Sustainable Clothing Brand Grant Blvd Opens New Location in University City
Sustainable small business Grant Blvd holds two crucial issues – sustainability and social justice – at the heart of its mission.
In a May 2019 Green Philly article, Grant Blvd founder Kimberly McGlonn expressed a desire to move from their Southwest Philadelphia studio into a brick-and-mortar.
A little over a year later, the dream became reality – and their reimagined garage space is now open for business. The clothing brand is expanding its reach with the recent July 25th opening of a brick-and-mortar location at 3605 Lancaster Ave in University City.
The team uses reclaimed fabrics, manufactures exclusively in Philadelphia, and hires immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, previously incarcerated individuals, and others who may not otherwise receive a fair shot at employment.
Residents can feel safe having a socially distanced shopping spree at the site—and feel confident about supporting a company that lives out its values.
You’ll find a variety of garments, from menswear repurposed by company seamstresses to organic cotton tees with empowering phrases and slogans.
All of the products featured on the Grant Blvd website are also available for purchase in-store. Guests can visit from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or schedule private appointments on Sundays and Mondays.
There’s no better time to be intentional about the small businesses we’re investing in. Founder Kimberly McGlonn encourages the loyalty of local customers who will allow them to continue their important work through the pandemic—and emerge triumphant on the other side.
“There will be a moment post this pandemic when we’re able to come back together with a greater sense of ease, and to enjoy all the incredible businesses that give Philadelphia it’s unique flavor. And when that happens, we have to be certain that despite this moment, we’ve been intentional about investing now in the existence of companies that are committed to what our city’s approach to sustainable living and social impact must look like. Which is precisely why we’re so excited to welcome you into our home at 3605 Lancaster Ave in University City,” shared McGlonn.