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Welcome to Downtown York: 05 | Downtown Update A note from Elaine. 06 | Map Where to go and where to park 08 | Friends of Downtown Inc Thank you for your support in 2019!

Living Downtown:


Photo by Dayan Jimenez

Cooking Up a Culinary Adventure

14 | Downtown Dweller Patricia Maher took a risk on Downtown York — and she couldn’t be happier.

Playing Downtown: 18 | 9 Places to Hear Live Music in Downtown York Downtown’s music venues bring community together. 20 | Make It Merry and Bright Start your holiday excursion downtown, then explore the rest of York County’s holiday draws. 21 | Celebrate the Season with Light Up York Enjoy day-long holiday fun and the tree lighting on Continental Square. 22 | Events Here’s what’s happening.

Dining Downtown:

Shopping Downtown:

16 | Cozy Up with a Cocktail Four Fall-Inspired Drinks at The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar

25 | Silver and Gold The Watchmaker’s Daughter adds metalsmithing space for creatives. 26 | Downtown York Holiday 2019 Gift Guide Discover distinctive gifts for everyone on your list.

Closing Thought: 30 | The Most Instagrammable Places in Downtown York.

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A Downtown Update Gratitude for Good Friends Downtown Inc marks the holiday season every year with the Hanging of the Greens, when our team, generous volunteers and the City of York hang beautiful green pine roping and festive bows around the central business district. We’ll do it again this year just before Thanksgiving. That’s a fitting time, not only because it gives the city a little extra festive flair before Small Business Saturday and Light Up York, but because it’s the natural time for us to express our gratitude. Downtown York has enjoyed another exciting year of growth, and it’s thanks to the generosity of the everyday philanthropists, businesses and others who support Downtown Inc through our Friends program, corporate sponsorships and more. Thank you all for all you do to make Downtown York, and our entire York County community, a better place. Your support this year allowed Downtown Inc to operate a year-round Clean Up Crew, assist with the lighting of the York County Administrative Center’s incredible Florentine domes and work with community partners to replace trench drain covers in dire need of repair. We also continue to put Downtown York on the map as a midAtlantic tourism destination through our Historically Edgy branding efforts, a strong social media game and more. And we reinvigorated a Business Series workshop to connect business owners and entrepreneurs with marketing gurus, small business legal experts and more valuable resources.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Mandy Arnold, Gavin Advertising Vice President: Z. Dylan Bauer, RSDC, Inc. Secretary: Grace T. Quartey, CPA, MBA Treasurer: Eric Menzer, York Revolution

As we head into the holiday season, we thank you again for your support. We’re looking forward to finishing 2019 on a high note – and to an even better 2020. Best Regards,

Board Members Joanne Wilmore, Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast Kate Hynes, Stock and Leader John Klinedinst, C.S. Davidson, Inc. Brian Strong, KBG Injury Law Julian Tolbert, York Container

Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc

DOWNTOWN INC STAFF Silas Chamberlin, Vice President, Economic & Community Development, York County Economic Alliance Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc Shannon Hamblin, Communications Coordinator Nicholas Pullo, Project Manager Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Director Parthena Bowman, Events Manager

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Downtown Map With its imaginative arts community, stunning architecture and restaurants that push the limits of flavor, Downtown York is the creative core of York County. It’s where the word revolutionary isn’t just a nod to the city’s past, but an indicator of its future. We invite you to visit today and soak in rich history, charming boutiques and a growing craft beer scene. You’ll find that Downtown York is HISTORICALLY EDGY, inside and out. This map will get you started!

Key: Bike Share

Bar | See page 15 for listings

Shopping | See page 26 for listings

Dining | See page 15 for listings



Museums | See page 22 for listings















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Getting Here And Parking Downtown York is easily accessible from all points north, south, east and west. Main arteries you want to look for? George Street and Queen Street from the north and south; Market Street and Philadelphia Street from the east and west.

From Lancaster: • • •

Take Route 30 West to North George Street Turn left onto North George Street Follow straight

From Harrisburg and all points north: • • •

Take I-83 South to Route 30 West, Exit 22 (North George Street) Stay in the middle lane and turn right at the light onto North George Street Follow straight

From Gettysburg: • • •

Take Route 30 East to North George Street Turn right onto North George Street Follow straight

From south/Baltimore: • •

Take I-83 North to South George Street Exit Follow Business I-83/South George Street


Parking is plentiful in York City, with 350 on-street meters and 1,260 garage spaces in three garages conveniently located within walking distance to downtown attractions.

Garage Locations • • • •

Market Street Garage (41 E. Market St.) Philadelphia Street Garage (25 W. Philadelphia St.) King Street Garage (15 W. King St.) Central Market Parking Deck (W. Philadelphia and North Beaver St.)

Parking in York City garages is $2.50 per hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Garage parking is currently free in the evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday.


Metered, on-street parking is available in Downtown York. Enforcement hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Free on Sundays and holidays observed by the City of York), and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for parking meters located in the “Retail Zone.” Meters are marked with the hours of operation and enforcement. Meter Rates are: $0.05 - 3 minutes, $0.10 - 6 minutes, $0.25 - 15 minutes. A maximum of 2 hours is allowed at all York City meters.

Please direct all parking questions, concerns and comments to: York City Parking Bureau, 717-815-0517. Fall/Holiday ’19 | 07

Friends of Downtown Inc 2019 Thank you to our 2019 Friends of Downtown Inc! We are proud to partner with these community-minded businesses and individuals. Their support helps make Downtown York a better place to live, work and play. Almoney Household

Judith Eby

Shonna Ilgenfritz Household

Marcy Almoney

Eichelberger Household

Lori Jacobs

Arbetman Household

Elizabeth Eisenhart

Jelonek Household

Ralph Arnold Household

Eden Household

Kenneth Johnston Household

Arthur Household

Rebecca Eden

Lynn Johnston Household

Asset Protectors LLC

Ekeledo Household

Kageni Household

Diane Baker

Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

Mark Kandrysawtz

Debbie Bailey

Finlayson Household


Barton Associates

Flaum Household

William Kerlin

Daniel Barker

Foster’s Flower Shop

John Klinedinst

Dylan Bauer

Claire Forbush

Kroh Household

Bhuva Household

French Household

Lauren Kroh

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Michelle Frye

Leadership York

April Billet-Barclay

Fuentes Household

Kathleen Mahoney

Judith Blakey Household

Fulton Bank

Malec Household

Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch

F.W. Behler Inc

Kenneth Martin Household

Jill Bollinger

Garden Club of York

Ben McGlaughlin

Elaine Bonneau

Gavin Advertising

McGlaughlin Household

BPOE Lodge 213

Geiman Household

Menzer Household

Bradley Household

Jeffrey Gettle

Miley Household

Brubaker Household

Gibson Household

Diane Miller

Susan Byrnes Household

Meagan Given

Mock Household

Joan Caruso

Glatfelter Insurance Group

Lisa Mohan Household

Silas Chamberlin

Robert Godfrey

Diana Mohn

Chesla Family

Penny Gordon

Murphy & Dittenhafer, Inc.

Benjamin Chairo

Greenawalt Household

New Level Advisors

Alexandra Chiaruttini

Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP

Carol Oldenburg

Child Care Consultants

Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC

Parsley Household

Cluck Household

Janet Harner

Cynthia Pizzketti

Combs Household

Harner Household

Frances Polk

Community Benefit Solutions

Hasson Household

Powder Mill Foundation

Jane Conover

Hershey Household

Prince Street CafĂŠ

James Coombes

Robert Hershner

Bob Pullo

Coombes Household

Doug Hoke


C.S. Davidson

Hodges Household

Beverly Reindollar

Darr Household

Hodgson Household


Linda Davidson Household

Stacy Hoeber

Rock Commercial Real Estate

Democratic Party of York County

Kimberly Hogeman

Lauren Rooney

Diakon Adoption and Foster Care

Holtzman Household

Rost & Associates

Dougherty Household

Kate Hynes


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Friends of Downtown Inc 2019 John Schmidt Household Kevin Schreiber Shaman of York Amy Shugars Simpson Household Elsie May Smith Household Stambaugh Household Andrew Staub Stehman Household Steinhauser Household Stock & Leader Story Supply Brian Strong Meg Swartz Household The Graham Group The Kinsley Foundation The Stewart Foundation Julian Tolbert Tess Trueheart Tom Vranich Joe Wagman Household Ginger Walker Washburn Household Crystal Weaver Weaver Household David Werner White Household Wolf Household Women’s Club of York York Academy Regional Charter School York Chamber Foundation York College of PA York County Economic Alliance York County Industrial Development Authority York Revolution York Traditions Bank York Veterinary Housecalls LLC YCCF-Wagman Fund York Young Professionals Zerba Household












COOKING UP A CULINARY ADVENTURE Story by: Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Director, Downtown Inc Photography by: Dayan Jimenez Scattered across her arms and neck, Sharmini Goins’ three tattoos spell out “heart,” “soul” and “mind.” Each one is written in a different language — Hebrew, Arabic and Mandarin — which speaks to an international background that defines both Goins’ life and her passion for cooking. Blessed with a canny ability to combine powerful flavors, Goins has taken an entrepreneurial spirit, $400 and some professional guidance and grown her business, Sharmini’s Kitchen, from an idea and a stand at Downtown York’s historic Central Market to a dynamic catering business that wows at annual events, fundraisers, private parties and more. Along the way, Goins has used her food to foster a feeling of diversity and inclusiveness, and she has proved that Downtown York’s creative culinary scene expands well beyond its well-known brick-and-mortar restaurants. And she’s just getting started. “Sharmini’s Kitchen is still in the blossoming stage of a tree,” Goins said. “It’s not just a seed anymore, but now it’s growing branches.”

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From make-believe to business model As a teenager growing up in Malaysia, half a world away from York, Goins would often play the part of a television cooking show host. She’d chop her ingredients and place them in individual bowls — because that’s how the TV personalities did it — and tell the make-believe camera how she was assembling her noodle dish. Today, Goins recognizes that what was playful then spoke to her true passion for cooking. “I believe, in my heart, that it was already there. I just didn’t know,” she said. Despite the prime-time ambitions, Goins’ cooking career has humble roots. Known for making everything from curry spices to tomato sauce from scratch, Goins’ mother taught her the basics. Goins worked in the family’s kitchen, using a simple wooden spoon and bowl to mix her cake batter as a kid. Only once Goins mastered her cakes — over and over again — did her mother teach her how to use kitchen equipment. Today, years later, Goins credits her mother for instilling in her a love of cooking. Although she studied classical piano and then business computing as she traveled around the world from Europe and Canada to Baltimore and then York, she kept coming back to food. While her two pianos gathered dust, Goins honed her cooking skills. Whether it was making edible flowers so real they caused people to sneeze with false tiger lily allergies or making Christmas platters for her neighborhood, she kept creating amazing food. On June 27, 2013 — a significant date because it was her mother’s birthday — Goins opened Sharmini’s Kitchen in the bustling Central Market in downtown York.

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Global flavors inspired by life While her specialties will always be her native Malaysian cuisine and English baked goods, Goins experiments with flavors from across the world. Sharmini’s Kitchen offers one of the few catering services — maybe the only one — in York County where customers can develop a menu that features Vietnamese spring rolls paired with Malaysian peanut sauce along with traditional Southern chicken and waffles. Goins finds inspiration everywhere. Dinner with her niece led to a Korean tofu dish. And a recent trip to Sicily already has her mind spinning ways to integrate the flavors of a rustic caponata into her menu. While her flavors took off at Central Market, Goins wanted to do more. She left behind the stand and transitioned Sharmini’s Kitchen to a catering service boasting the fitting tagline of “A Culinary Adventure Awaits You.” Sharmini’s Kitchen has catered the Downtown First Awards two years in a row at Logos Academy and several other annual events. She still gets a thrill when diners rave about her cooking. “That feeling? Nothing tops that,” she said. “That’s the most incredible feeling — that people remember you for that.”

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Sampling New Ideas Goins is still balancing a day job with running her catering business during the evenings and weekends. Plus, she’s still raising two children — a daughter in high school and a son in college. She’s used to juggling multiple roles. When Goins started, she was the menu planner, cook, driver and dishwasher. Now, she has a team of up to 10 and has even developed a paid internship program that teaches high school students everything from tangible serving skills to intangible talents such as interacting with customers. With a mind for strategy, Goins wants to take Sharmini’s Kitchen to the next level. She’s taking the leap into the wedding catering business, plans to expand to hire additional staff and someday wants to sell gourmet sauces and spices under her own brand. Ultimately, Goins would love be dedicated to Sharmini’s Kitchen full time. Her tattoos — and the messages behind them — remind her that working and loving hard will help her along that path. “Your mind can help bring very uplifting, positive change in lives, and I find that Sharmini’s Kitchen has really been my outlet in that sense,” she said. “I get to be creative. I get to utilize myself fully. I get to be complete being the best that I can with the gift I have. So, it’s not just the purpose of creating food. To really empower people to change communities intentionally is what I do with that.”

LEARN MORE Learn more about Sharmini Goins at

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FROM WHIM TO REALITY PATRICIA MAHER TOOK A RISK ON DOWNTOWN YORK — AND SHE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER Story by: Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Director, Downtown Inc Photography by: Shannon Hamblin, Communications Coordinator, Downtown Inc

It’s fitting that a copy of Architectural Digest sits on Patricia Maher’s coffee table. That magazine started her journey to Downtown York, where she’s lived the past 10 years. While living in Virginia, Maher saw a real estate listing for a home in York. It was intriguing enough that she drove to the city to check it out. Maher knew from the moment she drove into downtown that it was a fit. The striking architecture — from art deco to Italian Renaissance — impressed her. Decorated for the holidays, the area reminded her of Georgetown. “I didn’t choose York; York choose me,” Maher said. “It was like a magnet; it was a pull. I could not resist. I can’t explain it. It’s a little weird. I get chills when I think about it.” 14 | Downtown York | Living Downtown

When Maher told her family that she was going to move to York when she retired, they were skeptical. After all, Maher didn’t know anyone in York.

“It has just grown by leaps and bounds and the momentum is now unstoppable,” Maher said. “We’re not going to go anywhere but forward.”

But she eventually settled into a home on West Pershing Avenue, just blocks from the restaurants of the Market District, Beaver Street’s bustling retail shops and the York County Heritage Rail Trail.

Maher’s home has an old-town charm with a fireplace in the kitchen. Upstairs, a finished third floor provides interesting nooks and crannies — such as an alcove that’s just the right size for a desk.

At the time, Downtown York was just starting to see the first glimmers that something big was on the horizon. The Royal Square District and WeCo District didn’t even exist. The same 50 to 100 people came to First Friday each month.

Likewise, York fits Maher. After taking a risk, she’s become an ambassador for the city.

“Here I am,” she said, “and I like it.”

Now, First Friday has evolved into a celebration that draws thousands to Beaver Street, Continental Square and the surrounding districts. And Royal Square is home to art galleries, a hopping courtyard space and incredible public murals, while WeCo continues to grow with new residential units, innovative advertising agencies and more calling it home. Maher experiences it all. She has jumped into city life, volunteering with organizations like Downtown Inc and patronizing the restaurants around town. She sees more good things on the horizon for York.

Be The Next Downtown Dweller Do you have a cool story about how you came to Downtown York or an interesting living space you’d like to show off? Share your story by emailing with the subject line “Downtown Dweller.” Fall/Holiday ’19 | 15

COZY UP WITH A COCKTAIL Four Fall-Inspired Drinks at The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar Story and Photography by: Shannon Hamblin, Communications Coordinator, Downtown Inc

’Tis the season for crisp leaves and cooler weather. Autumn is here, and so is the new fall-inspired cocktail menu at The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar. A staple restaurant in Downtown York’s Market District, The Left Bank is known for its upscale-casual cuisine and unique drinks. Enjoy a night out with friends and family, and be sure to try one of these seasonal cocktails along with your delicious dinner.

CINNABUN A delicious drink showcasing one of autumn’s staple flavors: cinnamon. Cinnabun is a dessert-like cocktail consisting of cinnamon simple syrup, vanilla vodka, RumChata and a cinnamon stick garnish.

MANHATTAN RIFF The Manhattan Riff pushed The Left Bank’s bartender Meghann Allred to the semifinals of the “Master of the Manhattan” competition last year. Enjoy this proven-delicious classic cocktail consisting of Woodford Reserve Rye, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Chocolate Port, Ancho Chile Liqueur and Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters. The cocktail gets garnished with a dark chocolate maraschino cherry dusted with chili chocolate and orange zest.

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FICKLED GINGER Warm up on a chilly fall night with a Fickled Ginger. This cocktail features honey-infused Tom Cat gin, fennel bitters, lemon juice, and ginger beer with a topping of candied ginger and a fennel frond.

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Comprehensive Stroke Center. WellSpan York Hospital is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission – a designation awarded to only 3% of registered U.S. hospitals. We are honored that this organization recognizes the skill of our physicians, nurses and other clinical staff members in caring for the most complex conditions.

SUGAR AND SPICE Get your apple fix with a Sugar and Spice, a cocktail made with apple-infused Elijah Craig bourbon, demerara simple syrup (which yields a rich, caramel-like flavor), apple cider and a dried apple garnish.

This achievement, together with our regional network of Primary Stroke Centers in Chambersburg, Ephrata, Gettysburg, Lebanon and Waynesboro means that WellSpan is WellPrepared to deliver better outcomes and survival rates for our friends and neighbors across southcentral Pennsylvania.

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The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar 120 N. George St. 717-843-8010 6193 PR&M 8/19



Live music at The Cantina in the Royal Square District

Story by: Morgan Keener Photography Courtesy of: Shannon Hamblin, Downtown Inc

From its local shops and boutiques, to its restaurants and breweries, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Historically Edgy Downtown York. What some people might not know is that the city is home to several hot spots that showcase live music. Music has the power to bring people together, and that is exactly what happens at the various venues throughout the city. Check out nine places downtown you can catch live tunes:









154 E. Philadelphia St.

Sign of the Wagon is an art gallery and house concert venue all in one. The name is derived from a local business that called our city home in the 18th century. Not only does this unique space provide art and a space for live music, but it also has an electric musical instrument gear collection set up specifically to record local and touring acts. Check out their website to learn more!

106 N. George St.

Newer to the streets of Downtown York, The Handsome Cab brings a relaxing and unique experience for anyone who walks in the door. The Handsome Cab provides delicious food and a unique wine selection that you can enjoy while listening to live music almost every Friday and Saturday, plus open mic nights on Tuesdays.

41 E. Princess St.

Within the walls of its beautiful historic building resides a comfortable and enjoyable environment. Located just two blocks from Market Street, Granfalloon’s Tavern offers a chance for anyone to sit back, grab a bite of food, play a game or two and enjoy some tunes. Get in on the action and be a part of the live music scene by participating in karaoke every Tuesday night!

57 W. Market St.

Located on Market Street, Holy Hound Taproom showcases 30 rotating crafts beers on tap, but they also deliver many opportunities for live music from local acts. With most of its live music being played on the weekends, schedule that next date night or get-together with friends at Holy Hound for a fun evening on the town.

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57 N. Pershing Ave.

If you’re looking for a place to live like a local, First Capital Dispensing Co. is the place for you! Not only does this historic pub provide a fun and homey atmosphere, it frequently offers live music. From local bands and artists to open mic nights, First Capital Dispensing Co. is a go-to spot for music and more.

105 S. Duke St.

Downtown’s beloved Mexican cantina with a Miami vibe has captured the attention of many since its recent transformation. Located in the heart of the Royal Square District, The Cantina is full of fun live entertainment for all ages. Starting out as a seasonal bar, The Cantina recently opened its doors in May for year-round service. They added food to their menu and renovated the entire space. Enjoy a night out featuring live music and DJs every weekend.

34 N. Cherry Lane

With the pub’s perfect location behind Cherry Lane Park, and its proximity to many downtown boutiques, Mudhook Brewing Company is an ideal spot to have a brew and enjoy some music with your friends and family. The brewery offer live tunes almost every weekend.

34 W. Philadelphia St.

Hosted at Downtown York’s historic market house, Kable House Presents is a concert series that showcases up-and-coming acts that are in the midst of touring. The organization is completely volunteer driven. Kable House Presents began in 2014 with help by the support of the York community. Check out all of the upcoming performances on its website.

50 N. George St. The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is home to CapLive, a series of amazing live entertainment ranging from emerging acts to established performers. This historic venue is a great space for music lovers who enjoy an intimate setting. To see a list of upcoming CapLive performances, check out the Appell Center’s website.

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MAKE IT MERRY AND BRIGHT Start your holiday excursion downtown, then explore the rest of York County’s holiday draws

Story by: Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Director, Downtown Inc Photography Courtesy of: Downtown Inc With green garland, beautiful bows and a statement Christmas tree on Continental Square, the holidays in Downtown York mark one of the most magical times of the year. You can spend the day shopping charming boutiques, browsing art galleries or enjoying seasonal fare from one of many restaurants. Whether you’re visiting family or looking for a weekend getaway, Downtown York makes the perfect place to start your holiday adventure. Start your day downtown, then explore the rest of York County. From a festive forest to another dynamic downtown, we’ve gathered a list of a few nearby places where you can add a little more holiday cheer to your visit.

Christmas Magic Rocky Ridge County Park: 3699 Deininger Road, York, PA 17406 Drive Time From Downtown York: 20 minutes More than 600,000 twinkling holiday lights turn Rocky Ridge County Park into a winter wonderland every year. Take your hot chocolate in hand and enjoy this half-mile walk through the woods and five enclosed pavilions. Holiday scenes, animations, train displays and more will put a festive feeling in your heart. Visit for more details and to purchase tickets online. Photo Courtesy of: Explore York

Steam Into History 2 W. Main St., New Freedom, PA 17349 Drive Time From Downtown York: 30 minutes The winter-swept hills and forests of York County make a picturesque backdrop for a holiday train ride through the countryside. At Steam Into History, you can step aboard an authentic replica Civil War–era steam engine for seasonal excursions like the Santa Sing-a-Long Express and special Tannenbaum train rides. The big man in red is known to make a few appearances! Visit for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. Photo Courtesy of: Mike Zortman

Second Saturday Cookie Stroll Center Square, Hanover, PA 17331 Drive Time From Downtown York: 40 minutes Combine cookies and shopping during the Second Saturday Cookie Stroll in Downtown Hanover on December 14. Sample tasty baked treats from downtown stores as you explore one of York County’s charming small towns. While you’re visiting, make sure to visit Santa’s Cabin on Center Square and take in unique holiday displays that are part of the annual Christmas Tree Wars. Check out for more information.

Looking for even more York County holiday ideas? Visit to see how you can have it made here this holiday season. 20 | Downtown York | Playing Downtown

CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH LIGHT UP YORK Story by: Shannon Hamblin, Communications Coordinator, Downtown Inc Photography Courtesy of: Downtown Inc

Downtown York’s beloved holiday celebration, Light Up York Powered by Shipley Energy, returns on Saturday, December 7. Enjoy day-long family fun throughout the city including a scavenger hunt, art activities, holiday workshops, a chance to meet Santa’s reindeer and of course, lights! This year, Light Up York is proud to partner with York Flea for a Holiday Market in Cherry Lane that will take place from 12-7 p.m. If you are looking to do some Christmas shopping, be sure to stop by and check out unique goods made by talented local crafters and artisans. At 5 p.m., gather around the square in front of historic Continental Square to witness the main event — the lighting of the city’s tree! Liz and Chris from WARM 103.3 will be the emcees for this can’t-miss tree lighting ceremony.

Come celebrate all the reasons for the season with your closest friends and family in #HistoricallyEdgy Downtown York!

For more information on this year’s Light Up York event, visit

IF YOU GO: Date: Saturday, December 7 Time: 12 - 7 p.m. Where: Downtown York

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Events for November/December 2019 *Blue text denotes Downtown Inc/YCEA events

Small Business Saturday Fourth Annual York Story Slam Grand Slam 11/19 | 7 p.m. | Downtown York Don’t miss the culmination event for York Story Slam, when all the winners from the 2019 story slam events compete in the Grand Slam for the title of “Best Storyteller in York.” The location for the event is the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts. Keep up-todate at

Record Riot 12/06 | 6 p.m. | Downtown York The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. Professional and amateur record dealers from the region descend on Downtown York for the final swap meet of the year. Come check a great selection of records at The York Emporium during December’s Friday. You can come to buy, sell, trade or just brag! Enjoy your shopping experience with some light refreshments.

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11/30 | 9 a.m. | Downtown York This holiday season, stand out from the crowd. Do your holiday shopping on your own terms in a place that respects those who make their own traditions. Visit Downtown York on Shop Small Saturday and get the edge on your gift giving this year. Small Business Saturday, which American Express launched in 2010, has become one of the busiest days of the year for many independent retailers.

First Friday 12/06 | 5-9 p.m. | Downtown York Presented by WellSpan, First Friday is a monthly celebration of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy special events like First Friday Latino, promotions and more. December’s First Friday is the perfect time to find that special holiday gift for everyone on your list!

Still need more ideas? For more events in Downtown York and York County, visit York365. com. You’re sure to find something fun.

Events for December 2019

Hammered Sterling Silver Earrings Class 12/12| 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Watchmaker’s Daughter, Upstairs Studio, 22 N. Beaver St. Learn how to make beautiful hammered sterling silver earrings from jewelry expert and owner of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, Karen Reiss-Staub. This class is for students of all levels — beginners to advanced. All tools for the class will be provided. For more information and to sign up, visit

‘Prancer’ 12/13-12/22 | DreamWrights Center for Community Arts Enjoy eight different showings of “Prancer”, a heartwarming

holiday performance that follows young Jessica Riggs and her family who have fallen on hard times. Still, she keeps her belief in Santa Claus and the idea that there are miracles in the world. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it’s Prancer. While she is nursing the creature back to health, the whole community of Three Oaks eventually learns about Prancer, causing big problems for Jessica as she tries to return the reindeer home. For more information and showtimes, visit

Nutcracker Ballet 12/15 |2 p.m.| Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. Join the Midstate Ballet of Greater York Dance this holiday season for a beautiful ballet danced to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Professional dancers will share the stage with York’s regional pre-professional youth ballet company. The tale of “The Nutcracker,” written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, has fascinated artists and audiences for many years. The Nutcracker has become an annual holiday tradition worldwide.

Welcome 2020 in Continental Square 12/31 | 10 p.m.-midnight | Continental Square The community will gather in Continental Square for the traditional countdown to the new year with the dropping of the white rose followed by fireworks. A DJ will be playing music beginning at 10 p.m. For more information, visit Fall/Holiday ’19 | 23

Events for January 2020

First Friday 1/03 | 5-9 p.m. | Downtown York Presented by WellSpan, First Friday is a monthly celebration of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy special events like First Friday Latino, promotions and more. December’s First Friday is the perfect time to find that special holiday gift for everyone on your list!

70s Flashback- The Soundtrack of Generation

Live Performance from “Phaze” 1/03| 8 p.m.| The Cantina, 105 S. Duke St Check out a live performance from local rap artist “Phaze” at the Royal Square District’s courtyard cantina. Enjoy some delicious food and drinks at The Cantina while listening to Phaze’s beats. For more information, visit The Cantina’s Facebook page, @cantinayork.

Terry Fator

1/17 |7:30 p.m.| Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St.

1/17 |7:30 p.m.| Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St.

70s Flashback invites audiences to step back in time, as they bring to life on stage this incredible soundtrack of a generation. From Carole King & Three Dog Night and The Doobie Brothers & Led Zeppelin to Studio 54 & CBGB, 70s Flashback’s stellar harmonies and note-for-note musical re-creations of the original artists leave their fans with a deeper appreciation for the music of this historic decade! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Ventriloquist Terry Fator made it to the top as the headliner at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas for the past 10 years. He can impersonate over 100 voices with favorites being Karen Carpenter, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Meghan Trainor and Bruno Mars. His cast of characters includes: Winston the Impersonating Turtle; the World’s Greatest Elvis Impersonator; Elton John; Vicki the Cougar; President Donald Trump and annoying neighbor, Duggie. For more information on Fator and to purchase tickets, visit

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Story by: Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Director, Downtown Inc Photography by: The Watchmaker’s Daughter

Karen Reiss Staub has spent more than two decades honing her jewelry-making skills in her Downtown York shop. Now the third-generation jeweler and owner of The Watchmaker’s Daughter wants to pass on what she’s learned.

The space is also available for rent for private workshops and events. It can be rented for a half day (four hours) or a full day (eight hours). It includes its own entrance, tables, chairs, a refrigerator, storage closet, utility sink, bathroom and storage cubbies. Staub’s own painted artwork hangs on the makerspace’s walls while her jewelry can be found downstairs.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter has added a new makerspace above its storefront, and it’s inviting creators of all skill levels to visit for silversmithing workshops and more. “After more than 20 years working here, I’m ready for something new and fresh and hope that the addition of our workshop space will attract creators of all levels to the store and Downtown York,” Staub said. “Most people don’t realize the intricacies involved with metalsmithing, and this is my opportunity to share my passion with others. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates in our new space.” The makerspace has already become a spot for First Friday celebrations, including live music and painting demonstrations.

“We’re proud to live in a community of creators that aren’t just satisfied with honing their own skills, but eagerly take their passion for their craft and pass it on to the next generation of makers,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “Downtown Inc looks forward to seeing the memories — and jewelry — that are made in this new space.” Staub originally started working in the shop in 1997, when it was run by her father and known as Max R. Reiss Jewelers. Her grandfather, George Reiss, first opened the family’s jewelry shop in 1945, in a space above the old Woolworth 5 & 10 store on West Market Street. The shop moved to Beaver Street in 1965.

Workshop attendees will familiarize themselves with basic metal-working skills, such as sawing and hammering. More advanced classes could also cover soldering, Staub said. Guests won’t just leave with new skills. They’ll also have a unique creation. Workshops have featured textured sterling silver earrings with gemstones, free-form sterling silver earrings, a stamped sterling silver necklace and more. Staub also hopes that more experienced silversmiths looking for a temporary workspace might also take advantage of her space and tools — and perhaps feature their handmade work in her store.

LEARN MORE Upcoming workshop information can be found online at To make reservations for the space, guests can call 717-848-1066 or email

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Downtown Inc invited several Downtown York businesses to share their picks for holiday gifts. From Royal Square to the Market District, shop small and support our Downtown York businesses this holiday season.

STOCKING – AND STOMACH - STUFFERS Give the gift of good eats with a trip to Downtown York’s Restaurant Row. Whether it’s a gift card to Tutoni’s, the Handsome Cab, Rockfish Public House and The Left Bank, you’ll find scratch Italian, wine galore, fresh seafood and upscale fare for all tastes.

Rockfish Public House: The Handsome Cab: The Left Bank: Tutoni’s:

GOOD HAIR DAY Don’t forget the dapper dude on your shopping list. Treat them to a stylish haircut and traditional shave at Cornerstone Barbershop in the WeCo District.

Cornerstone Barbershop 101 N. Newberry St. York, PA 17401 717.758.9386

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SOY CANDLES With cozy scents such as bergamot and birch and driftwood and vanilla, these soy candles from Moonrise Candle Co. make a great hostess gift. Find these candles and more handmade and vintage goods at Revolt Style Studio.

Revolt Style Studio 26 N. Beaver St. York, PA 17401

A DOG’S DAY OUT Want the perfect present for your pooch? Pamper them with a spa day at Sniffany’s of York. Give them with works with a mud path, haircut and some treats to go.

Sniffany’s of York 290 W. Market St. York, PA 17401 717.793.3645

ARTHUR & DAUGHTERS PRIVATE LABEL DAPHNE COAT Give the gift of an Arthur & Daughters Private Label Daphne Coat in cashmere and wool with Mongolian lamb sleeves. This coat is made to measure and made to order (also available in black, gray and ivory).

Arthur & Daughters 49 N. Beaver St. York, PA 17401 646.269.1869

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AWESOME ART Home to three talented artists, the Venture art gallery in the Royal Square District will surely have something for the creative and quirky on your list. Check out vibrant fiber arts, bead creations and more.

Venture 128 E. King St. York, PA 17401 717.495.9992

HANDMADE HOLIDAY WREATHS Enjoy holiday wreath making with the in-house wreath making machine during store hours of operation, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Email for more details.

Foster’s Flower Shop 27 N. Beaver St. York, PA 17401 717.650.6009

GIFTS OF EXPERIENCE FROM THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER The Watchmaker’s Daughter offers an array of jewelrymaking workshops in its conveniently located upstairs studio on Beaver Street. With classes great for everyone, even beginners, you can create a personalized gift or give the gift of creativity with a workshop gift certificate.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter 22 N. Beaver St. York, PA 17401 717.848.1066

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CREAM-AND-BLACK PEARL DRESS Celebrate the season in this cream and black pearl dress with crystal buttons (photo courtesy of Kylee B photography).

39 W. Philadelphia St. York, PA 17401 717.650.2425

HOUSE OF YOGA GIFTS This donation-based yoga studio in Downtown York offers many ways to become part of the House of Yoga (HOY) tribe. Monthly packages, 200-Hour Power Immersion Yoga Teacher Training and exclusive HOY merch make great gifts for those who want to begin or continue their yoga practice.

House Of Yoga 19 W. Market St. York, PA 17401 717.793.2393

THE CURIOUS LITTLE PLAYHOUSE GIFT CERTIFICATES The Curious Little Playhouse is a hands-on children’s play space and a Melissa and Doug Toy Store in Downtown York. Gift certificates make the best holiday gifts for parents with children. Take advantage of an exclusive holiday special, a 30-day pass for a family of four is only $60 during the months of November and December.

The Curious Little Playhouse 41 W. Market St. York, PA 17401 717.430.6269

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Closing Thought What are the most Instagrammable places in Downtown York? Photography Courtesy of: Shannon Hamblin & Austin Gingerich, Downtown Inc

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Cancer Care in One Convenient Location A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. At UPMC Memorial, we understand how staying close to home while accessing world-class treatment makes a tremendous difference in your comfort and healing. — Gregory Willis, DO

The new outpatient services at UPMC Memorial offer convenient access to an array of patient-centered specialty care, including superior cancer treatment services provided by UPMC Pinnacle and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. With free parking, attractive, spacious treatment facilities, and UPMC’s commitment to bringing world-class care to the greater York community, you and your family can rely on UPMC Memorial. Outpatient Services at UPMC Memorial 1703 Innovation Drive, York, PA 17408

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Downtown York Magazine Holiday 2019  

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