Kristie Schmid, executive director of the Manheim Chamber of Commerce, said that when it comes to small business shopping on Saturdays, Manheim offers more than ever before.
“We know shoppers have a lot of options when it comes to choosing where to shop for small businesses on a Saturday,” she said. “We want local residents to give their money back directly to their communities by supporting these small businesses owned by their family, friends and neighbors.”
At Manheim, this includes retail stores, art studios, restaurants, tasting rooms and more.
Manheim’s portfolio of retailers includes some that opened this year — Cottage & Vine in Gibbleville and The Barking Baron — as well as long-established businesses such as Heisey Jewelry Co. and Divine Commission.
Cottage & Vine, located at 10 Market Square, sells a variety of potted plants, including succulents, as well as accessories and some home decor. Cottage & Vine also offers seasonal potting and planting services. Owner Katie Gibble says small plants, locally made candles by Manheim County Soy, plant-shaped earrings, and locally made cork magnets and cork car air fresheners adorned with faux plants are great options. Makes a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.
Gibble recently started offering botanical workshops.
“Businesses can use these workshops for team building. They’re also great for celebrating birthdays or gatherings of friends,” she says. “I’ll demonstrate how to grow pots and give some care tips for the specific plants each person chooses.”
The Barking Baron, 12 Market Square, shares the building with Cottage & Vine. Both shops are located on the ground floor of the building, which also shares a seasonally decorated front brick courtyard with wrought-iron-style tables.
Barking Baron offers dog treats and supplies, as well as cozy pajamas, Barkuterie boards and dog-themed home decor for owners. There’s also coffee from Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.
Barking Baron owner Deneen Ostasewski said the store will be festively decorated and a tree will be decorated with a variety of dog-themed holiday decorations available for purchase.
“The store will be transformed into a beautiful winter boutique filled with items for dogs and their owners,” she said.
Several other retailers have opened in the past few years, including Boutique 1780, a womenswear boutique at 24 N. Main St.; The Turntable Vintage Audio & Records, 54 S. Main St., which offers vintage audio equipment and vinyl records; The ReMac Store, which shares the entrance of The Turntable, offers certified refurbished Apple products; and the Prussian Street Arcade, a boutique vendor marketplace.
The Prussian Street Arcade, 49 N. Main St., features items from more than 100 vendors, including handcrafted furniture and decor, antique and vintage merchandise, baby products, women’s fashion and accessories, and toys and games. The main lobby has been remodeled to reflect each season and is a great selfie spot. It will be festively decorated for the holidays.
Earlier this year, Prussian Street Arcade owners Michael and Susan Ferrari opened a second location in the town of East Hempfield.
For unique hand-blown glass items, check out the work of artisans at Stiegel Glassworks 1976 in Manheim. During the holiday season, options include snowmen, Christmas trees, Santa hats, and ducks decorated with Santa hats, all of which come in different sizes.
Handcrafted glasswork can be found at Mannheim’s Prussian Street Arcade, Longenecker’s Hardware and the glass studio at 210 S. Charlotte St. Gift certificate available for $60 to experience glass blowing.
SGW’s glassblowers will give demonstrations in small business workshops on Saturdays. For more information on Stiegel Glassworks, visit www.stiegelglassworks.org or its Facebook page.
Shoppers might want to grab a drink at one of Manheim’s restaurants. Twisted Sisters Ice Cream and Handmade Chocolates opened earlier this year at 47 N. Main St. and focuses on groceries and locally produced foods. The Sink on Prussian opened earlier this year at 31 S. Main St. and recently expanded its capacity with a newly renovated bar and dining area. Artifice Ales & Mead at REO Manheim Marketplace, 55 N. Main St., added some dining space in September by enclosing the patio area.
The six participating businesses collaborated to create special punch cards for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Participating businesses include Divine Consign, The Barking Baron, Cottage & Vine, Boutique 1780, Mill 72 and Twisted Sisters Ice Cream and Handmade Chocolates. Shoppers must visit all six businesses and make purchases from at least three. When they’ve completed their punch cards, they can submit them to any of the participating businesses to enter a drawing for one of two gift baskets featuring products from all six businesses. Cards must be submitted by the end of the day for Small Business Saturday.
Also during Small Business Saturday, Two Cousins Manheim at 171 Doe Run Road will be offering $10 worth of large cheese pizzas to shoppers in the area who show their receipt at the Manheim retailer that day. Toppings are extra, and only good for one pizza per order.
Earlier this month, Glasshouse Wineworks celebrated its first anniversary. The tasting room is located at 8 S. Charlotte St., and wine and cider are made in a separate building on-site. Glasshouse has teamed up with Artifice Ales & Mead to create a Honey Merlot, which will be released later this month. For small businesses on Saturdays, Glasshouse is offering 20 percent off takeout bottles, as well as a special gift card: Buy a $30 gift card for just $25.
The Manheim Community Library at 15 E. High St. will host a special Friendship Celebration Saturday at 10 am. Families can enjoy breakfast, drinks and seasonal crafts with friends in the library. Guests are asked to bring non-perishable items to share with the Manheim Central Pantry. Ask for a reply. For more information or responses, please visit www.manheimlibrary.org.
Small Business Saturday is the prelude to Christmas in Mannheim. From the first Thursday in December, there will be some special festive events. 1. Information about holiday celebrations will be posted on the Manheim Chamber website: www.manheimchamber.com and the District website: www.manheimboro.org.