Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shippen Place Hotel

We would like to take a minute to thank our friends at Shippen Place for always being so accommodating... hopefully you reserved your room, because when we say "AOII will be IN THE HOUSE", well, we mean it! Our group booked 27 of the 57 rooms April 24th and the hotel is now SOLD OUT!

So if you were able to get a reservation at the hotel, here is a little bit about what to expect... and some fun facts about the location! If you haven't yet called, you may be able to get on a waiting list... or try to buddy-up!

Your stay at the hotel
Shippen Place offers free off-street parking, free high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, complimentary continental breakfast buffet from 7 am - 10 am on weekends, room service is available, and hotel guests are allowed access to Shippensburg Fitness Center. Black Horse Tavern, a full service bar and restaurant, is located off the lobby in the hotel and will host our Friday night Meet-n-Greet from 7 pm - 9 pm.

A little history
The Shippen Place Hotel and Black Horse Restaurant and Lounge at 32 E. King St., have taken historical names for the business, and the land on which the building is located has an interesting part. Shippen Place comes from the land of Edward Shippen who settled and founded Shippensburg. The Black Horse takes its name from the Black Horse Tavern which was located at the present site of the Shippensburg Public Library.

The site
On the corner of Apple Alley and East King Street stood the Penn Mar Grocery Store, started in 1914 by John Long. In 1924, John Malamos bought the place and in 1925 opened the Sugar Bowl Confectionery. Shortly after World War II, the name was changed to the Sugar Bowl Restaurant. In 1975, Mowery's Tile Service took the place of the Sugar Bowl. Kyner's Hardware, at 38 E. King St., opened in January of 1976. Roth's Furniture Store was there from 1931 to 1975. The Roths had bought the furniture store from C. Bruce Berry, who owned it from 1914 to 1931. Heckman's Electrical Service was located at 36 E. King St. from 1971 until at least 1988. In the 1960s and 1970s, 34 E. King St. was owned by David and Dorothy Eagle, who ran a barber shop in the '70s. Jay Dee Department Store opened in 1970 at 30 and 32 E. King St., and was in operation until at least 1988. Before that, Kirssin's Department Store was in operation at that location for 60 years.

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