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WE LOVE POTTERY WORKS! If you’re looking for a really cool way to spend an evening, need a new birthday party theme idea, or simply need some time to yourself in a vibrant space, head to The Pottery Works in historic downtown Lancaster.

The paint-your-own pottery studio is owned by Marcie Natale, who opened the shop 14 years ago in 2003. Marcie also owns sister stores The Gem Den and The Bead Works also located in downtown Lancaster.

Perhaps the coolest part about The Pottery Works is their discount calendar. Every day they’re open, they offer a different type of discount, like a Ladies Night where all pieces are 15% off for ladies, or lunch specials where all pieces are 20% off. You can pick up one of their monthly calendars at the counter. From piggy banks, to knick knacks, to full dinner sets, to cookie jars, we are positive you’ll find something you’ll be excited to paint—and within your price range!

BROWNIE POINTS: You can BYOB, BYO snacks, and pieces are available for pick-up just one week after you complete them! They also offer painting classes.

The Pottery Works
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On Tuesday, December 13, Exit Lancaster presented a check for $6,000 to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Lancaster General Health and $3,000 to Tour De Pink as part of their 2016 PINK Lancaster Campaign, at McCaskey East High School.

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute representatives Victoria Nein, LGH Foundation Special Events/Corporate Relations, and Crystal Mills, LGH Major Gifts Manager, accepted the donation from Jenn Meadows, Exit Lancaster’s High School Director.

“We are so blessed to have such strong community support. This particular group has been donating the proceeds towards the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, that help our patients who are struggling through their diagnosis of cancer, so it’s a wonderful feeling to see kids this age bonding together and just working towards a better cause,” explains Nein.

Tour De Pink representative Gordon Hoover accepted the donation from Meadows, “It is mind blowing the generosity that Exit Lancaster has shown me, Tour De Pink and YSC. It means a lot, my mother had breast cancer so it is an issue that has been close to me for a lot of years.”

Exit Lancaster’s PINK Lancaster Campaign is a fundraising event and community-building initiative in support of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Tour De Pink. Exit Lancaster’s leaders say they do the fundraiser because they believe that showing youth the impact of community building establishes a sense of pride and responsibility within them.

For Exit Lancaster student, Melissa Serrano, the PINK Lancaster Campaign was a personal endeavor, “My aunt has been fighting cancer for the past couple years. It comes and goes, and I wanted to help Exit Lancaster raise money for people diagnosed with cancer, not only my aunt, but for everyone who is fighting.”

Exit Lancaster is a program designed to provide youth in the City of Lancaster with impactful experiences intended to create and inspire success. Our cornerstone belief is that all children can become positive members of society when they are given opportunities to succeed.

To learn more about Exit Lancaster, please visit:


Everyone speaks burrito. But Silantra has a different dialect. And they’re straight killin’ it.

#TTDLanc experienced a burrito from Silantra Asian Street Kitchen for the first time ever last week. Our stomachs growled and we quivered with anticipation as we watched customers before us building their custom scallion pancake wraps, salads, and rice bowls. With a 4.9 rating on Yelp, you know you have to try it!

Here are some examples of combinations you can get:
scallion pancake wrap / salad / rice bowl
brown rice / coconut rice / bed of greens
chicken / steak / shrimp /mushroom /tofu
pepper and onion / steamed broccoli / seaweed salad / edamame salad / wasabi coleslaw / lettuce / spinach / cucumber / cilantro/ teriyaki garlic sauce / sesame ginger sauce / sweet and sour sauce / mandarin orange vinaigrette / yellow coconut curry / cooler than the underside of your pillow hot sauce / sriracha / hoisin

Hungry yet? Order online for pick-up!






Do you love cutting-edge clothing? Are you a trendsetter? Are you looking for some fresh digs every week?

Basura Thrift Boutique (106 East King Street) has it all, and more. Jae Santiago—owner of Basura and also co-founder of High Fever parties here in Lancaster—is constantly adding new items to her zesty thrift boutique, for men and women. The shop showcases all the funky, cool clothes that many of us trendsetters can’t wait to get our hands on! She also regularly adds local artisans to her carefully selected collection.

Platform shoes, funky sweaters, brightly patterned dresses, and denim skirts often find their way into Jae’s hands. Cute, miniature clothespins decorate the clothing as her price tags and she is always changing things around as items fly off the shelves.

Make sure you also follow her in Instagram and Facebook. Jae has a knack for styling outfits and posting outfit inspirations quite frequently.



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Instagram: @dig_basura

In this Things To Do Lancaster PA feature, Ruby explores Pottery Works, Lancaster,’s favorite paint-your-own pottery and beading studio. Spend the afternoon out and swing by Cafe One Eight or Lancaster Cupcake!

“There’s such a huge variety of things you can paint,” says Ruby. “From mugs, like the one I chose, or statues and figurines. They also have a great variety of colors and different types of paints to make your pottery look even cooler.”

Need a list minute holiday gift for your friends or family? Ruby’s got you covered with the inside scoop on Pottery Works!

Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mondays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tues-Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pottery Works will be open on Christmas Eve, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for pick-ups and gift certificate sales. Don’t miss Ladies Night, December 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All women receive 15% off. Bring a bottle of wine!

Ruby Mundok is back again with another TTDL Teens feature! In part two of her series, Ruby shares some of here favorite fall treats from Ida’s Cafe, Son’s Ice Cream and Miss Calee’s Eats n’ Treats. If you are a pumpkin lover, be sure to check out Ruby’s special local finds! From pumpkin pancakes to pumpkin milkshakes, Ruby offers an insightful rundown of her favorite seasonal treats and where to get them!

In addition to being a Things To Do Lancaster PA contributor, Ruby is a YouTuber and videographer from Lancaster, PA. She is a student at Hempfield High School, and enjoys Spanish class, the smell of candles after you blow them out, and spending time with her dog Rufus.

RubyMundokIntroducing TTDLanc Teens and Ruby Mundok: In part one of her series, Ruby explores the Lancaster Central Market. From homegrown regional delicacies to lively buskers, there are so many wonderful smells, sights and sounds to take in as you peruse through the country’s oldest operating farmers’ market!

In addition to being a Things To Do Lancaster PA contributor, Ruby is a YouTuber and videographer from Lancaster, PA. She is a student at Hempfield High School, and enjoys Spanish class, the smell of candles after you blow them out, and spending time with her dog Rufus.