Downtown in the News

Newman: Downtown Wilkes-Barre on a positive trajectory

i Apr 28th 2019

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — To appreciate just how far downtown Wilkes-Barre’s revitalization efforts have come, all you need to do is to remember what it looked like in the year 2000. “By then, we had been hemorrhaging businesses for almost two decades,” said Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City…Read More→

Wyoming Valley Art LeagueBringing art, culture to the community

i Apr 28th 2019

BY Geri Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE – The Wyoming Valley Art League has served as an asset to the community for more than 60 years, providing benefits that go far beyond simply the appreciation of fine arts hanging on its wall, but also in community outreach, performance art and the written word. The organization…Read More→

Circles on the Square: A Public Square staple since 1985

i Apr 28th 2019

By Ed Lewis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader  WILKES-BARRE — Circles on the Square has mainly stayed the same with its crazy and delicious offerings while outside, Public Square has seen many changes since the delicatessen and emporium opened nearly 35 years ago. Nestled behind a table in the back kitchen doing paper work next to a…Read More→

At 130, still a vital resource

i Apr 28th 2019

By Marcella Kester, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader The Osterhout Free Library truly defines the phrase “something for everyone.” The library opened its doors on Jan. 29, 1889, as one of the first libraries in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s named after real estate mogul Isaac Smith Osterhout, who funded much of its inception through his estate following his…Read More→

Residents upbeat about living downtown

i Apr 28th 2019

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Eileen Kenyon walks the walk and talks the talk about the downtown. It’s home to the 73-year-old retiree and has almost everything she needs. “I always swore I would come back,” Kenyon said. She returned to her birthplace 10 years ago after working in New Jersey and…Read More→

Live bands will perform at free River Common concert series in July, Pedri announces

i Apr 3rd 2019

By Jennifer Learn-Andes , Wilkes-Barre times Leader Luzerne County will be holding a free evening concert series at the county-owned River Common recreation area the last three Fridays in July featuring yet-to-be-named bands, county Manager C. David Pedri said Wednesday. The performers will be both local and national bands, possibly “professional quality tribute bands,” similar…Read More→

Jones acquires former GUARD buildings on South River Street

i Apr 1st 2019

By Bill O’Boyle,  Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Local entrepreneur Kristopher B. Jones Monday said he is focused on making the city a tech hub. “It’s an ambitious goal, but I believe the model I have works,” Jones said. Jones announced the acquisition of properties located at 16 and 24 South River St., formerly owned…Read More→

Irem Temple Restoration Project takes ownership of historic building

i Mar 29th 2019

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader   WILKES-BARRE — At a closing Friday afternoon, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Partnership’s Wilkes-Barre Development Corp. officially transferred ownership of the Irem Temple building on North Franklin Street to the Irem Temple Restoration Project. The “price” for the transfer was $1, said Christian Wielage, chairman of the restoration committee. Wico…Read More→

Wilkes grad bringing apartments, vegan cafe to downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Mar 21st 2019

BY Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — For all Jason Griggs has been doing to develop a building on South Main Street, he’s quick to give others credit. The Wilkes University graduate and trustee plugged his school, the city, the tenants and the contractors working on the project to convert a vacant property into…Read More→

Katana to close after 27 years in downtown W-B

i Mar 12th 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizzens Voice WILKES-BARRE —  Japanese restaurant Katana will close June 1 after 27 years in business in downtown Wilkes-Barre, one of the owners said Tuesday. Teresa Ei, who owns the restaurant with her husband Takeshi Ei and partner Naoto Suzuki, said they are retiring. “It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re going to…Read More→