300 Block Thursday: Marty Hulse


Meet the merchants of Lancaster’s 300 Block

Here are 3 things you may not know about Marty Hulse, owner of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER — 342 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA, rear warehouses • 717-394-7201 • buildingcharacter.biz & Madcap & Co. — 310 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA • 717-299-0827 • madcapandco.com:

1. At age 11, Marty started his own neighborhood newspaper called The Lafayette Gazette.

2. Beyond his journalism pursuits, Marty wanted to be a comedian. Saturday Night Live was his ultimate goal.

3. Marty comes from a long line of retailers. In the late 1800s, his family owned a store on Penn Square (where Fulton Bank now resides) called Zahm’s Corner.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s 70+ shops offer vintage, recycled and handmade merchandise under one roof in Lancaster’s largest retail destination. Open 7 days. Mon-Sat: 10-6; Sun: 12-5; until 9 first & third Fridays

Find cards, candles, one-of-a-kind gifts at Madcap & Co., Downtown Lancaster’s go-to shop for the best in local, USA-made, and fair trade goods. We offer a yummy selection at our retro candy counter, too. Exclusive retailer of Lucky Mfg Co. merchandise. Mon-Sat: 10-6; Sun: 12-5; until 9 first Friday

“300 Block Thursday” is an ongoing feature of member merchants.

300 Block Thursday: Jodi Pabon



Here are 3 things you may not know about Jodi Pabon, owner of The Scarlet Willow — 320 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA • 717-945-5883 • facebook.com/thescarletwillow

1. Jodi has three children – one each in elementary, middle school & high school.

2. Jodi has a degree in photography, but it’s not her only one!

3. During her college days, Jodi lived in London for a year, working as an au pair for a member of British Parliament.

The Scarlet Willow is 2 floors of all things vintage! Lancaster’s LARGEST selection of vintage clothing for men, women & kids fills our entire 2nd floor. Vintage housewares, linens, ephemera, typewriters, cameras & more! Mon-Sat: 10-6; Sun: 11-5

          o A Day in the Life Records — adayintheliferecords.com We offer a finely curated selection of new, used and rare Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Books and other related items for music lovers and collectors. Located in The Scarlet Willow.

“300 Block Thursday” is an ongoing feature of member merchants.

300 Block Thursday: Tyler Graybeal


Meet the merchants of Lancaster’s 300 Block

Here’s 3 things you may not know about Tyler Graybeal, owner of Sweetish — 356 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA • 717-621-2920 • sweetishlancaster.com

1. Tyler owned his first business at 16, selling airsoft guns online.

2. He has a background in technical theater & used to work at Rock Lititz.

3. Tyler is not Swedish. At all.

Sweetish is a Swedish-themed candy store with other Swedish and Scandinavian imports and a hygge section. Candy options include gluten-free, gelatin-free, sugar-free, and vegan. Wed-Sat: 11-8; Sun: 12-6; until 8 first & third Fridays

“300 Block Thursday” is an ongoing feature of member merchants.

Open House Weekend Dec. 8 & 9!

Join the merchants of the 300 Block of North Queen Street & Neighboring Shops at our Annual Holiday Open House Weekend, Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11am-5pm.

kids-making-christmas-crafts-390x292Make and take crafts for the kids at Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen; Heritage Press Museum at Building Character, 346 N. Queen; BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen, rear; Annex 24 Gallery, 24 W. Walnut St.

HOLIDAY PHOTOS at The Scarlet Willow, 320 N Queen
–> Take your own holiday photos in the festive scene set up on our second floor; 10am – 6pm Sat. Dec 8 & 11am – 5pm Sun. Dec. 9

PAWS & CLAUS at Madcap & Co., 310 N. Queen
–> Bring your pets to get photos with Santa Claus 1-3pm Sat. Dec. 8

Taste your way through the 300 Block as participating merchants will offer treats.

Sing your favorites and follow along with roving carolers each day!

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