Grand Opening: Grand Illusion Hard Cider {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
February 12, 2018

Grand Illusion Hard Cider, Pennsylvania’s newest and largest urban cidery, opens to the public on Friday, Feb. 23.

Grand Illusion Cider aims to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to downtown Carlisle in the form of the state’s largest cider and wine bar, serving more cider than anyone with 15 dedicated taps.

The cider-heavy list will feature both in-house produced ciders alongside ciders from throughout the state and region. Five beers and six Pennsylvania wines also will be available on tap.

Beyond the draft list, Grand Illusion hopes to wow customers with service, as well.

“All of our servers must achieve Level One Certification from The United States Association of Cider Makers, a 75 question exam,” said Chad Kimmel, Grand Illusion’s owner. “They can’t touch the floor until they pass it. That’s how much we care about what we are doing.”

You’ll be able to pair your drink of choice with food from their menu, which includes local cheese and charcuterie boards, small plates, and hand-made flatbread pizzas.

Grand Illusion’s space is in the heart of downtown Carlisle at 26 West High St., in a remodeled 19th-century building. The cider and wine bar spans two floors with two bars and entertainment space on each level. Additional private space is available “for those special, magical, occasions.”

Grand Illusion opens on Friday, Feb. 23. Following, its hours of operation will be 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, and 12-7 p.m. Sunday.

Grand Opening for Grand Illusion!

Friday, 23 February 2018 4:00 pm

@ 26 W High St, Carlisle, PA 17013-2922, United States

Creator: Grand Illusion Hard Cider

This week, we’re giving away TWO (2) $25 Grand Illusion Gift Cards and t-shirts!

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Going For 2: Episode 13 — All The Sports Opinions You Never Wanted

by: Jimi The Intern
February 9, 2018

Going For 2: Episode 13 is LIVE!

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If this show was a category on Jeopardy, it would be potpourri. It’s got it all.

We start out in the most logical place with a full recap of the Philadelphia Eagles win over the Evil Empire in Super Bowl 52. We then put a wrap on the NFL season by covering some of the big news from the league. Where do we think Kirk Cousins will end up next season?

College football recruiting is pretty much done, and we take a look at the top classes from 2018. Listen to see who we think were the biggest winners in this class.

We move onto hockey briefly and talk about Marc-Andre Fleury’s return to Pittsburgh for the first time. Spoiler alert: We both got a little choked up.

Andy was at the “Wrestling Match of the Millenium” between Penn State and Ohio State over the weekend and he takes you through the match weight by weight and how he saw the match play out. How much faith did he have in Penn State after they got behind?

Next, Jimi details Harrisburg University’s new varsity Esports program. He recently sat down with the organizers for a featured post on the team and found a new respect for the game.

Want to bet on the Daytona 500? Andy’s got you covered with everything from favorites to sleepers. If you lose money, blame him.

Finally, we end the show with the best thing we’ve seen in sports this week. Jimi talks about Randy Moss getting into the Hall of Fame, while Andy has a crazy fan story from the Super Bowl.

Be sure to subscribe to Going For 2 on iTunes, GooglePlay or TuneIn!


Game Notes

Super Bowl LII

NFL News & Notes

College Football Recruiting

Fleury Returns to Pittsburgh

College Wrestling

Harrisburg University Esports

Daytona 500

Best Thing In Sports

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Boutique Shopping in Lancaster: Sophie Stargazer

by: Hope Frick
February 9, 2018

When I walked into Sophie Stargazer, I found it hard to believe I was in Lancaster.

The boutique, which offers apparel, accessories, and home goods, feels like a storefront in a major metropolis. It’s a welcoming blend of chic, class, and cool.

That’s the feel owner Kristin M. Snyder wanted to portray when she dreamed of opening her own boutique.

“My very first customer in my first shop walked in while she was on her phone. She said, ‘I gotta go. I just found this shop that’s like Anthropologie meets Nordstrom but cozier,'” Snyder said. “It was so exciting to hear! It really nailed what I wanted customers to feel when they visited my store.”

Sophie Stargazer offers many of the same brands found in high-end department stores, but Snyder also likes to carry local artists and designers like Liz Riden (leather bags) and Revolution Lancaster (handmade jewelry) to support Lancaster’s thriving artist community.

“There’s a great, talented group of artists, designer, and crafters here in Lancaster, and we all want each other to do well,” she says. “The artists that I work with are not just producing things as a hobby; they’re building their brands, and I want to support that and help them gain a footing to get to the next level.”

It’s this comradery that made Lancaster the perfect location for Snyder to launch Sophie Stargazer Boutique.

She grew up in Lancaster but moved to Philadelphia after high school to pursue a degree and a career in fashion. After working as a costume designer in theater for eight years, she moved to Hawaii. She planned on moving back to Philadelphia to open her store, but decided in 2012 to return to her roots when she saw Lancaster was growing and changing into a great hub for small businesses.

Her original location opened in June 2013, which she closed in early 2017 to move locations, and the current storefront on the 300 Block of North Queen has been open since July 2017.

“There is so much support for small business here. Plus, Lancaster blends a small-town neighborhood feel with diverse culture that just keeps expanding. There’s always something exciting going on, and it’s a fun place to live and work.”

As a business owner, Snyder prides herself on the relationships she cultivates with her clients. She’s in the shop every day and focuses on getting to know the styles and interests of her customers, a detail that greatly influences her inventory.

“When I think about pieces for the store, I ask myself, ‘Which of my customers is this going to be perfect for?’ so I really treat it like personal shopping for all of my regulars.”

Snyder also pays attention to fashion trends and forecasts, aiming to make the looks and inspiration found on runways accessible to the people living in Lancaster. Her pieces are versatile and classic, ensuring you’ll get your money’s worth from your purchase.

Her favorite new lines in the store right now are Z-Supply tees and Marrakesch, because they are designer labels she’s coveted for years.

“Sometimes you really can’t beat designer brands for style and quality – they may cost a little more, but they’ll last you a lifetime.”

She’s also really excited about the new local brands since her move.

“Hamilton Wax Candles, and Melanin Essentials skincare are just great products. I’d want to have them in my store even if they weren’t local – but that they are produced right here in town by these amazing women entrepreneurs makes them even more special to me.”

Shopping at Sophie Stargazer won’t only make you look good; it will make you feel good, too. Every piece in the store falls into a positive mission category: USA-Made, ethically made or Lancaster local, supporting women and minority entrepreneurs, sustainable materials or giving back to charitable organizations.

“Each piece here is not only on trend, but they’re all impactful, too. It’s an easy way we can all make a difference.”

It’s feel-good fashion at its finest.

Sophie Stargazer is located at 323 N. Queen Street, First Floor, in Lancaster. Find more information and shop at

We’re Back! Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square 2/21

by: Sara Bozich
February 8, 2018

After a brief hiatus (we took January off, events-wise), we’re back in action. Now is a great time to subscribe to our Events Calendar, or make sure you’re on our email list, or following on Facebook

Join us for our monthly Pop-Up Happy Hour Series at Strawberry Square on Wednesday, Feb. 21!

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Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square

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Attendance is free. RSVP is encouraged but by no means required. Drop in as you can! Bring the office!

**About Pop-Up Happy Hours**

Find us in the Atrium of Strawberry Square from 4-6 p.m. with Little Amps and a variety of local beer, wine and food vendors, live music and Strawberry Square tenants, for a FREE, fun, midweek Happy Hour.

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