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.


Mom’s Bakery

Mom’s Bakery was known for amazing pies, tasty dinner rolls, and memorable sticky buns.

Geechee Girl Rice House

Geechee Girl Rice House served traditional Gullah cookery based on the West African people of the Sea Islands and coastal areas of the Carolinas, Georgia and Northern Florida.

New Angle Lounge

New Angle Lounge is located at a crossroads on Lancaster Avenue and was the gateway feature studied by the Community Design Collaborative: Infill Philadelphia to update and anchor the neighborhood.

Impact Services Corporation

Impact Services Corporation works with its staff of 120 to provide Employment and Training, Supportive Housing, Community and Economic Development services to over 17,000 economically challenged Philadelphians each year.

Mt. Airy Revitalization Corporation

The Mt. Airy Revitalization Corporation (MARC) proposed a project to hire Chris Johansen from Market Knowledge, Wilmington, DE to conduct market research in the Wadsworth Avenue shopping corridor.

Beehive Hair Salon

Beehive Hair Salon was located in the Fairmount neighborhood on 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue. They offer an array of service from cuts, colors, and treatments, to manicures, pedicures, and waxings.

Cosmic Catering & Cafe

Cosmic Catering & Cafe is a farm-to table, fresh, local, and organic catering business, where sustainability is a large part of their mission. They are now located at Lloyd Hall on the banks of the Schuylkill.

Chestnut Hill Business Association

The Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) is a membership organization for the 125 retailers and restaurants located in Chestnut Hill.

Denise’s Delicacies, Inc.

Denise’s Delicacies, Inc. is a bakery offering special occasion couture cakes located on north 22nd street in Philadelphia

East Falls Fitness

Co-owned by two experienced professionals, East Falls Fitness is located at the top of Ridge Avenue/East Falls across from Laurel Hill Cemetery.

E.G. Marshall & Associates

E.G. Marshall & Associates has been located on Frankford Avenue for over 20 years. It is an internet company selling books, documents, historic objects, coins, ephemera and Americana.

Genesis Optical

Genesis Optical is an optician and eyewear retail store location on Stenton Avenue in the West Oak Lane neighborhood.

Gibson Music & Arts

Gibson Music & Art is a thriving music school is located on North 5th Street and creates a heavy flow of foot traffic for co-located businesses.

J. Davis Printing & Design

J. Davis Printing and Design is a family-owned full service printing company is located on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.

Lil’ Drummaboy Recordings

Lil’ Drummaboy Recordings is located between 8th and 9th Streets on South Street. They are a recording studio, school, and music business school.