More stores to open in downtown Carlisle

From The Sentinel:

As revitalization efforts continue in Carlisle, a number of businesses will open their doors in the coming months.

Recently, a Carlisle flower store moved to a new location downtown, and three other businesses are preparing to open in the borough.

On Saturday, Pealer’s Flowers & Company opened at its new location on West High Street in a building that formerly housed a restaurant.

“We’re excited about it,” said Debbie Keys, who owns the business with her husband, Jim. “The location is certainly much more visible.”

Pealer’s, which along with its Carlisle business has locations in Camp Hill and Harrisburg, moved from the corner of East Louther and North East streets to 56 W. High St., the former home of Casa Mani.

The flower shop is open Monday through Saturday and will likely offer later hours either Thursday or Friday nights.

After a five-year run, Casa Mani Caffe, the downtown coffee and panini shop, shuttered in January.

While looking for new digs, Keys said she looked at properties outside of Carlisle.

“We just kept coming back to downtown,” she said.

In with the new

In June, Keys approached the Downtown Carlisle Association, which assists business owners in various aspects of entrepreneurship, about finding a new location, said Jessica Seretti, retail recruiter with the DCA.

The DCA worked closely with Pealer’s, Seretti said, in relocating to the downtown commercial district.

Seretti said the addition of a flower shop to that part of High Street will help bring in more foot traffic.

“It’s such a perfect fit for that location,” she said.

While one vacant storefront has been filled, another, the former home of Pealer’s now sits empty.

Seretti said she has no idea what may go in the now vacant 175 E. Louther St. storefront.

Another former building that was the site of a restaurant is also getting a new lease on life.

The old Hardee’s building at 310 N. Hanover St. will soon be back serving food, but this time, it’ll be Chinese food.

Darlene Palanti, an administrative assistant with NAI CIR, a real estate firm, said in an e-mail that the 3,750-square-foot building was purchased recently and will open as a Chinese restaurant.

According to Janice Kimball, a real estate agent with Century 21, the restaurant will open sometime in 2011 and will be called Chen’s King Buffet….