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

Annual Lancaster Landmark Ornament honors 90-year-old W.W. Griest skyscraper

Ornaments and cards 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.; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square. The ornaments and cards also are available Saturdays at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ornaments and cards 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.; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square, as well as Saturdays at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LANCASTER, Pa. – The W.W. Griest Building on Lancaster Penn Square celebrates its 90th birthday and LEADS is making sure it’s a golden one.

"To help underwrite the cost, we initiated a unique fundraiser – Lancaster Landmark Ornaments. Created exclusively for LEADS," said board president Marty Hulse. 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.

“To help underwrite the cost, we initiated a unique fundraiser – Lancaster Landmark Ornaments. Created exclusively for LEADS,” said board president Marty Hulse. 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.

Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success (LEADS) has turned the iconic skyscraper into this year’s Lancaster Landmark Ornament, an eight-year tradition for the community organization that has been making downtown streets festive for the holidays since 2006.

“To help underwrite the cost, we initiated a unique fundraiser – Lancaster Landmark Ornaments. Created exclusively for LEADS,” said board president Marty Hulse. 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. New this year is a pack of eight cards and envelopes featuring the city’s Christmas tree, which the group and city workers have been cutting, transporting and decorating the past three years.

The 2015 offering was the tallest building in Lancaster until 2009 when the Marriott hotel was completed on the other side of Penn Square. At 14 stories, the building was completed in 1925 and originally held the offices of Pennsylvania Power and Light and was named for its president, William Walton Griest. Its architecture is Italian Renaissance Revival style and faced in granite, limestone and terra cotta and was designed by C. Emlen Urban. The 12th floor originally boasted a 300-seat auditorium with a frescoed ceiling of green and gold.

The ornament can be used as a tree or window ornament or displayed in the beautiful gold foil box it comes in along with a card telling its history.

“The past three years, we’ve spent close to $30,000 to improve the city’s holiday decorations,” Hulse said. Proceeds from the ornament go toward paying for that investment, he said.

The new 8-pack of note greeting cards features the 2014 LEADS / City of Lancaster Christmas Tree on Penn Square.

The new 8-pack of note greeting cards features the 2014 LEADS / City of Lancaster Christmas Tree on Penn Square in Downtown Lancaster.

Ornaments and cards 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.; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square. The ornaments and cards also are available Saturdays at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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. The Christmas tree pack of cards are $20 each. Purchase the ornament and card pack for $36.

LEADS began in 2000 when a group of volunteers got together to create 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.

It’s a woman’s world at annual 2015 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair

Thomas-Printers _ Kseniya Thomas _ Carlisle, Pa.

Kseniya Thomas, owner of Thomas-Printers in Carlisle, Pa., and co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, will share her passion for printing at the Sunday, Oct. 11 fair.

Typecase Industries _ Washington, DC

Typecase Industries was founded in Washington, D.C., and has been successful since its inception.

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A gift tag by Typothecary Letterpress of Reading, Pa.

Letterpress printing is no longer your grandfather’s profession.

Just ask Kseniya Thomas, co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, owner of Thomas-Printers in Carlisle, Pa., and three-time exhibitor at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair to be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 in historic Downtown Lancaster.

“The fact that I get to work with antique machines, beautiful paper and killer designs doesn’t hurt either,” she told Uppercase magazine in an interview. “I really believe in making things by hand and keeping people involved with processes, and am thankful every time someone choose a handmade invitation over one made by a machine in a huge plant.”

Indeed 60 percent of the exhibitors at this annual celebration of printing are hands-on female entrepreneurs.

Typecase Industries, a first-time vendor at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair, was founded in 2012 by three close friends with a passion for pursuing their dreams and is now a leading letterpress and design studio in metro DC.

In 2011 Megan Zettlemoyer of Reading, Pa., began her foray into letterpress printing after visiting the Heritage Press Museum in Lancaster, which is run by the nonprofit .918 Club, organizer and benefactor of the Lancaster printing event. Her Typothecary Letterpress was born shortly after that visit.

This year’s confirmed exhibitors include:

The event, which is the largest of its kind on the east coast, this year will be held atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St.

The event started in 2013 as a nod to Lancaster’s place in printing history (Did you know Ben Franklin had a print shop in Lancaster?) and features vendors and suppliers of letterpress equipment, foundry type, cards, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and more. There will also be demonstrations nearby in the Heritage Press Museum’s 1920s print shop located inside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen St, rear, as well as activities for kids.

New this year is a $5 admission (ages 16-under are free) to benefit the .918 Club’s Heritage Press Museum, a non-profit dedicated to the education and preservation of letterpress printing.


QUICK POINTS

WHAT: 2015 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603
COST: $5 admission; ages 16-under are free. Benefits the nonprofit Heritage Press Museum
PARKING: Hourly in the garage and free at street meters
DETAILS: Vendors selling printing supplies and handmade products.
LEARN: Live demonstrations in the Heritage Press Museum’s working 1920s print shop nearby at 346 N. Queen St., Lancaster

SEMI-ANNUAL WAREHOUSE SALE

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Mark your calendars ladies and gents because our SEMI-ANNUAL Warehouse Sale is coming up on Saturday, February 14-Monday, February 16, you can find 10%-60% throughout of 45+ shops. Our sale will be starting just in time for those late Valentine’s Day presents you’ve been meaning to get and we’ve got a great selection of one-of-a-kind gifts PLUS they will be on sale!

We will be open our regular store hours

Sat| 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Sunday| 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Monday| 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Participating Shops

o Antique It Candles ~ 25% OFF shop
o Charming Magic ~ Marked down items
o Barbers Artglass ~ 20% OFF shop
o Blueberry Hill ~ 20% OFF shop
o Bronze Age Antiques ~ 10% OFF shop
o BUiLDiNG CHARACTER ~ 30% OFF hardware, salvage items, windows and doors; some exclusions
o Cheap Frills ~ 20% OFF shop
o Clay Path Studio ~ No discounts
o Crystals Stones & Wire ~ 10% OFF shop + additional mark-downs
o Custom Canvas Prints ~ Marked down items
o Debi’s Artistry ~ 20% OFF shop
o Duvall Bottleworks ~ 20% OFF shop
o Eclectic Collective ~ 10% OFF shop
o Egnerama ~ 10% OFF shop + 20% OFF all jewelry
o Fotographiya ~ 25% OFF entire shop; 50% OFF $2 photos and postcards
o Garden Party Soapworks ~ 20% OFF handmade
o Handmade by Kanga ~ 10% to 30% OFF shop
o HiP THRIFT ~ 30% OFF Saturday, 40% OFF Sunday, 50% OFF Monday
o It All Has a Purpose ~ 10% OFF shop
o J.P. McCaskey Art Club ~ 20% OFF shop
o Lil Red Brick House ~ No discounts
o Love Letters ~ Marked down items
o Melding Studios ~ 10% OFF shop
o The Modest House ~ 20% OFF shop
o Music For Everyone ~ 20% OFF shop
o Opportunities ~ Marked down items
o PlarnStar ~ 17% OFF shop
o Reclaimed Art ~ 15% OFF shop
o Rebecca’s Wreaths ~ 10% OFF shop
o Rejuvenated Furniture ~ 25% OFF shop
o River Valley Music Collective ~ 50% OFF shop; excludes CDs
o Rust and Junque (formerly VintageLancaster) ~ 20% OFF shop; excludes handmade
o SandraCycled ~ 15% OFF shop
o The Sassy Tassel ~ 30% OFF shop + marked down items
o Serendipity Gourds ~ Marked down items
o Scrappy Bags ~ 10% OFF shop
o SheCre8s ~ 15% OFF shop
o Shimpin’ Salvage ~ 20% OFF shop
o Silks ‘N’ Scents ~ 20% OFF shop
o The Simple Cup ~ 10% OFF shop
o Sisters ~ 10% OFF shop
o Smilin’ Gal ~ 10% OFF shop
o Sola Fide Furniture ~ TBA
o Steve’s Man Cave ~ 25% OFF shop
o Sticks & Stones by Roxanne ~ 10% OFF shop
o Style Archaeology ~ 20% OFF shop
o Sweet Sally Soaps ~ 15% OFF shop
o The Brown House ~ 20% OFF shop
o Vintage Young ~ 25% OFF shop
o White Elephant ~ 25% to 50% OFF shop
o Wood ‘N Glass ~ 10% OFF shop + 25% OFF selected items
o Zole ~ 20% OFF shop

*Only at participating shops

Holiday Events for BC and the 300 Block

BUILDING CHARACTER EVENTS

  • Parking is on us this holiday season! BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and other merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street will give you one free hour parking with a $40 purchase between Dec. 1-24 (while supplies last); excluding Sundays when parking is always free. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Friday, Nov. 6 10am-9pm First Friday
  • Friday, Nov. 28, 6-9pm BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s Hip Santa arrives for the season. Visit with him Fridays 6-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm through Dec. 23. Get your photo taken free and a Christmas gift for children and pets. BUiLDiNG CHARACTER –
  • Saturday, Nov. 29 9am-8pm Small Business Saturday
  • Friday, Dec. 12 Holiday Open (Ware)House 7-9pm with treats and sounds of the season and get up close and personal with live demonstrations by BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s resident artisans. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Friday, Dec. 19 Ladies Night Out Holiday Edition 7-9pm with free drink and dessert samples, massages, locally made gift ideas and shopping at 40+ shops under one roof. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events
  • Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 9:30-11am Breakfast with BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s Hip Santa at Commonwealth on Queen, 301 N. Queen St. Call 717-394-7201 for reservations. www.BUiLDiNGCHARACTER.biz/events

300 BLOCK EVENTS

  • Saturday, Nov. 29 9am-9pm extended hours for Small Business Saturday at participating merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Sunday, Dec. 7 11am-5pm Holiday Open House on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Downtown Lancaster’s premiere shopping district. Enjoy sounds and treats of the season at participating merchants, including Art & Glassworks, Mommalicious, j.a. Sharp, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Space and more. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10 5:30-9pm Men’s Night Out at j.a. Sharp Customer Jewelers and other participating merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Extended shopping hours are participating merchants or on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Downtown Lancaster’s premiere shopping district. merchants, including Art & Glassworks, Mommalicious, j.a. Sharp, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Space and more. www.downtownlancaster300block.com
  • Parking is on us this holiday season! Merchants on the 300 Block of North Queen Street will give you one free hour parking with a $40 purchase between Dec. 1-24 (while supplies last); excluding Sundays when parking is always free.www.downtownlancaster300block.com

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Featured Vendor~ Opportunities

Opportunities is owned and operated by Faith Barrett of Lancaster County. Opportunities is just what the name implies, an opportunity for the community to help young girls and woman fight human trafficking and oppression to pursue a dignified life. Opportunities features an arrangement of jewelry, bags, sandals, and accessories all of which are handcrafted by the talented young girls and woman. The proceeds of all sales go straight to the three organizations Opportunities supports, Seeds of Hope Homes, New Hope Girls Academy, and Mercy Jewelry.  Faith has made a home for Opportunities here at BC, and we are very gracious to be part of such a great cause.

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using fashion to educate

Photo courtesy of Sseko

I started at Building Character in October 2013. My favorite part of being a vendor at BC is telling people about the non-profit organizations with which I partner. These organizations do amazing things. I’m forever inspired by them and what they do for women and girls in third world countries.

Over the last ten years I’ve gradually become aware of the plight of women and girls in third world countries. I heard things like it is common for women from the “Untouchables” caste in India to kill their infant babies in order to keep them from the horrible life that an “Untouchable” woman has to endure. I heard things like many women choose to sell their bodies many times a day just to provide food and shelter for their families. I also heard about mothers selling their own daughters into prostitution and sex slavery. I heard these things and I felt sick.

I also began to hear about organizations that exist to help these women. These organizations rescue women from human trafficking. I became aware companies being started for the sole purpose of giving women jobs. I also became aware of schools starting in extremely impoverished communities to educate young girls in order to help prevent their families from selling them in to slavery. I heard these things and I wanted to do something. But, I was stuck on what that “something” might be. I began buying from companies who sold fair trade products, but I still wanted to more!

During the same time period, I began creating. I inherited my grandmother’s sewing machine and I began making beautiful things. I made beautiful things for my home, my kids, my nieces and nephews, and then I began selling my beautiful creations. There is no higher compliment than for someone else to purchase something that you have worked hard to make. They value your attention to detail, choice of materials, creativity, vision, skill, and time so much that they are willing to pay their own hard earned money to have it for themselves. There is nothing else quite like it!

One day it occurred to me that I should combine my two passions! Opportunities is the result of that thought. At Opportunities I sell my own handmade creations, but best of all I offer the fabulous goods made by women in an effort to create beauty out of their lives and situations. I partner with three non-profit organizations: Seeds of Hope Homes, New Home Girls Academy, and Mercy Jewelry.

Seeds of Hope Homes operates on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. They exist to offer rehabilitation and education to girls who have been rescued from human trafficking. Before Seeds of Hope existed just a few years ago, the girls were often rescued at the hospital after an assault, but then had no where to go after being released. They simply went back onto the streets and often taken again as slaves. The girls make beautiful beaded bracelets and shell earrings that are sold at Opportunities.

New Hope Girls Academy was started to help prevent the girls in an extremely impoverished community in the Dominican Republic from being sold into slavery. The schools motto is: Dreaming for the girls in the barrio (slums) the same dreams we have for our own daughters. Several of the ladies (some of them moms of the girls in the school) in the community sew beautiful bags that are sold at Opportunities. The ladies are paid a fair wage to help support their families and part of the money goes to support the school.

Mercy Jewelry exists to provide employment with dignity to women who formerly have been involved in prostitution in San Pedro Dominican Republic. These women have chosen prostitution not to get rich, but to provide the bare necessities for their families. Many of them have felt that there is no other choice for them to feed their children, but to sell their bodies. Mercy Jewelry provides them employment making beautiful jewelry.

All of the proceeds from each organization’s sales goes directly back to them, after taking out a portion of the rent and commission fees. The highlight of my month is writing out checks to each of these amazing organizations! It feels great to be doing something to help! Every day I feel privileged to be doing a small part to give women and girls without options…Opportunities!

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And So Saturday Is ‘Lancaster History Day,’ Mayor Gray Proclaims


BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s warehouses featured during Saturday’s walking tour


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Then & Now: The Lancaster Storage Co. storefront in the 1950s and today.

DOWNTOWN LANCASTER, Pa. – Ever look at the city’s historic buildings and wonder what used to be?

Get a first-hand lesson during the Lancaster Walk & Talk Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

In fact, Mayor Rick Gray proclaims Saturday “Lancaster History Day” in recognition of the 20 sites on the Historic Lancaster Walk & Talk Tour. The historic business and industry sites have adaptive re-use in common. Constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, the sites have been preserved and restored for 21st century purposes – the city’s largest shopping destinations, offices, residences, restaurants and hotels.

“Lancaster’s history and cultural heritage are inextricably linked to its architecture,” says Gray in the proclamation. “Our movement to save historic structures and celebrate their importance with the Historic Walk & Talk Tour demonstrates our willingness to save historic buildings and restore them for adaptive reuses.”

It has been proven time and time again that historic preservation encourages neighborhood revitalization, economic development and heritage tourism.

The Historic Lancaster Walk & Talk Tour is a joint education initiative of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County,  

In addition to adaptive re-use, another theme of the tour is how the railroads charted the course for Downtown Lancaster’s development in the 1700s and 1800s. Much of the three-mile long tour is along the corridor from where the railroad station once stood, at the corner Queen and Chestnut streets, northwest along where trains used to run toward where Franklin & Marshall College is today.

Sites on the tour include:

  • Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787)
  • H. Doer Tobacco Warehouse (1886),
  • Hirsh & Brother Tobacco Company Warehouse (1869-1874)
  • Fulton Theatre (1852)
  • Lancaster Central Market (1889)
  • Old City Hall (c. 1795-1798)
  • Brunswick Hotel site (1915-1920)
  • Pennsylvania Railroad Station site (1834)
  • Lancaster Storage Company Garages (c. 1808-09; storefront c. 1920), now BUiLDiNG CHARACTER (est. 2007)
  • High Welding Company (c. 1820)
  • S. R. Moss Cigar Factory (1896; rebuilt 1907)
  • Swisher & Buckwalter Tobacco Warehouses (c. late 800’s to early 1900’s)
  • G. Falk & Bro. and A. S. Rosenbaum Tobacco Warehouse (1881)
  • John DeHaven Tobacco Company Warehouse (c. 1876)
  • Edison Electric Illuminating Company (c. 1886 and 1892)
  • Robison, Blair and Company Factory (c. 1906)
  • Wacker Brewing Company (c. 1799)
  • Stevens High School (c. 1904-1906) and
  • The Walter Schnader Tobacco Warehouse (c. 1900).
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BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s warehouses-turned-retail store (c. 2008) were renovated in 2007, including the replacement of all the exterior sliding doors recreated to match the originals.

In addition to a wealth of history on the tour and docents dressed in 19th century attire, there will be ice cream, candy and spirits. Yuengling’s Ice Cream will be served as well as Miesse Candies and The Hershey Company’s new “Lancaster” soft caramel creme candies. Season’s Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom will serve samplings. The tasting rooms will be open at Thistle Finch Distillery and the Wacker Brewing Company.

Artist Rebecca Lee also will demonstrate her work on the tour, and artwork from Penn-Mar will be displayed. Many of Penn-Mar’s larger pieces have had upwards of 85 people take part in their creation.

Tickets for the tour are $18 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust, $20 for non-members and $10 for children under the age of 12. Blocks of five tickets may be purchased for $75. Ticket sales will be at 123 N. Prince St. (Tour Stop #1). The self-guided tour begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.  Continue reading