The progressive shopping card returns to Lititz for Small Business Saturday and the holiday season | Local business

Think you’ve seen and done everything there is to see and do in Lititz? Not quite, says Rebecca Branle, CEO of Venture Lititz.

With each changing season, Lititz gets better and better. And the holiday season in Lititz is no exception. It has all the tried and true favorites like Wilbur Chocolate, Sturgis Pretzel Bakery and Zest! But there is always something new in these stores and all kinds of new things to experience.

“Brand new to Lititz is the Brazilian Table, which is a great addition to Lititz,” says Branle. “Sylvia and Mariana bring an incredible energy to the high street. Visit The Brazilian Table once and you’ll feel like family. And the food! You can feel the love baked into every bite. I’m addicted to their carrot cake, but my family is addicted to their cheese bread. Their candies and treats make delicious gifts, especially when you don’t want to arrive empty-handed at a holiday party.”

For small business Saturdays and the holiday season, Lititz is bringing back the progressive shopping card. Shoppers receive a stamp for every $20 they spend at the center. When they fill out their card, they can submit it as a raffle entry for a gift basket filled with items from Lititz stores.

Branle reminds Lititz residents and those who love Lititz to experience all that Lititz has to offer with its great downtown retailers. Downtown shop and restaurant owners create a sense of community that everyone can appreciate, she says.

“There’s inspiration in every store, not only in the products, but also in the people who sell them,” says Branle. “Unlike national chains, our local business owners sponsor our children’s activities and volunteer for our local nonprofits. There’s something really great about the cyclical nature of supporting small businesses, because when we support our small businesses, they’re able to support our communities in return.”

And, she adds, with a thriving downtown, the ability of local businesses to recruit and retain employees improves, which in turn benefits property values. It brings in tourism which then supports the local economy more broadly.

Every Lititz business has something unique to offer.

The Savory Gourmet has special dinners featuring tastings of their exotic meats and cheeses. heat! there are cooking classes, and the Lititz Music Company offers music lessons and new or used instruments. You’ll find one-of-a-kind art and gifts from local artists at Purple Robin Reserve and heirloom chairs and chests from Morton’s Fine Furniture. Bunyaad offers international gifts from around the world, while Purple Turtle Consignment Boutique and Matthew 25 offer used and pre-loved clothing, accessories and more for budget shopping.

Branle suggests shoppers may want to celebrate all things Lititz with gift baskets that combine the best of Lititz, such as fitted Lititz hoodies and hats from The Tattered Shirt, coffee from Whiff Roasters and whiskey from Stoll & Wolfe. Other Lititz gifts include Wilbur Buds, Sturgis Pretzels, a book by Lititz author AS King from Aaron’s Bookstore, a Moravian Star from the Moravian Mission Gift Shop, a Lititz stamp from the Lititz Historical Foundation, Lititz stickers from Atlas, ornaments from Purple Robin Preserve and crafty No Place Like Lititz signs from Main Street Peddler.

Every time Branle passes through Lititz, there is something new to discover. Who knew Olio had Black Walnut Balsamic Vinegar or Zest’s Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning?

But is there something more to Lititz’s charm?

“Sure, we have a streetscape that could be the set of a Hallmark movie or a Norman Rockwell painting, but it’s the people that make us shine,” Branle says.

“That’s Becky at Pebbles & Lace, Trudy at Heavenly Soaps & Scents, Gaylord and Nadine at Tiger’s Eye and Joe, Judy and Pete at Olio. These people have beautifully curated stores that will delight you and invite you back again and again, but it’s the way they welcome you and genuinely work to get to know you that makes them truly remarkable.”

Lititz also hosts many holiday events, including the Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting on December 2nd, A Christmas Carol on December 8th and the Candlelight Tour on December 9th. Check lititzpa.com/events/calendar for details.

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