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Enjoy a Female-Led Improv Troupe

Philly Improv Theater

Philadelphia Improv Theater | © Ticketleap

Philadelphia Improv Theater | © Ticketleap

Improv is an exercise in saying, “yes.” Yes to all the possibilities of where a story can go and embracing where all those yes’ lead you. At Philly Improv Theater, or as locals call it PHIT, you can enjoy an evening of laughs at a variety of shows organized by community members who have dedicated themselves to the art of improv. Peruse their schedule and you’ll find a variety of female-led performances and all female improv troupes. If you’re ambitious enough to try improv for yourself, join PHIT on Sundays for a free improv jam.

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Support the Women Business Owners of Passyunk Avenue

Nice Things Handmade

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© Courtesy of Nice Things Handmade's Facebook Page

Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia has a long history of being a commercial street. Stores have lined Passyunk Avenue since colonial times.  It continues to be a thriving shopping district, but in the last few decades, the storefronts have been changing, and now there is a one-mile stretch containing 55 women-owned businesses. Nice Things Handmade, located at 1731 E Passyunk Ave, is a boutique gallery where curator Elissa Kara sells the handmade ceramics, jewelry, clothing, prints, accessories and artwork of 75 local artists.  

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A Mother-Daughter Owned Store in a Former Butcher Shop

Miss Demeanor

Katie and Julia Grassi at Miss Demeanor in Philadelphia | © Courtesy of Miss Demeanor's Facebook Page

Katie and Julia Grassi at Miss Demeanor in Philadelphia | © Courtesy of Miss Demeanor's Facebook Page

Julia Grassi and her mother, Kate, run Miss Demeanor, a clothing boutique that sells made-in-America and fair-trade dresses and outfits for women. Found on Passyunk Avenue, the interior of the store is quite edgy and fun. The store is in an old butcher shop, and the space still incorporates the old butcher-block table, neon sign, and meat hooks. 

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The first black woman owned comic bookstore

Amalgam

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© Courtesy of Amalgam

North of Fishtown on Frankford Ave is the first black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. Amalgam, founded by owner, Ariell Johnson, is a celebration of geek culture that is one-of-a-kind, bringing comics, toys, games, and zines to the community. It also doubles as a coffee shop where guests can grab a comic, baked goods, and sip on a cup of coffee that is fair trade. Amalgam has a variety of events such as guest speakers, a “Nerdy by Nature” open mic night, and movie screenings. One of their finest events takes place every third Friday and is called “Reclaiming my Time," a comedy showcase and open mic for women, queer, trans and non-binary performers. 

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A Thrift Shop that helps fight HIV/AIDS

Philly AIDS Thrift

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© Courtesy of Philly Aids Thrift

Located south of South Street on 5th Street is one of the city’s quirkiest thrift shops, but it’s a thrift shop that’s working for a cause. Philly AIDS Thrift is a non-profit that sells everything from amusing kitsch and interesting books to suits and prom dresses and then distributes the proceeds to local organizations that fight against HIV/AIDS.

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The only art & design college for women in the USA

Galleries at the Moore

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© Courtesy of The Galleries at Moore

The Moore College of Art & Design is the only art and design college for women in the country, and the Galleries at the Moore have a wealth of art from alumni and influential women artists. Exhibits celebrate a wide range of artwork through a variety of mediums including painting, graphic design, sculpture, fine art, fashion and more, all of which express a woman’s perspective. 

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A female-run Argentine cafe serving grandma's recipes

Jezabel's Cafe & Bakery

Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel's Cafe in Philadelphia | © Eater Philadelphia

Philadelphia is an international foodie city. With so many cultures represented, it’s only natural that the diverse community brings diverse cuisine. Jezebel Careaga was born and raised in Northwest Argentina by her grandmother Julia. It was the time spent in the kitchen helping her grandmother and baking alfajores with her mom that inspired the menu at Jezabel’s Cafe. The cafe features Argentine specialties like mafaldas, alfajores and best of all, empanadas filled with traditional Northwestern Argentinian flavors. At Jezabel’s Studio located in West Philly, you can take a class with Jezebel to learn how to make some of her favorite Argentinian delights. 

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An Award-Winning and Female-Founded Restaurant

Fork

Sunday brunch at Fork in Philadelphia | © Fork Restaurant Facebook Page

Sunday brunch at Fork in Philadelphia | © Fork Restaurant Facebook Page

Fork is an institution in Philadelphia, which has stood the test of time and served as a staple of Old City for over 20 years. Ellen Yin, Fork’s Co-Founder, loved to host dinner parties and after discovering she loved food, wine and entertaining she decided she wanted to open a restaurant. Since then, Fork, which focuses mainly on new American cuisine, has been nominated for several James Beard Awards throughout the year.  

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A Husband and Wife Owned Vegetarian Restaurant with Global Flavors

V Street

Chermoula Grilled Tofu with white bean salad, fried carrot, and green olive | © V Street Facebook Page

Chermoula Grilled Tofu with white bean salad, fried carrot, and green olive | © V Street Facebook Page

V Street takes street food from all over the world and offers up a vegan alternative that tastes just as great as the original dish. Husband and wife chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby were inspired by the cuisine that they encountered on their travels around the world and brought those unique flavors and textures to the Rittenhouse neighborhood in Philadelphia. The concept has earned them several James Beard Award Nominations. 

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A Delightful Bakeshop Founded by Two Best Friends

Cake Life Bakeshop

A uterus-inspired cake at Cake Life Bakeshop | © Cake Life Bakeshop's Facebook Page

A uterus-inspired cake at Cake Life Bakeshop | © Cake Life Bakeshop's Facebook Page

For travelers with a sweet tooth, head to Cake Life Bakeshop in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Cake Life Bakeshop was founded by best friends Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi who met at Sarah Lawrence College. The pair left their previous careers to become pastry chefs and eventually land on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars before opening up shop in Philadelphia. A rotating selection of cakes—such as raspberry champagne, red velvet, and old-fashioned coconut—keep visitors and locals alike coming back for a sugar fix. 

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A Hotel with a Killer 'Cultured Romantic' Package

The Independent Hotel

The Independent's Hotel newly-upgraded accommodations | © The Independent Hotel's Facebook page

The Independent's Hotel newly-upgraded accommodations | © The Independent Hotel's Facebook page

Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood in Midtown Village is The Independent Hotel, a stylish boutique hotel that captures the history of the city but with a modern and inclusive vibe. Each of the 24 rooms is distinct and come equipped with 32” flat-screen HDTV’s, spacious bathrooms, natural light and complimentary access to a local gym. Guests are given a complimentary continental breakfast delivered straight to your room and in the evenings from 5 pm to 6 pm on Monday through Thursday, guests are welcome to join a wine reception. Through a partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Independent Hotel also offers the “Cultured Romantic” package, which includes two 2-day passes to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Perelman Building, and the Rodin Museum, complimentary parking and a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates that go with your overnight accommodations. 

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A Kinfolk-Inspired Hotel Stay

The Lokal Hotel

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© Courtesy of Lokal Hotel

If you’re looking to stay close to the history of Old City, but not in a dated hotel, try the Lokal Hotel, a trendy and refreshing turnkey apartment for the modern day traveler. The Lokal Hotel is owned and operated by a design-centric husband and wife team who have created an environment that feels like a spread from Kinfolk Magazine. Among the amenities offered is a multitude of modern comforts such as a Sonos sound system, Apple TV, and an enormous rain shower. They’ve even stocked the bar cart with everything you’d need to make a cocktail, even a classic cocktail recipe book!

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