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Dad often has few words to offer, but no one doubts his generosity. It’s his calm demeanor and his love when we deserve it least that keep us going. In this spirit we asked a few dads we respect what they want to hand down to their children. What matters most? What do you strive to give away? Normally we wouldn’t argue if the answer was a favorite set of tools, but we’re thrilled when character, work ethic and compassion is treasured above all.

Here’s what three uncommon men had to say.

Father Son Chess


Entrepeneur |  Co-Owner of Passenger Coffee & Prince St. Cafe 
Father of 4

Being a gentleman is about more than simply looking the part. It’s living life in a way that benefits others. It means being intentional about what you say, the work you pursue, and the attitude you do it all with. Kyle is a leader in Lancaster, but he’s also a humble guy who wants what’s best for his community and his kids. It’s pretty hard to argue with that!






Designer | Sales Manager at Ellicott & Co.

Father of 1


Every day is an adventure to be lived and an opportunity to pursue — especially with our kids. Chris exemplifies what it means to never stop learning, never stop giving up and always living life with an energetic passion. With an infectious laugh and an optimistic spirit, Chris represents the curious mind in all of us that makes discovery, hope, and joy more tangible.



The true test of any man is how he performs under pressure. What does it take to get the job done even when everyone says it’s impossible? For Mark, it’s a quiet determination and a roll-your-sleeves-up demeanor that drives him every day. It’s the impossible tasks that prove to be most rewarding, especially when the job is raising five amazing kids.




Photographer | Owner of Hingework

Father of 5


products pioneer 

At Ellicott & Co. we strive to curate distinctive, American-made products that are made to last a lifetime. We source all of our goods from small American manufacturers who take pride in quality, good looks and value. In our eyes, it’s a simple commitment to the things that matter most.

We believe that the physical things you use and surround yourself with on a daily basis really do matter. We offer the types of goods any man can appreciate for quality, functionality, and beauty.

Above all, we believe that things should last—whether that’s a sturdy wallet or a belief that your word is bond. Life was never meant to be thrown away.


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