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2018 Storefront Challenge

Celebrate the entrepreneurship and design savvy that is transforming neighborhood commercial corridors through this citywide contest!  

Businesses are reinvesting in storefronts and commercial corridors throughout Philadelphia.  The Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce recognizes their entrepreneurship and creativity through the Storefront Challenge – a citywide contest to recognize Philly's best storefront facade improvement projects. The 2018 Storefront Challenge marks the tenth year of this unique program with an awards event and a celebratory tenth anniversary exhibition. Sponsorships are available.

Nominate a storefront. 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

​Business owners, customers, neighbors, designers, contractors, corridor managers, community organizations, and property owners are eligible to submit a nomination. Winners will receive a framed certificate and window decal to commemorate the award - gain visibility through promotion and media outreach by the Collaborative and Commerce. ​

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. 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. Nominations are due by September 7, 2018.  

Sponsor the event and exhibition. Celebrate the entrepreneurship and design savvy that is transforming Philadelphia's neighborhood commercial corridors. 

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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