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2023 Best Walk Enhancer


In a world where WFH is the new norm, getting away from the desk in creative ways feels just as much like work as … work. Enter TrailOff, a free app that uses your phone’s technology to transform those daily mental health walks along local trails into literary adventures. The app features the voices and writings of Philly authors who’ve penned stories inspired by the sights, sounds and neighborhoods surrounding those very pathways. Read More »


2022 Best Neighborhood Clean-up


Until recently, Philly was the only major U.S. city without street sweeping. (And call us skeptical that the city’s new plan will actually work.) Because of that, most blocks have been on their own to manage the hoagie wrappers and Acme circulars that flutter down the street. Enter Glitter, an app that sends a cleaner to spruce up your block. Cost: $50 a week, which can be divvied up among however many of your neighbors you can cajole into joining you. Read More »


2018 Best Shopping App

WatchBox by Govberg Jewelers

Anyone who knows anything about watches already has this on his home screen: Govberg’s year-old app, a global trading platform for pre-owned luxury timepieces and a virtual database for your personal collection. It’s centered in the company’s 20,000-square-foot Bala Cynwyd location, which recently got an $8.5 million reno and now functions as an appointment-only hub for buying and selling pre-owned pieces (like a $595,000 Patek Philippe or a Greubel Forsey for $695,000), complete with a Wall Street-esque trading floor. Read More »

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2014 Best Local Fitness App


Download this Philly-made app and you can map your bike routes, plus anything else bike-related: a huge pothole on your ride to work? Map it. How about a lack of bike parking at your destination? Map it. Other bikers can use this intel to improve their own commutes, and the city can use it to make Philly a more bike-able place. Neat, huh? Read More »


2013 Best App

The Empty Air: A Rittenhouse Square Sound Walk

Download this ingenious 99-cent app by local musician and sound designer Michael Kiley, and stroll around Rittenhouse Square while listening on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Your location (as determined by your phones handy GPS) triggers the original compositions and soundscapes that Kiley wrote for the different areas of the park. A whole new 21st-century way to appreciate our 100-year-old gem. Read More »