Interior of Petit Jardin en Ville Showroom with furniture and plants on display

New Old City Businesses Open in 2022

Old City District is excited to welcome new shops, restaurants, a grocery store, and a museum to the neighborhood this spring.

PHILADELPHIA - Old City District is excited to welcome new businesses and organizations to the neighborhood in 2022, with more scheduled to open this year.

The new businesses and organizations include (in alphabetical order): 3J's Cafe, Amina, ANIMA Natural Pet Products, A Four Foot Prune, Atelier Bianca, Bubble Tea Room, Citizens, City Fitness (coming soon), Constitution Cannoli King, Dafina Co., Elektra Vintage, Evolve Fitness PHL, Istanbul Cafe, Kadampa Meditation Center, Little Susie's, Mochinut, Museum of Illusions, Old City Kitchen, Olde City Pizza, Olea, Pet Dermatology Center, Petit Jardin en Ville Outdoor Living Showroom, PingPod, Pulpery, Riverwards Produce, Sage Hair Collective, Salon Ballyhoo, Sol Reminisce, Stickball, Vanderwende's Ice Cream, and Wood Fired Pizza by Oh Brother.

In 2021, Old City welcomed 31 new businesses to the neighborhood. 

The new businesses and organizations join a neighborhood known for its arts and design community, burgeoning tech and dining scenes, and hundreds of independently owned small businesses. 

Learn more about the new locations below.

3 J’s Café
317 Market Street 

Chicken and eggs on a plate

Welcome to 3J's CAFE! 
Try our famous hand-battered, fried to order Fried Chicken Sandwich or our homemade Biscuit and Gravy. Or start your day with our Breakfast Tacos or Breakfast Bowl. Explore our collection of sandwiches, burritos and sweet starts like Nuttella Stuffed Pancakes or Belgian Waffle. Want to customize your breakfast? Build Your Own Omelette or have 2 Eggs Your Way.  Brunched up your lunch with our Steak and Eggs or Super Smashed Burger. Our homemade soups are ready to warm your day up. Hungry for more, check out our specials. Have a brunch meeting and need a cozy place and good food? Contact us for further details.
10% off Neighborhood Discount applies to anyone who works or lives in the neighborhood. We are here to serve you!

104 Chestnut Street
Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Old City serving up American Southern Cuisine by Owner Felicia Wilson and Chef Partner Darryl Harmon.

ANIMA Natural Pet Products
304 Arch Street 
Bonejour is moving to a larger location across the street, to 304 Arch Street, a beautiful new space at the literal corner of 3rd and Arch, in the old Rocket Fizz building. In addition, Bonejour is rebranding to ANIMA Natural Pet Products in an effort to show continued serious focus on preventative health and nutrition for both DOGS and CATS. This name change shows equal focus on dog and cat customers.
ANIMA offers natural and preventative pet products including raw food and supplements. The new location offers the same DIY bath spa, plus cool accessories and fashion! ANIMA also offers city wide delivery and nutrition consulting from our well trained staff. 

A Four Foot Prune
142 N. 2nd Street

Vintage home goods

Atelier Bianca
234 Arch Street 

On the heels of the launch of her debut bridal line, Sposa, in November 2021, Bianca De Pietro, acclaimed couture designer behind the Atelier Bianca brand and owner of Philadelphia boutique Toile, is growing her business to include a pop-up showroom, featuring gowns from the debut collection, made-to-order pieces, customizable accessories, and more.  

Two people wearing wedding gowns
Photo credit: Atelier Bianca

When brides-to-be enter the retail space, located at 234 Arch Street, they’ll be greeted with displays of unique bridal accessories, such as belts, veils, capes, caplets, and more, plus jewelry from local designers Nuance and Vannucci. De Pietro will also be offering customizable jewelry to create one-of-a-kind finishing touches. Additionally, for the first time, brides can browse and try on samples from Atelier Bianca Sposa, De Pietro's stunning 13-piece debut collection boasting enchanting gowns with interchangeable looks all designed with the uniqueness of each bride in mind. 
The pop-up shop will be appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled at [email protected] or 267.587.7221. De Pietro will be offering consultations on bridal wear, as well as fitting and alteration appointments for bridal gowns, but also custom evening wear and bridesmaid dresses.

Bubble Tea Room
319 Market Street

248 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Citizens Bank exterior
Photo credit: Citizens Bank















Constitution Cannoli King
211 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dafina Co.
47 N. 3rd Street 

Elektra Vintage
53 N. 3rd Street

Evolve Fitness PHL
126 Race Street

Istanbul Cafe
301 Market Street

Kadampa Meditation Center
47-49 N. 2nd Street

Little Susie’s
140 Chestnut Street 

Pies on a tray
Photo credit: Little Susie's

Coffee and pie shop open daily 7:00am-2:00pm. 

108 Chestnut Street
Mochinut is a popular brand of Mochi donuts. Our main menus are Mochi Donuts, Korean Rice Flour Hotdogs, Bubble Tea Drinks. Mochi donut is a donut that originated from Hawaii which is a combination of American doughnuts and Japanese mochi. Mochinut is gaining popularity owing to its unique shape and wonderful texture; light crispy coating with a soft chewy inside.

Museum of Illusions
401 Market Street

The Museum of Illusions offers visual and educational exhibits designed to tease the senses and bring out the playfulness in guests of all ages. With more than 80 exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, and optical illusions, visitors will learn about vision, perception, and the human brain and experience firsthand the science of how the eyes can trick the mind. 

Person walking through tunnel at Museum of Illusions
Photo credit: Museum of Illusions

The museum will be open from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M from Monday to Thursday. On Friday, the museum will be open from 10 A.M to 10 P.M. On Saturday, hours of operation are from 9 A.M to 10 P.M. Lastly, on Sunday, the museum is open from 9 A.M to 9 P.M. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of their visit. Tickets for the museum can be located on the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia website, under the tickets tab. For more information on the Museum of Illusions, as well as updates on the opening, please visit their website.

Old City Kitchen
218 Market Street 

Interior of Old City Kitchen
Photo credit: Old City Kitchen

Cooking classes, chef dinners, wine tastings, and events - as well as event space and ghost kitchen.

Olde City Pizza
8 N. 3rd Street

232 Arch Street 

Mediterranean BYOB open Sunday - Monday, 5:00-9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00-10:00pm.

Pet Dermatology Center
18 S. Letitia Street
Pet Dermatology Center will open this Fall in Old City as the first dermatology only veterinary clinic in Philadelphia. We provide specialty dermatology care to pets in a new, fully-renovated clinic with a focus on providing the highest standard of care and client service. We collaborate with your primary care veterinarian for successful management of dermatology cases for both you and your pet.

Petit Jardin en Ville Outdoor Living Showroom
162 N. 3rd Street 

We have selected renown European contemporary outdoor furniture for our favorite garden design; Swedish teak, traditional French and contemporary from Belgium, Italy and Spain, lightning from Spain, accessories with modern lines' from Denmark, and a refreshing Philadelphia-base maker.

Our furniture and accessories are a unique combination of contemporary design with historical influence, a funky twist of colors and a quality to withstand everything that nature throws at them.

We offer the following brands:

  • Fermob - Iconic steel and aluminum French furniture
  • EGO Paris - “Art de vivre à la française” contemporary design
  • Skargaarden - Beautiful Scandinavian traditional design
  • KETTAL - Creative, innovative and contemporary design from Spain
  • Manutti - Contemporary design Belgium manufacturer
  • VIBIA - Architectural lighting company based in Barcelona

56 N. 3rd Street 

Exterior of Pulpery, with large display window and doorway

Pulpery is a papermaking and bookbinding studio. The studio space will host creative classes (think papercrafting, jewelry making, and gift wrapping) starting up in the next few months!  Pulpery's retail section is now open Friday-Sunday and by appointment. It features Pulpery's stationery along with products made by other small businesses from recycled materials. 

Riverwards Produce
146 Bread Street 

Produce on display inside of Riverwards Produce

Riverwards Produce provides unique quality ingredients to creative chefs and neighbors alike.  We focus on sourcing local ingredients and "ugly" produce that may not make it to big box supermarkets.  Being located in Philadelphia, we have an abundant amount of local produce available to us between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   We make sure the neighborhood gets to experience that abundance as much as possible. 

  • local and organic produce 
  • a bulk section full of nuts and grains
  • locally raised meat and eggs  
  • bread from local bakeries
  • cheeses from local cheese makers
  • vegan options from leading and up and coming brands
  • flowers from local farms 

Sage Hair Collective
53 N. 2nd Street

Salon Ballyhoo
321 Arch Street
(267) 239-2273
We take hair seriously but we don't take ourselves too seriously.
We have extensive experience doing hair, stay up on the latest, and refine the classics.
It's all about you feeling good about your hair. 

Sol Reminisce
11 S. 3rd Street
Vintage, sneakers, streetwear

Vanderwende’s Ice Cream
243 Market Street 

Wood Fired Pizza by Oh Brother
212 Market Street 

This business list will be updated as more openings are announced.