Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: It’s hard to find, but it’s close to the Japanese Tea House
I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Fairmount
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.
I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village
Favorite Spot: Philadelphia, from the Divine Lorraine to Pennsport
I Am: Chris Monroe
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home (neighborhood): Passyunk Square, South Philly.
Favorite Spot: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
I Am: A mom, fiancee, government employee and baker
Years in Philly: 26
Current Home: Mt Airy
I’ve decided to start selling papercuts to help fund a redesign of Philly Love Notes. The website needs to be more functional as a Philly resource, and to put it bluntly, it needs to look nicer. I don’t feel comfortable putting advertisements or sponsored posts on the blog, and I’m still not completely sold on Kickstarter. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter or the blog, you’ve seen the evolution of my papercuts, which I’ve decided to start selling.
Below are some examples of custom pieces. They are all hand cut, and therefore take many hours each (and have been priced accordingly). The maps and home portraits are completely customizable in relation to size, paper color, and location, but don’t come framed. I’ll be taking limited commissions at a time, so if you’re interested, send me an email at email@example.com.
I’m also working with NextFab to learn how to lasercut. Once I’ve gotten a hang of that, I’ll be making copies of the large Philly map made earlier this summer and some more detailed neighborhood maps. Having access to all the machines brings up tons of possibilities for Philly-centric things to make, so if you have suggestions of what you’d like to see, please let me know.
CUSTOM PAPERCUT MAPS
(please email about pricing)
CUSTOM HOME PORTRAITS
STARTING AT $125
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse
I Am: A reverse commuter
Current Home: NoLibs
Melissa Geary (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: It’s its own address
I Am: A medical student
Years in Philly: Two
Current Home: Daytona Beach, Florida
Favorite Spot: BuildaBridge
Address: 205 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
I Am: Writer/Blogger
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Northeast near Bustleton
It feels like most people who were born in Philly and the suburbs spent at least a day each summer at the Jersey shore. There are the outliers who made their way down to the beaches of Delaware or Maryland, but it seems like Jersey was the primary destination. And they weren’t just trips to a random beach. Most people have “their” beach. Ours was Ocean City — a week in one of the small motels, days at the beach or Gillian’s Water Park (which I only just recently discovered was not Gilligan’s as I had been pronouncing all these years), and nights walking along the boardwalk eating Johnson’s popcorn and going on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Wonderland Pier.
As I’ve gotten older, the family beach vacations have become more infrequent and we’ve broadened our horizons. My Philly tradition may have changed slightly, but a summer would not be complete without the beach. What’s your tradition? What’s your beach?
Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Wildwood, NJ
Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman
Favorite Spot: Pre-Phillies ritual including Cosmi’s Deli, Termini Bros, and Citizens Bank Bark
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Cosmi’s Deli (1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), Termini Bros (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), CBP (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)
We are both: South Philly homeowners, Bike Commuters, Phillies season ticket holders. He is: Web Guy, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Homebrewer. She is: Bicycle Laundry Marketer, Arts Supporter, Food Co-op party planner
Years in Philly: 7 together (plus Leigh’s 18 in the burbs)
Current Home: We call it Franklin Heights, real estate agents and civic associations call our neighborhood Passyunk Sq.