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Downtown in the News

Hub of Wilkes-Barre’s Art Walk to be ‘Art Block’ on South Main Street

i Apr 20th 2018

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Just as New York City has SoHo and Paris has Montmartre, now Wilkes-Barre has the second block of South Main Street. Not that the second block hasn’t been there for decades, but organizers of the city’s Third Friday Art Walk have designated the area, bordered by…Read More→

Live-music setting opens in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Apr 14th 2018

By Marcella Kester, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — A new live-music venue opened its doors to the masses Saturday night, hoping to make a lasting impression on the Wyoming Valley. By 7 p.m., Karl Hall — on North Main Street next to 5-7-0 Tattooing — had a line of patrons of all ages eagerly waiting…Read More→

Program offers help for vets seeking to start small businesses

i Apr 12th 2018

By By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Allen Raczkowski wants to create the world’s largest youth wrestling facility in Wilkes-Barre and the Army veteran is looking for ideas on where to seek help. That’s why Raczkowski and 19 other military veterans attended Thursday’s “Operation Boots to Business” program at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s…Read More→

LCTA project delayed, but could begin by early summer

i Apr 6th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Assuming there are no Native American artifacts in the soil of the former Murray complex on Pennsylvania Avenue, there could be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Luzerne County Transportation Authority’s new headquarters by early summer. If something historical is found beneath the surface of the Murray property,…Read More→

Wilkes University buys new property in city for $600K

i Apr 5th 2018

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University has purchased Dr. John “Jack” Consalvo’s property at 182 S. Franklin St. for $600,000, according to a property transfer in Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds office. Wilkes University spokeswoman Gabrielle D’Amico said an opportunity came up to purchase the property in the heart of the…Read More→

Pepperjam to lay off 20 percent of staff

i Mar 28th 2018

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Internet marketing company Pepperjam is laying off 20 percent of staff at its six offices, including its headquarters in the Innovation Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, company spokeswoman Tara Siegel said. Siegel could not provide a specific number of employees losing their jobs in Wilkes-Barre, but she said…Read More→

Hundreds participate in area Easter egg hunts

i Mar 25th 2018

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice  WILKES-BARRE — Hundreds of children and families came to Kistler Elementary School on Saturday for the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association’s first egg hunt. George Brown, president of the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association, said the association partnered with many different groups to hold the egg hunt. The groups included Shriners…Read More→

Easter Bunny, egg hunt part of Public Square festivities

i Mar 25th 2018

By Geri Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city’s annual egg hunt sponsored by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association brought hundreds of families to Public Square for a day full of fun. Kicking off Saturday’s event was the Easter Bunny’s arrival on a fire truck, with children chanting excitedly: “bunny,” “bunny,” “bunny.” The Easter…Read More→

Will the Sterling’s replacement really look like that?

i Mar 24th 2018

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Amid the traditional 19th- and 20th-century architecture of downtown Wilkes-Barre, proposed designs revealed last week for a modern mixed-use development on the former Hotel Sterling site depict a project that’s bound to stand out. The question is how much. Renderings prepared for Wilkes-Barre-based Gateway Center Associates show…Read More→

Mediterranean cuisine headed to downtown W-B

i Mar 23rd 2018

By BOB KALINOWSKI , Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Another ethnic eatery is coming to “restaurant row” in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Istanbul Grill is set to open at 40 S. Main St. and will replace Oz’s Pizza. The restaurant, which will feature Turkish and Mediterranean food, is slated to open in the next few weeks, an employee said….Read More→