Camp Hill businesses are in the spotlight during this year’s National Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate the various institutions that serve the community.
CAMP HILL, PA. – A national initiative called National Entrepreneurship Week sheds light on businesses across the country, including those in our Camp Hill area.
With over 100 small businesses within a ten block corridor, the community can enjoy a diverse range of food, coffee, and leisure activities.
The initiative also highlights these companies for their persistence through the current global pandemic – a task that is not an easy task, according to Joshua Kesler, owner of the Watershed Pub.
“It’s challenging in normal environments and circumstances, so when you add a new layer of complications like COVID it just gets a little more complicated,” Kesler said.
With complications come solutions and modifications that the Pennsylvania Bakery quickly implemented to keep the business going.
“We definitely had to make some changes. You know the doorway, the maggot, the food over, we had to add more of our menu there and make it available to the people,” said Rachelle Schenk-Womer, sales manager at Pennsylvania Bakery .
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused business owners to find ways to stay open, those who tried to open new facilities also felt the effects of the pandemic.
It was difficult for Amber and Kenneth Haulton to bring a new bundle of joy into the world.
“We cleaned up and modeled the shop, then everything was closed,” said Haulton. “During the pandemic, I was really depressed and pregnant.”
The Haulton’s didn’t give up, however, saying they owe everything to their community members.
“With all the support from the mother here and all the women, and they know I’m pregnant, they all came in and supported the pregnant mother,” she said.
These times may be difficult, but Schenk-Womer says all you need is a little bit of confidence.
“Obviously a lot of people didn’t feel comfortable when they came into the store, so we started making it available in other ways to believe that business would return, and it did,” Schenk said -Womer.
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