Co-ops in Philadelphia

Co-op Directory

We’ve listed our region’s cooperatives by sector below.

Startup cooperatives
These co-ops are currently forming.

Alliance Taxi Co-op (article about them)
Ambler Food Co-op

Bethlehem Food Co-op
Brewers’ Co-op of Philadelphia
Kensington Community Food Co-op (PACA member)
Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-op
Philadelphia Service Cooperative (housing)
South Philly Food Co-op (PACA member)
West Chester Food Co-op

Energy Cooperatives

The Energy Co-op (PACA member)

Food Cooperatives

Creekside Co-op Elkins Park
Doylestown Food Co-op
Mariposa Food Co-op West Philly (PACA member)
The Rad Dish Co-op (Temple University, cafe)
Swarthmore Co-op Swarthmore
Weavers Way Co-op Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill (PACA member)

Credit Unions

Sb1 FCU (PACA member)
Sun FCU (PACA member)
There are about 53 credit unions in the Philadelphia area. Use the National Credit Union Association’s Credit Union Locator Tool to search all credit unions.

Worker Cooperatives

AORTA Collective (PACA member)
Childspace Daycare Centers (PACA member)
Cooperative 518 Community Farm
Home Care Associates (PACA member)
W/N W/N Coffee Bar (PACA member)

Housing Cooperatives

2101 Cooperative Rittenhouse Square
Beaumont Retirement Community Bryn Mawr
Friends Housing Cooperative Northern Liberties
Greene Street Artists Cooperative Germantown (PACA member)
Bryn Gweled Homesteads Bucks County
Kennedy House
Life Center Association (LCA) West Philly (PACA member)
Lipscomb Square Housing Cooperative
Penn Center House, Inc.
Penn Haven Co-op West Philly/UPenn
The Tree
Tulpehocken Apartments Inc
Valley Green Apartments East Falls (PACA member)
Vernon House Co-op Apartments West Mt. Airy
William Penn House

Producer Cooperatives

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative
Bucks-Montgomery Co-op Wool Pool
Heritage Shellfish Cooperative NJ
Landisville Produce Growers Cooperative, NJ

Preschool and School Cooperatives

The Miquon School Whitemarsh Township
Project Learn School Germantown
The Cooperative Nursery School Germantown
West Philly Cooperative School (PACA Member)

Mutual Insurance Cooperatives

Bucks County Contributionship
The Philadelphia Contributionship

Purchasing Cooperatives

Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation Wayne
Page Cooperative King of Prussia

Collectives and Democratic Workplaces
These entities are not legally owned by the members, but they are generally democratically controlled by the staff and/or members. To be a cooperative, a business must be both owned and controlled by its members. Please contact us if there is a problem with your listing.

3rd St. Gallery Old City
Batten Co-operative House  Bryn Mawr
The Big Backyard Cooperative Nursery School Mt. Airy
Bindlestiff Books West Philly
Charlestown Playhouse Phoenixville
Crossing Cooperative Nursery School Washington Crossing
Da Vinci Art Alliance South Philly
E-haus Ardmore/Haverford College
Highwire Gallery Kensington
Kennett Square Nursery School
Little Berlin (exhibition space) Kensington
Mascher Space Co-op Kensington
Muse Gallery Old City
Nexus Gallery Kensington
People’s Paper Co-op and Expungement Project
Philly Doula Co-op
Prometheus Radio Project
Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery Swarthmore
Vox Populi Callowhill
Wallingford Co-op Nursery School
Wooden Shoe Books & Records South Philly

Map of Cooperatives in Philadelphia

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Explore a regional solidarity economy map created by Haverford professor Craig Borowiak and his students. Prof. Borowiak also mapped locations of several cooperatives in the Philadelphia area and their relation to socio-economic demographics.

 

Impact of Cooperatives in Pennsylvania

As of 2007, Pennsylvania had 809 cooperatives with 3.6 million members, generating wages of $488 million for 14,500 employees. Read more on the University of Wisconsin’s study on the economic impact of cooperatives:
www.uwcc.wisc.edu/pubs/CurrentResearch/state-by-state.aspx