The Merchants Fund opened offices in the summer of 2007 in downtown Philadelphia after a twenty-five year hiatus outside the City. The board has outlined an ambitious grant-making program to support small businesses in Philadelphia.


Greensgrow Farms

Greensgrow Farms is an urban farm is located in the Kensington neighborhood just off of Aramingo Avenue.

Groove Hound

Groove Hound is a doggie daycare, training and walking service, grooming facility, and so much more, located near the Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods.

Karen Singer Tileworks

Karen Singer Tileworks is a company that focuses on artisan tile making located in the Germantown neighborhood.

Materials Conservation

Materials Conservation is a team of conservation specialists located in a beautiful refurbished firehouse on North Howard Street in the Fishtown neighborhood.

Neighborhood Potters

Sandi and Neil are the proprietors and operators of Neighborhood Potters located in the heart of the Fairmount neighborhood on the Avenue.

Pumpkin BYOB

Pumpkin BYOB is a farm-to-table restaurant planted on South Street between 17th and 18th streets.

Romano’s Auto Parts

Romano’s Auto Parts is located in the Huntington Park neighborhood of Philadelphia and offers complete automotive services, including new & used tires, state inspections, brakes services, oil changes, and computer alignment.

Rothe Florists

Rothe Florists is a fourth generation family owned business that has been around for 107 years. They are located in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Smak Parlour

Smak Parlour is a woman-owned and operated boutique and traveling boutique. Their static location is located in Old City, Philadelphia.

Solar States

Solar States is a solar panel installation company founded in 2008 that recognizes a need for affordable, sustainable, solar-powered homes and businesses in Philadelphia.

South 9th Street Italian Market

The South 9th Street Italian Market is one of the oldest outdoor markets and is located on 9th Street in between Washington Avenue and Christian Street.

Four Worlds Bakery

Four Worlds Bakery is a baker-owned establishment located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Rocket Cat Café

Rocket Cat Cafe is one of The Merchant Fund’s very first grantees. It is an anchor businesses on Frankford Avenue in the New Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood.

Romano’s Grocery II

Romano’s Grocery II is a fresh food grocery store located in the Juniata Park neighborhood.

Monarch Hardware

Monarch Hardware is a family owned hardware business on Walnut Street between the Spruce Hill and University City Districts.