An unhappy Linda Vertlieb, 28, plans to be there. She started FrugalPhillyMom.com in March and has made a whopping $80 so far from ads on her site. She was disheartened to find out she needed to pay for the license - $300 onetime or $50 a year - and pay the tax.
The city says that any for-profit entity must get a business-privilege license, and the city enforces this requirement on all sorts of ventures. The city is not singling out bloggers, officials said.
The news that Vertlieb had to get the license was, to her, just another blow from the city during these hard economic times. She has lost hours at her part-time job. Her husband is a city firefighter facing reduced overtime. She just found out her property tax was going up 10 percent.
"It's like we can never catch a break," Vertlieb said.
City officials hope to make the issue of paying taxes a little easier to swallow with the happy hour, which is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. For more information, call 215-686-4478 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those curious, the city will not be picking up the bar tab.
Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or email@example.com.