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The Milestone Issue I S S U E N o 61 | S P R I N G 2 0 21 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community


Lancaster’s Family Owned Jeweler Since 1935


58 North Queen Street


I N T H I S I S S U E Meet the new faces and the Lancaster County legends who have made Lancaster a model of ingenuity, hard work, and entrepreneurial spirit. Read their stories and learn how they are redefining the future of business.

Support Small / Save Local

Sponsored by BB&T (now Truist) and Armstrong World Industries.

Over a lifetime, we hold on to things that have meaning— objects that spark a memory or commemorate a milestone. They may not look like much, but the items on the cover have deep meaning to our team. Find the stories at


Meet some of the incredible small business owners of Lancaster City —bringing their best every day.


Crispus Attucks Introducing our 2021 Fig Social Mission Partner, Crispus Attucks Community Center. Meet Josh Hunter and get involved in their good work.



Lancaster Milestones From small beginnings to big business, it’s our origin stories that remind us of our history and make us stronger. 56-80

Welcome new businesses to Lancaster City 9, 10 , 15 , 2 3 , 2 7, 3 7, 4 3 , 5 5 Live at the center of it all: 101NQ 17- 2 1 Lancaster City through the eyes of Dr. Leroy Hopkins 45-49 Giving Back: Vision Program 50



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Ingenuity In Action: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 52-53 Meet our 2021 Social Mission Partner 54 Spring Events 83 Community Supporters 84-99 And of course

great shopping, dining, arts, events, and community— as always. Keep Reading

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The Things

We Keep



A note from Fig

Deb, 1996, NYC

W E A R E D E F I N E D by the people who raised us, the places we’ve been, and the hardships we’ve overcome. This issue marks one year since many of us first heard the word Covid. Most of us are very different people now and our city reflects the change as well. As we slowly emerge and rebuild, we are using this issue to celebrate our milestones along the way. We mourn for the businesses who are gone but we also cheer for the new businesses who decided to seize the day and pursue their dreams. Eight of them can be found on the pages of this issue of Fig.



For our team, we’ve taken a moment to look back on the milestones in our lives that defined who we are as individuals—the small things with big meaning—and we featured some of them on the cover of this issue. They may not look like much, but each item represents a step taken that has shaped us as people. Like Emily, who treasured the very first paint tin that sparked her artistic fire; or Tina, who’s 90s trading card reminds her of the positive influence a strong female superheroine could have on a young girl, as well as the memory of her parents supporting a small local comic book store. Or Melissa’s very first concert ticket—igniting her passion for live music. These are the small things that add up to who we are. These are the things we keep.

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We hope this issue gives you hope for the future and a renewed energy to live with courage and intention. Lastly, we hope you like our new refined look! Since we could all use a bit of self care after last year, we thought we’d start off the year with a fresh perspective. The look is different, but the mission is the same—to celebrate and support our local small business community. Please join us. DEB BRANDT & THE FIG TEAM Be a part of the mission. Become a subscriber of Fig and help us spread the love-local message even farther while giving back—10% of your subscription goes to our Social Mission Partner, Crispus Attucks. Subscribe at subscribe. Gift subscriptions available.

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D Wine & Dine Gallery Grow offers BYOB.

G A L L E R Y G R O W O F F E R S an inviting workspace to craft custom terrariums with unique containers and creative adornments. Explore the extensive array of houseplants, air plants, kokedama, bonsai, imaginative pottery, and more. As they celebrate their one year anniversary on Gallery Row, they would like to thank the community for their warm welcome by becoming a space to celebrate major milestones: anniversaries, birthdays, work events and parties. Let’s celebrate Lancaster!

Joyfully Growing

Creativity Custom terrariums

Air plants


Indoor plants for any space


A Homegrown Concept by Ken’s Gardens,


150 North Prince Street 717.869.6547

Featured Brands G Beal House Candles Paper Jane Studio Eric & Christopher


Mile ston e Mom e nts T H E T E A M AT V I L L E + R U E believes you should love where you live. From their showroom filled with inspiration, to their in-home design consultations, their goal is for your home to be a personal reflection of your lifestyle. The Ville + Rue Collection is represented by owner and designer Rebecca Addington, who will help you incorporate a relaxed elegance into your entire home or just one room. All design services are complimentary.

E Maxx Sofa in Destroyed Black Leather Rebecca Owner, Ville + Rue

101 North Queen Street, Suite 99 717.723.9639


Beautiful Beginnings

DIST I NCT I V E F LOR A LS for celebrating weddings, special occasions, and the people you love.



Fresh Face | Welcoming new businesses to Lancaster City

F Anaijah, Markiana’s daughter and salon assistant

F Markiana welcomes you to try a customized, nourishing experience!

Fresh Face: Nourish Salon & Blow Dry Suite M A R K I A N A P O L I T E became a hair stylist in 2003 but for the last seven years she has been working towards, planning and nurturing a dream for a deeper and more nourishing experience for the women of Lancaster. From this dream, Nourish Salon and Blow Dry Suite was born.

care. Specializing in organic treatments, hair baths and masks, healthy hair blowouts, and valuing the health and well-being of their whole client inspires Markiana and her team of “hair nurturers” to spend individualized time getting to know the women in the chair, as well as their hair.

Located at 128 East Grant Street, Suite 301, in the heart of the city she loves, Markiana and her staff are able to offer a restorative, tailored experience to their clients. With completely customized attention and individualized options, Nourish Salon brings the bespoke boutique experience to hair

“Our purpose is not only to nurture and maintain healthy hair but also to nurture and nourish the hearts of the women we serve,” Markiana says. The Nourish Salon and Blow Dry Suite also takes pride in nurturing the environment through their hair care choices. The intentional choice towards

128 East Grant Street, Suite 301

going green and choosing companies who care about our impact on the oceans and environment is all part of the mission to nourish deeply. The team at Nourish is experienced in all textures of hair and dedicated to providing a restorative and restful experience. This inclusive and nourishing vibe attracts women of style from every walk of life. The diversity in the clientele adds to the welcoming energy and warmth of the connection that is signature to the Nourish experience.



Fresh Face | Welcoming new businesses to Lancaster

Owners Christina, Megan, and Val

Fresh Face Limitless Lancaster, 24 Hour Fitness FO R M O R E T H A N T WO Y E A R S , I Am Limitless has brought their unique style of boutique fitness to Lancaster, and now they’re expanding to a city location—empowering even more of Lancaster and encouraging them to unlock their limitless potential. Limitless Lancaster at 221 North Prince Street is a 24-hour fitness center fully equipped with cardio machines, strength training equipment, weights, personal trainers and high energy spin classes (coming summer 2021), and on-site parking. This second location is offering 10 221 North Prince Street

even more for “the brain, the bod, and the being” and promises to bring the energy, heart, connection, and welcome that I Am Limitless is already known for. Through I Am Limitless and Limitless Lancaster, founders Christina and Val continue to build a community that discovers together the beauty and power of being connected to your body, your soul, and to one another. The greatest gift for Christina and Val is when they see people who came into the studio stressed and tired walking out feeling lighter and more energized.

401 Granite Run Drive 717.740.5152

Limitless Lancaster is intentional and dedicated to the health and well-being of the Limitless family. They’ve taken every measure to ensure that their facility is safe, clean, and going above and beyond in Covid safety measures. Protective barriers between stations, a state of the art ultraviolet filtration system, limited capacity, keyless entry, and extra cleaning and sanitization are now the standard. Visit their website and follow their social media for more information.

Get comfortable T H I S S P R I N G , Festoon has curated a casual collection of fashion, self care, and home essentials that will allow you to relax, renew, and reflect on the new year. Find your distinct style, only at Festoon. Visit us in store or shop with us online at – The Festoon Team F Open 7 days a week.

202 North Duke Street



J O I N T H E N O R T H M U S E U M under a canopy of stars for a newly envisioned open air Cosmic Bash. The Cosmic Bash is their signature fundraiser; a gala benefitting STEM Education opportunities for children in Lancaster County and beyond. Sponsorship opportunities available now online or by calling our Development Office at 717.358.4383. Single Tickets available beginning Mid-March.


400 College Avenue


MAY 22 2021 Event to be held at the North Museum of Nature & Science and on the lawn of Franklin & Marshall College

VIP Early Auction Reveal & Cocktail Hour for Sponsors 5PM Silent Auction Opens 6PM Opening Remarks & Event Festivities Begin 7:30PM


E Cupcakes by Lancaster Cupcake

Gifts to make every

Wish Come True 32 North Queen Street


LGH Women & Babies: 690 Good Drive

A C U R AT E D C O L L E C T I O N of creative toys, quality clothing, and unique gifts for all the little people in your life. 717.544.3311


An expertly seasoned approach

The Puffer Morris team enjoying the atmosphere at the newly renovated Lombardo’s Restaurant. Experience Lombardo’s warm hospitality and delicious Italian dishes in the heart of Lancaster City.

Brian Altimare at the bar

Scott Haverstick in the wine room

THROUGH THE YEARS, a lot has changed, but Puffer Morris remains committed to the values of ethics and Lancaster County hospitality…just like their friends at Lombardo’s. Looking to own a piece of history or find a place to make your own? The Puffer Morris team knows every corner of Lancaster and will help you find yours. Ric & Mary Tribble in the dining room

Founders Bill Puffer and Nancy Morris.

Wendy Hess in the lounge

Jeremiah Eastep in the lounge


222 West Orange Street # 2

717. 299.3433

Fresh Face | Welcoming new businesses to Lancaster City

Fresh Face: Blade and Spade Coffee Apothecary I T ’ S I M P O R TA N T T O Alyssa Miller that she state her pronouns and acknowledge her residence on Susquehannock land when you meet her—and both of these declarations directly echo the unflappable ethos she built Blade and Spade upon. This coffee apothecary and community gathering space, which once came to her years ago in a vision, is way more than just a café and eatery. It’s a highly intentional collective that invites every customer to consider their connection to the earth—and how, through it, they can heal themselves and their communities. Alyssa started working with plant medicine while living on the west coast. Her “aha” moment happened the night after she and a friend foraged for chanterelle mushrooms. She explains, “Something radically

shifted in me. I had this realization that I’m here to reconnect people with the earth through the art of wild and medicinal foods.” Alyssa would go on to explore herbalism and serve as a birth doula through her practice Sentient Sisterhood. But as the years passed, her ultimate calling of opening up a wellness cafe became louder and louder—until finally, it all came to fruition, right here in Lancaster. There’s not a single element of Blade and Spade that is not infused with intention. The scratch-made menu boasts house-made hemp mylk, gheeslathered goodies, and ingredients sourced from familiar local artisans. An active in-house sustainability initiative reduces plastic use and composts waste to be used at local farms. Alyssa digs deep to ensure 401 West Walnut Street

that not an inch of the space goes untouched by her mission to heal others through a balanced blend of magic and groundedness. And as if that’s not selfless enough, she cites her team as being the most crucial component to her success. “A ship is nothing without the crew,” Alyssa declares, mentioning each of her team members by name and their unique importance: Madi, Jeanette, Illiana, Siena, and Hope. Indeed, Blade and Spade is already fostering a restorative community within, which has undeniably made it a hub for Lancaster’s wellness revolution. Follow Blade and Spade on instagram (@bladeandspade) to view their rotating weekly menus, or visit the bewitching space for yourself at 401 West Walnut Street. 717.869.6548


Connection Community


Connect with us as we connect to the heart of a loving God.

1742 First Presbyterian Church began.

1763 is a place to discover “ FPC the joyful, loving heart of

Governor James Hamilton granted Lot No. 19 on Orange Street to the congregation as an English Presbyterian burial ground.

God in community.”



A new building was granted to the church by Robert Fulton Sr., and is the one worshipped in today.


1913 S TAY C O N N E C T E D :

Visit our new website, follow along on social media, and join us each week on TV66, YouTube and Zoom.


140 East Orange Street


Lancaster’s noted architect, C. Emlen Urban added to the church’s design. He added three marble doorways with windows above, and a round window on the higher level.

101NQ is the third, and largest building brought back to life in Lancaster City by Zamagias Properties. Other properties in their portfolio of work include The Keppel Building on North Queen Street and Steeple View Lofts on Water Street. The Zamagias team is invested in the growth and vitality of the City of Lancaster and are proud to be redefining and improving its landscape with a fourth project coming to West King Street later this year.


of it all.

101NQ HA S TR AN SFORM E D THE HE ART OF THE CIT Y OF L ANC A STE R . This landmark project, opened in late 2019 on the corner of Queen and Orange Streets, is the anchor of Ewell Olympic Plaza (formerly called Lancaster Square). Now, in its final phase of completion, 101NQ is redefining city living with luxury condominiums offering modern amenities and unparalleled views. On the following pages, meet the local partners who are bringing these unique living spaces to life. 101 North Queen Street



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100 Foxshire Drive

717.291.9101 (office)

T H E P O I N T at 101 North Queen offers unparalleled modern city living with clean, crisp interiors, and luxury finishes that seamlessly reflect the building’s exterior elements. Fifteen residences are planned ranging from 1,800 to over 4,000 square feet, two of which are two-story penthouses. The condos feature large windows that provide spectacular views and natural light as well as outdoor terraces. Private parking is located inside 101 North Queen, on the ground floor, with entry on Orange Street. Custom units are going fast! Call Anne Lusk at 717.271.9339 to learn more and save your spot.

717.271.9339 (mobile)

W H E R E V E R YO U C A L L H O M E , Henrietta and her team create spaces that reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Her designs take care to marry the items you cherish from your past with just the right special pieces to make your space perfect for the home you want today. RESIDENTIAL | COMMERCIAL | OFFICE PLANNING

Henrietta and her team are dedicated to making the remaining condo spaces at 101NQ stunningly memorable.

and her staff are some “ Henrietta of the best people with whom I have ever worked. Fantastic design style, creative problem solvers, attention to detail, and always there to help… with a smile. They led a complete renovation of my house as well as redecorating. This team goes above and beyond. My house has become a home through their hard work and beautiful design aesthetic.” M A RY A N N S .

F THE DESIGN TEAM: Henrietta, Jena, and Nichol in the Common Area they created at 101NQ

An elegant eye 217 West Walnut Street 2nd Floor






EBERSOLE BROTHERS C O N S T R U C T I O N , I N C . , was founded in 1929 by Norman Ebersole, a Lancaster County barn builder that constructed over 35 barns all over Central PA. The tradition was continued with the Ebersole brothers working alongside their father, Wilbur “Red” Ebersole, Norman’s son. The builder of barns transitioned into a builder 20

The Custom Builder for 101NQ


of fine homes, additions, and superior carpentry work throughout Lancaster County’s upscale neighborhoods. The business was incorporated in 1993 by current president and owner, Brian Ebersole. Ebersole Brothers continues Norman’s long tradition of working on projects that require superior carpentry skills—including many unique additions, custom homes, and commercial projects.


The custom builder for 101NQ luxury condos.

The team at Ebersole Brothers is ready to take on your next project­– large or small.


Ebersole Brothers has grown the business and expanded into the urban market by specializing in the revitalization of historic, underutilized buildings—bringing them new life. As the custom builder for the luxury condominiums at 101NQ, they will bring their unique skills, a high level of quality, fit, finish, and their experience in executing upscale residential projects. Described in the industry as a “boutique builder,” they will construct each space with premium finishes and a fully custom approach. This unique project will further their goal to work on the best projects and showcase their abilities, and they look forward to bringing these exceptional spaces to life. Ebersole Brothers Construction has continued to maintain their strong Lancaster County work ethic and their mission to provide superior craftsmanship and exceptional customer service. They look forward to contributing to the revitalization of Lancaster City.

Brothers Jeff, Brian and Gary Ebersole

Ebersole Brothers Construction has also worked on, completed, or are in construction with several projects within Lancaster City including 38 East Walnut, The Hamilton Club, and 221 to 227 North Prince.


Making life Sweeter T H E S P I C E & T E A E X C H A N G E offers a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, gifts, and more! Whether you’re new to the culinary scene, own your own food service business, or are simply looking to add a bit of spice to your life, their friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect menu additions. They’re known for over 85 handcrafted seasonings, which are hand-mixed in store daily. Stop on by to watch the Spice Masters at work!


20 West Orange Street


Recipe | Glazed Lemon Lavender Cookies Cookies:


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup Spice & Tea Exchange Lavender Lemon Sugar 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 cup unsalted butter at room temp. 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar 3-4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Extra Lavender Lemon Sugar to sprinkle on top For the full recipe visit: 02/10/glazed-lavenderlemon-cookies/

Fresh Face | Welcoming new businesses to Lancaster City

BEAUTIFUL AND SUSTAINABLE PRINTING Lyndsey, Sebastian, and dog (Oliver) show off a colorful assortment of prints in their new studio.

Fresh Face: Risolve Studio LY N D S E Y & S E B A S T I A N B U R K E , Risolve Studio husband and wife duo, dreamt up Risolve Studio as an answer to this inquiry: “How can we combine our passions to build something totally unique? How can we do it together?” The groundwork for Risolve wasn’t difficult to lay out once they made the decision to pursue the answers to these questions; Lyndsey was already a gifted and experienced designer, and Sebastian happened to be harboring hidden talents in photography and illustration beneath a career as a merchant marine in the South Pacific. Opening up a print and design studio seemed like an all but obvious move. Less so, however, was the idea of featuring the use of a Risograph—an environmentally friendly, low-cost printing method rarely utilized

in the printmaking industry (at least, not in the context of printing fine art). “If you’re not a print person, the colors [produced by Risograph] stand out, even if you’re not consciously sure why,” explains Sebastian. And it’s true: the walls of Risolve Studio on Vine Street are plastered with extraordinary art, brandishing stunning and unexpected palettes. Though an untrained mind might not understand, the bright neon colors can’t help but speak for themselves. But Risolve Studio doesn’t just cater to niche artists and local students— the versatility of the Risograph allows opportunity for small businesses to produce eye-catching brochures, menus, and other print collateral quickly and economically. Additionally, Lyndsey and Sebastian both hope to 22 East Vine Street

engage Lancaster locals with in-person workshops and self-service printing at their space once it’s safe. “We’re really excited about just how vibrant the art community is here,” says Lyndsey. “We’re hoping to have it be more of a community-based space in the future.” With an almost cult-like following from around the country, Sebastian and Lyndsey’s dream of building a business together is coming to fruition just in time to welcome another Burke into the world, which incidentally demonstrates something profound: when it comes to building something together, they’ve only just begun. You can learn more about the Risograph and the Burke family at, or follow them on instagram (@risolve) to stay up-to-date on future workshops. 717.869.6667


Yuzu is dedicated to serving their customers fresh and healthy meals, prepared by Chef Harry and his team. From artistic Japanese sushi, delicious hibachi, and authentic thai cuisine, there are many ways to enjoy Yuzu —visit their new website for easy online ordering for takeout. “We want to thank the Lancaster community for supporting us with words of encouragement and lots of takeout orders. We love our Lancaster community.”

12 East McGovern Avenue 717.509.8488

- Harry and Jessica Chen

Tread House. Come for the exercise, stay for the community. B A C K E D B Y S C I E N C E , Tread House is the perfect combo of cardio and strength. Get lost in the music and challenge yourself while connecting to your mind, body, and soul during each exhilarating workout.



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323 North Queen Street, Suite 101

T H E TA L E N T E D T E A M AT D O S T U D I O is ready to cut, curl, color, and style the way to your brand new 2021 look. Be the person you’ve always wanted to be—because there’s never a better time then now.




We’ve been fortunate to call Lancaster County home for many years. In that time, we’ve been dedicated to making ceilings and walls that make the spaces where we live, work, learn, heal and play better for all of us – a purpose that has taken on a whole new meaning…and a whole new level of importance in the last 12 months. We believe, now more than ever, healthy indoor spaces are fundamental to healthy communities, and we are committed to making our indoor spaces healthy, safe and comfortable so we can all come together and be at our best. That’s what community is all about.



1957↘ In the 1950s, Armstrong saw the need for better acoustics in offices and made ceilings and walls that could manage noise. We still do.

2021↘ When the pandemic hit, and then air transmission was identified as a culprit, we knew our ceilings could have a role to play. Now our AirAssure™ acoustical ceilings and VidaShield UV24™ air purifiers can help clean the air and improve ventilation and air flow for better indoor air quality.

Fresh Face | Welcoming new businesses to Lancaster City

Fresh Face: Read Rose Books ELIZABETH PETERS AND HER B U S I N E S S PA R T N E R , T E D DY B O U C A R D have the makings of natural entrepreneurs. Aside from the usual trials and tribulations attached to first-time business ownership, the young couple has managed to weather the most challenging months of 2020, a year mired in uncertainty for many. Fortunately for them, their familiarity with the Lancaster area, coupled with a key local connection, made it all possible. The story behind the reopening of Read Rose Books, as Peters tells it, sort of happened by chance. Last March, prior to the crippling wave of shutdowns and restrictions, the couple was walking through Downtown Lancaster when they encountered Tom Blaszczyk, Read Rose Books’ previous owner, at the store’s 23 North Prince Street location. Blaszczyk, a history teacher, and one

that taught Boucard during the former student’s time at Lancaster Catholic High School, decided to sell the store early on in the pandemic. Peters, a 2018 graduate of Elizabethtown College, and Boucard, who studied culinary arts and worked as a sous-chef, considered it one of those rare, can’tmiss opportunities. And rather than squander such a chance, the couple decided to pursue it. “It had been a lofty dream of mine to own a bookshop and Teddy has always had aspirations and a strong mindset for entrepreneurship, so we took a risk together,” says Peters. “Five weeks later, and with help from Tom and our dog Mamba, we were able to open on the first weekend of July and that was it.” In the time since COVID-19 started impacting Lancaster, many local 23 North Prince Street

businesses have had to reinvent themselves to survive what has become the “new normal.” Peters and Boucard have invested time in perfecting their website, as well as their online store and social media platforms. All of these efforts play a major part in fulfilling their mission statement: providing once-loved books with a second home. For Peters and Boucard, much of Read Rose Books’ success, especially during these challenging times, can be attributed to the unwavering support of close friends and family and the neighborliness of Lancaster City. For more information on Read Rose Books, please visit their website ( They are also active on Instagram (readrosebooks) and Facebook.



A firm advocate... for generations B L A K I N G E R T H O M A S has been committed to the success of Lancaster by providing legal services of the highest quality and value, delivered with integrity and compassion. They are dedicated to the community and actively support local organizations whose purposes are to expand education, offer human services and enhance Lancaster’s culture.


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LITTLE-KNOWN FACT The attorneys and staff at Blakinger Thomas have volunteered for over 40 non-profit organizations over the years. They donated over 900 hours of service to non-profits in 2020.



James H. Thomas Dan A. Blakinger



HISTORY Blakinger Thomas was founded in 1986 by the merger of two well-known Lancaster County law firms whose histories extend back decades with the business practice of Richard J. Blakinger, the municipal practice of Charles B. Grove, Jr., and the agrarian and land use practices of Samuel S. Wenger and M. Elvin Byler. Over the years, Blakinger Thomas has evolved into a full-service law firm, representing generations of clients.



At Blakinger Thomas, they know that every matter is significant and deserving of their full effort and attention. Whatever your personal and professional needs, their attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and skill to serve as your firm advocate.

Harvest Moon Bagel

T H E C I T Y O F L A N C A S T E R has long been known for its tenacious entrepreneurial spirit—put to the test this past year. In Fig, we’ve told inspiring stories of courage and strength. And you, the Lancaster community, rose to the call and reached out to support our small business community in creative ways; gift cards, takeout, virtual shopping, outdoor dining, and yes, even sponsored pages in Fig—to preserve our vital and vulnerable small business community. For that, we thank you.

Thanks to our friends at Armstrong World Industries and BB&T, now Truist, on the following pages you will meet some of the faces of Lancaster City’s Address, Lancaster ###.###.#### website close-knit retail and restaurant community.


Shopping Small Belvedere Inn C'est La Vie

402 North Queen Street 717.394.2422 |

18 North Market Street 717.299.7319

Justin Ang, C0-Owner Inspired by the famous Parisian bistros, C’est La Vie is a destination for meeting friends, old and new, and sharing an experience together. Artisanal, yet casual, and above all deeply enjoyable —that is the philosophy at the heart of their food. At C’est La Vie, they craft both large and small plates meant to excite the senses and appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Souvlaki Boys 1 West James Street 717.208.6243 |

Dean Oberholtzer, Owner The Belvedere Inn is an award-winning restaurant known for its delicious contemporary American cuisine and elegant atmosphere. Enjoy savory appetizers, lunch specials, and dinner entrées, or stop by for a cocktail after work and enjoy live jazz in the upstairs piano bar.

Passenger Coffee & Tea 7 West King Street 717.715.0992 |

Co-Owners Kyle Sollenberger and Crystal Weaver Passenger’s first brick & mortar retail store located just steps away from Central Market. Enjoy a quick cup of coffee to-go, select a single origin from their extensive menu as espresso or served by Aeropress, or stay and experience their Gongfu tea bar—and it doesn’t stop with coffee and tea. Their handcrafted pastries and biscuits are baked fresh daily by their sister company, Commissary.

Michael Kambouroglos, Owner Souvlaki Boys is dedicated to bringing Greece’s delicious “street food” to your dinner table. Mike is a first generation GreekAmerican who was born and raised in Lancaster. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he decided it was time to bring the Greek flavors he loved back to his hometown. Offering convenient take-out—from their signature pita sandwiches, fries and Greek salads to ‘Feast Meals,’ sides and desserts—check them out for a quick bite or to feed the whole family!


Shopping Small Sweetish

Silantra Asian Street Kitchen

356 North Queen Street 717.621.2920 |

101 East King Street 717.399.1988 |

Sam and Cindy Guo, Co-Owners Asian street food style rice bowls, salad bowls, or “bing” (a scallion pancake made from scratch every morning) filled with rice or spring mix, different protein options, lots of veggies, and topped off with homemade sauce.

Tyler Graybeal, Owner Sweetish is a Swedish candy store with a pick-n-mix wall of candy and various Scandinavian home goods and snacks.

Splits & Giggles 500 West Lemon Street 717.399.3332

Our Town Brewery 252 North Prince Street 717.945.7694 |

Dave Brown, Owner A family-owned neighborhood ice cream shop serving frozen treats, homemade soups, espresso, and baked goods. Stop in to grab a bite and say hi to Dave and his friendly team or grab a cone at their take-out window, and stroll their charming city neighborhood. Oh, and don’t forget to bring the dog, they have pup cones!

Rob Tarves and Rob Patz, Co-Owners Our Town Brewery was founded with a simple mission, serve the best tasting beer, with fresh, thoughtful food to complement it. All in a setting that is dynamic yet comforting.


Shopping Small Best Celebrations and More 14 South Duke Street 717.333.5563 |

Meylin Best, Owner

Basura 106 East King Street 717.696.2056

Best Celebrations and More can help create beautiful event spaces with balloon arrangements, bouquets of balloons, balloon columns, special surprises set-up, and their beautiful draperies and main table decor. Conveniently offering balloon delivery.

Jessenia Santiago, Owner Showcasing curated, on trend, vintage clothing along with handmade goods produced by local crafters.

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Mulberry Salon and Spa 17 West Chestnut Street 717.509.1973 |

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Wayne Mutata, Owner I:Train Studios is an exclusive, passionate, and dedicated fitness community with a mission to jump start health and wellness journeys. Whether you’re a beginner or just looking to change up your routine, they offer solutions for every fitness level. Join for customized fitness coaching programs, high-energy small group fitness classes, corporate health & wellness programs, or proven nutrition counseling. F Ranked Number 1 Gym in PA 2019 F Voted Best of Lancaster “Best Personal Trainer”


Located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, Mulberry Salon and Spa is owned by the dynamic sister team of Liz and Victoria. Their talented team specializes in color and cut for women and men as well as hair smoothing, curly cuts and extensions. And don’t forget the details: facials, massages, lashes, brows and nails. Treat yourself!

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Himalayan Curry & Grill 22 East Orange Street 717.393.2330 |

Sarmila Shrestha & Chef Mohan Pradhan, Owners A relaxed, intimate restaurant featuring dishes from Nepal & India, plus all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. Open for takeout and curbside pick up.

Josh Funk, Owner Conway Social Club is a new food & beverage experience in the center of Downtown Lancaster featuring signature cocktails and inventive fare in a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere.

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Jake and Jamie Sitler, Owners Floyd’s Cafe is a celebration of a hometown and uniquely inspired community space serving coffee, food, bikes, and hemp products to Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Andrea M. Amey, Owner & Artist J.A. Sharp Custom Jeweler is a woman-owned shop, focusing on custom designs. Believing in approachable, sustainable luxury, they craft timeless pieces and future heirlooms, while also curating a diverse selection of other American artist jewelry and gifts.


of 75 Years La Cucina Lombardo’s DATELINE 1946, Lancaster PA – three Lombardo brothers, Jim, Joe and Dave, raised on a strong sense of family and a love of fresh cooked Italian recipes brought over from their ancestral home in Gasperina, Italy, start a small trattoria and introduce authentic Italian cuisine to their hometown. The Lombardo family’s love of cooking and serving to friends and family caught on, and grew. People came from near and far to enjoy delicious Italian meals and friendly conversation. The brothers’ core and extended families joined in the 34

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cooking, serving, and running of the family restaurant. Everyone knew each other—guests and family alike. In 1968 Lombardo’s expanded to a bigger restaurant on Harrisburg Pike, where their authentic Italian food and hospitality still top the menu today.

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2021 marks 75 years for Lombardo’s. There’s so much to celebrate, including owner Sam Lombardo’s spectacular renovation to this priceless family heirloom: gorgeous new style, an impressive new façade, and time saving new technology in the kitchen, but one thing will never change—the dishes we know and love and the warmth of Lombardo’s owners and staff make the Lombardo’s experience an iconic Lancaster tradition.

“I literally grew up around the restaurant with it being a big part of my family’s lifestyle and work ethic. Having that experience, it always made me very proud to be in the Lombardo family. My uncles and aunts instilled in me the true meaning of hard work, respect and compassion for everyone they came in contact with. After 75 years it is now my responsibility to continue the Lombardo family philosophy.”

Visit or call 717.394.3749 for reservations. Tuesday to Saturday 11–3pm (lunch) Tuesday to Thursday 4–9:30pm (dinner) Friday and Saturday 4–10pm (dinner)

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IN PHOTO: Michael Truong, Vice President Commercial Banking at BB&T now Truist; Mike McKenna, CEO of Tabor/LHOP and Shelby Nauman, Chief Impact Officer of Tabor/LHOP

Relationships built better. B B & T, N O W T R U I S T ' S P U R P O S E I S “To inspire and build better lives and communities.” Partnering with local nonprofits and providing industry-leading financial solutions to those organizations and their clients is one way Truist puts its purpose into practice on a daily basis. One of those impactful partnerships here in Lancaster is Truist’s commitment to LHOP/Tabor.

Relationship Manager Michael Truong exemplifies Truist’s mission by serving as Treasurer for the combined organization. Truong believes in fulfilling the homeownership dream for everyone, which drives his engagement at LHOP/Tabor. His passion, combined with Truist’s support for programs that help community members make choices that lead to better opportunities for future generations, creates a powerful force for good in Lancaster.

S I N C E 2 0 0 1 , BB&T, now Truist, and its predecessor banks has been a partner lender supporting the Homebuyer program and addressing barriers to economic mobility. The Bank has also invested in bold solutions like the Local Housing Investment Fund & Trust (LHIFT), which provides flexible, below market rate loans for affordable housing and mixed-use and/or mixed-income projects. These efforts help promote thriving, sustainable communities and can create a lasting, positive effect for future generations here in Lancaster. BB&T, now Truist, is proud to partner with the combined organization of Tabor/LHOP and support the local community. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. ©2021 Truist Financial Corporation. BB&T, SunTrust®, the SunTrust logo, and Truist are service marks of Truist Financial Corporation. All rights reserved.



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Fresh Face: Beer Wall on Prince MEET THE BEER GUYS: Josh Stenchever, general manager; Josue Matos, owner; and Benjamin Hinkel, executive chef. Each person brings unique skills and experience to the team. The self-service beer concept is relatively new to Pennsylvania. Matos was instrumental in brainstorming its introduction. His creative vision stemmed from a project he worked on in college. In April 2019, with the launch of Beer Wall on Penn in West Reading, Matos brought self-service beer to life. While Beer Wall’s success in Reading helped lay the foundation for its Lancaster location, the team had other reasons for expanding. “Lancaster was purely a moment of luck and opportunity.” Says Stenchever. A friend that worked in the previous POUR building let the team know the space was available. Upon touring the 114 North Prince Street space during the fall of 2019, the team was convinced to open their second location.

“The Beer Wall team had loved visiting Downtown Lancaster for the many incredible shops and restaurants.” In the age of masks and social distancing, the team acknowledged that Beer Wall’s Lancaster opening was negatively impacted early last year. With plans to originally open in March, they were forced to delay their Lancaster debut until mid-November. Fortunately, Beer Wall on Prince was able to navigate the turbulence, taking the necessary precautions to allow them to properly open.

interactive without sacrificing customer service. To supplement its robust self-service lineup, Beer Wall on Prince also offers a full beverage menu consisting of wines, cocktails, and other specialty drinks. Its food menu features entrees and other complementary gastropub staples. Beer Wall on Prince has something for everyone. “Our mission is to always offer a great beer and drink selection, excellent food, and fantastic service. We are truly grateful for the friends, regulars and, most importantly, our staff at both locations for their continuous hard work and dedication that got us through the worst of times last year.”

Beer Wall on Prince currently offers a 28-tap selection of self-service beer. The taps are accessed by patrons via a card that monitors the volume of To keep up with all happenings dispensed beer. Patron-accessible related to Beer Wall’s Reading sanitizing stations are set up near the and Lancaster locations, visit their dispensers, adhering to safety protocols. website ( You can also check them out on Instagram A lot of thought has gone into the (beerwallonpenn) and Facebook. implementation of self-service technology. It’s a system that makes craft beer experiences fun and 114 North Prince Street



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Historic Rock Ford H I S T O R I C R O C K F O R D is the preserved 18 TH Century home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand, his family, tenants, servants and laborers both enslaved and free.

Located on the banks of the Conestoga River at the southeast edge of Lancaster City and surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park, Historic Rock Ford encompasses the fully furnished c.1794 General Hand Mansion, a fine Pennsylvania Bank Barn, and 33 acres of heirloom gardens, woodland footpaths and lush meadows dotted with white-tailed deer. It is also home to the new John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts. Visitors of all ages discover unique opportunities to explore life in the 18th Century and to connect with the diverse communities of early Lancaster County, the objects they left behind and the complex issues that shaped our nation in its formative years. Historic Rock Ford endeavors to give voice to people from the past and to encourage reflection upon their stories at the very place where they lived and labored. It is a singular enclave, apart from the bustle of the modern world, for lovers of history, art, and nature.


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John J. Snyder, Jr. Gallery Of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts T H I S S P R I N G , Historic Rock Ford will grow—converting the upper level of the Rock Ford Barn into the Snyder Gallery and adding a new Welcome Center, which will be the starting point for all Rock Ford visits. This exciting new Gallery will showcase the collection of Lancaster County furniture and decorative arts bequeathed to Historic Rock Ford by the respected antiquarian John J. Snyder, Jr in 2014. The Gallery consists of over 220 pieces spanning the period of circa 1760 to 1820 and includes furniture, tall case clocks, silver, ceramics, long rifles and portraiture. Collection pieces will be presented and interpreted in a way that allows visitors to delve into the relationships between Lancaster Countians of over two-centuries ago and the objects that they created, owned or sold. With the addition of rotating focus exhibits, every visit will offer new insights into life in early Lancaster County. Funding for the new Snyder Gallery was made possible through the generosity of countless friends and supporters as part of a special fundraising campaign.


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pieces of silver ceramic items 10 paintings

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Alan Andersen Conservator & 18th Century furniture expert



highlights the lives of people who called Lancaster County home between 1760 and 1820. It illustrates the work of clockmakers such as George Hoff as well as the possessions of shopkeepers and tavern keepers like Jacob and Catharine Frey.


The Snyder Gallery will open to the public with social distancing in April 2021. See for more information and reservations.


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Progressive Design Principles. F R O M O U R H O M E S , to our businesses, our houses of worship, and the places where we play—each of us has a desire to leave an indelible mark on our world. We adapt spaces and how we occupy them, all the while shaping our shared cultural experiences. Throughout our history, the Beers + Hoffman team has embraced our core values of integrity and mutual respect to maintain a positive and productive culture. This remains just as true today as it was when we were founded, nearly 40 years ago. Our vision remains the same; “Consistent Values and Progressive Design Principles.”

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Sara on her mat at a pop up event at Good Life Cafe on Queen Street

Fresh Face: Zen & Fit with Sara I F YO U H AV E N ’ T H E A R D O F S A R A E S H , you will soon enough! Her burgeoning presence as a holistic health coach, barre, and yoga instructor (practicing under her company name, Zen & Fit ) has not only been embraced within Lancaster’s wellness scene, but also among the small business community we all know and love. Sara was born and raised in Lancaster County, and first came to her yoga practice for sanctuary away from life’s struggles. Though she had attended her first class as a teenager, she began settling into the local yoga scene as a regular in her early twenties. As her practice advanced, she felt an overwhelming sense of clarity which evolved into a strengthening of her faith. “As I turned to my mat and God

for growth, gratitude, and peace, I just kept peeling away things that weren’t me,” she explains. After completing her 200-hour teacher training and becoming profoundly inspired by an international retreat in Bali, Sara’s purpose and path seemed to unravel before her.

to sell handmade goods, speak, and provide musical therapy during classes.

Beyond her mission of providing clients with a safe space to find balance, release, and connection, Sara also puts great importance on her relationship with the local community. While you might already recognize her name from the class schedule at I Am Limitless, pop-up classes are currently in the works at Ellister’s Elixirs, Good Life Organic Kitchen, and even Our Town Brewery. Additionally, she plans on inviting local vendors to these classes

“When I reflect on the lessons I learned and the things that I’ve gone through, they’ve made me the strong woman I am today. A teacher provided me access to the tools I needed to get here. I want to provide that for my students.”

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“I want to help create positive change and connection here in Lancaster, with a focus on holistic wellness and mental health awareness.” she affirms, drawing from the miraculous experiences yoga, fitness, and wellness has afforded her.

To inquire about Sara’s private and semi-private classes and learn more about her philosophy, visit her website: and check out her stunning instagram feed: @zenandfitwithsara. 717.598.1628



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Meet us at Market T H E S TA N D H O L D E R S of Lancaster Central Market welcome you! Established in 1730, more than 60 local purveyors, growers, and artisans are waiting to greet you three days a week with the best of Lancaster County. From two of the newest stands like Soulcialize and Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery, to long-established standholders like Groff’s Vegetables and S. Clyde Weaver, you can find an array of fresh and prepared foods representing the proud cultural diversity of Lancaster County. Ready to greet you with a smile every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 6-3 W H AT ’ S I N S E A S O N APPLES Kauffman’s Fruit Farm


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A New Chapter in Lancaster’s History

Feature written by Janine James

Dr. Leroy Hopkins is a local historian, Millersville

University professor emeritus of German, and Lancaster resident. He received his bachelor’s degree from Millersville and his Ph.D. at Harvard University. Over the last 40 years, Professor Hopkins has been collecting, researching, and writing about Lancaster’s African American history. He has published nine articles in The Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society. He has stepped down from his role as president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania to do extensive research for his latest passion project: a documentary on African Americans’ history in Lancaster county. On the following pages, you’ll read about Dr. Hopkins’ fascinating life and hear his unique perspective on what it is like to grow up as a black man in Southeast Lancaster City and beyond.

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hen many people think of Lancaster City, they think of a quaint little city in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country. If they grew up within 50 miles of Route 30, they probably think of the outlets, the smorgasbords, and family-friendly entertainment to be found at the local theatres. They might not consider the African American contribution to the culture and history of the city we see today. Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Lancaster resident and local historian traced his African American ancestry back to the 1700s. Now he is devoting his time to telling the stories left out of the history books. One of the best parts about speaking with Professor Hopkins is the lack of pretension in his manner. The retired German Professor and former President of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania can quote a famous British historian and a nursery rhyme in the same conversation. He is an intellectual with an expansive vocabulary, which one would expect from a retired language professor, but he also has a dry wit and engaging demeanor that invites conversation. Professor Hopkins was born in 1942 in what is now Lancaster’s Southeast, and his memory is firmly rooted in geography. Although he has pleasant recollections of walking familiar streets, 46

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I did not have my mother’s courage then, but I have acquired a modicum of it over time.” buying penny candy, going to work, or seeing old flicks at the Hamilton, he also has memories of the places he couldn’t go. “I was aware that for me there were two areas: ‘The Ward’ and ‘The Hill’... ‘The Hill’ was forbidden territory for people who looked like me... From its inception until well into my early adult life, Lancaster [was] a segregated society.”

When asked about his experiences as a young man facing personal injustices because of his race, Professor Hopkins said that he was “caught between lessons” learned from his parents. “My father...endured the daily slights and indignities with which many African Americans encountered without complaint. My mother, on the other hand, was a firebrand and, being just 4’11,” stood tall for her rights.” He tells a story in which a clerk at the local Five and Dime tried to serve a white customer behind her in line, and his mother bravely stated, “Hey! I am next. My money is just as good as theirs.” That was unheard of in those years. “I did not have my mother’s courage [then], but I have acquired a modicum of it over time.” That courage has manifested in his fight for access to African American History in his community.

Like many African Americans, including those in the Civil Rights Movement, Professor Hopkins’ community involvement began in the Black church. His family attended Bethel A.M.E. Church. Its pastor and its members had a vital role in shaping his early years. When he was 17 years old, Mrs. Betty Tompkins, who was also a member of the Lancaster chapter of the NAACP, organized a trip to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak at a church in Philadelphia. A few years later, his Sunday School teacher Mrs. Hazel Jackson took him to a PACE (Program for American Cultural Enrichment) meeting. Those meetings began filling in the gaps that traditional schools left out of their history lessons. “In school, l had learned nothing about my heritage except that slavery existed, it was abolished, and George Washington Carver did marvelous things with a peanut.”

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Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr. PhD Articles published in The Journal of Lancaster County’s Historical Society Volume 88, Number 4, 1984 “The Negro Entry Book: A Document of Lancaster City’s Antebellum Afro–American Community,” 142–180 Volume 89, Number 4, 1985 “Black Eldorado on the Susquehanna: The Emergence of Black Columbia (1726–1861),” 110–132 Volume 90, Number 4, 1986 “Bethel African Methodist Church in Lancaster: Prolegomenon to a Social History,” 205–236 Volume 91, Number 4, 1987–1988 “Freedom’s Second Generation: Mrs. Maude Wilson Ball’s Reminiscences of Bethel AME Church (1897–1935),” 173–183 Volume 95, Number 1, 1993 “No Balm in Gilead: Lancaster’s African–American Population and the Civil War Era,” 20–40 Volume 101, Number 4, 19992000 “Hollow Memories: African Americans in Conestoga Township,” 146–167 Volume 103, Number 3, 2001 “Door to Opportunity: Public Education for African Americans in Lancaster City 1880–1895,” 126–152 Volume 109, Number 2, 2007 “Exploring the Diaspora: In Search of the Dean(e)s,” 56

H Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Volume 112, Number 3 & 4, 2010 “In Search of Robert Boston: Race and Resistance in Antebellum Lancaster County,” 82–101


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E Crispus Attucks: Adult pictured with children is Elizabeth Craig Carter, a distant cousin of Leroys’ (Carter-McCrae School carries her name.)

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The education he received through his church stayed with him as he traveled and studied abroad. His family and friends in the church donated money, and the Crispus Attucks Community Center held a “Leroy Hopkins Day” fundraiser to help send him to Germany. “In Germany, I did not forget what I had experienced at my church. I read several James Baldwin books in German translation and thought about the conditions in Lancaster and compared them with what Baldwin described.” It may seem like German language studies and African American history is a world away, but his mother was Pennsylvania German and African American. The marriage of the two courses of study is like Professor Hopkins himself. As the Associate Director for Program and Planning at the Lancaster Urban League, he used his unique life


experience to address his community’s challenges. The main challenge was the economic disparity between whites and Blacks. “I reasoned that the cause of that disparity was a lack of belonging. Minority youth were alienated by a society that judged them by [their skin color] and relegated them to the penal system or unskilled labor positions. I set out to prove that we had a history and had overcome adversity.” And so a historian was born. For years now, Professor Hopkins has been educating young and old alike, most recently with commemorative markers throughout Lancaster city. Thaddeus Henry is a famous 19th century Barber whose marker is attached to a local restaurant. He is like the patron saint of the restaurant building, a sentry, protecting it in trying times. And if you look around Lancaster

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I set out to prove that we had a history and had overcome adversity.” City, you will see other saints of Blackness. “Conjuring Giants,” a bright and colorful mural by local artist Adam Serrano, climbs the walls of Tellus360 like Ivy. The eyes are reminiscent of an oracle, watching as the city transforms. These representations of Black images and experiences are signs of progress and Lancaster’s desire to create a more inclusive community.

world seems to have its eyes on the Black community, it feels like Professor Hopkins’ work is more timely than ever. “It is almost impossible to believe that one man being killed catapulted the whole nation into what could be a paradigmatic shift. People knew that things like this were going on, but it was like they didn’t believe it until they saw it on television.”

Much of the racism that Black people face regularly isn’t the ugly veiny-necked hatred we often see portrayed in the media. It’s usually a more subtle, quiet erasure of the Black presence and contributions to the larger narrative. From movies to television shows, one cannot help but get the feeling, “I do not belong here.” Now, when the

George Floyd’s life and unfortunate death got the whole world talking about how society views Black people. When asked what he wanted his legacy to be, Professor Hopkins answered, “That I was curious.” The historian is hopeful about the future of his community because Lancaster is changing. There is an intentional effort to include different

perspectives. To quote the Fall issue of this very magazine, “Conjuring Giants is a reflection of the Artist’s relationship with the community, and how powerful it is to support underrepresented talent.” With new perspectives and new images at the forefront, change can feel a bit daunting. Some might worry that passing the mic to others might mean losing their voice or being left out of the conversation. Others might wonder if moving forward means losing valuable traditions. No, change isn’t easy, but if Lancaster residents take a note from the professor and tap into their curiosity instead of their fear, future history books will remember this community as the place that got it right.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Through hard work, persistence, and the ability to connect with people and purpose, TJ built a life and career that surpassed the one he dreamed for himself all those years ago.

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Giving Back: Vision Program TJ G R I F F I N I S A V I S I O N A R Y. As a young man growing up in Lancaster with limited resources and opportunities, he began to craft a vision for his own life that seemed at the time, unattainable. Growing up he recognized the uphill climb of the working-poor didn’t lead to the life he was dreaming of. When he looked around at other young men like himself that had made it, it seemed he had only three options to attain success and prosperity: becoming a rap star, a professional athlete or selling drugs. From a young age, TJ realized there had to be another way, a better path forward.

Finding success in multiple arenas from the music business, acting, public speaking, and property development, TJ is expanding his vision to include opportunity and enrichment for the lives of other young dreamers in the city where he grew up.

Manos House a drug & alcohol program for teen boys in Columbia, PA by day and working in the music business as an entrepreneur at night. He wanted to find a way to bring both worlds together in a way that could positively impact youth and the idea of Vision was born.

Through hard work, persistence, and the ability to connect with people and purpose, he built a life and career that surpassed the one he dreamed for himself all those years ago.

In 2012 TJ created the Vision Program. Vision stands for “Values Inspiring Teens In Overcoming Negativity” and is a series of educational and motivational programs as well as workshops for at-risk youth and incarcerated teens. Vision uses hip-hop culture and music to break down barriers with youth and influence positive change. The idea came from dealing with TJ’s own past as a kid and troubled youth and the influence Hip-Hop culture had his life. He was working full-time at

Through the vision program, TJ harnesses the power of connection, culture, and creativity to empower young people to aspire to something greater than the life their circumstances would dictate. As a mentor, coach and trainer, TJ is able to work alongside struggling kids and young adults to educate, inspire, and motivate them through mindset shifts and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit.

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A bright future for Thaddeus Stevens College G R A D U AT E S R E C E I V E an average of 12+ job offers per graduate; have average student loan debt of $10,120 for the 61% of graduates who take out student loans; and are offered $42,500 starting salary upon graduation—providing a pathway to sustainability through equitable access to higher education.

The role that education played in Thaddeus Stevens’ transformation from poverty to a leader who shaped the history of our country is the core tenet of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Stevens College was originally founded as a public institution for orphans of Pennsylvania who were willing to learn a trade, combined with an academic education. It started as a three-year high school at the bequest of the will of Thaddeus Stevens, opening its doors nearly 35 years after his passing.

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In 1971, the College converted from its traditional three-year program to a two-year program. At that time, the college began work toward developing a curriculum that would result in degree programs, and initiated the process to seek Middle States Accreditation. Today, the College offers 24 associate degree programs, and several certificate and short-term programs. Stevens dreamed of a socially just world, where unearned privilege did not exist. His legislative legacy is the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution, which serve as the basis for all Civil Rights legislation. He understood from his own personal experience that being different or having a different perspective can enrich society. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a living monument to our founder’s legacy. As such, the College continually strives to provide underprivileged individuals with opportunities and to create an environment in which individual differences are valued and nurtured.

O N T H E C U T T I N G edge of educating a workforce to support industry growth— the new Thaddeus Stevens College Transportation Center centralizes programs that support transportation logistics for industry. The Center is uniquely positioned to evolve with the rapid pace of change impacting this sector. 52

T H A D D E U S S T E V E N S was born in Danville, Vermont on April 4, 1792. The Stevens family lived in abject poverty on a very small farm. The family was abandoned by the children’s father, and to further challenge young Thaddeus, he was born with a club foot. Today, the condition would be addressed, but in the late 1700’s, it was not treated, and Thaddeus Stevens walked with a permanent limp. His mother knew her son’s only chance at escaping poverty was through education. With her support and determination, Thaddeus Stevens did transform his life, graduating from Dartmouth College, opening a law practice, and eventually serving in Congress.

“AT THADDEUS STE VE N S COLLEG E OF TECHNOLOGY, we believe that education is a pathway to prosperity. I am proud of being the first college graduate in my own family. To serve as the President of Thaddeus Stevens College is the opportunity of a lifetime. Our College demonstrates every day, with every graduating class, that college is within reach for all. By its very mission, Thaddeus Stevens College addresses economic barriers to accessing a college degree and commits to breaking down these roadblocks, including residential location, language, and other socioeconomic factors that perpetuate educational inequity. Following a career dedicated to serving underrepresented communities, in the footsteps of our benefactor, Thaddeus Stevens, I remain committed to the legacy of this great institution as an instrument of change in the lives of our students, graduates, our communities, and business and industry, throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” –Pedro A. Rivera, President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and School District of Lancaster Superintendent.


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Transforming the Community Together At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions —one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. Each year, Fig partners with a nonprofit organization working to transform the community. Our 2021 Social Mission Partner is Crispus Attucks. Please join us in supporting them.

Crispus Attucks Mission Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events.

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n 2018, Crispus Attucks merged with the Community Action Partnership in order to strengthen operations and increase sustainability. The two organizations were partners in several initiatives including the Crispus Attucks food pantry and the Reunion food truck, and the missions of each organization were aligned well to increase the effectiveness of each organization and serve even more neighbors in need. Today, Crispus Attucks Community Center has become the social hub of the Southeast area and beyond—addressing the overwhelming need for recreational activities and social services in the multicultural Southeast area.

JOSHUA HUNTER Program Director

Their work continues to serve the growing population by providing programs and resources that help children, youth, families, and individuals thrive and prosper under the leadership of newly appointed Program Director, Joshua Hunter. The current programs housed under Crispus Attucks: • Crispus Attucks Café • Crispus Attucks Food Bank • Infamous Unstoppables • Reunion Food Truck Also housed at the Community Center: • CAP Navigation • NAACP Lancaster Chapter • Rebel Chique Dance Co. & Performing Arts • Music for Everyone Strings Ensemble Find out more and get involved at:


407 Howard Avenue



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Fresh Face: Lancaster Reading Solutions LLC THE NEW MICROSCHOOL launched by Lancaster Reading Solutions is taking a revolutionary approach to education and schooling. With an authentically individualized plan for each student, the microSchool is able to empower learners who may have felt like they didn’t “fit” in their former educational surroundings. The microSchool provides a safe space for students to explore, create, socialize, learn, and grow together with a small group of peers their own age and guided by professionals who encourage and empower them. It serves families who are homeschooling their children by offering varying pathways for families to choose how much or how little support they need. Students can enroll in core classes, enrichment classes or the full curriculum.

While students are learning, creating and building their social skills, parents and caregivers can take a break or lean into the support systems, educational experiences, and resources provided. For Rachel Moore and Lauren Maffett, creating Lancaster Reading Solutions and launching the microSchool was their answer to a problem they faced as mothers themselves. When advocating for their own children and learning about the prevalence of dyslexia and attention issues in young learners they each felt the urgency of the importance of early intervention and saw the difficulty in gaining access to the services and individualized resources that they needed. LRS and the microSchool are the innovation born of that journey.

microSchool Location: 29 East Walnut Street

For Rachel and Lauren, the gift of the microSchool is seeing the metamorphosis of their students. Those who come in shy and insecure and soon rise to leadership roles in their peer groups. Those students who felt like failures in a previous setting but flourish as they achieve and build on learning successes. The microSchool is not a one size fits all approach to schooling, but instead, offers students an individualized pathway to learning that is based in research, proven in the lives of students who finally feel empowered to learn and succeed, and rooted in acceptance and belonging for every learner and their parents as well. To find out more information on Lancaster Reading Solutions visit their website at



From small beginnings to big business—it’s our origin stories that remind us of our history and make us stronger. Small business are the heart and soul of Lancaster City. We salute them for the courage, strength, and innovation that not only saw them through last year, but has made Lancaster County a model for tenacity and ingenuity. On the following pages, you’ll read 20 inspiring stories of heart and hard-won success. Some of the entrepreneurs on these pages started their businesses from scratch, others saw the potential of a family business and worked to multiply it for the next generation. These folks are the heroes and the stewards who define us. So when you’re enjoying a night out, choosing an electrician, or getting a new paint job, make sure to choose a local, independently-owned business. Thank you to our Editorial Sponsor, an exceptional generational success story, the High companies. In 1963, S. Dale High joined his family business and helped transform it into ten different companies with more than half a billion dollars in revenue. And all along the way, the High Philosophy and a spirit of philanthropy has guided him. We thank him for being a champion of Lancaster City, and, of Fig.

High® companies celebrates the City of Lancaster and is committed to innovative community leadership, sustainable building practices, and advancement through the preservation of local heritage. Learn more at


Annie Bailey’s


15 years

Milestone Story

“An Irish pub is more than Celtic

music, Guinness on drafts, and hearty cuisine on the menu. At Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House, we strive to ensure that our pub identity doesn’t begin and end with these iconic elements —rather, that they are the familiar, delicious trappings atop a foundation of the warm, inviting hospitality for which Irish pubs are known. At Annie Bailey’s, you get a blend of tradition, character and quality that makes for an experience that’s as casual or sophisticated or romantic or buttoned-up as you’d like it to be. From first dates to family reunions, client meetings to happy hours, ours is

Owners, Josh and Jake Funk

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a space that caters to the community’s varied palates and causes for occasion. Anchored by a dependable mix of traditional Irish Fare, modern American cuisine, classic pub grub, and seasonal chef specials, Annie’s is accentuated by a stellar lineup of Irish and craft beers and ciders, shelves-on-shelves of whiskeys, signature cocktails, and a weekend brunch that means business. My brother and I went to PSU for Hospitality management and were in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. respectively utilizing our degrees for other companies. This opportunity was a chance for us to come back to our home town and grow something for ourselves and give back to the community we love.”

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John & Siobhan Keane Milestone Moments ↘ The sale of the original building to TFB Restaurants & Co. owners Joshua & Jacob Funk in 2013. The renovation of the second floor of Annie Bailey’s, known as the Conway Room, into a new concept, Conway Social Club in 2019. 28-30 East King Street 717.393.4000 |

"If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. We love this industry and community and wouldn’t have done it any other way. We appreciate our guests and employees and treat them all like family - that is what makes us love what we do.” - The Funk Brothers



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2008 Milestone Moments ↘ 2010-2013 An organizational shift was made to become immersed within the Art District of Downtown Lancaster with a focus on “fine arts” including painting and detailed pen & ink. Local partner artists, including family members and Team Members, were featured for their work with textiles, iron, painting, and photography. 2019 A second Gallery was opened in Lititz to respond to the high demand of local original art pieces.


"I have had the absolute pleasure to witness the beauty of the Heart Artists’ transformed lives through their fine artistic expression because of skilled and innovative art education at the Friendship Heart Studio. The Gallery enables these Artists to experience the inclusive recognition from compassionate art lover customers, which builds their confidence as an Artist and person.” - Gwen Schuit, Friendship Community CEO





Friendship Heart Gallery Founding Story

Twelve Individuals, supported by Friendship Community, gathered together in 2007 in a small room to paint and socialize. Their ongoing projects included original canvas designs, painted glass vases and wooden toys. A move to Main Street, Ephrata, in 2009 earned this small group the new name—“The heART of Friendship Art Gallery.” By 2013, after the addition of several new Artists, the vision to have community inclusion in the Downtown Lancaster Art District became a reality. This thriving Gallery and Studio in Lancaster City is located on North Water Street and was rebranded to “Friendship Heart Gallery & Studio.” Currently, over 70 adult Heart Artists with Intellectual Disability and Autism participate in lessons within the Studio space. The Gallery sells these masterpieces, along with home décor items from the Primitives by Kathy Friendship Heart Gallery Collection and items from Partner Artists. The Friendship Heart Gallery & Studio Artists express capabilities and impact the world through their art. 118 North Water Street, Suite 101 717.945.6904 |



Rice & Noodles

In his native South Vietnam in the 1960s, Pho Tau Bay proprietor Y Van Vu

was one successful restaurateur. He had a protégé, too: his daughter, Anh Thu Cao, who went with him to his Saigon outlets to ensure that the broth, made from a secret recipe, met family standards. After Saigon fell in 1975, the family was scattered until they reunited in New Orleans. Given the city’s vibrant Vietnamese community, Cao decided to try her luck with a restaurant. Like her father, she, too, succeeded: A food stall gave rise to a restaurant, and eventually three more. Vu’s legacy lived on when the family moved to Lancaster and opened Rice & Noodles, and eventually Sprout in 2016—a family business built on a love for bringing fresh, healthy food to the Lancaster community.

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Y Van Vu and Anh Thu Cao

Milestone Moments ↘ 1975 The Fall of Saigon: Vu family leaves Vietnam for America

Early 1980's Anh Thu Cao opens food stand in New Orleans, LA at an outdoor market

August 2005 Entire family evacuates Hurricane Katrina and settles in Lancaster

1983 Anh Thu Cao opens first brick & mortar Pho Tau Bay Restaurant in Gretna, LA

July 2006 Anh Thu Cao’s children & spouses open Rice & Noodles Restaurant in Lancaster

2005 Anh Thu Cao’s children & spouses open 2 more locations in the Greater New Orleans area

April 2016 Sprout of Rice & Noodles opens in Downtown Lancaster

Sprout of Rice & Noodles 58 North Prince Street | 717.392.7462 Rice & Noodles Restaurant 1238 Lititz Pike | 717.481.7461

Founder, Anh Thu Cao








It started with

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Peter Barber and Brian McCaskey

Founding Story

Started by high school friends Peter Barber and Brian McCaskey, Two Dudes Painting Company used to literally be comprised of two dudes and a VW bus. With a unique brand, good work ethic, and fair pricing, Peter and Brian soon found themselves having more work than they knew what to do with. Since those humble days in the late 80s and early 90s, Two Dudes has grown into a full-service professional painting company with over 65 employees, a 13,000 sf building, and a lot more vehicles than just a used VW bus.

750 Poplar Street 717.396.1207 |

Milestone Moments ↘

1989 Dudes bought their first VW bus, an orange and tan 1979. Paid $2000.

2020 Workforce of over 65 dudes and dudettes continues to grow and serve both the residential and commercial painting needs of Central Pennsylvania.

1995 Moved into their first official company building.

2017 Obtained Certified B Corporation status.

2000 Updated the Two Dudes logo.

2016 Peter serves as chair of the Lancaster Chamber, one of the most widely respected Chambers of Commerce in the country.

2005 Began corporate engagement with YWCA and sponsorship of Race Against Racism.

2008 painted the Griest Building, the tallest building in Lancaster City.

"Never leave ‘til tomorrow what a Dude can paint today." - Dudeism No. 136


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Barney McGrann and current owner John McGrann

Penn Stone In 1914, Menno Swarr, a young building materials salesman,

struck out on his own and started Pennsylvania Stone, Cement & Supply Company. Originally with an office downtown and a stoneyard on North Prince Street, Penn Stone cut large blocks of stone for new construction and supplied many of the same masonry materials it does today. In the early 1930s the current location at Ross and Water Streets was developed. In 1986, Barney McGrann purchased Penn Stone. At that time, Penn Stone was a supplier of masonry, fireplace, and plaster materials to local contractors. Barney envisioned a different future for Penn Stone. He expanded the product line to include Glen-Gery Brick and EP Henry concrete pavers and retaining walls systems. Over the next ten years, Penn Stone’s business grew to include natural stone veneer and a wide selection of natural landscape stone, and Penn Stone became the leading local supplier of exterior masonry materials as well as a pioneer in Lancaster in the field of hardscaping for patios, walkways, driveways and retaining walls. In 2005, Penn Stone added a retail store featuring outdoor furniture, planters & fountains, and most everything you could need for outdoor living.

190 West Ross Street | 717.735.1922 |

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Menno Swarr

Milestone Moments ↘ 1914 Founded by Menno Swarr

1979 Sold to Norris Boyd

2015 Upgraded the indoor showroom and expanded our outdoor showroom

1986 Sold to Barney McGrann

2005 Launched Penn Stone Outdoor Living

1988 Became a Glen-Gery Brick distributor

2000 John McGrann and Mara Creswell McGrann become owners

1988 Became an EP Henry distributor (one of their first five distributors)

"Make each day your masterpiece, you cannot change yesterday, and a better tomorrow can only come by improvement..." - Menno M. Swarr


Lancaster Rec Since 1909, Lancaster Rec has been a community partner. Through the hardest of times, their programming forged on. When we work together to bring creative solutions to serve the Lancaster community, we all benefit. Help them continue their legacy of recreation and play by experiencing it for yourself or making a donation to support their work today. 525 Fairview Avenue



In 1909, the Lancaster Playground Association was formed with the mission of creating awareness for the lack of playground space in Lancaster, as well as an emphasis on the value of recreation. With the average work week being 59 hours, residents needed a community partner with a focus on leisure. Today, Lancaster Rec offers recreation programming for all ages including early childhood education, youth programs, special events, sports and senior activities.

Since the early 1900s, Lancaster Rec has provided free summer fun for children and families in Lancaster through the Summer Playgrounds program. In the 1920s, street showers on Water Street were a popular way to cool off. In 1929, two wading pools were added at Buchanan and Rodney Park. Today, Lancaster Rec operates these free programs at six wading pools throughout the city of Lancaster, as well as a full-service community pool at the Conestoga Pines Park off Pitney Road.


In 1947, the Lancaster Recreation and Playground Association expanded to include a very important group of folks. The Golden Age Club (later called the Happy Hours Club and then Happy Hearts Club) was formed, with the purpose of providing activities for seniors over 60. Today, Lancaster Rec continues to operate programs for senior citizens in our community. Membership is free and activities include exercise classes, ukulele lessons, technology classes, and special events.

"Get Active. Live Healthy."

"There is no better luxury than waking up every morning in a beautifully designed home.”

David Lyall

- David Lyall

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Lancaster Location


and beautiful interiors.



David Lyall

As an adult in 2007, I was presented with the opportunity to purchase the family business, a southern Lancaster County furniture company that was founded in the late 1970s.

Milestone Moments ↘

My one true love in life has always been fine furniture

As a longtime advocate for the City of Lancaster, I began to set my sights on relocating and rebranding my company to better reflect my passion...personalized custom residential and commercial interiors. The move to our current design studio and showroom at 241 North Prince provided the perfect venue to create a welcoming and inclusive showroom environment that could showcase all things unique and visually stimulating. Working with my team of five dedicated design professionals, we begin every day with the goal of making Central Pennsylvania a more beautiful place, one interior at a time.” 241 North Prince Street


Batdog On The Job Batdog’s arrival (David’s rescue dog), not only brought immense personal joy, it gave him great insight as he designed interiors for his clients with pets.

Accolades Being recognized and presented with a prestigious commercial design award for David’s design of a local high-end restaurant interior.

Art is Life David continues his love and involvement with local theatre and performing arts. In addition to ongoing support of the Fulton Theatre, he was recently named as board president of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC).



Water Street Mission

In 1905, Dr. Ezra Sieber realized there was

a gap in Lancaster. He wanted to create a place to care for vulnerable members of the community, especially those with nowhere else to go. So he started small, gathering with his wife and a few friends at a local house. Pretty soon they began making home cooked meals and opened a temporary shelter, and Water Street Mission was born. Back then meals were 10¢ for those who could pay and free for those who couldn’t. Over the years the organization grew quickly as the community joined the effort, and by 1917 an official charter was signed declaring Water Street Mission a place to provide rescue and renewal throughout Lancaster City and County. Even though much has changed since then, Water Street Mission’s goal to bring restoration to the community has stayed the same. Today

210 South Prince Street



men, women, and children experiencing homelessness can still find a place to stay where they are met with love and life-changing care. But it doesn’t just stop there, as the nonprofit now has ministries that broadly care for the most vulnerable in our community. This includes empowering Lancaster City youth through Teen Haven, giving young students a head start in school through Wonder Club Early Learning center, fighting poverty and hunger through their Outreach Center, and providing quality care and medical support to those living in poverty through Water Street Health Services. It may have started with meals to those who need it most, but over 100 years later, their mission for restoration is still going strong.

717.393.7709 |

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Come in for an updated pair of glasses and see their newly remodeled showroom.

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↘ Everyone deserves a fresh look.

Owner, Jim Albright

Albright Opticians After being discharged from the Navy at the end of WWII, Jim’s father went to work, along with his two brothers at Berks Optical on Orange Street in Lancaster. After working his way up to VP he left in 1964 to open his own business. By the time he retired in 1991 Albright Opticians had expanded to five stores in Lancaster and Wilmington, Delaware. Today it is still owned and managed by his son, Jim Albright, and offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, fashionable frames, sports glasses, sunglasses, and industrial safety glasses.

29 Keller Avenue | 717.399.2020 4229 Oregon Pike, Brownstown 717.626.2020 |

Year Started



Ronald Albright

Milestone Moments ↘ 1981 Voted one of the 10 Best and Brightest optical companies in the US

1984 Opened their own lens manufacturing/ processing lab

1988 Opened stores in Greenville and Wilmington Delaware

2020 The year of vision, survived COVID

1996 Opened stores in Quarryville, Ephrata, and New Holland

1991 Business sold to son, Jim Albright


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Laura Mae & Amanda Jean

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Maejean Vintage 2010

Founding Story

Maejean Vintage was founded in 2010 by vintage-enthusiast and kindergarten teacher Laura Mae, as a side hobby selling timeless heirlooms online. As the business grew, sister Amanda Jean who had just graduated from Temple University with a Business Management degree hopped on board. Together, the sisters ran the e-commerce jewelry business from their parents’ basement, and soon after moved into a private office in the city and grew their team and offerings. Today, Maejean Vintage is made up of a team of six fierce women, with a mission to connect their globally diverse customers with exceptional vintage jewelry heirlooms, ready to be cherished for another lifetime.

“Our passion is jewelry of the past.” - Co-Owner of Maejean Vintage, Amanda Jean

Sisters, Amanda Jean and Laura Mae

Milestone Moment One of the biggest milestones for Maejean Vintage was when co-owners Laura Mae & Amanda Jean graduated from the Gemological Institute of America with their Graduate Gemologist diplomas! |

Voted top 100 places to eat in the US per Yelp 2020, and Best Latin restaurant in every state PA by buzzfeed 2019.

Chellas Arepa Kitchen Owner

Luis Quiroz

Year Started


Founding Story

“My grandmother, Chella, taught me to share my heritage through food. Her cooking inspired me to bring the South American flavors from my childhood to Lancaster County. Deciding to start the food truck took a leap of faith, and many personal sacrifices. Regardless, I had made my decision. I was all in, and in the end, I saw my dream for my own food truck come true in May 2018.” Little-Known Fact Ask for their secret menu

1830 Hempstead Road | 717.575.9171 Skip the wait order ahead online or by phone. Tellus 360 Location returning this summer!


Be on the look out for their mobile food truck this summer and follow them for the latest updates on facebook and instagram @chellaslancaster.

↗ Serving all of Lancaster County and specializing in Chestnut Hill, West Lancaster, and School Lane Hills. “I started my real estate career to help my clients with one of the most stressful, and impactful decisions in their lives, choosing where to live. With 37 years of real estate marketing and sales experience, I try to anticipate the potential pitfalls in the buying and selling processes to make your real estate experience as enjoyable and as profitable as possible.” - Gil Lyons, Realtor RE/MAX Pinnacle

Gil Lyons Founding Story

“Think about how different your life would be if you didn’t live where you currently live. Your neighbors, friends, children’s classmates, where you shop, worship, and recreate would all be different. When you think about it, your home is your oasis, your fortress, even your identity. Since I started my real estate career in 1984, I have tried to take a holistic view of how to best help my clients navigate the sale or purchase of their home, investment property, or vacation home. I know how important these decisions are and I am here to help.” 500 Delp Road | 717.295.9995 |

Testimonials ↘ “Gil’s knowledge of houses and house issues meant that he could really help us with the inspection and what concerns were most important to have addressed before we bought the house.” Carol

“His expertise and experience put him above anyone else. His kind demeanor and genuine character make you feel comfortable and put your worries at ease.” Rebecca

“Gil’s knowledge and network in the Lancaster area is unsurpassed.” Ryan



Tim Balshi & Soraya Aguilar Balshi Year Started

2009 Milestone Moment ↘ 2015 Tim and Soraya took their biggest risk to date by starting MillPress Imports, now a leading importer and packer of fresh extra virgin olive oil for leading stores and brands across the US and Canada. Their business has grown beyond their wildest expectations, and for that, they are forever grateful. Without the success of Seasons and support from their local communities, they would have never been able to launch MillPress and expand their business across the country.

The Lancaster Team at the West King Street Taproom.

Little-Known Fact They have won over 15 gold and silver medals for olive oil quality at worldwide competitions, putting them into an elite category as an olive oil producer in Spain.






Tim & Soraya in Southern Spain

Seasons Olive Oil Founding Story

“Tim and I met in high school in 1994 while I was an exchange student in Bethlehem, PA. After high school, I went back to Spain to attend college and Tim later studied in Madrid for a year while attending college. Tim fell in love with Spain and our family business of producing extra virgin olive oil. In the late nineties, we dedicated all the time we could learning how to export EVOO to the USA. For the next ten years, we drove across the East Coast and opened up retail store accounts for our brand Aguibal. In 2009 Tim and I decided to take a risk and open our first EVOO store in Historic Bethlehem. A year later, we opened our second store in 36 West King Street





Annapolis, MD and a third store in Lancaster. Our newest store opened in 2015 and took us to Morristown, NJ. We are passionate about producing, importing, and selling top quality EVOO. We have dedicated most of our lives to learning about producing the best, nutrientdense extra virgin olive oils to share with our customers, and I am proud to say that we have become leading experts around the subject of olive oil. Fortunately, our job never feels like work, but an amazing journey of innovation and growth.”

Tim and Soraya’s daughter helping with the opening of Seasons

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Laura’s 2 daughters continue to keep their hands dirty in the business. Morgan (17) works at Central Market Flowers and Kaitlyn (14) at Perfect Pots in the Village.

Perfect Pots Perfect Pots was born out of relationships.

Owner, Laura, grew up in her mother’s flower shop, watching and learning how simple, intentional interactions with customers would compel them to return time after time for high quality florals that added beauty to their lives. When Laura would visit greenhouses in Lancaster County with her mom, she again saw how those genuine connections, grown over time, could turn into business relationships.

Years later, with two small daughters of her own, Laura began designing planters out of her own garage for friends and family, and Perfect Pots was born! Perfect Pots has grown exponentially from a small number of clients out of a garage space to four locations specializing in, not only four-season container garden design, but also fresh florals, garden maintenance services, and unique garden décor. 4 locations: Lancaster Central Market, 5 West King Street, Kitchen Kettle Village, and Strasburg Greenhouse | 717.917.8733 |

“From day one, our mission has been to bring happiness with flowers. We believe that through our variety of products and services, we can bring beauty and happiness to everyone.” – Laura Lapp, Owner & Founder

Milestone Moments ↘ 2008 Laura began designing planters out of her own home garage for friends and family, and Perfect Pots was born!

2009 Perfect Pots grew into a new greenhouse home in Strasburg and expanded to add an on-site facet to the business, creating custom, year-round planters at clients’ homes and businesses throughout Lancaster and surrounding areas.

2019 Laura returned to her flower shop roots and opened Central Market Flowers. With a stand in Lancaster Central Market and a floral boutique at 5 West King Street, Central Market Flowers offers fresh cut flowers in the heart of Lancaster City.

2017 The company joined the Kitchen Kettle Village family by opening Perfect Pots in the Village, delighting folks from all over the world with unique garden gifts.


Warfel Construction Founding Story

A Lancaster Business College graduate with a few years of experience under his belt, D.S. Warfel decided that Lancaster County could use a new general contracting firm. With his friend, Harry W. Peters, he established the D.S.Warfel General Contractor firm in 1911. The beginning of his 110-year building legacy started when he took his first job constructing a small church downtown. During these early years and into the 20’s, the company grew and prospered as they learned more about the business. The 1920’s culminated with Warfel’s largest project in its young history, the Lancaster Train Station. Except for some of the upgrades made a few years ago, the station stands as it was originally built. Throughout the past 110 years, Warfel has pivoted with each decade and economic challenges to maintain its

Milestone Moments ↘

construction legacy. From taking on bridgework and residential construction during war times to focusing on public schools, shopping centers and industry during the boom of the 60’s and 70’s, to expanding geographic reach throughout the mid-Atlantic in more recent years, Warfel has remained faithful to supporting its local roots and continues to help develop and reinvent landmark structures within the county. At the forefront of industry innovation and technology, recent growth has elevated Warfel into the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 400 Contractors. Warfel was also named 2020 ENR Mid-Atlantic Contractor of the Year. Warfel’s more current work in Lancaster City includes the newest addition to Fulton Bank, the renovations and grand expansion at the Fulton Theatre, the Lancaster Chamber Building, Central Market renovations, and the 101NQ redevelopment.



First major project, Ascension Lutheran Church on Wabank Road.

Many significant county landmarks including Lititz Springs Bank, Ephrata National Bank, and the Lancaster Train Station.





Resurgence in downtown workload included Fulton Bank Penn Square expansion, Lancaster Police Station, Clipper Stadium, and numerous projects for F&M College such as the Sports and Fitness Center.

Renovation of the historic Fulton Theatre won Warfel its first National Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Partners Peters, Simpson, Taylor and Rakoczy outside former office at 812 North Prince Street

↙ Personifying Warfel’s CLIENTS FOR LIFE MISSION at all turns, the executive team includes: Conlan Swope, VP of Operations Don Banzhof, VP of Real Estate Development Brett Calabretta, VP of Work Acquisition Matthew Hartzler, President / CEO Tony Smith, VP of Finance





Sean Cotter, VP of Preconstruction & Estimating





At the height of the depression a 1933 Lancaster News headline read “$1,166,414 in building permits issued here today.” Among those, Warfel’s permits to build the new $900,0000 McCaskey High School and the $163,000 F&M Fackenthal Library.

Work included roads, bridges and 100’s of homes throughout Lancaster City. Lehigh Ave homes below.

Warfel hands over the reigns to his son Dick & Melvin H. Peters, son of Harry Peters. 1957 LGH expansion is the largest project in Warfel history to that time. Dick Warfel



Operating as present day Warfel Construction Company, the firm builds additional LGH wings, completes Conestoga View and the first major modernization of Lancaster County Prison since 1851.

Warfel tackles county growth constructing Manor Shopping Center, Wheatland Shopping Center, the Coca Cola Bottling plant, Leisure Lanes and downtown Stevens Apartments.

1110 Enterprise Road, East Petersburg | 717.299.4500 |


“WE ARE…For Lancaster and Central PA. WE ARE…Powered By People.

WE ARE…Lapp Electric”

Lapp Electric Co Owners

Greg & Tim Lapp

Year Started


Emanuel “Manny” Lapp grew up

Amish and at the age of 26 ironically founded an electrical contracting service business with his loving wife Flossie. Manny’s example of fearless work ethic, perseverance, and authentic servant leadership has inspired and energized Lapp Electric to be a company that continues to shine bright today. Wellversed in all types of residential, commercial and industrial electrical projects, they provide 24-hour emergency service to best serve their customer’s needs.

Milestone Moments In 2002, Greg and Tim Lapp became the second-generation business owners. Lapp Electric’s extraordinary team of professionals are without question, their #1 asset. In 2018, Lapp received their most cherished and prestigious award, being named one of the Top 50 Best Places To Work in PA. 2420 Gehman Lane




The People Behind the Bank!


James Kinney Client & Community Ambassador Lancaster City Connections Center

Milestone Moment ↘

On March 9, 2021, PeoplesBank will celebrate one year at their Lancaster City Connections Center located in 101NQ. • Despite launching a brand new concept in banking just one week before a global pandemic hit, they have continued to serve the Lancaster community by offering customized solutions to both personal and business clients. • To help combat the spread of COVID-19, PeoplesBank was able to quickly pivot and utilize the technology at the Connections Center to have video calls with clients. This provided a safe and convenient way for a PeoplesBank Financial Mentor to meet with their clients and have meaningful conversations about their needs.

Melissa Wissler Vice President, Regional Relationship Manager Wealth Management

• In 2020 alone, PeoplesBank was able to provide more than 1,300 small businesses with more than $180 million dollars in PPP funding that they desperately needed to keep their businesses afloat, including several businesses located in Downtown Lancaster. • In their first year, PeoplesBank has expanded their team by adding half a dozen new associates to specifically serve the Lancaster market. Whether you have a personal, business, or wealth need – they are available to offer their experienced and professional guidance regarding your financial dreams and goals.

Chad Hotsko Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking Lancaster Region

101 North Queen Street, Suite 105 717.724.8375 |



We Will SEEK JESUS Wholeheartedly




Bridges of Peace

CULTIVATE Global Citizens


Curiosity & Creativity


Lifelong Learning


World Changers World Changers Together

Since Lancaster Mennonite School’s founding, the school has provided students an educational community guided by the values of their faith. LM’s dedicated teachers, dynamic curriculum, and nurturing community prepares students to change the world together! Mission

Lancaster Mennonite School provides PreK12th grade education in a diverse community that nurtures students to become creative and innovative learners who are prepared for college, career, and life. Committed to educational excellence, students are empowered to change the world through Christ-like love, peacemaking, and service. 2176 Lincoln Hwy East |



since 1942

Milestone Moments 1942 Lancaster Mennonite opened its doors. At that time it was grades 9-12th (high school only). There were 151 teenagers, 6 teachers and 30 course offerings.

2011 Spanish Immersion Program started, beginning in Kindergarten.

2021 Today, the school now serves grades PreK–12th. There are 670 students, 65+ teachers, and 28 AP and Honors courses and over 150 courses.

2014 Project-Based Learning (PBL) Middle School program started. It blends STEM education with hands-on learning and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Benjamin Roberts was started in 1977 to partner

with Central PA companies to outfit their workplaces with quality, relevant, and ergonomic furniture and installation services. Their founders believed in repurposing downtown Lancaster spaces and were committed to being a part of the City’s long-term growth and vitality. 240 North Prince Street |


Year Started



Robert Bomberger Sr. and Benjamin Wenger

Milestone Moments 1977 Founded Benjamin Roberts

1987 Renovated and moved into a historic hotel on Prince Street

2019 Exceeded 15 million in sales

2008 & 2018 Remodeled the building


"Our founders originally opened our doors in downtown Lancaster because they wanted to be a part of building a vibrant City. Today, we are proud to continue providing contract workplace furniture to the Central PA region from our headquarters on Prince Street, and we look forward to contributing to a thriving local economy and community for years to come.”

Benjamin Roberts Sales Representative Greg Nauss

- Rob Bomberger, President


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Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority LCSWMA’s history is one of commitment to the people and communities of Lancaster County. They exist to protect the environment and serve their fellow Lancastrians, working together to build a clean, safe, and beautiful community. Since their humble beginnings, LCSWMA has remained at the forefront of integrating new technologies and innovative practices into its waste management system that help the communities of Lancaster County thrive. These efforts continue today, as they meet the needs and values of the people and businesses they serve.

“Lancaster has a long history of forward-thinking leaders coming together to solve significant challenges. LCSWMA was established to solve the complex problem of managing our community’s trash in ways that protect the environment, preserve our beautiful landscape, and create value from the things people throw away.”

1299 Harrisburg Pike

– Bob Zorbaugh, LCSWMA CEO

Founding Story





Year Started



LARA, the Lancaster Area Refuse Authority

A Few Milestone Moments ↘

1968 LARA established one of the first transfer stations in the country.

1987 LARA became LCSWMA and established an innovative waste management system to minimize landfilling and create a more sustainable community.

1991 The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility opened, becoming PA’s first and only permanent program, which now receives around 70,000 visitors annually.

1991 The Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility opens to combust trash and generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 1 in 5 area homes.

2008 LCSWMA’s transfer station was revitalized, giving it the look of a 19th century rail station, honoring the heritage of Lancaster.

2021 The Lancaster Waste-toEnergy Facility reaches 30 years of operation, combusting enough trash (that would have otherwise been landfilled) to fill 12 PSU Beaver Stadiums.

Bob Zorbaugh, LCSWMA’s CEO, started with the organization over 30 years ago, beginning as a Construction Inspector at LCSWMA’s Frey Farm Landfill. As his career evolved, he witnessed the transformation of LCSWMA into an award-winning and internationally recognized organization that continues to bring deserved value to the Lancaster community.


Hempfield Botanicals

Sister-brand of Makes Scents Natural Spa Line Year Started

2011 (officially signed Articles of Incorporation)


Heather & Nathan Kreider

“Over the past few years,

Nathan and I have learned that life can be a struggle at times but what really matters is what you do to make the struggle count. After four years of riding a roller coaster of unexplained infertility, we desperately searched for something to take our minds off of our concerns. As I looked for a creative outlet, I became inspired by the story of a friend’s soap making endeavor and decided to give it a try. I researched soap making and, well, the rest is history.

Milestone Moments December 2017 Received cGMP Certification August 2018 First Makes Scents international shipment to the country of Georgia, EU. May 2019 Received Certified B Corporation®

“When one door slams shut in your face really hard, another door will always be open. You just need to find the strength to walk through that door.” Heather Kreider


As Nathan and I worked together to create beautiful bars of soap, peace and tranquility crept back into our lives and quickly turned our fun hobby into a family business. Nathan and I started working together in our kitchen, then moved to a small studio in our home, then to a 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse on 1st Street and

now our current space on North Charlotte Street which has been our production facility for the past 6 years. One product led to another, which led to another and another, and after outgrowing that space, we are just about ready to announce the location of our new production, education, and retail space in the heart of Lancaster City. The new location will be a perfect location to expand Makes Scents Natural Spa Line as well as our sisterline of hemp-based products, Hempfield Botanicals. Our business has brought joy and excitement to our lives. What started out as a bar of soap ended in a 10,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the heart of Lancaster. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far and look forward to our exciting future.” -Heather Kreider

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COMMUNITY Lancaster County has shown time and again its deep roots of RESILIENCE, EMPATHY, and GENEROSIT Y, in times of plenty and in times of need.


The Lancaster County Community Foundation works to use its community endowment to meet emerging needs across the County, and amplify the extraordinary work of our community benefit sector. Throughout 2020, the Community Foundation partnered with the United Way of Lancaster County to create the Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund, an initiative that raised support for local organizations addressing housing, health, and food needs. And while challenges remain, our community’s spirit and perseverance fuels our way forward. Together, we’re turning what’s possible into what’s extraordinary.

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and Milton Hershey School President John O. Hershey. Within a year of its creation, the Council had succeeded in its mission. Founders

A group of community educators that comprised the South Central Educational Broadcasting Council. Year Started 1964 Founding Story

Like public television stations across the country, WITF’s origins were rooted in the lengthy struggle to bring noncommercial educational and instructional television to the airwaves. In 1963, the South Central Educational Broadcasting Council was born. The Council consisted of community educators such as Cumberland County Superintendent D. Bruce Connor, Shippensburg University administrator (and later President) Gilmore S. Seavers ↙ WITF first program guide,


In July of 1964, Florence Starr Taylor, a Lancaster artist known for her drawings of the Amish who became the station’s first staff artist, suggested the call letters “ITF” for “It’s Top Flight,” to convey the quality of the new enterprise. Those letters, and the meaning behind them, stuck.



Rowlf and Jim Henson on the 1968 set of WITF’s The Muppets on Puppets.

WITF TV first signed on the air on November 16, 1964, bringing free, educational television to classrooms and living rooms throughout Central Pennsylvania. On April 1, 1971 (50 years ago!) WITF FM signed on the air with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” expanding its mission of education and culture through the medium of radio. Since 1964, WITF has held steadfast to its roots; inspiring lifelong learning by connecting people and communities of Pennsylvania through trusted journalism, thoughtful discussion and educational experiences.

Milestone Moments ↘ November 1964 WITF launches its first locally-produced, regular weekly series, called “Our World in Focus.” Mike Greenwald was hired fresh out of college to write, produce and host the current events show, which provided background to the news for school-aged children.

WITF 89.5 & 93.3 shift to an all-news and information format. For the first time, WITF is able to bring listeners some of NPR’s most requested programs, including The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, as well as the BBC World Service.

June 25, 2012

April 2020 In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, WITF partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and local school districts to align its daytime programming with state educational standards, offering a continuity of education to students at home.

↖ Mike Greenwald,



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“LANCASTER CITY F L O U R I S H E S A N D E V E R YO N E S H A R E S I N IT S S U CC E S S .” The non-profit Lancaster City Alliance has put their vision into action through the Neighborhood Façade Improvement Grant Program. The program provides homeowners and small businesses the opportunity to make exterior property improvements in underserved areas of the City. Façade upgrades may include a fresh coat of paint, repointing of brick, new windows and doors, and lighting. These changes inspire others to enhance their properties through the façade grant program. Working side by side with our neighbors, together we strengthen neighborhood pride, add to the City’s architectural charm, and rejuvenate the streetscape.

IN THIS PHOTO: Scott Gray of Scott Gray & Co. Remodeling and

Restoration (site contractor) stands with Jeremy Young, Director of Community & Economic Development at Lancaster City Alliance (Façade Improvement Grant Program Manager), and Kathy and Nathan Zimmerman, who now call 120 East Filbert Street home.

re·ju·ve·nate /re'joove,nāt/. verb. to give new energy or vigor to

Generous funding support provided by BB&T (now Truist) Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, High Foundation, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, The Steinman Foundation, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



120 East Filbert Street in the historic Cabbage Hill neighborhood of the SoWe (Southwest) Neighborhood Revitalization Area, previously condemned and under restoration.

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Love your neighbor.

All photos taken from MLK Day volunteer events in 2021

T H E PA N D E M I C C O N T I N U E S to present serious economic and medical challenges for our community. Through the Share our Stimulus campaign, the United Way will help direct grants to individuals who are experiencing hardship, which will in turn help our entire community to thrive. Whether you received a stimulus check or you were above the income guidelines you can still help a neighbor in need.

In spite of the chaos we see with the pandemic and the political divisions, we still believe in the goodness of the common person. We hope that this opportunity for people to share abundance with others needing an act of kindness can be a light pointing a pathway back towards one another. A moment of hope. Whether you received a stimulus check or not, you can support your neighbors in need of covering expenses not eligible for some of the targeted support.” Learn more about how to donate or apply for support at


1910 Harrington Drive Suite A

If you would like to give a donation from your Donor Advised Fund please contact, Sara Yoskoski, Director of Leadership Giving:


Kevin Ressler, President & CEO United Way of Lancaster County

Springtime Events For a full list of community events, visit

F I R S T F R I D AY April 2, May 7, June 4 There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster City! Get swept up in the creative energy. 5-9 pm

T H E G R E AT S O C I A L ENTERPRISE PITCH April 16 Assets Lancaster hosts 5 pitches, 5 minutes, 5 judges! Participants compete for the chance to be Lancaster’s newest innovative business. Held virtually this year.

NORTH MUSEUM’S COSMIC BASH May 22 Join The North Museum under a canopy of stars for a newly envisioned open air Cosmic Bash; a gala benefiting STEM Education opportunities for children.

R E D R O S E R U N ( V I R T U A L) June 3-6 The 45th annual Red Rose Run will be a virtual 5-mile race taking place over four days. Run or walk to be part of the fun.

W AT E R S T R E E T M I S S I O N ’ S TOP CHEFS EVENT June 4 A night of exceptional food, prepared by Lancaster’s best Chefs, all to benefit the work of Water Street Mission. Held under the tent at Lancaster Country Club.

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ON THE FOLLOWING PAG ES , you’ll find our Community Supporters— businesses committed to a thriving city. Although they may not be located in Lancaster City, they believe in the power of buying local and shopping small. Take time this spring to visit these businesses—and tell them you found them in Fig!


ISSUE T H I S S U M M E R , find the tastes, experiences, and people who nourish your soul. For our annual food issue, we’re living life with intention, exploring our community, relishing family time, and finding balance and relaxation in the warmth of the summer sun—encouraging everyone to live their best, vibrant life...locally.

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Greenfield @greenfieldlancaster

Greenfield is a community of diverse organizations and individuals thriving in an environment where they can reach their fullest potential. We’ve cultivated a place where planning, thinking, doing, and making happen every day.” —Mark Fitzgerald, President and COO, High Real Estate Group LLC

What's growing at Greenfield? Armstrong Flooring Inc. The 160-year-old global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative flooring solutions is relocating their headquarters center and technical center to Greenfield.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology This leading career and technical education college will occupy a new 86,000-square-foot facility designed for its new Automotive Technology school with an enrollment of 150 to 200 students.

The Villages at Greenfield They are adding 92 homes to the 279-home community on approximately 21 acres.

Greenfield Estates To address Lancaster’s growing housing demand, High has started the design and land development approval process for a new 300unit apartment community.

Industrial A new warehouse facility is being built for a future lead tenant. It is a 229,000-square-foot warehouse with 32-foot clear height space, 28 loading docks, and three drive-in doors, and with staging for 30 trailers on 15 acres.

Recreation and wellness Greenfield is expanding its distinctive 1-½ mile trail system to up to three miles of walking and biking trails. The current trail system is used extensively by the community and has been an important source of exercise and recreation for many.

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“Success is a series of small wins.” In aesthetics, nothing could be truer. Illyra’s objective is to bring out each patient’s internal beauty by helping to find a basic system that is built for the individual. Medical facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, lash lift/tint services, laser hair removal, waxing and brow sculpting are only some of the services that are in her arsenal of expertise. “I want to help my patients find balance in the skin they are in.”

“I feel passionate about the anatomy and physiological effects of massage therapy. I believe a holistic approach should be taken when addressing injuries and areas of dysfunction and firmly believe that educating my clients is the key to good health and pain management.” Lexy uses a PNF stretching approach to improve mobility and excels in cupping, deep tissue, and myofacial modalities.

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Community BOB AND PAT BANK S C AN ’ T WAIT TO MOVE TO GARDE N SPOT VILL AG E . When Pat’s sister Jeanne moved to Garden Spot in 2015, Pat knew she also wanted to live at Garden Spot someday! When she retired in spring 2020, Pat knew it was time to get serious about moving. In their 60s, Bob and Pat lead a vibrant, purposefilled life and can’t wait to continue their story at Garden Spot Village. Read Bob and Pat’s story in Destination Garden Spot Village or online at 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland





@ ROCKVALE A S W E E M B A R K O N 2 0 2 1 , one thing is for sure, changes are coming to Rockvale! The Shops @ Rockvale has been working diligently to redevelop what was once a major attraction of Lancaster County. Working closely with the FFO Real Estate Advising Team and Wharton Realty Group, a master plan is being brought to life by creating a onestop community hub that has everything at your fingertips while still enticing our out-of-town guests! The first exciting news we have to share is that the Crate & Barrel Outlet will be opening this Spring along with a few other new tenants. This is just the beginning of what is to come for Rockvale by incorporating new uses within the property to include: local small businesses, entertainment, breweries, eateries, fitness center, residential buildings, office space, medical facilities, green space, walking trails, and more retail stores.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2021 During this revitalization, The Shops @ Rockvale continues to focus on creating a great lineup of events for 2021. These events build a sense of community while supporting small Lancaster County based businesses


and artists that have felt the impact of the pandemic. Events for the year consist of a Monthly Local Makers Market, Food Truck Fridays with Live Music during the warmer months, Pet Rescue Fundraising Events, National Night Out honoring our East Lampeter Township First Responders, Tenant Tent Sales, and Trick or Treat.

← ISAAC MASSRY Owner, Wharton Realty Group

→ CHRISTINE GRAHAM Owner, Pollinate

Besides the events that The Shops @ Rockvale host throughout the year, we also allow other organizations to rent the spaces for their expos, trade shows, and markets. These partnerships and list of events continue to grow! Be sure to stay in the know by following @shoprockvale on social media and checking the events page at for the latest line-up of events.

County items. The Market has continued to grow in its third year and we now work with over 200 local artisans. We aim to host a wellrounded Market each month that offers a variety of over 50 makers of all types. We work with our local attractions and lodging partners to spread the word about the market and other events we host. We look forward to growing this market and expanding our offerings throughout 2021 incorporating live entertainment, food trucks and activities for the whole family. ↑ BRITTANY WOLF Director of Hospitality and KRISTI BURKHOLDER General Manager

THE MARKET @ ROCKVALE We began this market in February of 2019, starting with only 30 local artists to showcase their talents all in one space. The thoughts were to connect with our local community while offering the opportunity for our out of town guests to purchase authentic handmade Lancaster


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From our family to yours. S I N C E 19 5 8 , the Stadel family has been putting safety first in assisting you in choosing the right Volvo for your family.


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Stadel Motors President and third generation owner, Dave Stadel, with his father, Robert (Bob) Stadel during the 2017 showroom renovation.

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Jura Hospitality Center

The JURA Hospitality Center is right here in Lancaster County? Family-owned and operated, it is one of the few places on the East Coast where you can test and experience JURA machines—including the latest models—or purchase refurbished machines at special pricing. Stop in and enjoy bean-to-cup taste…with JURA. 134 Shellyland Road, Building 6a, Manheim


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Everything Nice N E S T L E D A M O N G the eclectic shops in the heart of historic downtown Lititz, PA, in northern Lancaster County, Zest! features gourmet foods, premium herbs and spices, kitchen gadgets, cookware, knives, home goods, and so much more. With a unique collection of cocktail mixes and wine accessories, they have everything you need for flawless cooking and entertaining. Not a confident cook? They welcome all levels of experience to their cooking classes.

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C . E . P O N T Z S O N S believes that nature is a work of art and they want to bring nature’s greatest masterpiece to your backyard. Specializing in ponds, water features, and outdoor living spaces, their award-winning work will transform your outdoor living space into a celebration of nature. Booking 2021 projects now!


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F L O O R S 2 B U Y was established in 2017 by Jeff Farabaugh, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the flooring industry. They offer some of the biggest flooring brands and have excellent prices and service. Their experienced craftspeople who make their kitchen cabinets, barn doors, and live edge tables have been making these items for decades and will help create the unique space you’ve always wanted. THE VERY BEST FOR YOUR HOME Hardwood Flooring

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The Audi A4: A signature response to the ordinary. Plot twists, enjoy turns. Quattro all-wheel drive helps rewrite your narrative in your Audi A4 Sedan, with the kind of grip and handling characteristics that can make any driver enjoy the twists and turns of a wonderful journey through the fine farm land of Lancaster County. The firm tuning of the available sports suspension helps optimize handling, giving you a more spirited driving experience while zipping around the bends on a beautiful spring morning.

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SEATED ON 22 LUSH ACRES, The Willows at Ashcombe Mansion redefines the wedding world in South Central Pennsylvania. The 1891 Victorian mansion has undergone the restoration of a lifetime, with over 5,000 square feet of event space breathing even more life into the venue. Original millwork, stained glass, and tile have been meticulously restored alongside the addition of modern amenities and conveniences. Manicured and native gardens transform events into an experience unlike any other. Let’s make some magic.

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