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Downtown in the News

Group updates Irem Temple plans; leader says ‘building’s demise exaggerated’

i Dec 12th 2017

By Katherine Pugh, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Those working on the Irem Temple Restoration Project had two pieces of news to share Monday. “Reports of the building’s demise are vastly exaggerated,” said ITRP Board Chair Christian Wielage. He also noted the renovation project can be completed at a total estimated cost of $10 million…Read More→

Pop-up shops see success in W-B

i Dec 1st 2017

By BOB KALINOWSK, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Hundreds of people continue to pop in the holiday pop-up shops in Midtown Village downtown. By all accounts, the experimental marketplace has been a big success. Vendors looking to possibly bring a brick-and-mortar store to center city are getting a shot to sell their goods and holiday shoppers…Read More→

Kirby Center preparing to celebrate building’s 80th birthday

i Dec 1st 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — On the morning after another sell-out show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Executive Director Will Beekman told about 30 members of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association that the building will celebrate its 80th birthday in 2018. Meeting in the Kirby Center lobby Friday,…Read More→

Pop Up Shops good for shoppers and charity

i Nov 30th 2017

By Brigid Edmunds, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Carolers serenaded shoppers as they entered the Holiday Pop Up Shops on Thursday night. It was the second day of business for the experimental shops downtown; however, visitors to the space in Midtown Village were doing more than just picking up gifts for loved ones. The night’s festivities…Read More→

Crafts, music and more headed for old-fashioned market in Wilkes-Barre

i Nov 30th 2017

BY CHARLOTTE L. JACOBSON, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Visitors to downtown Wilkes-Barre can walk in a winter wonderland this weekend during the second Old-Fashioned Holiday Market on Public Square. Hosted by the city, the market takes place Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features arts and food vendors,…Read More→

Downtown Wilkes-Barre abuzz for Small Business Saturday

i Nov 25th 2017

By Toni Pennello, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — “Shop small” and “shop local” are the themes of Small Business Saturday, and there are plenty of places to do just that in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Midtown Village’s Holiday Pop Up Shops, where Christmas bargain-seekers can find items from local businesses all in one place, debuted Saturday. One…Read More→

New gourmet candy shop opening in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Nov 24th 2017

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If you think you smell popcorn while holiday shopping in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, it’s not your mind playing tricks on you. It’s the sweet smell of entrepreneurship and a new business. The One Stop Pop Shop will open its doors for the first time to customers…Read More→

Signs installed in W-B to help visitors navigate city

i Nov 20th 2017

By  STEVE MOCARSKY, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — You can see them in tourist spots like New Hope and Jim Thorpe, and bigger eastern Pennsylvania cities like Bethlehem. And now, you can find them in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Diamond City Partnership has teamed up with several organizations located in the Luzerne County seat to have…Read More→

County, colleges reach agreement to care for River Common park

i Nov 15th 2017

By Eric Mark, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The upkeep and development of the River Common park will be a combined effort of county, town and gown. Luzerne County Council on Tuesday approved a “cooperative agreement” with Wilkes University, King’s College and the Riverfront Parks Committee for maintenance and programming at the park, off River…Read More→

Sale of building to GUARD Insurance to benefit Wilkes-Barre

i Nov 14th 2017

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The city is especially fortunate GUARD Insurance bought the Wilkes-Barre Center building on Public Square this year, as resulting real estate transfer taxes could reduce the projected year-end deficit by about one-third. According to a deed filed Nov. 7, Wilkes-Barre Square Associates sold the building complex at…Read More→