Tour highlights historic downtown law offices

If you’re a York County history buff, here’s a unique tour that might interest you.

Downtown Inc. and the York County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section are sponsoring a walking tour this Friday evening of law offices housed in historic buildings in downtown York.

The two-and-a-half hour tour includes stops on East Market Street at Trinity Law and the Law Office of Christopher A. Ferro and a visit to Richard Reilly’s law office on North Duke Street.

J. Ross McGinnis, who is of counsel to law firm Stock and Leader, will lead the tour. It starts at 6 p. m. at the York County Bar Association headquarters, 137 E. Market St. The fee is $12. Online registration is available on Downtown Inc.’s Facebook page.

People can also sign up at the event.

For more information contact Douglas Knight at Downtown Inc. at 849-2331.


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Brew Vino targeting mid-August opening

Brew Vino is aiming to open by mid-August.

That’s the word from Gregory Bower, one of the owners of the gourmet pizza restaurant at 251 N. George St., near Santander Stadium in downtown York.

Workers are hard at work on the restaurant space. The plan is to host a few “soft opening” events for select groups before opening the restaurant to the general public, Bower said. Consider them the restaurant world’s equivalent of a dress rehearsal before the opening of a Broadway play.

“We want to be fully prepared before we open,” Bower said.

A mid-August opening would be in time to catch the crowds for the remaining York Revolution games this season. The team’s final regular season home game is Sept. 14.

But in a stroke of good luck for Brew Vino, the Revs clinched the Atlantic League’s first-half Freedom Division title. That means the Revs will host at least one home game, and as many as three, from Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 if the first round of the playoffs goes the full five games

And the Revs would have even more home games if the team advances to the Championship Series to be held Oct. 1-5.

The folks at Brew Vino plan to be ready for all those hungry fans.

In addition to gourmet pizzas, the menu will include salads, craft beers and wine. The 10 beer taps at the bar will feature eight craft brews and two domestic beers, Bower said.

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Speaking of free food…

Chick-fil-A isn’t the only restaurant giving away free food.

Baron Von Schwein will be giving out a coupon for a free pork bun to the first 300 customers who show up at 11 a.m. Monday (July 14) for the grand opening of the restaurant at 35 W. Market St. in downtown York.

The restaurant opens on Saturday (July 12), according to its website.

Baron Von Schwein is adding a brick-and-mortar location to its popular food truck. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, check out Baron Von Schwein’s website, and Facebook page


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Want free Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A is giving free food on Friday to people who come to their restaurants dressed as cows.  Photo Submitted

Chick-fil-A is giving free food on Friday to people who come to their restaurants dressed as cows.
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If you’re a Chick-fil-A fan, you probably already know this but Friday (July 11) is the fast food chain’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.

Come into any Chick-fil-A location nationwide tomorrow fully dressed as a cow and you’ll get a free complete meal — entree, side item and drink. If you’re not willing to go the full bovine route, sporting any cow-related attire will get you a free entree.

Locally, the folks at the Chick-fil-A at 2801 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township plan on going all out. Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot will be on hand for photos. Football players and cheerleaders from Red Lion Area Senior High School will be at the restaurant as will cheerleaders from Eastern York High School, said Susan Burd, the restaurant’s marketing director.

Last year, more than 900,000 Chick-fil-A customers nationwide dressed up. The company expects that number to top 1 million this year.

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High gas prices crimping your budget?

Hi, readers of the York Common Cents blog.

I’m working on a business story about how continuing high gas prices are leaving people with less money to spend on other things, like dining out, shopping and vacations.

I’m looking to talk to York County folks who are cutting back on their spending because of the high gas prices. I’m thinking the folks most affected are those with long commutes to work and retirees on a fixed income. But I’m looking to talk with anyone for whom this is a concern.

Please email me at, or call me at 771-2029 by Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for your help.

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CoWork155 to hold its next set of SkillSwap classes Aug. 11-16

Last month, I wrote about CoWork155 in downtown York launching a series of one-night, hands-on courses on things like how to make a pizza or sew a quilt.

The inaugural program was such a hit, organizers are bringing SkillSwap back for another round of classes Aug. 11-Aug. 16. This time, the offerings include classes on bicycle safety, event planning and how to mix the perfect cocktail. Check out CoWork’s155 website for the complete list and to register.

The classes are open to the public.

The unique thing about SkillSwap is that instead of paying an admission fee, participants exchange a good or service from a list of items the instructor said he or she is willing to accept. The swaps that instructors are seeking this time include a bouquet of wild flowers, a six-pack of beer and learning how juggle.


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Arts have a large economic impact in York County


I had a chance last Friday (June 27) to attend some of the sessions at the first-ever Impact Arts & Culture Conference at York College. The event, organized by the Cultural Alliance of York County and York College, draw a crowd of about 140 people. The attendees were not just from York, but came from Lancaster and beyond.

One of the sessions I attended was on the economic impact of the arts in the southcentral Pennsylvania region.  The numbers are impressive.

In the Greater Harrisburg area, including York, more than $54.4 million was spent by nonprofit arts and culture groups and their audiences in fiscal year 2010, according to a study by Americans for the Arts, a Washington, D.C.-based organization.

A separate study shows that in York County alone, 3,778 people work in 771 businesses in what are called “the creative industries.”

The employment figure includes artists, actors and musicians and people who work behind the scenes for nonprofits like museums and theaters. The number also includes folks who work for for-profit, creative businesses like advertising, architecture and design firms.

Hannah Jacobson, research director for Americans for the Arts, told the audience that cultural tourism is a growing trend.  Tourists are traveling to destinations where they can browse art galleries, catch a live theater performance or attend a concert. Those visitors spend money when they come to town staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping.

“People are interested in authentic experiences, and the arts and culture are such a big part of showing what our communities are about,” Jacobson said.




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Healthy World Cafe targeting early November opening

Healthy World Cafe, a nonprofit restaurant where patrons pay what they can afford, is targeting early November for the opening for its new location in downtown York.

The restaurant, which sources its products from local farms, will open for lunch Mondays through Fridays and for dinner on the first Friday of each month, said Liza Naylor, the cafe’s kitchen manager. The cafe will also offer catering, Naylor said.

Earlier this year, Healthy World Cafe inked a lease for ground floor space at 24 S. George Street. The restaurant currently serves lunch on the fourth Wednesday of the month at First Moravian Church at 41 N. Duke St. in York. The next lunch is scheduled for July 23.



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Tutoni’s to open for lunch starting July 7


Toni and Tony Calderon, left, with chef Scott Robinson, the team behind Tutoni’s restaurant in downtown York.

I had a chance to catch up by phone the other day with Toni Calderone, half of the husband-and-wife duo that runs Tutoni’s, the new farm-to-table Italian restaurant on North George Street in downtown York.

Tutoni’s, which opened May 21, has been open for dinner only. But Calderone shared with me that the restaurant will also open for lunch Monday through Friday starting July 7.

Calderone and her husband Tony Calderone also plan to start offering brunch on the second Saturday of each month timed to the monthly Second Saturday events held at Continental Square. The brunch, which will be a prix fixe menu, will start July 12.




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Anonymous tip leads to important story about protecting our loved ones

When I got back from vacation recently, I had an anonymous tip in my messages. A concerned citizen wanted us to note that a Spring Garden Township personal care home had its license revoked by the state.

He wanted to make sure that we were completely aware of the concerns he had for the residents there.

Inspections at personal care homes and other assisted living homes are available to search on the state Department of Public Welfare’s website. They’re readily available at any time, but often we don’t get releases notifying us of a change. And if a home has its license revoked and it is appealed, they can stay open.

So it could be difficult for people to know if the home at which their loved ones live is having any issues that could concern them.

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