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

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

Franklin Fountain

Love Note #60: Philadelphia could learn a thing or two from the ice cream at Franklin Fountain in Old City (Sean Blanda)

Sean Blanda

Favorite Spot: Franklin Fountain
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 116 Market St.


I am: Co-founder of Technically Philly, now looking for the next big thing. (**Found**)
Years in Philly: 8 with a few breaks in Jersey.
Current Home: East Passyunk

My love note:


I’ve never seen an advertisement for The Franklin Fountain. As best I can tell, there’s never been a GroupOn or frenzied radio promotion for the humble ice cream shop that is on the precipice of Market Street’s slide into the city’s waterfront clusterfuck.

There are two things I like about Philadelphia: it’s real and its delicious. Franklin Fountain? Real. Delicious.

Owned by the Berley Brothers, the siblings keep Franklin Fountain true to a old time-y soda and sweets store. Electricity is scant, everything is hand-made and the handlebar mustaches are without irony. Mostly. While modern dessert places slap some sprinkles or M&M’s on bland custard and call it a day, Franklin Fountain creates sundaes that are masterpieces of gluttony and engineering. I dare you to tackle the “Mt. Vesuvius” by yourself.

While the sundaes carry the day for ten months a year, the Berley Brothers’ masterpiece is the pumpkin flavored ice cream in the Fall. And in the Winter, the long lines shrink allowing ample time to sample the Fountain’s ever-rotating stable of flavors.

As Philadelphians, we struggle balancing our past with our potential. We can birth democracies and become the world’s workshop but I’m still using tokens when I travel on the subway.
Franklin Fountain, on the other hand, just goes for the nostalgia without apology. Its dedication to our past makes it the most interesting and innovative ice cream shop in the country. By embracing the old, it creates something new.

Philadelphia could learn a thing or two from ice cream.

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