The Grotto
  • 2 W. Market St., Second Floor York, PA 17401

The Grotto: Where Business Meets Creativity, Collaboration, and Connection

Writer Ivy Rodgers
Photographer Trinity Walker Keefer

A short elevator ride to the second floor of the Rupp Building in York’s Continental Square will lead you to The Grotto. Not just a coworking space, The Grotto is a home for creative makers, entrepreneurs and those looking for a professional network. Founders Chelsea Foster and Ben Spangler developed The Grotto from an idea into reality with the help of the community. They emphasize that The Grotto isn’t just an open plan space with desks and chairs — it’s about the people who get together and work to execute their passions.

The Grotto has multiple booked private offices, desks and studio spaces. Dedicated desk spaces are still available, with features including a business address at The Grotto, printer access, conference room use and lockable desks. Expansions are in the works, and Foster and Spangler are hoping more people become interested in working with a community of hardworking, passionate locals so that their idea can grow. 

Visiting professionals can come by and set up shop for the day by using the coworking space, which can transform into an event space during the evenings and on weekends. Professional development seminars, game nights, an elevator pitch competition and more have already been held here. Recently, local musician and yoga instructor Andrew Abaria — who owns Deeper, a yoga studio within the space —announced his new retreat location for 2020 at a Grotto event with help from Grotto neighbors Diemo Productions, who created a video for the event.

The people who inhabit this space want to see each other succeed in whatever their ideas and passions are. The Grotto doesn’t simply say it’s interested in building a community; it’s already proven it.

Visit to learn more about its offerings and membership options.


What makes York a maker community?

“York has a history of being a community of creatives. Starting from mostly manufacturing in the 1900s, we are seeing a shift in mediums and growth in the artistic and digital creative communities. Encouraging this development will ensure a continued focus on ‘making’ in York.”

— Benjamin Spangler, Co-Founder, The Grotto 

The Grotto
  • 2 W. Market St., Second Floor York, PA 17401