The Morning Callreports that the city of Allentown received a $499,100 award for pedestrian lighting improvements along Seventh Street.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
WFMZ's cameras captured Seventh Street's St. Luke's Lutheran Church live nativity:
The story of Christmas was brought to life at an event in Allentown.
Folks were treated to a live nativity at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on 7th Street Sunday afternoon.
The display featured alpacas, goats and burros, that were all brought in from a local farm.
This is the first year the church put together the live nativity.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Mastermind Steve is looking for actors to round out his cast of ghouls and unknown things that will bump in the dark. Actors need to be 18+ years old and unafraid to make people scream. Some acting experience preferred but not necessary. The fun will begin at 4pm and continue until 9pm.
If this is you, contact Kathleen Kapila for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 610-433-5703.
The Day of the Dead Festival is on October 30, 2010.
Monday, October 11, 2010
A pair of adjacent, well-loved Seventh Street eateries---Winston's (619) and Ecua Atlantic Seafood (621)---have just begun their own facade makeovers. Now stripped of their homely siding, the two restaurants will get the full Peter Lewnes treatment over the next month or so.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Save the date for the first annual Day of The Dead Festival:
---Saturday Oct 30th from 5pm to 9pm.
Come celebrate this traditional festival where we pay tribute to our ancestors.
There will be a haunted house, vendors selling cool stuff, palm readers and spiritual advisors all along the street. We will have a salsa tasting, music, and lots of great food from the restaurants on 7th Street! Come join us and have some scary fun!
If you are a vendor and would like to reserve a spot - call Sharon Smith at 610-433-5703.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The mobile phone provider metroPCS is opening a store at 529 N. Seventh, between Liberty and Allen Streets. The space has been vacant (with the occasional temp agency) for the eight years I've lived off Seventh---one of the last vacant storefronts left on the three-block stretch from the 400 to 600 blocks of Seventh.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Since mid-June, the thousands of commuters and sidewalk-bound pedestrians have enjoyed the newest addition to Seventh Street: the Kiosk Garden. Vibrant flower beds, surrounded by wrought-iron enclosures--between the old Sears building and the Little Apple market on the 600 block. Enjoy...
A team of volunteers will be planting today and the planters should be out by this weekend - if you'd like to help - and we can always use your help, please call Kathleen Kapila at 610-433-5703.
The BAUM School is hosting a photo exhibition of this project starting Thursday, July 8 from 6-8 PM which is open to all.
The planters will be placed in front of storefronts along the 7th Street corridor to continue the greening of 7th Street projects. Along with the 18 planters last year, 7th Street has planted 36 new shade trees and planted a kiosk garden near Little Apple Supermarket this year.
Special thanks to KNBT Bank and PPL for providing funding for this project. To find out more on what's happening on 7th, look us up at www.7thstreetallentown.org or find us on facebook.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The kids and I had a fabulous time at the 7th Street Community Festival on Saturday. The festival, held in the St. Luke's Church parking lot, was well-attended. Snakes and rodents of unusual size were on display from the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Face-painting, a water tunnel, the requisite bouncy castle: It was all there.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Morning Call's story on the new Main Street manager for Hamilton Street cites Seventh Street as the city's model:
The Main Street program has proven successful on Allentown's Seventh Street, which earned the designation in 2006. The once-gritty corridor now is bustling with the business of shoppers and diners. Storefront vacancies went from 40 percent in 2005 to 5 percent today, said Peter Lewnes, manager of the Seventh Street Main Street program. In securing the program for Hamilton Street, officials hope to mimic that success.
"It is very critical to have somebody to market and push the downtown," Mayor Ed Pawlowski said after the news conference. "We have had individuals off and on being able to focus on the area from their citywide duties as well, but we have not had one concerted effort focusing on Hamilton Street in many years."
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Happy Garden, the excellent Chinese restaurant at Seventh and Liberty, is getting a new sign and street-level facade makeover. (The Liberty-facing brick paint and Seventh-facing upper-floor facade work was completed last year.)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Owner Anthony Rodriguez is ready and willing filling out orders and has the most gorgeous arrangments going out the door. If you haven't already ordered your flowers or forgot your sweetheart...it's not too late!
Call Paradise Floral at 610-433-2305!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
There will be a chance to meet your neighbors, hear a review of all the exciting things that have accomplished on 7th this past year and learn about what's in store for 2010 and how you can get involved.
Plus there will be yummy food from a few of the great restaurants on 7th and raffle prizes!
Please come for a bit...we'd all love to meet you.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here's Peter Lewnes, quoted in a Morning Call article from January 3rd:
Peter Lewnes, manager of Allentown's Seventh Street Development Committee, attributes Emmaus' success in part to its attractive storefronts and low vacancy rate -- the more occupied shops a town has, the more other business owners are apt to move in.... "We went from a 40 percent vacancy rate [on Seventh Street] to about 100 percent occupied,'' Lewnes said. ''In this economy there has been a lot of forward movement.'' He said there has been a push for years to create a similar program along the Hamilton Street corridor, but funding for that has not been available.
And today, from Michael Molovinsky's blog:
Peter Lewnes has been doing an excellent job of filling in the gaps on 7th Street, and applying facade grants in a seemingly appropriate way. On Saturdays one is hard pressed to find a parking space. I believe that his enthusiasm, and a growing community's ambition, has finally awakened 7th Street from a long sleep.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
thank you to all the merchants and residents that participated in making 7th Street sparkle with holiday decorations this year!
our tree - newly planted and sustainable...it will grow as 7th Street continues it's growth!