While we always encourage shoppers to support small businesses, especially during the holidays, Cumberland Valley has a unique selection of larger retailers that support and reflect our region’s thriving economy. These stores employ thousands of individuals in our local community and often contribute to local non-profit organizations year-round. In addition, these locations offer a more comprehensive selection of products, meaning that even the pickiest shoppers can find gifts that are sure to please. As you head out for your holiday shopping, here are some suggestions for your excursion.
The only enclosed mall in Harrisburg’s western suburbs, you’ll find more than 70 stores and restaurants in the 608,000+ square-foot shopping complex. After exploring all the usual mall favorites, enjoy some playtime with the family at Dave & Busters, where you’ll find arcades, billiards, and more.
This national chain provides customers with an enjoyable shopping experience and outstanding value on unique and interesting products combined with knowledgeable, friendly Crew Members who create a safe and inviting neighborhood grocery store.
Each Trader’s Joe store has a designated Donation Coordinator who oversees community contributions. In addition, their Neighborhood Shares program donates 100% of the products that go unsold but are still safe for consumption to local food banks and other non-profit food recovery partners.
Arch supports may not be your idea of a great gift, but consider this store if you want to keep your own feet comfortable during long shopping excursions. Meet with an Arch Support Specialist who will perform a free fitting, including measurements, a balance test, and arch size. You’ll receive a personalized recommendation and have a chance to try it before you buy. This is the only Good Feet Store in the central Pennsylvania region and one of only 10 in the state.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer providing top-quality gear and apparel, expert advice, rental equipment, and more for everyone from novices to seasoned pros. Shop for top brands such as North Face, Vuori, Fjallraven, Merrell, La Sportiva, and dozens of others. This store is the only central Pennsylvania location for REI and one of only 4 stores in the state.
REI founded the REI Cooperative Action Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations across the country doing essential work to create a more equitable outdoors for everyone.
You’ll find a world-class selection of brand-name golf equipment, golf apparel, accessories, gifts, and more for all ages and abilities at this golf superstore combined with a comprehensive array of golf services, including on-staff professionals, computer video swing analysis, golf simulators, an indoor driving range, putting greens, and other interactive golf features. This location is one of only 5 stores in Pennsylvania.
Through grants and other support, The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation helps under-resourced 501c3 organizations, schools, and community teams in all 50 states provide opportunities for youth to play sports.
Locally owned and operated, Plato’s Closet has been ranked the #1 Teen Resale Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine. Plus, you can shop sustainably by buying gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories. This is one of only 20 locations throughout the state. (Photo: Plato's Closet Mechanicsburg Facebook page)