Handmade artisanship has been a way of life in Lancaster County for centuries. Two local businesses make delicate glass, sturdy bakeware and customized gifts that are beautiful and functional. Located near Lancaster hotels, the Susquehanna Glass Factory and the Wilson Armetale Factory offer retail stores and public factory tours that highlight the area’s high quality artisanship.
Susquehanna Glass Factory, 11 Minutes From Lancaster Hotels
In business since 1910, Susquehanna Glass started in a backyard shed. The business has grown into the current factory that specializes in creating personalized glass, acrylic, metal and wood masterpieces.
The processes they use to create beautiful products include silk screening, engraving, laser etching and deep-etching on a hand-turned stone wheel. Available items range from personal wine glasses to corporate awards. Each of these customized works of art can be monogrammed or personalized with a logo, quote or other design.
Hours: Visit the store and shop from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The factory is open for tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM and 1 PM.
Phone: Call the Columbia, PA factory at 717-684-2155 for tour reservations or ask your Lancaster hotels front desk staff for assistance.
Address: 731 Avenue H, Columbia, PA 17512.
Wilson Armetale, 20 Minutes from Lancaster Hotels
A small business known for metal casting was founded in 1892 by the Wilton family. Their merger with a local brass company in the 1960s formed the current Wilton Armetale company that’s known for world-renowned items used to cook, entertain and decorate.
Designed to last, Wilton Armetale products won’t rust, chip, break or crack. They keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold. Choose from a silver-like high polish finish or a pewter-like matte finish.
Armetale metal consists of non-toxic alloy that’s aluminum-based. It is tested by the FDA and a third party lab to ensure its cooking and serving safety.
Hours: The store is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Factory tours are available from Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.
Address: 919 Square Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552.
Both of these specialty shops offer personalized and custom made handcrafted items. During your Amish country stay, stop at one or both of these stores and discover two local treasures that showcase the quality craftsmanship the area around Lancaster hotels is known for.