Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Make 7th Street Sparkle!

The Seventh Street Development Committee in partnership with Allentown's Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste, Weed and Seed and St. Luk'es Neighborhood Center to decorate 7th Street's storefronts as well as conducting a cleanup. We will also be decorating a tree in St Luke's Courtyard and having a tree lighting. We will have a live feed from The HAWK radio station with lots of Hot Apple Cider, Hot Cocoa and munchies.
The event runs this Saturday, Dec 1 from 2-5PM. We will be meeting in St. Luke's Neighborhood Center parking lot at 435 N 7th street. Please come out and be part of this special event...to volunteer, contact: Peter Lewnes, Main Street Manager at 610-433-5703.

Friday, November 16, 2007

a facade's little sneak peak

part of what makes my job so much fun is the involvement in the facade process. Here is a new sign in progress - it will be backlit blue neon and really fun for the building it's going on...take a peak at a small video of what's to come by clicking on the play arrow on the below the image.

You're never too old...

to learn something new...I had a lesson today in the difference between a stromboli and a calzone...it's all in the cheese...who knew...needlesstosay...dinner was YUMMY and delivered piping hot from 7th street's newest eatery, Sweet Italian Pizza, 535 N 7th street, 610-740-3833!

Rodrigo Lopez has the pizzas flying...
Todd Collins, City of Allentown's new One Stop Shop Coordinator, performing the all important taste test... and Carmen Lopez is amazed that the pizza isn't the only thing that's cheesy at Sweet Italian Pizza...just look at my smile getting my slice!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I've strayed...

off of 7th street...I know...I know...people didn't think it could happen. But it was for a good cause...I was dying to try Lee's Gourmet Bistro (610-432-3354) and it was worth it...They are located at 33 N 9th between Linden and Hamilton!

The food was yummy and priced right! I highly suggest the Angus burger with cheddar...coffee is Seatle's Best...another great-quality establishment in our revitalizing downtown!

here's chef and owner Lee with Lauren Giguere

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What's Sweet About 7th Street Today???

Our newest and first business to open under the Main Street program

Sweet Italian Pizza
Opening Friday, November 9th at 11AM

With a menu that includes not only 23 types of pizza (I for one am trying the alfredo pizza first), Sweet Italian Pizza carries Stromboli & Calzones, Hot Sandwiches, Cold and Hot Subs, Steak Subs, Dinners, a whole list of Healthy Salads, Soup, Wraps - and the list goes on and on. If you'd like to have a menu faxed - please email your fax number to

Talking Trash...receptacles that is

Something new in the works for 7th street are trash receptacles. In a continuation of the Seventh Street Development Committee and the city of Allentown's efforts to keep Allentown beautiful and litter free, new trash receptacles are being purchased for the business cooridor.
We are happy to announce that 7th street has received a grant from Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful. Additional funding has come from the 4 C's Neighborhood Association, Weed and Seed and the City of Allentown. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and manager of Allentown's Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste Ann Saurman accepted a $5,000 grant check from Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful.
The receptacles that were selected are full-sized, in a historic black-emerald color that will fit into the new streetscape and have a look and feel of historic Allentown.

Old Allentown will also be purchasing 26 of these trash receptacles which is offer a continuity of design through our designated Elm and Main Street Communities.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Governor at Lo Baido's Tuesday

Gov. Rendell will be at Lo Baido’s, the adored (by me) Italian restaurant at 8th and Liberty, at 2pm on Tuesday to announce a $2 million grant. The grant will help pay for the mayor’s plan to buy up 40 blighted apartment buildings in the Old Allentown neighborhood, to de-convert, renovate, and sell to home-owners.