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The Garden Gallery, owned by Charles and Susie Andrews, was established in 1976 in historic downtown Carlisle, and is the oldest fine arts gallery in Central Pennsylvania.
The gallery is also famous for its custom framing/design center as well as for art, photography and frame restoration. Charles has extensive experience in using various materials and fabrication techniques, and is a technical consultant to artists and corporations regarding fabrication, display, and archival protection of art works.
Charles and Susie are also both artists working in ceramics. Their work is shown at the gallery along with a number of outstanding artists some of whom have been represented by the gallery for over 20 years. The Garden Gallery primarily represents Pennsylvania artists along with a few nationally recognized artists from New York, New Mexico, and Kansas.
The gallery showcases its fine arts and crafts with art shows throughout the year. You will find fine original paintings, hand blown glass, ceramics, (functional as well as non-functional), silver jewelry, photography and more. The Garden Gallery is a celebration of not only the handmade but of a community that exists to create for personal and public satisfaction, and to promote and enhance the world in which it exists.
by Charlie Andrews
In the 1970’s the only efforts to market Carlisle were by the merchants themselves. For many years they met once a month for a breakfast meeting at the old Bellaire House Restaurant, first as the Central Carlisle Business Association then as the Downtown Business Association. Essentially, the marketing efforts were of group advertising in the local newspapers and radio, holiday specials, and a one big annual event, “Sidewalk Sales” in July. The effect of two malls on the edges of Carlisle had already wrought dramatic change in the downtown (and in downtowns across America). Stores like Montgomery Wards, Penney’s, The Bon-Ton, Wengers, etc., moved to the malls. The downtown still had a lot to offer in its owner-operated stores and restaurants within a beautiful and historic downtown setting.
It was obvious, however, that marketing efforts needed to be increased to attract new businesses and people. We needed a person who was paid to work on these efforts constantly and consistently, rather than relying on volunteer merchants who already had a lot to do just running their businesses.
In 1980, the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of then president Len Doran, proposed the formation of an organization and the hiring of an individual whose job would be to coordinate existing marketing efforts and develop new ones. They would create new opportunities to celebrate Carlisle and bring outside people to the downtown. There would be a board of directors with regular meetings, and various committees would be developed for events, beautification of the downtown, economic development, membership, etc. Initially, the Chamber of Commerce and the Borough each contributed money toward a matching grant from the state’s Department of Community Affairs (today called the Department of Community and Economic Development). The grant was made for each of three years, and after that the state grant ended. Local businesses and industries were also solicited and donated over $25,000. The idea was that after the grant ended, Carlisle would see the benefits of the program and continue to support it.
In Carlisle’s case, we did, but a number of communities across Pennsylvania didn’t. Many essentially lost their downtowns as far as economic effectiveness or meaning to their communities. Carlisle’s program, started in 1981, was initially called the Carlisle Economic Development Center. Today it is called the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA).
Since its formation, the DCA has continued to develop group advertising ideas, new events (Octubafest, Street Hoops, Corvette Parade, etc.), financial assistance programs for facades and signage, and new marketing tools in the form of a Carlisle brochure and video, etc. Originally the goal was to draw people from the surrounding local areas to Carlisle. As the years have gone on though, it has became apparent that for Carlisle to really thrive and prosper, we need to draw people to Carlisle from out of the area, i.e. Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, northern Virginia, etc. At the same time, we also need to attract competent merchants to the downtown.
Other, positive developments in the downtown have been the Carlisle Theater, the downtown hotel, and the parking garage as well as the Carlisle Arts Learning Center and the expansion of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Additionally, we are seeing the redevelopment of the old Woolworth’s building and the fire ravaged properties on the corner of High and Pitt Streets.
From the DCA’s beginning in 1981 and into the 1990’s, Carlisle had turned its downtown around and improved it significantly.
Good Shepherd Church – making your community our community for over 100 years.
We have been serving the Carlisle area from the corner of Ritner Highway and McCallister Church Road for many generations. In fact, great-grandpap may have even gone to school at the McCallister One Room Schoolhouse that stood on our property for many years.
We are a mix of rural and suburban; traditional and contemporary; old and young, but we have one thing in common… sharing the love and peace of God with the communities we serve.
2135 Ritner Hwy
Carlisle, PA 17015
McCarren Supply is a surplus building materials outlet specializing in doors, windows and cabinetry. Save 30-70% off the retail price of building materials. Name brands such as Marvin, Andersen, Armstrong, American Standard and more.
50 N. Spring Garden St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Golf carts, Sales, Repair, Accessories & Consignments. We sell refurbished golf carts that we customize to each buyers particular need. Plain or fancy, we have many options to meet your needs or desire. Work or play we will build it YOUR way. Friendly service and warranty.
Daily Express, Inc is a local trucking firm that specializes in oversize, overweight and specialized freight. Some of the more interesting frieght hauled includes a 32 foot wide mirror, built in Corning, NY and polished in Wampum, PA – Daily Express was involved in transporting the mirror to its PA destination. The mirror is now part of a telescope facility in Hawaii.
1072 Harrisburg Pike
Carlisle, PA 17013
22 N. Pitt Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
IntegrityWorks Coaching is a values-driven consulting company focused on planned and purposeful growth for individuals, teams and organizations, with a specific emphasis on sales training, sales and leader coaching, and outsourced sales management. The focus of our professional services is driven first by the development of people; followed by the creation and commitment to proven processes; leading to enhanced, lasting and measurable productivity; and finally resulting in profitable growth for individuals, teams and organizations.
14 Downing Street
Carlisle PA 17013
The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo is a recognised name in the Carlisle community for over ten years teaching Kenpo Karate the ultimate in unarmed self defense.
The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo teaches Kenpo karate under quality board certified instruction to children and adults of all ages, Woman’s Self Defense Seminars, Bully Busting Workshops and much. Stop by for a free lesson many packages available.
Members of the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce.
200 S Spring Garden St
Carlisle PA 17013
Transformation Training and Fitness is a new and unique fitness facilitly for the greater Carlisle Area. The gym is complete with state of the art equiptment as well as certified personal fitness trainers. T.T.F. is also the new home of “Pilates Reformer by Mark”.
469 East North Street
Carlisle, PA 17013