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
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Madcap & Co. gives budding makers a home on North Queen Street

Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown's shopping district, the 300 Block of North Queen Street.

Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown’s shopping district, the 300 Block of North Queen Street.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown’s shopping district.

Madcap & Co., a multi-merchant companion shop to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Downtown Lancaster’s largest retail store, opens at 310 N. Queen St., with 17 independent merchants, says Marty Hulse, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and Madcap & Co. owner.

With the new store, Hulse said he is carving out an additional retail niche for the makers movement, which in recent years has gained popularity thanks to the renewed push for American-made goods and DIYers looking for an outlet to sell their creations. “There are so many talented craftspeople in the Lancaster area, and now they have a place to showcase their ingenuity.”

Madcap & Co. will open where the venerable Mommalicious served thousands of fans for nearly 10 years. Mommalicious will be a merchant inside Madcap along with 16 others.

Madcap & Co. will open where the venerable Mommalicious served thousands of fans for nearly 10 years. Mommalicious will be a merchant inside Madcap along with 16 others.

According to Adweek magazine, the makers movement is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. “Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with the open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in-China merchandise,” it writes.

BC has perfected its multi-shop retail management system in the eight years it has been in business on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, the city’s most desirable shopping district. Madcap & Co. will continue BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s business model, giving multiple small businesses a brick-and-mortar retail store open seven days a week.

“The beauty is I don’t have to man a store all day long, which gives me more time to create,” says Cynthia Price, owner of Sanctuary opening in Madcap & Co., who already has a space at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. “This is perfect for makers who are more creatively inclined and not as business saavy.”

Madcap & Co.’s new space was the former Mommalicious, a downtown Lancaster fixture for 10 years. Owner Alicia Byler couldn’t think of a better fit for the retail space in the building she owns and lives in with husband Dennis Snader.

Byler is excited to join such creative makers at Madcap & Co. and is appreciative of Hulse assuming the financial and time-consuming risks of operating an independent retail store. “There are a myriad of responsibilities that are being taken care of … even down to the rolls of toilet paper,” she says. “I know how much energy and money can be spent running a shop, and it’s great that Marty is willing to share it with others.”

Welcome to Madcap & Co. opening Sept. 4 at 310 N. Queen St. in Downtown Lancaster, PA.

Welcome to Madcap & Co. opening Sept. 4 at 310 N. Queen St. in Downtown Lancaster, PA.

The decision to open a second retail concept was a no-brainer for Hulse.

“When the opportunity to open a storefront right on the 300 Block of North Queen came to me, I had to say ‘yes!’ said Marty Hulse, owner of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, which is nestled through a brick archway at 342 N. Queen St. “I love this block and am excited to add another specialty shop to the mix (on the block).”

The 300 Block of North Queen is also home to several other businesses that offer handmade works, including the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Art & Glassworks, Russell Locksmith, j.a. sharp Custom Jewelers, the Framing Concept and BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER opened in 2007 selling primarily architectural salvage and by 2008 saw a need in the community to offer a collective for other like-minded entrepreneurs looking to sell vintage, recycled and handmade goods. Today there are more than 60 small businesses in various size retail spaces in the 10,000-square-foot retail location.

Like BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, known for its community-partnered events and lively music playlists throughout the store, Madcap & Co. also will be open seven days a week with extended hours for First Friday and Music Friday, the third Friday of the month which will feature the popular Ladies Night Out with free drink and dessert samples, free chair massages and local live music.

Step right up to Madcap & Co. opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Step right up to Madcap & Co. opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at 310 N. Queen St., Lancaster.

Madcap & Co. will open with the following 16 merchants (one merchant is pending):

  • 40th Parallel Leather Goods, handmade leather bags and handwoven textiles by Peter and Laurie Eaton of Willow Street
  • B.N. Luna, handmade fleece blankets for newborns, infants and toddlers by Audrey Baxter and locally designed and printed whimsical canvas wall decor for baby and children by Heidi Herr
  • Deborah Sielski, assemblages from vintage salvaged materials reminiscent of flowers and foliage
  • Hello Niccoco, lighthearted hand-drawn designs by Nicole Duquette of Lancaster
  • Lake and Cabin, vintage and handmade home decor for your lake house, cabin or seaside abode by Micah and Holly Lessey of Lancaster
  • Madcap Mercantile, a collection of handmade greatness from near and far such as hand poured candles, handmade jewelry and wallets and bags made of recycled bicycled inner tubes
  • Miller Cast Products, collectible brass banks, trivets, wall art and figurines made in the City of Lancaster since 1887 by the J. Walter Miller Co.
  • Mommalicious, the venerable vintage and handmade goods dealer Alicia Byler of Lancaster
  • My Aunt Debbie, handmade pop-art-inspired jewelry, fashion and accessories by Debbie Serdy of Lancaster
  • Renaissance Chimney, vintage industrial pieces made from recycled materials by Mike Ellis of Bernville
  • Roaring Dog Studio, functional art for kitchen and home by Chris Clemans of Strasburg
  • Sanctuary, reinvented and repainted furniture, home decor and original paintings by artist Cynthia Price of Lancaster
  • Studioweit, handmade woven one-of-a-kind rugs and fiberworks mostly of upcycled cotton and flannel by Eric Weit and Kimberly McMullen of Millersville
  • Tortoise and the Hare, heirloom-quality handmade children’s clothing with a bit of whimsy and pinch of practicality by Rosina Lapp of Gordonville
  • Wise Oak Herbs, teas, salves, balms, powders, mists and rubs using the best organic and sustainably harvested herbs by Meeghan Orr and DJ Mercado of Lancaster
  • Wood ‘N’ Glass, creations of stained glass and handcarved wood by artist Deb Becker of Lancaster

Madcap & Co., which will have two full-time and two part-time employees, is the newest brand for the company which opened in 2007. Additional brands include Hip Thrift recycled brand name clothing, B.C. Martin’s Original and Authentic Hardware and WeLoveLanc.com line of souvenirs.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, LLC is a locally owned multiple-shop retail destination in Downtown Lancaster, Pa., that also serves as a business incubator for entrepreneurs, artists and craftspeople. Inside the store’s 10,000-square-foot, 115-year-old walls there are more than 60 shops offering vintage and collectible goods, handcrafted jewelry, upcycled furniture, recycled brand clothing, as well as the nonprofit Heritage Press Museum.

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JUST THE FACTS
What: Madcap & Co. handmade and vintage store
Where: 310 N. Queen St., Lancaster
When: Opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Website: www.madcapandco.com; www.welovelanc.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday; until 9 p.m. first and third Fridays

Featured Vendor ~ VintageLancaster

ImageVintageLancaster is owned and operated by BUiLDiNG CHARACTER general manager Holly Lessey and husband, Micah. VintageLancaster features a wide range collection of handmade, upcycled, and vintage items. Holly and Micah have a great eye for rustic/industrial beauty, which is very evident in most of their pieces. You can also find specialty items featuring Holly’s photography, which includes greeting cards and pillows.

How long have you been with BUiLDiNG CHARACTER?

I have been with BC since February 2012.

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

Just the fact that I can have a physical presence as a micro business in the community, in this community specifically, is amazing.  Without the kind of business model behind BC, people like me would only dream about having a local business.

What type of items do you sell at your booth? (How would you describe your items?)

Primarily vintage and some handmade or upcycled. I see it as urban industrial meets shabby chic.

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

I grew up with vintage things all around, except we didn’t call it that.  Mostly because of my dad and his mom, we used things around the house that were old, but they weren’t broken. In fact they lasted forever, so we kept using them.  My grandmother grew up through the Great Depression, so she was very frugal & took care of what she had.  In retrospect, I realize that she rarely bought anything new, but I don’t think she ever felt deprived. Mommom always said, even if it was time for giving gifts, “I don’t need anything” which is completely opposite of our consumer-minded culture.  Fast forward to me being a young married adult.  My husband and I were looking for a way to start a small home business. We realized maybe there was something to my affinity for vintage things that could generate a little extra income.  In 2010, VintageLancaster was launched initially as an ecommerce business only, through Etsy.com. Business was good, so we started looking locally for a place to put down roots.  That’s when we found BC. The rest, as they say, is history.

What other hobbies do you have? (Family, Friends, Reading, Swimming…) 

They say if you have a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Our small business is my job and my hobby.  I enjoy the whole process from finding our vintage objects, photographing them, creating marketing materials, upcycling shabby objects and even creating new art with the photographs we take.  Most evenings are spent packaging orders, pricing new items, making magnets and cards and more. It appeals to every aspect of my personality, from the insanely practical and utilitarian to the beautiful and artsy.

Three interesting facts about you? 

I would prefer to wear flip-flops all the time and I HATE to wear coats. I prefer cold sweets and like to keep my cookies and chocolate in the freezer.

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?) 

Probably early 1900s-1920/30s — Art Deco & Art Nouveau periods of design are my favorite and seeing designs in transition between eras, where they’re changing slowly from Victorian to Art Deco to Art Nouveau.

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

—You can find VintageLancaster on etsy by clicking the “VintageLancaster” picture above.—-

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