300 Block Thursday: Marty Hulse

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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: Tyler Graybeal

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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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