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

Turo Robinson Law

Turo Robinson Law

Turo Robinson is a general practice law firm located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania serving clients throughout the entire Central Pennsylvania region.  The firm, begun in 1989, is dedicated to providing legal representation using state of the art legal research methods, aggressive and thorough representation, and imaginative problem solving methods all at a cost that is fair and reasonable to clients.  In addition to serving thousands of individuals, families and organizations, the firm represents multiple municipalities and government organizations as well as non-profit entities and small businesses.

Carlisle Borough

Carlisle Borough

This is the official Carlisle Borough website. You can find a brief history and community focus of Carlisle.

There is a bit of information on the site – but it is not all linked from the main pages. My suggestion is to use the search box for page results. However, browsing the site does present some interesting information.

Photo Expressions Terry Blain

Photo Expressions Terry Blain

Family PhotoshootI am Terry Blain, a Master Photographer from the Carlisle, PA area.  I began my career over two decades ago.  I have attended Harrisburg Area Community College, Triangle Institute of Professional Photography, became a member of the Professional Photographers Association of Pennsylvania, Inc. in 1992.  I was awarded a PA degree in 2012 and in 2013 I received my degree of Master of Photography.  I am continuously working to advance my   education so that I can provide my customers the highest standards in the photography industry.

The Marketing of Carlisle : Part II

by Charlie Andrews

Some History

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.

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Dolly’s Wash House

Dolly’s is a coin laundry conveniently located in Carlisle. Only three blocks from the Carlisle Fairgrounds and minutes from Dickinson College and the Historic Downtown. Dolly’s is clean and convenient with plenty of off street parking and affordable prices (a change machine is available). Vending, refreshments and cable TV are available while you wait.

725 N Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717.258.1955

The Residences at Seven Gables

The Residences at Seven Gables is a brand new upscale apartment community offering contemporary amenities and features unlike anyplace else in Carlisle, PA.  You‘ll enjoy unprecedented access to everywhere in and around southcentral PA.

We’re ideally located near I-83, Route 15 and the PA Turnpike for easy commuting to work, shop and play in nearby Harrisburg, Dillsburg, Shippensburg, and Boiling Springs.

Take a plunge into the resort-style pool or kickback on the sundeck.

The elegant clubhouse is great for entertaining and is available for private functions.  There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full service business center to help you stay connected.

The Residences at Seven Gables is professionally managed by Lincoln BP Management, Inc., you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24-hour emergency maintenance and lock out service, beautifully landscaped grounds and snow removal.  The on-site managers are dedicated to taking care of the details so you can just relax in your distinctive apartment home.

The Residences at Seven Gables
1 Rush Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-243-7705

The Marketing of Carlisle : Part V

by Charlie Andrews

Carlisle’s Potential

Carlisle is already a destination for the local area, but it is the potential day-trippers within a two-hour driving radius who put a tremendous amount of disposable income within reach of our community. This means more people coming to Carlisle for all the right reasons, to shop, partake of our cultural events, to establish businesses and even to live in the proposed renovated areas of our downtown. For this to happen Carlisle must market itself.

Downtown Carlisle is a destination for:
• Antiques • Art • Crafts
• Specialty Shops • Fine Dining • Boutiques
• History • Architecture • Entertainment
• Cultural Events • Fine Hotels • Bed & Breakfasts
• Books • Baking/Desserts

Additionally, Carlisle’s fine lodging in its downtown allows visitors to take in not only Carlisle but surrounding historic and scenic areas. Some other attractions to people from outside our area are:

• Carlisle Car Shows • Area Civil War Sites
• Cumberland County Historical Society • Local/Area Museums • Dickinson College
• Famous Trout Streams
• US Army War College • Historic Colleges
• Dickinson School of Law

Some Allies of Carlisle
who also have a mutual interest in the health of our community are:
• Area Industries • Carlisle Productions
• Dickinson College
• Law School • US Army War College • Wal-Mart
• Lowes • Home Depot

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