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

Mateya Law Firm

The Mateya Law Firm has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the estate planning process with a strategy crafted to meet your unique wishes and circumstances.  We understand the importance of building a relationship of trust with our clients and provide a human touch that is representative of the ideals that truly set us apart. Our focus is on helping people, from the preparation of a well-structured and powerful legacy for your family, through the difficult process of finalizing and handling your loved one’s estates.

Superior Metalworks

We are the very proud owners and employers of this sheet metal fabrication company.  We mostly do commercial restaurant equipment, but also have done work for many residential homes.  Our client base runs from New York City to Virginia and EVERYWHERE in between.  Outside of doing the normal hood, duct work and kitchen furniture we have also custom fabricated grills for both cars and trucks, stainless steel sculptures of ALL KINDS for many businesses, outdoor fire pits and many other things.  We give our all and our reputation speaks for itself.  There is NOTHING we won’t at least “try” to fabricate to suit your needs.  We love our work and it shows.

1779 W. Trindle Rd
Carlisle, PA 17015
717-245-2446

J.S. Electrical Services

J.S. Electrical Services

J. S. Electric has many years of experience from service calls which entailed everything from new lights and outlets, to repairing old, out-of-code electrical work.  From residential homes, to small apartment buildings, and large commercial projects; I can provide the electrical service and knowledge that you need.

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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Mary Kay Cosmetics – Terri Critzer

Mary Kay Cosmetics – Terri Critzer

My name is Terri Critzer and I am an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

I offer FREE skin care analysis and complimentary facials.  Please give me a call to schedule a time to meet. I also partner with businesses and provide FREE service when talking to prospective clients about our products.  Mary Kay Cosmetics have the Good House Keeping Seal  and a portion of the sales goes to the Mary Kay Ash foundation for breast cancer.

I would love to discuss our business opportunity as well.  Please give me a call if I can be of service to you or your company.

The Dragon’s Way School of Kenpo

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

717-218-5422

The Molly Pitcher Frock

The Molly Pitcher Frock

Like people, buildings have their history.  The 44 North Bedford, home to Bedford Street Antiques, is no different.  The northern, three-story section of Bedford Street Antiques was originally a church.  Completed by the First Lutheran Church in 1852 at a cost of $7,122.50, glimpses of the original architecture can be found throughout the three floors.  During the Confederate Invasion of Carlisle, the church was struck twice. One shell landed in the supports of the roof without exploding.   Attendance was down until the shell was removed!

When the congregation built its present church on the corner of E. High and S. Bedford at the turn of the 1900s, the John W. Plank Company renovated the church into a factory for the manufacturing of women’s and children’s garments.  On the cutting edge of ready-to-wear day clothing, one of the company’s most successful lines was the one-piece cotton dress known as the “Molly Pitcher Frock.”  Plank’s garment business eventually became the Carlisle Garment Company in 1913.  In 1956, a 10,000 square foot building on the adjoining southern property was added for storage and shipping.  In its peak year of 1962, the company produced and shipped 175,464 dozen dresses and pajamas – that’s 72,105,505 pieces!  Total employment was about 300 with a payroll in 1963 of $650,000.  The company operated until 1976.

Molly Pitcher’s Poem

All day the great guns barked;
All day the big balls screeched and soared;
All day, ‘mid the sweating gunners grim,
Who toiled in their smoke-shroud dense and dim,
Sweet Molly labored with courage high,
With steady hand and watchful eye,
Till the day was ours, and the sinking sun
Looked down on the field of Monmouth won,
And Molly standing beside her gun.

Laura E. Richards

You can read Carlisle’s poem to Molly Pitcher on a visit to the Molly Pitcher Monument located in Carlisle’s Old Graveyard on East South St.
FYI: The statue of is a composite likeness of the descendants of Mary Hays McCauley, Carlisle’s Molly Pitcher.

Compliments of
Carlisle Guided Tours
Walking tours of Historic Carlisle
(717) 249-2926  (Not sure if they are still in business)

References:
Thompson, D.W. and Schaumann, Merri Lou. “Goodbye, Molly Pitcher,” Cumberland County History, Vol. 6, Number 1, Carlisle, PA, Cumberland County Historical Society,1989.

Echman, Walter. Program script on the history of the Carlisle Carpet Co., 1964.

Hoffer, Ann Kramer. Twentieth Century Thoughts-Carlisle: The Past Hundred Years, Carlisle, PA, Cumberland County Historical Society, 2002.