When it comes to shopping on Small Business Saturday, Manheim has more to offer than ever before, says Kristie Schmid, executive director of the Manheim Chamber of Commerce.
“We know shoppers have a lot of choices when choosing where to shop on Small Business Saturday,” she says. “Our hope is that local residents will put their money directly back into their community by supporting these small businesses, owned by their families, friends and neighbors.”
In Manheim, which includes retail shops, art studios, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and more.
Manheim’s mix of retailers includes several that opened their doors this year — Gibbleville’s Cottage & Vine and The Barking Baron — and some longtime businesses like Heisey Jewelry Co. and Divine Consignment.
Located at 10 Market Square, Cottage & Vine sells a variety of potted houseplants, including succulents, as well as accessories and some home decor items. Cottage & Vine also offers seasonal planting and planting services. Owner Katie Gibble says small plants, locally made candles from Manheim County Soy, plant-shaped earrings and locally made cork magnets and cork car air fresheners accented with faux plants all make gifts great for ladies or socks.
Gibble recently started offering plant workshops.
“Workshops can be used by businesses for team building. They are also great for birthday parties or just a gathering of friends,” she says. “I’ll demonstrate how to plant the pot and give some tips on caring for the specific plant each person chooses.”
Barking Baron, 12 Market Square, shares the building with Cottage & Vine. Both shops are located on the first floor of the building and also share a seasonally decorated brick forecourt that boasts wrought iron-style tables.
Barking Baron features dog food and supplies, as well as cozy pajamas for their owners, Barkuterie boards and dog-themed home decor items. There is also coffee from Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.
Barking Baron owner Deneen Ostasewski says the shop will be festively decorated and a tree will be adorned with a range of dog-themed ornaments which can be bought.
“The store will be transformed into a beautiful winter boutique filled with items for dogs and their owners,” she says.
Several other retailers have opened their doors in recent years, including Boutique 1780, a women’s clothing boutique at 24 N. Main St.; Turntable Vintage Audio & Records, 54 S. Main St., offering vintage audio equipment and vinyl records; The ReMac Store, sharing the Turntable entrance and offering Apple Certified Refurbished products; and the Prussian Street Arcade, a boutique vendor market.
Prussian Street Arcade, 49 N. Main St., features items from over 100 vendors, including handcrafted furniture and decor, antiques and vintage items, children’s items, women’s fashion and accessories, and toys and games. The main lobby has been remodeled to reflect each season and is a great spot for selfies. It will be festively decorated for the holidays.
Earlier this year, Prussian Street Arcade owners Michael and Susan Ferrari opened a second location in East Hempfield Township.
For unique hand-blown glasswork, check out the work of the artisans at Manheim’s Stiegel Glassworks 1976. For the holidays, the selection includes snowmen, Christmas trees, Santa hats, and ducks decked out in Santa hats, all in sizes of different.
Handmade glassware can be found in Manheim at the Prussian Street Arcade, Longenecker’s Hardware and the glass studio at 210 S. Charlotte St. Gift certificates are available and for $60 there is a glass blowing experience.
SGW glassblowers will be in the studio offering demonstrations on Small Business Saturday. For more information on Stiegel Glassworks, visit www.stiegelglassworks.org or its Facebook page.
Shoppers may want to enjoy a bite to eat at one of Manheim’s restaurants. Twisted Sisters Handmade Ice Cream and Chocolate, which features locally made treats as well as grocery items, opened earlier this year at 47 N. Main St. The Sink on Prussian opened earlier this year at 31 S. Main St. capacity with a newly renovated bar and dining area. Artifice Ales & Mead, 55 N. Main St., in the REO Manheim Marketplace, added a dining space in September by enclosing a patio area.
Six participating businesses have collaborated on a special card for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Participating businesses are 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 complete their punch card, they can submit it to any of the participating businesses to be entered into a drawing for one of two gift baskets containing products from all six businesses. Cards must be submitted by the end of the day on Small Business Saturday.
Also during Small Business Saturday, Two Cousins Manheim, 171 Doe Run Road, will offer a $10 large cheese pizza special to area shoppers who show a receipt from a purchase at a retailer in Mannheim that day. Toppings are extra and the offer is only good for one pizza per order.
Glasshouse Wineworks celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month. The tasting room is located at 8 S. Charlotte St., and the wine and cider are made in a separate building on site. The Glasshouse has paired with Artifice Ales & Mead to create a honey merlot, which will be released later this month. For Small Business Saturday, Glasshouse will be offering 20% off bottle sales and a gift card special: Buy a $30 gift card for just $25.
The Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St., will host a special Friendship Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday for Small Business. Families can enjoy breakfast, drinks and seasonal crafts with friends in the library. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable item to share with the Manheim Central Food Pantry. RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.manheimlibrary.org.
Small Business Saturday is the prelude to Christmas in Manheim. A series of special holiday activities will be held starting on the first Thursday of December 1st. Information about the holiday celebrations will be posted on the Manheim Chamber website: www.manheimchamber.com and the borough website: www.manheimboro.org.