Open a Business

Downtown Carlisle has a unique mix of retail, galleries, restaurants, entertainment, and lodging. Carlisle has always been well known for its artisan galleries but has more recently become known as a foodie destination for residents of central Pennsylvania. Among its traditional pubs and diners, visitors can find an eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants. The historic downtown theatre, annual festivals and car shows also drive customers to its vibrant downtown. Students from Dickinson College, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the US Army War College are also frequent patrons of downtown shops and restaurants. Carlisle offers an ideal location for a business to open their doors.

Carlisle’s Retail Recruiters monitor the pulse of downtown by tracking demographics, vacancy rates, development activity, and much more. They can assist business owners in identify products and services needed, help with storefront acquisition, inform about financing programs and consult through the approval process, and give public relations support to help market their new business. The Retail Recruiters would like to be a part from the start so for more information about opening a business in downtown Carlisle contact

Some helpful links:

Hear what downtown business owners have to say: Carlisle-A Great Place to Work & Live!

Did you know…Carlisle PA is Open for Business

Getting started-permits/zoning information

Hang your sign to let everyone know you are open-sign permit and HARB application

Facts & figures you should know: Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

Business loans to help you get started: Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority