Two Lancaster businesses move to bigger spacesHolly White
Two Lancaster businesses in early April are moving to larger spaces in the heart of downtown, owners said.
DogStar Books on April 6 will open at 401 W. Lemon St. Two events are scheduled for the Friday, a book release party and an art gallery opening, owner Brian Frailey said.
DogStar Books opened in 2006 after running for several years as a successful Internet bookseller. The current shop at 529 W. Chestnut St. has about 1,200 square feet.
"We've been crammed in for a few years," Frailey said. "We took some rooms from the apartment upstairs to use for storage, and couldn't have readings or events anymore because we ran out of room."
He purchased the Lemon Street property, former home of Fillings clothing store, in March 2011. The move includes about $100,000 in renovations, he said.
"This building … has a very old-world feel, we tried to keep it as much as we could," he said.
The new space has about 3,000 square feet, he said.
Visage á Visage, a day spa, salon and boutique at 616 N. Lime St., on April 9 will open at its new home in the Reynolds Mansion at 802 N. Duke St.
The salon, originally opened in 1989 and owned by Ray and Darla Broderick since 2003, has been outgrowing the about 4,400-square-foot space on Lime Street, Ray Broderick said.
"We've had to turn away clients, and that's never a good thing in business," he said.
The couple, along with daughter Tina Stoltzfus who manages the salon, purchased the property in May and have put about $600,000 into renovating it, he said. The original hardwood floors, bathrooms and a stained glass-ceilinged solarium remain. New plumbing, walls, landscaping and Lancaster's first pervious concrete parking lot have been added.
About a dozen employees have been hired for the bigger spot, now numbering close to 35, Ray Broderick said.
The business will now have 12,000 square feet, and is looking to sell the Lime Street building, he said.