Ephrata, PA

Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522

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  • Chicks & Bunnies April 7–20
    25% off a selection of spring gifts
  • Storytime on the Flying Carpet this Thursday, April 10
    • 11 a.m. READING If You Hold A SeedSign Up!
  • World Kitchen in the Café, Saturday, April 12
    • Stop in from 11–2 for your bag of international Easter cookies.

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Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, PA, the largest store in the Ten Thousand Villages network, offers exquisite fairly traded home decor, gifts and personal accessories reflecting the traditions and cultures of artisans from the developing world.  Our spacious store includes the Oriental Rug Gallery and The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA

Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

To learn more about fair trade, Oriental rugs and the regional Pennsylvania Dutch culture, click on the links below.


As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com  and/or liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com

In the Store

Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.

Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :

Barista and basic Cafe help

Visual Merchandisers

Sales Associates

Store marketing and community outreach

Special Events
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.

Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.

Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.

Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.

In the Rug Room

We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!

Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?

You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandisers

Marketing and Community Outreach

Event Planning

Please contact Liz at liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com for more information and applications.

Meet Our Volunteers

Carla Martin


Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.

Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.

Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).

Ruth Ruby


Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."

Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).


Upcoming Events

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Stone Soup in The Cafe @ Ten Thousand Villages - April 18, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Stone soup goes beyond playing an eclectic mix of folk, rock, covers and originals. Paying close attention to the details of cover songs from the 1960s and 70s as well a their originals, Stone Soup works at emphasizing their 2-part vocal harmonies and the interplay between the instruments to give each song depth and feeling, making every song seem like their own.

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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - April 25, 2014

Maggie Spike in The Café

Friday, April 25, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Berks County (PA) natives Peggy and Eric Gernerd are the musical duo Maggie Spike, singers/songwriters whose music draws from a mixed bag of styles such as folk, rock, jazz, Celtic and reggae. Their self-penned songs glimmer with passionate appeal and soulful insight.

Peggy and Eric's former band, Fieldstone, performed in and around Berks County between 1996 and 2002. Their well-received CD "Songs of the Oley Valley" is available at all Maggie Spike shows. Maggie Spike's newest CD, "Passenger Station," is also available at shows.

Maggie Spike's approach to songwriting can be compared to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Duncan Sheik, Roseanne Cash, Bill Miller, Sarah McLaughlin and Michael Hedges.

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Rick Sky in The Cafe - May 2, 2014

Rick Sky in the Café

Friday, May 2, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rick Sky's journey as an alternative singer-songwriter presents a fresh and inspirational approach to entertainment in Concert Venues.

With a broad range of music and lyrical topics, created to heighten our sensitivities to humanity and all life on our planet, Rick reveals a unique ability to touch our inner spirits with his warm, musical songscapes and tales.

Rick Sky's original compositions resonate with beautiful flowing melodies and thoughtful lyrics, washing over his audience, and transporting them to a place of inner peace and reflection.

Rick blends textures of sounds, layering them with solo live looping, using 6 and 7 String Acoustic Guitars, Harp Guitar, Native Flutes, World Percussion, and Vocals. Rick's music truly is... A Place... ~ Come ~ Listen ~ and be Transported.


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Storytime on the Flying Carpet - May 8, 2014

Storytime on the Flying Carpet
Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m.

book cover

Is there really a human race?
Is it going on now all over the place?
When did it start?
Who said, "Ready, Set, Go"?
Did it start on my birthday?
I really must know.

Come and find out at our next storytime. Is There Really a Human Race is written by Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Laura Cornell.

The reading will be followed by a related art. We welcome everyone on the carpet and have craft table space for 25 children. Sign up for Storytime Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime.

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Paul Zavinsky in The Cafe - May 9, 2014

Paul Zavinsky in the Café

Friday, May 9, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Singer and guitarist for thirty-some years, Paul Zavinsky performs a wide variety of music including folk, rock, country, blues and originals. He often engages his audiences by passing out song lists and inviting requests.

Read more at Paul Zavinksy’s website http://www.paulzavinsky.com/

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World Fair Trade Day Celebration - May 10, 2014

World Fair Trade Day Celebration

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10 a.m.—5 p.m.

  • Enter to win one of 3 Gift Baskets stuffed full of Fair Trade items from Ten Thousand Villages and other Fair Trade companies.  Sign up anytime during May. Three winning names will be drawn on Saturday, May 31st.
  • Join one of two African Drumming Beginner’s Workshops today.  Classes are 11—12:15 and 1:30—2:45.  The sessions are free, but seating is limited, so register early.  Sign up in the store or reserve your place by emailing Ephrata@tenthousandvillages.com or by calling 717-721-8400. Drumming workshops are open to anyone 12 years of age or older.
  • Choose gifts for Mother’s Day—our wonderful hand-crafted jewelry is Buy-One-Get-One 50% off.
  • Enjoy a 20% discount on Level Ground coffees and teas.
  • Take a Fair Trade Trek throughout the store:

*Create a pendant from a Pakistani rug-making graph (use as jewelry or keychain)

* Sample delicious Fair Trade chocolate

* LIKE us on Facebook/Twitter at our Social Media stop and learn how Sacred Mark is empowering women to move out of a life in the red-light districts of Bangladesh.

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African Drumming Beginner’s Workshops - May 10, 2014

African Drumming Beginner’s Workshops

Saturday, May 10, 2014

11—12:15 and 1:30-2:45

Bring your inner drummer out to play! Learn the basic handstrokes for the West African djembe, and layer simple parts with other players to create an exciting, polyrhythmic drum song. No prior experience is necessary.

The workshops are free, but space is limited, so please register early. Sign up in the store, or by emailing Ephrata@tenthousandvillages.com or calling 717-721-8400. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

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Voxology in The Cafe - May 16, 2014

Voxology in The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages

Friday, May 16, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Voxology is back on our Café stage with a wide-ranging repertoire including Americana, contemporary folk, singer-songwriter, bluegrass and country.

Les Vonderlin and Kevin Neidig, as Voxology, have been honing their craft for 12 years, winning awards and accolades along the way. Vonderlin’s songwriting has been acclaimed in competitions at the South Florida Folk Festival and, more recently, at the 2010 Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival, where she secured one of the top honors. Neidig and Vonderlin are both two-time first place winners at the North Bay Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, MD, with Les winning vocal competitions and Kevin winning guitar and vocals.

Voxology’s unmatched harmonies are what set them apart from the ever-growing list of Americana artists.

Voxology has been featured at music and arts festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah.

They’ve shared the stage with the legendary Doc Watson, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, the Grammy award-winning Alison Brown Quartet, Pine Mountain Railroad, renowned folk artist Tom Paxton, country artist Lori McKenna, and the highly awarded bluegrass artists IIIrd Tyme Out, among others.

One of Voxology’s biggest, and certainly coldest, honors was appearing at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they performed 16 times in 14 days.

The group has produced three recordings, including Voxology under the covers, and their most recent, Someday Soon.

“Voxology is a sure crowd pleaser. Great vocals, stellar instrumental work. They are always at the top of my list when I get asked to recommend a group for a festival or an event!” - Jess Hayden, Susquehanna Folk Music Society

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Temple Avenue in The Cafe - May 23, 2014

Temple Avenue in The Café

Friday, May 23, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Temple Avenue is a jazz quartet that combines young energy and creativity with respect for jazz traditions.

The group features three Temple University junior jazz majors—saxophonist Seth Ebersole of Mohnton, bassist Jack Synoski of Hazelton and drummer Austin Wagner of Manheim Township, Lancaster County. The fourth member of the quartet is pianist Colin Mekeel, freshman at HACC Lancaster and three-time District Jazz Band participant.

Temple Avenue’s repertoire includes original compositions as well as arrangements of compositions by some of jazz’s finest composers, such as Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, and jazz standards.

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Store, Cafe and Rug Room will be closed for Memorial Day. - May 26, 2014

Store, Cafe and Rug Room will be closed for Memorial Day.

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Alex Brubaker in The Cafe - May 30, 2014

Alex Brubaker in The Cafe

Friday, May 30, 2014

6:30—8:30 p.m.

Alex Brubaker is a guitarist who has placed himself at the forefront of musical experimentation. Delving into the percussive fingerstyle genre, Alex combines guitar body percussion, alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, lap tapping, live looping, multiple guitars, and everything else he can think of that can enable the guitar to be used in new and exciting ways. Alex has wow’d audiences time and time again, captivating the young and old, from the musically inept to the fellow musician.

Alex’s performances combine this innovative approach at guitar with related stories of adventure and light humor, depicting everything from snowboarding adventures to mishaps in Africa. With Alex’s music, the goal is always to have the audience experience music in a way they never before have. He mixes influences from the likes of Trace Bundy, Trevor Gordon Hall, Kaki King, and Matt Stevens in order to produce innovative and complex compositions in a style all his own.

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Café is Closed Tonight - June 6, 2014

Café is Closed Tonight

Friday evening, June 6

The Store and Rug Room are open for shopping until 9 p.m. tonight, but the Café will be taken over with preparations for tomorrow’s 21st Annual International Children’s Festival.

The Festival opens on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. There will be crafts, activities, games, live international music and food for kids of all ages. We suggest a donation of a handful of #2 wooden pencils per child as entrance “fee.”

See more details on the Festival page.

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21st Annual International Children's Festival - June 7, 2014

21st Annual International Children’s Festival

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Today we turn our store over to the small fry—our future loyal customers—to explore sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of international cultures.

As with every year, we’ll have live music all day to enliven you (and to play and dance along with!), family-friendly food served up by our Café staff, and games, activities and crafts for children of all ages to enjoy.

We choose crafts that relate to the artisan handicrafts in our stores, giving children a small taste of how it would be to make a living with their own creative minds and skilled hands.

The festival is free to attend. We do suggest a per-child donation of #2 wooden pencils which will be included in School Kits that are sent to children around the world by Mennonite Central Committee. Please note that some of the crafts have a small cost to complete, as does the henna hand decorating.

We run the festival rain or shine.

We offer special needs parking for older folks and others with mobility challenges.

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Heart and Soul in the Cafe - June 13, 2014

Heart and Soul in the Café

Friday, June 13

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Heart and Soul is a Harrisburg-based acoustic music duo who play covers from eight decades, featuring guitars, vocals, clarinet, percussion and mandolin.

Ed and Maureen Mashas, Heart and Soul, are married to each other, have day jobs in public education and a passion for music—the music of others as well as their own. They have been around music as long as they can remember; garage bands, marching band, and praise and worship teams. Ed plays guitars and mandolin and sings. Maureen sings (like a bird) plays clarinet and bangs on things (percussion).

Their interest is to give listeners a few moments of reprieve by playing music that takes you to happy times, makes you forget about what troubles you, and occasionally causes you to ponder. They have three children (one of each—classic Woody Allen reference), a therapy dog, and a love for each other, friends, canoeing, birding, and all matters spiritual as well as world missions. They support a child in Peru via Compassion International and strive to be good citizens of mother earth.

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Jennifer Kathleen in The Cafe - June 20, 2014

Jennifer Kathleen in The Café

Friday, June 20

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tonight we welcome singer/songwriter Jennifer Kathleen back to the Café stage. Jennifer ‘s warm folkstyle performances explore matters of heart and spirit.

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Art & David Miron in The Café - June 27, 2014

Art & David Miron in The Café

Friday, June 27

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Art and David Miron, brothers raised in a musical family, have been playing music together for a long time. Although Art’s from Philly, he and David play together locally as often as they can, primarily at Lancaster’s Coffee Company café, where they have been Friday’s featured performers for the past ten years.

Art Miron played viola and piano as a kid. Channeling his mother’s undercover love of folky music, Art now specializes in performing ‘Americana’ music, playing guitar and singing. This is rootsy music, drawn from country, folk, and some pop traditions with focus on songs that tell stories. Art performs frequently at coffee houses and other venues in and around Philadelphia. He has released several YouTube videos for viewing, and his first major CD is about to be released.

David Miron began taking cello lessons when he was ten and has been playing ever since. David played with the Eastern Mennonite University orchestra during his year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He played with the Moravian orchestra in their Christmas Vigil services for ten years, for several Christmas services at Highland Presbyterian Church and with the Hershey Symphony for four years.

Influenced by his brother’s guitar music and the early music of Simon and Garfunkel, David began playing guitar in his early teens. Shortly thereafter, he discovered that he could sing, and sing harmony, in unaccompanied four –part congregational singing in the Mennonite church. David has played cello for weddings and in church services. He also occasionally leads congregational music with guitar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster.

Art and David are pictured here, Art standing, David seated.

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The Walking Roots Band in The Café - July 11, 2014

The Walking Roots Band in The Café

Friday, July 11

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Walking Roots Band is a blue-ish-grass, faux-folk, roots-music group from Harrisonburg, VA. The ensemble is made up of good friends who happen to make music together quite well. The Walking Roots Band plays original folk songs, reclaimed hymns, and a few genre-bending folk-raps. Seth Crissman, Adam Schmid, Mike Yoder, Mitch & Lauren Yoder, Greg & Kristina Yoder, and Jackson Maust make up The Walking Roots Band, but because everyone in the band is a professional-something-else (teacher, nurse, physical therapist, seminarian), TWRB performs with anywhere from 3 to all 8 members present.

Instruments commonly seen (and heard) on-stage with The Walking Roots Band include guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, harmonica, upright bass, cajon, accordion, and from time to time clarinet, but the group may be most notable for its sweet vocal harmonies.

When not making music, TWRB enjoys gardening, canning, cooking, hiking, biking, camping, and just generally spending time together. This weekend they'll be spending time together in Lancaster, so keep your ears open and eyes peeled for other opportunities to hear them in the area. For more information, booking, or general sensations of happiness, contact/visit:


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Summer Warehouse Sale - July 18, 2014 - July 19, 2014

Summer Warehouse Sale

Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19 Come help us clear overstock, artisan samples and our bent ‘n’dent merchandise!

The sale is ideal for crafters and creative re-purposers.

If you are able, please bring your own sturdy bags along to take your purchases home. Please also bring your friends, neighbors and family members—the more shoppers, the merrier!

Sale Hours: Friday 10—8, Saturday 10—4

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Nicole Roberts and Colin Mekeel in The Café - July 18, 2014

Nicole Roberts and Colin Mekeel in The Café

Friday, July 18

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nicole Roberts is currently a sophomore Music Business major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There she is involved in The Birn (Berklee Internet Radio Network) as a dj, film club, and Point of Departure vocal jazz ensemble as lead soprano. She also is an active member of Berklee’s music law club through which she participates in the Recording Artist Project in conjunction with Harvard Law School.

As a voice principle, Nicole studies jazz with Patrice Williamson. Prior to her studies at Berklee, she took private lessons under the talents of Bryce Donley. Nicole has enjoyed a 6-year membership with the CPFJ Youth All-Star Band singing and playing saxophone. She graduated from Cedar Crest High School in May of 2012 where she participated in chorus, concert choir, show choir, jazz band, concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and was a drum major for the marching band. She also had the opportunity to participate in many festivals including: county band and choir, district choir and vocal jazz ensemble, and state vocal jazz ensemble.

During her high school career, Nicole also enjoyed participating in the fall plays and was nominated for a Hershey Theatre Apollo Award for her portrayal of nurse Stephanie Dickinson in “Cactus Flower”. She was incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Lebanon PA Harmonia Club Chapter’s ‘Rodney S. Miller Memorial Scholarship’. Some of her musical inspirations include: Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Anita O’Day, Jane Monheit, Julie London, and Chet Baker.

Colin Mekeel of Lancaster, PA plays piano, saxophone and clarinet. A three-time District Jazz Band participant on piano, Colin is a graduate of Manheim Township High School's Class of 2013. Besides accompanying Nicole Roberts, Colin also regularly performs in the area jazz quartet Temple Avenue.

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Store and Oriental Rug Gallery Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Cafe Hours

Food is served until 2 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Drinks and snacks are available until 3 on weekdays and until 5 on Saturdays. On Friday evening there is full food service until 8:30, drinks and snacks until 8:45.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 9 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Holiday Hours

December 2—14
Mon & Tue 10—6, Wed—Fri 10—9, Sat 10—5

December 16—21
Mon—Fri 10—9, Sat 10—5

December 23—28
Mon 10—9, Tue (Christmas Eve) 10—3, Christmas Day Closed
Thu 10—6, Fri 10—9, Sat 10—5

December 31
New Years Eve 10—3


December 2-14
Mon—Wed 10—3 (food until 2), Thu 10—3 and 5—8 (food until 2; also 5—8)
Fri 10—3 and 5—9 (food until 2; also 5—8:30), Sat 10—5 (food until 3)

December 16-21
Mon—Thu 10—3 (food until 2)
Fri 10—3 and 5—9 (food until 2; also 5—8:30)
Sat 10—5 (food until 3)

December 23—28
Mon & Tue 10—3 (food until 2)
Christmas Day Closed
Thu 10—3 (food until 2)
Fri 10—3 and 5—9 (food until 2; also 5—8:30)
Sat 10—5 (food until 3)

December 31
New Years Eve 10—3