Downtown in the News

Developer: W-B hotel project moving forward

i Feb 9th 2018

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — A downtown business owner whose shop sits in the middle of a $28 million hotel and conference center project says a deal to sell the shop to the developer fell through, but the developer’s attorney says the project is moving forward. Michaelene Coffee, whose mother, Barbara Coffee,…Read More→

Two developers eyeing former Sterling Hotel land

i Feb 6th 2018

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The City of Wilkes-Barre has received two development proposals for the former Hotel Sterling property. One of the proposals comes from Gateway Center Associates, 24 W. Market St., which is the former Wyoming National Bank building, according to city Administrator Ted Wampole. The West Market Street building…Read More→

Times Leader, King’s reach agreement

i Jan 28th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Times Leader building at 15 N. Main St. has been sold to King’s College. Terms of the sale were not released, but the college said it plans to renovate the four-story structure to house expanded programs. The Times Leader newsroom, advertising, and circulation departments will be…Read More→

New headquaters, expanding workforce at Guard

i Jan 27th 2018

By Geri Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance, having moved its headquarters to downtown Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square, is now in the process of filling about 170 jobs it says have been made possible by the move. The project, which began late last year, is well underway with many departments having moved…Read More→

Highmark is increasing WB workforce

i Jan 26th 2018

By Mark Guydish, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Since Highmark Health took over Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, there has been no shortage of rumors, most often concerning layoffs. They were rumors Highmark officials downplayed, though in November 2016 a spokesman did admit the workforce had been whittled a bit, to 795 employees in the 13-county area…Read More→

Downtown WB business group honors artists for holiday window painting

i Jan 25th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association on Wednesday took time to honor the local artists who volunteered their time to paint holiday scenes on windows throughout downtown. John Maday, president of the downtown group, dispensed from the usual business to honor the artists for their work in helping…Read More→

‘Too early to tell’ impact of meter fee hike in W-B

i Jan 11th 2018

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Asialena Bonitz was shocked when she dropped a quarter in a parking meter on South Main Street Wednesday afternoon and saw it only bought her eight minutes. “It’s kind of ridiculous,” the 22-year-old Penn State Wilkes-Barre students said, unaware that the city had doubled its parking meter…Read More→

Inside, it’s ice cream weather

i Jan 6th 2018

By Bob Kalinowski, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice  WILKES-BARRE — Kevin Manning knew opening an ice cream store at the onset of winter was a radical idea. The store, Kevin and Kacy’s Ice Cream Shoppe at 41 S. Main St. in Midtown Village, did surprisingly well around the holidays, but recent bone-chilling temperatures have put a freeze…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre Focus

i Jan 3rd 2018

By Kathy Ruff, NEPA Business Journal Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the city of Wilkes-Barre continues to demonstrate its resiliency as a comeback city. After Hurricane Agnes’ devastating flooding in 1972, the city began digging out from not only the mud, but also the destructive economic repercussions left behind. Today, its revitalization efforts…Read More→

Hometowns: Wilkes-Barre a hub for arts, culture

i Dec 23rd 2017

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — “I’m definitely not a runner,” Paula Chaiken said with a smile, explaining why she was standing in front of the Jewish Community Center with about 100 other people on a cold recent Tuesday evening rather than sprinting across the Market Street Bridge. It was the first…Read More→