Downtown York City is booming.


Thanks to the hard work of city officials, business associations, arts enthusiasts and shop owners themselves, the city's business district is the place to be.

There's an energy that wasn't there 10 or even five years ago, according to Blaze Cambruzzi, chief operating officer at Rock Commercial Real Estate.

"People aren't opening businesses in the city by default. They're chasing the foot traffic," he said.

Downtown Inc welcomed 17 new businesses during all of 2013, and 17 more are scheduled to open by this summer.

Executive director Sonia Huntzinger said the nonprofit has promoted the downtown area, but she and others attribute the success also to social media-savvy entrepreneurs who market a downtown experience as much as their own businesses.

One of the new businesses is The Handsome Cab, a wine bar and restaurant soon to open at 106 N. George St. Owner Robert Godfrey said it's an exciting time for downtown York.

"There's a renaissance happening here, and we want to be part of it," he said.

Revitalization efforts like Santander Stadium, the Northwest Triangle multi-use development, the George Street Commons Townhouses, the Beaver Street arts district, York rock band Live's Think Loud projects – all are feeding the momentum.

Businesses like the York Revolution, WellSpan Health, York College, CGA Law Firm and Shipley Energy are further investing in York by offering their employees grants to buy homes in the city.


"It's the live here, work here, play here movement," said Heather M. Kreiger, director of research and marketing for Rock Commercial.

Here's to those movers breathing new life into York.