James Street Improvement District

Shopping at a Glance

Downtown Lancaster boasts over 200 places to shop. More than most shopping malls! Visit our unique boutiques of Uptown - the 300 block of North Queen Street, the exceptional art galleries and institutions of Gallery Row, the local produce of Central Market and specialty shops at Penn Square and The Avenue. There is something for everyone in Downtown Lancaster. Explore!

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Downtown Dollars

Shop Local in Downtown Lancaster! The Downtown Investment District (DID) and James Street Improvement District (JSID) want to make your Downtown shopping and gift giving a bit easier. Lancaster Downtown Dollars are gift certificates available in $5 and $10 increments and are accepted at over 100 merchants in Downtown - including Central Market, galleries, restaurants and shops.

To purchase the certificates, please call 717-394-0783 or visit the JSID offices at 354 N. Prince Street (City Crossings Building), 1st floor, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. They can be purchased with cash or a check. Please call ahead so we can have them ready for you.

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Merchants interested in participating in the program should contact JSID at info@jsidlancaster.org.

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Upcoming Events

God of Carnage
Wednesday, February 1-
Sunday, February 19

Two well-to-do couples meet to discuss their sons' playground altercation in Yazmina R... [more info]
An Architect's Influence
Friday, February 3-
Sunday, February 26

This year’s annual Invitational exhibition features twenty-nine local artist... [more info]
First Friday Arts Celebration
Friday, February 3
Join us in celebrating the arts and the wonderfully diverse arts commun... [more info]



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