Royal Square District's Growth Continues with Arrival of Venture


YORK, PA – Downtown York’s Royal Square District will take another step toward solidifying itself as one of Central Pennsylvania’s creative hubs on Friday, when Downtown Inc celebrates the arrival of Venture, a new art gallery bringing together three dynamic makers in one space.

Downtown Inc will join with local dignitaries for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Venture, 128 E. King St. Media and the public are invited to attend.

Venture combines the talents and vision of three creative women: Susan McDaniel, Karen Paust and JoAnne Schiavone. An offshoot of The Parliament Arts Organization, Venture will offer fine art and crafts, along with specially selected items from local and national artisans. In addition, Venture will offer classes for creative crafts including knitting, crocheting, embroidery and book arts.

“Our goal is to bring high-quality crafts, fine art and interior design to our city, our state and the world, and we couldn’t be happier to do that than right here in Downtown York, where a maker’s spirit already runs deep,” McDaniel said. “Whether they’re browsing the art or learning a new skill, we welcome guests of all kinds to our cozy corner of King Street and can’t wait to begin spreading the creative spirit among all our visitors.”

After the ribbon cutting, Venture will remain open and celebrate its grand opening with First Friday festivities including music from Et Cetera, a gift basket drawing and featured art from Wendy Hostler of Red Bus Studios and Stephanie Holmes.  

Venture’s arrival is the latest exciting development for Royal Square, where artistic expression and creativity have blossomed in the district framed by King, Queen, Princess and Duke streets.

From opening new attractions to facilitating beautification efforts to attracting visitors with special events, The Parliament Arts Organization has served as a driving force behind Royal Square’s growth. It recently opened Gallery110, a high-end gallery supporting local artists, funded the installation of 11 flower planters and has planned a large-scale music festival for later this year.

“If it isn’t already, the Royal Square District is poised to set itself apart as the neighborhood for creatives not only in Downtown York, but all of York County,” said Collin Holder, Executive Director of The Parliament. “We want people to stay in York to see national and international art – and they’ll find that and more in just a few blocks. Royal Square is well on its way to becoming a destination where Downtown York’s revolutionary creativity is the main draw.”

The 100 block of East King Street will continue to grow its creative offerings this spring with the anticipated opening of The Dark Parlour, home to antiques and oddities.

This summer will also bring a partnership with the York Flea that will bring the unique marketplace to Royal Square for First Fridays in June, July and August. The York Flea will set up in the Royal Square Courtyard, a shared greenspace found behind The Parliament.

Also, after showcasing 25 different culinary concepts, the Taste Test Restaurant Incubator will become The Cantina, offering a full food and drink menu year-round at 105 S. Duke St. It will kick off its grand opening with a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

And a handful of Royal Square businesses are planning to adjust their hours to remain open on Sundays, pairing expanded hours with live entertainment to create another weekly draw.

Among its many amenities, Royal Square also features HIVE artspace, OMG Studios, Studio 117, King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective, Molly’s Follies, DiDi & Smiling John’s, Casta Cigars, Redeux Marketplace, the Royal Square Garden and The Bond – a stunning industrial-chic wedding venue. Foodies will also be happy to find World Grills’ delicious Thai street food and a vast selection of craft beer at Collusion Tap Works. And much more.

“Royal Square is proof that great things happen when creative entrepreneurs bring their talents together in one space,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “We thank Venture for adding even more artistic flair to Downtown York and look forward to watching these amazing women share their talents with the world. These are the success stories that will inspire the next wave of innovative ideas, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.”


An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, 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 Director
Downtown Inc