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

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Love Note #288: Hey Henry Got Crops, we’ve got one for you

Alice Bateman
Favorite Spot: Urban Farms, especially Henry Got Crops
Neighborhood: Roxborough
Address: 7095 Henry Ave

I Am: A native Philadelphian and lover of maps!
Years in Philly: off and on for 35 years
Current Home: Roxborough

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Love Note #273: It’s the murals that get you

Hayden
Favorite Spot: Philly’s murals
Neighborhood/Address: All over

I Am: A transplanted Delawarean who really likes Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 0
Current Home: Just outside D.C.

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Love Note #265: The refuge of Philly’s music scene

Sean Mellody
Favorite Spot: Philly’s Music Scene

I Am: A corporate guy by day; homebrewer, concert goer and Philly adventurer at night
Years in Philly: 18 years in burbs, then the rest in various neighborhoods
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #264: The City of Love

Gayle Morrow
Favorite Spot: OMG, seriously? The whole place! Little Pete’s if I have to choose one.

I Am: A transplant who has lived in seven states, don’t remember how many cities, and 2 other countries. Now desparately in love in Philly.
Years in Philly: 9 years total
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #257: Can you write just one love note to Philadelphia?

Giuliano Andricola Alexander
Favorite Spot: Citizens Bank Park, Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, Reading Terminal Market, Old City, Penns Landing, Rittenhouse Square

I Am: A WCU graduate currently managing a boutique salon in Chester Springs looking for a way to move into the city
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Chester Springs

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Love Note #247: In just ten days Philly Beer Week manages to make this city even more special

Jordan Price
Favorite Philly Spot: Each of the participating bars during Philly Beer Week

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 #245: If I’m ever lost and I can make it back to Broad, I know where I am

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @cbeatz, who takes some of my favorite skyline photos, and who introduced me to the Belmont Plateau. Check out Chris’ full feed on Instagram.

Amanda
Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the way

I Am: Politically incorrect, morally corrupt, and cynically optimistic, but always stopping to appreciate the moment
Years in Philly: 10

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Love Note #243: There is no such thing as the “perfect” place

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @stanleyphoto, who somehow manages to capture scenes in ways that I didn’t know were possible. Check out Matt’s full feed on Instagram.

Liz Pagonis
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I am: a former social worker currently living in South Philly who has lived in other Philly neighborhoods
Years in Philly: almost 11
Current Home: Pennsport

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Best of Philly 2015 Collaboration

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Each year I look forward to Philadelphia Magazine‘s “Best of Philly” issue. The waterfront has even won a few over the last couple of years (shout out to Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Race Street Pier)! I didn’t realize it, but the magazine has actually been doing this issue for over 40 years — oh how fun it would be to look back in the archives from the 70s.

This year Philly Love Notes and Philadelphia Magazine are doing a collaboration where you can submit a “Best of” love note for one of the categories below:

Best City Park
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Late Night Restaurant
Best Museum

So, what are your favorite places in these categories? Send over your choice in the form of a love note (Need help? Here are 241 examples). This is a chance to highlight some of the hidden gems in the city that you have a real connection with. On June 8th, the Philly Mag editors and I will comb through the submissions and the best note in each category will run in the August issue of Best of Philly! If you’ve been procrastinating on that Philly Love Note, now’s the perfect time to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

Submissions can be made directly through the blog or via email to phillylovenotes@gmail.com. For those of you still writing on paper, and I really really hope there are some of you out there, mail them to me at 2036S 17th St, 19145.

FINE PRINT: Please limit the love notes to 200 words

SECOND FINE PRINT: The editors reserve the right to edit some submissions for space reasons

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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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