Downtown in the News

Focus on Wilkes-Barre

i Jan 9th 2019

By Dave Gardner, NEPA Business Journal The dust-scarred coal miners would never recognize it. Today’s version of the greater Wilkes-Barre area offers little resemblance to the community of the anthracite era. Modern retail fulfillment centers such as those run by Adidas and Chewy.com dot the landscape of the Route 81 corridor, while tech and service-oriented…Read More→

Pop-up museum spotlights Wyoming Valley history

i Dec 28th 2018

By Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — You probably figured that the Susquehanna River is old. Did you know it’s one of the oldest surviving rivers on earth? Or that local Revolutionary War hero Nathan Denison quietly lived out his days as a county judge long after the fighting was over? Or that radicals…Read More→

Newman: 2018 sees much progress made toward downtown goals

i Dec 27th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Diamond City Partnership Executive Director Larry Newman says Downtown Wilkes-Barre is doing much better than it was a decade ago, but for now, he said it is a work in progress. “By every objective measure — storefronts filled, restaurants opened, new housing units, new business start-ups, visitor…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre’s Holiday Pop-Up Shops end successful season

i Dec 23rd 2018

BY Dan Stokes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city’s downtown has been a hot bed for shoppers seeking gifts for the holiday season since Thanksgiving. Local businesses have displayed their services, goods and products at The Midtown Village, located at 41 S. Main St., for the past five weekends, generating buzz for their brands….Read More→

WB council approves parking deal and renewal of downtown business district

i Dec 21st 2018

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — City council Thursday approved a parking deal over the objections of downtown workers who said an existing lease guarantees them the same spots in the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Facility that are now going to others. The two-year deal commits 722 spaces, or almost all of…Read More→

F.M. Kirby Center on worldwide top 100 sales list

i Dec 18th 2018

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is one of the top 100 theaters in the world, according to one measuring system. Pollstar, the main trade publication for the concert touring industry, says the Wilkes-Barre theater is ranked at number 93 out of theaters worldwide based…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre area in focus for efforts to improve transit, walkability

i Dec 9th 2018

By Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Local entities including the Luzerne County Transportation Authority, the Diamond City Partnership and LiveWell Luzerne (a YMCA program) have earned the praise of a national nonprofit for their efforts to promote public transit and walkability in Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. Oregon-based America Walks spotlighted greater Wilkes-Barre as…Read More→

Painting a ‘Window Wonderland’ in W-B

i Dec 4th 2018

By Denisse Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Artist Wayne Branham painted the windows in front of The Citizens’ Voice building on North Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre on Monday for the holidays. He also painted windows at Frederick Dental Group and Butler Eye Care on South Main Street and Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Public…Read More→

Holiday Pop-Up Shops kick off five-week run in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Nov 24th 2018

By  Dan Stokes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If you’re walking in the downtown area and looking to do some holiday shopping, you now have the option of popping in at a pop-up. The Midtown Village located at 41 S. Main St. is again serving as home for the Holiday Pop-Up Shops, which proved successful…Read More→

Pop-up shop event set for Saturday in W-B

i Nov 21st 2018

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the new pop-up shops opening in Midtown Village in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The event kicks off Small Business Saturday in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The day of events is being coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber…Read More→