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Now a national retail destination, Center City Philadelphia boasts your favorite global brands, plus a vibrant mix of local boutiques. Philadelphia’s downtown is perfect for all of your shopping needs.

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Meet Tayyib Smith


What do you do for a living?
Co-founder at Little Giant Creative, Partner at Pipeline Workspaces and Co-founder at the Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship

What do you most love about your job?
I get to work with brilliant creatives and follow my passions.

If you could have dinner with any historical figure who would it be and why?
W.E.B. Du Bois… I’d ask him how he dealt with being an intellectual ahead of his times.

"My style inspiration is Gordon Parks."

Favorite places to eat in Center City:
Maison 208, Friday Saturday Sunday, V Street, Double Knot

Favorite places to shop in Center City:
UBIQ, Common Wealth Proper, NINOBrand, Lapstone and Hammer

Favorite Center City hidden gem:
If I told you that, it wouldn’t be hidden or a gem anymore. Ask me over a drink.

"My perfect day in Center City? Walking from the Schuylkill River Trail to Race Street Pier with stops in between at Rittenhouse, La Colombe, a bookstore and shopping at Reading Terminal."

What is on your bookshelf?
Home Going by Yaa Gyasi, Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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