The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is teaming up with tourism partners to showcase all of the wonderful businesses and unique destinations located within Franklin County. In this edition of Tourism Spotlight, The Orchards Restaurant and Relax Lounge and Grill are this week’s featured business. Both are located on Orchard Dr, Chambersburg 17201.
The Orchards Restaurant has been a part of Chambersburg’s restaurant scene for the past 26 years. Since its birth, it has been owned, operated and managed by the Kalathas family. In the beginning, it was managed by the father, Charlie Kalathas, and is now supervised and managed by his two sons, Michael and Billy Kalathas.
For its 26 years, The Orchards Restaurant has been offering well prepared and high quality fine dining for Chambersburg residents and visitors alike. In addition, Orchards offers catering both out of business and in house, private dining rooms for any party time, and also has a large banquet room for events, and concerts. But if customers are looking for a more relaxed dining experience, there is the Civil War lounge which contains booths, tables, and a long bar.
Relax Lounge and Grill was an addition made to the business in 2001. It is located on the side of the Orchard Restaurant.
Relax offers customers a laid back yet elevated bar and grill experience. It contains a wrap-around bar, plenty of booth and tall table seating, an outdoor patio, plenty of TVs for your favorite sports and game shows, and of course a stage for DJs and live music. Just like the Orchards Restaurant, Relax offers select catering options as well.
When carrying out business, Michael Kalathas has adopted the idea that food is love. It brings everyone together no matter their creed, religion, race, morals, values, or language. Food is something all human beings can understand. And in the times of uncertainty, Mr. Kalathas urges all to remember that within impossible spells “I’m possible”. And in times such as now, that’s a simple statement we can all learn to embrace.
As for times of operation, The Orchards Restaurant is closed Mondays and Sundays, and open the rest of the week from 11am until 10pm. The Relax Lounge and Grill is closed on Sundays and open from 11am until 10pm the rest of the week.
Visit Relax Lounge and Grill for comfortable, fun dining and Orchards Restaurant for elevated fine dining, paired with a warm atmosphere. The exceptional service and quality ingredients will have you wanting more!
Black & Blush Boutique is a new and trendy boutique located in Downtown Chambersburg at 81 N. Main St. This new retail addition is full of girl power owned by 2 sisters, Brittani Black and Cortney Hanks. They brought their passion for style to fruition as an online store in January 2019 and with a focus on faith, family and desire to shower the community with gorgeous and affordable women’s clothing, they opened their brick in mortar storefront in January of 2020!
There’s something for women of all ages at this lovely boutique with sizes ranging from small to 3X and styles that suit the casual girl to the working woman and their hand-selected items are of excellent quality! Black & Blush Boutique is ready to style you for any occasion and can complete your desired look with the perfect pair of shoes, handbag and complimenting accessories! When you visit this store you will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feeling nothing less then comfortable. Brittani and Cortney are incredibly knowledgeable about their clothing items and will surely help you find the right fit for you! You’ll feel the sweet, shabby chic vibes in this quaint store and you’re sure to fall in love as soon as you walk in!
With the discouragement that the current COVID-19 pandemic has bestowed upon many retailers and businesses, Brittani and Cortney were determined to make sure that it wasn’t going to hinder their dream. Being that they were an online store prior to opening their boutique, they have continued to maintain the shopping experience on their website and host a Facebook Live sale every Wednesday night at 8:30PM where they try on and show off all their new and favorite items! They continue to offer curbside pick-up at locations in both Chambersburg and Shippensburg and OF COURSE you may visit their boutique and shop in-person during their normal business hours Wednesday – Saturday from 10AM – 5PM with extended hours until 8PM on Fridays.
Follow Black & Blush Boutique on Facebook or shop online at www.blackblushboutique.com.
You can reach Brittani or Cortney at the store, by phone at 717-504-8466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stoner’s Hijos Hill Dairy Farm is located in Mercersburg at 7678 Oellig Road in Mercersburg.
Stoner’s Dairy Farm was initially established in 1942 by J. W. and Carrie Stoner. However, the farm did not become recognized as a corporation until 1970. This decision was made by six of their children as well as wife, Carrie Stoner. As a result of the many years that this farm has been open, the staff and family hold extensive knowledge and expertise regarding the products they produce. It also helps them in providing important and necessary education to the public!
Though Stoners Hijos Hill Dairy Farm does not bottle its own milk, the farm supplies much of its product to the Maryland/Virginia Dairy Coop Marketing. Aside from producing milk, the family and staff provide tour services for the public and school districts to enjoy. Tours cover how the 600 dairy cows are fed and cared for, birthed, the layout of the barn and other operations, a walk through the dairy parlor, and even a petting zoo! For kids and their families, Stoner’s also has a pumpkin patch and corn maze during the fall season.
As a result of social distancing and necessary COVID protections, Stoner’s is closed to the public with the exception of scheduled tours and appointments. For more information, contact Stoner’s Hijos Hill Dairy Farm via email at email@example.com or call by phone at (717) 328-3617.
Renfrew Museum and Park located at 1010 E. Main Street in Waynesboro, PA is a great, family-friendly, historical park and museum owned by the Renfrew Committee, Inc. (RCI). In 2020 Renfrew Museum and Park will be celebrating their 45th anniversary and welcome locals and visitors to come an enjoy all they have to offer from a walk on the gorgeous walking trails or picnic grounds, a variety of lectures, workshops, tours, living history demonstrations and exhibits or soak up our history at the museum. Other fun and must-do activities that are available for your enjoyment at Renfrew Museum and Park include, catch-and-release fly fishing, community events, summer Concerts, and wedding and pavilion rentals. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this Franklin County treasure!
Renfrew is currently open for business under aggressive mitigation and social distancing guidelines per the Yellow Phase of their institutional COVID-19 Pandemic Reopening Plan and will transition to the Green Phase along with the rest of Franklin County this Friday, June 19, 2020. All of their facilities, including buildings are open during regular business hours – Park Grounds: Daily from dawn until dusk; Visitors Center and Gift Shop: Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 1:00-4:00pm; Museum House Tours: Tuesday-Saturday on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm.
From the staff at Renfrew: “Renfrew is a 107-acre historic Pennsylvania German farmstead nestled along the east branch of Antietam Creek in beautiful Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Our park grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for the enjoyment of the public. We invite visitors to “Walk Back in Time” and discover our many features including over five miles of walking trails, catch-and-release fly fishing, breathtaking scenery, historic buildings, and more! Renfrew is the perfect mix of history and nature just waiting to be explored.
In addition to the natural and historic wonders of our grounds, Renfrew operates as a history museum, managing an extensive collection of over 4,000 artifacts owned by the Borough of Waynesboro. These treasures include the nation’s largest collection of Bell Family pottery as well as early American furnishings and decorative arts, farm implements and tradesmen’s tools, longrifles and accoutrements, photographs and ephemera that tell the story of our property’s history during from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.
Tours of the 1812 Royer House are offered by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer docents who will guide visitors through the story of Renfrew’s transition from a family farm to public museum. Select programs offer living history demonstrations of period cooking, farm chores, and period lifeways. Renfrew Museum and Park and its partner, The Institute at Renfrew, Inc., host a variety of presentations and engaging programming throughout the year.”
Everyone at Renfrew Museum and Park are excited to welcome you back and invite you to come take a “walk back in time.” There’s always something fun and exciting happening at Renfrew!
For more information on Renfrew Museum and Park check out the following resources:
For lectures and presentations that can be attended online via Zoom with pre-registration visit: https://www.renfrewmuseum.org/presentations-and-workshops/ for details.
Learn more about the phased reopening plan at: https://www.renfrewmuseum.org/covid19-reopening-plan/
(717) 762-4723 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.renfrewmuseum.org / facebook.com/renfrewpark
Lake House Distilling Co. is a new addition to the Waynesboro area located at 218 West 5th Street. Owned by Aaron and Tara Lake the distillery dons their own home on their logo which represents their love and passion for the business and new venture they have taken on.
Lake House Distilling Co. began their journey as Aaron began experimenting with wine making which eventually evolved into a passion for spirits as he learned the ins and outs of the distilling process and grew his knowledge and expertise into brandy, bourbon, whiskey and vodka making. The dreams of owning a distillery started to come to fruition in 2016 as Aaron and Tara started the process to establish their business and in May of 2018 they purchased the building which would become the distillery and gutted it to the bones before doing an entire renovation. They finally opened their doors in January of 2020 to the public and only had the opportunity to serve the community for 8-weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, but they kept their doors open and remained optimistic!
This family and pet-friendly hot spot is open and has tons to offer! You can visit Lake House Distilling Company and enjoy a tasting of their meticulously crafted spirits and learn about the distilling process or order one of their signature cocktails, local craft beer or locally supported wines. Bottles of their spirts are also available for purchase as well as to-go cocktails.
There’s something for everyone! Each weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday they have a different food truck featured for patron’s enjoyment and guests can also enjoy pre-packaged cheese boards that are available for purchase at the bar. Guests are also welcome to pack and bring their own picnic to the property as well. On occasion Lake House Distilling Co. will host live music featuring local artists for your entertainment.
Lake House Distilling Co. takes pride in supporting the community and local business by selling locally sourced products. As the pandemic broke, this brand-new establishment also utilized their resources to make hand sanitizer which they generously donated to local first responders, senior living centers, the post office and other area businesses in need. As they remain open to the public, they offer outdoor seating with tables that are appropriately distanced. Patrons may enter the building for bar service which is also set-up to maintain social distance between staff and patrons. Masks are recommended while visiting the establishment, but not required. They are taking extra precautions to keep their property and surfaces sanitized.
Aaron and Tara are thrilled to have been able to maintain their business and serve the community and look forward to hosting locals and visitors in their family-friendly environment. You can keep up with the latest happening at Lake House Distilling Co. Facebook page. Follow here!
Spotlght article by Lauren Formosa
The North Square Farmers Market located on 50 N. Main St., Chambersburg is open on Saturday’s from 8AM – Noon now through mid-October. This pop-up market is conveniently located in downtown Chambersburg and is a local and tourist favorite!
North Square Farmer’s Market is a project led by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, Inc. and hosts a variety of local vendors including local artisans, baked goods, local wines, handcrafted soaps, cheeses, fresh produce, prepared foods, meats, flowers and more! The mission of the North Square Farmers Market is to support the local economy while improving the well being of our community and provide access to fresh and local goods.
Project leaders and vendors have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of visitors in lieu of the current status of COVID-19. While visiting the market you will find hand washing and sanitizing stations, a separate entrance and exit, directional walking paths. Patrons are also asked to practice social distancing while shopping.
The North Square Farmer’s Market wants everyone to “keep calm and carrot on” as they safely explore and enjoy all the treasures that are there to find!
For more information on the market, vendors and safety guidelines you can visit www.northsquarefrarmersmarket.com or follow them on social media at facebook.com/northsquarefarmersmarket
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