9 Places to Hear Live Music in Downtown York

Live music at The Cantina in the Royal Square District.

Live music at The Cantina in the Royal Square District.

Downtown York is known for many wonderful things. From its local shops and boutiques, to its restaurants and breweries, there is something for everyone to enjoy. What some people might not know about downtown, is the hot-spots that showcase live music. Music has the power to bring people together, and that is exactly what happens at the various venues throughout the city. Check out nine places in Downtown York you can catch live tunes:

1.)    Sign of the Wagon

154 E. Philadelphia St.

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Sign of the Wagon is an art gallery and house concert venue all-in-one. The name is derived from a local business that called our city home in the 18th century. Not only does this unique space provide art and a space for live music, it also has an electric musical instrument gear collection set-up, specifically to record local and touring acts. Check out their website to learn more!

2.)    Handsome Cab

106 N. George St.

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Newer to the streets of Downtown York, The Handsome Cab brings a relaxing and unique experience for anyone who walks in the door. Not only does The Handsome Cab provide delicious food and wine, but it also has live music almost every Friday and Saturday, and open mic nights on Tuesdays. Come see what all the buzz is about at The Handsome Cab!

 

3.)     Granfalloon’s Tavern

41 E. Princess St.

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Within the walls of its beautiful historic building, resides a comfortable and enjoyable environment. Located just two blocks from Market Street, Granfalloon’s Tavern offers a chance for anyone to sit back, grab a bite of food, play a game or two and enjoy the live music. Just like The Handsome Cab, on Tuesday nights karaoke is also offered. Granfalloon’s Tavern has a lot to offer, come down and see what all is there for you!

 

4.)     Holy Hound Taproom

57 W. Market St.

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Located right off of Market Street, Holy Hound Taproom showcases 30 rotating crafts beers on tap, but they also deliver many opportunities for live music from local acts. With most of its live music being played on the weekends, schedule that next date night or get-together with friends at Holy Hound for a fun evening on the town.  

 

5.)     First Capital Dispensing Co.

57 N. Pershing Ave.

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If you’re looking for a place to live like a local, First Capital Dispensing Co. is the place for you! Not only does this historic pub provide a fun atmosphere for everyone, it frequently has live entertainment for all ears. From local bands and artists, to open mic nights, First Capital Dispensing Co. is a go-to spot for music and more.

 

6.)     The Cantina

105 S. Duke St.

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Downtown’s beloved Mexican cantina has captured the attention of many since its recent transformation. Located in the heart of the Royal Square District, The Cantina is full of fun live entertainment for all ages.  Starting out as a seasonal bar, The Cantina recently opened its doors in May for year-round service. They added food to their menu and renovated the entire space. Enjoy a night out featuring live music and DJ’s every weekend. Come out and see it for yourself!

 

7.)     Mudhook Brewing Co.

34 N. Cherry Lane.

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With the pub’s perfect location right behind Cherry Lane Park, and close proximity to many downtown boutiques, Mudhook Brewing Company is an ideal spot- enjoy the beautiful trees and fun shopping sprees! On the weekend is when you can find the live music playing outside to accompany you while you sip your beer and dig into the delicious food.

8.)    Kable House Presents

34 W. Philadelphia St.

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Hosted at Downtown York’s historic market house, Kable House Presents is a concert series that showcases up-and-coming acts that are on tour. Even though Kable House Presents is located in Central Market, they are not affiliated. The organization is completely volunteer driven. Kable House Presents began in 2014 with help by the support of the York community. Check out all of their upcoming performances on their website!

9.) CapLive at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

50 N. George St.

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The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is home to CapLive, a series of amazing live entertainment ranging from emerging acts to established performers. This historic venue is a great space for music lovers who enjoy an intimate setting. To see a list of upcoming CapLive performances, check out the Appell Center’s website.

 

5 Things to Do During First Friday August

Vendors on Beaver Street during First Friday York.

Vendors on Beaver Street during First Friday York.

Back-to-school may be on the brain, but don’t let that stop you and your family from enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation! Experience a night of food, festivities and fun in Downtown York during First Friday August Presented by WellSpan Heath.  Visit downtown businesses, shop the street vendors and experience live entertainment from 5-9 p.m., this Friday. Here are five things you won’t want to miss this month:

1.)    A Peachy First Friday in the Market District

Feeling peachy? From 5-9 p.m., the Market District York is holding its first Peach Festival sponsored by Brown's Orchards on Beaver Street! Enjoy a delicious tasting competition, an abundance of vendors, and at 8:30 p.m., witness a pie in the face for charity contest featuring Silas Chamberlin and Lou Rivera! Silas will be working to raise money for Downtown York, PA's First Friday Fund, and Lou will be raising money for Latinos Unidos of York and The Movement. They will be raising money for each others charities - whoever raises the most gets a pie to the face! There will be 2 ways to donate and have a say in who get pied in the face- a donation table set up on N. Beaver St and Silas & Lou will be roaming the Market District until 8:00 p.m. with donation jars.

2.)    Graffiti Art in Continental Square  

Graffiti artist Jonathan Molina will show off his skills with a demonstration on Continental Square (in front of The Rupp Building). Come watch as this master of spray paint turns plain objects into beautiful works of art. He will also conduct a mural drawing demo for kids.

3.)    First Friday Latino in Royal Square

Latinos Unidos of York will bring First Friday Latino sponsored by The Parliament Arts Organization to The Cantina York in the Royal Square District. From 6-10 p.m., support an amazing organization by dancing the night away with music from live Latin infusion band, Los Monstros.

4.)    The Trick ‘R Treaters Take on WeCo

The Trick 'R Treaters, a professional acting troupe, will partner with Alba Rosa Cat Parlour and the Gallery @ 227 to offer an evening of art and live entertainment! The Gallery @ 227 will feature the art of Jessica Lee. The Trick 'R Treaters have no shortage of treats as they share a mixture of haunting vocal selections and performances of The Ledge, their 2019 traveling show.

5.)    Live Entertainment Lineup

From 5-9 p.m., jam out in Continental Square with live performances on the Cultural Alliance of York County stage! Check out the official lineup below:

5 p.m.- Ten Strings

6 p.m.- Mother Dimension

7 p.m.- Jackets In July

8 p.m.- Opera Susquehanna

For a full list of First Friday June activities, click the button below!

Susquehanna Style Best of Winners in Downtown York

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Every year, Susquehanna Style Magazine creates a list of businesses in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, that are voted by readers as the go-to places in the area. Winners from “Best of York” were announced yesterday, and many of them include businesses in our 26 square blocks of #HistoricallyEdgy Downtown York! Check out (and don’t forget to congratulate) the following downtown businesses for being the best of the best in our county:

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  • Best Brewery

  • Collusion Tap Works

  • Best Bar Food

  • White Rose Bar & Grill

  • Best Brunch

  • White Rose Bar & Grill

  • Best Burger

  • White Rose Bar & Grill

  • Best Business Lunch Spot

  • White Rose Bar & Grill

  • Best Cocktails

  • The Left Bank

  • Best Coffee Shop

  • The Green Bean Roasting Company

  • Best Craft Beer

  • Holy Hound Taproom

  • Best Farmers Market

  • Central Market York

  • Best Fine Dining

  • The Left Bank

  • Best Food Event

  • What the Food Trucks Festival

  • Best Happy Hour Spot

  • White Rose Bar & Grill

  • Best Indian Restaurant

  • Hamir’s Indian Fusion

  • Best Market Stand

  • Busy Bee

  • Best Pizza

  • Marcello's

  • Best Barbershop

  • DiDi and Smiling John's

  • Best Makeup Artist

  • Maggie King MKUP studio

  • Best Tattoo Studio

  • Built To Last

  • Best Yoga Studio

  • House of Yoga

  • Best Banking Institution

  • York Traditions Bank

  • Best Law Firm

  • CGA Law Firm

  • Best Art Gallery

  • Creative York

  • Best BNB or Inn

  • Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast

  • Best Charity Event

  • Give Local York

  • Best Independent Theater

  • Small Star Art House

  • Best Florist

  • Foster's Flower Shop

  • Best Local Blogger

  • Mommy in Heels

  • Best Museum

  • Agricultural & Industrial Museum/York History Center

  • Best Performing Arts Center

  • Appell Center for the Performing Arts

  • Best Photographer

  • Mudpies and Butterflies

  • Best Place to Dance

  • The Victrola Dance Hall

  • Best Place for a Girls' Night Out

  • The Handsome Cab

  • Best Consignment Clothing Shop

  • My Girlfriend's Wardrobe

  • Best Jeweler

  • Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Best Women’s Clothing Boutique

  • Elizabeth and West

For a full list of “Best of York” winners, click here!

5 Things to Do During First Friday July

PATRIOTIC WINDOW DISPLAY AT INDIGO BLEU

PATRIOTIC WINDOW DISPLAY AT INDIGO BLEU

We are excited to show our patriotic pride during this month’s First Friday celebration in Historically Edgy Downtown York! The city is filled with red, white and blue, a business is celebrating a grand opening and there is even a chance for you to live like a hamster. Curious? We thought so! Check out 5 things you don’t want to miss at First Friday July:

1.)    Downtown Businesses Patriotic Window Displays

Over 10 downtown businesses are celebrating America’s birthday with a patriotic window display contest. The winner will have a photo of their display featured on the big screen at the York Revolution Stadium during the July4York celebrations. Although the contest will be over by Friday, you can still enjoy all of the beautiful windows, but if you happen to make it downtown before Thursday, check out the displays and cast a vote for your favorite here!

2.)    How to Become a Hamster

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a hamster running in a wheel? If you stop by downtown’s Continental Square, you can find out! You Are the Hamster is an interactive snow cone machine, where you get to make the snow cones yourself. By running in the wheel, you are shaving your own ice! Who knew becoming a hamster is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day?

3.)    New Makers Space in the Market District

A grand opening of the new upstairs studio space at The Watchmakers Daughter is taking place this First Friday. At 2:30 p.m., all are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of its new makers space. In honor of this special event, local artist, Rita Whitney will be live painting inside the shop. Come congratulate The Watchmaker’s Daughter on its new adventure in Downtown York!

4.)    Let Loose and Line Dance in Continental Square

At 7 p.m., grab your boots and head down to Continental Square for some good ol’ fashioned line dancing! On the corner of Market and George St., there will be a stage playing all your favorite music to get down to. Continue the patriotic party and dance your heart out in the middle of the city!

5.)     July 4th Flowers of Foster’s

Wrap your favorite flowers into a bouquet at Foster’s Flower Shop, located on N. Beaver St. Red tulips, white daisies, and blue orchids will make the perfect patriotic combination. Stop by Foster’s for the perfect Fourth of July bouquet!

 

For a full list of all First Friday July vendors, entertainment and events, click here!

Patriotic Window Display Contest (VOTING OPEN)

Revolt Style Studio Patriotic Window Display

Revolt Style Studio Patriotic Window Display

This week, your favorite Historically Edgy city has a lot of fun and exciting things happening! Not only is July4York and First Friday July taking place, but some of the businesses in Downtown York have decided to start their patriotic party a little early with a window display contest!

Participating businesses have decorated its windows to honor America’s birthday, and are holding a friendly competition to see who’s display is the best of the best.

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The downtown businesses need YOUR HELP deciding who the winner is. As you are walking around the city this week, stroll past the following businesses to check out their displays:

Central Market York

Central Market York

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My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe

Revolt Style Studio

Kalettas

Indigo Bleu

Lele B’s Boutique

Studio 117

The Watchmaker’s Daughter

Trinity United Church of Christ

LifePath Thrift Store

RapidFire Rentals

To vote for your favorite business’s patriotic window display, click here.

See a window you like, but the business isn’t on this list? No problem! You can write them in.

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Voting will end at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.

The winner of the contest will receive bragging rights, of course, but more importantly, will have a photo of its window displayed on the big screen at the York Revolution’s Stadium during this Thursday’s July4York celebration.

Happy Voting!

Downtown Gets the Buzz About Urban Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is making a buzz in Downtown York.  Photo courtesy of YRK Creative .

Urban beekeeping is making a buzz in Downtown York. Photo courtesy of YRK Creative.

This blog was adapted from our Spring/Summer 2019 issue of the Downtown York Magazine.

Story by: Michael Vyskocil, Contributor, YRK Creative

Photography by: Contributor, YRK Creative* & Downtown Inc

High above vehicles and pedestrians, pine-scented clouds of smoke drift into the air above the rooftops of Downtown York. A hypnotic hum rhythmically guides the movements of Brandy Reeve as she approaches her beehive with veil and tools in hand. Below her, at the hive’s entrance, bees are preparing to set flight in search of food or returning to home base with their pollen sacks full. Upon opening the hive, Reeve witnesses the activity within: Nurse bees are nurturing freshly laid eggs by the queen bee. Foraging bees are delivering their stores of nectar and pollen, while worker bees are ceaselessly toiling to keep the hive clean and functioning. 

Keeping bees in the city isn’t as strange a hobby as it seems. In Downtown York, Reeve is among several urban dwellers who have taken up the practice of beekeeping in their own backyards and on top of buildings.

Photo of Brandy Reeves,  courtesy of YRK Creative .

Photo of Brandy Reeves, courtesy of YRK Creative.

Pollinating a Beekeeping Passion

Reeve, who began her beekeeping pursuits in 2013, maintains two beehives in Downtown York: one on the rooftop of the building at 7 W. Philadelphia St. and another on the rooftop of the building occupied by Revival Social Club at 19 N. George St. She describes the contortionist-type moves she often has to make to reach them, such as crawling through a window to reach the hive on the roof above Revival Social Club. Despite the physical effort involved, Reeve admits she’s not in it for the honey alone.

“I find my peace when I work with my bees, but I really don’t see them as my bees. I see them as our bees,” she says. “I enjoy keeping bees in the city because they help our community thrive.”

Jeremy Barnes of Seven Valleys, York County, has been keeping bees for close to 18 years. “People get into beekeeping for a number of reasons, and those reasons often involve promoting pollination,” he says. Contrary to popular belief, “there’s evidence to show that bees kept in cities actually do better than those in the country,” he adds, due to the abundance of plant biodiversity that exists compared to rural settings. As they travel through streets, backyards and parks, the bees pollinate plants, trees and flowers as they forage for sources of nourishment.

Over a decade ago, media attention brought to light Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition that occurs when worker bees in a colony disappear and leave queen bees behind. However, beekeeper David Papke observes that in the years that followed, “more and more people wanted to get started with bees and become beekeepers. I think it’s because people felt they could help in some way by keeping bees.” Papke — a Stewartstown, York County, beekeeper who has been keeping bees for more than 40 years and maintains about 80 beehives on his property — says that within the York County Beekeepers’ Association alone, membership continues to increase. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the York County Beekeepers’ Association now numbers about 240 members with a growing representation among urban beekeepers

Taking a Sweet Approach to Environmental Awareness

From the savory to the sweet, honey can be used to flavor items ranging from marinades and meats to desserts and drinks. In recognition of its centennial celebration, the York County Beekeepers’ Association partnered with 12 Downtown York restaurants to host Restaurant Honey Week, during the week of May 18–25. During Honey Week, chefs and restaurateurs incorporated honey, provided by members of the association, into dishes that showcased its nuanced flavors.

While Honey Week offered a treat for the palate, it was also a sweet occasion for the York County Beekeepers’ Association to raise awareness about the health of the environment and natural habitats for bees. Papke says that the more people recognize the role they play in fostering a healthy environment for bees — planting pollinator-friendly flowers and vegetables and eliminating chemical insecticide use — the more they can ensure these creatures continue to thrive.

“They (the bees) keep me more than I keep them,” Reeve says. “They teach me how strong a community can be when everyone pitches in and works together.”

Of Hives and Honey

Bees enrich the environment by cross-pollinating plants. Since many varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables depend on cross-pollination, beekeeping provides an easy and inexpensive way to ensure bountiful and healthy gardens — along with a luscious byproduct, honey. 

Honey itself is a complex mixture containing acids, enzymes, minerals, natural sugars, plant pigments and proteins. There are nearly as many types of honey as there are vintages of wine. Some honeys are almost black, while others are colorless, pale yellow or amber. The taste, texture and color of a particular variety of honey depend on the type of nectar the bees have been collecting. Clover honey, for example, has a mild, candyish flavor, while buckwheat honey is a rich, full-bodied honey that tastes like molasses. However, because bees can make honey from almost any nectar source, there are hundreds of types of honey — so many that honey has no official definition. Its makeup varies widely from drop to drop.

Until the 16th century, hives were made out of tree trunks, straw, or clay. Collecting honeycombs required destroying the hive and killing the colonies. Today’s hives are based on a design developed in 1852 by Lorenzo L. Langstroth, a Yale graduate and pastor. Langstroth determined that in order for the bees to produce generously and survive within a hive, there had to be a “bee space” of 5/16 of an inch between each vertical honeycomb. Today, a modern hive usually houses between 40,000 to 60,000 bees.

Get Buzzin’ with the Bees

Want to get started on your own exploration of backyard beekeeping? The Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, 4945 Horn Road in Hellam Township, York County, offers a two-year beekeeper training program provided by Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries. At the end of the first year, participants have the option of receiving a bee colony that they can move to their home properties. Learn more at hornfarmcenter.org/beekeeping.

The York County Beekeepers’ Association (ycbk.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1919. It provides its members with a forum for sharing knowledge and educates the public about the benefits of beekeeping.

7 Dog-Friendly Businesses in Downtown York

This Friday, June 21, is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. If you work in Downtown York, and are planning on bringing your furry friend along for the day, there are numerous places in the city that will welcome your pup during your lunch break or after your shift! Follow along with Ruby the Goldendoodle as she shows you some of her favorite spots to hang out in Historically Edgy Downtown York! Check out seven dog-friendly places the city has to offer:

The Cantina

105 S. Duke St.

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Sit back, relax and take a staycation with your pup at The Cantina. This Latin American inspired restaurant located in the heart of the Royal Square District is home to cheep beers, margaritas, festive food and live tunes. Munch on some food and sip on a drink in The Cantina’s courtyard or front patio while enjoying some quality time with your four-legged BFF. 

 

Mudhook Brewing Co.

34 N. Cherry Ln.

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Mudhook Brewing Co., one of Downtown York’s six breweries, welcomes dog friends all year! In the summer, you and your pup can hang out in its outdoor café area. In the winter, the enclosed patio is Fido-friendly as well. Take a trip to Mudhook on a Tuesday for its Hot Dog it’s Tuesday specials. Only on Tuesdays, choose from over 20 deluxe hot dogs that are all under $5. Enjoy a dog while hanging with your dog!

 

The Green Bean Roasting Co.

100 S. Beaver St.

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By the Look on Ruby’s face, it’s obvious she enjoys her time at The Green Bean Roasting Co. This cozy cafe in the Market District is known for its delicious coffee brewed right in house. Ruby highly recommends anything off Green Bean’s summer drink menu, especially the Nut ‘N Honey Latte. Yum!

Revolt Style Studio

26 N. Beaver St.

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Ruby loves to rock her York fashion, and Revolt Style Studio helps her with this. This vintage boutique located in the Market District offers custom York T-shirts and hats, along with unique vintage clothing and accessories. Your dog will be sure to enjoy helping you pick out a new outfit 😉.

My Girlfriend's Wardrobe

38 N. Beaver St.

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Continue your Market District shopping experience with your pup at My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe. This downtown women’s consignment shop offers designer brands at affordable prices. Your new outfit from My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe will be sure to get two paws up!

 

Holy Hound Taproom

57 W. Market St.

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With a name like Holy Hound Taproom, it’s pretty clear that this establishment loves to see you hanging out with your furry friends! Holy Hound offers over 30 beers on tap, and various types of tasty food, from burgers to quinoa salad. Chill with your pup and enjoy some delicious food and a brew on its outdoor patio.

 

Sunrise Soap Company

29 N. Beaver St.

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Introduce your pup to York’s maker’s spirit at Sunrise Soap Company. Shop for handcrafted soap, lotions, scrubs and other unique items all made right in house. Roam the store in search for the perfect gift, while your dog’s nose roams the store searching for all of the amazing smells!

Get Ready to Jam Out on King Street

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King Street Jam is ready to rock the streets of Downtown York from 10 a.m.-10 p.m on Saturday, June 22. Not only will there be a lineup of amazing performers, but you can enjoy beer, food and vendors, while jamming out to the music! Check out five artists coming to King Street Jam that you won’t want to miss:

 

1.)    The Ohio Players

One of the biggest names coming to the King Street Jam, The Ohio Players are back on the road for another return to the stage. The group originated in Dayton, Ohio in 1959, and have been making music ever since. With some of their hits “Fire”, “Ecstasy”, and “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”, this group is bound to put on a great show.

2.)    Port Ellis

The group that started out as just cousins who wanted to play at their family gatherings, Port Ellis will take you on a dream-like ride with their style of music and their unique sound. “Port Ellis” first came on the scene when they signed with York College’s record label, York Volume. After hearing their latest song “Sun Soliloquy,” this five piece band is sure to have you on your feet wanting to hear more.

3.)    Parker Millscup

Oklahoma rooted Parker Millscup is bringing his southern twang to the stage. At just 26 years old, Parker has already made quite the name for himself. From performing with Elton John, to debuting on a Network TV show “Cohan”, Parker is up and coming at a rapid rate. Come downtown to hear his latest hits “Jealous Sun” and “Old Time Religion!”

4.)    Mel Washington

The former member of “All Get Out”, Mel Washington is a professional when it comes to performing. From sold out shows and festivals it is obvious that the spotlight was made for him. In 2012, Mel split from the band and decided to go solo. He brings the southern comfort with his latest song “Whiskey River.” With his relaxing and nurturing voice, it’s hard not to enjoy him!

5.)    Erika Wennerstorm

Last but not least, another Dayton, Ohio native Erika Wennerstorm will be taking the stage with her rich and powerful voice. Erika is formally from the band “Heartless Bastards,” but in 2018 she branched off to her own independent career. With her debut album “Sweet Unknown,” she is sure to be an act that you won’t want to miss.

 

For a full list of all the performers, click here!

Kick-Off Summer with First Friday June

Perrydell Ice Cream Truck

Perrydell Ice Cream Truck

School is letting out and summer is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate the start of the warmer season then with First Friday June? Come visit downtown businesses and sites from 5-9 p.m., on June 7. Here are five things you won’t want to miss this month:

 

1.)    Entertainment in Continental Square

Kick-off the night with a variety of different performances and activities in Continental Square. Logos Academy, Mother Dimension, Line dancing, Screaminmelinas and Chris Scheler will be taking the stage. Come experience the-fun-filled square from 5-8 p.m.

2.)    “Fly” into HIVE artspace

“The Great Big Bug Show” is back! This exhibit is sure to leave you with a creepy crawly feeling. From flying and buzzing, to stinging and fluttering, “The Great Big Bug Show” is fun for all ages. Between 5-9 p.m., come see what all the buzz is about in the Royal Square District.

3.)    Campfire Goodies with the York County History Center

Celebrate Father’s Day a little early with beer tasting and s’mores making at the York County History Center. From 6-9 p.m., stop over with your favorite guy and enjoy a night learning about York County’s past. With artifacts from over 300 years ago, there’s so much to learn about.

4.)    Photography and Art Display at Gallery at 227

Analog photos made by Jason Konopinski is a display through photography that captures life and culture of public spaces. “Falling Through the Lens” is being displayed between 5-9 p.m. at the Gallery at 227. Come check out Jason’s beautiful work that shows everyday moments as they’re captured forever.

5.)    Frozen Treats at Collusion Tap Works in the Royal Square District

Wrap up your fun evening with a special Collusion Tap Works and Perrydell collab. From 4- 9 p.m., the Perrydell ice cream truck will be open with all of your favorite flavors. The debut of Perrydell and Collusion beer float and Strawberries & Cream FROYO Double IPA is a perfect treat for all the adults!

 

For a full list of First Friday June activities, click the button below!

6 Cocktails to Try This Summer in Downtown York

As we celebrated Memorial Day earlier this week, we also kicked off the unofficial start of the summer season. The weather is starting to get hot, and what better way to cool down than a refreshing cocktail? Whether you are a visitor to the city, or a local, these drinks will have you feeling like you are on a beach getaway! Check out these six cocktails you can find this summer in Downtown York:    

1.)  Moscow Mule- The Cantina

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Ingredients: Vodka, lime, ginger beer.

A classic cocktail that is both delicious and refreshing. The Moscow Mule is served in a copper cup, keeping your drink colder longer-perfect for a hot summer night!

The Cantina

105 S. Duke St.

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2.)  CoCo Cabana- Revival Social Club

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Ingredients: Anejo tequila, allspice dram, prickly pear, toasted coconut, ginger.

This vibrant pink cocktail will have you imagining you are looking out at the ocean with its tropical inspired flavors. Side note: the cocktail pairs well with Revival’s pork belly tacos!

Revival Social Club

19 N. George St.

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3.)  Raindrops on Roses- The Left Bank

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Ingredients: Copper and Kings immature Brandy, Hendricks Gin, sparkling sake, rose water, lychee juice.

This light cocktail is not only refreshing, but a beautiful piece of art! One sip will have you singing Julie Andrew’s “My Favorite Things.”

The Left Bank

120 N. George St.

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4.)  Clove Bee- The Handsome Cab

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Ingredients: Wildfire Whiskey & clove infused honey syrup.

This smoky yet sweet concoction is ideal for a night out. Grab your friends or significant other and take a trip to The Handsome Cab to enjoy a Clove Bee alongside of your tasty dinner.

The Handsome Cab

106 N. George St.

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5.)  Sapore Di Primavera- Tutoni’s

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Ingredients: Moletto tomato infused gin, carpano bianco, mozzarella brine, lemon juice, olive oil.

Who said all summer cocktails have to be sweet? Try something on the savory side at Tutoni’s. The Sapore Di Primavera goes great with any pasta dish!

Tutoni’s

108 N. George St.

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6.)  Blueberry Mojito- Roosevelt Tavern

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Ingredients: Bacardi, simple syrup, blueberries, lime juice, fresh mint, soda water.

Mojitos are a summertime staple- the minty goodness of a fresh mojito is the perfect way to stay cool. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your Blueberry Mojito on the outdoor patio at Roosevelt Tavern!

Roosevelt Tavern

50 N. Penn St.

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Brewed on the Edge: Downtown York’s growing craft beer scene connects history with hops

Craft beer from each of Downtown York’s six breweries.

Craft beer from each of Downtown York’s six breweries.

This blog was adapted from our Winter/Spring 2019 issue of the Downtown York Magazine.

Story by: Michael Vyskocil, Contributor, YRK Creative

Photography by: Contributor, YRK Creative* & Downtown Inc

Bold ingredients, nuanced flavors, unforgettable brews: This trifecta defines the Downtown York craft beer community. With six breweries operating all within 26 square blocks in the city, craft beer aficionados don’t lack for places to fill their glasses with the latest creations from York’s master brewers. To understand the appeal of Downtown York’s growing craft beer scene, you need only look at the city’s history with hops to understand that brewing was and remains a big deal for this community.

Brewing Legacy and Lore

In 1741, European settlers founded what would become the City of York and established the community’s foundation along the banks of the Codorus Creek. Like many communities founded during the mid-18th century, York supported many taverns. As the oldest structure in York today, the Golden Plough Tavern, built in 1741, served York residents and visitors well into the early 1800s.

During this era, alcoholic beverages were the drink of choice. The natural brewing and fermentation process produced a beverage that was free of contamination and could be stored long term.

As the Industrial Revolution impacted York County in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, breweries, distilleries, inns, public houses and taverns all operated in York. Brewing and distilling helped support many industries including bottling, glass making, coopering and transportation.

Daniel Roe, vice president of interpretation for the York County History Center, believes the apex for the brewing industry occurred between the 1860s and 1920s. According to Roe, the most well-recognized breweries in York included Helb’s Keystone Brewing and Karl Katz’s York Brewing Company. The Charles D. Moul Distillery and liquor store was also a prominent business fixture.

“When I think of community and its development in the 1700s, taverns were truly community gathering places,” Roe said. “As new pubs and breweries reopen in town [today], often in close proximity to locations that were used historically, to me, there is a clear connection to the past, but also a nod to the future as new generations gather in a familiar way to discuss events of the times or to simply spend time with friends and family.”

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Creating a Craft Beer Destination

Given York’s affinity for and connection with brewing, today’s community of craft breweries are carrying on this legacy with some edgy twists.

By day, Corey Wolfe serves as a campaign manager for the United Way of York County. By night, he crafts up ways to bring more attention to Downtown York’s craft beer scene. Most recently, Wolfe helped launch a new collaboration, The York City Six, representing the six breweries now operating downtown. Under this brand name, he explained, York’s breweries can work together to attract visitors. In 2018, the breweries released their first collaborative beer, The York City Six Vol. 1 Pilsner. For every pint of beer sold, the breweries donated $1 to benefit the York City Police Department. Wolfe said that The York City Six collaboration will consider additional ways to give back to organizations in the York community all the while positioning Downtown York — and the York County region — as the place to explore diverse craft brews. When asked to characterize the brewing community that exists here, Wolfe wasn’t shy about his description. He said it matches Downtown York’s new Historically Edgy brand.

“Each one of the breweries has a different setup and brews in different styles,” he explained. “You can literally walk five minutes in any direction, hit every single brewery in the city and experience a different atmosphere at every place you go while being surrounded by the historic architecture and the small-town feel of the community.”

Adjacent to Central Market, Mudhook Brewing Company started the current downtown brewing boom when it opened in 2010. As one of the early craft brewing operations to open in 21st-century Downtown York, owner Jeff Lau and his son-in-law Tim Wheeler set out to create an inviting atmosphere with a focus on serving beer-inspired dishes and classic, traditional and unique brews.

“I always joke that beer is recession proof,” Lau said. “You can drink to drown your sorrows or celebrate your victories.”

Lau said the camaraderie that exists among Downtown York’s breweries allows events such as the Sweetest Pint Tour, presented twice a year by Downtown Inc, and others to bring people to York to experience the diversity of the community’s craft brews.

“We [the breweries] all bring something unique to the table,” Lau continued. “There are no two breweries in York that are identical. It’s been a very interesting growth for beer in York City, and it’s been an interesting experience for us to be part of that growth and the revitalization of Downtown York.”

Brews and Bites

Looking for the best brews and bites in Downtown York? Stop in, sip and savor at these six craft brewery destinations.

Collusion Tap Works

105 S. Howard St. | 717.848.8400

collusiontapworks.com

 

Crystal Ball Brewing Company

21 S. Beaver St. & 1612 W. King St.

717.555.1212

crystalballbrewing.com

 

Gift Horse Brewing Company

117 N. George St. 717.846.BREW (2739)

gifthorsebrewing.com

 

Liquid Hero Brewery

50 E. North St. | 717.814.9250

liquidhero.com

 

Mudhook Brewing Company

34 N. Cherry Lane | 717.747.3605

mudhookbrewing.com

 Old Forge Brewing Company

58 W. Market St. | 717.650.2526

oldforgebrewingcompany.com

Chic in the City

Your guide for shopping top-of-the-line hair and beauty products in Downtown York

If you are looking to do some unique shopping, Downtown York is your go-to destination. The city is home to an abundance of boutiques and gift shops, but also the unexpected shopping options that might not be top of mind. Salons, barbershops and beauty supply stores are a great place to look for high-end hair care and beauty products. Sometimes the drug store brands don’t cut it, and you want the best straight from the professionals. Here are a few places to check out:

DiDi and Smiling John’s

119 S. Duke St.

717-858-7428

didiandsmilingjohns.com

Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Owners of DiDi and Smiling John’s, Devon and John Shilling, know you want your hair to look and feel good all the time. That is why they offer the products they love and use in the shop. Two of their best-selling brands include Davines, an Italian line that specializes in beauty for all hair and skin types, and Reuzel, a high-end men’s line from Holland. Both brands offer a variety of products including pomade, curl cream, shampoo and conditioner and more.

Davines Curl Cream Serum from DiDi and Smiling John’s.

Davines Curl Cream Serum from DiDi and Smiling John’s.

Make Me Over

17 S. Beaver St.

717-650-6503

makemeoverbeautysupply.weebly.com

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Make Me Over Beauty Supply shines with professional products at affordable prices. Owner Ronda Greer is a licensed cosmetologist and has over 28 years of experience in the industry. With her expertise, she is sure to help you find exactly what you need. At Make Me Over, you can find hair- and skin-care products, nail polish, makeup and much more. The shop also carries a wide selection of synthetic hair and offers in-store styling to help with wig application.

Hair and body oil from Make Me Over Beauty Supply.

Hair and body oil from Make Me Over Beauty Supply.

Meta

15 S. Beaver St.

717-309-5358

metahairstudio.com

Tuesday, noon-8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you are on the hunt for environmentally friendly products, Meta Hair Studio has you covered. The studio takes pride in being as green and clean as possible. All of the products used and sold in the shop are vegan, not tested on animals, and sulfate and paraben free. Owner Dana Schlosser keeps today’s consumers in mind when choosing new products. At Meta, you can find hair wash, dry shampoos, hydrating masks, curl cream and much more. All of the products give off a neutral scent when applied, making them great options for any gender.  

Eco-friendly hair care from Meta Hair Studio.

Eco-friendly hair care from Meta Hair Studio.

The Buzz About Honey in Downtown York

Centennial Restaurant Honey Week is almost here. Find out where you can celebrate.

Select restaurants in Downtown York are busy bees prepping for Centennial Restaurant Honey Week, taking place May 18 through May 25. Honey Week is a culinary celebration that honors the York County Beekeepers Association on its 100th anniversary by showcasing local honey on the menu of the city’s eateries. Although this is only a week-long celebration, honey is no stranger to the downtown food scene. Here are just a few places you will find this sweet ingredient on the menu:

Collusion Tap Works

105 S Howard St.

717-838-8400

collusiontapworks.com

Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

For Honey Week, Collusion Tap Works will showcase a special honey mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey and water together. Several local farms donated the wildflower honey for Collusion’s brew, and a portion of the Honey Week sales will be returned to them. This particular mead will be sold only during Honey Week, but other meads rotate through Collusion’s taps throughout the year.  

Collusion Tap Works will brew a special mead to celebrate Honey Week.

Collusion Tap Works will brew a special mead to celebrate Honey Week.

Revival Social Club

19 N. George St.

717-430-2981

revivalsocialclubyork.com

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30-10 p.m.

Honey is a recurring ingredient on Revival Social Club’s menu. The restaurant uses local honey in its drinks, food and desserts. On the current menu, the sweet substance makes an appearance in the hot toddy, meat and cheese board and honey pistachio ice cream, which will be spotlighted during Honey Week.  

Meat and cheese board and honey pistachio ice cream from Revival Social Club.

Meat and cheese board and honey pistachio ice cream from Revival Social Club.

Must Have Chocolate

717-508-7616

mhcyork@gmail.com

Chocolate and honey are a match made in dessert heaven. Eric Himes, of Must Have Chocolate, will feature the decadent duo during Honey Week with Honeycomb Candy, a sugary toffee made of honey that is dipped in chocolate. You can find the chocolate treat in select Downtown York restaurants throughout the week including The Left Bank, Tutoni’s and the Roosevelt Tavern. Himes also uses local honey as an ingredient in many of his chocolate creations year-round.

Hand-dipped chocolates from Must Have Chocolate.

Hand-dipped chocolates from Must Have Chocolate.

Full List of Honey Week Participants:

Collusion Tap Works
Corner Cabinet
Esaan Thai
Hamir’s Indian Fusion
Iron Horse York
Mezzogiorno
Must Have Chocolates
Old Forge Brewing Company
Revival Social Club
Roosevelt Tavern
The Busy Bee
The Cove
The Fig and Barrel Pub
The Handsome Cab
The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar
Tutoni’s

Get Ready to Give Local at First Friday May

5 things to do during this month’s First Friday and Give Local York celebration

Give Local York 2018 in CONTINENTAL sQuarE

Give Local York 2018 in CONTINENTAL sQuarE

If you are ready for double the downtown fun, prepare yourself for First Friday May! For the second year, our monthly signature event is combining with Give Local York to create a 24-hour party you won’t want to miss. Give Local York is the largest one-day Give in York County history, raising close to $1.5 million for York County nonprofits in 2018.  

Give Local is prepared to double last year’s total and raise $3 million in 2019! Help your community reach the goal, and have fun doing so by joining the Big Give celebration in Downtown York this Friday. As an incentive, check out FIVE awesome things you can expect to see at Give Local York and First Friday May:

1.)    Karaoke Showdown on Continental Square

Local “celebrities” and nonprofit superheroes will take the stage in Continental Square from 5-7 p.m. to battle it out, karaoke style! Expect to see representatives singing for YWCA York, Gusa World Music Festival, For the Love of Dog’s Rescue and even Elvis Presley! Who will have what it takes to be this year’s karaoke champion?

2.)    Family First Health and First Friday Latino Take Over Cherry Lane

Join Family First Health in Cherry Lane from 5-8 p.m. for a Healthy York Block Party, in collaboration with Latinos Unidos of York! Enjoy activities for kids, health screenings and information, music, food and more. Don’t miss members of the York County Hispanic Coalition, who will be joining in on the fun.

3.)    Support Pitties.Love.Peace at Collusion Tap Works 

Collusion Tap Works will host Pitties.Love.Peace on its beer patio at the brewery! Join the brewery during this great day for York by enjoying a beer and learning about all the hard work and love that these amazing volunteers (and dogs!) have to give. The volunteers and their furry friends will be hanging out from 4-8 p.m.

4.)    Pickle Ball on North Beaver Street

The White Rose Pickleball Association will play a pickleball tournament on North Beaver Street, just north of Philadelphia Street. Come see what the fun is all about!

5.)    Give Local York Big Give Party

It's the grand finale! From 7 p.m.- 12 a.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, join Give Local York staff as they add up the grand total and countdown to midnight! The celebration features:


◘ Silent disco with Aortic Valve
◘ Live music from Bustle & Bump
◘ Photo booth and interactive hashtag mural
◘ Concessions and bar
◘ Grand finale with Central City Orchestra, emceed by Liz and Chris from WARM 103.3 and Gary Sutton from NewsTalk 93.9 and 910 WSBA

Free to attend and open to all! Produced by Party Belles and supported by Cultural Alliance of York County.

For the full list of First Friday May and Give Local York activities, check out the link below:

#FFYork #GiveLocalYork

Living Green in the City: 8 Eco-Friendly Businesses in Downtown York

Downtown York is just a few days away from hosting Go Green in the City - a family-friendly street festival that promotes green and healthy living. Living a green lifestyle, especially in a city, is key to conserving Mother Nature. The festival is only a day long, but improving the environment requires dedication 365 days of the year. Several downtown businesses are making big moves toward sustainability. Whether that’s by upcycling, recycling or offering vegan options on their menu, their practices positively impact the planet we call home. Here are eight businesses in Downtown York that are going green:  

Compostable Cups and Containers at Molly’s Courtyard Café

Enjoy coffee from a compostable cup at Molly’s Courtyard Café.

Enjoy coffee from a compostable cup at Molly’s Courtyard Café.

Plastic to-go cups and containers have a major negative impact on the environment. The world uses about 500 billion plastic cups a year, most of which end up in a landfill (earthday.org).  Molly’s Courtyard Café has made its carryout Eco-friendlier with compostable and biodegradable products. All cups, containers and utensils are ideal for your on-the-go lifestyle and for the environment. 

Molly’s Courtyard Café

46 W. Philadelphia St.

facebook.com/mollyscourtyardcafe

Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sustainable Shopping at Revolt Style Studio, My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe & Redeux Vintage

Stay sustainable with vintage clothes and accessories from Revolt Style Studio.

Stay sustainable with vintage clothes and accessories from Revolt Style Studio.

Shopping vintage is an easy way to reduce, reuse and recycle clothing and other products. Revolt Style Studio, My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe and Redeux Vintage offer unique second-hand clothes, accessories, home goods and more. What is better than shopping and helping the environment at the same time?

 

Revolt Style Studio

26 N. Beaver St.

revoltstylestudio.com

Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe

38 N. Beaver St.

mygirlfriendswardrobe.net

Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon 10a.m.-4 p.m., Tues-Thurs 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Redeux Vintage

113 S. Duke St.

redeuxvintage.com

Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Unique Upcycling at Molly’s Follies

Give your old furniture life again at Molly’s Follies. Photo courtesy of Austin Gingerich.

Give your old furniture life again at Molly’s Follies. Photo courtesy of Austin Gingerich.

Upcycling is the process of converting unused items into something new and better quality. By upcycling furniture, not only do you get one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, but you are reducing the amount of waste sent to a landfill. Molly’s Follies takes pride in using creativity to turn something old and worn into something new and unique.

 

Molly’s Follies

56 S. Duke St.

marketplace.apartmenttherapy.com/store/mollysfollies

Mon-Thurs by appointment, Fri-Sat 12-6 p.m. & Sun 12-3 p.m.

Eat Delicious and Nutritious at Zwild Vegans

Feel good and eat good with a curried chickpea salad sandwich from Zwild Vegans. Photo Courtesy of Zwild Vegans.

Feel good and eat good with a curried chickpea salad sandwich from Zwild Vegans. Photo Courtesy of Zwild Vegans.

The production of meat and other animal products places heavy strain on our environment for several different reasons. These production processes require a lot of energy and water, which adds pollution to our air and decreases our supply of fresh water. Eating a plant-based diet is ideal for conservation, and the team at Zwild Vegans can turn your favorite meat dishes into something tasty and vegan. Enjoy plant-based burgers, tacos, BBQ ribs and much more!   

 

Zwild Vegans

380 W. Market St. (Inside of Penn Market)

facebook.com/zwildvegans

Fri 12-5 p.m. & Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Purchase Local Produce from Central Market York and Penn Market

Shop for local produce and goods at Central Market York and Penn Market. Photo courtesy of Central Market York.

Shop for local produce and goods at Central Market York and Penn Market. Photo courtesy of Central Market York.

Most of the food you buy in the grocery store is imported, which means it often travels hundred and even thousands of miles to be delivered. The more food that has to be transported, means more carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Buying your produce locally can help decrease your carbon footprint which has a big impact against pollution. Not to mention, it keeps money in your community and local produce is often organic. Central Market York and Penn Market both offer several different vendors who sell vegetables, fruits and other locally grown or made products. You can even find wine made from local fruits!

 

Central Market York

34 W. Philadelphia St.

Tues & Thurs 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. & Sat 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

centralmarketyork.com

 

Penn Market

380 W. Market St.

Tues, Fri & Sat 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

pennmarket.com

5 Things to Do in Downtown York While Enjoying the Rail Trail

5 Things to Do in Downtown York While Enjoying the Rail Trail

Spring is here, and what better way to welcome the warmer weather than an outdoor adventure? Whether you are a cyclist, a hiker or just enjoy spending time outdoors, Historically Edgy Downtown York is a perfect destination for you to explore. The York County Heritage Rail Trail has been a premier recreational hotspot in the area for nearly two decades and runs directly into the heart of the city.

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