Philadelphia Shops & Galleries

Philadelphia Shops & Galleries

Philadelphia Shops & Galleries include Sandaga, Jessies Herbal Essence, Know Thyself Bookstore, Hakim’s Bookstore, Chic Afrique, Pearl of Africa, Amazulu, Silver Legends, Art Around Gallery and October Gallery.

October Gallery I
DESCRIPTION: Main location for African American art, originals, serigraphs, lithographs and etchings; special events include First Fridays and panoramic poetry
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p, Sat Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 6353 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Upsal SEPTA Station
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 215-629-3939
WEBSITE: http://www.octobergallery.com

October Gallery II
DESCRIPTION: 2nd location for African American art, originals, serigraphs, lithographs and etchings; special events include First Fridays and panoramic poetry.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p, Sat Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 8th & Market Street SEPTA Station
PARKING: street and nearby lots
PHONE: 267-297-0188
WEBSITE: http://www.octobergallery.com

Tribal Home
DESCRIPTION: A large precious collection of distinctive African masks and crafts; get the backstory on the pieces from owner Karen Riggs who likes to say “Imagine walking into a museum and being able to take home an object.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 11-7, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 56 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: 2nd Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-592-4215
WEBSITE: coming

Amazulu
DESCRIPTION: A boutique for multi-ethnic jewelry that mixes tribal styles with modern flair; specialties are sterling silver jewelry and other hand crafted jewelry; owner Charita Powell began as a street vendor, first opened Amazulu in 1985
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-6P
ADDRESS: 45 North 12th Street, Reading Terminal, Philadelphia, PA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Reading Terminal SEPTA Station
PARKING: garage attached
PHONE: 215-627-8867
WEBSITE:

Art Around Gallery
DESCRIPTION: A small gallery whose specialty is avant garde pies d’art; holds frequent artist exhibits
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat
ADDRESS: 2011 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-972-1644
WEBSITE: none

Silver Legends
DESCRIPTION: Leon Scott specializes in unique silver designs and handbags that must seen to be appreciated; specializes in reduced prices for sterling silver
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a–7p, Sat 11a–6p, Sun 11a–5p
ADDRESS: 2008 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
TRANSIT: 19th Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-564-4050
WEBSITE: http://silverlegends.net

Coeur
DESCRIPTION: Small French boutique by Mona Lisa Jackson providing intimate apparel that touches the heart; also features activewear and swimwear.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-6p and by appt
ADDRESS: 132 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-972-0373
WEBSITE: http://coeurlingerie.com

Pearl of Africa
DESCRIPTION: Small African gift shop in the heart of South Street
DAYS & HOURS: daily 11a-10p
ADDRESS: 624 South Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: SEPTA Lombard-Broadway Station
PHONE: 215-413-8995
WEBSITE: none

Chic Afrique
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1995, this African boutique in the Wynfield district of West Philly is owned by Victoria Onwuchekwea of Nigeria; it features body oils for therapeutic, fragrant and beauty uses such as shea butter, African black soap, camwood and Odo yellow wood; Chic Afrique Herbal products are 100% natural
DAYS & HOURS: Mon, Wed, Fri Noon-7p
ADDRESS: 5421 Hunter Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 54th Street‎ SEPTA Light Rail Station
PHONE: 215-592-9023
WEBSITE: http://www.chicafrique.biz

Hakim’s Bookstore
DESCRIPTION: Yvonne Blake, daughter of Dawud Hakim who passed away in 1997, still offers Afrocentric books, Black Dolls, printed artworks, and posters; Hakim’s also provides a much appreciated Notary service.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 210 South 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 52nd Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-474-9495
WEBSITE: http://www.hakimsbookstore.com

Know Thyself Bookstore
DESCRIPTION: Afrocentric books
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri Noon-6p, Sat Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 528 South 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 52nd SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-748-2278
WEBSITE:

Jessies Herbal Essence & Boutique
DESCRIPTION: a long time boutique for women’s apparel and a nice collection of herbs; her specialty is white dresses and suits.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 1537 South Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: Lombard-South SEPTA Station is 2 blocks east, 1 block north on Broad
PHONE: 215-735-0458
WEBSITE: none

Lucien Crump Art Gallery
DESCRIPTION: gallery featuring visual artists from all genres of the African Diaspora; since Lucien passed away in 2006, Loretta Tate has converted to a non-profit art education resource center that specializes in grief and loss art therapy for youth and women in transition; gallery displays of the art from the workshops are open to the public, usually on Fridays; framing services are available; the Center is documenting the unique African American history and heritage of Germantown.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 6380 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Upsal SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-843-8788
WEBSITE:

Bold Urge
DESCRIPTION: Ms. Bolden provides Afrocentric and American clothing and accessories for voluptuous women
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 6365 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: Upsal SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-848-2112
WEBSITE: http://www.boldurge.com

Sandaga
DESCRIPTION: boutique specializing in West African attire, clothing, jewelry, music and crafts; on-site tailoring is available; owner Alassane Gueye is from Senegal, but can speak to each garment lineage of each country.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 11a-7p
ADDRESS: 7130 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Allen Lane SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-753-0455
WEBSITE:

Sande Webster Gallery
DESCRIPTION: Sande Webster is one of the pioneers in Center City who has presented fine African American art for over 20 years; today she features art by upcoming artists from the community as well as nationally known arts;
 a good place to frame your art.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 2006 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: street and nearby lots
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-636-9003
WEBSITE: http://www.sandewebstergallery.com

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