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

Holiday lights

Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Lights of South Philadelphia

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

, Temple, 2013
Favorite spot: Anywhere under the lights
Neighborhood: Passyunk Square

I am: a student, a writer, an observer, a biker, an imagined traveler, an Austen admirer, and a Fitzgerald fanatic
Years in Philly: 2 1/2
Current home: North Philly

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Love Note #126: Heather Calvert’s love note to Macy’s Christmas Pageant of Lights

Heather Calvert
Favorite Spot: Macy’s Christmas Pageant of Lights
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1300 Market or Chestnut Streets

I am: Associate director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. I grew up in Europe but moved to Philly after college and never left and never will.
Current Home, Cedar Park, West Philly
Years in Philly: 21
(photo by Heather)
Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Center City 1 Comment

Love Note #122: “Every December, my neighborhood glows” Meg Retz’s love note to the Christmas lights in LoMo

Meg Retz

Favorite Spot: LoMo, a little corner of South Philadelphia
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Address: Snyder to Oregon, 8th Street to Broad Street

I am: I’m a legal aid lawyer, who’s living in (and loving) South Philadelphia. I’m also on the board of my neighborhood civic association, the Lower Moyamensing (“LoMo”) Civic Association.
Years you have spent in Philly: 11 years
What neighborhood do you currently live in: LoMo, of course!

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