Festivals and concerts provide a huge economic boost to urban areas and rural regions alike by creating jobs, drawing tourists, and supporting local businesses. Keep that in mind this summer when you're purchasing a ticket or snagging something from the merch table.
Coffee shops have come to serve a central role in small towns and resurgent neighborhoods, providing a gathering place for the community. Here we profile four of our favorite cafes from across the state, and talk with the owners about how their missions go beyond the perfect brew.
Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, a combination indie movie theater, micro-distillery and restaurant, is coming soon to a long-vacant furniture store on Water Street. It's the sequel to a beloved boutique theater, expanding alongside the booming city's vibrant arts community.
Packed with assets both natural and historic, Columbia in Lancaster County is a town in transition, rebounding after decades of struggle. Local residents and organizations have put a fresh focus on recreation and infrastructure, revamping downtown, luring a brewpub, launching a new river trail, and spotlighting the town's inherent charm. The key to Columbia's future is also the source of its past prosperity: the Susquehanna River.
Story Slams are spreading across Pennsylvania, giving everyone with something to say a platform to perform. These events are not only great for the creative community, but a huge boost to the businesses that host them.
Lancaster's Reflexion offers a portable, rapid concussion test for amateur and school sports. The three founders are tackling a problem that impacts 50 million athletes across the country, and hoping to save lives in the process.
Device Events strives to make information about medical devices available to providers and patients. Their idea bested the field at this pitch competition that seeds startups working outside traditional tech hubs.
On October 10, Case and J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, will ride into Lancaster, Harrisburg and York on the "Rise of the Rest" tour bus. With its goal of boosting startups outside coastal tech hubs, the initiative is a tremendous opportunity for the region and for fledgling companies seeking a big boost.
In Philadelphia, Lancaster and Pittsburgh, thousands have embraced Open Streets events -- that's a day of car-free fun and community engagement. All three places have at least one festival happening this summer so get ready to hit the road.