Downtown Advocates, Businesses Honored During Downtown First Awards


YORK, PA – Downtown Inc recognized businesses, organizations and individuals who put Downtown York first through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources during the 18th Annual Downtown First Awards Presented by The Glatfelter Agency at the Logos Academy on Thursday night. 

“This is one of our favorite times of the year because it gives Downtown Inc, and all of us, the opportunity to say thank you to the people who make Downtown York a better place in which to live, work and visit,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc. “When people talk about Downtown York, they often use the word ‘revitalized.’ We have reached this point thanks to the work of many people, and we are honored to call attention to everyone who has played a role in our city’s renaissance.”

A total of 48 businesses, nonprofits and individuals were nominated for Downtown First Awards across eight categories. Downtown Inc is proud to announce this year’s winners:

Outstanding Large Business Presented by Susquehanna Real Estate – Rite Aid 

Rite Aid is a national chain, but it has made a strong commitment to Downtown York. In 2017, Rite Aid remodeled its West Market Street location and extended store hours on evenings and weekends. The investment has provided important services to downtown residents and visitors alike. 

Outstanding Small Business Presented by Stock and Leader – Weary Arts Group 

Under Cal Weary’s leadership, Weary Arts Group uses the arts to transform the York community by providing a vital community outreach center and safe haven for city youth. Weary Arts Group’s programming includes a summer camp teaching arts, music and theater skills. Through art and a commitment to engage children, the Weary Arts Group builds future leaders.  

Outstanding New Business/Merchant Presented by O.N.E. Hospitality Group – Revival Social Club 

Already successful restaurateurs in Harrisburg, owners Jessica and Robert Ayala invested in Downtown York’s growing restaurant scene when they opened Revival Social Club on North George Street. With globally inspired fare and cool cocktails, Revival has become a favorite for business lunches, happy hour cocktails or a satisfying dinner. 

Outstanding Merchant Presented by CGA Law Firm – The New Hub Store 

When a devastating fire closed his store in 2017, owner Willie Standley kept his York institution alive. Everyone’s favorite tailor re-opened next door. That is great for city residents and visitors alike looking for dress clothing, prom attire, sneakers and more. 

Outstanding Nonprofit Presented by The York Revolution – Stick N Move Boxing 

At Stick N Move Boxing, Antwoine Dorm offers more than an after-school boxing program where kids can have fun. Stick N Move Boxing also provides tutoring services, personal training and more to prepare youth for a future of leadership. 

Better York Appell Beautification Award Presented by Better York – Iron Horse York and Yohn Property Management 

With well-maintained planters, attractive outdoor seating and café lighting, Iron Horse York has brought bustle and a much-improved aesthetic to Continental Square. Unblocked views of the restaurant, as well as the entrance to the One West building, show off the beautiful interiors and goings-on inside. 

Outstanding Individual within an Organization or Business Presented by PeoplesBank – Kate Harmon 

Once a part-time employee for the Parliament Arts Organization, Harmon stepped into a leadership position and has helped to cement The Parliament’s status as a premier arts organization. Harmon also works with What The Food Trucks, Give Local York, Working Progress and other York organizations. 

Outstanding Volunteer Presented by C.S. Davidson, Inc.  – JJ Sheffer 

For two decades, Sheffer has volunteered countless hours to organize events that bring people to Downtown York. From the York Story Slam to York: Crafted to Kable House Presents, Sheffer’s dedication is apparent throughout the year. She also supports a wide variety of other community events, where she shares expertise and mentors other event planners. 


Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit for more information.


Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Manager, Downtown Inc,, 717.849.2331 or 717-350-0962

Silas Chamberlin, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Inc,,  717.849.2331