Phil the Thrill Studios

Shippensburg University SBDC Client Success Story
With Small Business Owners in Mind

Phil George might be known as “Phil the Thrill” to locals, but his love for the small business community goes beyond the brand he has created. Phil grew up in Cumberland County and developed a passion for art and community. After art school, he became an on-air radio personality on multiple radio stations throughout the area and created the “Phil the Thrill” brand.

“Bruce gave me some good pointers and got me in contact with
the right people to move forward pretty quickly”

During COVID, Phil created artwork to assist small business owners in downtown Carlisle that were being affected by COVID restrictions and the lack of customers in their shops. The illustrations included the façade of the business or their most beloved products. When he sold his paintings, he gave the profits to
the local shop owners. He sold these drawings through Etsy and artist markets.

Also, he created a podcast called the “Down to Small Business Podcast” that features downtown businesses and their owners. The monthly series focuses on a different small business owner to discuss everything about their business. Key topics include how they started their business, how they have navigated throughout the pandemic and what lies ahead in the future.

His freelance artwork and graphic design expanded into commissioned artwork. For example, the summer film series at the Carlisle Theatre had window artwork created by Phil such as Jaws and Goonies. It had fun artwork to welcome people to the Theatre and advertise their movies.

When Phil is not working on his business, you can find him working his full-time job in Downtown Carlisle as the Assistant Main Street Manager. This position is proof that the man behind the “Phil the Thrill” brand has a strong commitment to his community so all residents can live, shop, play and create in downtown Carlisle.


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