Ephrata has Lots to celebrate
Extinctions opening Ephrata gallery reopens New Ephrata market New flooring showroom
Big Lots has opened in Ephrata, taking over the spot formerly occupied by Galens of Ephrata.
The new store, at 389 N. Reading Road, has 23,700 square feet of retail space and employs 55 people. Its inventory includes grocery and seasonal items as well as furniture, toys, tools and Serta mattresses.
Big Lots is a discount retailer that gets "big lots" of merchandise from manufacturers trying to reduce inventory, then sells them at a markdown.
Big Lots, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, operates nearly 1,500 Big Lots stores in the United States as well as 79 Liquidation World and LW stores in Canada. The store in Ephrata is the second Big Lots in Lancaster County. The other is in Manor Shopping Center.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 721-2485, biglots.com
EXTINCTIONS, a paleontologist-owned nature store that sells gems, fossils and a wide variety of other items, is opening today in the Wheatland Shopping Center.
The roughly 2,000-square-foot store at 1809 Columbia Ave. is owned by Steve Hess and his wife, Erin.
The Hesses recently moved back to the area after living in Colorado where they worked on fossil digs and also operated nature stores.
At EXTINCTIONS, they sell fossils, dinosaur bones, eggs and teeth, as well as minerals, crystals and wood carvings. The shop also carries old coins, jewelry items, shells and clothing, in addition to a variety of vinyl record albums.
The Hesses also operate a business selling fossils online and continue to operate a store in Colorado.
The new Lancaster shop is located next to Tuesday Morning, in a spot that had recently housed Whallons. Hess said they plan to eventually hire a couple of employees.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 208-6273, extinctionsstore.com
Sheldon's Gallery & Frame Shop, 20 W. Main St., Ephrata, reopened earlier this month after being closed since a fire in October.
In addition to picture framing, the gallery has nearly 300 pieces of art work. It also carries a variety of gifts, including jewelry, scarves, candles and cards.
In the October fire, the gallery lost some 80 percent of its inventory from smoke damage, owner Tim Sheldon said.
Now, after renovations that included a thorough cleaning of equipment, some painting and new carpeting, the first floor of the gallery has reopened. Sheldon said he expects that the second floor will reopen later this summer.
Sheldon's Gallery, which has been in business for about 29 years, has been housed in the spot along Main Street for 16 years. Sheldon's daughter, Rhonda, helps at the gallery, as do four other workers.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 738-9021, sheldonsframeshop.com.
A monthly Saturday market will open next month in Ephrata at the site of the old train station, 16 E. Main St.
From May to October, The Whistle Stop Open-Air Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The market will feature 15 to 18 vendors selling produce, prepared food, art, crafts and music. The train station now houses the Ephrata Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
Vendors are still being sought for the Whistle Stop Open-Air Market.
For more information, visit www.ephratamerchants.com.
Horst's Flooring Shop opened a showroom recently at 2403 Main St., Narvon. The 1,000-square-foot showroom, at Route 23 and California Road, moves in to what had been Maitlands Flooring.
The space is a showcase for the company, which specializes in hardwood refinishing, tile, carpet, vinyl and hardwood flooring. It is owned by Joshua Horst and has four other employees, including two flooring installers.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 610-286-1842, horstflooring.com.