Arena, Boscov’s Among Suitors For State Redevelopment Funds

More than 300 groups from across the state are lining up to get a piece of the $125 million available for Pennsylvania redevelopment projects.

Those requesting funding include the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, which wants to upgrade Mohegan Sun Arena.

The competition is stiff in this recently streamlined state program — called the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program — with funding requests totaling 10 times the available grant money.

Gov. Tom Wolf will decide which projects receive grants in the fall.

Read more:

http://citizensvoice.com/news/arena-boscov-s-among-suitors-for-state-redevelopment-funds-1.1890479

Progress 2015: Wilkes-Barre, Pittston Lead Charge In Revamping Downtown Ecomomic Atmosphere

Shopping outside from store to store has almost become a thing of the past in some areas. But don’t tell that to downtowns in the Wyoming Valley, especially Wilkes-Barre and Pittston.

Downtown shopping in both communities is thriving thanks to the advancements each city has made over the past several years. Couple that with the excitement and enthusiasm of business owners and residents and youv’e got a recipe for success. The success in downtown Wilkes-Barre starts with Public Square.

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association President John Mayday, who is a resident of South Wilkes-Barre and does all of his shopping in the downtown area, said the excitement and enthusiasm is something he hasn’t seen before. And it can only get better, he said.

“New businesses are constantly moving in,” he said. “Our mission is to create the opportunities for our customers and residents to come downtown. They’re been absolutely well-received by the public.”

Read more:

http://www.timesleader.com/news/business-home_top-local-news/152539268/Downtowns-looking-up

Could The Mall At Steamtown Reinvent Itself With An Open-Air Market Atmosphere?

SCRANTON, PA — The Mall at Steamtown hasn’t exactly been running at full power lately.

But a couple of brothers have gone to social media to pitch an idea to put more firepower in the ailing mall, and the public is starting to take notice.

Scranton natives Michael Boyd and his brother George think creating a marketplace similar to the long-standing Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia could be the key to the city’s revitalization.

The downward spiral of the once-vibrant downtown mall has been apparent in recent years. A walk through the two-story structure on Lackawanna Avenue last week showed 47 active store fronts and 23 shuttered ones.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/business/151922265/

Tinseltown: First Night Scranton Returns With Hollywood Theme

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scranton will roll out the red carpet to welcome the new year.

First Night Scranton will once again keep the city’s downtown abuzz on New Year’s Eve with live music, family-friendly activities and fireworks, and this time it will do so with Hollywood-style flair.

“It’s our 15th anniversary, so I thought, well, you know what? We’ve got to do something big,” said Paige Balitski, one of the event organizers. “What’s bigger than Hollywood? It’s fun. You can play off of movie stars and films.”

The different activities taking place throughout the night will touch on the Hollywood theme, with musicians set to perform movie themes and love songs and other activities drawing inspiration from films. Costumed characters from popular movies will greet guests, for instance, Ms. Baltiski said.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/lifestyles/tinseltown-first-night-scranton-returns-with-hollywood-theme-1.1606227

Boscov’s To Open Pair Of Stores

The southwest entrance facade of Woodbridge Mall.

The southwest entrance facade of Woodbridge Mall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boscov’s Department Store said Thursday that it will open two new department stores, one in New Jersey and one in Maryland, over the next year and a half.

A planned 180,000-square-foot store in New Jersey’s Woodbridge Center mall, Woodbridge, will open in August 2013, while Maryland’s White Marsh Mall will get a 197,000-square-foot store in November, according to a Boscov’s news release.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=386979

Gallery School Of Pottstown Fundraiser Travels To Venice For Carnival

Pottstown, PA – The non-profit Gallery School of Pottstown will hold its signature fundraiser on March 31 from 6 – 9pm at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown.  The theme for Fashion Plates 6 is Carnival in Venice.

This annual fundraiser returns to its roots as an evening, couples-friendly event.  Guests will enjoy amazing food, an unlimited signature cocktail and wonderful entertainment.  Community members will model in a fabulous fashion show, sponsored by Boscov’s Department Stores.  A magician, a harpist and more will entertain guests during the cocktail hour and as they browse the silent auction.  Every guest will also be eligible for fun door prizes.

The food for the evening will begin with an antipasti bar during the cocktail hour.  Guests can enjoy the unlimited signature cocktail, or take advantage of the cash bar.  Dinner will be a deluxe salad bar, a beef station with chef-carved top round of beef, and a pasta station with smoked mozzarella and roasted red pepper ravioli with plum tomato and pesto cream sauce, and penne tossed with sautéed julienne peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a parmesan marinara sauce.  After dinner, guests can enjoy a variety of delectable desserts.  All proceeds benefit the mission of the non-profit Gallery School: to enrich the lives of the residents in the greater Pottstown area through the visual arts.

This event is generously sponsored by VIST Financial, Unlimited Restoration Specialists, Inc., and Boscov’s Department Stores.  Table sponsors include Boenning & Scattergood, Inc., Independence Planning Group, Heartland Abstract, Inc., Dolan & Mayerson, P.C., Sager & Sager, J.H. White Financial, Creative Health Services and Your Claim to Frame.  Entertainment sponsors include Pete La Rosa Productions; 513 Entertainment; Betsy Chapman, Harpist; and Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly.

The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and gallery.  The School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages.  The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence.  The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists.  The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The Gallery on High is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.  The Gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
 
 The Gallery School of Pottstown
@Gallery on High
254 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-326-2506
www.galleryonhigh.org

Hershey Chocolate Fest 2012 – Sunday, January 29th

Sample tastes of mostly chocolate creations by area confectioners, restaurants, hotels and caterers. Enjoy the live entertainment, silent auction, children’s activities and the impressive cake competition.

Location
HERSHEY Lodge
West Chocolate Ave. & University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

Reception and Sessions Schedule

Premiere Reception
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$50.00

Session #1
1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Session #2
3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session Ticket Prices
$20.00 in advance
$25 at the door (as available)
Children 5-12, $5.00

Events
• Host: Jere Gish, WGAL 8, WINK 104
• Tastes of Chocolate
• Silent Auction
• Entertainment
• Children’s Activities

How to Purchase Tickets

By Phone
717-232-7509

In Person
Boscov’s (at select locations)
The Hershey Lodge
Giant Food Stores (at select locations)
Metro Bank

Chocolate Fest benefits Keystone Human Services: http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/

City Of Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade, Saturday, November 19th

Christmas in the post-War United States

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If you love Christmas, and all things associated with it, the place to be tomorrow is Wilkes-Barre.  Saturday, November 19th is the Wilkes-Barre Christmas parade plus a fun-filled day of holiday activities in the city.  The best part of all is that it is FREE!

The fun starts at 10am with the showing of A Christmas Story at Movies 14, downtown.  If you bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots, you get in FREE!

From noon until 1pm, you can enjoy a free Christmas concert by the King’s College Cantores Christi Regis Singers in the lobby of the Ramada, also downtown.

At 12:30pm, for those who aren’t in the mood for a concert, there is Storytelling at Barnes & Noble.  You can meet Mrs. Claus and enjoy a Christmas story.

At 1:30pm there is a concert at the F.M. Kirby Center.  The YOUniveristy Suzuki Strings will be playing in the lobby.  Come out and show your support for these young people!

At 2:00pm there is a Christmas Carol sing-a-long on Public Square.

From 2:00pm until 6pm there will be holiday face painting on Public  Square.   That will cost you $5.00 per face 🙂

At 3:15pm the main event begins.   The Christmas Parade featuring Santa, floats, music and tons of fun begins at South and S. Main Street.  There are four divisions this year.

Immediately after the parade, there will be a tree lighting ceremony on Public Square.  There will be photos with Santa for $5.00 to benefit Valley Santa, courtesy of Boscov’s.  There will also be complimentary (free) hot chocolate from the Salvation Army and the Wilkes-Barre Lion’s Club.

The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association sponsored a window decorating contest this year (Window Wonderland) and over 40 businesses have decorated their windows to add even more holiday spirit to this year’s event!

It’s Christmas time in the city!

Boscov’s Names New Vice Chairman

Boscov’s Chairman and CEO Albert Boscov made an announcement today appointing Jim Boscov as Vice Chairman of Boscov’s Department Stores.  The promotion ensures that the 39-store chain will remain a family business.  Jim holds a master’s degree from Tufts University and started with Boscov’s in 1975 as an assistant store manager.

Albert Boscov said he has no plans to retire but wants to assure employees and business partners that “Boscov’s will remain Boscov’s for many years to come.”

Boscov’s is a Reading, PA-based department store chain founded in 1911.  Boscov’s is one of the last family-owned department store chains left in the United States.  Boscov’s successfully fought off bankruptcy in a little more than one year and has emerged strong. 

For a listing of Boscov’s store locations:

http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations.html

GALLERY SCHOOL OF POTTSTOWN AND BOSCOV’S PARTNER FOR 5TH ANNUAL FASHION PLATES FUNDRAISER

Pottstown, PA – Spring is here, which means that it is time once again to join the Gallery School of Pottstown as they host their annual Fashion Plates fundraiser on Sunday, April 10th, from 1-4 pm at Brookside Country Club.  Now in its 5th year, the theme of this year’s event is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and promises to be a fabulous time for all who attend.

“As always, we are happy to hold our Fashion Plates fundraiser at Brookside Country Club,” said Cathy Paretti, Gallery Director and co-founder of the Gallery School.  “We are also extremely excited to be working with Boscov’s for this year’s show.  The Gallery School and Boscov’s have fostered a tremendous working relationship, and we are thrilled that they will be on hand to showcase their fantastic styles at our biggest fundraising event of the year.”

Tickets are $60 and include appetizers, lunch, dessert, the fashion show, and an endless supply of Tiffany Punch, this year’s signature drink.  Magical Sight and Sound will provide music for the afternoon, and the Remi from High Street Ballroom will be on hand to present a dance demonstration.  There will also be door prizes and a silent auction running throughout the show.  To purchase tickets, please visit www.galleryonhigh.com, or stop by the Gallery on High at 254 High Street.

The Gallery School of Pottstown is a non-profit organization that aims to provide an excellent education in the arts to both the youth and adults of our community. Our instructors are all professional artists who limit class size for more individualized instruction. We help students to foster their creativity and develop their talents for both their personal enrichment and as a foundation for advanced studies in the arts. The school also offers an after-school program for children in our community, as well as an art camp that runs through the summer and on no school days during the school year.  For more information on the Gallery School of Pottstown please visit www.galleryonhigh.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FASHION PLATES PLEASE CONTACT:

Cathy Paretti

610-326-2505

254 High Street

Pottstown, PA 19464

cathy@galleryonhigh.com

Could Granite Run Mall Be The Next Entry On DeadMalls.com?

The logo of Simon Property Group.

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Granite Run Mall, just outside of Media, Delaware County is slowly dying.  Empty stores and few shoppers is not a good sign of things to come.  Simon Property Group Inc. and Macerich Co. are the owners of Granite Run Mall.

Granite Run Mall may be up for a short sale or a take over by its lender because of a very late $115 million mortgage payment.  Simon appears to have lost interest in dumping more money into the mall.  Malls across America are struggling as consumers have turned to strip malls, outlet malls and big box retail complexes.  If Granite Run fails, it will be the largest mall to be sold or forfeited to a lender since the current recession started. 

Granite Run is a two-level, super-regional mall with 1,033,000 square feet of retail space.  The three anchor stores are JC Penney, Sears and Boscov’s.  Kohl’s is located outside the mall, along the perimeter, to make a fourth large department store at the mall complex.  The mall opened in 1974 and was remodeled in 1984 and 1994.