Comings and Goings: Downtown York sees many new businesses - bakery, barber shop and BBQ

Angel Albring
York Daily Record

A 1900s tobacco warehouse has found new life as luxury apartments.

Courthouse Commons is the latest project in development by Susquehanna Real Estate, according to a press release sent by the company.

Within walking distance of many downtown restaurants and venues, including Central Market York, the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, and more, Courthouse Commons, will offer 18 one- and two-bedroom units, some with flex space that can add a bedroom, office or study.

Large, two-bedroom units will include two full baths. All units feature designer kitchens, washer-dryers, high-tech security and access systems, as well as secured, interior parking and storage areas.

Units will be available for occupancy in August, according to the release.

“The units are designed to offer a lot of amenities and conveniences for those seeking the advantages of an urban lifestyle,” president of Susquehanna Real Estate Jack Kay said in the release. “It really presented an opportunity for us to creatively imagine what the next phase of life could be for this location.”

Susquehanna Real Estate has led the creative direction on the Lofts on George, Susquehanna Commerce Center and 96 South George.

Courthouse Commons is the latest project in development by Susquehanna Real Estate, according to a press release sent by the company.



Franceci’s Bizcochos Dominicanos: 15 N. Penn St., York

Franceci’s Bizcochos Dominicanos opened May 12 in the former Asian Best restaurant. They specialize in custom cakes, flan, tres leche, pastelillos, churros and other Dominican desserts. You can follow them on Facebook at for updates to their hours of operation and the sweet treats they are offering for the day.

Franceci’s Bizcochos Dominicanos opened May 12 in the former Asian Best restaurant.
Franceci’s Bizcochos Dominicanos opened May 12 in the former Asian Best restaurant.

Motive Health: 221 W. Philadelphia St., York

Motive Health opened a new wellness center June 3 in downtown York. Motive Health opened in 2020 by Dr. Tyler Mitcheltree. According to their site, Dr. Mitcheltree opened the center after years of playing collegiate sports and not receiving adequate care for his injuries.

Motive Health opened at 221 W. Philadelphia St., York.

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At the time of their original opening, they were stationed in a 300-square-foot space. Since then, they have expanded into three locations, including the new one in downtown York. The new facility is around 2,400 square feet, Dr. Mitcheltree said.

“We offer a variety of wellness, recovery, and pain management options including Chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, IV drip therapy, red light therapy combined with infrared therapy and muscle compression therapy. We also have a CBD and supplement shop containing products for fatigue, anxiety, sleep apnea, gut health and muscle and joint pain,” he said.  

People can make an appointment by calling 570-772-1834 or book on the website at

“We currently do not accept insurance, but we do accept Health Savings Accounts,” Dr. Mitcheltree said. “But our rates are some of the most affordable in York, as we keep everything around the cost of most co-pays. We also offer monthly memberships to help decrease the costs of all-inclusive services.”

Owner Omar Rodriguez looks though his collection of vintage barbering tools on display at Line and Anchor Barbershop which recently opened 119 S. Duke Street in York.

Line and Anchor Barbershop: 119 S. Duke St., York

Line and Anchor Barbershop recently moved to 119 S. Duke St. for more information on the services they offer in their new location, visit them online at

Line and Anchor Barbershop in York moved from its location in North York to the site of a former hair shop at 119 S. Duke Street in York.

Mason Lee: 21 S. Beaver St., York

M.elene Vintage on South Beaver Street expanded during First Friday in downtown and opened Mason Lee, a men’s boutique. Visit them online at

M.elene Vintage, at 21 S. Beaver St. in York, expanded recently.

Slow and Low BBQ: inside Penn Market at 380 W. Market St., York

Slow and Low BBQ opened inside Penn Market in mid-May. The stand serves up Texas style BBQ, with brisket chili, tacos, and barbecue platters. Visit them online at

Garden of Herbs LLC: located inside Penn Market at 380 W. Market St., York

Garden of Herbs specializes in custom tea blends, crystals, sea moss gel, elderberry syrup, herbs and other natural products. They are open every Friday and Saturday, 10am-2:30pm. Visit them at for more information.

While not open yet, the Pecan Tree CafŽ at 287 W. Market in York looks complete on the exterior.

Pecan Tree Café: 287 W. Market, York

El Yunque has left the WeCo district, but Pecan Tree Café is moving into its former location. The opening date has not been announced.



El Yunque: 287 W. Market, York

El Yunque, located in the WeCo district of York, has closed.

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Fawn Grove

Red Bird Crossing: 87 Mill St., Fawn Grove

Red Bird Crossing, a home decor marketplace, announced on Facebook that they will close June 26.

Conewago Township

The Conewago Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to grant conditional use approval to the Freedom Square master plan development, according to a press release from Pasch Companies, who is developing the project.

“We are very excited to bring Freedom Square to York County. It’s going to be such a wonderful place for people to raise their families. Walking and biking trails, baseball and soccer fields, a community center, parks, open space — it’s all part of this town-center experience,” Owner of Pasch Companies Tim Pasch said in the release.

Implemented over several phases, Freedom Square will offer more than 2,400 combined residential units including 416 garden apartments, 120 urban apartments, 325 townhomes, 742 single family homes and 296 active adult homes. The project also includes 350 senior apartments and a 15-acre senior memory care facility with 180 beds, according to the release.

“We recognized the need for diverse housing options that can accommodate both the growing population as well as the needs of our seniors in York County,” Pasch said. “Freedom Square meets those needs while also adding a positive economic impact with the creation of both temporary and permanent jobs in York County.”

In addition to its residential components, Freedom Square is also expected to include two hotels with a combined 280 rooms, a total of 37,800 square feet for retail space, 57,300 square feet allocated for restaurants, 136,800 square feet for professional and business offices, more than 175,000 square feet for light manufacturing and a 76,500 square foot shopping center.

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For more information about the Pasch Companies, visit


YWCA York announced June 2 its Board of Directors has selected former York City mayor C. Kim Bracey as their next CEO, effective July 5.

“After a highly competitive nationwide search, I’m excited to welcome C. Kim Bracey as YWCA York's next CEO,” YWCA York board of directors president Kristy Bixler said. "We were searching for a CEO who would advance our mission in York County. Kim's passionate leadership lifted her to the top of the list. We are excited to support her in this new role."

Bracey will be the first black woman to serve as CEO in YWCA York’s 131-year history. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.

Former York Mayor Kim Bracey shares stories about Voni Grimes during his celebration of life ceremony at Small Memorial AME Zion Church on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Bracey was recently hired as YWCA York's new CEO. She is the first black woman to hold the position in over 130 years.

Bracey, a York native, has served in the United States Air Forces. After a decade of service with distinction, she returned to her hometown to serve as the Program Manager of the Crispus Attucks YouthBuild program, and later as the president of the South George Street Community Partnership.

She served as the mayor for the City of York for 8 years.

In 2017, she received the Athena Award bestowed upon female leaders around the globe. In 2021, Bracey co-chaired the 100th United Way of York County Campaign and helped to raise $5.6 million.

“I am incredibly excited to join the dynamic team of the YWCA York and continue my career of community commitment to York County,” Bracey said in a press release. “I am so honored to assume the role of the CEO and I look forward to continuing the important work ahead, and to further embody the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.”

YWCA York’s current CEO, Jean Treuthart, will retire from the organization after nearly eight years of service.


Downtown Inc recently announced the 2022 Welcoming Communities Grant Recipients, where a total of $15,000 in grant funds were allocated to 15 different organizations/individuals, each of whom will host an event to foster a sense of community.

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8th Annual Stop the Violence Event, hosted by House of Reconciliation Church: this evet includes a Community Resource Expo, complimentary food, and activities such as face painting, games, and music. The purpose is to promote love, peace and unity among all members of the community.

Bilingual Shakespeare in the Park, hosted by OrangeMite Studios: This is a free event that hosts bilingual performances of Shakespeare and Spanish language playwrights in an outdoor, communal setting within a festive, welcoming, and inclusive environment.

Celebration of Diaspora Art, Music, and Culture, hosted by Malomsyart Collection: This event will showcase art, music, culture, fashion and food from the entire African Diaspora.

Community Harmony: “Ballin 4 Bouk”, hosted by Russy’s Sweet Treats- The “Ballin 4 Bouk” 3-on-3 basketball tournament is the only tournament for younger players (10-18). All of the proceeds are donated to a scholarship fund. This event was established in 2021 in honor of Anthony Orr, Jr.

DreamWrights Summer Block Party 25th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by DreamWrights Center for Community Arts: This event hosts food trucks, local community booths, interactive activities for all ages, vendors and live entertainment.

HOPE-fest 2022: “A Celebration of Community, Culture, and Citizenship!”, hosted by Shiloh Baptist Church: Participants engage in a week of community activities, such as sports, movies, giveaways and more, that serve to make York City a better place and bring out the best in its residents.

Juneteenth Community Block Party, hosted by Union Evangelical Lutheran Church: Free food, kids’ activities, bounce houses, entertainers, & diverse organizations/leaders highlighting resources for health, community action, safety, food security, clothing, housing, youth, faith programs and more.

Juneteenth York 2022, hosted by Juneteenth York: For the third year in a row, the annual Juneteenth York event will feature minority-owned business vendors, food trucks, art displays, children's art and play activities, live demonstrations, musical and spoken word performances, cultural dancing, speakers and a resource fair.

NENA Block Party, hosted by Northeast Neighborhood Association: The block party brings together local community resources, free activities for children, free local entertainment and free food for the local community.

The New American Welcome Center Welcoming Week, hosted by YMCA of York and York County: Welcoming Week is a result of a partnership between YMCA of the USA and Welcoming America. Every September, YMCAs across the country host a week-long series of events that bring people from diverse cultures together to celebrate and recognize the impact of newcomers to the area.

Salem Square Block Party, hosted by Salem Square Community Association: This block party will encourage Salem Square residents to get to know their neighbors and the variety of cultures in Salem Square. There will be artistic and recreational activities, performances, and food, celebrating the diversity of the community.

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Second Friday Latino, hosted by Latinos Unidos of York: Established in 2018 Latinos Unidos of York is a boots-on-the-ground grass roots non-profit establishing relationships and bridging gaps with York County’s Latinx and Non-Latinx community, businesses, non-profits and neighborhoods.

Summer Wellness Event, hosted by Jump2fit Inc: Jump 2 Fit is an organization started in York County to showcase the arts and sport of Double Dutch. The mission is to bridge the age gap and cultural gap, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and demographics to participate in a once-forgotten past time and sport.

The Trey and Boo Classic Basketball Tournament, hosted by Helping Offer Options & Directions: The Trey & Boo Classic Basketball tournament takes place every June at Penn Park. At the event, 18 teams compete for the championship. The tournament was created in honor of Catrell “Trey” McCanic and Ricardo “Boo” Banks who attended York High and played basketball. Both young men were murdered at a young age.

What the Food Trucks, hosted by Working Progress: In its sixth year, CrocodileDog Marketing and Working Progress bring York's biggest and best Labor Day Sunday admission free block party with 40 food trucks.

The Welcoming Communities Grants Program is administered by Downtown Inc and is made possible through Better York and the financial support of Better York, Powder Mill Foundation, the York County Community Foundation, and in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of York County.