Comings & Goings: York's new toy store & updates on the Yorktowne Hotel, Haar's Drive-In

Neil Strebig
York Daily Record

Update: An earlier version of this article misstated that Teriyaki Madness is a Seattle-based franchise, the franchise is based out of Denver. 

When Jen Swanner opened The Curious Little Playhouse in April, she was already using Melissa & Doug toys. 

Fast forward eight months and 10,000 toys later, Swanner can now boast she's the only Melissa & Doug retailer in downtown York. 

"Downtown York has a toy store now," she said. 

For Swanner, the option of adding a retail portion to her entertainment venue was always on the table, but the Connecticut-based toy manufacturer was always the first choice. 

Melissa & Doug toys hang from a beach chair inside The Curious Little Playhouse in downtown York on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

It's a choice she affirmed was the right one, following a shipping mishap earlier this month where she received nearly a dozen more "Polka-a-Dot" books than she had requested. 

"Rather than sending them back to the company they asked to have them donated," she said. 

The Curious Little Playhouse is located at 41 W. Market St. in downtown York and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

An end date in sight for the Yorktowne Hotel?

Members of the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) and York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) announced that the Yorktowne Hotel is expected to be completed in mid-2021. The project, which has endured a number of setbacks, will announce its final set of construction bids in January 2020, after which the project is expected to take approximately 18 months to be completed from there. 

YCIDA purchased the hotel in December 2015. Once completed, the hotel will feature 123 rooms, a restaurant on the first floor and will be part of Hilton's Tapestry Collection. 


Teriyaki Madness — Chambersburg

After 27 years, retired corrections officer Jake Moore decided to switch careers and opted to open Teriyaki Madness in downtown Chambersburg. The Denver-based franchise had its grand opening on Monday, Nov. 25. 

ONE at 1 South — downtown York 

Tutoni's co-owner and founder of O.N.E. Hospitality Group Toni Calderone announced the opening of ONE at 1 South earlier this month. ONE at 1 South is a catering venue located on the second floor of the Hartman Building on Continental Square.

Higher Design Barber Studio — York 

Higher Design Barber Studio opened its second location inside the the York Galleria Mall. The store opened in July 2019 and features six barber stations. 

New Hope Ministries — Dover

New Hope Ministries opened a new location in the former site of The Craft Basket in Dover. The shelter, located at 62 N. Main St., held an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 13 is now open and accepting donations. New Hope Ministries operates centers in Dillsburg, Hanover, Littlestown, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford and West Shore. 

In transition

Haar's Drive-In — Dillsburg

The central Pa. destination is up for sale and may soon be closing its doors. The family-owned drive-in opened in the 1950s. 

The original entrance of Haar's Drive-in in 1952 was accessed from a dirt road that is now Route 15 according to Vickie Hardy. It is still visible from Route 15 but no longer accessible. As the sign looked in May 2013.

YMCA of York — York 

On Thursday, Nov. 14, State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced a $230,000 grant for the construction of pavilions, play equipment and additional ADA access ramps at YMCA of York. 

Western Maryland Freight Station — downtown York 

The historic W. Maryland Freight Station will be getting renovated and turned into office buildings later next year. The building, which dates back to 1896, is located on the corner of Arch Street and N. George St. in downtown York. 

More:Cedar Haven parent company seeks to sell the facility: bankruptcy filing

North Hills Road Project — Springettsbury Township

In June work began on a 352,000-square-foot distribution facility along North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township. The building is a joint project between Endurance Realty and DWS Group and is expected to be completed in May 2020. 

LCBC Church in York. A 352,000-square-foot Endurance Realty distribution facility is being built directly behind the church along North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township. The project is expected to be completed by May 2020.

York County parks 

In part of $1.1 million in grant funding, six York County parks will be receiving upgrades and renovations including: 

  • Eagle View Park, Dover
  • Jackson Township Community Park
  • Delta Borough Community Park
  • Augustus Schaefer Park, Springettsbury Twp. 
  • Rocky Ridge Park, Hellam & Springettsbury Twps. 
  • YMCA of York Urban Park, York City

Hires & Fires

Warehaus — York

The architectural firm announced a recent string of promotions including: 

  • Troy Bankert as the new Chief Executive Officer. Bankert was previously the director of architecture. 
  • David Koratich as the new Chief Operating Officer. Koratich was previously the director of civil engineering. 
  • Tamara McNamee continues to serve as the CFO, a position she took over in March 2019 and will serve on the firm's leadership team. 
  • Jonathan Wehri will take over as the new Chief Creative Officer. Wehri previously worked as the director of design. 
  • Angela Liddick will take over as the Chief Human Resources Officer. Liddick previously worked as the director of human resources.