Rich Howells

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants have been able to reopen at 50 percent capacity this week, but some small businesses may never fully recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the shutdowns. Scranton video production company TwentyFiveEight Studios has been examining the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this industry and how mitigation was handled […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

After stalling for months, Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday that incorporates the Save Our Stages Act, setting aside “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton entrepreneur makes deal on ‘Shark Tank,’ Click & Carry available now at Gerrity’s

Scranton entrepreneur makes deal on ‘Shark Tank,’ Click & Carry available now at Gerrity’s

Kim Meckwood holds the record for the most attempts to get on “Shark Tank.” On Friday, she proved that “persistence pays off.” In the latest episode of the ABC reality series that features entrepreneurs hoping to strike business deals, the West Scranton native pitched her hands-free Click & Carry gadget for carrying shopping bags to […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest

Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest

From a press release: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is giving away $50 a day through Friday, Dec. 25 as part of its “#SupportLackawanna: Shop Small. Shop Safe.” campaign with Lackawanna County. The giveaway is free and open to the public, and easy to enter. Participants just have to use the hashtag “#SupportLackawanna” in […]

 Rich Howells

‘Shirts for the Scene’ online store helps NEPA musicians affected by pandemic

‘Shirts for the Scene’ online store helps NEPA musicians affected by pandemic

This year has been difficult for everyone, but those in the arts and entertainment industry have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. For musicians, live streams are great, but they cannot replace concerts in front of a live audience, whether they’re trying to make a living or playing purely for the love of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort opens rage room to release the stress of 2020

Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort opens rage room to release the stress of 2020

From a press release: The owners of The Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort have announced a new addition to their unique business with the grand opening of Rage at the Factory, the area’s first rage room. Denise Ogurkis, Nicole Smith, and Nicholas Smith have expanded their presence in Luzerne County by taking over a space […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops open on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops open on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28

From a press release: The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Diamond City Partnership will officially open the new Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square. Starting this weekend, nine of these individual and socially distant shops […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Support small businesses in Luzerne County by shopping on new local website

Support small businesses in Luzerne County by shopping on new local website

From a press release: The Chambers of Commerce in Luzerne County have joined forces to create a free online platform to support local small businesses and to encourage the community to safely shop small for the holidays through the Luzerne County Local initiative, which launches on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Each year, over […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Wilkes-Barre Chamber rebrands as Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber, updates mission

Wilkes-Barre Chamber rebrands as Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber, updates mission

From a press release: Following its Annual Dinner Celebration last night, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce has revealed that it will be rebranding and changing its name to the organization’s original name – the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce. By returning to this name, the organization believes it will be truly encompassing and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

From a press release: As its nearly 3,000 members anxiously await the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, the National Independent Venue Association has announced the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to partner and fundraise through individual, corporate, and foundation donations to expand upon […]

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