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2018 Storefront Challenge

Good design is good business! For ten years, the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce have teamed up to shine the spotlight on Philadelphia’s storefront façades.

We do this through the Storefront Challenge—a citywide contest that recognizes design excellence in storefront façade improvements. 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. 

The business owners 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. 

Join us for these special events to celebrate ten years of transformation for Philly's storefront façades:
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. Meet the businesses, developers, community leaders, and designers investing in Philadelphia’s neighborhood commercial corridors – and discover new stores, restaurants, and places to explore! 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 26, 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.


                                             Thanks to our Storefront Challenge sponsors! 



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