Roxann Gallagher, owner of Miss Lucy’s Dog Treats in Dover Township, shows off treats. Gallaghers store will be on York County’s Made in
Roxann Gallagher, owner of Miss Lucy's Dog Treats in Dover Township, shows off treats. Gallaghers store will be on York County's Made in America tour, which begins this week. Tours of the shop will be held Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Bil Bowden photo)

Miss Lucy is a little older now.

But the Dalmatian that's the namesake for a Dover store is still a great taste tester, her owner said.

Inside Miss Lucy's Dog Treats at 5241 N. Salem Church Road, visitors can sometimes spot the 14-year-old Dalmatian.

She visits for 15 minutes at a time, twice a day, because the hard floor isn't compatible with her aging bones, said her caretaker and store owner Roxann Gallagher.

"She's getting old and can't lay down on the floor anymore. She needs cushions and soft beds, so she's not at the shop as often anymore. I wish she could be," she said.

Instead, visitors are more likely to see Gallagher's two pit bulls, 6-year-old Willie and 5-year-old Lilly Bug.

Gallagher’s dog, Miss Lucy, is a 14-year-old Dalmatian.
Gallagher's dog, Miss Lucy, is a 14-year-old Dalmatian. (Submitted photo)

How it started: Loving dogs led Gallagher to a business making homemade, all-natural dog treats, which include everything from bones to birthday cakes.

"The best thing about it is you're making dogs happy," she said.

She began the business eight years ago, which was four years after she rescued a 2-year-old Miss Lucy from a condemned Hanover home, where about 30 animals were discovered.

Since then, Miss Lucy has had first dibs on dog snacks and decorated cookies - some of which are designed to promote bone health, help heal arthritis, repel fleas, and treat dry skin and allergy problems, and others that are wheat-free and gluten-free.

This week, guests of York County's Made in America Tours will get an up-close look at how Miss Lucy's treats are made and perhaps meet the dogs.

Miss Lucy's Dog Treats is new to the event, where tourists will get to see employees decorating seasonal cookies and learn tips for good dog health, Gallagher said.

The tour: Because so many of them are free, it's hard to track the economic impact of the Made in America Tours, which give guests a behind-the-scenes look at more than 30 business across the county that touts itself as the "factory tour capital of the world," according to Cara O'Donnell, spokeswoman for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"But we hear anecdotally that crowds are waiting to get in when owners arrive at their businesses on the mornings of the tours," she said.

Tours are typically attended by both local and out-of-town guests, she said.

"It's a very popular event and a fun, inexpensive way to enjoy a day," she said.

Other newcomers: In addition to Miss Lucy's Dog Treats, Turkey Hill Experience and Shoppe American Made are also new to the Made in America Tours this year, she said.

The Turkey Hill Experience at 301 Linden St. in Columbia is a self-guided, interactive tour that allows guests to see how Turkey Hill makes its ice cream and iced tea, a spokeswoman said. Nine stations allow tourists to engage in lifelike experiences from milking a mechanical cow to creating virtual ice cream.

Shoppe American Made, on the other hand, is among the local attractions that will offer tourists a different view.

At 55 W. Canal St. in Dover, the shop is not a manufacturing facility. Instead, it sells items made in America, so it fits the theme, said owner Barb Schrum.

Shoppe American Made opened in October to promote American-made products for several reasons, she said.

"We're encouraging the employment of American workers, American-made items are usually a better quality, and the main reason is to support our economy," Schrum said.

Her store also supports the York economy. "A lot of our stuff is local. It's people supporting each other," she said.

Items range in price from $1 to $150 and include everything from candy to clothing, she said.

Occupying four rooms in a restored home, "it's not a very big store, but it's packed full," she said.

Though Shoppe American Made won't be hosting any product demonstrations, it will offer in-store specials and refreshments, Schrum said.

Accomac Inn & Events-Codurn Farm also doesn't have a product to demonstrate or factory to be toured, but it does have a message, said co-owner Charlene Campbell.

"We're going to educate people on the importance of local and fresh food," she said.

Guests will have a chance to see Accomac's garden and how food is moved from farm to table.

"It's pretty simple. We're not like a lot of other factories. We're more about awareness and what's grown here," she said.

Made in America Tours:

Free Factory Tours:

Accomac Inn & Events - Codorun Farm, 1535 Hokes Mill Road, York; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

George's Woodcrafts, Inc., 9 Reichs Church Road, Marietta; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Graphik Masters, 1017 N. Sherman St., York; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

Harley-Davidson, 1425 Eden Road, York; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Martin's Potato Chips Inc., 5847 Lincoln Highway West, Thomasville; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday

Miss Lucy's Dog Treats, 5241 N. Salem Church Road, Dover; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Painted Spring Farm Alpacas, 280 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday

Revonah Pretzels, LLC, 507 Baltimore St. (rear), Hanover; 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday;

Snyder's of Hanover, 1350 York St., Hanover; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday;

Sonnewald Natural Foods, 4796 Lehman Road, Spring Grove; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Sunrise Soap Company, 29 N. Beaver St., York; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; Evening tours available by appointment

Utz Quality Foods, Inc., 900 High St., Hanover; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; Call ahead on Friday

Wolfgang Candy Company, 50 E. Fourth St., York; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday

York County Solid Waste Authority/York County Resource Recovery Center, 2651 Blackbridge Road, York; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday

York Wallcoverings Home Design Center, 201 Carlisle Ave., York; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Factory Tours with a Fee:

Bluett Bros. Violins, 122 Hill St., York; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, $5;

Family Heir-Loom Weavers, 775 Meadowview Drive, Red Lion; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, $5;

Free Attractions:

Shoppe American Made, 55 W. Canal St., Dover; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday;

Wallace-Cross Mill, 15759 Cross Mill Road, Felton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday;

York Barbell Company, 3300 Board Road, York, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday;

Sovereign Bank Stadium/York Revolution Baseball, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York; 9 a.m. to noon Thursday

Attractions with a Fee:

Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, $5 per person or $15 per car

Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Rd., Airville; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Adults $5; Children $3

National Watch & Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Adults $8; Seniors $7; Children $4

Turkey Hill Experience, 301 Linden St., Columbia; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Adults $11.50; Seniors and Children $9.50

York County Heritage Trust Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Adults $10; Children $5; Children 7 and younger are free

Free Winery Tours:

Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Allegro Winery, 3475 Sechrist Rd., Brogue, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday;

Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Free Brewery Tours:

Bube's Brewery, 102 N. Market St., Mount Joy; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Mr. Steve's Homebrew & Wine Supplies, 2944 Whiteford Road, York; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday