5 Best Places to Start a Business in Philadelphia

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Chestnut Hill

This town is every suburbanite's dream. Two train stations offer easy access to Center City and downtown Philadelphia, and its cobblestone streets are lined with shops and restaurants. The market skews toward an affluent, environmentally conscious customer base: Residents grocery shop at the local farmers market or a new food co-op. For apparel, they turn to quirky stores like Artisans on the Avenue and the fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages. The district’s Go Green initiative was recently formed to promote sustainable businesses in the neighborhood and the nearby Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre garden.