The Best Of Lancaster 2023

Drone Photography by Jordan Bush

It’s that time of the year. Your votes have been cast and the results of our annual Best of Lancaster Readers’ Survey are in.


Barber Shop 

1. Gary & Joel’s Barber Shop (West Hempfield)

2. (Tie) The Black Comb  and Elizabethtown Barbers and Izzy’s Fast Fades (Elizabethtown) 

Cosmetic Dentistry 

1. Edward E. White, Jr., DDS: White Family Dental (Elizabethtown)

2.  Silvaggio Prosthodontics 

3.  Weierbach & Genetti Prosthodontics 

Day Spa 

1.  Luxe Salon & Spa (Lancaster & Lititz)

2.  Kairos Massage & Skincare (Elizabethtown) 

3.  Visage a Visage Spa & Salon 

Hair Salon 

1.  Attitudes Hair & Nail Salon 

2.  Luxe Salon & Spa (Lancaster & Lititz)

3.  Tangles Salon (Rohrerstown)


1.  Attitudes Hair & Nail Salon 

2.  Pinkies N Toes Nail Studio (Mountville)

3.  Luxe Salon & Spa (Lancaster & Lititz)

Med Spa 

1.  Blossom Med Spa 

2.  James Street MedSpa 

3.  Ponessa Medical Massage Center 

Tattoo Artist 

1.  Wes Schulz of Dreams Collide Tattoo 

2.  (Tie) Joshua Constein,

Zach Walter, Cactus Zach and

Carissa Eichhorn, Skintonz Tattoo Studio 


Bicycle Shop 

1.  Martin’s Bike & Fitness (Ephrata) 

2.  Lancaster Bicycle Shop 

3.  The Common Wheel 

Bike/Hike/Run Trail

1.  Northwest Lancaster County River Trail 

2.  Enola Low Grade Trail 

3.  Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail 

Dance Studio 

1.  e-dance center (Elizabethtown) 

2.  Encore Dance Center 

3.  Morton’s Dance Center (Landisville)

Fitness/Rec Center 

1.  Universal Athletic Club 

2.  Hempfield recCenter 

3.  YMCA of the Roses (Lancaster & Lampeter-Strasburg)


1.  Hempfield recCenter/East Petersburg pools

2.  Lititz recCenter/Lititz Springs pools 

3.  (Tie) Landisville Pool and Skyline Pool 

Yoga/Barre/Specialty Studio 

1.  West End Yoga Studio 

2.  Blaze Yoga 

3.  Move It Studio 



1.  Achenbach’s Pastries (Leola)

2.  Bistro Barberet & Bakery 

3.  Lancaster Cupcake 


1.  Mad Chef Craft Brewing (East Petersburg)

2.  Lancaster Brewing Co. 

3.  Spring House Brewing Co. (Lancaster & Strasburg)


1.  Evans Candy 

2.  Wilbur Chocolate (Lititz)

3.  Sweetish Candy – A Swedish Candy Store 


1.  Cracked Pepper Catering

2.  Vigi’s Parties (Leola)

3.  Enck’s Plus Catering 

Coffee/Tea Shop 

1.  New Holland Coffee Co. (Lancaster, New Holland, Lititz)

2.  Mean Cup 

3. (Tie) Copper Cup (Lancaster, Mount Joy, Lititz), Latte Luv (Paradise) and Coffee Co. (Lancaster, New Holland & Lititz)

Farmers Market

1.  Lancaster Central Market 

2.  Root’s Country Market & Auction (Manheim)

3.  Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction (Ephrata) 

Food Truck 

1.  Gourmet Julie’s Way 

2.  Walk-O Taco 

3.  Chellas Arepa Kitchen 

Grocery/Food Store

1.  Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Mount Joy, Lancaster & Lititz) 

2.  Giant Food Stores (multiple locations)

3. Weis Markets (multiple locations)

Prepared Food 

1.  Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Mount Joy, Lancaster & Lititz) 

2.  (Tie) Lemon Street Market and Oregon Dairy (Lititz) and Vigi’s Parties (Leola) 

Ice Cream 

1.  Fox Meadows Creamery (Ephrata & Leola)

2.  Pine View Dairy 

3.  (Tie) Son’s (East Petersburg & Quarryville) and Splits & Giggles 

Pretzels/Snack Foods 

1.  Hammond’s Pretzels 

2.  Philly Pretzel Factory 

3.  Dutch Country Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels (Mount Joy)

Specialty Cakes 

1.  Oregon Dairy (Lititz)

2.  Lancaster Cupcake 

3.  Byers Butterflake Bakery (Leola)


1.  Nissley Vineyards Winery & Estate  (Bainbridge) 

2. Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery (Manheim)

3.  Grandview Vineyard (Mount Joy) 


Appliance Center 

1.  Martin Appliance (Brownstown & Quarryville)

2.  Brubaker Inc. 

3.  Gochnauer’s Home Appliance Center (East Petersburg) 

Carpet Cleaning 

1.  Certified Flooring 

2.  The Rug Beater (Brownstown) 

3.  Lancaster Carpet Cleaning

Electrical Work 

1.  Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical (East Petersburg)

2.  Hawthorne Electric (Mount Joy) 

3.  Lapp Electric 


1.  Martin’s Flooring (Lancaster & Denver)

2.  Bomberger’s Store (Lititz)

3.  Certified Flooring 

Floral Design 

1.  Floral Designs of Mount Joy 

2.  Royer’s Flowers & Gifts (Lancaster, Columbia, Ephrata)

3.  Central Market Flowers 

Furniture/Home Accessories 

1.  Interiors Home 

2.  Always Never Done (Landisville)

3.  Martin’s Furniture (Ephrata)

Garden Center/Greenhouse 

1.  Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Lancaster & Lititz)

2.  Ken’s Gardens (Smoketown & Intercourse)

3.  Esbenshades’s Garden Centers & Greenhouse (Lititz)

Hardware Center 

1.  JB Hostetter & Sons (Mount Joy)

2.  Bomberger’s Store (Lititz) 

3.  GR Mitchell (Willow Street)

Interior Design 

1.  Interiors Home 

2.  Henrietta Heisler Interiors, Inc. 

3.  Heritage Design Interiors (New Holland) 


1.  GR Mitchell (Willow Street)

2.  Bomberger’s Store (Lititz)

3.  (Tie) Kitchens by Eileen – KbE Design & Build (Brownstown) and Bath Barn (Lititz) 

Landscape Impressions

Landscape Design 

1. (Tie) Landscape Impressions (Mount Joy) and Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Lancaster & Lititz)

3.  (Tie) C.E. Pontz Sons (Leola) and Savicky Lawn Care 

Lawn/Yard Maintenance

1.  Landscape Impressions (Mount Joy)

2.  Clover Cutter Landscaping (Maytown) 

3. Tomlinson Bomberger Lawn Care & Landscape (Landisville) 


1.  Yale Electric Supply 

2.  Interiors Home 

3.  Olde Mill House Shoppes 

Outdoor Living Center 

1.  Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Lancaster & Lititz)

2.  Bowman’s Stove & Patio (Ephrata)

3.  (Tie) Fox Country Sheds (Lititz) and Penn Stone 

Paint/Wallcovering Center 

1.  Grauer’s Paint & Decorating (Lancaster & Lititz) 

2.  Phillips Paint & Decorating 

3.  Bomberger’s Store (Lititz)

Painting/Wallpaper Contractors 

1.  Ville Painters 

2.  Joel’s Painting Contractors 

3.  Two Dudes Painting Company 


1.  Neffsville Plumbing & Heating 

2.  Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical (East Petersburg)

3.  Ranck Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 

Residential Builder/Remodeler 

1.  Metzler Home Builders 

2.  Ebersole Brothers Construction (Mount Joy)

3.  Garman Builders (Lititz)

Residential Cleaning 

1.  A Divine Clean 

2.  Garman’s Cleaning (Manheim) 


1.  Joyland Roofing (Elizabethtown) 

2.  George J. Grove & Son 

3.  Greenawalt Roofing (Silver Spring) 

Window Treatments 

1.  Phillips Paint & Decorating 

2.  Grauer’s Paint & Decorating (Lancaster & Lititz) 

3.  (Tie) Interiors Home and Jackson’s Window Shoppe 


1.  GR Mitchell (Willow Street)

2.  George J. Grove & Son 

3.  Choice Home Remodeling, Inc. (New Holland) 



1.  Keystone Pet Place (Lancaster & Mount Joy) 

2.  Gochenauer Pet Resort (Lititz)

3.  Renee’s Pet Grooming (Mountville)

Pet Boarding/Daycare 

1.  Gochenauer Pet Resort (Lititz)

2.  Oscar’s Pet Resort 

3.  Canine Country Club (Manheim) 

Dog Sitter/Walker 

1.  Once Upon a Dog Tail (Landisville)

2.  Moritzen Family Pet Sitting 

3.  Your Place or Mine Pet Sitting (Columbia)

Pet Store 

1.  That Fish Place – That Pet Place 

2.  Keystone Pet Place (Lancaster & Mount Joy)

3.  Basset & Lab, LLC

Rescue Organization 

1.  Pet Pantry of Lancaster

2.  Humane Pennsylvania Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving 

3.  Pennsylvania SPCA Lancaster Center 

Veterinary Practice 

1.  Metro Pet Vet Lancaster, Leola, Downtown 

2.  Landisville Animal Hospital 

3.  Neffsville Veterinary Clinic 



1.  Kyle Lin: Acuity Advisors and CPAs, LLP

2.  Brian W. Rosenberg: Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz 

3.  Brad Rauch: Cloister Group 


1.  Christopher P. Larsen: Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C. 

2.  Gregory Hirtzel: Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding LLP 

3.  (Tie)John R. Gibbel: Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP and

Marci S. Miller: Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP 

Bank/Credit Union 

1.  Fulton Bank 

2.  Members 1st Federal Credit Union 

3.  PNC Bank

Insurance Agent 

1.  Lee Kennedy: State Farm Insurance 

2.  Ethan Gibbel: Gibbel Insurance Agency (Lititz)

3.  Rip Lawhead: State Farm Insurance (Willow Street) 


1.  Jeremy Hess: Jeremy Hess Photographers 

2.  Nick Gould: Nick Gould Photography 

3.  Janae and Hugo Tomas: Janae Rose Photography 

Real Estate Agent 

Tony Zook

Craig Hartranft

1. (Tie) Craig Hartranft: The Craig Hartranft Team, Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty

    and Tony Zook: Remax Pinnacle 

3.  Jessica Mann: Manor West Realty 



1.  Gracie’s on West Main (Leola)

2.  Rachel’s Café & Creperie 

3.  Gus’s Keystone Restaurant (Mount Joy & Ephrata) 


1.  Shady Maple Smorgasbord (East Earl) 

2.  Miller’s Smorgasbord (Ronks) 

3.  Dragon Hibachi & Sushi Buffet 

Casual Dining 

1.  Blue Collar Restaurant, Bar & Catering (Landisville)

2.  Lancaster Dispensing Company 

3.  (Tie) Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House and Trio Bar and Grill (Silver Spring) 

Celebrating/Special Occasion 

1.  The Belvedere Inn 

2.  (Tie) Josephine’s Downtown and The Log Cabin (Leola) 


1.  The Belvedere Inn 

2.  Horse Inn

3.  LUCA

Hotel Restaurant 

1.  Plough: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square 

2.  John J. Jeffries: Lancaster Arts Hotel 

3.  Loxley’s: Heritage Hotel 


1.  Rachel’s Café & Creperie 

2.  Isaac’s Restaurants (Lancaster, Mount Joy, Lititz, Ephrata)  

3.  Coffee Co. (Lancaster, New Holland, Lititz)

New Restaurant 

1.  401 Prime 

2.  Passerine 

3.  Frisco’s Mount Joy 

Outdoor Dining 

1.  Tobias Frogg 

2.  TJ Rockwell’s (Elizabethtown) 

3.  Loxley’s 


1.  Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House 

2.  Stubby’s Bar and Grille 

3.  Quip’s Pub 


1.  Caruso’s (multiple locations) 

2.  Rice & Noodles 

3.  Two Cousins (multiple locations)

Weekend Brunch 

1.  Eden Resort 

2.  Rachel’s Café & Creperie 

3.  Square Mile Public House (Mountville) 


Asian Fusion 

1.  Oka Asian Fusion 

2.  Issei Noodle 

3.  SukhoThai Restaurant 


1.  Harvey’s Main Street BBQ (Mount Joy) 

2.  Rocky’s BBQ (Columbia)

3.  Hess’s Barbecue Catering, Inc. (Willow Street) 

Beer Selection

1.  The Fridge

2.  Funck’s Restaurant & Bar (Leola)

3.  Mad Chef Craft Brewing (East Petersburg) 


1.  Cabalar Meat Co. 

2.  Horse Inn  

3.  Route 66 Restaurant 


1.  Hong Kong Garden 

2.  Jade Garden (Mount Joy) 

3.  Café East (Centerville)


1.  Bistro Barberet & Bakery 

2.  (Tie) Fox Meadows Creamery (Ephrata & Leola) and Lancaster Cupcake 


1.  Himalayan Curry & Grill 

2.  Taj Mahal Restaurant 

3.  Namaste Restaurant 


1.  Ciro’s Italian Bistro 

2.  Lombardo’s Italian American Restaurant 

3.  LUCA 

Mexican/Latin American 

1.  El Serrano Restaurante

2.  Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar (Rohrerstown)  

3.  Cocina Mexicana 

Pennsylvania Dutch 

1.  Dienner’s Country Restaurant (Ronks)

2.  Shady Maple Smorgasbord (East Earl) 

3.  Miller’s Smorgasbord (Ronks)


1.  Caruso’s (multiple locations)

2.  Two Cousins (multiple locations)

3.  LUCA 


1.  Isaac’s Restaurants (Lancaster, Mount Joy, Lititz, Ephrata) 

2.  Cravings Gourmet Deli 

3.  Caruso’s (multiple locations)


1.  Gibraltar Restaurant 

2.  Kyma Seafood Grill (Stevens) 

3.  The Fat Crab Café/Mr. Bill’s Fresh Seafood 


1.  401 Prime 

2.  The Belvedere Inn 

3.  Johnny’s Bar & Steakhouse (Stevens) 


1.  Oka Asian Fusion 

2.  Ginza Sushi 

3.  Wasabi Sushi (Willow Street) 

Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar

Walk-O Taco


1.  (Tie) Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar (Lancaster & Rohrerstown) and Walk-O Taco (food truck) 

3.  Cocina Mexicana 


1.  Root 

2.  Harvest Seasonal Grill 

3.  (Tie) Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen and Decades 

Wine/Spirits Selection 

1.  The Belvedere Inn 

2.  Harvest Seasonal Grill 

3.  (Tie) Gibraltar Restaurant, Horse Inn, The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar, and The Log Cabin (Leola) 


1.  Beanie’s Bar & Grill (Mount Joy) 

2   American Bar & Grill 

3.  Stubby’s Bar & Grille 


Car Dealership 

1.  Lancaster Toyota 

2.  Jones Honda 

3.  New Holland Ford 

Clothing Store/Boutique 

1.  Boscov’s Department Store 

2.  Knock Knock Boutique (Elizabethtown) 

3.  Clemintines Boutique (Lititz) 


1.  Fashion Cents (Strasburg & Ephrata)

2.  Next to New Fine Clothing 

3.  Ooh La La Consignment 


1.  Brent L. Miller Jewelers 

2.  Koser Jewelers (Mount Joy) 

3.  Ream Jewelers 

Thrift Store 

1.  MCC Thrift Shops (multiple locations) 

2.  Community Aid 

3.  Goodwill (multiple locations)


1.  Space 

2.  Maejean Vintage (online) 

3.  Redeaux Vintage 


Art Gallery 

1.  ESOarts  

2.  Liz Hess Gallery 

3.  Friendship Heart Gallery & Studio 

Art/Craft/Maker Show 

1.  Long’s Park Art Festival 

2. (Tie) Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show and The Rotary Club of Lititz Craft Show 


1.  Elizabethtown Fair 

2.  Ephrata Fair 

3.  Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Manheim) 

Family Fun 

1.  Dutch Wonderland 

2.  Cherry Crest Adventure Farm (Ronks)

3.  Hersheypark 

Golf Course 

1.  Overlook Golf Club 

2.  Crossgates Golf Club (Millersville) 

3.  Four Seasons Golf Club (Landisville)

Live Music Venue 

1.  Tellus360 

2.  American Music Theatre 

3.  Phantom Power (Millersville)

Museum/Heritage Site 

1.  Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum 

2.  North Museum of Nature and Science 

3.  President James Buchanan’s Wheatland 

Park/Recreation Area 

1.  Long’s Park 

2.  Lancaster County Central Park 

3.  Overlook Park 

Performing Arts 

1.  Fulton Theatre 

2.  Sight & Sound Theatres (Ronks) 

3.  Servant Stage Company 

Pick-your-own Produce/Flowers 

1.  Cherry Hill Orchards 

2.  Country Joy Flowers (Elizabethtown) 

3.  Shenk’s Berry Farm (Lititz) 

Special Occasion Venue 

1.  Stone Gables Estate/The Star Barn (Elizabethtown) 

2.  The Smoker Farm (New Providence) 

3.  (Tie) Bluestone Estate Weddings (Refton), Eden Resort and Pepper Theo Café 



1.  (Tie) Devyani Chowdhury, MD: Cardiology Care for Children,

    Ajay R. Marwaha, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health,

    Dana M. Weinstein, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, 

    Gurpinder K. Chatha, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, 

    Neil R. Clark, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, 

     Scott T. Riebel, MD and

     Matthew Bernabei, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Keith Yocum, DC

Keith Krueger, DC

Chiropractor/Holistic Practitioner 

1.  (Tie) Keith Yocum, DC: Elizabethtown Family Chiropractic and

     Keith Krueger, DC: Krueger Chiropractic Clinic 

3.  David A. Carbo, DC: Wenger   Chiropractic Group

Edward E. White, Jr., DDS


1. Edward E. White, Jr., DDS: White Family Dental (Elizabethtown) 

2.  Matthew D. Freedman, DMD 

3. (Tie) John M. Schmidt, DMD: Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, 

    Donald Burgess, DMD and

    Thomas Sardina, DDS: Sardina Dental Group (Landisville)

Desiree A. Antonacci, MS


1.  Desiree A. Antonacci, MS: Dermatology Associates of Lancaster 

2.  Jennifer A. Sceppa, MD: Dermatology Associates of Lancaster 

3. (Tie) Christina N. Lawson, MD: Dermatology Associates of Lancaster, 

    Joanne Rill, MD: Dermatology Associates of Lancaster and 

    Richard J. Herschaft, MD: Dermatology Physicians and Laser & Skin Care Center 

Francis J. Manning, MD

Eye Physician 

1.  Francis J. Manning, MD: Manning, Rommel & Thode Associates 

2.  Bethany Rommel, MD: Manning, Rommel & Thode Associates 

3.  Roy D. Brod, MD: Lancaster Retina Specialists 

Gary S. Gehman, MD

Family Physician 

1.  Gary S. Gehman, MD: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health 

2.  (Tie) Bradford Granger, MD

     and Christopher Putney, MD (Strasburg) 


1.  Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health: Lancaster General Hospital  

2.  Penn State Health: Lancaster Medical Center

3.  UPMC: Lititz 

Angela Shuman


1.  Angela Shuman: Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center 

2.  Anna Cooney: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health 

3.  (Tie) Deborah Larsen, LPN: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, 

    Kristin Beard, RN: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and

    Trinket Abbott: Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center 

Thomas R. Westphal, MD

Orthopedic Physician 

1.  Thomas R. Westphal, MD: Lancaster General Health Physicians Orthopaedics

2.  (Tie) Gary M. Zartman, MD: Lancaster Orthopedic Group and

     Vincent Battista, MD: Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster 

Pia Boben Fenimore, MD


1.  Pia Boben Fenimore, MD: Lancaster Pediatric Associates 

2.  Laura Poskitt, DO: Clinic for Special Children (Strasburg) 

3.  Daniel Summers, MD: Roseville Pediatrics 

Physical Therapy Practice 

1.  HARTZ Physical Therapy (multiple locations) 

2.  Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster (multiple locations)

3.  (Tie) CPRS Physical Therapy (multiple locations) and

     Drayer Physical Therapy (multiple locations) 

Physician Assistant 

Chase Schaeffer, PA

Hannah M. Wilson, PA-C

Francine L. Redman,











1.  (Tie) Chase Schaeffer, PA: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health,

    Hannah M. Wilson, PA-C: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and 

    Francine L. Redman, CRNP, FNPBC: Penn State Health 

Maulik B. Patel, MD

Masood Ahmed, MD


1.  (Tie) Maulik B. Patel, MD: Pulmonary Associates of Lancaster and

Masood Ahmed, MD: UPMC 

3.  (Tie) Yaroslav Lando, MD: Pulmonary Associates of Lancaster and

    Shakeel Amanullah, MD: Pulmonary Associates of Lancaster 


1.  Thomas R. Westphal, MD:  Lancaster General Health Physicians Orthopaedics

2.  (Tie) Gregory A. Tocks, DO: Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, 

    John C. Rodgers, MD: Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster and

    Wendell L. Funk, MD

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Norlanco

Urgent Care 

1.  Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Norlanco (Elizabethtown)

2. (Tie) Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Kissel Hill (Litiz) and MedExpress 



1.  Liz Hess: Liz Hess Gallery 

2.  Andrew Silvius: crumbsLANC and ESOarts

3.  (Tie) Keisha Finnie,

Suzanne Rende: Suzanne Rende Artworks & Murals and The Artful Nest (Marietta)

and Andy Smith: Andy Smith Watercolor (Lititz) 

House of Worship 

1.  Lives Changed by Christ (LCBC) Church 

2.  First United Methodist Church 

3.  Calvary Church 

Joe Calhoun, WGAL

Anne Shannon, WGAL

Media Personalities 

1. (Tie) Joe Calhoun, WGAL  

    and Anne Shannon, WGAL 

3. (Tie) Gere Gish, WGAL

    and Lori Burkholder, WGAL 


1.  Lititz 

2.  Chestnut Hill, Lancaster City

3.  Grandview Heights, Manheim Township

Nonprofit Organization/Charity 

1.  Anchor Lancaster 

2.  Clinic for Special Children  (Strasburg)

3.  Bear Bags (Elizabethtown Area School District) 


1.  Hempfield School District 

2.  Dayspring Christian Academy (Mountville)

3.  Penn Manor School District 

Taylor Mohr, Kissel Hill Elementary


1.  Taylor Mohr, Kissel Hill Elementary (Warwick SD)

2.  Brad Miller, Landisville Primary Center (Hempfield SD)

3.  Randy Gehman, Dayspring Christian Academy 

Senior Living Community 

1. Willow Valley Communities 

2.  Masonic Villages (Elizabethtown) 

3.  Landis Homes (Lititz)

Word That Best Describes Lancaster County 

Drone Photography by Jordan Bush

1.  Scenic 

2.  Diverse 

3.  Historic 

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