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Longenecker's Hardware Celebrates 80 Years In Business December 8, 2017

Jean Carl remembers her first day at Longenecker's Hardware nearly 40 years ago in April 1978. It was Bill Longenecker's birthday, and Bill and his wife, Jan, were expecting their first child. Bill retired two years ago after a long retail career, but folks can still find Jean at the cash register greeting customers.

Through many decades of advances, the Longenecker brand, with its commitment to customers, community, and employees, has endured for the last 80 years. Charles G. Longenecker began his small hardware business in Manheim in 1937. During succeeding decades, his sons, Fred and Bill, expanded Longenecker's business footprint in both square footage and inventory selection.

In 1962, Longenecker's became part of the True Value buying group, and in 1996, the business added the Just Ask Rental service and products. A catalog showcases a variety of equipment and event supplies that are available to rent by the hour, day, or week.

Currently, Longenecker's Hardware consists of 47,000 square feet of retail space in the Manheim Shopping Center, plus two warehouses. With 70 employees, Longenecker's Hardware is owned by Mark Foreman, Phil Martin, and Steve Ober. Partners for 18 years with more than 75 years of combined hardware experience, they strive to daily demonstrate their business philosophy: to offer quality products and outstanding customer service, to build relationships and create a pleasant environment for customers, to provide a stable work environment for employees, and to operate a profitable business that is an asset to the community.

As Longenecker's sales continue to increase, consistent with its business strategies, the business voluntarily gives back to the local community. "We feel it's a social and economic responsibility to give back to the community that supports us," noted Foreman, Longenecker's president. "Our achievements are the result of our customers and employees. When people shop locally, we all benefit."

Longenecker's tagline is "More than just a hardware store." The store offers more than 100,000 items, including appliances, paint, lawn mowers, snow blowers, RV supplies, power tools, seasonal decor, electrical and plumbing items, and supplies for greenhouses, lawn and garden, fairy gardens, auto, and office. There is also a gift shop with jewelry and fashions. The store also provides repair services, rental equipment, key duplications, small engine repair, water testing, hunting and fishing licenses, and shipping. Customers look forward to the annual store events such as Ladies' Night, the people-sized giant doghouse full of bargains each January, grill demonstrations, tool shows, fashion shows, Daylight Saving sales, and Easter egg hunts.

Martin, vice president, feels that customer service and positive relationships with customers are the reason for Longenecker's success. He believes that the staff should treat others as they would want to be treated.

The business embraces advances in technology. Online shopping and e-commerce have been added in recent years. Customers can shop 24 hours a day on and receive free shipping to Longenecker's. Store-specific sales and department offerings are available at, along with the services, do-it-yourself project guides, gift card ordering, event information, and a full online catalog of rental equipment and event supplies.

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay join credit cards and traditional payment options for customers. Timely information regarding the latest sales and events is shared via email, and the store also uses Facebook to communicate with customers and share a more casual take on the Longenecker brand.

Inventory expansion with computerized inventory control allows Longenecker's to meet customers' needs. "To compete effectively in today's marketplace, we now carry a wide selection of brands," shared Ober, secretary/treasurer, who manages the business's technological systems. "In major appliances, we sell and service more than 10 brand names, and in our paint department, we carry Benjamin Moore and Dutch Boy paints as well as our True Value brands."

By continually seeking new opportunities, yet keeping its small-town personality, Longenecker's Hardware has evolved into a major retailer in northern Lancaster County with many departments serving diverse customers. The business looks forward to serving additional generations of customers during the next 80 years.

Longenecker's Hardware is located at 127 Doe Run Road, Manheim. The store's hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, with the Just Ask Rental counter opening at 7 a.m. Customers can reach the store at 717-665-2491 and the rental counter at 717-665-2020. For additional information, readers may email or visit


Kanji Japanese Restaurant Opens In Mount Joy December 8, 2017

Kanji Japanese Restaurant is now open at 771 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

The business is owned by Emma Gao and her husband, Jeff Chen, and their daughter, Emily Chen. Emma and Jeff have 13 years of experience working in Asian restaurants, and they have lived in Lancaster County for more than eight years. Emma and Jeff decided to open a restaurant in Mount Joy because they loved the small-town atmosphere, and they are delighted to introduce a unique Asian flavor to area residents.

Jeff is a sushi chef who studied with a Japanese sushi master for two years. The restaurant strives to offer a healthier alternative to typical Asian cuisine. Fresh ingredients are used daily, and hand-picked favorite recipes are featured. Jeff makes sushi to order in addition to other dishes, and he plans to utilize many of his creative ideas to feature a new sushi option every two weeks.

The restaurant offers flavorful options for all tastes, from mild to extra-spicy. In addition to a variety of Japanese sushi, the kitchen serves Chinese and Thai dishes. The chefs strive to fulfill custom orders to fit everyone's tastes, and there is no MSG in any of the dishes. Kanji Japanese Restaurant offers a clean, fresh appearance and unique items.

Regular restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The restaurant's holiday hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Customers may make reservations, and walk-ins are welcome. Eat-in and takeout dining options are offered, and the restaurant is BYOB. A coupon is available in this edition of The Merchandiser.

Customers may place an order by calling 717-653-8888 or online at by searching for "Kanji Japanese Restaurant." Additional information is available at


Boas Fundraising Is Under New Ownership November 27, 2017

Lancaster County natives Kevin and Terri Wilson recently took ownership of Boas Fundraising, 1500 Wilson Ave., Lancaster.

Kevin grew up in Strasburg and graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, while Terri grew up in Millersville, moved to Akron at age 10, and later graduated from Ephrata High School. Kevin worked at West Pharmaceuticals in Lititz for more than 26 years as a training coordinator. Terri was previously employed as an outside sales representative.

Boas Fundraising was founded in 1989, and the Wilsons are the third owners. The business offers individuals and organizations an easy and profitable way to raise funds. Boas Fundraising offers products including super-fresh subs and pretzel sandwiches, pizzas, dessert rolls, and pies, as well as Pellman cakes and cheesecakes. It works with schools, universities, churches, civic groups, youth and adult sports leagues, bands and choral groups, preschools and day cares, animal rescues, dance and gymnastics organizations, Scout troops, and other nonprofit organizations.

"We strongly believe that locals should support locals," noted the owners, explaining why the business partners with local vendors and suppliers whenever possible for its products and services. "This includes companies such as Scheid Produce, Hometown Provisions, Pellman Foods, Papa Dino's, and Cooper Printing," the owners shared. "We are so fortunate to have great local companies that can supply us with what we need, especially since this is who we sell to - our local communities."

Boas Fundraising strives to help its customers by sorting orders when the seller requests and triple-checking orders for accuracy. "We do this because we feel the organizers of a fundraiser have enough to do," the owners said. The business makes subs and pretzel sandwiches the day of the sale to ensure freshness. In addition, Boas offers free delivery on a minimum order of 100 items within a 25-mile radius of its centrally located Lancaster shop. "At Boas, we strive to always achieve excellent customer service, and one of the ways we do this is by always delivering at the time and location requested," the owners stressed. Customers may also pick up orders at the facility, situated right off Columbia Avenue behind the Turkey Hill at Stone Mill Road.

Kevin strives to run the business in a streamlined and efficient manner, from organizing the facility to handling the setup of the sales and the delivery of products. Customers may set up a sale by calling 717-396-0141 or visiting, where they will find an easy, step-by-step process. For additional information, readers may also email

Boas recommends allowing two to three weeks for selling the chosen items. The business requests orders be turned in one week prior to the delivery or pickup date, and orders for desserts should be called in two weeks prior to delivery or pickup date.

"It means so much to us to help others raise the funds they need for what is important to them," said the owners, noting that, for example, the activities of school-age children can take a toll financially on families, especially if multiple children are involved in numerous sports or extracurricular activities. "It's very rewarding to know we help soccer teams, marching bands, animal rescues, and church youth groups - just to name a few - to reach their financial goals," said Kevin and Terri. Fundraising is common for parents, schools, and churches, and Boas aims to provide delicious food that customers want to buy and eat. "We look forward to making each and every sale the best it can be for our customers," the owners commented. "We can't wait to make your fundraiser our next success story."


Hinkle's Restaurant Introduces New Owners November 22, 2017

Hinkle's Restaurant, 261 Locust St., Columbia, has been a staple in the Columbia community for decades. It is known as a local meeting place, especially at breakfast, where folks can catch up with friends. The restaurant is now owned by John Sipe, Tom Davis, and Robin Ortman, who have more than 70 years combined management experience at Hinkle's Restaurant and the former pharmacy, as well as other operations.

Upon the announcement from the Hinkle family that the business was planning to close and sell its assets, Don and Becky Murphy, owners of Cimarron Investments, crafted a plan to acquire the real estate, the restaurant equipment, and the Hinkle name. The Murphys then worked with Sipe, Ortman, and Davis to allow the trio to maintain restaurant operations and take ownership of the business. After closing for four days to regroup, rebrand, and ramp up to continue the restaurant, Hinkle's reopened on Oct. 30. "(We had) a great sense of accomplishment and a strong customer base," Don commented. "We were able to retain most of the key restaurant staff, which was essential to the restaurant. The employees are amazing and have been tremendously helpful as we transitioned."

Sipe served as manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy and Restaurant and has more than 30 years of experience with the restaurant and kitchen management. Ortman is the former kitchen manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy Restaurant, and she has executive chef experience at Willow Valley, as well as history with the Hotel Hershey. Davis is the former store manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy, and he brings decades of experience serving the Columbia community.

Some new features are in the works for the restaurant and its menu. The restaurant is planning renovations that will increase its ability to serve larger groups and provide table service and a private dining area. The business will continue to offer a full menu, catering, and takeout service.

Customers can expect all the delicious home-cooked meals that have become the favorites of the community, plus a few new treats. The restaurant will serve most breakfast items all day. Meals are made from scratch and are affordably priced. The chefs will also try to accommodate customers' dietary requests.

Hinkle's Restaurant strives to continue to offer the friendly atmosphere that the owners say makes it the social hub of Columbia. Exemplary service is the restaurant's main focus, and the staff believes that every customer should be treated like royalty. The restaurant maintains its old-fashioned soda fountain appeal, as well as familiar faces on staff that have made the transition with the new owners.

In addition to the new restaurant features, the property owners plan to introduce a new gift shop that will feature a variety of merchandise suggested by community members, such as items that may pertain to the river trail and other local interests.

Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The business can be reached at 717-684-2888. Customers are invited to find Hinkle's Restaurant on Facebook and visit for more information.


Golden Meadows Park Breaks Ground On Final Building November 17, 2017

Local developers Don Anderson and Mike Kellam are constructing the third and final building at Golden Meadows Park, 2301 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, in East Hempfield Township. The 12,000-square-foot, two-story building will resemble the original indoor pool building, which was constructed in 1965. "It was a unique building," Anderson commented. "We wanted to design a building with the same architectural look."

Anderson and Kellam purchased the 11.5-acre indoor/outdoor swim club in 2004. They operated the facility while building the 41,000-square-foot building that is home to Gold's Gym, Pennsylvania Specialty Pathology, Mood Salon & Spa, ALM Tax Service, and Disappearing Ink. Chesterbrook Academy joined the Golden Meadows Park Campus seven years ago, opening in 2010. The preschool continues to enjoy its state-of-the-art 13,000-square-foot building, utilizing the acres of open meadows that surround the facility.

Construction for Anderson and Kellam's final building began on Aug. 22, and the facility is expected to be ready for occupancy in January 2018. Schillaci Architects is the project architect, and TAH Construction is serving as general contractor.

No tenants have been signed to date, but Anderson and Kellam both feel there is a demand for the space. Anderson and Kellam note that the property's convenient location to Route 30 and Route 283, as well as its half-mile distance from the Lancaster General Health Suburban Pavilion, make it attractive to potential businesses. "Golden Meadows Park is zoned community business center, allowing many possible uses," explained Kellam. "(This includes) medical offices, restaurants, places of worship, retail sales, lodging, townhouses, a mixed-use building, and more."

Kellam said that he believes current tenants complement each other regarding the services offered. "We feel that a medical office would thrive at this location," he commented. "(We) were sure to include an elevator large enough to accommodate more than one wheelchair or a gurney."

Anderson noted an additional option to the property, as well. "As current tenants have shown interest in purchasing their space, we recently have created six condominiums within Golden Meadows Park's 11.5 acres," he explained.

Interested parties may now purchase space instead of renting. There is also space for a communication tower or antenna (behind the Gold's Gym building), as well as a smaller parcel directly on Harrisburg Pike that could accommodate a drive-up ATM.

Anderson and Kellam own and operate AKA Worldwide LLC, which is the managing company for Golden Meadows Park. For more information, readers may email or; call 717-208-7772, 717-314-5678, or 717-371-9726; or fax 717-392-8150.


Highspire Diner Announces New Owners November 2, 2017

Highspire Diner, 255 Second St., Highspire, is under new ownership.

Owners Andy and Julie Harmantzis have more than 30 years of experience in the business. They have owned restaurants on both the East Shore and the West Shore, and the Harmantzis family's members are longtime residents of the Middletown area.

"Come dine in an attractive 1950s original Silk City Diner and step back in time," the owners encouraged.

The diner serves homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials daily. For breakfast, patrons can try the eatery's popular Sideliner dish, Groff's rope sausage, or many other options. Lunch fare includes soups that are homemade daily, fresh Black Angus burgers, and a variety of soup and sandwich combos. For dinner, customers are invited to stop in for fresh-roasted turkey and beef, meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes, or one of the diner's daily dinner specials.

Customers can end their meal on a sweet note by choosing from a selection of desserts, such as homemade pies and cakes. "Try a piece of cherry pie like Mom used to make," suggested Andy and Julie.

"We look forward to serving you," said the owners.

Highspire Diner offers a 10 percent senior citizen discount daily for individuals age 60 and up.

Highspire Diner is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The diner will soon accept credit cards. The eatery may be reached at 717-939-5366. Readers may like Highspire Diner's Facebook page to view daily specials and find more information.


Smoker Door Sales Expands Facility October 18, 2017

Smoker Door Sales LLC, 87 N. Kinzer Road, Kinzers, is owned by Jeff and Joanna Smoker. Jeff grew up on a dairy farm in Chester County near Atglen. When he graduated from high school in 1989, Jeff took a job with a garage door installation company as an installer. This was his first full-time job off the farm, and he soon realized that he enjoyed working in the garage door industry. In 1998, Jeff decided to start his own business, and he opened his business in a small rented space near Gap.

Smoker Door Sales recently updated its logo. It has also expanded with a new warehouse facility, which allows it to double its square footage. Additionally, it has added efficient LED lighting and a loading dock. The business currently has 15 full-time employees, adding professional installation and repair from experienced crews.

Smoker Door Sales is a complete garage door installation company. It sells and installs quality garage doors and garage door operators for residential and commercial customers.

"From the beginning, we have focused on the residential replacement doors, primarily in Lancaster and Chester counties," stated Jeff. "We offer a wide range of garage doors and work hard to meet the needs of our customers."

Jeff noted that there are a large variety of basic lightweight steel raised panel doors as well as high-end custom wood doors to fit whatever need a customer has. He explained that customers can add the lasting beauty and security of top-quality brands in the industry with dozens of styles to complement their home or business.

The business will offer $75 off any single door replacement and $150 off any double door replacement through the end of December. Readers may check the ad in this paper for additional details.

Smoker Door Sales is open on Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as on Saturdays by appointment. The business is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call 717-442-5070, call toll-free 800-520-DOOR, or visit


NutriMost Of Lancaster Announces Services, Plans Open House October 16, 2017

NutriMost of Lancaster, now owned by Todd November, is offering its program at 2481 Lincoln Highway East, Suite 2, Lancaster, next to Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Hours are offered by appointment only on Mondays through Saturdays. Additionally, a brand-new chiropractic service is offered in the Lancaster office on Saturdays and Sundays. Joy of Life Chiropractic will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, for the community to meet Dr. Josh and Dr. Dave of Joy of Life.

November explained that in 2008, he suffered a medical mishap and was diagnosed with acute liver failure. He was placed in an induced medical coma for three weeks while he awaited a liver transplant. In that time period, no suitable liver donor was found; however, November's liver began to rejuvenate on its own. When he woke up weeks later, he no longer needed the transplant. However, he noted, "I was still unhealthy, overweight, and in desperate need of some changes."

November witnessed the success of his son-in-law, Dr. Joshua Siegel, and daughter, Holly, when they tried the NutriMost program, so he decided to try it for himself.

November started his own journey in August 2013 while working as the general manager of a national burger restaurant chain. His symptoms at the time included high cholesterol, kidney stones, fatigue, and lethargy. "Right after I started the (NutriMost) program, I was amazed in the first week how much more energy I had," November recalled. November said he lost 41 pounds during the 40-day program, followed by an additional 10 pounds during the maintenance phase of the program.

November recalled that in October 2013, during a visit to the cardiologist, he learned that his cholesterol had dropped more than 100 points, and he was able to stop taking his cholesterol, heart, and blood pressure medications. Likewise, November said that a trip to the urologist revealed that his calcium levels had balanced out and his parathyroid levels had returned to a normal level. After 38 years, November was no longer producing kidney stones, he said.

By August 2014, Siegel, who had opened a NutriMost office at Cafe of Life Chiropractic in Long Beach, N.Y., offered November the opportunity to take over and supervise the NutriMost portion of the business. "I jumped at the opportunity to work with clients and help with health transformations of their own," November said. "It ended up being one of the best decisions I could have ever made."

In January 2015, November began a second round of NutriMost, and this time he said he lost an additional 30 pounds. He continued to maintain his weight and improve his health. He added that a third round of NutriMost in April 2015 helped him lose 29 pounds and reach his goal weight.

November is also the head supervising coach for two NutriMost offices in Long Island and one in Marietta, Ga. "I continue to enjoy a healthy, vibrant lifestyle based on what I have learned," November shared. "(I enjoy sharing that knowledge with) all the clients who enter the program. As an accomplished chef, I enjoy utilizing my cooking skills to make healthy meals enjoyable for myself and the clients who benefit from this knowledge and the NutriMost experience."

Individuals interested in learning more about the NutriMost program may visit to watch an informative video and then call 800-212-2612 to set up an appointment to meet with a health coach. The Lancaster office can also be reached at 717-690-2797, and readers may call to set up an appointment through Joy of Life, as well.


Susquehanna Nautical Gifts Opens In Elizabethtown September 28, 2017

Susquehanna Nautical Gifts LLC is a locally owned and operated business that features unique handcrafted decor for homes, lodges, and beach settings, along with beautiful giftware.

Owner Suzanne Korb noted that the shop offers an array of products, not just nautical-related items. Susquehanna Nautical Gifts strives to offer an eclectic mix of nautical, primitive, country, upcycled, and other items. The shop carries a full line of collectible tin signs, as well.

Susquehanna Nautical Gifts is located at 385 Hershey Road in Elizabethtown, in the same building as JLC Marine Inc. The shop is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, as well as most Saturday mornings through the fall season.

Customers can reach Susquehanna Nautical Gifts by calling 717-887-0771 or by emailing The shop can also be found on Facebook by searching for "Susquehanna Nautical Gifts LLC."


Wagler Steel Celebrates First Anniversary September 28, 2017

Wagler Steel, located at 6 Township Drive, Paradise, has been open for one year. The Wagler family has used its 30-plus years of construction experience to create the best possible metal products.

Wagler Steel has two main goals: to deliver high-quality metal roofing and siding and to do it fast. Because Wagler Steel rolls all the metal at the Paradise shop, representatives note that the business can always have metal ready for pickup or delivery on the same day or the next day.

The family-owned business sells metal, trim, and hardware associated with metal roofing. Trim and accessories are stocked at the shop, including screws, insulation, sliding door hardware, closure strips, roof vents, trim coil, and 1-by-4 lumber. Metal is always made to order. The business offers 20 colors of Galvalume metal, which feature a 40-year warranty, along with six textured colors and several galvanized options. It manufactures 28-gauge metal roofing and siding panels, soffits, and trims.

Wagler Steel offers contractor discounts. Free delivery options are available for contractors as well as local homeowners. Wagler Steel's products can also be purchased through several local lumber yards, including Paneling Sales, Musselman Lumber, and New Holland Supply.

Customers can contact Wagler Steel directly at 717-288-2138, drop by the Paradise location, or visit Business hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.


Siegrist Automotive LLC Moves To New Location September 24, 2017

Siegrist Automotive LLC has recently moved to a new location at 1212 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. An open house will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. The event will feature free food and an opportunity to meet the staff.

The business is owned and operated by Corie L. Siegrist. Working on cars and keeping them running in top condition has been a passion of Siegrist's since he started working on vehicles alongside his father as a young child.

"Here at Siegrist Automotive, we take pride in our work and treat every client's vehicle as if it were our own," Siegrist said.

The business offers Pennsylvania inspection and emissions testing. Siegrist added that the shop specializes in all major and minor repairs, including those relating to brakes, tires and suspensions, performance and drivability, lift kits, carburetor tuning, custom-built motors, aftermarket installations, and hot rod and diesel performance and tuning. "No job is too big or small," Siegrist noted.

Additionally, Siegrist Automotive now offers clean used cars for sale, and it also buys and trades vehicles. The business also has a notary.

To set up an appointment, readers may call Siegrist Automotive at 717-492-0376.


Hillside Acres Stoves Plans Open House At New Location August 2, 2017

Hillside Acres Stoves will host an open house from Monday through Saturday, Aug. 7 to 12, to celebrate its recent move to a larger retail store. The Amish family-owned business is now located 1 mile north of the Buck at 797 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville.

The open house will be held during Hillside Acres Stoves' regular business hours, with the addition of Tuesday, Aug. 8, when it will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is regularly open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillside Acres Stoves sells and services coal, wood, propane, and pellet stoves, as well as stainless steel chimneys and liners. Delivery and installation are available for all brands sold by the store. Delivery is also available for Blaschak coal and wood pellets, which are sold in 40-pound bags. The store now carries a large selection of charcoal, gas, and pellet grills, as well as grilling supplies, camping supplies, and fire pits.

Additionally, Hillside Acres Stoves offers chimney sweeping and inspections, as well as repairs and service for stoves it sells.

During the open house, all stoves in stock will be discounted between 5 and 15 percent. Special pricing will be available on Blaschak coal and wood pellets. Fresh doughnuts will be offered all week, and free chicken barbecue will be available on Friday, Aug. 11, and on Aug. 12. Representatives from DS, Hitzer, and Pacific Energy will be on-site on Aug. 11 and 12 to answer customers' questions as well.

For more information about Hillside Acres Stoves, readers may call the store at 717-923-0550 or visit


Gift And Thrift Shop Celebrates 40th Anniversary July 17, 2017

On July 5, the Mount Joy Gift and Thrift Shop, 413 W. Main St., Mount Joy, marked 40 years of serving the community. In 1977, area residents Anna Lois Charles, Mildred Steffy, and a few of their Mennonite friends were inspired to open a different kind of thrift store in the Mount Joy region. Rather than being a consignment shop or a for-profit venture, the store would rely on volunteer labor and sell donated clothing and housewares. Most importantly, all proceeds were to be donated to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide, faith-based humanitarian relief and development organization with headquarters in Akron.

The shop first opened in the former John Booth grocery at 50 E. Main St., Mount Joy, as the Re-Uzit Store. With only a few paid staff members and minimal operating expenses, the store was able to donate $10,000 to MCC in its first year.

Within a few years, the Re-Uzit Store had outgrown its location. In 1984, the shop's board of directors, who represent various Anabaptist denominations, obtained a loan from Eastern Mennonite Missions in Salunga for an expansion and purchased the former site of Clarence Herr's Ford dealership and garage.

After undergoing substantial renovations, the store relocated to its new and current home in 1985 and was renamed International Gift and Thrift. The store changed its name again in 2001 to Mount Joy Gift and Thrift.

Renovations and improvements to the store were undertaken in 1989, 1994, and 2010 so that the shop now includes three spacious shopping areas. The thrift section offers women's, men's, and children's clothing and shoes. The gift area features housewares, linens, and wall art, while the variety section sells games, baskets, electronics, seasonal decorations, books, and miscellaneous items. Also popular are the silent auction items in each area of the shop, including collectibles such as toys, dolls, coins, musical instruments, art, jewelry, figurines and china. Plenty of off-street parking is available, along with a handicapped-accessible entrance.

"With increased space and sales, the amount that the store has contributed annually to MCC has also increased," said manager Kathy Pawling. "In 40 years the total amount donated from our store now tops over $5 million - a significant milestone in fulfilling our mission."

To celebrate the anniversary, Mount Joy Gift and Thrift Shop will offer special sales and giveaways on Monday, July 24, through Saturday, July 29. Additionally, the store will offer anniversary sales throughout the year. Each week a different color-coded price tag will go on sale for 50 percent off. On Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., any merchandise with a price tag that does not end in $.99 is also 50 percent off. Fill-a-bag and half-price sales are also scheduled at various times of the year so that display shelves can be completely restocked.

"Not only does the Gift and Thrift offer an affordable place to shop, but our sales offer fantastic prices and shopping here is fun," said assistant manager Lois Kreider.

The growth and success of the store would not be possible without the work of many volunteers. When the store opened, there were about 50 volunteers, and today there are approximately 175 unpaid workers.

Volunteers come from a wide variety of denominations and church groups and donate many hours each week in receiving, sorting, and pricing donated items, as well as serving as cashiers. "We can always use more helpers," said volunteer coordinator Ruth Brandt. To volunteer, readers may contact Brandt or Pawling at 717-653-8318.

The store also depends on a steady stream of donations. It welcomes contributions of clean and gently used clothing, housewares, books, electronics, holiday trim, and more. Large furniture is not accepted. The Gift and Thrift prides itself in selling only merchandise that is in good to excellent condition. The receiving area for donations is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Former manager and current volunteer Patti Hostetler observed, "When you put your efforts together, cumulatively (you) can really make a difference." Store representatives note that by shopping, donating, or volunteering at Gift and Thrift, people can get the sense that they are contributing to something positive. MCC supports projects in more than 60 countries in the areas of disaster relief, microeconomic development, and peace and justice advocacy.

The Mount Joy Gift and Thrift is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.


Alliance Custom Cabinetry Announces New Leadership July 13, 2017

Renewed vision and new leadership have prompted a local custom cabinet manufacturer to rebrand from Kitchen Craft to Alliance Custom Cabinetry. Partnering with architects, designers, builders, and homeowners, Alliance, located at W. 859 Broad St., East Earl, continues to offer fully customizable cabinetry. Other features include a full showroom and sales staff with all levels of support for design, estimating, measuring, and installation.

"By definition, an alliance is a relationship between partners that is formed to benefit the community and strengthen each partner," said new owner and president John Drouillard. "This is the goal of Alliance - for all partnerships to be mutually beneficial."

The business was first established as Kitchen Craft in 1983 by Jay Zimmerman as a one-man shop, run from the family farm, to craft custom cabinets and custom furniture. From the beginning, Kitchen Craft aimed to satisfy each client by providing unrivaled service and by producing quality cabinetry that was carefully inspected to meet stringent quality standards.

In 2014, Zimmerman began to ponder the idea of selling the business. The following year, he hired Drouillard to begin learning the operation and to see if it would be a good fit for him to purchase the business. Early in 2016, Drouillard began the yearlong process of acquiring Kitchen Craft from Zimmerman.

By the end of January 2017, the transaction was complete. Drouillard's first order of business was to bring on key individuals to round out his leadership team. Dustin Landis joined as vice president of manufacturing, and Greg Petersheim joined as vice president of sales. Their involvement, along with Drouillard's, added more than 55 years of experience in high-end kitchen manufacturing and remodeling to the already skilled, talented, and experienced existing employees.

Alliance Custom Cabinetry employs skilled craftsmen, a sales staff, a rainmaker, and an experienced leadership team. Though the company has grown and changed in many ways, Alliance still aims to maintain the quality that first sparked interest in its cabinetry and fine woodworking throughout Lancaster County and beyond.

"Whether we're working with architects, designers, builders, or homeowners, customer satisfaction remains our highest priority," Drouillard said. "Alliance is blessed and grateful for the foundation that Jay Zimmerman first established with Kitchen Craft. We honor him as we continue to build upon that foundation."

Alliance Custom Cabinetry is currently accepting applications, as it is preparing to grow. More information is available at Additional information about the business may be found in the ad in this issue. The business may be reached at 717-445-7246.


Subway Restaurant Opens In Ronks July 13, 2017

A new location of the Subway restaurant chain has opened at 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks. The restaurant is located just off Route 896, next door to the Sight & Sound Theatres property.

Subway restaurants offer made-to-order submarine sandwiches in 6-inch and foot-long sizes. A variety of breads are baked fresh in each restaurant throughout the day, and customers may create hot or cold sandwiches with their choices of bread, meat, cheeses, fresh vegetables, and condiments. Customers may watch as their sandwiches are assembled. Salads, soups, and other items are also available at the Ronks location.

The newly launched location features the new Metro decor and plenty of seating. The restaurant held a grand opening on July 17 and offered deals on sandwiches. Readers may find coupons for additional deals in the restaurant's advertisement in this paper.

The owners of the new Ronks location are Brian Ludwig, Clair Zeager, and Deryl Stoltzfus.

The eatery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Readers may call the restaurant at 717-288-2529 for more information.

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Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Celebrates 30 Years July 12, 2017

Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc., 80 Route 41, Gap, is celebrating its 30th year in business.

In July 1987, original owner Leon Stoltzfus opened a small store on the property adjoining the current store's location to provide animal feed to local farmers and residents.

In 1990, Dean Stoltzfus, Leon's son and the current owner of the store with his wife, Teri, joined his father in the business. Dean's focus was to start a retail store that would provide pet food and supplies for companion animals and equine. The business grew, as did the need for more space. In 1992, construction began for the 10,000-square-foot structure that stands today as Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc.

At that time, housing developments were being built in the area and there was business development on routes 41 and 30. The Stoltzfuses noted that this increased the need to cater to pet owners and equine and gentlemen farmers. To meet this need, animal feeds are delivered directly to farms locally and out of state. Additionally, wholesale deliveries are made in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland, and Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. products are exported out of the country.

Store representatives note that the store's location makes it easy to reach local horse farms in Lancaster and Chester counties for delivery or in-store consults and retail needs. The equine customer base includes Old Order Amish, pleasure horse owners, performance horse owners, representatives of breeding farms, and horse owners in general - some with horses having special dietary needs.

Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. sells name-brand products as well as its own labeled brand on select feeds. Although the store has feeds and supplies for swine, poultry, and livestock, representatives say that equine, domestic pet, and wild bird products are in most demand.

However, Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. sells more than just animal feed. The store carries pet toys, beds, carriers, treats, and containment items, as well as gifts, wood pellets, ice melts, and other products.

In 1992, Gap Self Storage was built on the property, providing a needed service for residents of the new local housing developments. Since that time, the facility has been expanded; in 2012, a second facility was added at 845 Houston Run Drive in Gap.

Upon Leon's retirement in 2001, Dean and Teri became the driving force behind the locally owned and operated business. Dean and Teri are involved with the community and live locally with their three children, Elli, Wade, and Cole.

The couple is involved with everyday operations, including working with customers on the retail, wholesale, and exporting levels. This allows them to become familiar with customers' needs and wants. In addition to Dean and Teri, the business's other employees offer individualized attention and service to customers as well.

A garden center was added to the store in 2010 and carries a full line of garden products and supplies, such as tools, fertilizer, topsoil, mulch, vegetable and herb plants, annuals, perennials, fruit trees, berry plants, pottery, and more. Water garden supplies available in the garden center include pumps, filters, and fish food. Pond fish are located inside the retail store.

Throughout the year, seminars are offered at Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. that cover various topics, such as water gardens, pasture care, and equine and baby chick care.

This year also marks the 26th anniversary of the store's Furry Friends Field Day, a fundraising event for local animal rescues that is held every September. The event features fun, games, contests, and demonstrations. This year's event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 9.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. is offering special savings throughout the store during the month of July. A two-day customer appreciation celebration will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, during which free hot dogs, beverages, and chips will be available for customers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Regular store hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. at 717-442-8280 or visit


Small Business Of The Year Honored July 11, 2017

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce recently honored Genesis Lighting + Electric as the 2017 Small Business of the Year. This year the business is also celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The company was founded by Ben Ilgenfritz, who has been working in the electric trade since he started with his father's company at the age of 12. Ilgenfritz is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and an Energy Efficiency Program Ally with First Energy.

For more information, readers may call 717-450-2878 or visit


Country Table Restaurant Undergoes Renovations July 10, 2017

Country Table Restaurant, 740 E. Main St., Mount Joy, recently underwent a complete remodel from floor to ceiling. Owners Tom and Roe Daly would like to thank members of the community for their support over the past 17 years and invite everyone to stop by the restaurant and check out the new renovations.

"Our customers are raving about the new look, and we are so pleased with the outcome," said Tom. "Our deepest gratitude (goes) to Abner Miller from Miller Fabricating in Ephrata." The renovations began in April and were finished on May 20.

Although an interior mural that the Dalys had commissioned in 2003 has now been covered by a shiplap design, it still resides underneath - perhaps to be discovered by someone in the future. "It's our own little version of a time capsule," explained Tom. Additional booths have been added in the restaurant's main dining room, and the site's Bake Shoppe and sunroom also underwent renovations.

The Dalys have also announced new additions to the Country Table management team. Alyssa Roth, who has been serving the community in various positions at Country Table over the last six years, has now stepped into a new role as kitchen manager. "Her excitement for food is contagious," Tom remarked, adding that Roth grew up in the restaurant industry, as her father ran his own restaurant. "She is constantly looking to improve our menu with new selections." Country Table guests can look forward to seeing a variety of fresh vegetable selections, special chef's choice entrees, and more as Roth continues to add to the restaurant's traditional menu choices. Skillet omelets are among the new items added to the breakfast menu, and corn pies are available every Wednesday through September.

Additionally, the Dalys' oldest son, Tom Daly Jr., and his wife, Jessica, have joined the team, and new changes to the Bake Shoppe are in the works.

In addition to offering restaurant dining, Country Table has a sunroom available to reserve for hosting large parties and group events. The sunroom seats up to 85 people, and Tom noted that the space is ideal for company celebrations, bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, class reunions, holiday parties, and family gatherings.

"My wife and I are committed to bringing the highest-quality food at reasonable prices in a wholesome and friendly environment," said Tom. "Please come and enjoy the new renovations, the comfortable atmosphere, and the delicious food."

Country Table Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. For more details, readers may call 717-653-4745, visit, or find the restaurant's Facebook page.


Full Circle Recycling Marks 15th Anniversary June 22, 2017

Full Circle Recycling is marking a milestone of 15 years in business. The business will celebrate with special events at its three locations in Lancaster County: Buck location, 965 Lancaster Pike (Route 272), Quarryville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7; Lancaster location, 702 S. Prince St., Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 8; and Rubin Steel Company, 1430 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Friday, July 14.

The celebrations will be held rain or shine and will feature free food, fun, giveaways, and special promotions, such as a five-cent increase on aluminum can recycling. Customers who bring the Full Circle Recycling ad found in this paper will be entered into a drawing to win a free T-shirt. Additionally, customers who bring a copy of their submitted Google review of the business will be entered into a drawing to win a travel-size cooler.

Full Circle Recycling is locally owned and operated by the Grimm family. The Grimm family has been in the recycling industry for more than 50 years. An auto parts salvage yard, G & R Auto Salvage, was the precursor to Full Circle Recycling, which opened in June 2002. The business now specializes in scrap metal and aluminum recycling from small private accounts to large industrial projects.

After working in the recycling industry, the Grimm family had moved on to work in farming in York County for a time, but family members eventually came "full circle," back to their roots in the recycling business, inspiring the name for Full Circle Recycling.

After several years of operation in Quarryville, Full Circle Recycling opened a second scrapyard on South Prince Street in Lancaster city. Shortly after, construction of a new warehouse began. In 2014, Full Circle Recycling purchased Rubin Steel Company, which has served the area since 1914 and is located just north of Lancaster city off Fruitville Pike. In addition to scrap metal recycling, Rubin Steel Company sells new and surplus steel to the public.

Full Circle Recycling aims to provide top-tier scrap metal recycling services. The business purchases more than 30 common metal grades, ferrous and nonferrous, and even some special grades. Full Circle Recycling pays cash on the spot for metals and metal-related items such as copper, steel, aluminum, brass, various metal wire, motors, compressors, ballasts, computer towers, lead, turnings, and more.

The business provides container service to collect scrap metal from customers' projects, allowing customers to receive compensation for scrap materials. Full Circle Recycling can provide containers for metal recycling and scrap recycling and will pick them up once they have been filled. The business can also send a truck to demolition jobs to be loaded on-site. Services are available for both long- and short-term industrial and private accounts. Premium pricing is available for volume customers.

With its Fruitville Pike location, Full Circle Recycling offers steel sales for any needs, providing saw cutting and shearing services for any cut-to-length requirements. The business has a vast steel supply, and a large selection of new steel is available in angles, flats, channels, rounds, squares, rectangular tubing, square tubing, rebar, and more. An inventory of surplus plate, pipe, tubing, beam, and more is also on hand.

Full Circle Recycling aims to reflect its small-business values in fair pricing, attentive customer service, and quality products and services. Full Circle Recycling also prides itself on its family atmosphere and local roots, as well as on having dedicated, knowledgeable employees who are committed to customer satisfaction.

Full Circle Recycling takes pride in being involved in the community, whether through recycling efforts or charitable organizations. From Boy Scouts recycling soda cans to large industrial accounts, Full Circle aims to be a one-stop metal recycling choice. The business has the capacity to recycle quantities of scrap ranging from 1 pound to 100,000 pounds or more.

The business can be reached at Buck, 717-284-2800 or 717-284-2930; Lancaster, 717-396-9999 or 717-396-9951; and Rubin Steel, 717-299-3682 or 717-397-3613.

Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Buck and Lancaster locations, as well as 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at the Rubin Steel location. For additional information, readers may email or or visit or


New JBT Banking Office Design Premieres in Manheim June 19, 2017

In 1873, Jonestown Bank & Trust Co. (JBT) opened in Lebanon County as an independent community bank with a single location. Today, nearly 145 years later, JBT has chosen to remain an independent community bank.

On May 30, JBT opened a new location in Manheim. The full-service community bank is located at 1211 Lancaster Road, Manheim, next to Sheetz at the new Penn Towne Center on Route 72. The Manheim location is JBT's 13th office and its second in Lancaster County. The bank opened a branch to serve the Ephrata community in 2011.

The design of the Manheim office is unlike any other JBT location. The exterior conveniences of easy in-and-out parking, plus the familiar drive-up service lanes, are still in place, but customers may notice some big changes inside the front door - more than the fresh new interior design.

There are no teller lines and no traditional wall of teller windows. Instead, JBT has chosen to take personalized service to the next level. When a customer comes inside, he or she will be personally greeted and asked how he or she can be helped. Then, based on the answer, the person may be guided to a personal service kiosk or "pod," as some have referred to the enhanced-service concept.

If the customer requires in-depth attention and service beyond a normal financial transaction, he or she may be offered access to one of two of the bank's meeting rooms. Each meeting room is comfortably sized with plenty of natural lighting and floor-to-ceiling glass panels for an open and secure experience, which JBT considers ideal for confidential financial conversations.

Individuals who are not familiar with JBT's services are welcome to visit the new branch and connect with DeeAnn Carpenter, JBT's Manheim commercial lender and branch manager. Carpenter and her staff of fully trained bankers aim to support customers' financial needs.

On the personal banking side, JBT offers checking accounts, home equity loans and lines, mortgage loans, credit and debit cards, CDs, money market accounts, savings accounts, auto loans and experienced financial planning for retirement.

JBT has no account analysis fees (limits apply) on business accounts in order to help save business owners more on fees every year. The bank offers the responsive service and solutions that a growing local business might need, from streamlining of daily cash management needs to flexible commercial financing, which enables businesses to expand or upgrade equipment.

Troy A. Peters, JBT president and CEO, summarizes the bank's objective this way: "JBT works to put the customer first. No matter what you need, with JBT you can always 'Bank on a Smile.'"

JBT's new Manheim office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, interested individuals may call 717-664-0190 or visit JBT is a Member FDIC/Equal Housing Lender.

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