First two businesses now open at Otto 79

By on December 19, 2018

Following an extensive renovation to the building, the first two businesses located inside “Otto 79” (79 E. Main St.) are now open for business. The structure, owned by Steve and Jennifer Young, is a multi-use space in downtown Lititz.

Josiah’s Oils
Josiah’s Oils, located at Suite 101, offers essential oils as well as handmade, natural apothecary products. Owner Ninette Jackson has been working with essential oils for nearly 14 years. A series of health related issues started her journey into natural health options, which included her father suffering from ALS and her son (Josiah), who has Down’s syndrome.

The company sources their oils from farms around the world, and then bottles and blends them in their Lititz location. They also hand-make natural alternatives to common products like deodorants, pain relievers, salves for eczema, and migraine relief from scratch; creating small batches weekly to keep everything fresh. Some of their more popular products are their Germ Fighting Thieves Blend, Congestion Blend, Sleepy Time, Peace & Balance, Happiness, Serenity, as well as their line of Christmas essential oils blends.

Owner Ninette Jackson with some of her products available at Josiah’s Oils, located at Suite 101 of “Otto 79” in Lititz.

“We found essential oils so beneficial to Josiah’s health that I started to research how to find sources for truly pure essential oils so I could offer them at a reasonable price so more people could benefit,” she said.

This was how the company was born ­ her and her husband both “retired” from their careers to make the company their priority and the company has grown ever since.

“Everyone is involved in the family business in some way,” Jackson said. “We value safety, so we train and certify our employees ourselves and have certified many local professionals in aromatherapy.” Jackson has also written several books on using essential oils safely and has spoken in the community about safe usage.

Hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Healing Touch
A Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage, located at Suite 206, is now open for business.

Owner Bryna Freeman spent years working out of her home in Lititz, but eventually moved her business to another one of the Young’s properties in East Petersburg. But Freeman saw that the building on the corner of Cedar and Main Streets in Lititz (the future home of Otto 79) was for sale last year, and mentioned the news to Young, who decided to take a look at the building. The rest is history.

Freeman originally relocated to the area from New York City in 2005 to be closer to her parents. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she was a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines for 13 years. But a year after Sept. 11, she was furloughed due to cutbacks in the industry.

Freeman attended The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City, receiving her degree in massage therapy, and then working as a massage therapist for one of the biggest health clubs in New York City. She then relocated to Lancaster County, and after working at a local company for two years, she decided it was time to open her own business, quickly building up at loyal clientele base. She has also always had an interest in alternative health after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the early nineties. At the time, her doctor was prescribing experimental medications and when she found these were not working for her, so she decided to try the all-natural path and found great success.

Bryna Freeman operates A Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage inside Suite 206 of “Otto 79.”

She is certified in ACE Massage Cupping Therapy, and also trained in Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage, Sports Massage and prenatal massage. She specializes in working with clients with chronic pain from injuries, automobile accidents, and autoimmune diseases and sports injuries; but will tailor a massage to fit a client’s specific needs.

For more information, contact the business at 717-271-8545 or visit their Facebook page at

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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