What’s New On Walnut Street & Rittenhouse Row… Babies are leaving, Avance is Staying, Whispers

The every changing Walnut Street never disappoints. Yesterday I took a stroll down the tony lane and found lots of interesting tidbits for you…

 Babies are on the move as 
 the Children’s Boutique is leaving Walnut and heading to the equally posh Shops of Liberty Place at 16th and Chestnut Street. Remember about a year ago I said that Chestnut Street is the new Walnut Street and more and more it’s looking that way. Neiman Marcus Last Call is rumored to be setting up shop at Shops of Liberty Place, Nordstrom Rack is going into the old Daffy’s across the street,
American Eagle has opened in the old Victoria Secret’s in the 1700 block of Chestnut, nearby is Knit Wit which was the first store to make the move to Chestnut from Walnut Street.

Kiehl’s also left Walnut Street and is now house permanently in Shops of Liberty Place

Joan Shepp made the transition from Walnut Street to Shops of Liberty Place, then found a dream place with large windows for her creative window dressings, which is her forte, up the street at 1811 Chestnut Street.

Joan Shepp is across from Boyds. Recently on Twitter I was lamenting to my readers that I always had to drive over the bridge to find clothes for Big & Tall guys. No more, Boyd’s has a Big & Tall store. Now it is a little more pricier, but the quality is great and I really like how they look and feel. So my B&T friends check them out. Ask for Heather, she was really helpful.
 Last night I ran into Steve Olitsky, who is one of the co-owners of the delicious and popular spot with it’s famous Lamb Burger. Everything is going smoothly and they look to serve you for a long time. I personally love the downstairs bar for the food and chatter.

In other Scarduzio news, his new eatery on East Passyunk is in sight, as the sidewalk has been cordoned off in preparation for the old building to be demolished. (Passyunk Post)

 Once there was 4 dance clubs on Rittenhouse Row, right now there’s only ONE and that’s Rumor. Ten Six closed on 12/31/13, G Lounge Closed June 28 and now Whisper is closed July 1, for renovations.
Rumor has it that the Ladder 15 investors have a hand in this unnamed nightclub being built in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street, which will have music acts on one floor and a lounge. It’s the site of the old Gap Store.) The back door is right across from Ladder 15 on Sansom Street.


update from reader on Twitter
abbykar: its called Tin Roof

Michael Klein wrote about it in October but I missed that article. Here it is.

Finally The Van store is gearing up in the old Jacques Ferber Furs fur store. (They were supposed to be open by Spring 2014) A few years back, I wrote how Joan Shepp was thinking of combining stores with Ferber, but it didn’t work out. Now that Van’s is moving in, we’ll have to wait and see if they’re going to share the big window with Ferber furs during the holiday’s, which was the sticking point with Shepp, I hear.

 The Farmers’ Cabinet closes for ‘summer cleaning’ [Philly Insider] The sign on the door said they’d be back on July 11, but it doesn’t look like it’s open. As of last night the flags were still flying proudly as of yesterday so maybe they’ll get their act together and the hot spot will once again serve spirits.