Made With Love

Where Philadelphia - - Contents - BY RE­GAN STEPHENS

A spot­light on cou­ple-owned busi­nesses in Philly, from bou­tiques to tav­erns.

From Robert In­di­ana’s iconic sculp­ture to the very mean­ing of its name, Philadel­phia is all about love. Fit­tingly, the city is home to a host of busi­nesses run by cou­ples. Here, a few of our fa­vorites.

MEADOWSTREET MERCANTILE

Lo­cals love this Old City shop, co-owned by hus­band and wife Stacy Jack­son

and Mike Bazis, for its ex­pertly cu­rated col­lec­tion of cov­etable goods. Spe­cial­iz­ing in tex­tiles, the shop fea­tures lines like lo­cally made Lillian Jack­son, as well as a bounty of vin­tage finds, in­clud­ing rare t-shirts and denim. While Jack­son is the brand strate­gist, visual mer­chan­diser, event plan­ner and art cu­ra­tor (the ex­pan­sive space also hosts artists, mu­si­cians and other lively, cock­tailen hanced gath­er­ings), Bazis han­dles sup­port and re­search, with a par­tic­u­lar ex­per­tise in men’s work­wear. Also look out for can­dles, in­cense and host­ess gifts that you’ll in­evitably want to hoard for your­self. 47 N. Sec­ond St., 215.756.4802

JEAN DE­SIGNS

“For us, the best thing about work­ing to­gether is shar­ing in the cre­ative process and pro­duc­ing ex­pres­sive art jew­elry that is finely crafted,” says Jean Huf­fenus and Les­lie Manas, who have been busi­ness part­ners for 30 years. Huf­fenus, a French met­al­smith who trained at the Ecole du Lou­vre Paris, crafts each piece, while Manas has been co-de­sign­ing since 2006. Their metic­u­lously-made cre­ations in­clude sev­eral col­lec­tions with scent lock­ets—hand­made in ster­ling sil­ver and con­ceal­ing fra­grant dried laven­der—and beau­ti­fully un­com­mon pieces forged from pre­cious met­als and gem­stones. Clients can also com­mis­sion cus­tom­ized jew­elry in their San­som Street stu­dio or pe­ruse a se­lec­tion that in­cludes wed­ding bands and neck­laces in their Etsy shop. 704 San­som St., Stu­dio 401, 215.922.2680

BERNIE ROB­BINS JEWEL­ERS

The luxury jew­eler cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary in 2012, and own­ers Maddy and Har­vey Rovin­sky credit a strong part­ner­ship and trust as the rea­son for its longevity. The best part about work­ing to­gether? “We are lucky to have the op­por­tu­nity to travel the world to­gether to dis­cover and de­but di­a­monds, jew­elry and fine watches that re­flect our cus­tomers’ style and spirit,” says Maddy Rovin­sky. Their trav­els yield a bounty of beau­ti­ful jew­elry from both iconic brands and lesser-known trea­sures. For spe­cial oc­ca­sion pieces or just to treat your­self, visit one of their four lo­ca­tions and while you’re there, en­joy a steamy cap­puc­cino or cel­e­bra­tory glass of cham­pagne with their sig­na­ture warm and per­son­al­ized ser­vice. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, 610.971.2446

TAV­ERN ON CAMAC

With a vi­brant vibe and in­clu­sive ethos, it’s no won­der this Cen­ter City night­club, piano bar and restau­rant has been a fa­vorite for years. It’s also thought to be the old­est con­tin­u­ally op­er­at­ing gay bar in the city, be­gin­ning in the 1920s as Max­ine’s. It’s the Brain­child of Stephen Car­lino and hus­band Den

nis Fee, who also run the nearby U Bar. Come for an el­e­vated spin on classic pub fare and stay for an al­ways mem­o­rable night of live mu­sic and danc­ing. 243 S. Camac St., 215.545.0900

STEEL PONY

Den­nis Wolk and Joanne Litz founded their hand­made cloth­ing and ac­ces­sory line in 1992 af­ter suc­cess­ful ca­reers work­ing in cre­ative fields — Litz as a de­sign di­rec­tor, Wolk as a dis­play man­ager for ma­jor de­part­ment store­fronts. In­spired by a “mu­tual de­sire to cre­ate art and de­sign,” the hus­band and wife team de­vel­oped their own dye­ing tech­nique, re­sult­ing in one-of-a-kind boho pieces like per­fectly draped tops, skirts and dresses. While Litz is the main de­signer be­hind the col­lec­tion, Wolk ex­e­cutes the spe­cialty dy­ing pro­cesses and de­signs the hand stitched leather bags. Don’t miss their line of soft yoga pants, also hand dyed, for stand­out style in your next Bikram Yoga class. 758 S. 4th St., 215.467.6065

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