10 Reasons You Should "Shop The Block" in Carlisle Pennsylvania

Updated: May 22

Located in Carlisle Pennsylvania, West Pomfret Street, also known as the "So-Hi Arts District" is jam-packed with art, chocolate, wine, boutique and gift shopping, food and more. West Pomfret Street's merchant community supports each other through a co-op initiative called "Shop the Block" and hosts several major events throughout the year.


The tree lined street with vibrant, colorful buildings is hard to miss. Pat Craig Studios and The Penny Gallery at The Pond stands out as the the most colorful in the neighborhood. We're going to take you on a journey of all the goodness that makes up West Pomfret Street.

.Pat Craig Studios offers fine custom picture framing, a selection ranging from novelty mugs to rattle socks for babies, journals to handbags, hand blown glass balls to fragrance oils, ark discs and handcrafted jewelry made by Pat herself. Pat Craig Studios is the area’s exclusive Old World Christmas ornament dealer and offer you hundreds of unique, beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments that represent occupations, hobbies, halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Location : 30 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 245-0382

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In 2017, Pat Craig opened The Pond, The Pond is an artist collective, retail shop, and art gallery next to Pat Craig Studios.

The Pond currently is home to artists working from their individual studios in various mediums, in one of Carlisle's oldest buildings.

YOU CAN HOST YOUR OWN SHOW!

The Penny Gallery at The Pond features group art exhibits of all sorts. They offer affordable public exhibit space for artists to host their own show. For more information, call 717-245-0382


Castlerigg Wine Shop is the Shop the Block resident retailer of Pennsylvania wines. They are located in a renovated 1890's Queen Anne Victorian building. The wine shop has a tasting room, cozy front porch and retails wine related merchandise. Light appetizers and desserts are offered in addition to special events like,live entertainment.


Location : 110 S Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Phone: (717) 462-4663

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Marjorie's Gems buys and sells silver, gold, coins and vintage costume jewelry. The carry an ever changing selection for both men and women. Look for their $5 section!


Location : 110 S Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013 

(717) 701-8148

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Boutique On Pomfret is a unique shopping experience that includes thoughtfully chosen clothing for customers with comfort and ease of care in mind, Polish Pottery, hand crafted jewelry - some of which are made by local artisans.


Location : 16 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 357-7594 Facebook


Carlisle Arts Learning Center offers art classes for both children and adults, including a summer camp for kids. The center also features a gallery with handcrafted jewelry and fine art

.The following are CALC's Signature Programs

  • ArtWORKS!: An after-school program for middle school students that promotes self-esteem and giving back to the community through the arts.

  • Works in the Windows: A partnership that provides artwork in vacant storefront windows.

  • Art Classes, Camps, and Lectures: Educational opportunities for both children and adults in a variety of mediums.

  • Hope Station and CONNECT Summer Art Camps: Full scholarship-based camps that provide all children the access to art.

  • Empty Bowls: A fundraising event organized by CALC to benefit Project SHARE.

  • Exhibitions: Opportunities for local and regional artists to exhibit their work in CALC’s gallery, sales gallery, and off-site locations throughout Carlisle.

  • Art on the Farm: A partnership with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture to showcase Central Pennsylvania’s unique agricultural resources through art, education and food.

  • Scholarships: CALC provides financial aid to assure all children and adults have access to art classes and camps.

Location : 38 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 249-6973

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Mummert Chocolates is a family owned business that specializes in handmade, gourmet, milk and dark Swiss chocolates using the highest quality ingredients.

Location : 21 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 258-9341 Facebook


Spoons Cafe has a farm to table approach to it's menu. You'll find delicious homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and paninis. The perfect place to stop for lunch while you spend the day on the block.


Location : 57 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 793-1048

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K. Olson Ceramics Gallery and shop features functional Pottery and handcrafted jewelry by ceramic artist Kirsten Olson. email through website for custom orders :

Location : 34 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013 Facebook Find more information Here

Nothing Sweeter Bakery offers homemade baked goods including gourmet cupcakes, Whole cakes, brownies, cookies, eclairs and more. Call for pricing on custom orders. Location : 10 W Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 462-6687 Facebook




Opal Salon

Opal Salon offers Hair cuts and coloring & style, Including foiling, cap, ombre, balayage, perms/straight and facial waxing.

Location : 61 West Pomfret Street Carlisle, PA. 17013

(717) 254-6707

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For the story on how this group of merchants became a non profit, a full list of businesses that are part of the Pomfret Group initiative, and a list of their annual, Carlisle events,checkout their website and facebook page.

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