From Generations Magazine Fall/Winter 2019-2020
By Yvonne Martin,
Huntingdon Chamber President and CEO
Patronizing local businesses does more for the economy than you may think. Local businesses create jobs for your friends and neighbors, invest in the community by supporting local non-profits and sports teams, and pay taxes that mean better roads, better schools, and more. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. (November 2017 Forbes Magazine and fundera.com September 2019)
When we think of spending locally, we often think of shopping. Spending locally is so much more than that. Dining and staying at local establishments also helps the economy. Why not do a local get-away? Stay at a local hotel or bed & breakfast, visit a local restaurant and participate in local entertainment.
In Huntingdon County we have two amazing bed & breakfasts. The Inn at Solvang is a three story, brick, southern colonial surrounded by forests and spacious lawns. The Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a Victorian era inn with details like gorgeous fireplaces, stained glass, and a three story carved wooden staircase.
Across the road from the Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast is our newest restaurant, Three Twelve Kitchen and Cocktails with delectable features including duck breast with cherry sauce, Moroccan Lamb Chops, and Lobster and Crab Sauté. Enjoy a craft cocktail or one of their delicious martinis during your meal or at the bar. Once you eat there you will want to return again and again.
Huntingdon County offers a unique shopping experience featuring local artists and award winning establishments. Located in downtown Huntingdon, the Stone Town Gallery & Café has artwork by more than 70 artisans on consignment. Their handcrafted items include jewelry, pottery and knitwear. While there, be sure to enjoy one of their delicious scones.
The Uniform Place has expanded beyond Huntingdon to now have four locations and has the largest scrub stores in the state. Among other things you can find the cutest themed scrubs, comfortable and cute Dansko shoes, and Nurse Mates watches.
One of our gems, is Boswell Pipes LLC. Having established their business in Chambersburg, they chose Huntingdon County to open their second location. This unique store located along Route 22 near Alexandria features unique hand-carved pipes from one of America’s premiere pipe makers. Many aspiring pipe makers have shown up there to learn the Boswell Wizardry. On any given day you can find customers who have driven hundreds of miles to visit and relax in the smoking parlors.
If you are a coffee lover or buying a gift for one, you’d be remiss to not visit Standing Stone Coffee Co. to purchase their unique in-house roasted coffee. Each of their coffees comes with a unique story. The Washed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe offers a herbaceous combination of hibiscus and primrose with a lemon cream finish. The Blue and Gold Blend was inspired by Juniata College, who encourages the call to think, the courage to evolve, and the conviction to act.
Call the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce at 814-643-1110 or visit huntingdonchamber.com to learn about others not mentioned in this article.