Downtown Inc To Host 5 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies on First Friday

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YORK, Pa. – Downtown Inc’s giant scissors will get a workout this Friday, thanks to five scheduled ribbon-cutting events that will welcome everything from a new museum exhibit to a photography studio to a new artistic safe haven to Downtown York.

“It’s fitting to have five ribbon-cutting ceremonies on a First Friday, our monthly celebration of the Downtown York community,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc. “We’ll be hustling from location to location, but will take the time to step back to soak in the bigger story: Our downtown continues to grow at a frenetic pace. The diversity of our ribbon-cutting celebrations this week also reinforces that York is growing in many different ways. From small businesses reinvigorating their current spaces to the emergence of new community amenities, we continue to see investment in our city.”

October’s busy days comes after Downtown Inc welcomed three new businesses downtown during September’s First Friday.

Friday’s scheduled ribbon-cutting ceremonies, in chronological order, include the following:

3 photography businesses moving to Royal Square District

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for sarah b photography, Christina Julia Photography and the Hursts & Co.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, October 5

WHERE: 113 S. Duke St., York, PA 17401. Located on the second floor of Redeux Marketplace.

DETAILS: Three new photography businesses are moving into a studio space in Downtown York’s Royal Square District. The second-floor studio will house sarah b photography, Christina Julia Photography and the Hursts & Co. All three offer photography services including headshots, maternity/newborns, families, natural boudoir, lifestyle and product photography. For more information, please visit, and

Grand Opening of Goodridge Daguerreotype Studio

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Goodridge Daguerreotype Studio.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Friday, October 5.

WHERE: Goodridge Freedom Center, 123 E. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401.

DETAILS: The Goodridge Freedom Center is celebrating the opening of the Goodridge Daguerreotype Studio. A recreation of Glenalvin Goodridge’s photographic studio was designed by Grant Romer of the Eastman House and features an extensive collection of historic photographs, with a particular emphasis on African-American photographs donated by Larry West of Washington, D.C. Also featured are contributions from the Daguerreotype Society of America. For more information, please visit

City to install artistic chessboards on Continental Square

WHAT: The City of York will install artistic chessboards on Continental Square

WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 5.

WHERE: Continental Square

DETAILS: Downtown Inc will join the City of York as it celebrates the installation of three artistic chessboards on Continental Square. The City of York’s Richard Craighead assisted with the design.

WAG Studio West to call Union Lutheran Church home

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for WAG Studio West

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 5.

WHERE: Union Lutheran Church, 408 West Market, York, PA 17401 US

DETAILS: Weary Arts Group (WAG) is dedicated to the advancement of arts education for students of all ages in the York area, as well as abroad. It believes that excellent training in the arts leads to greater leaders in all fields and careers. Comprised of artists, educators and community leaders, Weary Arts Group recognizes the power the arts has to transform a community. Through thoughtful partnership and training, WAG will utilize amenities offered to us by the City of York to affect the academic and social growth of our community. Building a wide range of specialty arts-based classes with a “living curriculum” serves the city, county and creates a global neighborhood. This offering will allow us to be a community outreach center and safe haven for all. Please enter through the Penn Street entrance. A musical number and meet and greet will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments also available. Stay around for open stage/karaoke and dance exhibitions until about 9 p.m. For more information, please visit

York Emporium receives a new paint job – and many more improvements

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated York Emporium

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, October 5.

WHERE: The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., York, PA 17401

DETAILS: The York Emporium has undergone extensive remodeling from the Royal Square Development & Construction Company. Major improvements include new lighting, new bathrooms, new heating and ventilation, the return of a large garage door near the front of the building and, for the first time since World War II, a new paint job on the interior. The York Emporium was founded in 1984. The present owners, Pam and Jim Lewin, took over the West Market Street location 13 years ago, and since that time have brought a number of their innovations to Downtown York, including Civil War days (complete with skirmishes in the parking lot)and annual days celebrating science fiction, mystery and horror. The store has received the Mayor's Merchant of the Month Award and Downtown Inc’s Outstanding Merchant of the Year Award. Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will also feature refreshments (pizza and soda) and a live band. WCRT-TV will be live on Comcast channels 16/18. For more information about the York Emporium, please visit


Silas Chamberlin
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Staub
Marketing & Communications Manager
Downtown Inc