5 Reasons Lancaster City is a Great Place to Have a Business

Lancaster City is on the rise! There is so much happening, sometimes it’s hard to keep up. With a growing population of nearly 60,000, and more than 8 million annual visitors to Lancaster County, it’s the perfect place for businesses to thrive.  We’re excited to be able to be a part of that with the new 101NQ destination downtown (read more here about this special living, shopping, and office space project opening in 2019). 


Here are just a few of the many reasons that so many businesses are proud to call Lancaster home:

Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen

Ever-growing Restaurant Scene

Foodies everywhere are starting to notice Lancaster! World-renowned foodie Alton Brown has made a habit of visiting frequently, and recently named Ma(i)son one of his top 2 restaurants in 2017. Buzzfeed.com named Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen as the “Restaurant in PA You Have to Try”, and according to the NY Post, “Young chefs are coming to the city in droves, opening new spots such as BYOB French bistro Citronnelle and wood-fire-oven Italian joint LUCA.” A growing restaurant scene is a telltale sign of a thriving city!

Christiane David Gallery

The Supportive Community

Lancaster is a network of businesses that truly cares for each other. Many of the businesses you’ll find throughout the city are small, locally owned businesses that have been here for years. Maybe it’s the love they get from the local residents, or maybe it’s the “all for one, one for all” attitude the local business community has created–but there’s something about Lancaster that keeps businesses thriving, and succeeding, together. Add to that the variety of support available to new or old businesses alike through local organizations like ASSETS, SCORE, and The Lancaster Chamber, and it’s no wonder businesses owners love calling Lancaster home.

Sprout Of Rice And Noodles

It’s a Tourist Destination

There’s something about Lancaster that draws people from all over to Central PA. Whether it’s visiting Kitchen Kettle Village, discovering Amish-made goods, and exploring all the rural area has to offer, Lancaster has always had lots of visitors. In recent years, Downtown Lancaster has been cultivated with an influx of unique experiences, great restaurants, and fascinating art galleries & shops. The City is now a huge draw for visitors too. Events at The Lancaster County Convention Center, restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and performing arts–they all play a part in putting this small but mighty city on the map. Just two short years ago in 2015, 8.34 million visitors discovered Lancaster, which created an economic impact of nearly $2.64 billion. And year after year, more and more people are planning trips to the area to discover all there is to do. There’s a charm to Lancaster that’s hard to rival, and tourists are taking notice.

Fulton Theatre

Thriving Arts & Culture

Those interested in the arts have long known about Lancaster, and for good reason! It’s the home of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, The Trust Performing Arts Center, and the countries oldest continuously operating theatre–the historic Fulton Theatre. A quick stroll around town on First Friday and one can discover galleries throughout the city showing off the talents of countless artists. Take a trip to the 300 Block on North Queen Street, and discover a unique shopping destination full of eclectic shops & boutiques, mixed with cafes & restaurants. One peek at a city event calendar, and you’ll find plenty to do. From concerts to live theatre, orchestra performances to festivals—including the annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, which draws over 10,000 people from all over the world–the arts & culture scene is truly incredible.

Downtown Lancaster

Walk-ability (And Bike-ability!)

Pennsylvania’s most walkable city is none other than Lancaster! This is great for the health of the residents, and the businesses alike. No need to head out of the city, when just about everything you’re looking for is a short walk from where you live or work. Restaurants, professional services, retail–it’s all within a few blocks of just about anywhere you might find yourself. And if you’re big fan of biking, you’re in luck! BikeIt is a new bike share program with locations throughout the city, where anyone can grab a set of wheels to explore the town, run a few errands, or to check out the newest restaurants and shops that are opening up!

For more information browse our online guide to 101NQ, contact for information on retail, office, or living spaces, and follow 101NQ on Facebook and Instagram.

We want to thank the full 101NQ team for making this destination a possibility: PPM Real Estate, LeFevre Funk Architects IncWarfel Construction, Lusk & Associates, Community First Fund, Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, RGS AssociatesLancaster City Alliance, Zamagias Properties, and Fig.


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