Designed and decorated to reflect life in the forest as Robin Hood lived, the Loxley’s Restaurant in Lancaster County gives 5 percent of each customer's check to a local charity. Since the practice began in 2009, the business has donated $228,000 to charitable organizations.
Every month, thousands of people stroll through Lancaster enjoying First Friday, an evening of art, music, food and special promotions at more than 100 downtown venues. Merchants say the event not only showcases the city's thriving arts and cultural scene but also has a major economic impact.
Camp Hill hosted its 2012 Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival, an open-air painting competition, from June 5 to June 10 in the borough and around other West Shore communities to promote the arts and help drive downtown business. Meet some of the artists in Willow Park on June 7.
During the past two years, downtown Harrisburg has seen a steady wave of new dining and entertainment concepts open. Expanding organizations such as Harrisburg Young Professionals help build a captive audience for those willing to take a chance. For more on the evolving downtown, see our Nov. 23 edition.