‘Otto the box’ thinking

By on March 6, 2019

“Otto 79,” a building named after its historical roots and physical address, is fully booked with a total of 17 suites.

Located at 79 E. Main St. in downtown Lititz, it boasts private offices and collaborative spaces with conference rooms, high speed internet, copiers, scanners, printers, and access for business owners around the clock.

79 E. Main St. in downtown Lititz

Plans by owners Steve and Jennifer Young for the historic property were to recapture the character of the building and add several modern conveniences. Dr. Frederick Otto would be the very first occupant — the physician ran the county’s first apothecary there during the 1750s.

The conglomeration is just one piece of the Young’s Domain Lancaster portfolio, which also includes Warehouse 210 in Lancaster and State & Main in East Petersburg.

“Our goal overall is to be able to have buildings in locations throughout the county to make it easy for anyone to meet up for a meeting or have an office,” said Young, who did most of the renovations himself.

Alterations included exposing the original interior stone walls and repairing much of the original hardwood flooring. The building also received a new HVAC system, electrical updates, and bathrooms.

Otto 79 owner Steve Young

“We had originally purchased the building in late April of 2018, and finished up renovations in December,” he added. Counting the recent addition in the rear, a total of 6,500 square feet of business space can now be utilized.

Gretchen Valudes is one of several new business owners inside, and will work out of Suite 208. Her company, The Mindfulness Center of Lititz, provides services including one-to-one coaching, distance learning, and an 8-week onsite mindfulness courses.

“I became aware that there was nothing like this available in Lititz or Lancaster County,” Valudes said. “This is not therapy; this is more along the lines of coaching and consultation.”

“I am a resident of the local community, and what drew me here was the potential of creative thinking that you don’t normally find in a traditional office,” she added. “It seemed like a great creative outlet.”

Whenever possible, property owner Steve Young made an effort to expose the 1800s era structure from the inside.

Suite 204 is the home of Cutting Edge Pro Events. The room serves as a space where the business owner can meet with clients to discuss their specail day.

A native of Lititz will also have a space in this new concept for Main Street. Jared Miller will operate JEM Tax Consulting, LLC out of Suite 205. The business, which is by appointment, specializes in strategic tax consulting and preparation, as well as tax planning, and providing the expert advice needed to start or buy a business.

“I happened to be downtown last fall, and stopped and saw the office for lease sign,” Miller said. Although he fell in love instantly, fate would also play a part in his decision to conduct business there.

“My grandfather at one time had an accounting firm across the street above McElroy’s Pharmacy many years ago,” he said. “Being a lifelong resident of Lititz, I felt that it was important to have a location downtown.”

Several nods to early days of the structure adorns the common area of Otto 79. Mementos include early Lititz postcards and an enlarged drawing of the building from the 1960s by Hiram Eberly.

In addition to operating JEM Consulting, Miller is also a full-time college professor and is looking forward to the unique setting of Otto 79.

“It’s something I really feel tied into,” Miller added. “It’s collaborative, but it allows the private office atmosphere.”

Yet another new resident is Karli Malloy, who will operate Grace Fertility & Wellness out of Suite 105. Malloy is a Fertility Care Practitioner and Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach who will offer specialized health and nutrition coaching for women dealing with infertility.

“By taking a functional and integrative approach, we are able to work cooperatively with a woman’s other medical providers to get to the root cause of her infertility and help guide her through the best approach to whole health and healing,” she said. She began her career as a Physician Assistant nine years ago, and began fertility education training almost six years ago.

Malloy is excited to have a spot in the renovated Lititz structure.

Throughout the building, including this second floor conference room, original hand-painted works of art were added throughout Otto 79.

“I was working from my home office for the last three years, and when I discovered the opportunity to become part of the community at Otto 79 and work in my hometown of Lititz, I was thrilled!,” she said. “The location and environment of the building are ideal for the business.”

Yoga {Please} has also recently opened for business in Suite 301.

Originally, owner Amy Glasgow began taking yoga classes in 2012 as a way to relieve stress. That hobby soon became a passion.

“I received my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Karin Eisen (KEYoga) in June 2014,” she said.

Her love of aerial yoga grew in early 2016, and that year she completed a 50-hour Vata Asana Aerial Yoga Method training. Before her career teaching yoga, Glasgow earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Temple 10 years ago.

“When I moved to Lititz from Bucks County about three years ago, I noticed there was no yoga studio in Downtown Lititz,” she admitted. “Last fall, I began my search for space and quickly found what is now known as Otto 79.”

“I was inspired to pursue yoga, and opening a yoga studio as a career path because when I began practicing yoga daily, I felt the transformation in both my mind and body, she said. “This transformation is also seen in my students during a class, and especially at the end of class. It teaches us to slow down and to appreciate living in the present moment.”

The business will offer Hatha, Yin, and beginner classes. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

The stained glass window on the second floor facing Main Street has been preserved.


Whenever possible, property owner Steve Young made an effort to expose the 1800s era structure from the inside.

“We enjoy being part of Downtown Lititz and are looking forward to the warmer weather,” Glasgow added. “In the spring, we intend to include add some outdoor classes.”


The following businesses now have offices or retail space in Otto 79:

Lupeer (Suite 100)

Josiah’s Oils (Suite 101)

Sugar Whipped Bakery (Occupying two spaces in Suite 102, next door at 77 E. Main St.)

marie & z boutique (Suite 103)

Valley Rose Psychiatric Associates , LLC (Suite 104)

Grace Fertility & Wellness (Suite 105)

Translytix (Suite 201)

Cutting Edge Pro Events (Suite 204)

JEM Tax Consulting, LLC (Suite 205)

A Healing Touch (Suite 206)

Lofts at Lititz Springs Sales Office (by appointment) (Suite 207)

The Mindfulness Center of Lititz (Suite 208)

Yoga (Please) (Suite 301)

Transagra (Confirming Suite 302)

Land of Not (Suite 303)

Hemp Hill Bioscience (Suite 304)


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

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