Imagine music, wine, massages, pastry and shopping, if any of that sounds appealing, come to the heart of downtown Lancaster to explore Building Character.
After a busy, stressful week spent in the classroom and the library, everyone looks forward to the weekend. Some students want to relax while others want to party. For students who to escape from school for a little bit and experience something different and special, downtown Lancaster, a 28-minute drive from the Elizabethtown College, will be an ideal place for college students. The city of art brings a new type of excitement and an inspiring experience where students don’t necessarily have to spend money to enjoy all the luxuries “Ladies Night Out“ has to offer.
Introducing “Ladies Night Out”
“Ladies Night Out,” a new monthly event, takes place at Building Character every third Friday from 7pm to 9pm. In addition to the famous monthly art event, “First Friday”, here is another late night event that happens in this wondrous city. Entering the door of Building Character visitors can already see groups of musicians playing live music. Upon their arrival, visitors can begin a relaxing night from the free five-minute chair massages. Next for the visitors, is some free wine tasting by Uncle Ted’s Family Flavors. Also, one can let their taste bud run wild with free pastry samples from Sweet Petunia Bakeshop.
Christina Ohmer, the owner of the Sweet Petunia Bakeshop, sells a variety of sweets, including cookies, cakes, cupcakes, scones, brownies and pies in Building Character. Sweet Petunia Bakeshop will take in any special order from customers for any type of occasions.
What is Building Character?
Building Character, located on 342 Queen Street, is a 10,000-square-foot historic warehouse in Lancaster. It is home to more than 30 vendors. Many of these vendors own a variety of stores. Shoppers can find art, unique vintage or gently used fashionable clothing, handmade jewelry and metal crafts, antiques, custom greeting cards and handcrafted ornaments throughout the stores. Additionally, while shopping at Building Character, shoppers are actually supporting the idea of being eco-friendly because a lot of the handmade items that people create apply green practices and recycling methods. For instance, B.B. Bellezza is a jewelry store where the owner assembles up cycled pieces, such as scrabble tiles and hardware to make jewelry. Shopper can also find dolls that made out of recycled clothing or coasters, magnets and hair accessories that made out of discarded ceramic tiles.
Building Character is a good place to shop for unique gifts, especially during the holiday season. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind hand-painted oil burning vessels at Lancaster Lamps. Personalized handmade greeting cards with original art and prints by Diana Thomas Studio from Artsy Girl and custom-designed goose egg jewelry boxes, and ornaments from Eggs-actly Right Gifts. At White Elephant, there are eclectic art, collectibles, jewelry and antiques from all over the world offer shoppers to find some global gifts.
Not only is Building Character a good place for some personalized gifts, but it is also heaven for Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.) lovers. Many storeowners hand make their products and are creative artists who show their original art and talent on their products. Creative artists include Kate Maloney, owner of Shiny Tings, who creates products from mirrors, lights and other decorative items from new and found objects. Shoppers can find handmade handbags with high quality fabrics and accessories at Designs by Rachel Lynn. Crazy Little Studio is another handmade and painted polymer jewelry store; similarly, shoppers can find handmade hammered copper jewelry and accessories at Crystals, Stones & Wire. Every store has its unique little secret to attract visitors to shop.
A taste of history – discover the vintage store
Since Building Character is originally a historic warehouse, shoppers will also discover classic items from fashionable vintage clothing shops. Cheap Frills provides hand-selected gently used clothing, shoes and accessories from Talbots to Lily Pulitzer. Likewise, shoppers can find jewelry, purses and fashion accessories, along with handpicked vintage treasures from Martha Mae. The most special vintage clothing store is Smilin’ Gal where the owner, Kris Spader, offers vintage fashions, including clothing, accessories and purses, from the 1940s to 1970s. Not only are there vintage clothing but Building Character also offers vintage furniture including; tables, chairs, drawers, and door handles. Customers can surely find something that fits their style.
Building Character has a variety of activities and products that will satisfy visitors, whether the visitors are on a budget or not. Visitors have the choice of eating pastry, drinking wine samples, enjoying massages and shopping. Moreover, there are always surprises in different corners of this historic, mysterious warehouse. Locals never know what they can find from their creative neighbors. It is an opportunity to discover antiques from all over the world in various time periods for a reasonable cost. Now is the time to save the next third Friday and make a trip to downtown Lancaster to experience a special night at the “Ladies Night Out.”