Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

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Love Note #282: The best is at the end of the sacred steps

Jordan Price
Favorite Philly Spot: Underdogs
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 132 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: Delco-raised, a recently graduated Quaker, and a SEPTA-sponsored Philly explorer
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home: Fitler Square

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Love Note #268: The pilgrimage to West Philly

Joanna Leigh Simon
Favorite Spot: Dahlak
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

I Am: Creative director for Philly-based video production company Skout Media. Grew up just outside Philly, then left for a whole, and now I’m back!
Years in Philly: 10 years growing up outside the city, 5 years living downtown
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #260: 12:32AM … another shitty love note

Christian Monroe
Favorite Spot: Broad Street Diner
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 1135 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Love Note #249: The rabbit hole I love to call El Camino

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: El Camino Real
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Love Note #242: Thousands of post-it notes are why Al Lee loves Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Albert Lee

Favorite Spot: Rosa’s Fresh Pizza
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 25 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A native son of the 215, a proud Philly evangelist and a instagrammer.
Current Home: Chinatown
Years in Philly: 35

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Love Note #241: Philadelphia and Mexican food

Julie Hancher
Favorite Philly Place: The Taquerias – El Jarocho, Jose’s Tacos, Que Chula Es Puebla & Mas.

I Am: A writer, social media professional, advocate for sustainability & lover of Philly
Years in Philly: 7 years, grew up in the Philly ‘burbs almost my whole life
Current Home: Bella Vista

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The Origin Story of Pete’s Clown House

Last March, I published a love note from George Matysik and Doug Moak to Pete’s Clown House in the Frankford/Juniata section of Philly (I’m not choosing one, as tensions about neighborhood boundaries run way too high up there). Though George and Doug couldn’t make it that day, I asked around on Twitter and managed to round up three friends for a breakfast feast. And I do mean feast. We had four He-Man platters, which basically means we had everything, all for about six bucks each. To this day, Pete’s Clown House remains one of those gems that I take friends to who’ve had it with the lines at Sabrina’s or Honey’s.

To my surprise, after publishing the note, I got some emails from some of the descendants of the owners. As far as I can piece together, Sam McKay opened up a restaurant there called Chatterbox in the 50s. He and his family lived above the store (as people continue to do today). In the 60s, the store changed hands to Pete, his wife Helen, and their 3 daughters. Pete’s loyal customers knew his love for clowns, and gave him pictures to decorate with. Today, a neon clown sign hangs in the main dining area. Ronnie (a long time  employee) took ownership of the restaurant after Pete, and the legacy lives on at 3878 Frankford Avenue. Read more

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Love Note #178: A gluten-free Philadelphian finds some love at Zahav’s Kitchen Counter

Nicole Fiamingo
Favorite Spot: Zahav’s Kitchen Counter
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: 237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: A gluten free foodie that is living life day by day
Years in Philly: 1 1/2 years
Current Home: Wayne, PA

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Love Note #146: If it weren’t for Resurrection Ale House, Jenny Choplin wouldn’t be a chef

Jenny Choplin
Favorite Spot: Resurrection Ale House
Address: 2425 Grays Ferry Avenue
Neighborhood: Gradate Hospital

I am: A chef, writer, singer and Mom to the sweetest rescue kitty ever.
Years in Philly: Twelve years in Philly but still a proud Jersey girl.
Current Home: South Philly

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Love Note #100: John Paul Titlow loves Little Pete’s in Center City

John Paul Titlow
Favorite spot: Little Pete’s
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 219 s 17th St

I am: John Paul Titlow, a journalist focusing mostly on technology trends and new media. I write for ReadWrite, Philadelphia Weekly and others. I also help media companies with digital publishing and related geekery. Other areas of expertise include drinking milkshakes and owning multiple cats. I also play drums in Harsh Vibes, a psych rock band based in Fishtown.
Years In Philly: Grew up in King of Prussia. I’ve proudly resided within city limits for eight years.
Current Home: Kensington

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