It's that lovely time of year again.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in July, 2019
Last month saw the cancellation of this year's installment of a decades-old local tradition: The LNP | LancasterOnline Spelling Bee was indefinitely postponed, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though recent headlines have told a story of a dwindling list of stores in The Shops @ Rockvale, with merchants continuing to leave the center (some moving up the road to Tanger Outlets), there was a time when Rockvale Square, as it was known then, was among the most in-demand retail hubs in the county.
It's not uncommon for a particular local store to serve as a nostalgia trigger for a particular generation.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in March 2019.
If you checked out our roundup of old photos of kids with Santa Claus from the Lancaster Newspapers archive, you might have recognized some of the Santas from those images.
No matter how you feel about consumer culture or shopping malls in general, you can't deny that Park City Center has been a huge part of life in Lancaster County for nearly 50 years.
The department store Santa, a staple of 20th-century America, had to begin somewhere.
It may seem like video games are a perpetual staple of the holiday shopping season.
Each year, there's an "it" toy -- The thing every kid sees in a TV commercial and then wants to see under the Christmas tree.