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Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Greater Philadelphia 2021

Top seasonal pop-up shops, main streets and more...

Christmas Village in Philadelphia at LOVE Park. Image is from 2019. Photo by K. Kelly for Visit Philadelphia

Find everything on your holiday shopping list — and treat yourself as well — at Greater Philadelphia’s awesome retail destinations, creative pop-up shops, independent boutiques, charming main streets and top-rated shopping malls.

You’ll find amazing deals and holiday specials — and, best of all, there’s no sales tax on most wearable goods like clothing and shoes in Philadelphia (some exceptions apply). Plus, shopping in-person provides an alternative for supply-chain delays that may slow down online orders.

Of course, residents and visitors are always encouraged to shop Black- and Brown-owned businesses during the holiday season and beyond — an effort that’s reinforced by the City of Philadelphia through the second year of its Shop Black Business Friday initiative, taking place each Friday in December of 2021. Introduced by The Honorable Cherelle L. Parker, the resolution aims to support the jobs, revenue and economic impact generated by these vital businesses.

Lastly (and just in time for the holidays), fans of the art featured in the new Love + Grit Storefronts Project can enter the Love + Grit Sweepstakes, giving them a chance to win a $2,000 prize package with more than 20 gifts curated from some of Philly’s best Black- and Brown-owned stores — many of which are featured in the exhibit. Among the prizes: beauty and wellness products from A Man’s Cave and Ursula’s About Phace Rittenhouse Makeup Studio, clothes from The Modern Republic and Harriett’s Bookshop, and homewares from YOWIE and Roberto Lugo Studio. Participants can enter the sweepstakes here or through the QR code featured on each of the store windows. The contest is open through December 30, 2021.

Of course, the holidays in Greater Philadelphia are still a bit different this year. Businesses and attractions in Philadelphia require proof of vaccination or mask-wearing at all indoor public spaces, while guidelines and requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region. And while most shops are open, look online or call ahead to see what to expect. Read more here .

Browse our top holiday shopping destinations in Philadelphia and beyond, below. And for even more holiday happenings around the city, check out our roundup of The Holidays in Philadelphia .

Note: This article was last updated on December 14, 2021.

Pop-Up Holiday Markets & Shopping Days

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Christmas in Kensington at Philadelphia Brewing Company

Through Sunday, December 19, 2021

Kensington beer purveyors Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC) and gift shop Old Kensington Boutique team up to bring an outdoor art market to PBC’s beer garden. With 25 local artists to shop from, plenty of craft beer, food, a gift-wrapping station and live music, the fair is a one-stop shop for all things holiday.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue

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Mount Airy Art Garage Holiday Market

Through Sunday, December 19, 2021 (Saturdays & Sundays only)

In lieu of a one-day event, this Mount Airy art hub welcomes artists to sell their goods over the course of five weekends from late November to late December. In previous years, artists have sold original paintings, photography, paper cuttings, sculptures and many other artistic media.

Where: Mt. Airy Art Garage, 7054 Germantown Avenue

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia at LOVE Park

Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths at the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths at the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Friday, December 24, 2021

The European wonderland that is Christmas Village in LOVE Park returns with glowing Herrnhut stars decorating the tops of the wooden booths of over 100 different vendors. On offer: local and international gifts such as Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, three-dimensional house stars, wintry apparel and more. Additional vendors also set up on the north apron of City Hall and in the City Hall courtyard, where the new double-decker Holiday Carousel sits. Also new: a German food court in the City Hall courtyard. Bonus: Get a discount when you park at the LOVE Park Garage, located directly under Christmas Village.

Where: LOVE Park, 15th & Arch Street

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Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park

Shoppers at Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market outside City Hall Shoppers at Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market outside City Hall
— Photo courtesy Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Through Saturday, January 1, 2022

Find the perfect something for that perfect someone at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market , back for the season as part of this year’s Winter at Dilworth Park programming. Dozens of local artisans, designers and small businesses from the Philly region offer handmade crafts, gifts and treats inside white, festively lit tents scattered throughout the park. Don’t forget to check out the dazzling carousel at the City Hall courtyard, and the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree and Ferris wheel on the north apron. Find more shopping in nearby LOVE Park during Christmas Village in Philadelphia (see below).

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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Stag and Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill

December 15 & 22, 2021

Chestnut Hill shops stay open late on Wednesdays in December, offering holiday specials and refreshments during Stag and Doe Nights . Outside, the sounds of carolers and a brass quartet fill the air while Santa struts down Germantown Avenue. Those feeling especially festive can take a whimsical horse-drawn carriage ride.

Where: Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

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German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice

Byers’ Choice , the Bucks County-based creator of the famed Caroler figurines, maintains a year-round Christmas Museum and Creche Collection and a gift shop filled with ornaments, advent calendars and more.

Where: Byers' Choice Ltd., 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont

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Shopping Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Malls & Destinations

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Rittenhouse Row

Shopping on Walnut Street in Philadelphia Shopping on Walnut Street in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

One of the nation’s most exclusive shopping neighborhoods, Rittenhouse Row is home to an impressive lineup of national and international retailers. Walk on Walnut Street between Broad Street and 19th Street to pick gifts from Apple, Barbour, Bonobos, lululemon, Rag & Bone, Tiffany & Co., Shakespeare & Co. and more.

Where: Walnut Street from 19th Street to Broad Street

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Old City

Ben Franklin’s former neighborhood is home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley — and awesome shopping. The retail heart of the area is found on Second and Third streets, from Market to Race streets, where shops and boutiques cater to a fashion- and design-forward clientele.

Where: Second & Third streets between Race & Market streets

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South Street

Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street is one of the city’s most diverse retail corridors — making it an excellent place to find an off-kilter gift you might not find elsewhere. Shoppers can walk river to river — cutting through the city’s Society Hill, Washington Square West and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods — and pick up fun gifts from Loop (yarn), Ps and Qs (menswear), Atomic City Comics, Suplex (sneakers) and much, much more. Pro tip: Snag a cheesesteak from Jim’s or Ishkabibble’s as a reward for your successful holiday shopping expedition.

Where: South Street between the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River

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Midtown Village

Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood is a great place to shop for stocking stuffers and a whole lot more. Along 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut streets, among can’t-miss restaurants and nightspots, shoppers find some of the city’s best shops, including Duross & Langel, Shibe Vintage Sports, Verde and Open House.

Where: 13th Street between Chestnut & Locust streets

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Fabric Row

Once a hub for textiles, today’s Fabric Row is full of independent boutiques continuing the tradition providing stellar local goods. Stop into Moon + Arrow, Yowie and Bus Stop Boutique to find the stylish gifts no one else will be giving. Then, grab some grub from any of the corridor’s number of restaurants, including Fitz and Starts and Famous 4th Street Delicatessen.

Where: 4th Street between Bainbridge & Catherine streets

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East Passyunk

Stretching diagonally between South Street and South Broad Street, East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly is where well-established Italian American heritage meets contemporary style. A stroll down the avenue leads shoppers to eclectic boutiques and vintage clothing stores, with plenty of gastropubs, coffee shops, international eateries and famous cheesesteak rivals at the ready to fuel you up as you check off gifts for everyone on your list.

Where: Various locations including Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Northern Liberties

Just north of Old City, Northern Liberties is home to art pioneers and young professionals. Visitors here can find most of what they need along Second Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street, including vintage furniture, art creations, used goods and socially minded wares.

Where: Second Street between Germantown Avenue & Spring Garden Street

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University City

In addition to its renowned educational institutions (University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University), University City is a bustling neighborhood with fantastic dining, an artistic community spirit and fun places to take care of your holiday shopping.

Where: University City, 3700 Locust Street

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Manayunk

Main Street Manayunk offers an ideal destination for the one-stop shopper. During the holidays, businesses decorate their storefronts and offer shopping deals and trolley rides on Thursday evenings. Several stores and restaurants offer Small Business Saturday deals , and plenty of parking is available for those who don’t plan to commute by bike or public transit.

Where: Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane

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Chestnut Hill

Two women wear Covid-19 masks as they carry coffee and shopping bags in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia Two women wear Covid-19 masks as they carry coffee and shopping bags in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy @katiemayclicks

The holidays are especially special in historic Chestnut Hill, where block after block of storefronts sparkle with lights to create a glorious shopping experience. Don’t miss the Stag and Doe nights (Wednesdays in December 2021), when the neighborhood brims with holiday magic as horse-drawn carriages ferry people up and down Germantown Avenue, carolers and a brass quartet provide seasonal sounds and shops stay open late to help guests find the perfect gift.

Where: Germantown Avenue between Logan Street & Chestnut Hill Avenue

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North Broad

Landmarks along this diverse corridor that stretches from Center City to North Philadelphia include The Met Philadelphia and the Divine Lorraine, but it’s stores like Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles and restaurants like Osteria and SOUTH that make the neighborhood shine. Bonus: Customers who purchase a gift card from a North Broad business can have their purchase matched by the BID thanks to its generous Gift Card Program .

Where: Various locations, including North Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue

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Fashion District Philadelphia

Three city blocks — 8th to 11th streets from Market to Filbert streets — transformed the old Gallery mall into a retail, dining and entertainment destination when the Fashion District Philadelphia officially opened in September 2019. The space brings shopping from major retailers and pairs the holiday-shopping season with the Deck the District Light Show, featuring a soundtrack by the Philly POPS (daily through January 1, 2022).

Where: Fashion District Philadelphia, 1000 Market Street

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Shops at Liberty Place

Philadelphia’s downtown shopping scene is aided by the retail complex that is the Shops at Liberty Place , featuring over two dozen retailers, from Keihl’s and Aldo to Victoria’s Secret and J. Crew. Plus, a food court includes favorites like Chipotle and Auntie Anne’s for snacking.

Where: Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street

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Reading Terminal Market

The nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers market, Reading Terminal Market in Center City boasts over 80 different merchants that make for a tasty and storied shopping experience. Stroll through the festively decorated bazaar and browse handmade imported crafts and housewares, fresh produce, dairy products, exotic meats and seafood, freshly cut flowers, cookbooks and expertly prepared foods of all kinds — perfect for unforgettable holiday feasts. Also on tap throughout the season : chef demos on Fridays and pop-up craft vendors on Sundays.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

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Macy's

An interior photo of Macy's Center City. An interior photo of Macy's Center City.
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Located in the historic Wanamaker building, Macy’s is one of Philadelphia’s top year-round shopping destinations with more than 100 years of retail history. Recognized as one of the most architecturally significant retail spaces in the country and a designated National Historic Landmark, Macy’s is a destination for shoppers and history buffs alike, especially during the holidays, thanks to the Macy’s Christmas Light Show .

Where: Macy's, 1300 Market Street

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Philadelphia Mills

Just 15 miles from Center City, Philadelphia Mills is the city’s largest shopping outlet — making it the perfect spot for holiday gift deals. Shoppers can find special somethings for everyone on their list in the mall’s nearly 100 stores.

Where: Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle

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Shopping Countryside Main Streets & Malls

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King of Prussia Mall

With more than 450 stores, King of Prussia Mall is the premier shopping destination on the East Coast. Together, The Court and The Plaza welcome around 20 million visitors each year to major department stores like Nordstrom, specialty shops like Apple and Burberry, and eateries that let shoppers dine on the go or sit down to reflect on a day of holiday deals.

Where: King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

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Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Located about 35 miles northwest of Center City, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Pottstown features more than 100 designer and brand-name outlet stores in a vast 549,000-square-foot outdoor space. Visitors can pair their holiday shopping with savings between 25% and 65%.

Where: Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 W. Lightcap Road, Pottstown

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Peddler's Village

People shopping outdoors at Peddler's Village People shopping outdoors at Peddler's Village
— Photo by P. Boger for Peddler's Village

Peddler’s Village offers an illuminating holiday shopping experience — literally! Visitors can marvel at more than 1 million twinkling lights , enjoy ongoing events throughout the season and get their shopping in at dozens of on-site specialty shops. The family-friendly Bucks County attraction also features six restaurants and comfortable overnight accommodations at the Golden Plough Inn, making it an ideal destination for a holiday weekend retreat.

Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, Lahaska

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Suburban Square

Head northwest from Center City to Ardmore’s Suburban Square and enjoy a pedestrian-friendly and high-end holiday shopping destination on the Main Line. Pro tip: Take SEPTA’s Regional Rail line from Center City to Ardmore and back for easy transit to and from this holiday shopping hub.

Where: Suburban Square, 602 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore

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Past Pop-Up Markets

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Miracle on North American Street Art and Gift Market at NextFab

The burgeoning Olde Kensington commercial corridor welcomes shoppers to the 1800 block of North American Street for the first-annual Miracle on North American Street Art Gift Market . Over 40 local artists and makers sell their goods — and attendees can get all their gifts wrapped right at the market.

Where: NextFab, 1800 N. American Street

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Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at Rivers Casino Philadelphia

A person at the Art Star Craft Bazaar speaks to prospective customers A person at the Art Star Craft Bazaar speaks to prospective customers
Image is from 2019. — Photo by Ananda Connolly

Handmade crafts abound at the Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar . Back after a pandemic hiatus, this curated art fair features 60 vendors — slightly smaller than years past to accommodate more aisle space — selling jewelry, ceramics, hand-poured candles and much more.

Where: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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Thornbury Farm Christmas Market

This West Chester farm provides a cheery holiday soundtrack while shoppers search for the perfect gift from local vendors. Not only will gifts and goodies be for sale, but fresh-cut trees will also be available and kids can get their picture taken with Santa.

Where: Thornbury Farm, 1256 Thornbury Road, West Chester

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Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory

For the loved ones who are the most difficult to shop for, stop by the three-day long Punk Rock Flea Market for buys you won’t find anywhere else. Sort through lovingly assorted selections of “old punk junk,” clothing, records, crafts and art. Bonus: Dogs are welcome!

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street

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Christkindlmarkt at Vereinigung Erzgebirge

Bucks County social and sports club Vereinigung Erzgebirge, also known as the VE Club, transforms into a German winter wonderland for the one-day Christkindlmarkt . Handmade items like ornaments, nutcrackers, jewelry and children’s toys are for sale, in addition to food and drink.

Where: Vereinigung Erzgebirge, 130 Davisville Road, Warminster

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Museum Store Sunday at Philly Museums

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is Museum Store Sunday , an annual event where more than 1,700 museum stores worldwide offer special holiday deals. In Philly, participating museums include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Constitution center. Peruse all the museums participating in 2021 on Museum Store Sunday’s official site .

Where: Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Luciafest and Christmas Market at American Swedish Historical Museum

Daily Lucia processions — the Swedish tradition of singing, candle-toting boys and girls in white gowns — are planned daily for this two-day festival and market . Vendors sell holiday deli items, Christmas decorations and gifts, and bakery treats outside the museum.

Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue

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Brandywine River Museum of Art Holiday Critter Sale at Chadds Ford Historical Society

Organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art , the popular Holiday Critter Sale moves to the Chadds Ford Historical Society for 2021 while the museum continues to make repairs from recent flooding. Peruse the selection of “critters,” or environmentally friendly handcrafted ornaments made from all-natural materials. They make great gifts and stocking stuffers!

Where: Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford

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Christmas Market at Mennonite Heritage Center

Gorgeous wood furniture, pottery and textiles are part of the Christmas Market at this Montgomery County institution dedicated to preserving Mennonite culture in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Where: Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville

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Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-up

With more vendors and a new indoor space — North Bowl — the Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-Up brings the best of neighborhood shops and boutiques to one centralized location. In addition to shopping, visitors can write letters to Santa and make ornaments, too.

Where: North Bowl, 909 North 2nd Street

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West Craft Fest

Returning to a new outdoor location — The Lawn and Pivot Park at 37th and Filbert streets in University City — the West Craft Fest encourages shoppers to spend time in the eclectic neighborhood. Local artists sell their artwork, ceramics, hand-poured candles and other holiday goodies in an open-air setting.

Where: The Lawn at uCity Square, 37th & Filbert streets

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Handmade Art Market at Fleisher Art Memorial

Curated by Saeed Ferguson, founder and designer of the brand All Caps Studio, Fleisher Art Memorial’s annual holiday market (back in person again this year!) showcases handmade wares for those looking for unique holiday gifts.

Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street

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18th Century Holiday Frost Fair at Pottsgrove Manor

Living history interpreters bring the story of Pottsgrove Manor to life at this special winter celebration . An 18th-century-style market offers a rare chance to explore the grounds of the home that once belonged to Pottstown’s founder, ironmaster John Potts.

Where: Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King Street, Pottstown

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Pop-Up Holiday Markets & Shopping Days

Christmas in Kensington at Philadelphia Brewing Company
Mount Airy Art Garage Holiday Market
Christmas Village in Philadelphia at LOVE Park
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park
Stag and Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill
German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice

Shopping Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Malls & Destinations

Rittenhouse Row
Old City
South Street
Midtown Village
Fabric Row
East Passyunk
Northern Liberties
University City
Manayunk
Chestnut Hill
North Broad
Fashion District Philadelphia
Shops at Liberty Place
Reading Terminal Market
Macy's
Philadelphia Mills

Shopping Countryside Main Streets & Malls

King of Prussia Mall
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Peddler's Village
Suburban Square

Past Pop-Up Markets

Miracle on North American Street Art and Gift Market at NextFab
Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at Rivers Casino Philadelphia
Thornbury Farm Christmas Market
Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory
Christkindlmarkt at Vereinigung Erzgebirge
Museum Store Sunday at Philly Museums
Luciafest and Christmas Market at American Swedish Historical Museum
Brandywine River Museum of Art Holiday Critter Sale at Chadds Ford Historical Society
Christmas Market at Mennonite Heritage Center
Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-up
West Craft Fest
Handmade Art Market at Fleisher Art Memorial
18th Century Holiday Frost Fair at Pottsgrove Manor
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