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


Love Note #285: GERMANTOWN

Yvonne Haskins
Favorite Spot: Germantown

I Am: A real estate lawyer, a planner, a community volunteer, a director of a civic association, a gardener working in my own and public park gardens.
Years in Philly: 60
Current Home: West Mt. Airy

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Love Note #222: A beautiful house in Germantown fit for an amazing non-profit

Rachel Wilson
Favorite Spot: BuildaBridge
Neighborhood: Germantown
Address: 205 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

I Am: Writer/Blogger
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Northeast near Bustleton

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Love Note #184: Janice Arellano sees Philly from a whole new perspective at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

Janice Arellano
Favorite Place: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA)
Neighborhood: Germantown
Address: 5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I am: Soon-to-be attorney (currently attend Temple Law), former West Philly elementary schoolteacher, and budding aerialist.
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: Montgomery County/21st & Mt. Vernon was my first Philly home.


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Love Note #75: Kim Broadbent loves the industrial landscape at Wayne Junction in Germantown

Kim Broadbent 

Favorite Spot: Wayne Mills
Neighborhood: Nicetown/Germantown (on the border)
Address: 4501 Wayne Avenue/130 West Berkley Street

I am: A supporter and scholar of historic preservation with an uncanny ability to attract stray animals.

Years in Philly: 8
Current home: Roxborough

My love note: My favorite complex of buildings in Philadelphia is Wayne Mills, built in 1885 for New Glen Echo Mills, and in use as a textile factory ever since. That’s a pretty amazing feat. This brick complex, strategically located next to the Wayne Junction train station, occupies nearly an entire city block. That’s a lot of room to house the many processes necessary for a textile mill, including a dye house!

Very soon after New Glen Echo Mills built this site, other manufacturers built factories across the street and workmen’s housing soon followed, creating the industrial landscape that you see from the Wayne Junction station platform. Although Philadelphia will never again be the Workshop of the World, it makes me glad to know that there are family-run manufacturers still successfully operating in this city. Wayne Mills creates the specialty products that Philadelphia was once known for – and that’s why I love these buildings.

(interior photos by Kim Broadbent)
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