky buns or poached quince and mascarpone galettes—are a constant, whether for dessert or...
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727 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

Elena Brennan imports quirky shoes from such cult brands as Miista, Yuko Imanishi, Esska, and United Nude to stock her Bus Stop Boutique. She also designs rings, handsome tri-tone oxfords, buttery leather handbags, and other accessories for her...

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759 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

When Kristin Eissler opened the city’s first cat café last summer, she wasn’t sure how the locals would react. Fast-forward nearly a year and Kawaii Kitty Café is a knockout success. “We’ve been booked every...

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Only a dozen machines fit in the display window at Philly Typewriter, but owner and longtime repairman Bryan Kravitz keeps another hundred or so—including Swiss-made Hermes 3000s, boxy 1960s IBM Selectrics, and rare models that date back to...

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746 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Showcasing local, affordable art is core to the mission of Paradigm Gallery + Studio. Here, rising talents whose works may sell for $500 or less share wall space with big-name Philly artists such as Adam Wallacavage and Jim Houser.

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754 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Coachella vibes abound at Moon + Arrow, where the ever-changing range of handmade and vintage products might include billowy caftans or charcoal face scrub. The adjoining RareCo Vintage shop sells groovy lamps and midcentury furnishings.