Collage is such a unique little shop that I really don’t know how to start this. I say that every time BUT it’s not like they sell one type of thing or one style of thing. Think about when you go to central market and see all the different varieties and flavors of local food. Collage is that but with products and gifts. Let me explain with some pictures…
What you’re seeing here is the huge variety of high end products they offer (at realistic prices too). From Vera Bradley backpacks, artisan soaps, jewelry, even some clothes they definitely have something in stock that will catch your eye. I always talk about the owners because what I can express of their personality will help you understand why I chose to write the article about this business. Whitney was such a pleasure to talk to, one of the most giving people I’ve met with to date. She loves the community and although I say that it’s hard to comprehend without seeing all that she does for yourself. Collage won “The Award for Socially Responsible Retailer” in NYC at the Retailer Excellence Awards, for her work with Access York and throughout the community.
Throwing it back, a little history lesson in Collage and Whitney’s history in the retail space. Her family going back a few generations owned several independent retail locations. In York in the 80s/90s there was a popular store called Mailman’s that partnered with The Bon-Ton. After college she worked at Savemart with her dad and took a sales job when that closed about 15 years ago. 9 years ago she met Janice the former owner of Collage and jumped in when she retired.
Whitney’s goal with Collage was to create a place with unique products, a welcoming environment, and a community of patrons that could give back within the community. Her products support local artists and small businesses across the country. They carry lines that most companies don’t but remain affordable and accommodating for all. I could write an entire article about their shop dog Jude but the news covered enough on Jude (who is a fantastic dog). Wrap up time. Hand picked high-end manufactured and home made products, one of the most giving owners we’ve met. Works with the Access York women’s shelter and collects donations for them year round. They also sponsor the mini maker’s markets in York. All you need to know is that Collage is the spot to be.