Kaletta’s to Bring Urban Elegance to Key Downtown York Corner


Downtown Inc will join Kaletta’s for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday

YORK, Pa. – Downtown York’s renaissance has impressed Jacqueline Bortner. Now, she’s a part of it.

Bortner will open her new shop, Kaletta’s, on Friday. She’ll move into the corner of North Beaver and Philadelphia streets, in the epicenter of the city’s popular Market District.

Downtown Inc will join Kaletta's for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Downtown Inc will join Kaletta's for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Downtown Inc will join Bortner for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday at the 57 N. Beaver St. store – marking a great start to April’s First Friday. Media coverage is invited, and Downtown Inc encourages all First Friday attendees to join the festivities.

Kaletta’s will take over space formerly occupied by Kimman’s, one of the key catalysts of Downtown York’s revitalization. While Bortner knows people might make comparisons, she wants to make her own mark on Downtown York’s boutique shopping scene.

Bortner will offer a unique selection of products including home décor, baby items and accessories, as well as trendy and classic fashions for the modern woman who also indulges in world travel. As a flight attendant, Bortner hopes to draw upon her extensive travel experience to offer a global component to her business.

With new lofts and modern apartments like REVI Flats, and a lively arts scene, attracting new residents and visitors to Downtown York, Bortner hopes to tap into a clientele looking for a personal touch when they shop.

“My goal is not only for the store to appeal to our community, but really to appeal to the new urban dwellers that call Downtown York home,” Bortner said. “We want to build relationships with our customers. Our experienced sales team is looking forward to providing exceptional and unique services for our guests. When customers come into Kaletta’s we will know your name and suggest a gift perfect for any occasion. That’s the connection that people shopping downtown want today.”

Bortner promises a new look to the shop. She has strived to add an “urban elegance” with chandeliers, a chalkboard barn door and antiques throughout the store. She also sourced barn wood from Maryland farms to help decorate the interior. The exterior will also receive a facelift with new awnings.

First Friday attendees will have an opportunity to explore Kaletta’s following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Not only will they get a firsthand look at the new look store, Kaletta’s will also introduce guests to the Selga clothing line, made by Lancaster designer Kathy Frey. Live models will show off the fashions during First Friday, and Frey will be on hand to talk about her clothing.

The shop will also raffle off prizes on Friday and Saturday.

“Kaletta’s will reinforce Downtown York’s status as the creative hub of York County with another one-of-a-kind shopping experience,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, Downtown York’s improvement organization. “The Beaver Street corridor is one of the hallmarks of our boutique shopping district, with merchants that set tomorrow’s trends all while attracting continued investment in our city.”

Kaletta’s will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The shop will stay open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays.

For more information, please visit www.kalettas.com.


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 www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.


Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Manager, Downtown Inc, astaub@downtownyorkpa.com, 717.849.2331

Silas Chamberlin, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Inc, schamberlin@downtownyorkpa.com,  717.849.2331

Jacqueline Bortner, Owner, Kaletta’s, shopkalettas@gmail.com , 717-854-0440