The Chamber Connection

Plankenhorn serves area offices with broad selection

Plankenhorn Stationery and Printers has been serving the Williamsport area with its wide selection of office supplies and furniture since 1899. While many local businesses have found it difficult to stand up against national competitors, Plankenhorn's has remained steadfast.The business began ...

View of lake makes apartments a nice draw

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT Lakeview Apartments are already in a beautiful enough setting, but there's more to residential living here than meets the eye.Surrounding what used to be Mountain Beach, the former popular swim destination for those seeking to cool off in the middle part of the last century, ...

ARC Heating: Family-run asset to community

COGAN STATION One visit to ARC Heating and Service Co., 4468 Lycoming Creek Road, and one can tell it's a family business.Friendly co-owner Ashley Chase will quickly greet customers.On the latest visit, she was quick to point out it was a family-run business that just started in December that ...

Wirerope Works projects make national impact

Over the course of 130, Wirerope Works, Inc. has expanded from a local company to one that services high-profile projects across the nation and world.Wirerope Works, Inc. began in Williamsport during the lumber era, the founder Henry Martin Morrison opened the original plant in 1886, said Lamar ...

Tory Leather: 40 years of excellence

Tory Leather has been manufacturing and distributing equestrian equipment and other leather goods for the past 40 years."We make everything that goes on the horse except for saddles," said Ron Cimini, owner and CEO.This includes reigns, bridles, girths and Western and English tack, he said. The ...

‘West Coast feel’ permeates city design shop

Walk into the Graphic Hive and the first image is the West Coast vibe.Like a creative shop in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, the business at 140 W. Fourth St., Suite 200, has the appearance of a laid back and relaxed atmosphere of artists engaged in the process of creativity using ...

Waterville Tavern: A come-as-you-are place

WATERVILLE - The Waterville Tavern, 10783 Route 44, is nestled along Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Rails to Trails. The tavern owners, Deb and Al Harakel, run a family-friendly, come-as-you-are restaurant in the heart of the valley.The Harakels bought the building in 2008 and began ...

Businesses serve finance, planning, education needs

There are three family business operations on Third Street nestled between Pennsylvania and Shiffler Avenues involving three businesses Crockett Financial Services, College Planning Associates, and College Financial Aid Planning.Crockett Financial ServicesCrockett Financial Services is a ...

At Mel’s, serving customers is like serving old friends

For family owned and operated Mel's Deli and Cafe in Montoursville, serving customers is a lot like serving old friends."I grew up just a few blocks from here," said Melony "Mel" Hartranft, owner.Hartranft, born and raised in Montoursville, loves serving the people of Montoursville."It's great. ...

Jefferson Square offers flexible renting

Looking for a place to rent for a short amount of time is not commonplace. Most apartments require a year contract which forces people staying for a couple months to live out of hotels.Jefferson Square Properties, 726 Washington Blvd., allows its residents to choose month-to-month rent or year ...

Print Shoppe not a regular paper supplier

Not just a regular paper supply shop, the Print Shoppe, of Williamsport, expanded into a one-stop shop this year for all printing needs."The shop's been in business over 30 years, but we just purchased it in August of last year. We are merging our graphics business into what was a primarily ...

Le Jeune Chef: A unique experience

An international dining experience can be found tucked away on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus as Le Jeune Chef Restaurant offers a unique experience both for students and dining guests alike in Williamsport.Le Jeune Chef, translated from French as "the young chef," has students ...

Data Papers: Serving the East Coast for four decades

For over 40 years, Data Papers, Inc has been serving the East Coast with their printing services from their printing plant in Muncy and their sales distribution center in Williamsport. Though many companies in this business have struggled to stay in the game during the computer age, Data Papers ...

Blooming Grove Society keeps history alive

Keeping a piece of local history in tact for generations to come, Blooming Grove Historical Society has a museum free and open to the public off the beaten path in Cogan Station.The museum is open Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. but also by appointment other days by calling Greg Thomas, board ...

The Madd Potter: Work that stands out

Being in the local art scene for over 30 years, Laura Roan needed to create work that could stand out among the rest. She started out creating Mardi Gras masks in the early 90s, but as her career developed she needed to continue to grow as an artist.In 2011, she was able to open up her own ...

Compu-Gen expands investment in area

For about 20 years, Compu-Gen, a local technology company, has been invested in Williamsport and its upcoming expansion isn't going to change that."We started in Williamsport and we like the growth we're seeing here. We want to be a part of that positive growth," said Vic Borgess, Compu-Gen ...

SPCA: Dedicated to improving the lives of animals

Vicky Stryker reads off a long list of services the Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) provides while Elsa, her Dotson/German Shepard mix, rests in the executive director's lap.Stryker and her staff spend their days improving the lives of animals throughout ...

West Branch: Different style of learning

In West Branch School's classrooms, grades don't exist and students learn through personal assessment with their teachers.Stacie Lakatos' math class, filled with two eleven year olds a ten year old and a nine year old, learn to use a geometric compass and make acute, obtuse and right ...

A new arena brings new fun to area

A new business to the community, Liberty Arena came in with a bang.The opening weekend on Nov. 14 hosted about 1,000 people and on any given day the arena can bring in between 70 and 125 patrons, according to Abe Badmus, arena general manager."It was a very very successful opening," Badmus ...

Habitat for Humanity a community staple

Next year will mark the 30th anniversary for The Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity affiliate.While its gone through many changes over the past 30 years, originating as the Williamsport Habitat for Humanity and becoming the Lycoming County Habitat for Humanity before reaching its current ...