loKal experiences started among 4 friends in Lancaster who had a shared, and forever unifying experience after meeting four Norwegian tourists visiting the area. A friendly greeting, helping hand, and guided tour throughout our beautiful county led them to offer a return favor and invite us to Norway! Who wouldn’t accept that? Shortly after this experience, the idea of “loKal” was born, with a joint goal to change the way we view our 8 million “friends” visiting the county annually, and look to actually engage with them in activities and experiences we enjoyed growing up in the area.
The word “loKal” (pronounced “lou-call”) is the Norwegian word for “local”, so the name stuck; people continued to enjoy more experiences and hey, life is short! So we created a platform to enhance the lives of our clients by investing in experiences over things. Lancaster has so many gems – so many things we take for granted. We can’t wait to uncover, reveal and celebrate those gems with you!
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LoKal Experiences, Lancaster’s premier “experience” company announced today that Mike and AJ Simmons are assuming full ownership of the company, effective October 1, 2020.
The company was officially founded in the spring of 2019 by local entrepreneurs Phil & Annamarie Lapp and the Simmons’ as the culmination of idea born a year earlier. Phil assisted Norwegian tourists at a local gas station and volunteered to give them a private tour of Lancaster. When they reciprocated the offer, Phil traveled to Norway and was treated to a truly unique experience by those same tourists. Weeks later, he started offering tours on various platforms, including AirBnB. Shortly thereafter, both Mike and Phil began offering tours simultaneously which led to the formation of the partnership.
The Lapps and the Simmons have since combined to host several thousand guests and have both enjoyed seeing this business flourish over the past couple years.
“Mike and AJ are well positioned in historic Downtown Lancaster to run the company and we have full confidence in their ability to continue to perform and execute to the high LOKAL standard of exceptionally unique experiences”, stated Phil Lapp. “Mike is one of THE best guides in Lancaster County and we believe this business is a perfect fit for both he and AJ moving forward. We wish them continued success,” added Annamarie Lapp.
“We wish the Lapp’s well in all future endeavors as they move on to their next opportunities,” stated AJ Simmons. “We appreciate Phil’s vision in turning a chance encounter into a great idea, and now a proven concept,” added Mike.
Phil Lapp will be pivoting into a corporate marketing career and Annamarie Lapp will be spending more time with the family and helping to write a Children’s book series.
Mike and AJ plan to build on the momentum of loKal, using their complimentary skill sets to continually refine and perfect the business model and bring unique and rewarding experiences to loKal’s guests.