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.


Liosflor Creations

Liosflor Creations is a tiny but lively salon on Girard Avenue and 5th St.  On weekdays they’ve often got a full house, and in 2016 she was cited as one of the best salons for women with natural hair by Philadelphia Magazine.

M&L Mini Market

Located in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia just north of Frankfort Avenue sits M&L Mini Market.  A mom & pop, corner store that serves their community with fresh and durable shelf-life foods, as well as other quick to grab items like toothpaste and paper towels.

Restaurante y Lechonera Principe

Restaurante y Lechonera Principe is located on Cecil B Moore Avenue between American Street and 3rd Street.  It’s a mom and pop, minority-owned businesses run by a husband and wife team.  

Silvia Bakery II

Silvia Bakery II makes homemade cakes and sweets for every occasion.  It’s a woman-owned, minority-owned, mom and pop that’s been growing a loyal customer base in the Latin community for some time. The bakery draws people from all over the Delaware Valley looking for her specialties, particularly her cakes.

Taxi Communications, Inc.

Located just north of Rising Sun Avenue of 5th Street, Taxi Communications, Inc. is family-owned venture.  The son transitioned to take over for his father around 2015 and has hit the ground running.

Alizandro Mini Market, Inc

Alizandro Mini Market is a mom and pop corner store.  It’s an immigrant-owned business nestled in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia.  They offer sandwiches, snacks and few fresh food options to a hyper-local neighborhood that has few grocery options scattered in the area.  

El Bochinche Restaurant

El Bochinche Restaurant is located in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia.  They’re a small mom and pop, immigrant-owned establishment offering authentic Latin cuisine.

A Man’s Image

In the heart of the restaurant bustling corridor, Passyunk Avenue, A Man’s Image is positioned to serve the dapper gentleman on South Philly and beyond.  They’ve been a men’s clothing shop, and a staple of their neighborhood for over 50 years.  

Angela’s Boutique/Meng’s Cleaner’s

Inside of Meng’s Cleaners on East Wyoming Avenue sits another business, Angela’s Boutique/Meng’s Cleaner’s.  Angela’s Boutique was born out of the owner’s unique passion for sewing and her unique skills of dressmaking, which she honed in on while in Cambodia studying relentlessly for years.

Chew Philly Food Tours

Chew Philly Food Tours opened it’s doors in 2011 in Manayunk, Philadelphia.  It’s a women-owned business that invites foodies and potential foodies to experience the diverse tastes Philadelphia has to offer.

D & L Food Market, LLC

D & L Food Market, LLC is a mom and pop corner store.  It’s an immigrant-owned business nestled in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia.  They offer sandwiches, snacks and few fresh food options to a hyper-local neighborhood that has few grocery options scattered in the area.  

Cloth Philadelphia LLC

Cloth Philadelphia LLC is tiny shop on Passyunk Avenue that offers an array of infant and toddler clothing, toys, and soft goods.  They have a consignment corner and a small offering of house designed goods from headbands to bibs.

Elsa’s Unisex Salon

Elsa’s Unisex Salon is located on North 5th Street near Huntington Park.  The owner of this minority and women-owned salon is the de facto mayor of his community. She knows most of her neighbors and has been in the community for quite some time.

Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles

In the heart of Fishtown, Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles made their official roots. They started out on Spring Garden, but moved in 2014 to Frankfort Avenue.  Their building is perfectly suited to their needs as it was an old elevator factory built in 1895 with lots of character.

Made Institute

Made Institute is a premier independent fashion design and sewing school.  They believe that fashion and high-level sewing should be attainable.