Downtown in the News

Hundreds hop downtown for annual Easter Egg Hunt

i Apr 8th 2017

By  Marcella Kester, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE – Children and their families took part in following a “bunny trail” that led to Peter Cottontail and other Easter-themed activities throughout the downtown area Saturday, as the city held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Public Square. Hosted by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, hundreds of children and…Read More→

King’s College unveils names on Miners Memorial Wall of Honor

i Apr 6th 2017

By Melanie Mizenko, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — It was a powerful afternoon for families of late miners as King’s College unveiled Thursday the first batch of 873 names on its Miners Memorial Wall of Honor on Public Square. Michael Grebeck, of Laflin, joined grandparents Stanley and RoseMary Grebeck for the ceremony. The name of…Read More→

Filling Vacant Storefronts in Diamond City

i Mar 30th 2017

By Mark Hiller, Wilkes-Barre PA Home Page WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One local downtown is welcoming several new businesses in the coming weeks. Each of the businesses will fill a vacant building. The new additions are helping expand on the center city vision. It may not seem like much inside a vacant South Main…Read More→

Caribbean cuisine, dollar store headed to downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Mar 30th 2017

By Bill Wellock, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Two new businesses are coming to downtown Wilkes-Barre. A Caribbean restaurant and a dollar store are planned for the first block of South Main Street off Public Square. A city’s downtown is always changing, said Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership. “A downtown’s never…Read More→

‘A Blanket from Al’ project announced by Boscov’s

i Mar 29th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Kim Gormley, store manager at Boscov’s in Hazleton, held up a blue wrist band that said it all. “What would Al do?” was printed on the band that is worn by nearly every Boscov employee throughout the company’s 50-store chain. That basic Boscov philosophy is the inspiration…Read More→

Downtown WB fundraiser benefits Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center

i Mar 26th 2017

By Brigid Edmunds, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Helping Hands of Courage had one goal for their Sunday: raise money to help abused children. Helping Hands, a team comprised of nine members of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre class of 2017, held a fundraiser at Rodano’s to benefit the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. “Anything for…Read More→

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→