“The Candy Factory not only gets me out of the house, but I love my coworkers. It’s a great way to collaborate with like-minded people, socialize and have access to creative ideas to help you be successful in your business. A win win in my book!”

- Lori Johnson

Owner , Ladies Start Your Engines!

Lori Johnson

Ladies Start Your Engines! – Owner


Lori has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Her classes offer women the opportunity of hands-on instruction in a non-threatening learning environment. Empowering women in automotive knowledge helps them to become savvy and confident to make informed choices for all of their automotive needs. Lori has worked as a technician, a college automotive instructor an automotive editor and has a AAS degree in Automotive Technology.

Join our coworking community!

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. 

Member Spotlight – Ashley Stafford

Member Spotlight – Ashley Stafford

 Fun Fact: I've been fire spinning for 14 years and used to produce fire and arts festivals for 10 years. Ashley Stafford Tranquil Therapy DBA - Orthopedic Massage Therapist ________________ Tell us a bit about yourself: I am an Orthopedic Massage Therapist, Business...

Consider Coworking in 2022

Consider Coworking in 2022

Our coworking community at The Candy Factory is top-notch, and you don't have to "need" an office to benefit from all the resources. You see, we're more than a place to work. In fact, we have members who have their own brick-and-mortar offices but join us for...

12 Years of Coworking in Lancaster City!

12 Years of Coworking in Lancaster City!

As we prepare to celebrate 12 years of coworking in 2022, we're organizing and sorting images and videos we’ve collected over those years. We’ll be highlighting all the amazing people who have been part of our community, the fun events we’ve hosted while shining a...

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.