Rudy building home to new Christmas market

By on December 7, 2011


Record Express Staff

For more than a century, East Main Street’s Rudy building has served several functions in the Lititz community. Its stately brick walls have witnessed everything from town meetings to poultry shows to vaudeville acts, and this weekend the former Rudy’s Hall will add something new to its list of experiences — a Main Street Christmas Market.

The idea for the market came about after Wes and Lisa Terry, owners of the building, caught wind of Lititz farmers’ desire for an indoor market.

"There were some vendors from the Lititz Farmers Market who were interested in opening in the winter," Lisa said, "and a lot of people were also expressing interest in leasing space temporarily over the holidays. (The building) is vacant right now, so we decided it would be a great time to open it to vendors, crafters and artisans during the holiday shopping season."

The market, which will be held on 2nd Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. and again on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 50 vendors offering everything from jewelry and calligraphy to plants and home decor. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for photos. Parents are encouraged to use their own cameras to take pictures free of charge.

"The market is a great way for people to come in and shop while they’re already out for 2nd Friday," Lisa said. "They can visit all the shops downtown and then stop in with us."

Those interested in attending the market are asked to consider donating a canned good, pantry item or monetary donation in kind for admission. All contributions will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

If the weekend is a success, there’s a possibility that a second winter market will be planned to coincide with the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival in February.

"The market will probably not be a yearly thing because we’re hoping to get started with renovations (of the second and third floors of the building) by the end of winter, and we’re hoping by the time the renovation is complete we’ll be able to lease the space entirely," Lisa explained.

For more information, contact Lisa at or 267-278-2571. More RUDY BUILDING, page A3

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