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

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

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Campus Philly Love Notes: Heaven in a Thrift Shop

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

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Philly AIDS Thrift
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 710 S.5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

I am: A full time student at Temple University and a city explorer extraordinaire.
Years In Philly: One and a half years
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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8 Philadelphia-centric and Philadelphia-made Etsy Picks

It would have made more sense for me to compile this list before the holidays, but there are always birthdays, weddings, and housewarming parties that demand some type of gift. Obviously, the ones I would choose for this blog are Philly-centric. More importantly, all of the items are Philly-made as well.

1. Make a Match Memory Game Philly Edition
Mama May I toys and games are made by Jessica in South Philly. This memory game and others can be found on Etsy and online. You can also follow her on Facebook

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Love Note #107: Lily Cope’s poem to Third Street Habit in Old City

Lily Cope
Favorite Spot: Third Street Habit
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 153 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: Executive Director of COOK; Lover of food, Stevie(s) Nicks and Wonder, and mid-century modern design.
Years in Philly: Ages 0-18 and 26-33
Current Home: Rittenhouse Square

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Love Note #62: Headhouse Market in Society Hill tops LeeAnne Mullins’ list of simple pleasures

LeeAnne Mullins
Favorite Spot: Headhouse Market
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: South St & S 2nd St


I am: A recently married 30-year-old food-lover, who came to Philly by way of Nova Scotia, Canada. I love to cook, take in live music, explore the world, and share a bottle of wine and a barrel of laughs with friends. 
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: Fishtown
My love note: Coming to Philly happened almost by accident. It was not in my master plan of travelling the world and never settling down, until I met someone who made sticking around seem worthwhile. We moved to Philly on a whim and decided to make a little life for ourselves here combined with the other essentials. In life, there is nothing more rewarding–besides love–than friendship and food. Headhouse Market symbolizes both of those to me. It was, again, almost by accident, that I made a friend who instantly became a favorite of mine who introduced me to two things: Headhouse Market and tomato sandwiches. 

All summer long now, I can’t have one without the other. Both are so simple yet so pleasurable, bringing a burst of joy into my day with anticipation and satisfaction. The tomato sandwich is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia. And Headhouse Market is one of the best farmers’ markets we have in the city. It’s easy to combine them in my mind. I try to take advantage of the bounty of the market every week–especially the tomatoes–from the time it opens in the spring until closing in the fall. From the first sights of peas, asparagus and garlic scapes to the last dance with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, the market is one of those simple places with the least simple offering of any “business” I have been to in the city.

The first time I went to Headhouse, I wondered to myself how I hadn’t been already. How was it possible that I had lived, cooked and dined in Philly for a few years without coming to this place filled with the most amazing variety of ingredients and goodies? I assure you, I am making up for lost time. I have some favorite vendors and some favorite items in general, of course. I run into friends I haven’t seen in a little while for a chat and a hug. I get to chat with the farmers about what’s good that week, while also chatting about anything else that comes up. I’ve yet to encounter an unfriendly soul at Headhouse. I find myself heading home with a smile and heavy bags filled to the brim with blueberries, raspberries, any and all squash, kale, asparagus, chicken sausage, eggs, herbs and greens stuffed alongside Three Springs peaches or apples, Market Day Canele pastry, Birchrun Hills cheese, and the to-die-for coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Truly, though, I keep coming back for the tomatoes and bread. Some of the best food items I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia have been concocted with Blooming Glen Farm tomatoes or Ric’s Bread. Or both. From their plump heirlooms to juicy sungold cherry tomatoes, Blooming Glen is hitting the spot with their tomatoes time after time. And Ric’s? What can I say? Your bread is so delicious, I would like to marry it if not for the legal issues. The aforementioned friend who introduced me to heirloom tomato sandwiches failed to tell me how intoxicating said sandwich would be when enjoyed with your 14 grain variety. My summertime tomato sandwich has, by this point, seen many iterations. With or without bacon. Sometimes the addition of a fried egg–with a runny yolk, of course. Maybe mayo. Maybe not. Dill? Sure! Basil? Absolutely. As long as those tomatoes are perched on top of that bread, glistening with the promise of being sweet, supple, delicious and simple, I’m a happy girl. With many simple pleasures to be thankful for, Headhouse is tops on my list.

(LeeAnne with Ben from Three Springs)

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Love Note #58: Sophia Hwang cheated a little bit and chose all of Queen Village. I don’t blame her though.

Sophia Hwang
Favorite Spot: Queen Village Neighborhood
Neighborhood: I’m cheating by having my favorite spot be a neighborhood
Address: Between South Street and Washington Ave, Front and 6th Street.

I am: New York born and raised, but came to Philly by accident after going to school in the Bay Area. I am a former teacher but everyday youth advocate. I conduct research that influences policy and practice. I am a board member of Young Involved Philadelphia. I am also a home cook and food hippie (open to interpretation).
Years in Philly: 4 years + 1 month.
Current Home: In transition

My love note:
An ode to Queen Village,

You are the oldest neighborhood in Philadelphia and therefore the keeper of the most treasurers. You are home to iconic “2 street,” speckled by stunning coffee shops (Bodhi, Fulya, Java) and protected by cobblestone cross streets that reveal the magic of Penn’s Landing- the same 2 street that brings Mummers and commoners together.

Though you are an obscure neighborhood to some and often mispronounced (QueenS Village), you are truly accessible. The mighty 57 bus holds steady and true, helping SEPTA keep its head up high when they say, “We’re Getting There.”

Queen Village, you are home to majestic puppies and humble owners, such as Connor, the purple doggie of Fitzwater street (may he rest in peace). Pugs named “Friendly” and “Shy” (as noted on their matching neckerchiefs) are lucky to call you home, as they romp and mosey leash-free, through Mario Lanza Park.

Queen Village, you are beautiful. Decorated by the unique fabrics along 4th street and the culinary treasures on Bainbridge (Phila Bar and Restaurant Supply, 4th Street Cookies, and Ela), the only accessories you need are those sold for $1 at Philly AIDS Thrift.

Queen Village, you have unlocked some of Philadelphia’s secrets and helped me to accept that this city is fantastic because it is unique and nonsensical. For two years, I was lucky to stumble through Center City streets and return to a place called home. You are #whyilovephilly. The toes of NY and SF are curling with jealousy.

Adoringly,
Sophie


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Love Note #55: Caroline Bean loves Verde in Midtown Village. But beware, she and I can attest to the fact that you will not leave empty handed

Caroline Bean
Favorite Spot: Verde
Neighborhood: Midtown Village, a.k.a. the Gayborhood
Address: 108 South 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

I am: The Director of Social Media for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, aka Visit Philly. I enjoy what I do because I love talking about Philadelphia all of the time – our green spaces, our outdoor dining, our bike lanes, our beer, our museums… all of these things make my job a joy.
Years in Philly: Nearly 10
Current Home: Graduate Hospital



My love note: I love popping in and out of shops on 13th Street in Midtown Village (also known as the Gayborhood). The neighborhood has such history (with famous bars like Woody’s), but is also going through an awesome period of rejuvenation with restaurants like Sampan, Amis and Zavino. But there’s one place I can never resist when buying gifts (or a treat for myself): Verde features handmade Marcie Blaine chocolates, spot-on jewelry (like a little gold soft pretzel necklace), handbags from local designers, really unique cards and everything else delightful! Verde also carries fun wine totes that list Philadelphia neighborhoods, perfect for heading to one of Philadelphia’s BYOBs, and lots of Philly-centric tees. I don’t think I have ever walked out of this place without buying something.


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Love Note #31: Matthew Sherman is like a kid in a candy store at Fante’s in the Italian Market

Matthew Sherman
Favorite Spot: Fante’s Kitchen Shop at the Italian Market
Neighborhood: Italian Market
Address: 1006 South 9th Street


I am: I am a mechanical engineer, with a passion for cooking and I take my kitchen utensils/gadgets very seriously. 
Years in Philly: 5 
Current Home: West Philly

My love note: Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think their collection’s complete? Look at this trove treasures untold how many wonders can one cavern hold? Looking around here you think sure, they’ve got everything. They’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. They’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? They’ve got twenty!

Alright, had to get that out of my system. Yes I like Disney songs too, but Disney doesn’t sell an 1800 watt stainless steel deep fryer that makes you want to let out a Tim Allen-esque grunt. Fante’s Kitchen Shop really does have everything, even a 3 ft pepper mill, and nothing says manly kitchen time like over sized cookware. I feel like a kid in a toy store when roaming the aisles, jumping from cutlery to cast iron cookware to meat grinders. For those of you who are more of the in-and-out type, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, allowing for well informed purchases of all of your cooking and baking needs. The store also has a rich history dating back to 1906, making it a great place to get some local culture.

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