EDITORIAL: One curtain comes down, another goes up

York Dispatch Editorial Board
Mary Lou Manley of Springettsbury Township talks with  Reineberg's Shoes & Shoe Repair owner Bob Reineberg during the first day of the store's closing sale Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Manley said she has shopped at the store since she was a child. The store is closing after 141 years in business. Bill Kalina photo

Thumbs up: It’s been an impressive run for Reineberg’s Shoes and Shoe Repair — 141 years to be exact.

Unfortunately for his loyal customers, Bob Reineberg says it’s time to close the shop started by his great-grandfather Ed Reineberg in 1877 in downtown York City.

He announced earlier this month that he’s retiring and the store, now located at 1031 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township, will be closing as inventory runs out, with a sale that began Wednesday, Oct. 10.

As he prepared for the close-out sale, Reineberg said he didn’t have time to reminisce.

"It's one of these things where I know we're doing it, but I'm so occupied with what we have to do with the closing and knowing tomorrow is going to be crazy, the whole week is going to be crazy, I just hope I get through it without falling over or something," he said.

More:Reineberg's to close doors after 141 years of shoe sales, repairs

Reineberg said he’ll miss his customers the most, and the feeling was mutual on the first day of his final sale — when patrons packed the store, leading to a 45-minute wait.

"I hate to see them go," said Dover resident Carol Mayson, who noted Reineberg’s personalized customer care is hard to find these days.

Although customers say they will miss the store, Reineberg said most have been understanding and wish him and his wife, Bonnie, a happy retirement.

Still, he’s going to leave … wait for it … big shoes to fill.

Thumbs up: As the curtain falls on one longtime York County establishment, another is preparing for a new act.

A $2 million renovation of the Appell Center’s Capitol Theatre is complete, and the work will be unveiled Wednesday, Oct. 24, during an evening performance by rock band Low Cut Connie.

Despite gutting the balcony, installing new seats and adding a concession stand, staffers say the historic theater at 50. N. George St. in York City, originally built in 1906, will have a familiar charm for returning patrons.

More:Appell Center completes $2M Capitol Theatre renovation, keeps 'classic feel'

The Capitol Theatre now boasts 450 new seats, featuring cupholders, in York City, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. The venue, which is part of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, began the $2 million interior renovations in April. Dawn J. Sagert photo

"People love the classic feel of it; we didn't want to mess with that," said Todd Fogdall, president and CEO of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

One major change is the balcony, which was torn down to its original form and completely redone, with new platforms put in place at new angles. “There's not a bad seat, no matter where you are," Fogdall noted. 

One new artistic touch patrons will notice immediately is a sign on the mirrored concession stand wall that pays homage to the theater’s century-plus history. 

It’s a modernized version of a Capitol Theatre ad from the 1920s, reading, “Our true intent is all for your delight."

With a motto like that, it sounds like an exciting season is in store at the Capitol.

Thumbs up: Speaking of mottos, Downtown Inc recently unveiled a retooled brand and tagline it says captures the spirit of downtown York City: “Historically edgy.”

"Our tagline, historically edgy, creates energy and integration between two primary assets of Downtown York that are typically not interrelated — our history and our edgy entrepreneurial spirit," said Andrew Staub, marketing and communications manager for the organization.

Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, explains the "historically edgy" rebrand concept for York City at a launch event on Monday, Oct. 8.

More:Downtown Inc rolls out 'historically edgy' York rebranding

"Together they tell the story of a place that has been making things happen and moving things forward for hundreds of years," he added.

The city rebranding is part of a larger initiative, the Brand York Project, launched in 2017, that aims to drive tourism and economic development throughout York County.

The new logo and tagline will be used throughout Downtown York in store windows and on T-shirts, and Downtown Inc plans to use it in surrounding cities, such as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to encourage tourists to visit York. 

Nicely done, downtown boosters.