It’s that time of year again: Time to boost some of our favorite Pennsylvania small businesses and help readers with their holiday shopping in the process. From rocks glasses to fresh flowers to one-of-a-kind jewelry, there's something for everyone on your list.
For years, factories and mills anchored PA communities large and small. The question of what to do with these beautiful, historic buildings is an essential one, and there is no single answer. In Johnstown, metalwork has returned to a shuttered steel facility, while in the Poconos, a new generation of residents are setting up laptops and sipping lattes in an old silk mill.
Communities across the state are using food production and food culture to connect people to their shared humanity. From an urban agriculture/arts mashup in Philadelphia, to a video series spotlighting traditional dishes in Central PA, to a bucolic theater venue on the Delaware River, Pennsylvanians are cooking up change.
A group of artists has transformed an organic farm in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania into a community hub and performance space, welcoming visitors for workshops, live theater, and lessons about climate change.
Two innovative companies emerged victorious from the pitch competition, earning an infusion of cash to build their businesses. The winners represent very different sectors, demonstrating the dynamicism of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Arts are a driver of growth and vitality — that's the argument being made by economic development and local government leaders across the state. In a lively conversation, we heard from two such folks, one from Corry and one from York, about how their communities support, fund, and catalyze the creative sector, and how that work is paying unexpected dividends.
In the this episode, we speak with Mario Mazza, a second-generation winemaker based in one of the state's most beautiful regions. His family has been making fine wines on the shores of Lake Erie for 50 years, and the future looks bright.
In Easton, Erie and Lancaster, historic buildings have been reimagined as foodie destinations and culinary incubators. The goal is to lure hungry tourists and residents downtown while also showcasing the diversity of these vibrant communities.
Whether you're a gardener with an herbal remedy, a woodworker with a brilliant flooring solution, or a scientist with an accidental discovery, transforming an idea into a business is a major challenge. Fortunately, if you live in the PA Wilds, you don't have to do it alone — there is a wealth of funding and support, if you know where to look.