Lowe’s of Carlisle

The Lowe’s story began in North Carolina more than 59 years ago when H. Carl Buchan, part owner of the North Wilkesboro Hardware Company, envisioned creating a chain of hardware stores. At the time, Lowe’s was a typical, small town hardware store selling everything from overalls and snuff to wash tubs and work boots. Lowe’s even sold horse collars at its first store in downtown North Wilkesboro.

Carl Buchan later bought-out his brother-in-law and partner, James Lowe, and foreseeing the post-World War II building boom, concentrated on selling only hardware, appliances and hard-to-find building materials. By eliminating wholesalers and dealing directly with manufacturers, Lowe’s established a lasting reputation for low prices. Sales grew over time and additional Lowe’s stores opened in neighboring towns throughout western North Carolina.

The company went public in 1961, and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1979 (NYSE: LOW). During this time, U.S. housing starts soared and professional builders became Lowe’s loyal customers, accounting for the majority of Lowe’s business.

In 1982, Lowe’s had its first billion-dollar sales year, earning a record profit of $25 million. Lowe’s stores then reported serving a new type of customer: do-it-yourself homeowners seeking to improve the value of their properties. Anticipating their needs while still accommodating contractors, Lowe’s began to enlarge its stores and expanded its merchandise offerings. Lowe’s prototype store today is 116,000 retail selling square feet — compared with the typical 11,000-square-foot Lowe’s stores of the 1980’s. Lowe’s stores stock 40,000 products and have another 500,000 items available by special order– offering practically everything customers need to build, beautify and enjoy their homes. Lowe’s uses the latest technology to track and order inventory and help customers create solutions for their home improvement projects.

850 East High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-258-7700

the Clothesvine

the ClothesVine specializes in contemporary womens and juniors clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts. We are currently located at 115 West High St., but will be relocating across the street at 134 West High St. at the end of Sept. 2005. Come see us for personalized service and our unique clothing that you won’t find in department stores.

134 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-249-7909

Letort Glass

Letort Glass occupies 2,000 square feet in a warehouse studio. The open floor plan is sky-lit directly over a large work table.  Customers enter the shop through a gallery of Deborah Feller’s (owner) finished stained glass work.  Expamples of fused and finished work of all kinds hangs from the ceiling and walls throughout.   All finished items are for sale as well as supplies for stained glass and fusing glass hobbists.   Class schedules are posted on the website.

405 N. East St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-218-8300

Gallop Country

Gallop Country was started in 2011 in the midst of the great recession. The idea was to create a place to serve the horseback riding and horse loving community through making it possible for riders to buy quality consigned horse related equipment, apparel and gifts, and for people to consign items that they no longer used. We felt that this would help people keep doing what they loved for less money.

We also have tried hard to find good value new items for the store and website. We have found many locally made items such as gifts and cards. We hope to find more.

Most of all we hope to create a friendly atmosphere that will bring the horse community together. Yes we have  a business, but first we are horse people just like our customers.

Gallop Country
900 Cavalry Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-386-5015

Serendipity Antique Gallery

Serendipity Antique Gallery

Rick & Jane Wire have been collecting, buying and selling antiques and used furniture since 1995.  They moved to Carlisle in 2005, and have become very active in the community including Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. Homeless Shelter.  Rick & Jane became very good friends with Mary Roell, owner of Bedford St. Antiques where they rented space for 2 years.   In July of 2012, they had an “ah-ha” moment when they stumbled across a vacant 12,000 sq. ft. building that had the perfect location and could also accommodate in-house auctions, something that no other Antique Shop in the area could provide.  The fact that it was a mere 6 minutes from their home made it a no brainer.  This was it!  On August 1, 2012, Rick & Jane opened “Serendipity Antique Gallery”.  The Gallery features Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry, Coins, Silver & Currency, Primitives, Industrial, Quality Used Furniture and the LARGEST selection of Antique furniture in Central PA!

•       Located just 3 miles off Rt. 81 & PA. Turnpike coming into Carlisle
•       8,500 sq. ft. of space on ONE floor
•       Lots of parking
•       Monthly In-house auctions

876 N. Hanover St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-218-7715 or 717-554-4950

Carlisle Arts Learning Center

The Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) was founded in 1992 to encourage creativity and self-esteem through exploration and appreciation of the visual arts. The non-profit art center opened inside a three-story building at 19 N. Hanover St. in August 1998.

The 1912 building is located in Carlisle’s downtown historic district. CALC now offer classes and workshops in five main areas: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, copper enameling and arts-and-crafts,” Morgenthal says. “We have courses for children, teens, and adults.” CALC instructors are experienced art educators or working artists themselves. Many classes are geared for beginners. Course fees are based on the number of hours of instruction.

Many area Scout troops, home schoolers, and church groups have scheduled customized workshops at CALC. Groups can arrange single or multiple sessions in clay, photography, or a variety of arts-and-crafts. Three weeks notice is usually required to make arrangements for these events.

In addition to the classes and workshops, CALC volunteers host open studios each week in clay and photography — from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Another facet of CALC’s mission is fulfilled through its art exhibit programming in it’s art gallery.  Six or seven shows are slated each year, and most feature works created by mid-state artists. Sculpted wood, paintings, pastels, basketry, ceramics, copper enameling, wildlife carvings, photography, and dolls are just a few of the media that have been showcased at CALC in recent years.

For further information about any of CALC’s programs, the annual Benefit Art Auction, or other activities, call the CALC message line, 717-249-6973, or visit the CALC website, www.carlislearts.org.

Carlisle Antique Dealers

The Downtown Carlisle area has so much to offer and Antique shopping is no exception!

Visit: Carlisle PA Antique Dealer Guide

You can spend hours in our town and surrounding area, browsing the collections of many shop owners. From polish pottery and display cases made from antique window sills and frames at Firehouse Antiques on West Street in Carlisle, to over 100 different vendors at Bedford Street Antiques (the old Carlisle Garment Company), to shop owners that can tell and show you some of the history of the Carlisle Area.

Each antique shop has their own unique qualities that can turn your browsing experience into a ‘What’s around that corner?” adventure!

If you are searching for that once in a lifetime find, or simply browsing for something that catches your eye, don’t forget to chat with the shop owners and keepers.  Their stories can turn that simple object in the corner to the treasure in your living room.  Visit the Carlisle PA Antique Dealers Guide.