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Shopping | Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Oct 15th, 2009 | Categories: Philadelphia, Retail, Shopping | by Michael Williams

Philadelphia… a city known for its notorious sports fans and a certain delicacy known as the cheesesteak. Last year entrepreneur Steve Grasse, the man behind Gyro Mart and Root liquor, injected a little a dose of welcomed style into the city with his shop Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. (And yes the name is inspired by the Walter Benjamin essay.) Whether you’re searching for the newest Billykirk piece, new scents from CB I Hate Perfume or tobacco for your prized briar pipe, this shop has you covered. Nestled in Old City, this perfectly curated store brings a refreshing mix previously one might have needed to take the trip up to SoHo for. Art in the Age also has monthly art shows curated by another Philly staple, Space 1026. Product can be ordered form their online store, but you’d be doing yourself a favor by taking the walk down N. 3rd and stopping by for a visit.—SEAN SULLIVAN

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Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction // 116 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.922.2600

Comments: 15

15 Comments to “Shopping | Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

  1. L.A.S
    on Oct 15th, 2009
    @ 7:14 PM

    Wow. Best thing to come out of philly in a long time.

    “They threw snowballs at Santa Clause.” ——-> http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=1980880

  2. Neil
    on Oct 15th, 2009
    @ 7:24 PM

    Bah! Did you close the store for a private shoot last weekend? Wish I had known it was you, I would have stuck around to profess my ACL love. . .

  3. Andrea
    on Oct 15th, 2009
    @ 9:51 PM

    Field Notes *and* Rite-in-the-Rain – my kind of people!

  4. HOM
    on Oct 15th, 2009
    @ 10:36 PM

    I’m all kinds of in love

  5. Don Richman
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 1:02 AM

    Are those COTO cufflinks in the 7th picture from the top? The packaging looks familiar – http://www.cotoluxe.com/root.html. I hope they are – I have yet to see these in any stores outside of New York. They’re one of my favorite pairs of cufflinks that I own. Get comments on them every time I wear them.

    I might have to come up with an excuse to visit Philly. Although this may be just the excuse I was in need of.

  6. Exit Lines
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 10:20 AM

    Sean: Are you going with the briar pipe these days?
    That puts you in the company of immortals.

  7. STONER
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 10:21 AM

    Dang. This place looks so promising that we might actually have to forgive Grasse for G-Mart…

  8. cyle
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 3:34 PM

    I use to work for Grasse@sailor jerry and over saw the distribution of Art in The Age before it became a store front. He is not a nice man and when I say that I mean don’t support him and his tyrannical ways. He terrorizes his employees and they all walk around on egg shells around him hoping he doesn’t explode…but he usually does anyway. I’m just letting yall know how it is over there.

  9. jack
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 8:41 PM

    wow philly is really becoming something!
    one of my favs bddw is selling their place upstate because they are moving to philly.
    http://bddw.com/STONE_BARNS/barns_00.html
    seriously stunning.
    and this store sounds philly trip worthy.

  10. Morgan
    on Oct 16th, 2009
    @ 9:51 PM

    I left Philly for Boston, which kind of turned out to be a dead zone. This store looks like a great addition to old(e) city

  11. Erich
    on Oct 17th, 2009
    @ 11:34 AM

    Finally! There are a few thriving scenes in Philly, but not much in the form of classic Americana. Philly keeps getting better and better (albeit at it’s own Philly-esque pace)

    Definitely worth maneuvering around the tourists in Old City.

  12. Andrew
    on Oct 19th, 2009
    @ 6:12 PM

    The store is really authentic inside. Has a real raw, handmade, industrial feel. Any idea who the designer was?

  13. Steve
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 3:12 PM

    I believe it was Rissay Ltd. Architecture & Construction. Their business cards were on the counter by the register, so that’s my best guess.

  14. Surrey
    on Oct 23rd, 2009
    @ 9:49 PM

    The store is nice, but the sales people there are a pain in the ass. The girls are all bitchy drama queens.

  15. Laurent Fignon's Barber
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 10:47 PM

    Surrey- my experience was quite the opposite. While I left empty-handed by choice, the sales associate was a chill dude from Temple that couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly.

    I agree this is a great addition to the city, QCM connection, or not.