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Visit Omoi

Located in Old City Philadelphia

41 S 3rd street
Phila PA, 19106

on 3rd Street between Chestnut & Market Streets


11AM – 7PM
Mondays through Saturdays

12PM – 5PM

May 27
Memorial Day

July 4

Special hours will be listed on Google.
Last minute hours will be posted in our Instagram Stories.



OMOI has thoughtful daily use goods



Pandemic Precautions

Updated Mar 15, 2024

As of this date, OMOI staffers don KN95 and surgical masks.

The pandemic state of emergency has long been declared officially over, and it seems the majority of our customers shop unmasked, although we notice this fluctuates with spikes in cases.

We provide masks upon request.

We do not require masks to shop.

The front of our Old City shop


There is a very small step and slight lip at the bottom of our front double door. We do not have a ramp.

We typically keep one door open, but can quickly open both doors if needed.

There are no stairs to climb and the store is spacious for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.

We sometimes burn incense or scented candles.

Colonial architecture and contemporary culture

The Neighborhood

Old City

OMOI is located in a historical district known as Old City, where Lenapehoking became early colonial Philadelphia, just a few blocks from what is now called the Delaware River.

We are 3 blocks from the Market Street Blue Line's 2nd Street stop and 5 blocks from the 5th street stop, as well as a block or three from SEPTA bus routes 33, 57, 42, and 21.

On-street meter parking in the immediate area is available at most times.

There are lots of public historical sites, museums, galleries, boutiques, small public parks, bars, cafes, and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

Pick up our Recommended Short Trips Guide in-store for spots worth visiting outside our immediate neighborhood, many within a 20 minute walk.

"thinking of you"

About OMOI

OMOI is a life goods select shop operating in downtown Philadelphia since 2006.

We offer a selection of items that we like, use, and believe in, with an emphasis on thoughtful design, purpose, and a sense of humor.

If you like stationery, staff-selected books, cool accessories, and useful things for your daily life, we invite you to stop by.

The original storefront (left) and Liz & OMOI's press debut in the 2007 Philadelphia Weekly.

History of OMOI

Celebrating 17 Years in Business!

Our original location was a much loved, very cozy, 500 square foot storefront on 1608 Pine Street, tucked along the edge of the fashionable Rittenhouse neighborhood.

We opened what is now our Old City location in 2015, first as a home goods only select shop, which quickly became OMOI's sister location.

In 2021, the pandemic showed us that we had outgrown our original space, and that it was time to centralize OMOI's operations.

For more on this topic, visit our blog for A Brief History of OMOI, along with store tours, and other entertaining reads.


What does OMOI mean?

It's pronounced like “oh boy” and loosely translates to "thoughts" or "ideas."

Our name comes from the Japanese homophone omoi, and is a nod to the many amazing Japanese boutiques with evocative English names, which planted the seeds of inspiration that led to our existence.

When learning Japanese as a second language in the US, the first “omoi” you often learn is “heavy” 重い , followed by the more general “thoughts” 思い (from the verb omou “to think” 思う ). And if you go sing karaoke, you'll often see omoi written as 想い , hinting at a nuanced type of thoughtfulness.

OMOI is a place with a "take care" and "thinking of you" sentiment. We express our thoughts and ideas through our product selection, which we hope enables our customers to explore theirs.

In this heavy world, let's exchange and connect with each other.


A beloved creative life organizer.

OMOI is an official TRAVELER’S COMPANY (TRC) Partner Shop.

Makers of the original TRC TRAVELER'S Notebook, the company produces a leather cover journaling system in 2 sizes, with various format notebook inserts and accessory items.

Its versatility appeals to a variety of creative needs, from planning to wallet to watercoloring.

As a Partner Shop, OMOI is a reliable source for everything TRAVELER'S, including rare items available only in-store at Partner Shops worldwide.

We'll be happy to meet you, traveler!

Brought to you by

Liz Sieber • April • Monk • Jess • Shaipreeah • Tyara • Hughes • Liz K • Adrian • Min • V • Jennifer

OMOI is run by a small crew of creative Philadelphians.

Regardless of our titles, we all make the shop magic.

We give a welcoming hello when you visit.

We pack and wrap your orders with efficiency and care.

We strive to be helpful and informative when you call.

We're genuinely enthused about what we sell, and enjoy telling the stories behind the makers, manufacturers, and artists who produce the items on our shelves.

We love to talk stationery!

We pride ourselves on making your experience with us a good one, and hope you shop with us again and again.

Contact Us


Feel free to message us with any concerns, product requests, or other inquiries that cannot be answered by other areas of our website.


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