A Holiday Message Of Thanks & Thinking Local

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to share our gratitude to Lancaster County business, community, and all of those who are dedicated to pushing this County forward.  

“This year, our holiday message is simply one of thanks,” says Tom Baldrige, Lancaster Chamber President & CEO. “Thanks to those front-line workers that have worked tirelessly to keep us well and safe. Thanks to all the other hard-working Lancastrians who have kept our community moving forward. Thanks to all those businesses who have adjusted, pivoted and innovated to ensure the ongoing operation of their companies. And, thanks to our Lancaster Chamber Members whose support has never meant more. To honor your support, we are committed to Thinking Local with our personal and business purchases. We challenge all of you to support each other by doing the same.”  

The Lancaster Chamber staff shared how they are thinking local this holiday season to support businesses here in Lancaster County. Explore some of their suggestions below! 

“My plan is to get takeout dinners from a local restaurant since we aren’t having gatherings to help them keep their business going.” – Abby Williams 

“I enjoy visiting local roadside stands, farmers, and garden centers for produce and holiday decorations. They have a great selection all year long!” – Annette Auchter  

“I will host a virtual holiday party and have take-out delivered to my guests from local restaurants.” – Steve Progin 

“One idea is to invite local food trucks to serve socially-distant food and goodies in your own community or neighborhood.” – Tom Wallace 

“One helpful way that I am supporting small businesses is to share their social media posts so that many others can engage and see what products or services they have to offer!” – Tony Gorick 

“Along with ordering dinners to be delivered to our home, this year we purchased local restaurant gift certificates for our family for Christmas.” – Sandi Thompson

“I love to have photos taken of my kids, so this year I’m thinking local and using a local photographer to capture some outdoor Christmas photos to send to loved ones we won’t see over the holiday season.” – Julie Houck  

“I am going to be buying tickets for local performing arts performances, whether virtual or scheduled for next year.” – Sarah Maser 

“I am purchasing well-deserved gifts for teachers at local shops and Central Market!” – Lauren Finn 

“I am looking forward to having a socially-distant local beer and wine exchange with others using local breweries and wineries.” – Molly Crouser 

“I’m thinking local by working on some home projects and utilizing my local hardware store for project needs.”– Heather Valudes 

“I have been getting takeout food from local restaurants more often now to help support Lancaster restaurants.” – Tom Finger

This holiday season, we implore you to think local, stay safe, wear a mask, and be encouraged. We look towards the new year with hope and gratitude.