We Want Answers: Emma Fried-Cassorla, Founder of Philly Love Notes

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Your website, Philly Love Notes, lets people pay tribute to various things in our city. But you haven’t always loved Philly so much, have you? No, definitely not. It takes a little while to learn to love Philadelphia. I think everyone gets a little kicked around by it. And I think you sort of have to become part of the community, or a community in the city, to really start to love it.

The first time I came to Philly, I asked a shop clerk what it was like, and he said to me, “It’s okay, but it’s no New York.” That sounds about right. That sounds about how a lot of people would answer. I’m glad it’s not New York. I lived in New York; I’m happy to be in Philly. Read more »

Jami Wintz McKeon: The Chairman

Jami McKeon hanging out with some previous leaders of Morgan Lewis. Photograph by Jonathan Barkat

Jami McKeon hanging out with some previous leaders of Morgan Lewis. Photograph by Jonathan Barkat

“This is a party trick.”

Jami McKeon passes her BlackBerry Bold across the polished hardwood conference table to show what she typed just a moment ago. She typed it without once looking at the device, while holding my gaze and saying, “I’m so fast typing on a BlackBerry that my husband calls it a party trick. Read more »

Is Mitch Williams Getting Screwed?

The former Phillie at home in South Jersey. Photograph by Dom Savini

The former Phillie at home in South Jersey. Photograph by Dom Savini

Mitch Williams was, until recently, known for two things — throwing a baseball and talking baseball. He’s doing the latter here in a cramped studio in Collingswood, New Jersey. It’s home to Wildfire Radio, an online station that’s hoping to attract attention with Unleashed, a baseball chat show hosted by former Phillies reliever Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. On a cold night in January, Mitch is flanked by two co-hosts and a special guest — his son, Declan. “I want people at home to know the depth of the knowledge of kids that are watching our game today,” Mitch explains, in case listeners are wondering why his 10-year-old is sitting in tonight. “It’s amazing. He amazes me on a daily basis.” Read more »

Welcome to Polydelphia!

FAMILY DINNER: From left to right: Jon, Josh, Tiffany, Phillip and Mae cooking up dinner at Phillip and Tiffany’s house in Bensalem. Photo | Gene Smirnov

FAMILY DINNER: From left to right: Jon, Josh, Tiffany, Phillip and Mae cooking up dinner at Phillip and Tiffany’s house in Bensalem. Photo | Gene Smirnov

Tiffany Adams is running late.

I saw that coming even before she texted me at 4:19 p.m., 11 minutes ahead of our arranged meeting at a coffee shop on Sydenham Street: “Hey I’m running a little late but I’m on my way!” First, she’s driving in from Bensalem, and it’s almost rush hour. Second, in our limited interactions leading up to today, she’s given off a distinctly unhurried vibe — not a lack of punctuality, but a casualness about time itself, as though her presence in this dimension is strictly voluntary. Also, she has six boyfriends, give or take a few, which is already stretching the limits of temporality.
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How the Founders of Philly Tech Week Built a New-Media Empire

This month’s Philly Tech Week is one way Wink, left, and Kirk, right, generate revenue. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

This month’s Philly Tech Week is one way Wink, left, and Kirk, right, generate revenue. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

It’s a frigid February day, and Union Transfer — as usual — is throbbing with young people. Only it’s not rock bands and sweaty, dancing concertgoers filling out the venue this afternoon, but bright-eyed, tech-oriented millennials and the companies that want to hire them. The event? A good old-fashioned job fair. Read more »

Deliver Me! Inside Philadelphia’s New Convenience Economy

Photograph by Dale May

Photograph by Dale May

A couple of years back, a city-dwelling friend of mine made a bet with her husband over who would correctly predict the most Oscar winners. The loser, they decided, would be forced to do the winner’s bidding in one specific arena: The victor could demand any sort of food run at any time. Which is how, minutes after arriving home from a weeklong vacation, my friend found herself back outside, tromping testily through piles of snow on a quest for her husband’s favorite apple pie from a bakery several blocks away. It goes without saying that she regretted ever agreeing to such inconvenient stakes. Read more »

Philadelphia Delivery Services: Our A-to-Z Guide

Babies, Kids and Parents

MO-delivery-meds-dom-savini-400x400What: Prescription and over-the-counter medication
From: Fishtown Pharmacy, Fishtown, fishtownpharmacy.com
How to Order: Text, email, phone
Delivery Zone: Within five miles of Fishtown during regular business hours; call for other inquiries.
The Scoop: This pharmacy is a ray of sunshine when you have a sick, crying kid on your hands. They deliver emergency prescriptions like antibiotics plus over-the-counter necessities like baby aspirin to your home, usually within two hours, free of charge.

What: Hospital-grade breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories
From: My Fabulous Mama, Grad Hospital, myfabulousmama.com
How to Order: Phone
Delivery Zones: Center City and South Philly
The Scoop: Because new moms are busy enough, owner Marisa Piccarreto takes her breastfeeding expertise on the road by hand-delivering Medela Symphony pumps and accessories like pumping bras and nipple shields. Delivery is free for concierge-service clients or else $25; pump rental is $85 for one month, $240 for three months, $440 for six months and $780 for 12 months. Read more »

Ask Liz: (Comcast?) Cable and the 1948 Democratic National Convention

Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

Political revelers at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

I know Comcast’s David L. Cohen is senior adviser to the host committee for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philly in 2016. Is it true Comcast also had something to do with the last presidential DNC held in Philadelphia? — Media-Minded in Center City

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