Press release

Shop Center City Saturdays Return in Support of Philadelphia Retailers

Giavana Suraci
T 215.440.5516 


5 weeks of exclusive discounts, giveaways and featured events!

PHILADELPHIA (September 2, 2021) – To support the recovery of Center City retailers and restaurants, Center City District (CCD) will be promoting  Shop Center City Saturdays this fall. Beginning Saturday, September 18, dozens of local businesses, as well as national brands, will offer exclusive discounts and giveaways every Saturday for 5 weeks, ending on October 16. These all-day shopping and dining promotions will be accompanied by weekly larger-scale anchor events throughout the district.

Philadelphia residents, workers and visitors will find curated in-store events at many locations, like one-day-only discounts and sidewalk sales. Offerings will vary from week to week, providing a unique experience for returning shoppers, built around major anchor events. The schedule for anchor events includes:

September 18:

  • Center City District Restaurant Week


           Prix-fixe three-course dinners for $40, plus $25 lunches at over 60 Center City restaurants.

  • Arts Launch 2021: A Return to In-Person Arts at the Kimmel Center

           (Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,             2021/)   

           Diverse sampling of free, live performances and fun activities, including their own world-renowned Resident Companies.

  • Primark Grand Opening Weekend

           (1033 Market St. | 10 a.m.,

           Celebrate the grand opening of Fashion District’s newest retailer!

September 25:

  • Center City District Restaurant Week


            Prix-fixe three-course dinners for $40, plus $25 lunches at over 60 Center City restaurants.

  • Rittenhouse Row Festival

            (Walnut St., from Avenue of the Arts to 21st St. | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,

           Experience Philadelphia’s premier annual event for fashion, epicurean, family and cultural experiences that highlight the                   best Rittenhouse Square businesses.

  • Philly Fashion Week

           (Locations vary | 7 p.m.,

             National and international designers & models will present exquisite garments, exhibits of luxury products and world class               entertainment.

October 2

  • Reading Terminal Market Fall Festival

           (51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,

            Explore food and beverage specials, take a photo at the iconic neon sign with scarecrow stilt walkers, participate in free arts              and crafts in partnership with the Fabric Workshop and Museum and support over 70 small, family-owned businesses.  

October 9

  • Harvest Weekend at Dilworth Park

           (1 S. 15th St., west side of City Hall | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.,

          Hay bales, cornstalks and pumpkins aplenty – this 3-day experience embraces the best elements of autumn for visitors of all             ages.  

October 16

  • Rittenhouse Row’s Dogs Rule Day presented by Republic Bank

            (18th and Walnut | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,

            Visit ACCT Philadelphia’s dog adoption station on 18th and Walnut, plus on-site raffles, a canine costume contest and                          giveaways!

  • Fire & Ice in Jewelers’ Row District

           (Walnut to Market and 7th to 9th St. | 3 p.m.-6 p.m.,

           Experience "Fire & Ice" with fine dining and stunning jewelry in the historic Jewelers’ Row District! Businesses will offer                     exclusive specials and promotions that will tease your tastebuds & dazzle you with diamonds!

“Shop Center City Saturdays is an opportunity for residents from across the region to get reacquainted with the experiences many have been missing- shopping on Center City sidewalks rather than online, dining indoors and outdoors at Center City’s unique restaurants. Our Center City businesses and their staffs have been working hard to provide a safe, comfortable experience for shopping and dining and are excited to welcome customers back when they are ready,” said Michelle Shannon, VP of Marketing for the Center City District.

These unique experiences are a great way to rediscover what Center City has to offer. The current list of weekly participants and retail events can be found as at  

Select highlights include:

  • Athleta (1722 Walnut St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Head back in to the fall season as Athleta pops up by the Rittenhouse Farmers Market. Patrons will receive select discounts on purchases.
  • Benjamin Lovell Shoes Rittenhouse (1728 Chestnut St.)    

           Participating: 9/18 | 10 a..m-7 p.m.   

           Percentage of profits donated to NAMI (National Awareness for Mental Illness). Receive a gift with purchase, and register to               win a free pair of shoes.

           Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

           Receive 20% off all skincare packages. New clients receive 10% off all services.

  • Fogo de Chao (1337 Chestnut St.)

           Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

 Stop in for brunch to receive a free Caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian Cocktail.

           Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | All day  

          $20 off your first facial at Heyday. Existing members will receive 20% off select products through the month of September.

  • Joan Shepp (1811 Chestnut St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25, 10/16 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For the fall season, Joan Shepp will be hosting trunk shows featuring some of their most loved collections. A coin jewelry event is happening 9/18, Hoorsenbuhs luxury jewelry will be highlighted on 9/25, and White & Warren featuring bags from Think Royln will be happening on 10/16.


  • Kimberly Boutique (123 S. 16th St.)
    Participating: 9/18 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Stylists will be in the store all day to help curate your new fall wardrobe. They will have champagne cocktails during your shopping experience and to sweeten the deal, they will be offering 20% off the entire store!


  • Macy’s (1300 Market St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Spin the prize wheel in Backstage with any $50 purchase. Prizes include umbrellas, water bottles, first aid kits, gift cards, and more.
  • Primark (1033 Market St.)  
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

    Receive a free Primark tote with any purchase, while supplies last.
  • Safian & Rudolph Jewelers (701 Sansom St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Receive $100 off the tag price of any in-store diamond jewelry purchase of $300 or more. Also ask about their free gift -- no purchase necessary!
  • Shakespeare & Company (2100 Walnut St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

    $20 gift card hidden in a random “Blind Date with a Book.”
  • Sophy Curson (122 S. 19th St.)
    Participating: 9/18, 9/25,10/2, 10/9, 10/16 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Five weeks of focused women’s wear offerings, including “art to wear,” cocktail dresses and outfits, jewelry featuring new pieces from Petra Meiren Jewelry, sweaters and coats.


Find the full list of participants at All programs are weather permitting and subject to change.


 The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.