Two weeks and counting, loves, until Valentine’s Day. Sure, we understand that it’s a commercial invention steeped in overpriced gifts and forced affection, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also just happen to be the day you decide to inject some spice back into a relationship. Suggestion #1: head to one of these five area shops and come home with a dainty little bag of silk and lace instead of the annual fading flowers. We think you can handle the rest.
1 Coeur Intimate Apparel & Toys
Owner Mona Jackson has long been lauded through town as the best bra fitter around; one look at your chest (prepare for an intimate experience) and she disappears only to return with the magical bra of your dreams. The shop stocks a number of lines, from the classic everyday numbers to show-stoppers from Cosabella and La Perla.
132 South 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
2 Delicious Boutique & Corseterie
Frilly not your style? Head to NoLibs and this hot little studio/shop for something unexpected. Browse the selection of ready-to-wear options, both brought in and stitched in-house. Sure, you can find sheer slips and lacy bottoms, but you can also get a custom corset with studs and skulls. What ever does it for ya.
1040 North American St. #901
Philadelphia, PA 19123
3 Jay Ann Intimates
For more than 50 years this suburban store has been tailor-fitting women with gorgeous little numbers that work for every need. From a seamless that will disappear under spring's sheer shirts to a funky printed number you want to world (or someone special) to see, this colorful little shop will take care of you.
2052 County Line Road
Huntington Valley, PA 19006
4 Hope Chest
5 Tulips Lingerie & Intimate Apparel
Slips to corsets, bras and hosiery, Tulip has it. Their custom fitters know what to look for, and they'll even let you bring a purchase to a dress fitting before you sign on the dotted line. Even if you are known to be a unique fit, their custom alterations team will take that rack-ready piece and make it perfectly yours.
419 Old York Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046