Warehouse-turned-event space Grant Street Loft to host first concert
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — What used to be a warehouse has been transformed into a new, hip venue where people can gather, celebrate or rock out in Chambersburg, Pa.
“Live at the Loft” will take place at the Grant Street Loft, a new event space created by the ownership of The Butcher Shoppe, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the Grant Street Loft and Roy Pitz Brewing Company, will feature musical performances by Rich Fehle, Nick Staver Trio and Mitch Morrill.
The idea to form The Loft came as a result of another project that was being planned by Leo Schoenhofen, who is president and CEO of the Grant Street Loft and co-owner of The Butcher Shoppe with his wife, Anne.
“We were looking for a space to build a commercial kitchen to support the micromarkets,” explained Schoenhofen. “It was a lightbulb that went on. ... we had this second level that we could open up a unique, industrial-style event center that could start hosting events. We thought we could do so much more than build a kitchen.”
Renovations to the second floor of the former Jennings car dealership building near North Second and Grant streets were completed in November, according to Schoenhofen.
Glass and steel were used to maintain an industrial feel as contractors added patios, a roof deck and an elevator shaft which is visible from the street.
Months later, Schoenhofen couldn’t be more excited to present his first concert at The Loft, which has sold out.
“It’s local music with three different musicians playing,” Schoenhofen said.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by this scheduled lineup:
- 7 p.m. — Rich Fehle
- 8:30 p.m. — Nick Staver Trio
- 10 p.m. — Mitch Morrill
Schoenhofen has good faith in the reputations of the performers playing at his venue.
“I’ve seen them play at other local businesses, bars and events,” he said. “Roy Pitz also has some relationships with those guys. Together we thought that would be a great act to have those three musicians play for the group.”
The partnership to bring “Live at The Loft” to life evolved from the longtime friendship and great working relationship Schoenhofen has with the owners (Ryan Richards and Jesse Rotz) of Roy Pitz Brewing Co.
“We were looking to do some local collaborations and I’m sure we’ll be doing some more in the future with other businesses. We’ve had some long-term standing with Roy Pitz on a professional level so this seemed like a good partnership as far as a live show for the community.”
In addition to the scheduled musical performance, Schoenhofen says the space which comfortably holds 120 people will be used for private events such as birthday parties and concerts.
“The Loft primarily is for private events for people to rent out,” Schoenhofen said. “It’s rented out for private parties, birthday parties and business meetings. It accommodates whatever your needs are for a gallery space.”
Below the loft is a commercial kitchen, which the Schoenhofens utilize daily to produce products for the six micromarkets it services in Franklin County. The Butcher Shoppe targets larger companies in an effort to retrofit their breakrooms in order to provide local, fresh foods to the staff.
The Butcher Shoppe sells sandwiches, soups and salads in micromarkets at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. and Coyle Free Library. Some of the products in the micromarkets are branded as being from the Big Oak Cafe, which is adjacent to The Butcher Shoppe.
Despite tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 23 show selling out, Schoenhofen says that no future music events are currently planned. The next public event his group is planning will be a Kentucky Derby Day event on Saturday, May 4.
“We are trying not to bombard the public with events, but rather ease into it,” Schoenhofen said.
Top photo: Glass and steel were used to maintain an industrial feel for the Grant Street Loft as contractors added patios, a roof deck and an elevator shaft to the former warehouse. (Submitted photo)