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Her startup helps emerging artists, designers to showcase wares

PHILADELPHIA Natalie Vane, 31, founded Coshare, which specializes in turning vacant spaces into vibrant shops until landlords find permanent tenants. Vane, a 2015 Wharton MBA grad, started the company in January and opened her first Coshare shop in July. The landlord recently found a permanent tenant, and Vane is talking with landlords about another Coshare space, which she expects to open this month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I'd walk around and see vacant storefronts. I knew designers who wanted to be in the spaces. The question was how to provide some rent to landlords and pay utilities so they feel comfortable with you being in a space while they wait for a...

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