The Germantown United Community Development Corporation has launched, an online business directory and website for Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood.

Besides the business directory, there is also information about historic sites, neighborhood amenities and attractions, and community news and events.

GUCDC received a Corridor Enhancement grant from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce in helping to develop the website, which aims to promote the revitalization of community’s business district. The website provides a link in promoting the Germantown area with such information as businesses news, community happenings and significant neighborhood developments.

Fairmount Park agency makes two new hires

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has announced the hiring of two staff members.

Jamie Gauthier has joined the organization as senior director of public partnerships and Adela Park as special projects coordinator.

Gauthier is responsible for managing the conservancy’s relationships with public agencies and community partners in and around the public park system. She will also help in preparing for Rebuild Philadelphia investments, a seven-year, $500 million program to revitalize neighborhood parks, recreation centers, playgrounds and libraries.

Park is working on Fairmount Park Conservancy’s two major grant-funded initiatives: Reimagining the Civic Commons Philadelphia, which explores using civic assets to increase social and economic opportunities, and the new Arts and Culture Program.

Mattress stores hold first pajama drive for foster kids

All 50 Mattress Firm stores in Philadelphia are holding a pajama drive, the first of their six Foster Kids’ donation drives for 2017 to benefit local foster youth and families.

Through Feb. 12, during normal store hours, stores will accept new pajamas and monetary contributions for foster children. All proceeds will be donated to Pressley Ridge at the end of the drive.

Throughout the year, the drives collect essential items and raise funds to help thousands of local foster children. Donations from each drive are distributed to partner organizations in the community.

Clothier raises funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

Ross Stores Inc. has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a four-week program called “Help Local Kids Learn.”

Through Feb. 26, customers in Philadelphia can choose to make a monetary donation during checkout at one of the chain’s local stores to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.

Funds will support the Power Hour Program, providing children and teenagers with crucial academic support after school.

Clothing resale store brings new concept to Drexel Hill

Style Encore, a new resale store for women, will open on Feb. 9 at 1601 Pontiac Road in Drexel Hill.

The store is part of a national resale chain that specializes in clothing and accessories, including shoes, handbags and other items.

The sales concept allows people to bring in their gently-used items to sell or receive cash on the spot, which enables Style Encore to offer items that are in good condition and still stylish.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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