Rocket Cat Café

Stabilization Grants, Fall 2007

Rocket Cat Cafe was one of The Merchant Fund’s very first grantees.  They are anchor businesses on Frankford Avenue in Kensington. Rocket Cat Cafe offers locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee and espresso drinks.  They offer local vegan and non-vegan leisure foods.  They are cash only, kid friendly, and offer take out and outdoor seating.

Façade upgrades and improvements were needed, so a Stabilization Grant was funded to Rocket Cat Cafe.  Improving their aesthetic will enhance not only the business itself, but also the overall visual appeal of Frankford Avenue. The New Kensington CDC (NKCDC) sponsored architectural drawings with a grant from the William Penn Foundation.  NKCDC sponsor Sarah Corlett was overseeing and managing the project. This project was ready to go forward in a neighborhood where the old and new blend and form the core of a vital community.