York Central Market welcomes new vendors

Ten new vendors have joined the York Central Market in 2017 so far.

Junior Gonzalez
  • Five vendors were welcomed at ribbon cutting ceremonies at York Central Market.
  • New stores include a pet bakery, a sushi restaurant, a meat company and two pastry shops.

York Central Market just got a little more crowded, with several more vendors joining the market’s blossoming roster.

Five new vendors were welcomed to Central Market Tuesday, said Meagan Feeser, chief marketing and development officer for Downtown Inc.

Feeser said 2016 saw 39 new businesses open in Central Market, and with Tuesday’s ribbon-cuttings, 2017 has already introduced 10 new vendors. She added that she “loves” holding the ribbon cuttings, which are part of Downtown Inc’s mission to spur economic investment in the central business district.

The five shops welcomed on Tuesday were Locust Point Cattle Co., The Boys’ Barking Bakery, Sushi by Joony, Pastries of France and Helmut’s Strudel.

Cornelia Born serves a sample of Helmut’s Strudel at the ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming her shop at York Central Market on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

One of the new shops, The Boy’s Barking Bakery, has a wide selection of dog treats, and owner Meredith Lingenfelter said that many of her products are seasonal, including many green-frosted treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Lingenfelter said that while this is her first shop, she has been making dog treats for more than 14 years.

“I went up to a lady that had (a business) similar to this and said, ‘Do you need help?’” she said. She said the woman took her up on her services and has worked with her off and on ever since.

After going to college and getting “downsized,” Lingenfelter said that she got the chance to start her own business. She said that she enjoys the constant change in decorating her treats.

“I also like the stories people tell me about their dogs,” she added, laughing.

Lingenfelter said that she looked at a few markets to start her first shop and saw a great flow of customers downtown.

“There’s a lot of other great stands that will bring people here, and so I thought it was a great location. It’s going well so far,” she said.

Helmut’s Strudel was not part of the plan for vendor lessee and York City resident Cornelia Bora. She recently moved from Florida and went to a harvest festival last fall that had a strudel stand.

“They were just like what we have in my country,” Bora, a Romanian native, said. “We tried it and loved it, and then we got the idea and thought, ‘Why not?’”

Munhee (left holding scissor) and Joongnam Choi jointly cut a ribbon welcoming their shop, Sushi by Joony, to York Central Market on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

She said she looked at several markets but quickly chose Central Market. “From the moment we got in this market we loved it,” she said.

Locust Point Cattle Co. opens at Central Market

Joongnam and Munhee Choi have returned sushi to Central Market with their new restaurant Sushi by Joony. Munhee said that this is her first restaurant with her husband, Joongnam, and they’re both excited to join the century-old market.

“I’m very happy to be here,” Munhee said with her hand over her heart. "Thank you so much,” she said to organizers as they prepared to cut her ribbon.

Pastries of France, which also has a mortar location at 24 S. George St. in downtown York City, also opened a location last month. The French pastry shop has a selection of colorful macarons and other sweet foods.

York Central Market is open  from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and  6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, though some vendors have different open and closing times. Several businesses are open on days the market is closed, and many open for First Friday events.