— From the pages of FLL#36
“Small business is the foundation of growth in America, and it starts with one person, with one vision.” — Gary Bredow
Lancaster County is booming with small businesses. Our city is the perfect avenue for those with big dreams and huge ideas. As their vision is created and planned, opportunities around them are constantly arising, encouraging their dream to flourish. Photographers, designers, bakers, creators, artists, and soap makers alike will find opportunity to make their greatest dream a reality—right here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There’s no business… like small business.
It didn’t take long for Brandon Ziegler, owner, to transform his love of baking into a physical store front. After much success following his two stands at Lebanon Farmer’s Market and Lancaster Central Market, Brandon knew it was time for his bakery to have a permanent home—in a beautifully renovated barn made of stone and wood on East Newport Road in Lititz. Family-owned and operated, Zig’s offers bread, cookies, pies, coffee and espresso drinks, food to go, and deli items. They are happy to assist you with your holiday needs, too!
ZIG’S BAKERY AND CAFÉ
800 East Newport Road • Lititz • (717) 626-7981
After 25 years of catering and hosting pig roasts, Dean and Carole Ziegler teamed up with daughter, Heather, and sister, Chris, to create Brick Gables—a beautiful, rustic event space in a restored barn. Anything from weddings to meetings can be fully enjoyed in the venue. Catering, tables, chairs, linens, silverware, glassware, and china are provided, as well as a projector and screen for any type of gathering or celebration. Directly above Zig’s Café, Brick Gables works together as a family to make anything—from a successful meeting to dream wedding—a reality.
800 East Newport Road • Lititz • (717) 627-0080
Day Waters, owner and founding member of Inglenook Creative, has successfully combined her enthusiasm and excitement for design and the collaborative space movement. The Inglenook studio is a collective of independent home and garden professionals working together in one low-profile space. It offers a bright, modern location for people to openly collaborate in making your house a home. Inglenook Creative also offers a group design lab, one-on-one consultations, and various social workshops and seasonal styling events. Make your home project fun by scheduling a time to drop by the studio. Inglenook Creative offers a reference library for wallpaper, designer fabrics, and more.
2300 Columbia Avenue • Lancaster • (717) 824-4044
For Jena Milakovic, owner of Lyes and Lathers, transitioning into making soap from culinary school was easy. When soap is in its liquid form, she can predict its reaction due to its similarity to food. Jena combines her love for chemistry and art while creating her stunning, minimal-ingredient soaps in her kitchen studio modeled after a science lab, soapstone countertop and all. With natural ingredients varying from grapefruit to black pepper to benzoin, Jena satisfies both sides of her brain to create a cerebral yet beautiful line of lathers.
Stash Collective is a collaborative store owned by vintage lovers Anela Bence Selkowitz, Haley Harned, and Jen Merrill. The rustic yet sleek and stylish store offers a rotating array of hand-selected items including: vintage and handmade clothing for men and women, accessories, housewares, vinyl, small furniture pieces, and other gift items within their downtown Harrisburg location. Incorporating fun, vintage touches into the modern world is important to these three blossoming entrepreneurs—shopping for vintage items coincides with their belief in sustainable living in that it reuses what has been left behind by others. Supporting local artists in the community by featuring their handmade products will truly personalize your shopping experience as well.
210 Walnut Street • Harrisburg • (717) 232-2207
To photograph a baby’s first breath, to capture the moment a couple becomes a family, is what Imprint Birth Photographers strive to do. Owners Kimberly Sanderson and Joyous Snyder, both passionate about birth and babies, began their business as a way to support women during such a transformative time of life. Professional photographers themselves, Kimberly and Joyous have created a cooperative of several artists working flexibly amongst one another to capture the moment a new child comes into the world. No matter what the birthing plan for each new mother may be, Imprint Birth Photographers will be on call for the soul-jumping moment you step into your role as mother or father.
The historically important friendship between authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis has greatly inspired the staff of Rabbit and Dragonfly Café, Jason Zimmerman, Dave Seyfried, Laurie Johnson, Steph Todoroff, Melissa Garland, and Dr. David Eisenburg. The famous authors formulated a club—The Inklings—who would gather weekly in the back room of a pub, dubbed The Rabbit Room. Here, they would offer critique and encouragement for one another’s writing. The café offers unique delectable items and coffee on market days and Wednesdays, as well as books and weekly social gatherings. Inside, customers will experience a sense of family and togetherness shared amongst its founding members. An inspiring getaway right around the corner, discover the world within the Rabbit and Dragonfly Café.
RABBIT AND DRAGONFLY CAFÉ
51 North Market Street • Lancaster • (717) 579-1043
Danielle and Justin Allgyer decided to make their love for creative production a reality by transforming it into their ultimate dream job. Danielle designs charming children’s apparel which is then sewn by a small plain community. Justin screenprints the designs and takes charge of marketing. Currently, 17 stores sell the husband and wife team’s creations which include headwraps, leggings, tie tanks, graphic tees, scarves, dribble droolers, hoodies, and pullover sweatshirts for newborns and children up to size 5T. They have also been featured in the popular Babiekins Magazine.