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"We like to champion the city. It’s a city that’s on the rise as we all know and...we want to be one of the standard bearers of that growing tide."

Aaron Pierce &
Craig Arthur Von Schroeder
Owners and Designers, Commonwealth Proper

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amada Danny Govberg
President & Owner, Govberg Jewelers

Danny Govberg continues to carry on the tradition started by his grandfather in 1922, offering high-end watches and jewelry to a city rich in history and culture. He shares his vast knowledge of the industry with his staff to provide an insightful, elite level of customer service.



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barneys Jeff Glass and Ralph Yaffe
Co-Owners, Boyd's
A Philadelphia institution, Boyd's has been providing luxury men's clothing since 1938. Combining quality fashion with world-class amenities and customer service, they're regarded as one of the world's great clothing stores. All while being owned and operated by the same family since they opened their doors.



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lagos Steven Lagos
Steven is the founder and designer for LAGOS, a premier luxury jewelry design company. Started in Philadelphia in the 1970's, LAGOS is sold in over 250 stores worldwide. Steven is proud to operate his only stand-alone boutique on Walnut Street in Philadelphia.



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barneys Simon Doonan
Creative Ambassador-At-Large, Barneys New York
Simon is a best-selling author whose book Beautiful People was turned into the BBC hit comedy of the same name. Along with his pioneer creative work at Barneys New York, he is a contributing writer for The New York Observer.



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joan shepp Joan and Ellen Shepp
Co-Owners, Joan Shepp
This fashion-first boutique is in its 10th year showcasing the likes of Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Elizabeth and James from the Olsen sisters, and more. The nation's first fully licensed Y-3 shop within a shop just opened upstairs!




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destination maternity Mary Dougherty
Owner, Nicole Miller; President, MKD & Associates
Nicole Miller started life as a wholesale fashion enterprise in 1989. Four years later, the first Nicole Miller boutique helped spark the Manayunk retail renaissance. The Center City store opened in 1996 and has been thriving ever since.



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fpo Rebecca Matthias
Co-Founder, President & Chief Creative Officer, Destination Maternity
Started in 1982 out of Rebecca’s home under the name Mother’s Work, Destination Maternity Corporation has now become the world's largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel.



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macys Ed Goldberg
Senior Vice President of Government and Consumer Affairs & Diversity Vendor Development, Macy's
In 2006, Macy's opened its Philadelphia flagship store in one of America's original homes of retail, the historic John Wanamaker building. Within two years, their offerings had expanded to include a Home Store and FAO Schwartz toy store.



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verde Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney
Co-Owners and Chef, Open House, Lolita, Grocery, Jamoners & Verde
This dynamic retail duo is making the most of Midtown Village with a home accessories shop, a contemporary Mexican restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant, a cafe and gourmet market, a Spanish Tapas restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and a home and garden shop.



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sophy curson David Schwartz,
Vice President, Sophy Curson

The grand dame of Philadelphia haute couture, Sophy Curson's exquisite shop has been a fashion fixture at the edge of Rittenhouse Square since 1929. The store remains in family hands to this day, with a loyal Center City and suburban following.