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Mt. Airy is home to a diverse array of shopping opportunities, from vintage clothing boutiques to second-hand clothes & toys for kids; from supply shops for folks interested in knitting or sewing to a place that sells holistic cat treats and walks your dog. We’ve got a third-generation tavern next door to a fourth-generation florist. We even have a typewriter shop! See the helpful links below to learn more about how and where to support the local economy.

A Crafting Renaissance in Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy is known for its density of craft-focused shops and maker studios, including:

Wild Hand – Wild Hand identifies as a “place for fiber folk.” This yarn shop in Mt. Airy Village cultivates a community that believes in the magic of fiber craft to bring together people who share a vision of an imaginative and just world. Seasonal workshops offer a variety of lessons in fiber craft. 

Needles & Bolts – Needles & Bolts is a modern haberdashery and a destination for makers in Philadelphia. They cater to quilters and stitchers of all kinds – from machine piecing & quilting to hand stitching. In addition to sewing workshops in their studio space, Needles & Bolts offers a curated collection of quilting fabric, linen, select garment fabric & quilting supplies, along with cross stitch, hand embroidery, sashiko, and other stitchery tools.

Cut & Sew PHL – Known for the only long-arm sewing machine in a 60-mile radius! Cut & Sew is a modern quilt shop and sewing studio that offers sewing classes and workshops for kids and adults. This shop includes a Previously Loved section: a selection of secondhand fabric, tools, patterns, and thread that make sewing & quilting more accessible to more people, while also redistributing resources. They aim to be an inclusive, accessible, supportive part of our creative community in Mt. Airy.

Kelbourne Woolens – Kelbourne Woolens started its own line of yarns in 2017. Their primary focus is creating yarn with accessibility, quality, and functionality that is meant to be worked with, worn, and enjoyed by all, with as few barriers to entry as possible. Their shop space in the Maloumian rug building offers yarns, sewing kits, patterns and more in an airy space with community seating.

ARTrageous Brush & Flow – ARTrageous is a family-owned mixed media art studio where customers can explore painting, pottery, wood, glass, crafts, and retail. Owner Moneek Pines-Elliott hosts public, private, and virtual paint parties for all occasions.

Bella Mosaic Art – Jessica Gorlin Liddell has been making mosaics professionally since 1997. Her work can be found in private collections and public spaces throughout the country. She also fabricates her own ceramic and fused glass tiles. Bella Mosaic Art hosts regular classes in mosaic.

Outlaw Arts – Outlaw Arts is a collaborative clay studio led by a powerfully creative group of makers who are aware of the vulnerability that accompanies art-making. They commit themselves to supporting one another, and to fighting the bigotry of our culture. Together they have created a flexible, skill-building atmosphere in the studio, which hosts regular classes for children and independent studio time for adults who are members.

Shopping Tour of Women-Owned Businesses

In addition to the above-mentioned women-owned businesses, we invite you to patronize the many and varied women-owned lifestyle boutiques and fashion destinations in Mt. Airy, including:

Pax Flora Goods – Pax Flora invites shoppers to browse its handpicked finds of vintage and antique clothing, jewelry, and home goods, as well as ethically-sourced and locally-made items for home and body. Owner Bethany Hartzell Hugghins is passionate about sustainable fashion.

Ruby Mountain Goods – Molly Bukovec, owner of Ruby Mountain, offers carefully selected and unique gifts and home goods with a focus on high-quality, handcrafted items and independent brands. Jewelry, candles, books, children’s items, cards, and more!

Vera Doyle – At this shop named after her mother, owner Lori Thomson curates a diverse collection of beautiful home decor, accessories, gifts, and apparel primarily from BIPOC and women-owned brands that champion underrepresented communities.

Blacqskirt – One of the oldest boutiques in the neighborhood, the Blacqskirt brand came to life when owner and expert sewist Sherri Hall found that the only way to satisfy her wardrobe was to create clothing that fit her body type. Blacqskirt specializes in sophisticated apparel and accessories for women with sizes ranging from small to 3X. The shop features handcrafted goods, new and up-cycled garments.

Cielo – Cielo owner Alessandra Sarmiento offers design-forward goods for adults and children in Mt. Airy Village. Her collection includes candles, home goods, toys, books, gourmet grocery items, and non-alcoholic libations. 

Dolly’s Boutique – Owner Shani Newton is passionate about bringing glamorous women’s fashion and consigned items to her uptown location on Germantown Ave, including luxury clothes and accessories at discounted prices.

I Spy You Buy – This thrift store is full of handpicked items from fashion designer, stylist and curator Dolly Lewis, who owns the shop. She specializes in high-quality vintage and retro items as well as shoes.

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