Meeting Minutes

Lancaster City Merchant Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2022 – 8:30 am

The Ware Center – Binns Room 

38 in attendance

Marshall Snively welcomed everyone to the meeting. He was pleased to remind everyone that our Lancaster City Merchant Mixer would return after an absence of two years. He hopes all will join him on the beautiful new Imperial Terrace at The Holiday Inn Lancaster on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. There will be a beautiful small plate buffet courtesy of our hosts at Holiday Inn Lancaster. The first well-drinks cocktail, house wine or beer, complements Lancaster City Alliance. Please RSVP to let us know you plan to attend at

Marshall thanked our Legacy Sponsors for their generous support, which makes these meetings possible, along with our Visionary Sponsors listed on the agenda. Dave Aichele thanked our community partner Millersville University at The Ware Center, for providing this wonderful meeting space and Colonial Parking for providing parking vouchers for free parking in the lot across from The Ware Center. Discover Lancaster sponsors our monthly meetings, another way to demonstrate their commitment to promoting the City’s small businesses. 

Member Introductions

  • Carley Bilindabagabo with INGOMA Films was pleased to say that an INGOMA film, Inzozi, was chosen to be featured at the Red Rose Film Festival. It will be showing tomorrow at Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse at 7:00 p.m. **Make a night of it! Enjoy networking at the Merchant Mixer on the Imperial Terrace, then head over for a fantastic film at Zoe! Purchase film tickets here.
  • Jessica, Julie, and Austin, owners of Pocket Books Shop, were excited about the upcoming special event when Celebrity Chef Chris Scott launches his new cookbook, HOMAGE. Join them on Thursday, September 29, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
  • Gary Davis with The Holiday Inn Lancaster is looking forward to hosting everyone at the Merchant Mixer on Thursday evening and wants everyone to know that The Imperial Terrace is open for Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • Robert Bigley, Director of the Trust Performing Arts Center, is excited about the artists performing in the 2022-2023 Season.
  • Lisa Freeman, Controller of VIZpin, introduced herself to the group and explained that her company, on Liberty Street, right on the edge of the City map, is expanding. VIZpin is a complete Bluetooth smartphone access control system that requires no network connection. Anyone interested in employment opportunities can contact VIZpin here.
  • Regina Cooper introduced herself as the new StreetPlus Outreach Specialist employed by Lancaster City Alliance to serve as a liaison with our homeless community. Regina is new to this position but not to the role of an outreach worker. She has already made connections with our local homeless community. We encourage the local businesses to reach out to Regina when you see her around the City.
  • Chris Ballentine, Community Relations Manager at Willow Valley Communities, reminded everyone about the LIVE music on Friday nights (and more) at Southern Market Lancaster. Every day you can enjoy fabulous food from Southern Market vendors ranging from Butter & Bean to Flavors of Morrocco, PhoLife Lancaster, and more. Don’t forget Wednesday Trivia Night at 7:00 p.m., and Music Triviole on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tracy Cutler, Executive Vice President of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, was excited to announce that the Extra Give 2023 will be here on Friday, November 18. She wanted everyone to think about ways to harness the ExtraGive to benefit causes that were important to them and also find ways that the event could support their business. Tracy and the Lancaster County Community Foundation will return with a complete presentation about this important annual event at our October merchant meeting on Wednesday, October 19.
  • Jamie Garland of James Street Med Spa (459 N. Prince Street) announced their plans to host an Open House at their location on Friday, October 21, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Member Spotlight

Kathlene Sullivan introduced Johnny Roberts, Business & Market Development Director at Isaac’s Craft Kitchen & Brewery – A New Kind of Isaac’s!  Learn more about this exciting rebranding here.

Special Presentation

Marshall Snively introduced Teke Drummond, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, to present the innovative healthcare experience offered by Penn Medicine Health Works. Learn more about this convenient and affordable access to primary care available to small business owners (including solopreneurs) here.   
View the full presentation here.

For more information or a tour of the Queen Street Clinic, contact:

Dan Kirchner, Employer Health Liaison, Penn Medicine Health Works                                                            

MIM Committee Report

Kathlene Sullivan was pleased to report that Ed Harris, Discover Lancaster’s CEO, will deliver the special presentation at the October Merchant Meeting. Our Member Spotlight will be on the Central Market Trust. We will learn more about this organization, that is the trusted steward of Lancaster Central Market, from the Executive Director, Melissa Siwiec, and Manager of Community Engagement, Kathy Wachsman

Closing Comments

Marshall Snively thanked everyone for attending and hopes to see everyone at the Merchant Mixer on Thursday, September 22.  

Next Merchant Meeting –October 19, 2022 – The Ware Center


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As a non-profit organization, the Lancaster City Alliance relies on the commitment of our generous corporate sponsors. Our 17 Visionary Sponsors demonstrate their commitment to the City’s collective good through their contribution to the Lancaster City Alliance. Thank you to Baker Tilly, Barley Snyder, City of Lancaster, Discover Lancaster, Ecklin Development, Irex Contracting Group, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Murray, Orrstown Bank, PNC Financial Services, PPL Electric Utilities, The M&T Charitable Foundation, S&T Bank, UGI Utilities, Inc., Warehouse DistrictWillow Valley Communities, and Woodstream.