Every so often, I come across a retail store that is ultra-inspiring. And the Anthropologie store I visited while in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago is just that.
I'm usually a "mom & pop" shop advocate. However, I can't help but admire how this chain of stores adapts so beautifully to different, unique locations. Anthropologie is know to seek out unusual buildings, and none is more lovely than their flagship store on Rittenhouse Square, a lively upscale neighborhood right in the heart of Philly.
This ornate building, a Beaux Arts mansion, was once the Drexel family home. How often do you see carved ceilings and a stunning stained glass rotunda inside a retail store!
With three large floors, this Anthro location is chock full of inspiration. Check out the awesome room, below.
This room's majestic ceiling, at least twenty feet high, is covered in painted "ancestor" portraits. How cool is that?
What I love most is how Anthro's visual specialists incorporate salvaged materials and vintage objects into their displays, like the old skyway cable car, above.
Here is some more retail inspiration . . .
Even though this is a retail shop, I didn't feel compelled to purchase anything. Filled with so many creative ideas for the home, just walking around and soaking in the inspiring displays was enough for me.
If you ever find yourself in Philadelphia, make sure to stop by Rittenhouse Square's Anthropologie, located at 1801 Walnut Street.