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


The #whyilovephilly Party. What you said…

At the #whyilovephilly party, I asked people to write postcard to their favorite spots. I had been trying to make the blog tangible, and took inspiration from the site, The World Needs More Love Letters. People took the assignment in all different directions.

There were love notes to neighborhoods,

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The #whyilovephilly Party (Blowout)

Oh man.

I threw my first real party on Friday night.

I’ve been trying to remember the last time I had a party. No birthday parties, maybe a dinner party here and there, perhaps one in college, but nothing for a long, long time. And nothing quite like that.

I teamed up with Alex Hillman from IndyHall and Young Involved Philly to bring a bunch of Philly-centric people together to celebrate the City. I was nervous, and gave myself way too much work, but it was totally worth it.

The #whyilovephilly Party happened on November 30th, 2012

at the Trestle Inn (make the trek to the Callowhill neighborhood, it’s worth it).

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#whyilovephilly Party!


We all have our reasons to love Philly. No sense in hiding them anymore. Come join IndyHall, Young Involved Philadelphia, and Philly Love Notes to celebrate all that’s wonderful about our city.

This is an open invite. We want you all come come and drink and be merry. Hopefully you’ll meet some new people, see some great photos, and leave the night with warm feelings about Philadelphia.

Some basic details:
The Trestle Inn
Friday, Nov 30th6pm til… 🙂

Free, but we’re encouraging online or at-the-door donations to benefit the Mighty Writers (a nonprofit working with Philly youth to write and think with clarity and creativity).

RSVP at the Facebook Page or at

Need a sneak peak? Well, we’ve got Philly-themed drink specials, local DJs, a love notes station, some small eats and of course, lots of love for Philly.

We’re also looking for a few sponsors for help providing drinks to #whyilovephilly Party guests. Contact for sponsorship details.

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