Black Friday gifts for him: Gadgets and gear, whisky and beer
From your nerdy dad to your frat-boy bro to your stylish New Year’s Eve escort, we have you covered.
Yelp’s guide to shopping local
The Yelp “Shop Local” pledge encourages shoppers to spend some of their holiday gift budget at locally owned stores. Did you know that Americans will spend around $712 this holiday season on gifts? Even directing a portion of that to local businesses can mean a lot for our community. To make it even easier, Yelp has provided this gift guide featuring some of our favorite Philly shops. Happy hunting!
Warby Parker's Vintage-Inspired Frames and Shades Land at Art in the Age, In-Store Party Thursday
Starting this month, eyeglasses from Philly's own Warby Parker will be available for purchase at Old City's Art in the Age. Launched by four Penn students, Warby Parker aims to provide an alternative to overpriced, boutique-style prescription eyewear by cutting out the middleman; Dealing with customers directly allows Warby Parker to keep prices under the $100 mark. Even better, with every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to non-profits like VisionSpring. The shop-in-shop will feature the company's entire 50-piece line of vintage-inspired, limited-edition frames (including a monocle) for both men and women.
An exploration of recorded sound by Bill Moriarty
Venturing into the ephemeral realm of sound, hipster Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is showing, er playing the sound art of Bill Moriarty this month. The mixing artist, recording engineer, sound designer, and record producer has worked with Man Man, Dr. Dog and lots of other bands. The audio show opens tonight, November 4 (reception 6-8 PM) and runs through November 27.
Photos: Chef Massimo Bruno at Cook
Last week, I snagged a seat at visiting chef Massimo Bruno's Supper Club at Cook (253 S. 20th St.), presented by Mavea Inspired Water and Art in the Age. His bio says it best: "There is no 'ball sheet' [bullshit] at Massimo's table, but there's plenty of great food, a lot of passion, and maybe an opinion or two (or three or four)." Some highlights from the evening were the moist, meatless egg/cheese/bread balls in tomato sauce, the salt-crusted fish (keeping the scales on locks the moisture in and the salt out), and the flourless lemon ricotta cake, perfect for that I-don't-think-I-can-fit-anymore-in-my-belly feeling.
PUT THE RIGHT FOOT FORWARD
Shop locally at Old City's indie-lifestyle gold mine, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Hip and funky apparel, kitschy housewares, small-batch fragrances, and dynamic artwork make for a distinctive shopping experience. Best known for creating a line of organic spirits, including ROOT, SNAP, and RHUBY, the company now deals in footwear too. Created exclusively for Art in the Age, check out the handmade ankle boot moccasins, crafted from American deerskin or cowhide in either black leather or tan suede with fringe (shown). - Scott Persuhn
www.artintheage.com. 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600