Downtown in the News

12 retailers headed to downtown Wilkes-Barre for holiday ‘experiment’

i Nov 8th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader About Pop-Up Shops • The Holiday Pop-Up Shops will be open from Thursday through Saturday each week with select hours. • Complementary seasonal musical programs and other special features are being planned for Midtown Village’s central plaza throughout the Pop-Up Shops’ run. • All Pop-Up Shops will be able…Read More→

Downtown Wilkes-Barre to host holiday ‘Pop-Up Shops’ in Midtown Village

i Nov 7th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Downtown shoppers will soon see some new businesses — 12 to be exact — popping up for the holidays. At a breakfast Tuesday morning, the Diamond City Partnership, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association will announce a new center-city option for…Read More→


i Nov 6th 2017

By John Susanin, Insight Magazine As businesses continue to invest in downtown districts and people continue to move back to cities, the question becomes, does this trend trickle down to smaller cities in tertiary markets and what are they doing to create their own downtown renaissance? We spoke with business, government and economic development leaders…Read More→

W.V. Veterans Day Parade Committee plans event

i Nov 2nd 2017

By: Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice The Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee recently gathered to make plans for this year’s Veterans Day Parade to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, from Kingston corners, following Market Street to Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. The committee invites area residents of all ages to attend and show their support…Read More→

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD To Acquire Downtown Wilkes-Barre Center Building

i Nov 1st 2017


The Diamond City Partnership views Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Company’s purchase of 39 Public Square to serve as a new national headquarters for GUARD and its growing local workforce as a substantial vote of confidence in Downtown Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley.

i Nov 1st 2017


Berkshire Hathaway Guard to buy downtown building, create nearly 300 jobs

i Nov 1st 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Officials on Wednesday ended months of speculation by announcing that Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance Co. will buy the Wilkes-Barre Center office building on Public Square for its new corporate headquarters. The company will invest $10 million to create and retain more than 700 jobs in the downtown,…Read More→

Downtown Wilkes-Barre trick-or-treat event draws big crowd

i Nov 1st 2017

By Kulsoom Khan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE —A range of characters from Princess Leia to the Grim Reaper to one of the Ninja Turtles all turned up on Public Square on Tuesday. The annual Halloween Trick or Treating on Public Square was hosted by the city, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and Diamond City Partnership…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre Connect a ‘net’ gain for business community

i Oct 31st 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If you’re looking to create and retain jobs for your business and you need support services to reach those goals, Wilkes-Barre Connect is ready to help. The organization was created in early 2016 by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce to encourage and foster new entrepreneurship and…Read More→

‘Chalk’ing up good times at the River Common

i Oct 14th 2017

By Katherine Pugh , Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Riverfront Parks Committee hosted its annual ChalkFest on Saturday, an afternoon of free family-oriented activities and entertainment at the River Common. Guests were given a bucket of sidewalk chalk and cordoned off their own sections of the park to create colorful chalk illustrations. There were…Read More→