Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gifted Gardener, Great Lady and Even Greater Friend passes away

Hello all,
Most of you have heard that Bernadette Cozart passed away this week...I figured I'd get something posted on her memorial service this Saturday -- we invite whoever would like to come and celebrate Bernie's life. There will be a reception following the service -- please feel free to bring a plate.

The service is Saturday, 11am, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 930 N. 4th Street, #101 (the Silkwerks building).

A future post will commemorate Bernie and mark her contributions to 7th Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. For now, see the Morning Call's obituary, and a segment from Channel 69 News.

An excerpt from the Morning Call obituary

Bernadette Cozart, a gifted gardener who won international recognition for founding the Greening of Harlem, passed away suddenly on July 27, 2009. A transplanted New Yorker, Bernie was an active, prolific volunteer and community leader. Most recently, Bernie was unanimously elected Design Chair of the Seventh Street Development Committee and served two years as president of the Allentown Garden Club. Survivors: Bernie is survived by her partner of 17 years Kathleen Kapila, her many friends and community partners. Services: A celebration of Bernadettes life will be held on Saturday, August 1 at 11 a.m. in Metropolitan Community Church, 930 N 4th St #10, Allentown, PA 18102-1881, (610) 709-8800. Arrangements, Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: Contributions may be made to Lehigh Gap Nature Center, PO Box 198, Slatington PA 18080, (610) 760-8889, Mr. Dan Kunkle.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Sign for Hosanna Shoppe

Hosanna Shoppe, the relatively new Christian gift shop at 415 N. 7th, just got a tasteful new sign. The sign is the last piece of a major facelift for the whole building, courtesy of Pete Lewnes and his 7th Street Development Committee facade grant program.

hello all - pete's a before shot. When we pulled the failing stucco off the building there was almost no mortar left between the bricks. This building is owned by Heber and Elsa Silva - the live upstairs and run the shop...we need more owners like this in Allentown!
thanks Jeff for the posting!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Facade at Casa Latina

Casa Latina's makeover is complete, with the installation yesterday of the classic awning. Casa has long been the city's best Puerto Rican and Dominican eatery, but cramped quarters and garish signage had kept some away. Now there's no excuse.

Pete Again...a Before...

and an almost After...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New bike shop opens on 7th Street


I heard a rumor about a new bike shop on 7th Street, which I dismissed as wishful hearing. But there it was, on the 100 block--open on July 4th: Madera Bicycle, at 45 N. 7th. I have an old bike I have been meaning to dig out and return to the streets, so I stopped by later in the afternoon. The owner, Juan Madera, had been part-owner of a Manhattan bike shop for 20 years, he said. (A photo of him and Jennifer Lopez is on the wall, complete with a bike he says he fixed for her.) He's extremely nice, and tuned up my bike (and replaced inner tube) in just one day--for only $50.

Madera Bicycle
45 N. 7th St.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Outdoor seating comes to La Mexican Grill


The outdoor seating renaissance on 7th Street has reached La Mexicana Grill, the dean of Allentown Mexican cuisine at 7th and Gordon St.