Yorkers will soon have another lunch option downtown.
A new food court is set to open Monday at 39 W. Market St.
Called 39 West Eatery, the small hub will house three vendors, offering a variety of selections. Varsity Smokeshack will sell pit beef, Sharon's Sweet Shop will sell chocolate and baked goods, and an unnamed sushi vendor will also operate at the eatery.
"I think people will smell my peanut butter and come running," said Sharon Smith, owner of Sharon's Sweet Shop.
Smith also has a stand at Morningstar Marketplace in Thomasville, where she sells peanut butter fudge, chocolate-peanut butter eggs, buckeyes, whoopie pies, cookies, gummy candy and more. She also sells a number of chocolate-covered foods, including bacon, pretzels, pickles and cheese curls.
"I cover anything and everything," she said.
Smith also uses molds to make specialty favors for birthdays, weddings and baby showers.
She has been making chocolate for 30 years, and nothing compares to seeing someone's reaction upon testing her product, Smith said.
"It's fun and exciting to see people's faces and know they like it. It's very rewarding," she said.
By establishing a location in York among other vendors, she said, the eatery will give people another reason to visit the city.
"I really hope it's going to bring more people downtown," Smith said.
Her shop was going to be part of the Cherry Lane food court, originally planned by a Maryland developer Neil Katz to complement Central Market.
Those plans were scrapped earlier this year, and in May he put several properties along Market Street up for auction.
Dora and Mike Markle, owners and property managers at York-based Midor Property Management LLC, control the 39 W. Market St. address. Neither of them returned calls seeking comment.
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