Lancaster and York, the “Red Rose City” and “White Rose City,” are cities where the Amish and Mennonite communities intermingle and thrive among a determined manufacturing economy. Both cities sit surrounded by a charming countryside and flourishing arts community, where quality of life is inching toward prosperity with nonhierarchical development initiatives like Re3 Living Spaces and deliberate growth is noted in the tech community.
With spring, blossoms an empowered wave of new business injecting life in both Lancaster and York. And I’m puffed up and proud to say my friends conspired their way to success and helped grow the community by forming their own businesses. So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I have two recommendations:
Indulge in frozen yogurt at Stop-N-Yo in York
Today is Stop-N-Yo‘s grand opening. The new frozen yogurt shop will be donating a portion of its proceeds to help those who suffered during the Boston Marathon bombings. Nice, right? Just wait. It gets better.
I’ve known the owners of Stop-N-Yo, Casey and Sam Rudegeair, for a few years as mere acquaintances. After attending their wedding a few years ago, I beat down the niceties of acquaintanceship and discovered how much I really liked them. Not in creepy way, but more of a wow-you’re-awesome-and-I’m-glad-we-shared-beers-together-at-your-wedding kind of way. Better yet, they hired on my good friend James to help gel their business together. I look forward to watching them succeed and eating my fill of frozen yogurt, of course.
Stop-N-Yo is located at 351 Loucks Road in the Crossroads shopping center along Route 30 in York. The yogurt shop is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. With 18 flavors and more than 50 toppings, I’m sure you can dream up something sweet. www.stopnyo.com
Explore an indie film at Zoetropolis
There’s a new theater in town. And no, I’m not talking about a 90 decibel stadium-sized theater either. Nestled inside the Mulberry Centre office building on the corner of James and Mulberry streets is Zoetropolis, an independent movie theater reborn. After a near ten-year hiatus, Zoe is back. Warm and comfortable, the theater is adorned with curtains from a Rolling Stones concert and seats from the old Fulton Opera House. The sizable space promises multi-use – trivia night, poetry slam, yoga, art shows and whatever else owner Leigh Lindsay and the community can dream up.
When she’s not running a movie theater or taking care of her three adorable children, Leigh Lindsay runs Salon Fin, a hair salon on Mary Street. Seeing as I wait to cut my hair until I can’t possibly stand it any longer (read: nearly a year), I encounter Leigh more frequently when I spent time with my friend and her sister, Alax. And, my talk about a hard-working, creative and genuine person.
This weekend the theater is featuring “The Evidence of Hope,” filmed by Lancaster-native Chad Amour. The film depicts the lives of three people as they tackle oppression and realize their passion. And that’s about all I can tell you from the short synopsis I gleaned on the web. I still need to scarf popcorn and check it out for myself!
Zoetropolis is located at 315 West James Street in Lancaster (next to the Fridge). My best advice to you? Follow the signs. There are three showings on Saturdays and Sundays: 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m., two on Fridays and one on Wednesdays and Thursdays. www.zoetropolis.com