It's always exciting to open new shops, but we're especially excited to finally be returning to Pennsylvania, the place where it all started! Our grand opening will be this Thursday, October 23rd from 6-8 pm in our new Rittenhouse Square shop at 1427 Walnut Street.
Meet our new Philadelphia Shopkeeper, Jason. He's thrilled to be taking on the role and joining the Goorin Bros. family. We had a chance to get inside his head and hear his thoughts on the new shop.
Tell me about your journey to Goorin Bros. What paths did you take to get you here today, opening the Philadelphia Goorin Bros. shop?
I had been running a vintage store on South St. for 10+ years and I was looking for an opportunity to work for a unique company with growth potential. After seeing the advertisement, I was extremely attracted to the core values of Owning Your Own Business and Building From The Ground Up. I knew this was exactly the place for me and I was excited to work for a family owned company with a large majority of their product made in the USA. Goorin Bros. is the best place for me and the circumstances in which we found each other were very serendipitous. I am excited about the success of the Goorin Bros. Rittenhouse Square store and what the future holds.
Why do you think Philadelphia was a good fit for Goorin Bros.?
I believe it's a perfect fit simply because Goorin Bros. roots are based here in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia is a city with it's own rich history and a passionate flair for individual style and expression. Philly loves a true original and that is exactly what Goorin brings along with a strong commitment to quality product and providing an unforgettable customer experience. The people of Philly are all about being Bold and will definitely give you a piece of their mind. They are passionate people who love shared experiences of joy, triumph and sometimes pain. Honesty and integrity are what I love about this city and it's also something I feel Goorin Bros embraces in everything they do. Welcome back to PA!
Going into the right neighborhood is incredibly important for Goorin Bros. What about this neighborhood do you think makes Goorin Bros. a great fit?
I think that Rittenhouse Square is a great neighborhood for Goorin Bros. because it's the center and pulse of the city. It's a gathering point for people from all walks of life and it continues to grow and flourish. The area is not just the financial and shopping district, but also an area with incredible food, public art, museums, parks, theaters and music venues. It's an eclectic mix in Center City and Goorin Bros is the perfect addition to this growing and vibrant city. We will be in good hands with William Penn watching over us from his perch on City Hall.
Each Goorin Bros. shop has their own vibe, which makes each shop a totally new experience. Do you have any plans or ideas for how to make your shop uniquely yours?
I am excited to be a hub within the community for local events and connecting the city one hat at a time. We are very excited to be having our Grand Opening Party on October 23rd, which will feature live entertainment and spirits from Philadelphia Distilling. We will continue to support local businesses, musicians, artists, craft breweries/distilleries and restaurants to provide a human connection through education, happiness, laughter and HATS! The love in this company is infectious and I'm glad I get to share it with my home city.
If you could give advice to the next new shopkeeper, what would it be?
Be your best self and have fun because you were chosen for this job for your unique personality and enthusiasm. Don't be afraid to ask questions and you will truly understand the meaning of FAMILY. I have had the pleasure of meeting the most wonderful people in my short time working here and I feel completely at home with Goorin Bros. Stay true to who you are and constantly seek to improve and inspire others around you.
RSVP to our grand opening here.