As I have been attending Millersville University this fall, I have gone on a few excursions to the local small city of Lancaster in my free time. To my surprise, I fell in love! There's a bunch of small business boutiques and cafes right within walking distance of one another. If you're in Lancaster City at any point, definitely check these places out!
1. The Gem Den
Located at: 52 North Queen St. Lancaster PA 17602
As you can see from the picture, the Gem Den is a relatively small but quite packed crystal shop. They have nearly every type of semi-precious stone available-- ranging from the incredibly intricate Bismuth, to your standard Quartz. On the other side of the Gem Den, there's a jewelry-making emporium (that is truly the only word I can find to use, it has that wide of a collection). They have tools, a plethora of different beads, charms, wires, tassels-- you name it, they got it! They offer beginners jewelry-making classes for $10, plus the price of materials. The people are always kind and cheerful. It's the perfect atmosphere of positivity and peace.
2. Melinessence Cosmetics
Located at: 254 East King St Lancaster PA 17602
Two words for you: organic Lush. It has all the same products as the famed Lush Cosmetics, but without the possibility of harmful chemicals. They have everything from body butter, to bath bombs, to perfumes and glittery lotions (my personal fave). They even have a section for men! It consists of your basic grooming supplies, deodorant, aftershave, the usual. But it smells amazing! Definitely recommend it for a special someone in your life!
3. The Rabbit And The Dragonfly Cafe
Located at: 51 North Market St Lancaster PA 17602
Now for fellow English majors, like myself, this place is right up your alley! It is a literature themed coffee house! Decorated everywhere with literary figures from books like Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you're thrown into a mystical and quaint cafe where the drinks are made right in front of you, the baristas want to engage in conversation with you, and you can buy books! (yes, you read me right! You can buy books there!) I purchased a Stephen King novel from there for only $3.25-- needless to say I was psyched. They have different specials on different days, to make sure you go and check them out during a weekday if you can escape work or classes for a little bit.
4. The Art Store