New Business: Five Businesses You Should Not Miss Out On

Philadelphia is a city rich in history and culture but much has changed since Billy Penn was here. The soon-to-be weekend home for the Pope has more a dozen fortune 500 companies and several large universities within the city limits.

Many people, however, are unaware of some of the cool new businesses and startup companies that have opened their doors in the past year. These five new businesses in Philadelphia are some that you should not miss.


Benjamin’s Desk

A community for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and startups, Benjamin’s Desk is home to workshops, meetings and celebrations. Members have access to the modern facility, which includes a work bar, breakout and conference rooms, projector screens, administrative support, InFocus MondoPad with videoconferencing, printing, scanning, and copying. It even has a full kitchen with gourmet coffee, snacks, and craft beers on tap.



Big Gay Ice Cream

A New York City favorite, Big Gay Ice Cream opened a location in Philadelphia this past spring, offering a fun twist to the classic soft served ice cream.

Playful and unique frozen desserts like the Salty Pimp—vanilla soft served, dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip on a fresh made cone—make this cool new ice cream shop one that you can not leave off your end of summer to do list.



Luna Café

New to Old City is Luna Café, a BYOB, American-style bistro serving exciting dishes with ingredients grown or created on farms within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

The breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant strives to support the local community and hold high standards of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.



Lapstone & Hammer

Philadelphia’s newest menswear boutique, located near Jefferson Hospital, has an array of premium-crafted goods for stylish men. Leather jackets and vintage Jordan sneakers are just some of the cool products you can find at the huge retail space. Currently, Lapstone & Hammer features a collection inspired by the Devine Lorraine Hotel that you have to check out.




Founded in 2014, Swadio is a service that builds group exercise playlists for instructors, allowing them to focus on what really matters, making clients sweat. Swadio offers customizable playlists that tailors to the musical style of a group fitness class. The company’s goal is to become an all in one platform for group fitness including choosing a gym, class signup and listening to an instructor’s music outside of class.


– Text and images by Marnice Davis and Jenna Leo.


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