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

Alex Hillman

The #whyilovephilly Party (Blowout)

Oh man.

I threw my first real party on Friday night.

I’ve been trying to remember the last time I had a party. No birthday parties, maybe a dinner party here and there, perhaps one in college, but nothing for a long, long time. And nothing quite like that.

I teamed up with Alex Hillman from IndyHall and Young Involved Philly to bring a bunch of Philly-centric people together to celebrate the City. I was nervous, and gave myself way too much work, but it was totally worth it.

The #whyilovephilly Party happened on November 30th, 2012

at the Trestle Inn (make the trek to the Callowhill neighborhood, it’s worth it).

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Center City 2 Comments

Love Note #71: Alex Hillman’s love? Karaoke at National Mechanics in Old City

Alex Hillman
Favorite Spot: Karaoke Tuesdays at National Mechanics
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 22 S 3rd St

I am: I’m a software developer by trade but a people lover by profession. I created Indy Hall, a coworking community and space, because I wanted to spend more time with awesome, creative, smart, interesting people. Now I work with people and companies around the world to help them do the same for themselves.
Years in Philly: A decade ago I moved to Philly. 5 years ago I tried to leave. Today, nobody’s quite sure how to get rid of me.
Current Home: Queen Village

My love note:

Dear National Mechanics Karaoke Night:

It’s hard to believe that there was a time in my life when I didn’t love karaoke, but you’ve played a huge part in cementing Karaoke into my favorite pastimes.

Other karaoke bars just didn’t get it quite right. Private rooms were never my speed, and every other “open mic” karaoke crowd just didn’t feel like they wanted me as much as I wanted them. You had everything I wanted – a wonderful, cozy and familiar room. Great drinks & food, and staff I’ve come to call my friends. You have a quality list of songs to sing. You have a quirky KJ (and you’ve had a few since we’ve met). 

But most importantly, you were filled with a great bunch of people who loved to share a performance with the room. The regulars are colorful in their selections, consistent in their applause and support. I’ve spent time with other karaoke bars around the world but you – you’re the one for me. Thanks for being you.

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Old City 1 Comment