Coe Camera to close Prince Street shop after 75 years

Building sold in April for $415,000

It’s the end of an era for Lancaster’s last photo shop with an announcement from Coe Camera/Perfect Image today simply revealing: “We’re Moving From Our Downtown Location!”

Not exactly something to be exclaiming. It’s sad to generations of budding photography enthusiasts who bo

Coe Camera/Perfect Image Downtown will close its doors May 31. The Fruitville Pike store and one in Hummelstown currently remain open. (Photo via http://www.facebook.com/PerfectImagedowntown)

ught their first cameras and equipment from Coe.

“To help better serve our customers, on June 1, 2017, we’ll be moving our Downtown Lancaster location and combining it with our nearby Fruitville Pike store … a short distance away,” the email states.

The only reason given in the email about the closure was: “We fully intend to honor that legacy by continuing to operate a strong independent camera and photo printing store for the photographers of Lancaster County in the decades to come.”

Lancaster County property records show Locksmiths LLC sold the building in April to SR Group LLC for $415,000. State records reveal the limited liability company is located at 72 West Fairview Avenue, Marietta.

The last day at 220 North Prince Street will be Wednesday, May 31.

Coe Camera has been part of Downtown Lancaster since 1945. Wes Kauffman, owner of the Perfect Image, which has been in business since 1978, bought out Coe in May 2014, and spent $35,000 on renovations before reopening later that year, according to published reports. Coe Camera was founded by George Coe who served as Lancaster’s mayor from 1962 to 1966.

“We always enjoy hearing customers’ personal stories of connection to the Downtown store. Whether they’re recalling the first camera they bought, or reliving their own history through the prints they’ve made, Coe Camera’s role in generations of local residents’ lives is undeniable,” the notice says.

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Literary Festival in Downtown Lancaster To Benefit Church World Services

Harry Potter-Themed Event Planned Saturday, May 6

LANCASTER, PA — Wizards and book-lovers will unite at the second annual Literary Festival during Lancaster Spring ArtWalk. And organizers would like you to get dressed in your best Harry Potter character costumes for this year’s family friendly party that benefits Church World Services.

POTTERPOSTERThe free event, which includes light refreshments, Harry Potter-themed games, live music, circus acts, and various activities, will be held in the parking lot courtyard and Warehouse D at the Candy Factory at the rear of 324 N. Queen St., Lancaster from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. The festival is a collaboration between Building Character and The Candy Factory.

Fair-goers are asked to bring a donation of books for CSW’s refugee resettlement programs.

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The Circus School of Lancaster is just one of many acts and activities at the Saturday, May 6 event

Live music will be provided by local bands, Vin Fischer, Talk Alliance and Hilltop Gamblers. Henna tattoos and face painting (of various complexities and pricing) will be provided by Alicia Lyter, as well as Harry Potter-themed caricatures by Cory Lally. Local collage artist, Emily Truman, will have a community collage project for all to partake in. Emma Cate will be doing $6 tarot readings, and The Circus School of Lancaster will be dazzling the crowd with humor and entertainment. Homemade butterbeer will be available for purchase as well.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Harry Potter Literary Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 6
TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Parking lot courtyard area to rear of 342 N. Queen St., Lancaster
COST: Free; book donations accepted
BENEFITS: Bring a book to donate to Church World Services
DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/events/179782955862725/

Annual Lancaster ornament honors McCaskey School

mccaskey-ornament2LANCASTER, Pa. – In time to commemorate the start of construction 80 years ago of J.P. McCaskey High School, the iconic structure has been chosen as the ninth Lancaster Landmark Ornament, an annual fundraiser for LEADS, the all-volunteer group that pays for all holiday decorations – including the Penn Square Christmas tree – and summertime hanging flower baskets in downtown Lancaster.

LEADS (Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success) selected McCaskey, an architectural wonder that began construction in 1936, as this year’s honored city landmark. Previous years included Central Market, Fulton Theatre, City Hall, among others.

Named for John Piersol McCaskey, a local educator, former city mayor and composer, the original structure opened on May 3, 1938, with the students who had previously been served by separate boys and girls high schools. It was paid for with funds from the Work Progress Administration, a government program designed to help the country out of the Great Depression. While the building has been expanded, it still retains the original facade, lobby and auditorium, which are in the Art Deco style.

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LEADS president Marty Hulse (right) presents the 2016 Lancaster Landmark Ornament to Dr. Damaris Rau, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, where McCaskey High School resides.

”We have been providing every wreath, bow, garland and twinkling light for downtown’s streets since 2006,” said Marty Hulse, board president. ”The landmark ornament has become a popular and successful fundraiser to help make downtown streets festive for the holidays.”

The three-dimensional ornaments are renditions of structures that have played a meaningful role in Lancaster’s historic and cultural life, crafted of solid brass plated in 24-karat gold, he said. The ornament can be used as a tree or window ornament or displayed in the gold foil box it comes in along with a card telling its history.

Since 2012, LEADS has invested more than $30,000 to improve the city’s holiday decorations,” Hulse said. Proceeds from the ornament go toward paying for that investment, he said.

Ornaments can be purchased at Lancaster Galleries, 34 N. Water St.; BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen St., rear warehouses; Festoon at the Firehouse, 202 N. Duke St.; the Turkey Lady at Central Market; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square. The ornaments also are available at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Nov. 12, 19 and 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, as well as from 5-8pm Friday, Nov. 25 during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, another LEADS/City of Lancaster project. Each ornament is $20 and can be ordered online at www.LancasterLeads.org or by calling Building Character at 717-394-7201 to purchase with a major credit card. Shipping is $4.95 for the first ornament and $.95 for each additional ornament.

LEADS began in 2000 when a group of volunteers created a grassroots effort to beautify downtown Lancaster. The goal has always been: make the city a more attractive place to visit, shop and live. Then, as now, LEADS is a completely volunteer organizations that operates solely from donations.

Madcap & Co. seeks part-time help

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Madcap & Co., a marketplace for exceptional handmade and vintage goods at 310 N. Queen St., Downtown Lancaster, PA, seeks a creative and dependable candidate for part-time help. The position would be for Sunday, Monday and first and third Friday evenings, about 15-20 hours weekly.

Our ideal candidate will have an open, friendly demeanor, and a love for our brand and community mission as an independent retailer. They will have an eye for detail and will be able to apply that to the cultivation of a store environment that surprises and delights our customers each time they walk through our doors.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • 2-3 years retail experience; specialty retail preferred
  • Warmth, confidence and enthusiasm
  • A strong voice and an open mind
  • A sense of who we are, and what our customer comes to us to find
  • Willingness to go above and beyond when needed
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Flexibility and positive reaction to change
  • Ability to meet and exceed goals
  • Ability to balance customer service with tasking
  • Ability to think through complex issues and allocate time to execute multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate, organize and lead
  • Ability to foster a spirit of teamwork and cooperation

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Availability to work Sunday, Monday and first and third Friday evenings, and be available for additional seasonal hours (November and December)
  • Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, up to 50 lb., while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques
  • Ensure the highest level of customer care
  • Build genuine relationships with customers
  • Determine the customer’s needs and offer suggestions or alternatives
  • Ensure a customer’s positive final impression at the cash wrap by following all company procedures
  • Practice proper phone etiquette
  • Help to maintain organization, cleanliness, and restock storewide
  • Uphold all company policies

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Founded in 2007, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER LLC has been a leader in cooperative retail providing hundreds of entrepreneurs the chance to fulfill their dream of business ownership while still maintaining a full-time job. Currently there are 60+ individual shops inside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s three historic warehouses. Madcap & Co. opened in September 2015 as a companion shop to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER offering the same cooperative retail environment while specializing in exceptional locally made goods. http://www.buildingcharacter.biz http://www.madcapandco.com

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Part-time

Job Location: Lancaster, PA 17603

Required education: High school or equivalent

Required experience: Retail: 3 years

Required license or certification: Drivers License

Our online application is here: MADCAP & CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

The Twists & Turns of the Jewelry-Making Team of SheCre8s

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shecr8es1FEATURED SHOP: Shecre8s

Shecre8s is owned and operated by wife-and-husband duo Barb and George Thompson of Horsham, Pa. Shecre8s specializes in handmade jewelry and art that is made from recycled vintage silverware. Their rings, bracelets, and necklaces are full of whimsical and unique designs. Each piece is jaw-dropping from their organic-flowing-structure to the gemstone-inspired creations. Whether your style is classic-chic, artsy-boho, or a little in-between you’ll find the perfect statement piece with Shecre8s wearable art collection. Here’s the inside look at Shecre8s artistically recycled world:

What is the creative process behind your designs? … more particularly the figures/statues, i.e., the artist and the “thinking man.”

All of the whimsical sculpture pieces are done by George as our attempt to recycle all pieces of the utensils that we cut. So the inspiration or suggestion to him was to do waiters/chefs who may have an interest to buy. At the shore shows we have done fisherman and in Center City Philadelphia we were doing a show in the Art Museum area and I suggested Rodin’s thinker since its such a recognizable classic figure in that area. Of course with George’s “classic” sense of humor he decided to put him sitting on two oval flattered spoons which gave the impression of a toilet. So he added a toilet seat back and called him “The Stinker.” So be it for “classic.”… But it sold immediately and then several were custom ordered for a plumbing business.

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Where do you find your silverware and what era of silverware is your favorite to find?
We learned that the best plated utensils to use for jewelry were made pre-1960ish. It was an “IS” process called inlaid silver. Most of what I turn into jewelry comes from the early 1900s and late 1800s. All other silverware we use as hooks, key chains, parts for sculptures etc.

We are now lucky enough not to have to spend so much time scouring yard sales and flea markets. A man who collects scrap metal brings me what he collects. I buy online when I am targeting certain pieces or patterns.

What is the process of bending and molding the shape of the jewelry? Why do you prefer not to heat the pieces for bending?

We found that heating to bend the silverware changes the final result in finish when I go to buff the piece. Although it was OK, I prefer a shinier finish which would be what the piece would have looked like originally. So George does 95% of the fork tine bending since he has more hand strength. But I hand hammer all bracelets and rings around a mandrel on a vise. The pieces go through many steps of sanding, (4 grits of sanding discs) shaping the ends after holed, buffing out as much of the surface scratches as possible, thoroughly washing, tumbling and hand buffing before the piece gets dressed with links, magnets, gems etc.

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How long have you been making jewelry and why silverware inspired pieces?

Once I was downsized (at my job) in 2012 I made beaded jewelry, stained glass, wire wrapping to stimulate the latent creativity that went untapped for so long as a way to decompress from years of corporate stress and a means to supplement my severance pay and bridge the gap between jobs.
The silverware jewelry became a much more interesting creative challenge for me and the whole repurposing idea was extremely satisfying. I feel blessed that so many people enjoy our creations and since it has been very successful for us we intend to continue fulltime (even though George WAS semi-retired due to health issues). We both have found new life, energy and satisfaction in our joint effort to support ourselves through retirement.

Favorite part about selling your pieces? 

Meeting the people face-to-face and come back to compliment us on how much they love it and appreciate the recycling of what would have been scrapped.

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If you could have one super-hero power what it be and why?
Spider-Man. As I age my joints and muscles prevent me from getting certain places, like on a ladder, climbing stairs and Spider-Man can get everywhere fast and efficiently!

Also not exactly a super power but “I dream of Jeannie”or “Bewitched” so I could just wiggle my nose and carry and move my product during show set up and breakdowns. They are brutal for us old folks.

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Visit SheCre8s 7 days a week inside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, rear warehouses at 342 N. Queen St., Downtown Lancaster

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A Russian-speaking photo dealer walked into BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and the rest is history

FEATURED VENDOR: Fotographiya

Erin Waters, owner of Fotographiya, brings her fair share of originality to BC.

Fotographiya specializes in vintage photography including snapshots, portraits, tintypes, and cabinet cards. You could spend hours rummaging through the vintage and beautifully preserved fotographs in her shop.  Her photos range from cute-and-quirky family photos to vintage postcards to down right creepy portraits. Waters’ shop has a timeless aura about it. Even if collecting photography isn’t your thing, checking out her vintage collection is certainly a must while at BC.

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How long have you been with BUiLDiNG CHARACTER?

Since August 2013

What type of items do you sell at your booth?

I am a professional photography dealer, so I primarily sell vintage photographs. I try to stock a variety of images like snapshots, cabinet cards, and tintypes at reasonable prices. I also have framed images ready to hang in a home, both in their original frames and in new ones. I also sell a line of new gift items created from vintage mug shots — coasters, cards, journals, and magnets. Also in my shop are photo albums, both empty and full of snapshots. I also have a selection of ephemera like advertising cards and Victorian scrap. Lately I’ve been making note cards made from vintage photographs as well as collages on larger canvases. My goal is to have something for everyone — decorators, artists, collectors, and people who just need a gift for a friend.

Your favorite thing about being a vendor/seller at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER?

Being part of a great store!

What made you want to start your craft/hobby/collection?

I’ve been living with vintage photos since I was a kid. My dad has collected daguerreotypes for nearly 30 years and while it took me a while to decide to join him and my brother as a dealer, it was pretty much inevitable. I’ve collected photographs since I was a little kid and until 6 years ago, I always was a dealer, just not full-time. I have a museum studies degree from NYU but while studying, I realized that what I really wanted to do was be a professional photography dealer.

 What other hobbies do you have?

I am an avid reader and co-run the Second Sunday Book Club here in Lancaster. I love to travel and take photos when I do.  I probably watch a bit too much TV. I love to swim. One of my favorite things to do is search for photos. Luckily, that’s what I do for a living.

Three interesting facts about you? 

I speak fluent Russian and lived in Yaroslavl, Russia for 2 years.

My favorite sport to play is water polo although I haven’t done that in years.

I am on the board of the Daguerreian Society.

If you could transport yourself to back to any time era, what year would it be? (or what is your favorite era of items to collect?)

Mid to Late Victorian. Of course, that’s when photography was invented. Whenever there is indoor plumbing, actually. Anything else is a deal breaker.

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Hello spring, we’ve been waiting for you

Oh spring,

the warm air, the bright lovely colors, flowers blossoming, animals awakening, birds chirping, what’s not to love after this long cold bitter winter? I’m not sure about you guys but this spring could not come fast enough!

The great news is… while winter was bitterly cold and dragging on, vendors at BC spent their time indoors wisely. We are so excited about the new bright inventory arriving to go with this weather.

Don’t forget to stop in the shop for more exciting spring must-haves!

Here are some of our favorites for SPRING 2014.

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Featuring: Style Archeology, VintageLancaster, Cairtree,Night Owl Tiles, BeeBee’s All Natural

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Featured (left to right)Evolution Handmade by Handmade Mama- State of Gay Equality Pillows (Texas), sandraCycled (green left and far right), VintageLancaster (Holly Lessey Original Camera Design), The Sassy Tassel (7 book)