Downtown in the News

Coal Creative founder paints the area in a positive light

i Mar 19th 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — While some news reports paint a pessimistic picture of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Gerard Durling wants to tell another story. Durling, founder of the internet and video marketing business Coal Creative in Wilkes-Barre, said he plans to work on a video showing the area in a positive light. “It’s…Read More→

Let’s dance Local celebrity couples to mark the 10th jubilee of Dance Theater by dancing for their favorite cause

i Mar 19th 2017

By Jack Smiles, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Tens are wild at the Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, as in 10 years, 10 couples and 10 dances. Ten years ago, Gina Malsky opened her own dance school at Arts YOUniverse in the Stegmaier Mansion. A year later, she bought the former Methodist Church on North Franklin Street, repurposed…Read More→

Crowds bundle up to watch W-B’s St. Patrick’s parade

i Mar 13th 2017

By Sarah Scinto, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Luke Hadsall relied on a green hat with an attached, orange beard to keep him warm as he watched the floats and marchers pass. He and his sister, Skyler Hadsall, sat near the sidewalk on Public Square, watching the 37th annual Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade on…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre welcomes spirt of the Irish with annual St. Patrick’s Parade

i Mar 13th 2017

By Marcella Kester, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The line was painted. The gates were placed. All that was left for many parade enthusiasts Sunday was to let the parade begin, and hundreds packed the streets to see that happen. The 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off at 2 p.m. at South Main…Read More→

Costumes, games, reading scripture mark Purim celebration in Wilkes-Barre

i Mar 13th 2017

By Geri Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — A carnival celebrating Purim at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday brought area residents, young and old, out for a time of time of fun and reflection. The holiday, known as the Feast of Lots, celebrates the victory of Queen Esther after Haman, an evil tyrant, unsuccessfully…Read More→

A Dollar Tree to grow in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Mar 13th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The new owner of prime real estate in the downtown is renovating a South Main Street property for a Dollar Tree store. Philip Balderston, founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based Odin Properties LLC, said he anticipates a spring opening for the discount retailer. Interior demolition was under way…Read More→


i Mar 12th 2017

By Paul Golias, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice The Wall of Honor at King’s College in downtown Wilkes-Barre has become a must-see visit for anyone interested in the region’s anthracite mining history.The Anthracite Heritage Foundation’s Wall of Honor was created “to honor the miners who worked and sometimes died in the anthracite mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania,’’ according…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre readies for Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

i Mar 9th 2017

By Melanie Mizenko, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The 37th annual Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday. The city received a green touch Thursday in preparation for the upcoming parade. Mayo Striping painted the green line between the yellow lines on Main Street for free, according to Tyler Ryan, of…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre bars, eateries prep for a sea of green on parade day

i Mar 9th 2017

By Sarah Hite Hando , Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Sunday may not be as large or as rowdy as its Scranton counterpart, but bar and restaurant owners along the route are looking forward to seeing green on the streets and in their cash registers. While…Read More→

Downtown businesses gear up for Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Parade crowd

i Mar 7th 2017

By Matt Mattei, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader- Weekender The green party is about to start in Wilkes-Barre, and it has nothing to do with progressive politics. A variety of bars and eateries will open their doors early on March 12 to celebrate the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Parade and will offer food, drink and live entertainment. Among…Read More→