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Where to Shop in the Fairmount-Art Museum Neighborhood

Fairmount-Art Museum has been a hot spot for the Philadelphia elite since the 19th century. Located just north of Center City, Fairmount-Art Museum offers an abundance of recreational and educational activities and is home to over 9,200 residents. The 2,000-acre Fairmount Park crowns the city, and within this neighborhood’s perimeter, you can explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, Boathouse Row, and the Museum of Natural History.

The median list price of homes in Fairmount-Art Museum real estate is around $400,000—down only slightly from one year prior. The area is currently experiencing a seller’s market, likely due to its exclusivity, isolated footprint, and majestic locale. The following are some unique shopping spots to hit while touring the neighborhood or once you've secured a Fairmount-Art Museum home for sale.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Established in 1928, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been serving the “City of Brotherly Love” for almost a century. It features more than 240,000 pieces of art from around the US, Asia, and Europe. Their various mediums include prints, sculpture, decorative arts, paintings, drawings, photographs, and armor. The museum also works to preserve and administer several historic, colonial-era homes—including Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove (which are both located in Fairmount Park. The museum attracts approximately 800,000 visitors a year. If you’re looking to outfit your newly purchased Fairmount-Art Museum home, visit the museum’s gift shop for a great selection of prints, home decor, puzzles, and games—among other unique gifts.

The HOMEspun Boutique

The HOMEspun resale boutique offers shoppers gently-used, high-quality designer apparel and accessories for men and women. In conjunction with the shop, Project HOME empowers Philadelphia residents recovering from crisis situations by employing them and providing job training. The HOME Spun boutique is a self-funded retail business, and the sales revenue generated from their goods pays the wages of the Project HOME residents who run the boutique.

Ali’s Wagon

Ali's Wagon is a must-visit spot for shoppers keen on nabbing some locally-curated treasures from Philadelphia. Kids will dig the pastel sidewalk chalk, while your quirky cousin might like the “Philly Tarot Deck.” Special items include handmade baby clothes and artisanal soaps, and you’re sure to find gifts for even your most discerning family members at Ali’s Wagon.

Mom will love handmade jewelry, unique baby clothes, nail polish, and scented candles. Dad will love in his new Philly emblazoned winter wear and funky handmade soaps with names like “The Fun Uncle,” which “smells like crushing beer cans and floor wrestling.”


Fans of independent booksellers rejoice. Bookhaven is a literary gem hidden amongst beautiful Fairmount-Art Museum real estate, and while the Bookhaven storefront appears meek, it opens up into a two-story space that’s packed with new and used books and sure to delight any bibliophile. Visitors can also enjoy the company of two friendly shop cats that wander the aisles.

Fairmount Pet Shoppe

Pet owners in the market for Fairmount-Art Museum homes for sale will love visiting Fairmount Pet Shoppe. You'll find pet accessories, food, toys, and a knowledgeable community of pet professionals. If you're looking for a new addition to the family, the venue also hosts pet adoption events for cats, dogs, and rabbits. Fairmount Pet Shoppe offers a wide variety of natural chews and treats and even has a freezer for raw food. If the shop doesn't have something you’re searching for, it will place a special order for you—or recommend an equal or better replacement.

Fairmount Farmers Market

The Fairmont Farmer’s market offers visitors seasonal produce, coffee stands, meat, cheeses, and desserts. Chaddsford Winery is a Philly favorite that also sells bottles at the Fairmont Farmer’s Market. Birchrun Hills offers prime cuts and delicious cheeses. While Fifth of a Farm Creations provides homemade jams and preserves. If you’re in the market for artisanal cheese, buttermilk, and butter, stop by the Valley Milhouse Cheese stand. Amira’s Delites offers vegan baked goods, Mycopolitan features locally-grown mushrooms, and Ursa Bakery serves up fresh bread. Fairmount-Art Museum residents are encouraged to visit the market frequently for a stroll and a bite to eat.

Fairmount Bicycles

If your bike rides have been cut short by a loose wheel or a broken chain, then a trip to Fairmount Bicycles is in order. The well-versed staff at Fairmount Bicycles are ready to help with any bicycle-related issue you may encounter while rolling around Philly. Fairmount Bicycles provides everything from mountain bike rentals to repairs. Their inventory—both in-store and online—covers a range of biking demands, including mountain bikes, touring bikes, 10-speeds, city bikes, hybrid bikes, and kids’ bikes. They can even custom-build bikes to your specifications and help with design if needed.

Philly Flavors

Philly Flavors is a local dessert shop that serves everything from Italian ice to specialty sundaes. Their cherry water ice and lemon water ice are a fan favorite, perfect for those hot summer days in Philly. Residents young and old will delight in homemade ice cream sandwiches. They also offer frozen yogurt in tantalizing flavors that include banana nut, maple walnut, Oreo, and black raspberry. The shop also has a small menu of savory treats, including Philly cheese pretzels and deep-fried hot sausages.

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