Scenes from 2nd Friday

By on January 21, 2015

Lititz businesses tried to bring a little heat to a cold 2nd Friday in January with a “rock-n-roll” theme throughout downtown at Lovin’ Lititz Every 2nd, the monthly Friday when local merchants stay open late and folks enjoy an evening on the town.

“I always follow Rod Stewart,” said Mindy Donecker Beatty, owner of MinD’s Boutique. “That’s my guy, from way back. I have the album in the window, and about 20 CDs I can rotate tonight.”

Photos by Katie Grisbacher Three college friends (left to right) Elizabeth Weber, Kyra Esbenshade and Gabrielle Spatz spent part of their break at 2nd Friday. (Photos by Katie Grisbacher)

Photos by Katie Grisbacher
Three college friends (left to right) Elizabeth Weber, Kyra Esbenshade and Gabrielle Spatz spent part of their break at 2nd Friday. (Photos by Katie Grisbacher)

Beatty opened MinD’s Boutique in Lititz in September of 2013, featuring clothing, jewelry, and leather items in brands such as Vera Bradley, Pandora, Brighton, Fresh Produce Clothing, and Novelty Knit.

“My family had Donecker’s in Ephrata, so I grew up in the retail business, and I felt it was something I needed to do,” explained Beatty. “It’s been very rewarding; customers and all the other businesses have been wonderful.”

Mary Lou Stambaugh and Alexis Stolzfus strolled in while waiting for their table at Jo-Boy’s. Stambaugh lives in Lancaster, but grew up in Lititz, and Stoltzfus lives in East Petersburg but often visits her grandmother in Lititz. They knew all about 2nd Friday and were happy to have found MinD’s.

“People tend to start on Main Street, then trickle down the lanes and alleys,” said Beatty.

Next door, Brenda Bankert welcomed guests to A Tea Affair, home to more than 300 loose teas and a specialty tea room, while staff prepared the tea room for a private party the next day.

“Saturdays are very, very busy,” said Bankert. “We have showers, parties, events, and can fit a maximum of 40 people.”

Bankert looks forward to the shop’s next Downton Abbey Tea, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31. The High Tea menu includes a three-tier tray with a first course of quiche and salad, a second course of tea sandwiches, and a third course of French pastries and crème brulee. Guests are invited to come in costume, and will be announced by a butler. Reservations are required.

Down the street, another tiny lane welcomes pet lovers to Paw Print Gifts, located at 53 E. Main St., through a side building entrance. Kathy Risko minded the tiny store, offering treats of her own design to any furry friends who came to visit. Risko created Two Pups Pastries products, now owned by Paw Print Gifts and featured in the shop.

Rob Reese (left) and Evan Williams entertain customers in a storefront window stage at Zest.

Rob Reese (left) and Evan Williams entertain customers in a storefront window stage at Zest.

“We always offer free dog treats, and really welcome dogs,” said Risko.

Trudy Connelly, owner of Heavenly Soaps & Scents, looks forward to 2nd Fridays in the shop, especially the opportunity to spend time with her daughter, Hallie, who was home from college and helping her out.

“It’s a lot of fun, really, and gives people something to look forward to,” said Connelly. “It’s good for local people who don’t want to come out on a Saturday.”

Not really a rock-n-roll kind of shop, Heavenly Soaps & Scents drew in plenty of foot traffic with its own style of festive decorations, including a clawfoot bathtub full of beautiful “soaps and scents,” January’s sale merchandise.

“Lititz has become more of a destination spot,” reflected Connelly. “The restaurants have helped people to spend the whole evening here. They used to shop and then go into Lancaster for dinner, but now they stay in Lititz.”

January saw more college students about town, including Gabrielle Spatz, Elizabeth Weber, and Kyra Esbenshade.

“We’re home on break and thought it’d be to see what Lititz is like on a 2nd Friday,” said Spatz. “We went to Aaron’s Books to use a gift card, spent a lot of time at Candy*ology, and here at Glitz they have awesome jewelry.”

Aaron’s Books featured Elvis Night, with 10 mini-Elvis images hidden around the store. Guests filled out a quiz sheet, matching the book section (biography, young adult, mystery) with the type of Elvis.

“There are all different kinds of Elvis, everything from a high school picture through the white jumpsuit,” said owner Todd Dickinson. “Find the Elvii!”

Brenda Bankert helps a customer decide from the 300 loose teas at A Tea Affair.

Brenda Bankert helps a customer decide from the 300 loose teas at A Tea Affair.

The bookstore was promoting National Readathon Day, in which readers get donations to sponsor their reading hours, with proceeds supporting the National Book Foundation. Participants can commit to reading committing in the comfort of their own homes, or can join a reading party at Aaron’s Books on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The most evident rock-n-roll was at Zest, 30 E. Main St., where the rhythm and riffs of guitarist Rob Reese and drummer Evan Williams seemed to call people into the bustling store.

“We call him Rob in the Window,” said owner Sharon Landis, who happens to be Reese’s mother-in-law. “He’s a great guitarist and guitar teacher, and he also helps out in the store a few hours a week.”

Landis described Zest as “for foodie in all of us,” and offers gadgets, food, spices, and more. Zest has recently opened a classroom kitchen, offering courses such as “Spice Cart Trip to Morocco” and “Authentic Italian with Nino and Maria.”

Sheryl and Wayne Lehman perused Zest, among many stops on 2nd Friday. The Lehmans moved to Lititz in June, after a three-year post-retirement period of travel and service. “I guess the Bull’s Head is my favorite,” said Wayne. “We spent a year in Ireland, and it just brings back memories.”

Sheryl agreed. She appreciates the pub, “where it’s dark and warm and noisy. It’s great in the wintertime!”

Other favorites for the Lehmans are Aaron’s Books, Ewebiquitous, Cherry Acres Old Barnwood Furniture, and Café Chocolate.

“I still can’t believe we’re in a town where we can walk to all this,” says Wayne. “To me, that is so special.”

Jimmy and Linda Tinsley, too, have made Lititz their retirement home, and love the town’s walkability.

“It’s so charming and lovely being out here,” said Linda Tinsley, who spends her days volunteering at Matthew 25. The Tinsleys had out-of-town visitors, and were pleased to be showing off Lititz.

Jimmy Tinsley was eager to share an idea with the Lititz Record about a program he has seen in other communities, in which the newspaper partners with a sponsor to offer newspaper sales by homeless persons at the local farmer’s market.

“It’s win-win for everyone,” explains Tinsley.

Katie Grisbacher is a writer and editor living in Lititz. She welcomes your comments at kgrisbacher@gmail.com.

Sharon Landis, proprietor of Zest, “for the foodie in all of us.”

Sharon Landis, proprietor of Zest, “for the foodie in all of us.”

 

Trudy Connelly (left) and daughter Hallie welcome customers to Heavenly Soaps & Scents.

Trudy Connelly (left) and daughter Hallie welcome customers to Heavenly Soaps & Scents.

Mindy Donecker Beatty, owner of MinD’s boutique on Sturgis Lane.

Mindy Donecker Beatty, owner of MinD’s boutique on Sturgis Lane.

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