Glassworks shop joins bustling Royal Square
Craft brewery/cidery and burger joint also in the works for growing Royal Square district in downtown York.
A ninth-generation York County resident and fifth-generation artist, Harry B. Smith III is working to become the next member of his family to make his mark by involving himself in the downtown York City revitalization.
In early December, Smith officially opened Antiquita Glassworks in Royal Square district downtown. The store at 120 E. King St. has been in the works for about two years, according to Alex Dwyer, Royal Square Development's vice president of retail development.
"We're really excited to finally get it in there and opened up," Dwyer said. "It was a real community effort."
Antiquita Glassworks focuses on custom lighting, tableware, drinkware and furniture, with Smith primarily using torches, kilns and recycled glass, he said.
Smith, a founding member of Rudy Collective on East Philadelphia Street, said he's been working as an artist in downtown York for about 12 years and his involvement in that community made Royal Square an easy choice when he decided to open his own business.
"I had known (Royal Square President and CEO) Josh Hankey for about four years when I was with Rudy Collective and wanted to branch out," Smith said. "He talked to me about the opportunity to be over here ... and I wanted to be a part of it."
Situated between The Parliament Arts Organization and King's Courtyard Artists' Collective, Antiquita Glassworks joins a district full of aspiring artists.
"These are people on the same page as me, and they've really welcomed me as part of the family here," Smith said.
That Royal Square family has been growing rapidly with recently opened businesses The Bond and The Union Shared Workspace, and soon-to-come businesses Glazin', a gourmet doughnut and six-pack shop, and Bridge and Tunnel, a restaurant and cocktail bar.
Dwyer said additional plans to add a burger joint and brewery to the community are also in the works.
The burger joint, Johnny's Burgers and Malts, is already actively setting up shop on Princess Street, he said.
Jared Barnes, a York native, will open his craft brewery and cidery, Collusion Tap Works, in a 4,500-square-foot space in the back of The Bond, he said.
Barnes, who is working with his father and uncle on the business, said he hopes to begin construction in January and open up shop in April or May, pending approval for brewery and winery licensing.
The space will double as a restaurant and tasting room, Barnes said, with the idea to keep the menu simple and local, with new specials every week.
Barnes, 30, originally joined the Navy out of high school before attending Penn State. While working as a bartender, he decided to drop out to attend brewing school in Chicago and Germany.
Since finishing, he's worked at breweries in New York, Florida, Delaware and, most recently, Wyndridge Farm in Dallastown.
Barnes never thought he'd up opening his own brewery in his hometown, he said, but after meeting with Royal Square and seeing the upward trajectory of the downtown area, he decided The Bond was the perfect location.
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