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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Knack handmade-gift shop opens at 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.

A gift shop called Knack, which we told you about last month, has moved into 1726 E. Passyunk Ave., which had been home to Era Atomica before it moved to a much bigger location a block away.

In what must have been a whirlwind, owner Jen Pirrone and staff got the place stocked and ready to open last weekend (the place was literally empty on Wednesday last week). The shop, which is similar to Nice Things Handmade across the street, offers handmade gifts from about 15 artisans, mostly local ones.


You’ll find jewelry, candles, prints, cards, baby stuff, T-shirts, crocheted goods, accessories and more.


Big Wes Anderson fan, huh?

Big Wes Anderson fan, huh?

That's the manager, Michelle. Say hi!

That’s the manager, Michelle Haber. Say hi!

The shop also plans to hold crafting classes in the back, where the sofa is in the picture above. So, expect artists and artsy types to be back there teaching knitting and other handy ways from time to time.

Animal themes are big.

Animal themes are big.





The shop will be open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Find them online here (e-store promised soon) and on Facebook here.

By the way, what do you think about the shop opening across the street from another store that sells similar gifts? Too much competition, or the more the merrier?

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2 Responses to First Pics: Knack handmade-gift shop opens at 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.

  1. christine April 3, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    The shop looks great, and there are a ton of great things for sale! I think the more the merrier in terms of the competition from across the street. As all of the items are hand made, each store will have a variety of unique items.

  2. bob April 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I guess I don’t understand why Passyunk Ave. needs another bohemian/hipster, knickknack store. Don’t get me wrong, the items are great; fun and unique but there are 5 other stores on Passyunk that are just like this one. Should we think about combining all of these stores to one large location? Collaborate, friends. What Passyunk Ave could really use is an affordable, yet tasty, sandwich/hoagie shop. We are really missing a good brunch/lunch spot. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chhaya and I am looking forward to their expansion, but it’s not enough. I would also welcome South Street Bagels to expand to Passyunk Ave. any day of the week.

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