Downtown in the News

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→

Grants will help Wilkes, King’s with projects

i Dec 22nd 2017

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University and King’s College have been awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to assist with renovations that will add more classrooms to both schools. According to state Sen. John Yudichak’s office, Wilkes will receive $1 million to upgrade its pharmacy facilities, enabling the university to…Read More→

More apartments coming to Citizens Bank building

i Dec 16th 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Forty-eight new apartments soon will be added to the 14-story Citizens Bank building on West Market Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The eighth floor of the building was already converted to 12 apartments and the additional apartments will be constructed on the fourth through seventh floors, said Michele…Read More→

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→