Meeting Minutes

Lancaster City Merchant Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2024 – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

The Ware Center – Binns Room

60 meeting attendees



Marshall Snively welcomed everyone and encouraged those who are attending for the first time to not make it their last time and attend each month.  These meetings are great opportunities for networking with your peers.  He reminded everyone that the June Milestone Award Merchant Meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month – June 12 so we can observe the Juneteenth holiday.  We are preparing to honor 48 small businesses for one-year through 100-year milestones and look forward to having Mayor Sorace and President Wubah present the awards.     


Marshall Snively expressed gratitude to our Legacy Sponsors for their generous support, which enables these meetings, along with acknowledgment of our Visionary Sponsors listed on the agenda.


Dave Aichele extended appreciation to our Community Partners: Millersville University at The Ware Center for hosting our meetings and Colonial Parking for providing parking in the lot across Prince Street. Additionally, he reviewed the Great Meeting Guide to ensure the best possible experience at our Merchant Meetings.


Marshall Snively extended a warm invitation to join us in celebrating a significant milestone: the 10th Anniversary of the Lancaster City Alliance. Planning is underway for a special breakfast and keynote speaker at the Lancaster County Convention Center on Friday, June 28th.  Information for tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.



  • Sebastian Schuck and Meghan Young introduced their newly rebranded artisan bakery café, Edd’s & Flo’s, at 47 North Queen Street. They were pleased to announce that they will soon start a wholesale baked goods and catering business. They also provided meeting participants with delicious cookies!
  • Donna Langley introduced herself as the new Central Market Executive Director.
  • Rachel Skye with Studio Spin invited everyone to a dance workshop on June 8, to celebrate National Best Friend Day. Sign up here.  
  • Michael Wherley with Keystone Claws Nail Studio provided copies of their studio’s service menu and prices.
  • Jean-Marie Merkle was excited to share her Happy Happy Joy Joy store will be having a grand opening on Saturday, May 18, from 12 Noon to 6 pm at 157 E. King Street. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on May 24, at 12 Noon.
  • Kathlene Sullivan with Lancaster City Alliance invited everyone to the Lancaster City Spring Merchant Mixer, hosted by the Downtown Investment District and Lancaster City Alliance, at Little Mutants Brewery, 841 N. Prince Street, on Thursday, May 16, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This event is free to attend and an excellent opportunity to network. We hope to see many of you there! RSVP if you plan to attend at
  • Jerry Glenn with SCORE reminded everyone that they are available to provide free mentoring and business guidance.  
  • Hope Schmids with Millersville University shared that they provide free OSHA training. Contact her for more details.
  • Kristine Berndt and Clayton Margerum, with Alpha Dog Advertising, a full-service marketing firm, introduced themselves to the group. This is their first merchant meeting.
  • Stephanie Gibson with Third Story introduced herself to the group. Her gallery opened May 3rd and is located just above Norbu at 44 North Christian Street, Suite 300.
  • Lori Johnson with The Candy Factory distributed flyers with information on their venue and meeting spaces. Contact her at for more details.
  • Johnny Roberts with Isaac’s Craft Kitchen and Brewery invited everyone to stop in for their Happy Hour Monday through Friday. He was excited to share that they created a new beer in collaboration with Oola Bowls that will be available soon. 
  • Carole Kirchner invited everyone to attend SoWe’s Peace In The Streets Block Party on June 8, from 12 pm to 4 pm at Culliton Park.
  • Dave Aichele with the Lancaster DID reported a supply of the “Just Say No to Panhandling” posters, and postcards are available to take along today. Meals are provided seven days a week and if someone is interested in donating, encourage them to donate to one of the organizations providing food and services. 
  • Scott Snyder with Samaritan Center introduced himself to the group. They have a new location at 33 North Market Street above Lancaster Dispensing Company.  They are a non-profit organization that offers mental health services.  They are planning an Open House at the new location on July 12, from 12 pm to 4 pm.  All are welcome to attend. 
  • Cindy Guo, co-owner of Silantra Asian Street Kitchen, encouraged everyone to stop by their Downtown location at 101 E. King Street, on Tuesday, May 21, from 11 am to 8 pm to support their fundraiser to benefit the Lancaster Public Library. 35% of your total bill will be donated to the library.
  • Emma Wright with the Lancaster Public Library shared that West Art is holding a benefit for the library on May 25. Tickets are available online.  
  • Kevin Molloy with the Lancaster County Convention Authority was pleased to report that there continues to be an uptick in events at the Convention Center bringing thousands of guests to the City. Watch for the Convention Center Updates Reports that are emailed by Lancaster City Alliance for details.
  • Joella Gamon with SCORE shared that they currently have a Marketing RFP open. If anyone is interested, contact her at or Karen King with Cultivate Lancaster at
  • Jason Allgire with ASSETS was pleased to share that Sam and Cindy Guo will be featured on their next Built By Us Podcast. For anyone interested in participating in The Great Social Enterprise Pitch on September 12, ASSETS offers required seminars. Find all the details here.  
  • Cara Walker of Fig Lancaster announced the Spring Issue of Fig will launch on June 4th.
  • Kat DeSantis with the Lancaster Chamber reminded everyone to get their ticket for the Annual Dinner on June 6th. They anticipate selling out, so don’t wait. Tickets are available here
  • Andrew Boucard with Red Rose Books introduced himself to the group.



Member Spotlight

Kathlene Sullivan introduced Cindy Guo and Xiang Sam Guo, owners of Silantra Asian Street Kitchen.  View the full presentation here.



Presentation: Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival


We were delighted to learn that the Roots & Blues Music Festival would return this year after a break in 2023.  This event draws thousands of music lovers to the City to enjoy over 60 musicians during the three-day event.  Marshall Snively introduced Rich Ruoff, Founder and Director of the Roots & Blues Music Festival.

Rich Ruoff shared that the music festival began in 2014.  This year it will be held September 27 – 29, at 10-12 venues throughout the City.  Posters and postcards are available to take along, along with information on sponsorships and ads in the program.  He was also pleased to report that he will be reopening the Village Night Club in late summer.  Renovations are underway now, including the creation of a Lizard Lounge (from the former Chameleon Club).



Special Presentation: PR Unplugged:  Strategies to Amplify Your Brand’s Voice and Growth

Marshall Snively introduced Stephanie Shirley, owner of Bennis Public Relations.  View the full presentation here.

Stephanie Shirley’s contact information:



Presentation:  PPL Electric Business Energy Efficiency Program

Marshall Snively introduced Joe Walter, Operations Supervisor, PPL Business Energy Efficiency Program.  View the full presentation here.  

Joe Walter’s contact information:

Phone – (267) 691-1770



MIM Committee Report

Kathlene Sullivan reported that as a result of the discussion at last month’s Merchant Meeting, a LGBTQ+ Affirming Campaign: PRIDE 365 – a positive campaign to show our small business community is a welcoming and safe space for our LGBTQ+ community all year long is being developed. This would be an MIM committee-led campaign structured similarly to Lancaster City Restaurant Week and Indie Retail Week. The committee operates independently, while Lancaster City Alliance serves as a fiduciary umbrella. – MIM committee member Michael Chiodo will serve as the Chair of PRIDE365 Phase 1 of the campaign would involve creating window posters and point-of-sale signage for City of Lancaster businesses that opt into it.  If anyone is interested in volunteering to serve on this committee, contact Michael Chiodo at


Closing Remarks

Marshall Snively thanked everyone for their attendance this morning and encouraged everyone to return next month for the June Milestone Award Merchant Meeting. 


Next Merchant Meeting – June 12, 2024 – The Ware Center 

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Add value to your business with Downtown Dollars Gift Certificates!  Merchants interested in participating in the program should contact Lancaster City Alliance via email at or by calling 717.394.0783.

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 AP MurrayBaker Tilly, Barley Snyder, City of Lancaster, Discover Lancaster, Ecklin Development, Irex Contracting Group, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, 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.