Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Old City

Science on Tap at National Mechanics

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A number of Philly institutions provide fantastic night programs (they refer to them as “adult” programs, but that sounds a bit misleading). Last night, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Mutter Museum and the Wagner Free Institue, put together their monthly Science on Tap
I learned about the early years of photography used to capture motion all while sampling some craft beers at National Mechanics. Perfect.



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Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet Shake from Square Burger at Franklin Square

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There’s not really a need to say more than Krimpet Shake, except that you can play on a carousel and get in a round of mini golf while drinking it.


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Love Note #20: Elfreth’s Alley

Martha Fried-Cassorla
Favorite spot: Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest, continuously occupied street in the United States

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: Between Arch St. and Race St. right off of Second St.

I am: A mom, wife, psychologist and aspiring singer (as my nephew says)
Years in Philly: I’ve been in Philly since ancient times, actually since 1975
Current Home: Melrose Park, which is north of the city by about 3 blocks

My love note: It might be a bit unusual to like a place which is pretty touristy. However, when you are there, especially in the early evening, and you walk down the cobblestoned street and look at the houses, you can picture yourself living in nineteenth or even eighteenth century America. Perhaps it brings out the Luddite in me – but I like the feeling of a complete lack of technology and a sense that everything that was created there had to be created by hand with simple tools. I’d love to time-travel back to 1776 and live on that street!



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