Co-ops in Philadelphia

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

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
Collingswood Co-op
Conshohocken Co-op
Kensington Community Food Co-op
Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-op
Philadelphia Cooperative Brewery Incubator Project
Philadelphia Service Cooperative (housing)
The Rad Dish Co-op (Temple University, cafe)
South Philly Food Co-op (PACA member)
St. Boniface Cooperative Housing Norris Square
West Chester Food Co-op
Win Win Coffee Bar (worker co-op, 9th and Spring Garden)

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)
Swarthmore Co-op Swarthmore
Weaver’s 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. The National Credit Union Association’s Credit Union Locator Tool is probably more useful than listing all of credit unions here.

Worker Cooperatives

Childspace Daycare Centers (PACA member)
Home Care Associates (PACA member)
Greensaw Design & Build

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)
Penn Center House, Inc.
Penn Haven Co-op West Philly/UPenn
The Tree
Tulpehocken Apartments Inc
Valley Green Apartments (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

Mutual Insurance Cooperatives

The Philadelphia Contributionship
Bucks County Contributionship

Purchasing Cooperatives

Page Cooperative King of Prussia
Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation Wayne

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.

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