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2018 Storefront Challenge

Good design is good business! The Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce created the Storefront Challenge to recognize design excellence in storefront façade improvements. This citywide contest promotes design as a key neighborhood economic development strategy.

The business owners who have been honored through the Storefront Challenge come from commercial corridors throughout the city.  They represent both new and multi-generational businesses. Their improvements range from a great new paint palette to a full makeover.

Our Storefront Challenge honorees are worth celebrating. They are living proof that storefront façades can have a huge impact— increasing visibility, customers, safety, and even reinvestment by neighboring businesses.  They bring new color, energy, and fun to the corridors we walk and shop along every day. 

Celebrate ten years of transformation for Philly’s storefront façades with us this fall. Meet the businesses, developers, community leaders, and designers investing in Philadelphia’s neighborhood commercial corridors – and discover new stores, restaurants, and places to explore! 

Storefront Challenge Awards Celebration

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street

Join us to toast the newest winners of our citywide contest to recognize design excellence in storefront facade improvements. Featuring remarks by special guests, including Mayor Jim Kenney. Register. 

Storefront Stories Exhibition:
A decade of design with the Storefront Challenge

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Friday, October 12, 2018
Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street

Our special tenth anniversary exhibition presents a decade of design with the Storefront Challenge. See inspiring before-and-after photos of facade improvements, find out where businesses have been changing the face of their neighborhoods, and build your own storefront façade.

Celebrate local entrepreneurship and gain visibility as a 2018 Storefront Challenge sponsor.  

Questions?  Contact Robin Kohles, Program Manager, Community Design Collaborative.  



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