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 Notes

Love Note #208: An ex-pat’s fond memories of the Italian Market

Brandon Gollotti (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th St between Washington and Christian

I Am: Philly native stuck in Brooklyn
Years in Philly: 25
Current Home: Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Love Note #207 Love for an Avenue and the community around it

Rick Fitzgerald
Favorite Place: Where do I start? Today, the Singing Fountain.
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Passyunk Ave and 11th St

I am: A UPenn administrator
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: East Passyunk

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Love Note #206: Where it all started

Liz Spikol
Favorite Spot: Graffiti Pier
Neighborhood: Port Richmond

I am: A writer and editor
Years in Philly: Born and raised
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #205: The Mutter Museum as Philly’s go-to destination

James Cutler
Favorite Spot: Mutter Museum
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: A realtor doing my best to sell people on staying in Philly forever
Years in Philly: 23 (minus 4 years of college)
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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Love Note #204: My Annual Philly Love Note

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Philadelphia, all of it

I am: The communications manager at the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker, and a little lost.
Years in Philly: 31 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly

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Love Note #203: An Appreciation of Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Laurel Hill Cemetery
Neighborhood: East Falls. 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

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Love Note #202 The best stretch of land in the City of Philadelphia

Chris Robinson
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park, West Philly
Address: Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, Pa 19131

I am: A drummer from West Philadelphia with a passion for photographing Philadelphia’s architecture and raising awareness of the area’s importance through Instagram (@cbeatz852).
Years in Philly: I’ve spent all my life in Philly. 28 years to be exact.
Current Home: I currently live on the border of West Philly, in Upper Darby.

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Love Note #201: Martin Brown on his first Philadelphia crush

Martin Brown
Favorite Spot: Painted Bride Art Center
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: Maryland native musician turned ice cream maker
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: South Philly

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Love Note #200: The epic Philly Love Note by Bradley Maule

Brad Maule
Favorite Spot: PSFS Building / Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I am: a country bumpkin from Tyrone, PA who moved to Philly in 2000, moved to Oregon in 2009, and moved back to Philly in 2013.
Current Home: West Mt Airy
Years in Philly: 10-15, give or take

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Love Note #199: A place for your wildest wintery dreams

Ashby Leavell
Favorite Spot: The Dorrance H. Hamilton Fernery at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I am: A Virginia native with a deep adoration for the natural world, city living, and attending and/or hosting wonderful parties. Trained in gardens, working in the arts, and taking the city by storm.
Years in Philly: Just shy of 3
Current Home: Cedar Park, West Philly

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