Douglas Cosmetics: You can find lots of discounted cosmetics and little fun beauty gadgets here. I’ve recently purchased everything from bra strap converters to Bliss foaming sugar scrub, origins bath bubbles, a folding hairbrush and mirror combination and Evian face spray to keep you skin hydrated, all at a nice price.
Valu-Plus: This is a great place to buy loads of socks and t-shirts from Fruit of the Loom. They are two for 4.99. 60 pairs of undies means no laundry until Christmas. And a a ghetto spot you can pull this off for under forty dollars. I kid you not. Just take Septa’s Market Frankford El to 52ND and Market and walk across the street to the southwest corner of the block. You can also get cheap cheap clothes for clubbing at Sneaker Villa on the second floor. Off to the left is the skinny girls section.
Clark Park Farmers Market
Walk south forever on 43rd Street until you reach Baltimore Avenue. Then you can have coffee at the Greenline Cafe or, shop on Saturday morning.= at the farmer’s market. Some guy sells great tacos and John and Kira’s chocolates can usually be found. There’s are also muffins and cheeses and stuff you don’t actually have to cook or even heat but tastes just like home. Watch for info on Head House night market later this fall at 2ND and Lombard.
Make restaurant reservations for Parents’ Weekend and homecoming: try The Kibitz Room 15Th and Locust, Dante and Luigi’s (10Th and Catharine) or The Saloon at 7Th and Fitzwater.
Travel central: If you didn’t bring a car to campus, Septa token machines can be found in the bookstore on the second floor and just outside the CVS between 34Th and 36Th on Walnut. Stops you need to know 69Th Street and 15Th Street, are important stops for free interchanges to the stadiums (Broad Street/Orange Line) 2ND and Springarden is how to get to bars like North Third and other fun places near 3rd and Brown. Two more stop at Girard is where you’ll find the Piazza at Schmidt’s and amazing hoagies at the deli called Paesano’s.
Mann Music Center
Take the 52 bus out here for the last of the season outdoor concerts. Stephen Starr catering has really given it a nice polish, or you can pack your own food and beverages and have a picnic, Just don’t forget the cutter’s bug spray. You people should go on more old fashioned dates. It’s nice to get away from prying eyes. There’s also a free Philadelphia Orchestra Concert 09/21/10 at Dilworth Plaza which is on 15Th street near City Hall.
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