By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
WILKES-BARRE — Two popular Lackawanna County businesses are expanding and opening new locations in a historic building in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Electric City Tattoo, which has a location in Scranton, opened in the Alleghany Lofts building at 94-96 S. Main St.
Loyalty Barbershop, which has locations in Scranton and Archbald, will open Tuesday in the building renovated by D&D Realty.
Electric City Tattoo is well-known for holding an annual tattoo convention at the Hilton in downtown Scranton.
“We have a lot of clientele from this area who travel to Scranton from here so it just seemed to make sense to open here,” said Nick Frenchko, a Kingston resident who owns Electric City Tattoo with his brother, Mike Frenchko, as well as Elijah Birtel and Michael Wodock.
Anthony Ranella, who owns Loyalty Barbershop with James Simon and Brian Nardella, also said clients travel from Luzerne County to Lackawanna County to get haircuts at their business.
They like the downtown Wilkes-Barre location on the second block of South Main Street.
D&D Realty purchased the Alleghany Building in 2015 and spent $1.75 million developing it into retail space and 16 apartments.
According to history provided by D&D Realty co-founder Nick Dye, the Alleghany Building was constructed in 1912 by local businessman Dorrance Reynolds as an investment apartment building with rental commercial space on the lower two floors. The building, a former hotel, was designed by the Wilkes-Barre architectural firm of Pettebone & Ireland, who were best known as industrial architects. Ireland went on to serve as an architect for Wilkes-Barre area schools and designed elementary schools as well as GAR and Meyers High School.
Since Electric City Tattoo and Loyalty Barbershop have been successful in Scranton and have customers from Luzerne County, Dye said, “We’re really excited that we were able to attract them to our space.”
In addition to Electric City Tattoo and Loyalty Barbershop, a small marketing business called Even More Business Group is located in the retail space in the building.
Roedie Umana, a sales representative for Even More Business Group, said he was excited when he saw Electric City and Loyalty Barbershop are opening next to his business.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about them,” Umana said. “I see Electric City Tattoo work everywhere and their work is awesome. I need a haircut so hopefully when they open, I could get a haircut.”
Electric City Tattoo will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A piercer is available as well as four tattoo artists.
Loyalty Barbershop has three barbers and an apprentice and will be open Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.