Pennsylvania Downtown Center

Pennsylvania Downtown Center Founded in 1987, Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated solely to the revitalization of the commonwealth's core communities.
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Primarily through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Primarily through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

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Collaboration at its finest! Congratulations and all the best to Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs and The Gentlemen's Barbershop!
05/06/2021

Collaboration at its finest!
Congratulations and all the best to Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs and The Gentlemen's Barbershop!

Did you see this article in today's Elizabethtown Advocate?

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Mount Joy business collab creates new product line
By Rochelle A. Shenk

A collaboration between Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs and The Gentlemen's Barbershop has resulted in a product line for the barbershop.

The partnership between the two businesses was fostered by Main Street Mount Joy.

"A lot of people think all we do are events. We are an economic development organization. The events are a way to get people downtown, so they are a part of what we do. But we also work with our businesses to help them succeed whether it's working on their business model or growing their business," explained Dave Schell, MSMJ executive director.

Schell said he's been working with Lisa Wilbert, the owner of Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs, to grow her business in her existing space. At the same time, he was aware that Christopher "Chris" Montealegre, the owner of The Gentlemen's Barbershop, wanted to grow his brand by offering his own line of products.

"I spoke to Lisa about options including 'white labeling' (creating products for other businesses that use their label rather than the manufacturer's label)," Schell said, "I suggested that she may want to create products for other companies that she doesn't carry in her store and that she and Chris may want to talk to one another."
Wilbert opened Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs at 45 E. Main St. in June 2019, sharing the space with her husband's shop Time after Time Clocks.

Her business offers handcrafted beauty products such as soaps, scrubs, shower gel, lip balm, hand, and body lotion, roll-on perfume, and laundry soap. Wilber said she started out making foaming hand soaps and bath bombs in her home. "When I started it was a bit of a hobby. I did tons of research on products and there was a lot of trial and error in creating the recipes for my products," she explained, "I began doing craft fairs and got a lot of great feedback on the products, so I thought I would open a brick and mortar shop."

She's working full-time at another job and part-time at Ladybug Suds N' Scrubs. "I'd like to grow the business so it can be my full-time job," Wilbert said, "White labeling is one way I can grow and yet remain in my current space."

Montealegre opened The Gentlemen's Barbershop, 35 W. Main St., in May 2015. The Donegal High School grad said he's always wanted to be a barber with his own shop. "In high school, I would cut my family and friends' hair," he said, "In my senior yearbook, I wrote that I'd like to open a barbershop. I wanted to be a local barber, so that's why I decided to open in my hometown."

His goals are to build a client base and to establish a good reputation for the business and for himself as a barber. He also wants to expand The Gentlemen's Barbershop brand. "We already have t-shirts and hats. This year my focus has been expanding the brand by developing my own product line," Montealegre explained, "A lot of clients like to buy products we use and sell in the barbershop. I've had some products that I use in the shop that I really like such as a scented hair wax so I decided to start out with that."

As a local business owner, he desired to work with someone local to develop the product. Wilbert recently rolled out a men's line featuring a solid cologne and a dry skin ointment. With that in mind, Schell encouraged the two businesses to work together.
Wilbert said she and Montealegre have worked together for a few months to develop the scented hair wax. After some research and testing, they've developed the products-Suit and Tie Wax and Dapper Pomade, both are marketed under The Gentlemen's Barbershop brand. Montealegre and Wilbert are continuing work on products for the barbershop's product line.

Wilbert said she also white labels room sprays for Life Moments Candle Co., Lititz. The room sprays and available in some of the same scents as the candles.

Schell said he's hoping that the collaboration between Montealegre and Wilbert will encourage other businesses in Mount Joy's downtown area to consider working with one another.

Rochelle A. Shenk is a correspondent for the Elizabethtown Advocate.
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And as we wrap up our highlight of 2020 winners, the following communities received Townies in the Chairman's Award For Youth Involvement category. They include Monongahela Main Street Program- Ethan Gumble, “M.y. Main Street” and Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. - Marcus Cooley. Learn more about the Townies:https://padowntown.org/assets/pdfs/2021-Townie-Awards-Final.pdf #PDCTownies

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Happy National Small Business Week! Main Street America will be featuring some great small business stories, resources, ...
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Happy National Small Business Week! Main Street America will be featuring some great small business stories, resources, and other information throughout the week, so be sure to give their page a visit! Check out their post to learn more. 👇

##WeAreMainStreet

Happy National Small Business Week! Whether you're creating special ways to spotlight business owners or encouraging your community to support local safely, we look forward to celebrating your small businesses with you all week long. Plus, be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels for new stories, resources, and more throughout the week!

Celebrating the week on social media? Tag us in your posts using #WeAreMainStreet for a chance to be featured on our channels!

#MainStreetAmerica #supportlocal #supportlocalsafely #shoplocal

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April’s #NoPlaceLikeLocal contest is almost over! Purchase something sustainable from a local business today or tomorrow and share a photo (tag our page and use the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeLocal) for a chance to win. And stay tuned as we share May’s contest info soon!

April’s #NoPlaceLikeLocal contest is almost over! Purchase something sustainable from a local business today or tomorrow and share a photo (tag our page and use the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeLocal) for a chance to win. And stay tuned as we share May’s contest info soon!

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAYRestaurant Revitalization Fund applications will open Monday, May 3, 2021. You can begin registe...
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APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY

Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications will open Monday, May 3, 2021. You can begin registering for the grant application portal this Friday, April 30th. We encourage you to register on Friday and submit your application on Monday. The portal website will be restaurants.SBA.gov. We suggest bookmarking this page now for use on Friday and Monday.

To prepare to apply, visit the SBA's page at SBA.gov/restaurants and refer to the resources below to learn more.

https://www.saverestaurants.com/resources/

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY

Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications will open Monday, May 3, 2021. You can begin registering for the grant application portal this Friday, April 30th. We encourage you to register on Friday and submit your application on Monday. The portal website will be restaurants.SBA.gov. We suggest bookmarking this page now for use on Friday and Monday.

To prepare to apply, visit the SBA's page at SBA.gov/restaurants and refer to the resources below to learn more.

https://www.saverestaurants.com/resources/

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Multiple sources of funding available through the ARP may be applicable to particular projects or help fill budget gaps created by the pandemic. We invite everyone to join a webinar on Tuesday, April 27th to hear more about the funding opportunities through the American Rescue Plan, ideas for Main Street use, and give your feedback about what you’re hearing locally about potential use of funds.

https://conta.cc/3tMFDsF

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Great American Cleanup of PA

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Volunteering for a spring litter pickup is easy! Individuals can organize their own local event and register it online, or sign up to participate in an already registered event. Gloves, trash bags, and safety vests are provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and corporate sponsors.

Learn more: https://gacofpa.org/

#EarthDay2021

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Four Decades of Lessons Learned from Main Street and Beyond - with Mary Means, pioneer of the national Main Street movement. Live today, April 21, at 1:30 pm EDT. Registration is free!

https://conta.cc/3atmBjC

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Continuing to look back at our 2020 recipients, the following communities received Townies in the Promotions and Marketing Awards category, and include Downtown Lititz “Fire & Ice 2019" and Easton Main Street Initiative’s “Creative Holiday." Check out their photos below, and learn more about this year's Townie Awards at https://padowntown.org/assets/pdfs/2021-Townie-Awards-Final.pdf. #PDCTownies

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Here's a great example of a chain providing support to a local community revitalization effort Clarion Blueprint Communi...
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Project for Public Spaces recently sat down with Dr. Mindy Fullilove to talk about the pandemic and her latest book, "Ma...
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Check it out: https://www.pps.org/article/the-joy-of-being-in-dr-mindy-fullilove-on-trauma-healing-and-main-street

We are excited to announce that Mindy Fullilove, MD will be one of the keynotes at our upcoming Walk/Bike/Places conference on June 15-18, 2021!

Congratulations to these #NoPlaceLikeLocal March $100 gift card winners! Linda Brown of @uncnepa, Renell Fulton of @ches...
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Congratulations to these #NoPlaceLikeLocal March $100 gift card winners! Linda Brown of @uncnepa, Renell Fulton of @chestnuthill.pa, and Karin Miller of @EastonMainStreet. There's still plenty of time to get involved with April's campaign!
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Congratulations to these #NoPlaceLikeLocal March $100 gift card winners! Linda Brown of @uncnepa, Renell Fulton of @chestnuthill.pa, and Karin Miller of @EastonMainStreet. There's still plenty of time to get involved with April's campaign!
https://conta.cc/3wR3Xvp

Have you entered our April #NoPlaceLikeLocal contest yet? When you purchase something sustainable from a local business ...
04/11/2021

Have you entered our April #NoPlaceLikeLocal contest yet? When you purchase something sustainable from a local business through the end of the month - just post a photo, tag our page, and use the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeLocal for a chance to win a $100 gift card! ♻️

Have you entered our April #NoPlaceLikeLocal contest yet? When you purchase something sustainable from a local business through the end of the month - just post a photo, tag our page, and use the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeLocal for a chance to win a $100 gift card! ♻️

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Hi everyone! I have two questions about your County's COVID relief grant. 1. What was the dollar amount that your County was given to distribute? 2. How many total businesses (NOT including nonprofits) in your County were awarded grant money? If you're willing to share your County, that's great, but it's not necessary. Just trying to gather some data. I'm cross posting in the private PDC Managers group. Thank you!
In light of the current political battle between those counties who want to be yellow (before the Governor), two question I have today. 1. How do we celebrate/reward the businesses who obey the Governor's orders? 2. How does disobedience to the Governor affects the businesses' state funding (PIDA) and federal funding (PPP & EIDL)? Thanks!
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