Business is booming on Royal Square.
A private developer, with the help of city government officials, has been working to revitalize the block bordered by Queen, King, Princess and Duke streets in York City for several years.
Art galleries already line the 100 block of East King Street.
Josh Hankey, the developer, and his business partners recently announced plans to turn the Bond building at 134 E. King St. into a wedding venue, artist studios and co-working space.
And now two new retail stores are set to open this summer on the block.
Consignment store: Alex Dwyer, a founding member of the Parliament arts collective, will open a "vintage and handmade marketplace" on Thursday.
Redeux, 113 S. Duke St., will sell salvaged, repurposed and refurbished home decor, furniture, clothing, jewelry, art and vinyl records.
Dwyer has partnered with about 20 vendors who will sell their wares at the consignment shop with style.
While typical consignment shops sell a variety of random items, Redeux will showcase its inventory with an emphasis on aesthetics, Dwyer said.
The former York Furniture and Appliances store has been vacant since January, Dwyer said.
There will be dressing rooms, and a corner of the store will be devoted to vinyl records, she said.
More information about the store is available at www.redeuxmarketplace.com.
Art supplies: A few weeks later, two local artists will open an art-supply shop at 128 E. King St.
PRIME Art Supply will open in July, co-owner Rita King said.
The store aims to accommodate York's growing artist community with hard-to-find art supplies. For example, college students have expressed a desire for giant sheets of paper that are hard to come by.
King said she and her business partner, Hollie Chantiles Shortino, are hoping to entice beginners as well.
"We want to be able to offer things that apply to everybody," King said.
PRIME will also offer store credit in exchange for used — or not-so-used — tools and supplies.
King and Chantiles Shortino — both of whom are accomplished painters — said they'll also be able to help customers tackle artistic challenges.
They'll offer classes too. For example, a painting class focusing on yupo paper and acrylic inks is scheduled to begin Thursday.
Later this month, they've scheduled a class about how to make artglass pendants.
For more information about the store and classes, visit the store's Facebook page.