Many people will say they love Philadelphia, but when they say this I wonder what they mean. Often times, when I speak of Philadelphia, I’m not speaking of the city itself. The reason I love Philly isn’t only for the great restaurants, bars, shopping or history. The reason I love Philly is because of the people. We are real, we have grit, and most importantly, we look out for each other. Here are a few people/places that help me navigate, and keep me on my A-Game.
When I first moved back to Philly from NYC, I wanted to gain muscle mass and weight but I had no clue where to start. Many of my friends who work out consistently have back issues and being a tall guy I feared I would have similar issues as well. I searched and I found Platoon Fitness. The owner, Todd, welcomed me, and the team there taught me all the ropes. The staff was extremely helpful in helping me achieve my fitness goals. First I started with 30-minute workout intervals and continued to build upon my base. I soon started to build to 45-minute workouts. I really appreciated Platoon for helping me build my fundamental workout plans. Soon after I started working out multiple times a week I moved into a different part of the city and I found a gym closer to my apartment: Thrive at City Fitness. At Thrive I have been taking private training sessions with Iain. He has helped me tremendously.
When I want food in the city and I’m not going out to a restaurant, I cook for myself. Like every other millennial, so it seems, I shop at Trader Joes. I often go to DiBrunos for artisanal items. I also order in food using the Caviar app and website.
Designer clothing shops
I have to say growing up in Philly, I’m a huge fan of the King of Prussia Mall (KOP), they have everything you need at the mall. I know they are doing a campaign for shopping in Center City, and I do shop in town occasionally, but when I really want to shop, it’s nearly impossible to beat the KOP mall. Some of my favorites in the mall are Ted Baker, Gucci, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.
When I need a tailor or a dry cleaner I go to Fairmount Cleaners - they are reliable and do a great job. I go to Sagets Formal Wear for custom suits and tuxedos for black tie events. Jimmy is a great guy and will help you achieve the look that you want.
I had a hard time finding a cobbler that restores good shoes. About a year ago I stumbled across Rossi Shoe Service and was very impressed with their work. I have since gone to them with numerous pairs of shoes. Recently, I took a pair of shoes to Rossi that were practically ruined. They fixed the shoes and made them look new again.
For anything related to hair, I go to Aveda. Gel, shampoo, conditioner - you name it. Aveda is the best. My hair has never felt and looked better.
For spa and massage, I highly recommend the new Four Seasons. The amenities are unbeatable. Close your eyes and imagine this: you walk into the spa, and are instantly transported into a quiet and serene atmosphere. The service is top-notch. After leaving the massage you can sit in the steam room or sauna. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing day. After, if you shower at the Four Seasons I would recommend you stop by Jean-Georges for a drink with an unbeatable view that overlooks the city.