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

South Philly

Love Note #163: Michelle Chikaonda finds peacefulness in a beautiful walk along Pine Street

Michelle Chikaonda
Neighborhood: Italian Market, Old City
Favorite Spot: The walk from the Italian Market to Old City, via Pine Street

I am: A writer from many places who somehow keeps coming back to Philly
Years in Philly: Born here; went to college here; moved back two years ago
Current Home: Old City


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Love Note #158: It took 158 love letters, but David Goodman has finally written one about cheesesteaks

David Goodman
Favorite Spot: Jim’s Steaks, South St.
Neighborhood: Center City/South Philly
Address: 400 South St.

I am: A writer/artist/geek who is a regular contributor to the blogs Geekadelphia and The Quarter Bin, as well as my own blog. I spend way to much time reading comic books and… well, that’s about it.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current Home: The suburbs (don’t judge me)

(All photos by Krystal Barber from Mote Studios)


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Love Note #152: Eric Walter on the kitschy glamour of the King of Jeans on East Passyunk Ave

Eric Walter
Favorite Spot: The King of Jeans sign
Neighborhood: East Passyunk Crossing
Address: 1843 E. Passyunk Avenue (at 13th Street)

I am: a Michigan boy blown eastward for love and opportunity, a web producer at WHYY’s, a delinquent writer.
Years in Philadelphia: 4
Current Home: East Passyunk Crossing


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Love Note #151: Rachel Hildebrandt loves Circle Thrift because it brings Philadelphians together

Rachel Hildebrandt
Favorite Spot: Circle Thrift
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 1125 South Broad Street (Broad, between Washington Avenue and Ellsworth Street)

I am: a preservation advocate, a non-profit employee, a Hidden City contributor, and a vintage eyeglass collector
Years in Philly: all 26
Current home: Hawthorne


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Love Note #147: A love story by Jackie Chipotle featuring the Passyunk Fountain

Jackie Chipotle
Favorite Spot: Passyunk Fountain
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Intersection of Passyunk Ave and Tasker Street

I am: Central PA transplant, travel guru, and comedienne. Sex & Relationships expert on The Pincushion Podcast
Years in Philly: 2 In the City, 5 in the ‘burbs.
Current Home: Newbold/Bella Vista


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FDR Park Boathouse

FDR park is an underused gem in the city. I mean, look at how beautiful this is. Who would know that it existed right across the street from the stadiums?
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Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Lights of South Philadelphia

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

, Temple, 2013
Favorite spot: Anywhere under the lights
Neighborhood: Passyunk Square

I am: a student, a writer, an observer, a biker, an imagined traveler, an Austen admirer, and a Fitzgerald fanatic
Years in Philly: 2 1/2
Current home: North Philly

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Love Note #133: What makes biking so cathartic? Find out Erika Owens’ answer

Erika Owens
Favorite Spot: Biking 18th Street
Neighborhood: primarily South Philly/Point Breeze
Address: Passyunk to the Parkway

I am: Over-analytic, coffee-shop-hopping homebody techie/journalist/organizer.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Point Breeze/not Newbold


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Love Note #132: A romance set in the Italian Market, by Joy Manning

Joy Manning

Favorite spot: 9th Street (Italian Market) 
Neighborhood: Bella Visita
Address: The blocks of Ninth Street between South Street and Reed Street, in my book at least

I Am: Editor at Table Matters who hails from Mayfair but has put down roots for keeps in Passyunk Square


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Love Note #131: First a letter, and now a poem to the Mummers by Sean Mellody

Sean Mellody
Favorite Spot: Broad Street at Bainbridge (during the Mummers Day Parade)
Neighborhood: Center City

I am: a native of the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdale, a home brewer, music lover, and friend to amazing people.
Years in Philadelphia and burbs: 31
Current Home: Queen Village

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