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Downtown York to welcome three new businesses

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Tracy Asah is the owner of Cupajoe, a new coffee shop located in downtown York. The business has taken over the space formerly occupied by New Ground Roasting Co. at 284 W. Market St.
Tracy Asah is the owner of Cupajoe, a new coffee shop located in downtown York. The business has taken over the space formerly occupied by New Ground Roasting Co. at 284 W. Market St. - (Photo / )

Downtown Inc recently welcomed three new businesses to York with ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Friday.

"We have a busy day of welcoming new businesses to downtown York," said Andrew Staub, marketing and communications manager for the downtown improvement and economic development organization.

At 11 a.m., Downtown Inc will join Kilee Chambers at 122 E. King St. for the opening of her new business, Klassy Kidz Hair Salon. It will provide hair cuts, hair styling, extensions, coloring and braiding styles.

While it will cater to children, the business will offer services for the entire family, said Chambers.

The new salon features a television gaming system, a chalkboard wall and a play area with dolls and a rocking horse. The play areas will be separated into two rooms: one for those aged 12 and under, and another for teenagers and adults.

The business will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 4 p.m., Downtown Inc will celebrate the opening of Cupajoe, a coffee shop that has taken over space formerly housing New Grounds Roasting Co. at 284 W. Market St.

At 5 p.m., Downtown Inc will head to 117 N. George St. to welcome Gift Horse Brewing Co. and its tasting room to the city.  

"When the opportunity to launch Gift Horse Brewing Co. arose our first and only choice was downtown York," Jason Snyder, co-owner of Gift Horse, said in a statement. "We all have roots that are firmly planted here and we wanted to be a part of the community and its ever-evolving scene.”

Gift Horse brings to five the number of craft brewers in a 26-square-block area of York, said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc.

A sixth brewery, Old Forge Brewing Co., is moving into the space formerly occupied by Isaac's On the Fly at 78-98 W. Market St. Based in Danville, Montour County, Old Forge is expected to open a tasting room and restaurant in the fall.

The other breweries in downtown York are Mudhook Brewing Co., Collusion Tap Works, Liquid Hero and Crystal Ball Brewing.

"We can’t think of a better way to kick off September’s First Friday than by welcoming a new business to downtown York," said Chamberlin.

More on Cupajoe

Cupajoe, opened its doors in downtown York’s WeCo neighborhood earlier this month with a transformed art-deco look. Vintage-inspired, gold-colored panels blanket the face of the coffee shop’s bar, while touches like flowers in glass bottles add to the business' atmosphere, said Tracy Asah, owner of Cupajoe.

Asah also had murals painted in the bathrooms to give the shop a homey feel.

The new shop is in a space formerly occupied by New Grounds, which closed nearly a year ago following a mortgage default by the building's former owner. It was Sparky & Clark's Roasting Co. before that. The property was purchased and renovated this year by Julie Lando Cross and Dave Cross

Originally from Michigan, Asah has a background in accounting, information technology, health care and management. She first started planning a cafe of her own in 2008, two years after she and her family moved to York.

She had envisioned a drive-through shop. But while waiting for the economy to improve and the right location to become available, she saw the need for a community coffee shop in York while serving on jury duty at the York County courthouse in 2014.

"I revamped my plan to create a place where people can gather, shop and take a break from their busy life, all over a great cup of coffee," she said.

Asah has tapped several local businesses for supplies and services at Cupajoe. Baked goods served at the cafe come from the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room in Red Lion, while milk comes from Perrydell Farm and Dairy in York Township. 

In the future, Asah hopes to host events like open mic and coffee and canvas art nights. Currently, she has five employees, but is looking to hire more. 

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Downtown Inc, Cupajoe is planning an Oct. 1 grand opening event with a $1 drink special.  

Tracy Asah, owner of Cupajoe, prepares an order for a customer at her new coffee shop at 284 W. Market St.
Tracy Asah, owner of Cupajoe, prepares an order for a customer at her new coffee shop at 284 W. Market St. - (Photo / )
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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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