The Merchants Fund opened offices in the summer of 2007 in downtown Philadelphia after a twenty-five year hiatus outside the City. Since that time, TMF has provided support to over a thousand small businesses. For more about our recent work, please refer to our Pandemic Funding Report detailing our grantmaking from March 2020 thru December 2021.


Threadwell is a home, bed, bath, and baby shop that offers personally monogramed items.  At the time of her application, she was the only store offering baby goods in the area.  The company is woman-owned and nestled in the heart of Germantown.

World Eagle Market, LLC

World Eagle Market, LLC is a mom and pop corner store located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia.  It’s one of the few stores in the neighborhood that offer fresh produce and groceries.  The owner is an immigrant business owner and has been in the area for 20 + years.

Bistro 7

Located in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, Bistro 7 is a chic, tapas-style BYOB.  They base their menu on the best seasonal options, and often source from local farms.  Their ambiance is vibrant yet cozy with a space upstairs for large private parties.  

Abbi Print

Abbi Print is a family-owned, immigrant business that provides a full array of copying, design building, brochure services, tee-shirt printing, and so much more. They’re located in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia and are on a steady growth trajectory.

African House Enterprises

Located on Woodland Ave, African House Enterprises is a variety store sells clothing, shoes, jewelry and some fresh and imported African foods.

Believe Children’s Boutique

Nestled deep in South Philly, just north of Moyamensing Avenue is Believe Children’s Boutique, A woman-owned business that anchors the corridor down. It is a children’s retail clothing store and eCommerce business.

Blum’s Antiques

Blum’s Antiques resides in the Chestnut Hill East section of Philadelphia.  Offering predominantly American antiques with some English and Irish stock, Blum’s curates a nice collection in their vintage, 19th century, stone framework.  They started their business in the 1930’s and they continue to be family-owned and run.