As the spring weather approaches, we are all gearing up for more outdoor activities. And what better way to prepare than with a shopping spree at some of Philadelphia’s greatest fitness and athletic shops? Treat yourself at some of these destinations in and around Philadelphia that offer personalized service, great selections and quality goods.
Wayne Sporting Goods
Hours: Mon to Fri — 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun— 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This sports emporium is a great place to shop for apparel, team merchandise, accessories, and sport-specific items for everything from baseball, basketball and football to lacrosse and soccer. Wayne Sporting Goods is your one-stop-shop for all of your sporting needs and even offers custom apparel services. Family owned and operated since 1955, the Galczenski’s have been serving the community with great prices and quality goods for men, women and children for over 50 years.
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A favorite of the marathoners, Philadelphia Runner has three locations: one in Center City, another in University City and one in Glen Mills. With a huge selection and a broad price range, this store is a must-shop for serious runners. Not only is the merchandise top notch, but the store is always involved in local fitness events, especially marathons and group runs. This is a place to not only shop, but to meet other people with similar interests and fitness goals.
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Rittenhouse Sports Specialties
Hours: Mon to Sat- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shop owner Karen McGovern takes fitness seriously, and it shows. Not only does Rittenhouse Sports provide a great selection of apparel for all shapes and sizes, the shoe assortment is top notch. McGovern goes the extra step, literally, in customer service by providing extensive consultations on the type of shoe that is perfect for your particular needs. Be prepared to take a stroll in front of her so she can analyze your movement and determine what shoe would perform the best for you.
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This fitness studio offers a treasure trove of workout gear, including the hard-to-find line of luxury fitness and lifestyle apparel Splits59. A celebrity favorite, Splits59 is fitness-inspired active wear for women that can double as daywear and doesn’t look like you are in your pajamas. This line can only be found at the Pure Barre locations in Philadelphia and the Main Line. Rest assured you’ll keep coming back for more after you try out Splits59’s extravagantly simple wears.
Out There Outfitters
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This friendly Main Line haunt has something for everyone with its huge selection of fitness and sporting apparel for men, women and children. Out There Outfitters is independently owned and operated by Zeke and Tory Sieglaff, two outdoor junkies who have stocked their store with great brands. Find gear from Horny Toad, Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Mountain Khaki, LOLE, Merrell, Teva, Salomon, Keen, J-41, Maui Jim, Smith and more. You will leave inspired, energized, and perhaps even with a friendly wag from resident Labradors Lucy and Dolly.
Michelle Conron is a freelance writer and a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work can be found on on Examiner.com.