Lancaster used book store DogStar Books is moving to larger quarters after six years on West Chestnut Street. Owner Brian Frailey talks about the move and the challenges of selling books in a digital age.
With a passion for fresh-roasted coffee, Geof and Pam Smith opened St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown in 2000. The shop imports beans from about 20 countries, including several fair trade and organic products. St. Thomas is one of only a few roasters in Central Pennsylvania. The shop sells to retail and wholesale customers across the region and online.
Despite rising coffee demand and supply shortages due to weather-impacted crops, St. Thomas continues to roast about 400 pounds of coffee each week, Geof Smith said. Low overhead costs have helped the owners maintain competitive prices in the face of record highs in coffee commodity trading. When the shop opened 12 years ago, 1-pound bags of roasted beans cost $10. Today they are $13.
Seven years ago, Kim and Jesse Hill purchased the Mann building in downtown Lebanon. It was the Lancaster couple’s first venture into commercial real estate.
In December 2011, the Hills opened Cowork Vibe, a shared workspace on the fifth floor of the historic property at 815 Cumberland St. The coworking concept is designed to provide professional, affordable office space and a supportive atmosphere for freelancers, startups, small businesses and nonprofits.
Incorporated in 1999, Keystone Mobility continues to expand its product lines in the area of mobility services. The company moved into its 9,000-square-foot space in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, in August.