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YRK Winter Edition





WINTERISSUE EDITION 11 - WINTER 2016 03 05 A York for the Centuries | City of York 275th Anniversary......................................... 07 Managing Great Taste | White Rose Bar & Grill...................................................... 09 Elegant, Honest Design | Traffic Black...................................................................... 11 Gathering for the Grind | Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark..................................... 13 Dialogue and Downtown: Art Challenges Perceptions | York College of Pennsylvania 15 Local Color | The Rooted Artist Collective................................................................. 17 Fashioning Opportunity | York College of Pennsylvania............................................ 19 The Studio: A Legacy in Imagery | Hayman Studio.................................................. 21 Be Bold: Express the York You | EPIC – A Michael Allen Salon................................... 23 Engineering Creative Solutions | Carney Engineering Group..................................... 25 Try Something Nuevo | Mi Caldero......................................................................... 27 Thinking Outside the House | Inch’s Landscaping...................................................... 29 Advocacy in Action | CGA Law Firm...................................................................... 31 For the Good of the Group | The YGS Group.......................................................... 33 Collaboration. Construction. Community. | SAAarchitects......................................... 35 Creatives at Work: Living the York Lifestyle | Creativity Unleashed............................. 37 Little Ways to Make Big Impacts | Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties.. Powerhouses of Possibility | Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics.......................................

YORK+YOU From Beaver Street and Central Market to galleries, gift shops and beyond, York has a personality all its own. You see it in the architecture of the city’s facades and its landscapes. You taste it in the culinary tapestry of the city’s dining establishments. You explore it through the handcrafted work of innovative artists and entrepreneurial maker spaces. You can wear it, decorate with it, and display it in your homes. Incorporating that personality by living locally — fashionably — is achievable. York provides its residents with boundless inspiration to create their own local personal fashion style. You can bring that distinctive York personality into your life in the new year ahead, and in this issue, YRK will show you how. We’ll introduce you to the people behind the boutiques, businesses, educational institutions, organizations, and entrepreneurial endeavors. We’ll share their stories about how their expressions of creativity are contributing to the diversity of York’s personality. These are the people who embody their personal fashion through their commitment to fostering a local York lifestyle. YRK challenges you to explore your personal fashion locally in your city, with your neighbors and with the products of its people. Let your extension of your personal style be a decidedly York one. Let the new year be one that allows you to create the York You. #YorkYou

YRK WINTER 2016 EDITION CREDITS: Executive Editor: Breanna Shorten Writer|Associate Editor: Michael Vyskocil Designer|Production Editor: Becky Tibbits Director of Photography|Photographer Lucia De Giovanni Contributing Photographers: Eric Forberger Michelle Grottenthaler Bertini Trinity Walker Keefer Alain Jaramillo Contributing Writers: Sefton Eisenhart Annette Gray Makeup Artist: Heather Gryp Cover, p. 23 Publishers: Chad Taylor Bill Hynes Patrick Dahlheimer Chad Gracey Contact: @YRKMagazine /YRKMagazine @yrkmagazine Ideas, questions, advertise, etc. Contact YRK:

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big brothers big sisters of york & adams counties writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Can you make an extraordinary commitment to a child? What are you doing to positively impact the lives of York’s youth? This January, National Mentoring Month, is a good time to start. Changing lives doesn’t require anything more than time and a willingness to answer calls for mentors. Thirty-seven children are on the waiting list of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties. For close to 40 years, the organization has made meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Michael A. Smith, executive director, says many of these children are growing up facing challenges related to poverty, lack of parental support, fragmented families and self-esteem issues. Mentors don’t need to fit a certain profile, Smith says. “We see empty nesters who want experiences with children again. We see young professionals who are feeling their way in their careers,” he explains. “There’s not an age

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or employment requirement … [but] someone who’s committed to spending one year in the program, in three to four visits per month.” Meet Michael (Mike) T. Doweary, business administrator for the City of York, and his 8-year-old Little Brother Jayden. “I liked when we went skating. We got ice cream,” Jayden recalls of time spent with his Big Brother Mike. “Jayden is a great kid. We’ve played basketball and gone roller skating. We’ve gone to my own son’s basketball games together. We hang out downtown,” Doweary says. “Jayden has taught me to slow down and appreciate things in life.” Doweary says the numbers on the waiting list struck a chord with him, motivating him to get involved. In Jayden’s world, having a Big Brother like Mike is an experience he wants to share with others. “If kids don’t have somebody like Mike, I’ll tell them about the program so they can tell their parents,” Jayden says. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF YORK & ADAMS COUNTIES 227 W. MARKET ST., SUITE 102 YORK, PA 17401 717.843.0051 /BBBSYorkAdams @BBBSYorkAdams

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Joe Kuhns has regained his independence with the power-propulsion BiOM Ankle.

ability prosthetics

& orthotics

writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Joe Kuhns, 30, of Hanover is the embodiment of possibility. Even though a gunshot wound from a hunting accident claimed part of his left leg below the knee three years ago, the words “not capable” didn’t claim his outlook on life. “If I want to do it, I have the ability to do it,” he says. With the help of Sarah M. Wooden, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) for Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics in York, Kuhns proves that amputees can be capable of anything. It was Ability that connected Kuhns with the BiOM Ankle, “the only prosthesis with powered propulsion for enhanced mobility,” according to Wooden. By focusing on helping patients gain independence, strength and mobility, inviting leads to involving as patients and Ability’s team come together for care decisions, Wooden says. “We develop lifelong relationships with our patients,” she says. “We get patients to be involved in those decisions, and their families are huge motivators and support systems.” Founded by Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, in Gettysburg, Ability now has 10 patient care centers in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. It’s the team of practitioners who become patients’ powerhouses of possibility.

Prosthetic devices like Kuhns’ BiOM Ankle represent some of the innovative products Ability accesses from more than 50 manufacturers. Couple those devices with Ability’s method of measuring amputees’ functional levels and satisfaction, and patients can find that best fit for their bodies and their lives. “I was very happy I was in the decision-making process for everything, and they encouraged that,” Kuhns says. “They explain the options as best as they can, and they help you make the best decisions.”


960 S. GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17403 717.851.0156

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city of york

275th anniversary

writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

In 2016, York marks its 275th anniversary. For close to three centuries since its 1741 founding, the City of York has witnessed change and challenge, evolution and revolution, retrograde and revitalization. This is the city that contributed largely to an experiment in democracy leading to the development of the United States of America. This is the city where the American Industrial Revolution was deeply rooted. This is the city continuing to flourish as a thoroughly contemporary, multifaceted community. This is a York for the centuries. KENNEDY JEAN-BAPTISTE Kennedy Jean-Baptiste, 16, a William Penn High School junior, spoke about her vision for her school’s future through her poem “My Vision, My Education” at the Creative York Awards. Here’s her hope for York’s future: “I want to see people come together to fix issues and become a stronger community,” she says. “I want the youth to be part of everything going on in the city. I want more people to hone in on their talents and share [those] with the city.”

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CARL KURLANDER Screenwriter, producer, St. Elmo’s Fire film genesis and founder of the nonprofit Steeltown Entertainment Project, Carl Kurlander appreciates how cities like York and his native Pittsburgh convey a sense of vitality. “York is a place that gave birth to new things,” he says. “Given the passion of its community, York, like other post-industrial cities, stands to be able to reinvent itself for an information age which allows people to live wherever they like more and more, and where the quality of life … can be truly appreciated.” JUDY SIMPSON “I feel that it is important to celebrate [the] 275th anniversary to remind us of the importance York played in our nation’s history,” says Judy Simpson, co-founder of the Women’s Giving Circle of York and the York County Honors Choir. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to include our youth, to provide educational and musical opportunities which can move them forward for many more years?”

MAYOR C. KIM BRACEY As York’s first African-American mayor, C. Kim Bracey has set about engaging people to work together for the good of their neighborhoods and the greater York community. “What a significant and historical moment in time for the City of York to celebrate 275 years of history set before us by our forefathers,” she says. “As we weave the delicate fabric of our history together with the newfound strings of our future, let us move forward in the grace of those who came before us, allowing the groundbreaking steps of our footprints to become prominent marks in our history that future generations will gleam upon.”

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From left to right: Abby Shelley, Alan Ching and Scott Shelley


GREAT TASTE white rose bar & grill writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

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Whether it’s weekend brunch or a weeknight dinner, at White Rose Bar & Grill, great taste goes beyond the dishes served and the drinks poured. Great taste is in the family-like service you receive from the moment you step through the doors. Behind that attention to service is the White Rose management team — a cadre of hospitality professionals. Collectively, their goal is to ensure that all guests receive White Rose’s signature level of service. Even when team members are not on the clock, White Rose continues to be the gathering place among family, friends and co-workers. Floor manager Alan Ching, a five-year White Rose employee, says he’ll often stay to grab some dinner and drinks and catch up with colleagues after a shift. “Everyone’s on different schedules, but it gives us a chance to decompress a

bit,” he says. “Other than my wife and children, I don’t have all of my family in this area, so this [White Rose] is my second family.” Floor manager Danielle Smith, a seven-year employee, says special occasions with family bring her back to her workplace. Those moments also give her opportunities to indulge in the Hot Rock fillet, one of her favorite dishes. “My mom is in twice a week to see me while I’m at work. My family comes in for Sunday brunch. It’s the family atmosphere … people who come in feel like they know a piece of White Rose,” she says. At White Rose Bar & Grill, managing great taste means ensuring that what goes onto the plate or into the glass is accompanied by hearty portions of White Rose hospitality — for staff and customers alike.

From left to right: Tom Sibol, Natalie Sibol and Laura Williams Bottom right image, from left to right: Scott Shelley, Ryan Noll, Aaron Kohr and Chef Ty Teter

WHITE ROSE BAR & GRILL 48 N. BEAVER ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.848.5369 /Whiterosebarandgrill @WhiteRoseBG @whiterosebg

From left to right: Natalie Sibol, Jeremiah Anderson and Danielle Smith

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Joe Greenberg and Matthew Campbell, founders of design firm nine6 and furniture retail store Traffic Black

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traffic black writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

Matthew Campbell and Joe Greenberg aren’t two guys blindly following trends in contemporary furniture design — they’re two guys setting those trends. From the creation of their design firm nine6 to the opening of Traffic Black, their retail space, in Royal Square last year, the two focus on designing elegant and honest furniture and housewares. Each angle and curve, and length and line, is artfully architected to unite beauty and purpose. What began as a united force on a thesis project about ISO shipping

TRAFFIC BLACK 133 S. DUKE ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.515.2266

container housing turned into a collaboration of architectural energies focused on furnishings for modern urban living. Think sideboards that fit into modest spaces. Picture the slim yet sturdy proportions of their Marlowe chairs that marry steel and wood construction. While the pair has been predominantly targeting the residential market, Greenberg says they’re setting sights on more commercial work and preparing for their debut at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) later this year. “We design what we like,” Greenberg says. “The structure informs what we do. For instance, we make the metal integral to the structure of the piece, no matter what it is.” “I have a sense of purpose when I’m working on stuff,” Campbell says. “When we’re designing together, we’re gathering information and thinking about the requirements that have to be met. From there, there’s always that small leap of faith you take.”

And Traffic Black, they say, has become an interesting leap-of-faith urban experiment. “The showroom has been functioning more as a way to gather design work around town,” Campbell says. “I think we’re in the right neighborhood to give us the right exposure.” “We like the fact that the neighborhood and its businesses are art and design driven,” Greenberg adds.

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Local boarder Dylan Jeffers ollies the hip in the new section of the skatepark.

reid menzer memorial skatepark writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Where else could boarders tail slide a quarter pipe, hit a five-stair hubba and carve out in the community? Since its opening in September 2008, the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark has been the place where casual and competitive boarders can come to practice their tricks and hang out at one of Central Pennsylvania’s leading skateparks. Created in memory of 14-year-old York skating enthusiast Reid Evans Menzer, the skatepark regularly receives close to 20,000 skaters who ride the park each year. This skatepark has everything a skateboarder could want, from cruising the bowl to lip-sliding on the bump to bar in the street section. In 2015, a $500,000 addition provided 7,125 square feet of space and lighting, allowing skaters to ride from 4 to 10 p.m. The park itself testifies to

what a vision can do for a community like York: Skateboarders, generous donors, businesses and the Tony Hawk Foundation made this project possible. This place is the living embodiment of Reid’s vision for a skatepark in York. Open to the public throughout the year free of charge, the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark demonstrates that community spaces are more than materials alone. They become places of pride, places of activity and props to people whose legacy will never be forgotten. REID MENZER MEMORIAL SKATEPARK 941 VANDER AVE. YORK, PA 17403 Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark Winter Edition 2016 |


york college of pennsylvania writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Challenge yourself to define peace and downtown York. These two subjects, manifested through art, become part of York’s continuing narrative, courtesy of both York College Galleries and Marketview Arts. Last fall, the “Perspectives on Peace” art exhibition at York College’s Wolf Hall sought to stimulate action and conversation in the community about aspects of peace. Husband and wife co-curators Matthew and Shelly Clay-Robison, York College’s art gallery director and behavioral sciences adjunct faculty member, respectively, teamed up with international artists to use art as a tool addressing conflict and concepts of peace. “Perspectives on Peace” eschewed artwork depicting heavy violence and trite peace symbols. Instead, participating artists delved into aspects of peace, such as peacemaking, conflict resolution, social justice and rebuilding after conflict. Baltimore-based artist Gaia gave light to “Invisible Boundaries” by profiling four York women: April Collier, Rabiya Khan, Bambi Long and Shelby Seaton. Through interviews, Gaia told a story of York through artwork profiling these women. “Art is a process of feedback,” Gaia says. “My intention is for people to think about peace and how they relate to their place — how they build communities and how that relates to other cultures that exist and intersect with one another. How does York address overarching issues that parallel other places in the United States and the world?” 15 |

The Center for Community Engagement at York College will collaborate with Downtown Inc. and the Cultural Alliance of York County through “My York City,” presented by York Traditions Bank. This exhibition of area artists at Marketview Arts Gallery Hall runs Feb. 4 to 29. “We’re hoping to challenge perceptions,” says Kelley Gibson, the Cultural Alliance of York County’s director of communications and engagement. “‘York city’ conjures images in the mind, both positive and negative, with people. We wanted to see what it conjures in the minds of area artists and how that might really differ from what the audience would have expected.” Through “Perspectives on Peace” and “My York City,” art fosters dialogue and discovery between artists and the public.

YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA 441 COUNTRY CLUB RD. YORK, PA 17403 717.846.7788 /yorkcollegepa @yorkcollegepa @yorkcollegepa

“Invisible Boundaries” by Gaia: top row, left to right, Bambi Long and Shelby Seaton; bottom row, left to right, April Collier and Rabiya Khan

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the rooted artist collective writer sefton eisenhart photographer eric forberger


THE ROOTED ARTIST COLLECTIVE 101 N. NEWBERRY ST. YORK, PA 17404 717.683.2041 /therootedartistcollective

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From left to right: The Rooted Artist Collective co-owners Jessica Flynn, Dustin Nispel, and Carrie Peck

This artistic revolution has set down roots in York. Thanks to The Rooted Artist Collective, more than 30 area creatives and the arts in all their array — painting, spoken word, poetry, music and more — have an outlet for creative output. Dover Area High School graduates Carrie Peck and Jessica Flynn, and York County High School graduate Dustin Nispel, are the coowners of this gallery space of artistic talent. They themselves have work on display, and Flynn and Nispel recently won an international poetry award after delivering “Bottom of the

Blossom” at The Ditët e Naimit International Albanian Poetry Festival in Tetova, Macedonia. They paint, write and perform spoken word. Nispel reads tarot cards, Flynn weaves dream catchers, and both Peck and Flynn create jewelry. Nispel also specializes in stones and crystals. All these activities find a home at The Rooted. To be self-sustaining artists, they realized the advantage to branching out into different styles and media. “Incorporating everything I love and enjoy allows me to survive, and we live a happy life,” Nispel says.

But don’t think this group is content to merely keeping the lights on. The trio h a s p l a n s f o r e x p a n s i o n w h e r e t h ey can hold artistic workshops for all ages, encompassing work ranging from painting to poetic presentations. This Rooted team is dedicated to not only helping artists thrive by showcasing and sharing their work with the public, but also creating a place that invites and involves people to take a closer look at art from all angles. Winter Edition 2016 |


york college chloé eichelberger endowed professorship writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA 441 COUNTRY CLUB RD. YORK, PA 17403 717.846.7788 /yorkcollegepa @yorkcollegepa @yorkcollegepa

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Thread upon thread, and stitch upon stitch. Woven into the fabric of Chloé Eichelberger Textiles is a story of choice and challenge, business acumen and acknowledgment, personal integrity and perseverance. William Penn High School and York Junior College (now York College) alumna Chloé Eichelberger fashioned a lifelong career in the textile industry. Her role as laboratory technician at United Piece Dye Works in Middletown launched the career that ultimately led to leadership of her own textiles company. Even when industry changes in the 1990s began impacting where textiles were produced, Eichelberger learned to embrace uncertainty. She discovered qualities inherent to both business leaders and textile designers. “Determine what you want to achieve, and when an opportunity presents itself, always give more than expected,” she says. Eichelberger exemplifies that generous, unwavering spirit of giving more than expected. Today, she continues to nurture the business relationships she developed by serving as an industry consultant. A York College endowed professorship in business education she worked to create testifies to her commitment to building a community of future business leaders. “York College provided more than education itself,” she says. “The faculty, curriculum and environment encouraged the traits of self-esteem, ethics, confidence and enthusiasm.” Eichelberger says she is sensitive to the concerns raised by young professionals seeking to forge their own business careers. “I suggest that possessing unquestionable ethics is key. Don’t feel entitled. Be brave and don’t worry about failure. If you do fail, make it a learning experience and move forward.” By example, Eichelberger also desires to encourage an investment in York’s future. “York has a lot to offer, and you have a lot to offer it.”

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hayman studio writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

Discover an attention to detail developed over 65 years. When lighting, setting, subject and service combine, the attention to detail translates into engaged storytelling. York-based Hayman Studio expertly delivers on those details, crafting quality still and moving images for international, national, regional and York County clients. “Lighting separates us from other photographers,” says thirdgeneration president Ryan Hayman. “The expert attention we give to our lighting makes our images Hayman images.” Hayman Studio is a team of visual artists, diligently focused on the entire composition from color balance to style. These professionals shoot in their 5,000-square-foot North York studio and in countless on-location environments. They capture diverse subjects and collaborate with their clients to produce memorable, compelling images and videos. Their efforts deliver impactful imagery profiling every corner, shade, surface and quality of places, people and objects. Hayman Studio reveals its depth of work with its impressive portfolio encompassing food, architecture, industrial, people and products. Close-ups highlight the intricacies of industrial parts and machinery; professional portraits capture individual personalities and styles. Product images showcase nuances in colors, shapes and textures. While their reputation for superior work garners attention from firms and individuals across the country, Hayman Studio ardently supports the York community. 21 |

“We get to see the American dream here every day. It’s our job to make our local businesses and organizations look good so they can advance the economy in this county,” Hayman says. His passion for photography and community continues the legacy of his grandfather, James M. Hayman Jr., who established the company in 1950. Emphasizing his family’s photography legacy, Hayman says, “I want to keep Hayman Studio in the family so that the Hayman name is always synonymous with quality images.”

HAYMAN STUDIO 100 E. 4TH AVE. YORK, PA 17404 717.843.8338 @HaymanStudio Hayman Studio @haymanstudio

Top left inset: Tim Shreiner and Jim Hayman circa 1982; Continuing the visual legacy, from left to right: Tim Shreiner, Jim Hayman, Ryan Hayman, and Gary Gearhart

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Marley Elizabeth, local vocalist and student, rocks eye-catching gray and teal locks in a Lobo Mau crew neck tunic, available at Arthur & Daughters.


– a michael allen salon

writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni


Epic A Michael Allen


31 MILLS ST. YORK, PA 17402 717.840.2680

/epicsalonyork @EpicMA_Salon @epicsalon

Personality: It’s as distinct to you as your fingerprints. It’s the business card that defines who you are and what you’re about. Make 2016 the year you become your authentic self with the assistance of EPIC – A Michael Allen Salon. EPIC is in the business of making every client look nothing less than spectacular. “Hair is my medium. It’s the way I get out ideas that I express in my head,” says EPIC co-owner Michael Allen. “We make everybody’s hair part of what they want to be. They need to be comfortable in that hair. It’s about finding out who they are and who they want to be.” In cover model Marley Elizabeth’s style shown here, the look is “a little vintage and a little street,” Allen says. It melds prelightening with contrast highlights of grey and teal blue coloring to create a look that’s evocative and reflective of youth and their York. Defining and then deciding to be bold and live out your authenticity doesn’t have to happen all at once. Self-exploration is more process than product. “I would encourage [people] to do something new and have it go from there,” he says. “Take small steps … maybe it’s one piece of color, a pop of color around the face.” Indeed, small steps can lead to making a big impact on developing a look that’s distinctly you. Be bold; be the #YorkYou.

Check out Marley Elizabeth's music and updates on her Facebook page. /MarleyElizabethMusic

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carney engineering group writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

Here, engineering embraces possibility, and the unbuildable is unthinkable. Creative challenges are the motivators bringing this team together to engineer opportunities for excellence. You’ve just met Carney Engineering Group (CEG). Formed in 2009, CEG has established itself as an independent engineering firm with a creative outlook. As industry leaders incorporating cuttingedge technology and innovation into their approach to structural engineering, CEG proves that there are no monopolies on great ideas. “There’s a design creativity here. We’re not stuck doing things in a particular way,” says CEG President Josh M. Carney. “We are significantly better than the average firm with coming up with creative solutions. Our engineers know that crazy ideas don’t get laughed at in our office.” Serving architects, contractors, steel fabricators and owners, CEG’s team members represent a diversity of talent and tenacity. The many structures and architectural endeavors representing their work in York and outside the region reflect those qualities, and challenges have presented opportunities to push boundaries and create possibilities.

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Regardless of project scope, this team unites expertise and enthusiasm — two traits of a CEG employee. Carney says he is continually looking for creatively-minded people who embrace change and challenge. “Don’t ask me what your career is going to be,” he says. “Tell me what you want it to be, and we’ll find a way to make it happen.” York, Carney adds, provides an opportunity for impact. “The nice thing about York is that it’s the size of a town where, if I put my mind to it, I can have a significant impact on where it’s going,” he says. “We also have that opportunity for someone to come in, grow with the company and have an impact. We’re a cool place to work.” CARNEY ENGINEERING GROUP 320 N. GEORGE ST., SUITE 120 YORK, PA 17401 717.852.1260 /carneyengineering @CEGEngineering

From left to right: Jeff Jellick, Ryan Kunkel, Kerri Robinson, Brittany Pavelko, Josh Carney, Ish Keener, Tim Koppenhaver, Eric Alwine, Derek Donnelly

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MI CALDERO 605 S. GEORGE ST., SUITE 120 YORK, PA 17401 717.854.1628 mi caldero writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

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Roasted pork, mofongo, canoa, sancocho, and other dishes resound with a complexity of flavor — a little sweet, a little savory, a sampling of San Juan in downtown York. For close to seven years, Mi Caldero has delighted downtown York diners with a distinctive style of Latin Caribbean cuisine influenced by the heritage of Puerto Rican cooking. Co-owner Oziel Bones credits his mom, Carmen Rita Bones, for the inspiration and recipes behind the restaurant’s culinary repertoire. Sopas, sweet plantains and habichuelas guisadas (Carmen’s signature stewed red beans) provide the sustenance, and the decadent flan and tembleque desserts provide the sweet notes. Oziel also attributes the distinctive tastes of Mi Caldero to the slow cooking methods that infuse their specialties with complexity and depth of flavor. He and the restaurant staff make a point to take time to help their guests, particularly first-timers, discover the nuances of the cuisine. “We want to give a proper portrayal of what Latin Caribbean food is about,” he says. “Because some people might have an unfamiliarity with the cuisine, we like to take the time to explain the food, and we’re into the history of it as well.” Oziel says he’s both grateful for and committed to the York community. “I was born and raised here. I rode my bike through these neighborhoods,” he says. “As people here are becoming more open to trying new things, the fact that we’ve been able to be a part of that change is really exciting. We do want to stay in York city. Our heart is here.” Winter Edition 2016 |


inch’s landscaping writer sefton eisenhart photographer trinity walker keefer

INCH’S LANDSCAPING 2950 LEWISBERRY RD. YORK, PA 17404 717.755.1565 Inchs Landscaping Inc @InchsLandscape

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A view can change the way we feel about the places where we live. Inch’s Landscaping aims to unite the great outdoors with cutting-edge technology by highlighting the beauty that exists in our own backyards. With the Susquehanna River waterfront highlighted in the team’s latest project, the owners of the property shown here wanted to make their backyard a part of their home. The view could easily be the subject of a watercolor. According to co-owner Jeffrey Inch, the property owners wanted to “complement the river and never distract from the natural setting, drawing on what’s already there” by focusing on the way the sun plays off the water from dawn until dusk. By night, a fire accents the space and becomes a centerpiece. We often overlook the potential of the property on which our homes sit. Properties can hold potential, and the Inch’s Landscaping team encourages their clients

to think about spaces that accentuate, not infringe upon, the natural elements. In doing so, they can create organic areas that will serve as the setting for gatherings big and small. With an aesthetic firmly grounded in an earthly emphasis, yet every bit evolutionary, Inch’s Landscaping can outfit any space with the latest entertainment devices. Through each project, Inch’s Landscaping strikes a perfect balance between two opposites, indoor comfort and outdoor rusticity. More than re-evaluating the square footage of homes, this team is breathing new life into the backyard.

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From left to right: Jack M. Hartman, Evan M. Gabel, Benjamin L. Pratt, Jeff McCauslin and Glenn J. Smith

CGA LAW FIRM 135 N. GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.848.4900 @CGALawFirm


cga law firm writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Jimmy Choo may be the hero of a woman’s wardrobe. But in York, Pennsylvania, heroes are men willing to step into stilettos and step out for advocacy and awareness. Last November, CGA Law Firm attorneys Evan M. Gabel, Jack M. Hartman, Benjamin L. Pratt and Glenn J. Smith stepped into heels and stepped out onto downtown York’s streets during the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for the YWCA York’s Victim Assistance Center and ACCESS-York. The event raises awareness about the causes, effects and remediation to men’s sexualized violence against women. Team CGA’s participation is one of many initiatives the law firm has supported in its advocacy for York over the decades. “The Walk a Mile event is very meaningful to me because it helps lend a voice to people who often can’t speak for themselves,” Gabel says. Team CGA participant Jeff McCauslin says, “It gives me an avenue to support this cause. This is a

way of promoting awareness in the community to help break the cycle of abuse.” “Some of the campaigns impact our work directly, or we are drawn into them through connections we have made with clients,” Hartman adds. That same unwavering advocacy is also a central tenet in the way these attorneys approach their clients and their cases. “Professionally, my greatest satisfaction comes from assisting my clients to reach their goals,” Smith says. “Through my involvement in awareness campaigns, such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, greater exposure and impact can be achieved.” “We are one community,” Pratt says. “A business such as CGA, which provides numerous services to residents [of] York County, cannot ignore the community around it. Showing how much we care for York city and York County shows our clients how much we care about them and the issues they are facing.”

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the ygs group writer annette gray photographer eric forberger

Housed under one roof is a bustling print and distribution operation keeping pace with a sleek, contemporary agency that would look equally at home located in SoHo or the Village. Here on West Market Street in York, Pennsylvania, The YGS Group provides Total Solutions services—from concept to completion—in the areas of creative, marketing, and publishing. However, the most defining factor of this unique business is its emphasis on people—the employees, who are the company’s most significant investment, and the clients, whom YGS supports in their vision and successes. People have been and will remain the focus of owner and CEO Jim Kell. “We attribute our growth to our talented team of employees who work creatively and consistently in meeting the needs of our clients,” he says. “The driving force behind our corporate culture is an unrivaled focus on our customers’ successes.” Kell, a York native who purchased York Graphic Services in January 2002, has been at the helm of a transformational journey from print and prepress company to The YGS Group. With growing capabilities in digital and mobile marketing, design, editorial and content development, media sales, brand strategy, and content sales and licensing, The YGS Group is a marketing and communications powerhouse. 33 |

Even with its expansion to a second print and design operation in Seattle, Washington, Kell and The YGS Group emphasize that last word in the brand—Group. It’s the commitment to providing career opportunities for the area’s emerging professionals. It’s the commitment to uniting talent with strategic, standout marketing and communications tools in service to others. Whether employee or client, the focus is on you. “At YGS, we began that journey long ago,” Kell says. “Our strategic plan is less focused on change and more intent on creating a better company that responds to our customers’ needs now and moving forward.”

THE YGS GROUP 3650 W. MARKET ST. YORK, PA 17404 800.501.9571 @theYGSgroup


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ABC Keystone Chapter

saaarchitects writer sefton eisenhart photographer alain jaramillo

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When constructing a building, there’s collaboration between conception and construction. SAAarchitects has mastered the art of collaboration in a way that exceeds clients’ expectations. SAAarchitects integrates their clients’ desires into every building; each project is tailored to specific parameters. Their specialty in versatility allows them to tackle projects ranging from a Victorian farmhouse rehab to a retail space build out. The highest standard of quality becomes paramount to every project, as evidenced by their awards for environmentally-minded work that continually seeks to integrate new technologies into their building designs. Since their founding 20 years ago, the SAAarchitects team has been committed to sustainable building practices long before the term sustainable was a part of the cultural lexicon. This team has always strived to be efficient and sensible — the hallmarks that have contributed to the firm’s longevity. “You don’t have to be a specialist to be a good designer. You have to be a good problem solver; you have to listen to the clients,” says Vice President Danika R. S. Dallam. This theme of interaction and responsibility extends far beyond building practices. SAAarchitects contributes to the York community in many ways, including supporting a long list of charitable organizations. “It’s our job to approach everything with a fresh set of eyes,” says Mark D. Shermeyer, president of SAAarchitects. “Things are always changing and you have to change with them.”

Out Door Country Club ‘Bistro on the Green’

The Meadow Residence

SAAARCHITECTS 600 N. HARTLEY ST., SUITE 150 YORK, PA 17404 717.843.3200 @SAAarchitects1


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@YorkUnleashed /YorkCountyCreativityUnleashed

creativity unleashed

& downtown dweller

writer michael vyskocil photographer lucia de giovanni

Twenty-nine-year-old Kate E. Hynes has called the Keystone State her lifelong home. Growing up outside Pittsburgh, Hynes, an associate attorney at Stock and Leader, also spent five years in Philadelphia, so she thought she understood what urban living was all about — until she encountered York. Inside her downtown York dwelling, Hynes says she’s surrounded by the city’s history each day. Her apartment in the 100 block of East Market Street holds its own charm. Hynes points to the richly accented stained-glass doors, the soaring ceilings and the cozy bay window that invites views of the cityscape inside. “Living in an old building is really cool. It has super interesting details; the architecture in downtown York overall is remarkable.” Upon settling in downtown York in 2014, Hynes also discovered a community of people who genuinely care about their city. Her involvement with the YWCA Junior Board, York Young Professionals and Leadership York has introduced her to individuals cultivating their own creative lifestyles. “There’s a vibrancy of people who make downtown a vivacious and lively setting,” she says. “In York, you can meet the artists in the galleries of Royal Square and also the individuals who are developing that district. They are all working together to make York an attractive place.” So what’s one part of York city living that visitors to the area may not realize? “I think people don’t realize how walkable downtown York is. I can walk to work from my apartment, out to dinner or a show with friends, and even to Central Market for fresh food.” Winter Edition 2016 |



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