Philly’s seen a lot of change this year — change that has been difficult, scary, and even heartbreaking at times. There is one thing, however, that remains a constant: Philly’s sense of creativity never seems to falter.
If you’ve been curious about picking up a new hobby and not sure where to start or what’s accessible, we’ve compiled a multi-neighborhood list of some of the best independent art stores and hobby shops in the city to help you find what’s close to home.
619 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
You can relive the days of making friendship bracelets at Beadworks, a store on East Passyunk that hosts jewelry-making classes, as well as a stock of imported goods, such as beads, semi-precious stones, and jewelry-making supplies.
Mutt Airbrush & Art Supply LLC
617 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
In business since the 90s, fine art meets street art at this famous South Philly store. Mutt Airbrush and Art supply sells everything from custom shirts, helmets, jackets, license plates, as well as paint and airbrush sets.
Chocolate Arts & Crafts
1168 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Chocolate Arts & Crafts is a great place to start looking for some inspiration. A unique specialty store located at the Italian Market, it’s a craft and gift shop that features hand-made goods ranging from fashion, to jewelry, home decor and more from Mexico.
1216 Arch St #2A, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Rittenhouse Needlepoint is a craft shop that specializes in sewing, embroidery, knitting, and more. They sell everything from pattern books to stitching supplies, and even host classes.
Artist and Craftsman Supply Philadelphia
307 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Artist and Craftsman Supply is a great store in Center City that boasts two floors and carries supplies for everything from painting and sculpting, origami, and even bookbinding.
If you’re looking for your next neighborhood and not sure where to go, just ask your Philly Realtor, Christina Briglia, for help! 267.231.5484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.