Made With Love
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.
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
“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
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