When I moved to Manayunk, I quickly migrated to Main Street and became acquainted with the many wonderful shops and boutiques it had to offer. One mistake that I made early on, though, was not branching out enough for shopping. With so many shops seemingly always popping up along Main Street, it is easy to disregard the many small side streets of Manayunk. I realized this mistake and eventually made my way beyond the regularly-trodden path that is Main Street, and it was fortunate I did, because it led me to Petit Gourmand.
Petit Gourmand is an eclectic, charming, French-style gourmet kitchenware and gift shop that specializes in high-end cookware, such as Le Creuset stoneware and Core Bamboo cooking and serving products. Along with gourmet cook wear, Petit Gourmand stocks Philadelphia locally-made items such as:
- Rival Bros Coffee
- Good & Evil Single Origin Chocolate by Anthony Bourdain
- Gritty City Candles
- Girls Can Tell handmade gifts
- St. Lucifer’s Habanero Blend seasoning.
If the products aren’t made in Philly, they are likely directly imported from France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden or elsewhere. Owner, Sarah Holmes, has a quality eye for unique, quality specialty products, such as olive oils, pestos, mustards, jams and seasonings that you will not find anywhere else. You can find beautiful hand-made glassware, French soaps made with shea butter and other natural ingredients, and Jasmine soaps handmade in Bali.
The shop also offers unique products to brew your favorite tea and coffee such as Switzerland’s Bodum products like the Pebo Vacuum Coffee Brewer or Assam Teapot. For more traditional tea and coffee brewing, Petit Gourmand offers fun teacups, mugs, French Press Coffee makers and Miss Tea loose-leaf teas, with flavors including:
- Green Pear
- Green Pomegranate
- Oolong Peach.
Now, you may not be redesigning a kitchen and looking for brand new cookware or dishes, but the wonderful thing about Petit Gourmand is the variety of products, ranging from higher-end quality items to small, more regularly-needed items such as all-natural dish and hand soaps, coffee, tea, candles and seasonings. It is impossible to come in and leave having seen nothing of interest. Being a small shop, the assistance is knowledgeable and helpful, and the overall shopping experience, like the experience in many small shops in Manayunk, is unique and refreshingly personal.
You can learn more about the store on its website: http://www.petitgourmandphila.com.