Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

One may have noticed the influx of small businesses in Germantown that have popped up throughout the past decade. With unemployment still an issue, many wonder if this growth of small businesses is having any effect on residents. Local resident Alisha Gillespie is frustrated about the list of job requirements businesses ask for and wants to see a change in the […]

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Germantown: Five Black-Owned Small Businesses Prospering In The Community

Germantown: Five Black-Owned Small Businesses Prospering In The Community

Germantown is one of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia. Known for its historical landmarks such as the Germantown White House, The Johnson House and many more, the history tracks almost three centuries of settlement, patriotism and abolitionism. But it has more to offer than just history including an abundance of small businesses. Here are five black-owned businesses around Germantown and Chelten avenues that offer a variety of […]

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South Philadelphia: Small Businesses Expect No Major Reforms Following Elections

South Philadelphia: Small Businesses Expect No Major Reforms Following Elections

The 2016 presidential election has seen its candidates debating on everything from foreign policy to women’s rights, but one economic sector that has gone mostly overlooked by candidates is small businesses. The lack of attention to small businesses has not gone unnoticed by the small business owners of East Passyunk Avenue. “I feel like it’s […]

 

West Oak Lane: Expressions Of You Store Owner Offers More Than Just Cards, Gifts to Community

West Oak Lane: Expressions Of You Store Owner Offers More Than Just Cards, Gifts to Community

At the corner of Ogontz Avenue and Walnut Lane, a bright orange awning offered shade to a colorful storefront. Inside, owner Diane Caffie was bundling black and white balloon bouquets for one of her regular customers. Expressions of You: Cards and Gifts Shop is a West Oak Lane hub where customers have come to find a variety of cards, decorations […]

 

Port Richmond: Five Community Businesses

Port Richmond: Five Community Businesses

Port Richmond is a close knit community, known for its large Polish and Irish immigrant population. That said, there is plenty of diversity within the borders of the region. This diversity is seen throughout the community in stores and restaurants. Many of the owners of these stores have grown up in Port Richmond and have seen […]

 

Fishtown: On Model Block, Organization Trio Aims to Revive East Girard

Fishtown: On Model Block, Organization Trio Aims to Revive East Girard

  Three organizations have teamed up to revitalize and create a “Model Block” on East Girard Avenue in Fishtown. The area divided by a wide street is now home to several small businesses, but with the help of the PNC Foundation, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) and Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) their […]

 By Kendra Allen

Powelton Village: Small Businesses Thrive Along Lancaster Avenue

Powelton Village: Small Businesses Thrive Along Lancaster Avenue

Lancaster Avenue has long been a must see when you visit Powelton Village. The numerous niche shops which inhabit the street seem to constantly draw shoppers’ attention. But the shops are not the only thing bringing in the crowds; the avenue also offers numerous artistic shows which contribute to the neighborhood’s already dynamic community reputation. […]

 By Kevin Acevedo and Kayla Young

Fairhill: Businesses Being Kept in the Family

Fairhill: Businesses Being Kept in the Family

With side-by-side shops that last through the decades, families in Fairhill undoubtedly put pride into their work. The Izaguirre family owns a florist and dry cleaning shop, where they have made long lasting relationships with the community. Located on 2830 N. Fifth St., Mildred Izaguirre has owned 5th Street Florist for nine years as part […]

 By Kirsten Stamn and Pamela Seaton

Parkwood: A New Dog Grooming Salon Provides Personal Care

Parkwood: A New Dog Grooming Salon Provides Personal Care

Kristine Johnson, a Parkwood resident, is no stranger to hard work. She currently works two jobs: one a sales job for Verizon in Exton and the other as a part-time dog groomer from a dog salon she currently runs from her house, Pampered Pups Grooming Salon. “The goal is to get it so I can […]

 By June Fredericks

Cedar Park: Local Residents and Organizers Continue Efforts to Revitalize Baltimore Avenue

Cedar Park: Local Residents and Organizers Continue Efforts to Revitalize Baltimore Avenue

Local residents, business owners and community organizers gathered in People’s Baptist Church, located 5039 Baltimore Ave., to discuss community issues and revitalization projects in the area. The “Next Steps in the Baltimore Avenue Conversation” meeting was held in response to community initiatives introduced last year to improve the retail, residential and commercial districts along Baltimore […]