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RE:find joins Downtown Easton

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http://refindeaston.com/

RE:find, the newest addition to Downtown Easton’s bustling retail environment, can be found at 437 Northampton Street.

Owner Ron Susser and store manager Jon Clark planned a daylong celebration to kick off the opening on Saturday, July 20, 2013, which highlighted the work of Pablo Molgora, the first artist to be featured in the gallery at RE:find.

RE:find focuses primarily on environmentally responsible and sustainably sourced home furnishings and gifts. They bring in companies they have worked with in the past, including Bill Kreider whose Bethlehem Steel and foundry pattern furniture has been very popular in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

An upholstered furniture company from Montreal that belongs to the Sustainable Furnishings Council and specializes in environmentally responsible furniture is also featured.

During the summer, RE:find will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays with an extended two hours, until 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 610-829-1313 or visit refindeaston.com


Businesses are booming in downtown Easton

22 new businesses have opened in 1st 5 months of 2013

Author: 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com

Published: Jun 11 2013 01:30:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 02:13:29 PM EDT

EASTON, Pa. – As many downtowns are dying, one Northampton city is seeing a revitalization boom in its downtown.

In the first five months of 2013, 22 new businesses have opened in downtown Easton.

According to the Easton Main Street Initiative, a volunteer-driven revitalization program, nine additional businesses plan to open in the coming months.

These new businesses include restaurants, retail and service businesses, which are creating 80 full-time-equivalent jobs.

This is a huge growth spurt, since only 26 new businesses opened during the entire calendar year of 2012.

Downtown Easton, which is defined as the area from Rt. 22 south to Washington Street and Larry Holmes Drive west to Sixth Street, has seen a resurgence in the business district over the last several years.

Easton Main Street Manager Kim Kmetz credits several key components to cultivating the business growth:

“We’ve seen more people living in the downtown and the addition of 100+ market-rate apartments. The City’s “Clean & Safe” initiatives and the Easton Ambassador Program has proven to make the town more attractive and welcoming. The Easton Farmers’ Market draws 2,500-4,000 visitors every week and the newly remodeled Crayola Experience anticipates 450,000 people every year. We are the restaurant capital of the Lehigh Valley. People are taking notice of Easton and businesses are saying, ‘Hey, I want to be a part of that scene,’” added Kmetz.

The 31 newly opened businesses are:

As Is, 431 Northampton St.
Bank Street Studio, 7 N. Bank St.
Batuque, 152 Northampton St.
Briva Coffee, 526 Northampton St.
Cooper & Cole Insurance, 64 N. Third St.
Crayton’s Creations, 249 Northampton St.
Downtown Dawgs, 77 N. Fourth St.
Downtown Shoe Repair, 116 S. Third St.
Easton Hospital Community Care Center, Pine St.
Elite Boutique, 21 S. Second St.
FGI Agency, 22 N. Fourth St.
Frozenlandia, 24 Centre Square
j.morgan salon and home, 252 SpringGarden St.
Lift Yoga Studio, 54 S. SecondSt.
Q&D Income Tax, 158B Northampton St.
S&K Creations, 345 Ferry St.
Susan Kolar Couture, 400 Northampton St.
Swaye Boutique, 14 N. Third St.
Sydlexstyles, 353 Ferry St.
Treasure Chest Thrift Boutique, 466 Northampton St.
Used Grooves, 401 Northampton St.
Vizion, 355 Ferry St.

The nine new businesses that plan to open soon:

3rd & Ferry Seafood, S. Third St.
Cheeburger Cheeburger, 336 Northampton St.
Coal Fired Pizza & Pub, 1 Lehn’s Court
Downtown Laundromat, 527 Northampton St.
For the Birds, 121 N. Third St.
Get Free Mobile, 135 Northampton St.
Mellow Hookah Lounge, 17 S. Third St.
PT Center, LLC, Pine St.
RE:find, 467 Northampton St.

Source: WFMZ News http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/businesses-are-booming-in-downtown-easton/-/132502/20513884/-/vr9qftz/-/index.html


Easton Main Street Initiative receives national recognition

By: Colin McEvoy | The Express-Times

A nonprofit organization that aims to enhance Easton‘s central business district has received national recognition for the sixth straight year.

The Easton Main Street Initiative was accredited by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Out of 61 communities considered, the Easton initiative was one of 25 in Pennsylvania to be accredited this year by the center, according to its acting director, Valecia Crisafulli.

“Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable,” Crisafulli said.

Kim Kmetz, the Easton initiative’s main street manager, said she is proud of the accreditation, which she said shows the organization is on the right track for continued success in revitalizing Downtown Easton.

“The slow, steady and impactful changes we have been making over the last seven years have helped to make this downtown a place that people now want to use as their ‘third place,’ after home and work,” Kmetz said.

The Easton Main Street Initiative was chosen based on several accomplishments, such as downtown beautification projects that resulted in more than 100 plantings, three artist-designed bike racks and a 107-foot Lafayette Hotel mural.

Other accomplishments include the launching of a Downtown Easton mobile app, and its marketing efforts that included the printing of 50,000 maps and guides, according to the center.

The Easton Main Street Initiative also organized 19 summer music concerts at the Riverside Amphitheatre and Centre Square through three concert series: Live in the Square, Live at Riverside and Tunes at Noon.

The initiative logged 1,557.5 volunteer hours in 2012. At a value of $21.25 per hour, that means about $33,100 was given back to the community, according to the center.

“This accreditation means so much to the volunteers who continue to work diligently with the staff to take all of the fresh ideas, transform them into well thought-out plans and ultimately, successful events and projects,” Kmetz said.

The Easton Main Street Initiative is a subsidiary of the Greater Easton Development Partnership.

The center uses evaluation criteria to identify communities building comprehensive revitalization efforts. Evaluation standards include forming strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings.

 

Contact reporter Colin McEvoy at 610-258-7171 ex. 3631 or cmcevoy@express-times.com.

Source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2013/05/easton_main_street_initiative_7.html