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2018 Storefront Challenge

Celebrate the good design and great things happening on Philly's
commercial corridors through this citywide contest!  

Businesses are reinvesting in storefronts and commercial corridors throughout the city.  The Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will celebrate their entrepreneurship and creativity through the 2018 Storefront Challenge – a citywide contest to recognize Philly's best storefront facade improvement projects.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Storefront Challenge. Whether it's a new sign, a great paint color combo, or a total overhaul, we want to know about it! Nominate Philly's reborn storefront facades for one of the following awards:

  • Best Sign
  • Best Awning
  • Best Use of Paint
  • Best Window Display
  • Highest Impact for Lowest Cost
  • Best Historic Renovation
  • Biggest Transformation

​The winners of the 2018 Storefront Challenge will be honored at a public awards celebration on October 10, 2018 during Design Philadelphia. They will also be promoted through the Collaborative and Commerce's communications and media outreach. Winners also receive a framed certificate and a window decal to commemorate the award.​

Business owners, customers, neighbors, designers, contractors, corridor managers, community organizations, and property owners are eligible to submit a nomination. Projects must be located within the City of Philadelphia and have been completed between October 2016 and September 2018. There is no fee required to nominate a project. Nominations are due by September 7, 2018. 

Winners will be selected by a jury of economic development, retail, and design experts in September. All entrants will be notified about the outcome of the judging prior to the awards event. 

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

Nomination Form

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Describe the storefront improvements that were made.

Business or Property Owner

Before and After Photos
Submit 2 - 6 before and after photos of the storefront.

Nomination forms without before photos will be disqualified. Images from Google Maps are acceptable for before images. "After" photos should include an image of the entire storefront, a view of the storefront from across the street, and views down the block on either side of the storefront. Label all files with the name of the business.




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