Staff writer Diane Mastrull covers the Philadelphia region's small businesses for The Inquirer.
On Fishtown's now-thriving Frankford Avenue commercial corridor, a small-business owner who recognized the strip's potential even before restaurateur Stephen Starr put his imprimatur there is calling it quits.
The competition was for an invaluable entrepreneurial opportunity. But which of the 18 contestants would win? The double-amputee with a fledgling landscaping business? The artist with post-traumatic stress disorder launching a fine-arts clothing line? The hearing-impaired retiree with a solution for tinnitus?