Originally Posted by Ex-Ithacan
"....... More residents (and demanding NYers at that) could change the whole complexion of Scrantons urban core. Art galleries, theatres, restaurants, who knows? ......"
Some of it is happening anway, it seems, without the rails:
How about this?...Palm Beach, Scottsdale, LA, NYC, Honolulu & SCRANTON???
with Philadelphian ladies inquiring too?
House Beautiful lavishes praise on city boutique
BY KRISTIN WINTERMANTEL DURKIN
Nikole Capozzi, co-owner of Lavish Skin Care, 600 Linden St., holds a copy of House Beautiful. The magazine ranked Lavish as one of the great places to shop. LINDA MORGAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Lavish Skincare is in good company.
The downtown Scranton boutique is one of 14 businesses listed in the current issue of House Beautiful magazine as great places to shop.
Besides Lavish, the list includes shops in such glamorous locales as Honolulu, Palm Beach, Fla., Scottsdale, Ariz., New York City and Los Angeles. The businesses are all featured under the heading “Here’s Where We Go To Shop To Get Happy.”
Owners Chris and Nikole Capozzi learned of their store’s selection when a copy of the magazine arrived in the mail from House Beautiful’s headquarters, along with a note that said, “Lavish makes the cut!”
It’s the first national press for the business, which opened in November 2003 in the 300 block of Spruce Street and moved to its current location, a larger space at 600 Linden Street, in September.
“It’s nice when you get recognized by people in the industry,” Mrs. Capozzi said. “It makes all the hard work mean something.”
A House Beautiful staff member contacted the Capozzis in the fall, saying someone from the magazine had recently visited the store, anonymously, during a visit to Scranton. The staffer then asked for some interior photos of the shop and for the name of its Web site (www.lavishskincare.com)
, but didn’t say why she need the information.
“She said they’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Scranton,” Mrs. Capozzi said. “It was great to be able to say (to her) that it’s not just us — look at all the other boutiques here. Downtown Scranton is really something.
She e-mailed some photos to House Beautiful, but never heard anything further until the January issue arrived in the mail.
The magazine mention has already produced some developments for the store. Mrs. Capozzi has gotten a few calls from people in Philadelphia, asking how far away Scranton is because they wanted to drive up to check out the store. And L’Occitane, a high-end skincare and fragrance line, authorized Lavish to sell its products. “(The press) makes the process of getting a new line a little easier now,” she said. “It gives a business like this precedence.”
This could be riverfront’s year
BY DAVID SINGLETON
Businessman Jerry Donahue stands on the Lackawanna Avenue Bridge, next to the former Central New Jersey Railroad depot, which he plans to renovate. LINDA MORGAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Over the past 25 years or so, Bernie McGurl has seen riverfront development proposals for downtown Scranton come and go.
“Big, throw-it-against-the-wall conceptual things” is how the Lackawanna River Corridor Association executive director describes those projects that never were.
Finally, there may be something that sticks.
Work is expected to begin this year on three intertwined projects Mr. McGurl predicts will change how people look at the downtown and the river’s place in it.
“It’s going to give us a whole new perspective,” he said.
First up will be renovation of the Central New Jersey depot on West Lackawanna Avenue. Businessman Jerry Donahue, who heads the partnership that bought the 116-year-old landmark in 2000, said the $4.45 million project is on track to start in May. Mr. Donahue plans to convert the depot into a retail and restaurant complex.
The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority also hopes to break ground for the $2.9 million Scranton Downtown Heritage Greenway, a river trail linking Seventh Avenue and Olive Street.
Bridge is a key
The last piece of the puzzle is reconstruction of the Lackawanna Avenue Bridge. The state Department of Transportation, which is administering the estimated $3 million project for the city, expects to award contracts this summer, with construction to start by the end of the year.
The bridge project is integral to the other two since the Central New Jersey station is adjacent to the span, and the greenway trail will run beneath it.
All of the participants in the three-pronged effort came together last week to smooth over last-minute glitches, including divergent timetables.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro, who facilitated the meeting, said he thought it was important to bring all the players together so there would be no further delays.
“Any project that is not moving forward is stalled, and this one wasn’t moving forward,” he said.
Mr. Donahue, who anticipates the renovation of the Central New Jersey depot will take 12 to 18 months, said the timing of the bridge reconstruction will be critical to his project.
“If PennDOT doesn’t start this bridge (this year), it’s going to create hardships for our property,” he said. “We are all going on a wing and prayer that PennDOT abides by its most recent timetable.”
PennDOT expects the bridge work to take 18 to 24 months, although the agency is shooting for the shorter time frame, spokeswoman Karen Dussinger said.
The bridge reconstruction is less of an issue for the Heritage Valley Authority since the greenway work from Olive Street to Linden Street will be tackled first, executive director Natalie Solfanelli said.
County eyes development
Mr. Cordaro said the county has more than a passing interest in what happens on the west side of the Lackawanna River. County officials are exploring “ideas and concepts” for potential residential, commercial or retail development on the east side of the river between Lackawanna Avenue and Linden Street.
But none of that is viable, Mr. Cordaro said, “until you can link to something real on the west side.”
“We really want to link the two sides of the river, but we have to do the west side of the river first.”