“Among Philadelphia’s thousands of small businesses, more than 13,000 are owned by locals of Asian descent.
From boutiques and clothing stores to beauty supply and bicycle repair shops, Asian-owned establishments are located throughout the city and countryside, from Ardmore to Center City’s Chinatown.
Although it’s famous for its avid sports fans, ubiquitous cheesesteaks, and the “Rocky” film series, there’s much more to explore in this creative metropolis.
When your pup needs a blowout, look no further than Ham + Bone. With two locations — one in Fishtown and another in Queen Village — the shop, owned by Amy Ko, offers apparel, accessories, food, treats and toys for both dogs and cats.
Where: ham + bone Queen Village, 715 E. Passyunk Avenue
Brothers Rick and Ky Cao have been selling stylish men’s streetwear at P’s & Q’s since 2012. The shop has garnered a dedicated following beyond city confines, thanks to their selection of goods from brands like Stussy, Diadora, Herschel Supply Co. and their in-house P’s & Q’s brand.
Where: P’s & Q’s, 820 South Street
Occupying a pair of storefronts on South Street, Totem Brand Co. and Totem Outdoor focus on Japanese contemporary style and outdoor lifestyle apparel, respectively. Founded by Phillip Yi, both Totem shops carry men’s and women’s denim, jumpsuits, footwear, outerwear, accessories and more.
Where: Totem Brand Co., 535 South Street
Founded by two sisters, Indulge Nail Studio’s Madison and Heather Pham are unparalleled in their nail art. Seriously: Their intricate Eagles logo nail designs made the local news. Whether you want crystal nail tips or just an OG mani, your hands will be the envy of all. Go all out and book a pedi and an eyelash tint too.
Where: Indulge Nail Studio, 1032 South Street
Long, luscious lashes are in your future thanks to Sharon Cheung and her team at Lash Boutique. Offering classic, hybrid and volume full lash sets along with lash lifts and tints, the salon treats every lash like it’s the star of the show. Plus, the boutique’s team members educate clients on proper after-care, so they get the most out of their glam look.
Where: Lash Boutique, 615 S. 2nd Street
Roll the dice at Queen and Rook Game Cafe, the Queen Village board game cafe run by Jeannie Wong and Edward Garcia. The spot’s game selection runs the gamut from classics to indie games made by locals. Also available: puzzles, collectible game cards and more. Pro tip: While you’re there, sample the plant-based cafe menu, which includes fried cauliflower and Beyond meat burgers.
Originally published by Visit Philadelphia.
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