“The Candy Factory helped convince me to move from West Philly to Lancaster. Working remotely is great, but remote workers need to tend their own social needs – for me, The Candy Factory fills this need.”

- Chad Ostrowski

Software Engineer, Near, Inc

Chad Ostrowski

Near, Inc – Software Engineer 


Chad has 10 years of engineering experience ranging from launching his own products to creating & teaching curricula; from contributing at startups to building tools at Comcast and Apple.

For the money or just for the love, you can often find Chad building web apps. In early 2020, he joined Near, Inc, a company based in San Francisco with worldwide employees, helping improve the experience for developers building on the NEAR Protocol, a developer-friendly blockchain that powers new types of composable, transparent apps where users are always in control of their own data. 

Chad has a little startup, Entire. Life (https://entire.life) – an app to help you slow down, zoom out, and live a meaningful life. In the fall of 2018, Chad went through the TechCelerator at The Candy Factory from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, trying to figure out how to transform Entire. Life from a money-costing hobby into a money-making side business. He has not yet accomplished this goal! Catch Chad during one of his work breaks.

He likes thinking about tech, politics and the future. He’s always happy to talk about the little he knows about space exploration, tribalism, ecocide, whether or not we’re all doomed, and hope vs despair vs action.

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The Candy Factory is a coworking space established in 2010 and located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster PA. We are a community of professionals who have found a new way to work. Coworking and shared workspaces help promote business growth, creative thinking, shared brilliance and collaboration while offering an affordable office solution for small businesses, freelancers, remote workers, and non-profits. 

Jelly Bellies Crafting Corner

Jelly Bellies Crafting Corner

Supplies: Toilet Paper Tube Twine or Ribbon Festive Tissue Paper Valentine's Stickers Small candies or Toys (the filling) Valentines Day Treat Poppers   ________________  February is already well underway and that means Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Don’t...

Member Highlight – Mandee Metzger

Member Highlight – Mandee Metzger

"I’m new around here and am excited to meet and be around good people. I love my pets but when I realized I started having conversations with them and they never talked back, I started to feel like a crazy person and kind of alone during my workday. Come find me and...

Member Highlight – Lucy F Dowd

Member Highlight – Lucy F Dowd

"I love working at The Candy Factory because everyone is very friendly and helpful. There is a wide variety of businesses and industries represented which makes it very interesting and stimulating."Lucy F Dowd Lucy Dowd Law LLC - Attorney ________________ I am a solo...

Jelly Bellies NOW OPEN

 We love our little munchkins, but we also understand the struggle all parents feel trying to juggle work and childcare. Sometimes you need a place to get work done, meet with a client, network, or just take a deep breath. That is why we are excited to announce jelly bellies, a supervised play facility located at The Candy Factory. Schedule a tour today!

Welcome Arianna

We’d like to welcome Arianna to The Candy Factory and The Sweet Core team as our Jelly Bellies supervisor and facilitator of fun!

She will be responsible for watching over and organizing fun activities for your kiddos.