Ernie’s Texas Lunch celebrates 100 years in Gettysburg

The employees at Ernie’s Texas Lunch are celebrating 100 years of being part of the Gettysburg community by doing what they always do – providing quality breakfasts and lunches at their counter and tables in their shop on Chambersburg Street. The store, known originally as Texas Hot Weenies, was opened in in 1921 by Anastasos …

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Rice Fruit Company’s Apples are “Sweet Natured”

Only a dozen or so miles north of Gettysburg, on Route 34 north of Aspers, sits the site of a long-standing county fixture — The Rice Fruit Company. The busy apple processing plant is located amid a rural landscape surrounded by apple orchards. The Rice family first started packing fruit in 1913. “We can trace …

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Small restaurant Tacos Monarca brings big flavors to Gettysburg

On the corner of West Railroad and Carlisle Streets in Gettysburg, where Subway once operated, there is now a small Mexican restaurant. The restaurant is named Tacos Monarcas after the monarch butterflies that migrate from Canada to the Oyamel forests in Michoacan, Mexico. Michoacan is the home state of owners Jimena and Louis Gonzalez. From …

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Local high school student creates award-winning business

If there is a single local model for business success, it might be 17 year-old Bermudian Springs High School senior Chloe Plesic, who, with her parents, Rebecca and Chris, have taken one pet rabbit they bought 5 years ago and turned it into a rabbitry empire that is funding her planned nursing degree at the …

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As traffic increases after the pandemic local stores face supply chain issues and encourage customers to shop early

I took a quick walk around the Gettysburg Square this morning and talked to some shop owners. The responses were similar across the board: The pandemic was tough, but things are getting better. The fly in the ointment right now is keeping the stores stocked. “It was tough for a couple of months, but it’s picking …

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Destination Weddings Abound in Adams

Adams County is a popular destination for wedding ceremonies, largely due to its widespread appeal for many different audiences. View our complete list of Destination Wedding Venues “Adams County is built for tourism, so we are fully equipped for people to come from all over the place to explore the battlefields, the history of the …

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Organization Profile: Adams County Office for Aging

The Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) is a non-profit organization in Gettysburg, PA that provides numerous services to nearly 5,000 Adams County senior citizens annually. The ACOFA became a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit agency in 1976, along with 51 other Agencies on Aging in Pennsylvania. The agency was established through the federal Older Americans …

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Business Profile: The Inside Scoop on Mr. G’s Ice Cream

Mr. G’s is a local homemade ice cream shop in downtown Gettysburg. It is a favorite for college students, locals, and tourists. Owner Mike Gladfelter — “Mr. G” — is an alumnus of Shippensburg University. One summer he traveled home with his roommate during summer vacation and was mesmerized by his family’s ice cream shop, …

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Business Profile: Adams County Winery

Located 8 miles west of Gettysburg in Orrtanna, Adams County Winery is the fifth oldest operating winery in the state and the largest in southern Pennsylvania. The winery’s 12.5 acre vineyard produces eight varieties of award-winning white and red grapes which are blended into a selection of standard, small batch, and seasonal wines. Owned by …

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A Sweeet! Celebration

Owners Cindy and Mark Fox are celebrating the 9th anniversary of the opening of Sweeet! The Candy Store in downtown Gettysburg. “Everyone loves candy,” said Cindy Fox. “It’s my husband; it’s all his crazy brain. Mark was his own motivation. He gets an idea in his head and he’s committed to it. He’s going to …

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Business Profile: Aura Integrative Medicine

After a career in traditional Western medicine, Dr. Smitha Nair M.D. became interested in providing a more holistic medical approach for her patients — one where she could spend quality time with them and get to the root causes of their problems.  Dr. Nair discovered integrative medicine and in 2017 opened the doors to her own …

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Organizational Profile: Local Shop GettysGear “Leans Into” the Pandemic, Creating Opportunities Though Creative Thinking and Marketing

“You really only have two choices right now: You can take your ball and go home, or you can lean down and put your shoulder into it,” said Cary Gregory, owner of GettysGear, located at 777 Baltimore St. in the Old Gettysburg Village in Gettysburg. The store, which also has an online nation footprint, sells …

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LOCAFLORA Design Opens in Gettysburg this Weekend with Local Flowers, Arrangements, Plants, and Botanical Gifts

Adams County resident Becca Muller is bringing her floral arranging skills and her love of natural and sustainable products to a new shop called LOCAFLORA Design in downtown Gettysburg. The shop is located across from the Rabbit Transit Center at 201 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The warm and inviting boutique carries local flowers, plants, soaps, candles, …

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Big Hill Ciderworks Opens Taphouse on Orchard in Gardners

By 2013, Ben Kishbaugh and Troy Lehman had grown tired of the Detroit auto industry where they were working together. They wanted to create their own business that focused on top-tier customer service and meeting the needs of their customers, both wholesale and retail. And they each had dreams of owning and operating a farm. Leaving …

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Fairfield Inn Reopens as Mansion House 1757

The Mansion House 1757, located at 15 W. Main St. in Fairfield, and previously called the Fairfield Inn, has reopened under the ownership of Cindy and George Keeney. The couple bought the property in June 2020. The property was originally named the Mansion House when it was built in 1757.  The Mansion House houses a …

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Hauser Estate Winery in Cashtown Reopens as Hauser Hill Event Center

The Hauser Hill Event Center celebrated its grand opening on August 23 with a gala catered event at their hilltop location at 410 Cashtown Rd. in Biglerville.  The new business will operate as an event center for weddings, banquets, corporate retreats, as well as fundraising and charity events.  The spacious building on 172 acres was …

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Fourcorners Comics and Games in Gettysburg Supports the Community and the Adams County Library System

Fourcorners Comics and Games co-owners Holly Krichten and Arthur Sanchez have been selling comic books, manga, board games, cards, and other entertainment in Gettysburg for the past five years and supporting the Adams County Library System at the same time.  The couple started the shop at 42 Baltimore Street in Kritchen’s hometown in 2015. “We’ve …

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Center for Youth and Community Development Celebrates 20 Years

If you, your child, or another member of your family or your community is struggling with substance abuse or other psychological problems, or if you are hoping to enroll in programs that might prevent these issues from developing, the Adams County Center for Youth and Community Development (CFYCD) may be able to help out. CFYCD …

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Organization Profile: Ploughman Cider

The United States is the only country where you need to call cider “hard,” said Ben Wenk, owner of Ploughman Cider, located at 1606 Bendersville-Wenksville Road in Aspers, and the Ploughman Cider Taproom on the Gettysburg Square. Wenk said the difference was simple: “Cider has alcohol; apple juice doesn’t.”  Cidermakers Winzeler and Lewis Wenk is …

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Business Profile: Gettysburg CBD American Shaman

CBD American Shaman, at 135 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, had its grand opening on January 3. “Our current hours are 11 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday. Until we make our presence known we’ll just do weekends. That will probably change in the spring,” said store co-owner Jay Whittle. Gettysburg CBD American Shaman The shop sells …

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Gateau Monique Bakery Becomes Littlestown Tradition

It was five years ago that Littlestown resident Monique Washirapunya opened her boutique bakery, Gateau Monique, in downtown Littlestown. Since then hundreds of people have enjoyed Washirapunya’s creative desserts, and the bakery has become a fixture in Adams County and the Littlestown community. Washirapunya said her bakery is a small-town business and “a personal thing. …

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Business Profile: Twin Springs Fruit Farm

Four friends, looking to the future and already involved in the Adams County fruit-growing tradition, pooled their knowledge, bought some land, and began a new business forty years ago. Today that business has grown from the initial 20-acre purchase with four employees to 300 acres and as many as 45 full-time workers. The Orrtanna business, …

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