America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Yowie

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Shannon Maldonado’s Philadelphia boutique aims to democratize design.

America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Yowie

Shannon Maldonado founded her Philadelphia boutique, Yowie, with the goal of giving creatives a platform. “We love being the first to carry a designer’s collection,” says Maldonado, who notes that “the home and furniture space hasn’t always felt inclusive”—something she’s out to change. 

Shannon Maldonado launched Yowie online in 2016 and opened the Queen Village storefront one year later.

Shannon Maldonado launched Yowie online in 2016 and opened the Queen Village storefront one year later. 

Photo by Angela Hau

Perched along historic Fabric Row in the leafy Queen Village neighborhood, the compact shop is stocked with everything from sculptural ceramics by local and international brands, to buttery-soft loungewear by Yowie and an enticing selection of design books. But rather than tightly pack in rows of objects, Maldonado’s curation allows her rotating selections to breathe.

America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Yowie

Photo by Angela Hau

Maldonado has been hard at work developing an ambitious project that will combine a new, nearby outpost with a boutique hotel, cafe, and rentable photo studio, set to open in late 2022. 

America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Yowie

Photo by Angela Hau

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