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

Chris Wink

Love Note #15: Reach Sporting Goods Factory

Christopher Wink (,

Favorite spot: Reach Sporting Goods Factory

Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1701-1707 Tulip Street, 1721-1731 Tulip Street, 1714-1718 Memphis Street

I am: Co-founder of local technology news site Technically Philly
Years in Philly: First came in summer 2004 for Temple University, became permanent resident summer 2006.
Current Home:  Fishtown

My love note: I love Fishtown because its roots are coiled and twisted and immovable. I have owned my home for not quite three years and have only been living in Philadelphia since 2004. For my neighbors who talk about their time in Fishtown through generations, my months status is paltry. When I ride my bicycle or walk past the Reach factory on Palmer Street, across a parking lot from the swanky Memphis Flats, I am reminded of what is great, a rootedness that is also facing a kind of experiment of change, of trying to have new blood and old families coexist and make a better home together. I am excited to be a part of that.

(Top photo by Chris Wink)

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Fishtown / Kensington 2 Comments