A Unique History & Mission

Tree House’s story began in the summer of 2004 when the Advocate Community Development Corporation (ACDC) conducted a Susquehanna Avenue Commercial Corridor Study. The completed study contained a number of recommendations—including focusing initial redevelopment activity in the 1400 block of Susquehanna.  Among the types of retail operations suggested for this block were an arts and crafts supply store, moderately priced ethnic restaurants, and a used bookstore.  

Since that time Temple Partnership Schools, Jon Weiss, a local real estate developer, and a team of energized and passionate community advocates supported the development of a used bookstore.  This was just the beginning of our growth and evolution.  Tree House Books opened in June 2005.  

Our mission is to grow and sustain a community of Readers, Writers, and Thinkers in Philadelphia!