Business: Gallery 30 Location: 26 York St., Gettysburg, PA Owner: Linda Atiyeh Years in Business: 38 Number of Employees: Full-time: 10 Part-time: 0 Sector of business in the community: Retail
Gallery 30 is not a hard business to spot along York Street. Outside, gourd birdhouses line the walkway and the open concept creates the perfect environment for store browsers. The warm lighting of the chandeliers and dangling lights, the subtle aromas of hand poured soy candles, the sounds of upbeat classical music and carefully crafted window displays invite those outside to come in. The shop features a variety of handcrafted items, majority of which are American made. Items such as artisan crafted gourds, jewelry, original hand-painted Americana art, vintage store front signs and thoughtfully curated home décor in which Owner Linda Atiyeh takes a lot of pride in. “Our mission is to offer handcrafted products designed to stand out and stand the test of time. We are defined by our desire to empower a dynamic group of emerging and seasoned independent artists,” said Atiyeh. Gallery 30 has a history as unique as the store itself. In 1979, Betty Martin, a Gettysburg College English professor and L. Chris Fick partnered together opening a half bookstore, half art gallery in downtown Gettysburg. The building that Gallery 30 came to be had been a hardware store since the early 1900s on 30 York St., which is where the name came from. By 1988, Gallery 30 had a new owner, former music teacher Rod Gisick, who added fine jewelry to the store and focused on growing the book selection. A few years later in 1993, the store was purchased by Lois Starkey and Bill Gilmartin. During this time the store expanded with the enclosing of the back porch and the primary focus was placed back on local and regional art. In 2007, current owner Linda Atiyeh purchased Gallery 30 and further renovated the historic building. In the past, Atiyeh has renovated and restored many properties and has been awarded Historic Preservation Awards by the Borough of Gettysburg several times. In 2013, the store moved to a bigger location next door at 26 York St. to accommodate the ever-growing collection of handmade items and art. Gallery 30 as “a feast for the eyes, the mind and the soul,” according to Atiyeh. “The ambiance and presentation combine to create an impactful, captivating and unparalleled shopping experience,” said Atiyeh. “Our team continually contributes to creating an enriching environment in the hope of providing stand-alone customer service to our supportive locals and our welcomed tourists, whom we love.” Atiyeh believes the team at Gallery 30 are ambassadors of Gettysburg by “helping to represent Gettysburg in its truest, most beautiful light.” “We are all in this together. We are passionate about what we do and the greater community benefits from this. Our work helps convey the majesty of Gettysburg,” continued Atiyeh. The visitor interaction and connection is what Gallery 30 thrives on. “We are all about building authentic relationships. It is quite gratifying when returning customers continue to introduce us to those experiencing Gallery 30 for the first time,” said Atiyeh. While personal connections with customers is very important for Gallery 30, digital marketing is also emphasized. “Keeping customers informed on all the latest products, new artists and craftsmen, community partnerships, book signings and special events through an ongoing email campaign, social media and a blog is vital,” said Atiyeh. “We engage our customers as often as possible. We want them to understand how important they are to us.” At the end of the day, Gallery 30, with its curated collection of handcrafted items, street appeal, effective marketing campaign and customer-centric mission, operates with passion, love of the arts and appreciation for people.