This past week, a set of bright, new awnings were installed at Anna Marie’s Academy of Dance, wrapping up the last project of our second round of storefront improvements.
Anna Marie’s today!
The Tacony Community Development Corporation’s main objective is to revitalize the Tacony community. As a Main Street organization, we are driven by the principle that combining historic architecture, targeted promotion, strong organization, and a little bit of economic diversification can go a long way to reviving a community’s commercial corridor. We have used these principles to focus our efforts on programs like the Storefront Improvement program and Small Business Saturday, and are sure to take regular walks up and down Torresdale Avenue to engage business owners and residents alike.
The Tacony CDC, Mayfair Business Improvement District, and i-g creative are partnering to bring area businesspeople a free seminar about marketing and advertising. Led by local marketing expert Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, the seminar will dive into topics such as discovering your business’ voice and beginning a business plan. Cheldin, the CEO of i-g creative, has had a long career helping small businesses and entrepreneurs with their marketing needs. She is also a professor a Temple University and hosts an online video series all about small business’ marketing needs and solutions.
The meeting will be from 6-9PM on Thursday, August 10th at the Mayfair Community Center (2990 Saint Vincent Street). We hope to see you there!
Tacony CDC is administering its third and final round of storefront improvement grants this summer and fall. In the past four years, we have worked to improve 25 storefronts along or close to Torresdale Avenue. If you would like your business to be number 26, reach out to us today!
The Storefront Improvement Program, carried out in cooperation with the Commerce Department, covers 85% of exterior renovation expenses up to $20,000 for a single storefront or $30,000 for a double storefront. Unlike many other programs, this is not a reimbursement program, which means that business owners’ out-of-pocket costs are limited to 15% of the total bill. Furthermore, the applicant does not need to own the building; the program only requires property owner consent.
The first part of the application – see link below – is due on Monday, August 1st.
SIP Application Part1
There are some great commercial properties available along Torresdale Ave here in Tacony. If you’re looking for commercial space, see below for contact information and photographs for current opportunities.
PROPERTIES FOR SALE:
6602 Torresdale Avenue
See listing here or call My Philly Realty at (267) 238-3737 for more information.
Ground floor retail for rent through Anchor Real Estate Development at (215) 389-2280.
This series highlights local businesses along Torresdale Avenue that embrace what it means to be ‘Truly Tacony’. Elmo and Tiffany Agront are the proud owners of Torresdale Communications, which they established in 2015. Torresdale Communications specializes in cell phone repairs and accessories. Check them out at 7207 Torresdale Avenue.
Now that the Tacony LAB space is in full swing, they have announced an excellent series of art programs for young children, teens, and adults alike! Come by and be a part of the Summer of Wonder.
We would like to thank our outgoing board member, Mike Scotese, for his many years of service to the Tacony Community Development Corporation. Scoats, as he is known around the neighborhood, has been volunteering his time to the CDC’s Board for almost seven years!
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Inside Out program brings high quality art reproductions to neighborhoods around the Philadelphia region. Tacony was one of just three neighborhoods within the city to be the lucky recipient of a set of paintings.
Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (Thomas Eakins, 1874) is on view at Sannutti’s Funeral Home until Wednesday.
This summer, we are continuing our efforts to bring city programs to fruition in Tacony. We are about to launch our third round of Storefront Improvement Program projects and are continuing to install security cameras along Torresdale Avenue through the city’s SafeCam program.
Ever wonder what these programs are or how to get in on the process? Continue reading