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

Old Swede’s Church

Love Note #95: Amy Shelanski and her pup love roaming the grounds of Old Swede’s Church, and trust me, it’s beautiful

Amy Shelanski
Favorite Spot: Old Swede’s Church grounds
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Water and Christian Streets

I am: A real estate agent who is also Exec. VP of Queen Village Neighbors Association. A woman with a dog who loves all dogs.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current home: Queen Village

My love note: 

Dear Old Swede’s and National Park Service, 

My dog and I love having such a beautiful and historic park nearby. We love the trees, the strawberry patches and the mulberries in spring, the dogs playing in the snow in winter, the colors of fall and the wonderful scent of wild camomile. It is our little bit of country in the city.


(above photo by Amy) 

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Queen Village / Bella Vista 1 Comment