Sometimes a bakery is what makes a home

Avi 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 My Love Note Dear Bredenbeck’s, You already know all this because I tell whoever is working behind the counter whenever I come in. Most of the people who work at Bredenbeck’s know me, and my son, and maybe even my fiancée by now. Bredenbeck’s isn’t just a bakery to me, it’s a little haven of sweetness and joy, Read more

Papercuts for sale

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 Read more

Philly, a Little Misunderstood

Joe S. Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse I Am: A reverse commuter Current Home: NoLibs My Love Note My dearest Philadelphia, Oh, where do I begin? You've been in my life since I was born, but I've only really gotten to know you over the past 3 years. At first I didn't know what to think of you, but now I realize just how great you really are. I used to think you were ugly...and mean! But after getting to know you better I Read more

Devil’s Pool

Love Note #68: Vincent Alleva Jr. — Some beers, his dog, and Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Park

Vincent Alleva Jr.
Favorite Spot: The Wissahickon Creek and Devil’s Pool
Neighborhood: Northwest – Valley Green which is situated between Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy and Germantown

I am: A third generation Philadelphian. I live, work, and play in Philly. I have lived in many neighborhoods in the city including Kingsessing, Parkside, Fairmont, Lower Moyamensing, and Pennsport. I blog about the South Philadelphia community on a facebook group page called South Silly. I’ve worked for the Painters and allied trades union of Philadelphia for 8 years. I currently work at the Barbary in Fishtown. On my spare time I enjoy spinning music, riding my bike throughout the city and walking my dog to the plethora of parks in and around my neighborhood.
Years in Philly: On and of for 14 years.
Current Home: Pennsport

My love note: In ’93 my family moved out of Southwest Philly to South Jersey where I grew up, in the suburbs. That gave me the opportunity to become a boy scout and spend plenty of time camping and playing in the woods. As I grew older, the allure of moving back to the city became a daily commute. 

Upon moving my adult self back to the city, I longed for the hot summer days spent in the woods by creeks and rivers. To me, there is nothing like getting the dog ready, filling a backpack with some beers, and heading to the woods with some buddies to go cliff jumping and swimming in the Wissahickon. Relaxing, fun, and adventurous. 

Meeting other people out there and watching dare devils doing back flips some 15-20 feet above the water with perfect execution and thundering splash is most definitely entertaining. Catch it during the week when its not so busy with a few close friends and you’ll have yourself a wonderful time. The surroundings can almost bring you back in time. This is why I love the Wissahickon Creek and Devils Pool.
(Top and third photo by Vincent)
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