About the shop
Occasionette is a curated gift shop, opening its doors in 2013 on South Philly's East Passyunk Avenue. It has grown exponentially over the years and now boasts one of the city's largest selections of independent cards and gifts.
In the summer of 2017, the team opened a second location (twice as big as the first!) in nearby Collingswood, NJ.
In both locations you'll find cards for every occasion, candles, tea towels, jewelry, bar wares, candies, notebooks, journals, photo frames and much more. Occasionette seeks to be an asset to its community in each neighborhood, from serving as a site host for CSA's from local farms and being the perfect place to pick up that little something for the people you love.
What people are saying about Occasionette:
"Your shop is hands down my favorite place in all of Philadelphia! Thank you for spreading such joy and supporting all the amazing talent that lies among us. Everything you sell is special and unique and yet still so affordable." - Theresa, South Philly
"It's nice to be greeted, and then just kind of left alone to browse. Your store is so fun to browse!!" - Jennifer, Collingswood
"The staff is amazing. Always there with a welcoming smile and conversation. My dogs always feel welcome, too! Love this place!" - Christine, Collingswood
"Normally I would enjoy browsing, but in this case I was in a hurry. I was able to find an adorable card and some lovely soap, and was out the door in about two minutes. My wife loved them both." - Steven, Philadelphia
You may have seen us in:
- Best of Philly 2013 - Philadelphia Magazine
- Best of Philly 2015 - Philadelphia Magazine
- Best of Philly 2016 - Philadelphia Magazine
- Best of Philly 2017 - Philadelphia Magazine
- Best of South Jersey 2018
- Philadelphia Magazine's 50 Best Shops
- One of a Kind Gift Guide Where Magazine
- Grid Magazine
- Etsy's City Guides
About our team
Sara, owner & creative director
Sara believes every job she's ever had has prepared her for being a shopkeeper. When she's not merchandising or petting puppies in the shop, she enjoys fussing over her houseplants and in her gardens, sipping craft beer, and spending hours browsing Airbnb listings in faraway towns.
One of our original shop gals on East Passyunk, we were thrilled when Lil' Sarah came aboard as our inventory manager. When she's not handling our purchase orders in the warehouse or dreaming up new window displays, she's often working on her own illustration projects. Sarah is a Caesar salad aficionado and lives in South Philly.
Christian, general manager
Christian manages our growing team with a smile. When he's not keeping things running smoothly in the shops, you can find him spending time with his two dogs or exploring Philly again (and readjusting to cold weather!) after a few years of living in California.