NEPA Scene Staff

Wilkes-Barre Chamber opens tech and multimedia THINK Center and launches Connect service

Wilkes-Barre Chamber opens tech and multimedia THINK Center and launches Connect service

From a press release: On Wednesday, April 20, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce officially opened the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center, a state-of-the-art technology workshop and multimedia center at its Innovation Center building in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “The nearly 6,000 square foot facility provides individuals with the tools and support they need to turn a concept into […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Giving away your music may not be bad business – learn from the potlatch

THE REAL GIG: Giving away your music may not be bad business – learn from the potlatch

In many Native American cultures, there was a custom called a “potlatch” ceremony. A potlatch was an event where a chief would give away all his possessions and wealth to members of the tribe. Sometimes, certain valuable items were even destroyed. The purpose of this was twofold. One, by accepting the gifts, the members of […]

 Brad Patton

Black Friday by Record Store Day brightens the season for vinyl lovers – and indie record stores

Black Friday by Record Store Day brightens the season for vinyl lovers – and indie record stores

For vinyl lovers, Black Friday is the second best day of the year. An offshoot of Record Store Day, which has been making limited-edition records available every April at independent record stores since 2008, Black Friday by Record Store Day has been coming into its own for the past four years. “We were part of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Downtown Wilkes-Barre celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 with sales, raffles, and more

Downtown Wilkes-Barre celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 with sales, raffles, and more

From a press release: The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and Diamond City Partnership have teamed up with more than a dozen businesses within downtown Wilkes-Barre in order to celebrate the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. The nationally celebrated day will offer Wilkes-Barre shoppers a chance for promotions and savings in their favorite […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The winners of the 2015 Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce SAGE Awards are…

The winners of the 2015 Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce SAGE Awards are…

From a press release: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction announced the winners for the 2015 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation, at the Chamber Gala on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at The Theater at Lackawanna College. More than 100 applications […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: The truth about streaming music and artist payouts

PUTTING IN WORK: The truth about streaming music and artist payouts

Independent musicians have to fight for every dollar, and CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux knows this well. With growing reports of artists not getting paid by streaming platforms, it’s easy to think that they aren’t a realistic revenue stream for indies. When I caught up with Tracy at the Future of Music Policy Summit in […]

 Rich Perry

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Home Yoga & Barre celebrates grand opening in West Pittston, talks fitness and karma

STRENGTH & FOCUS: Home Yoga & Barre celebrates grand opening in West Pittston, talks fitness and karma

Greetings, and thanks for reading this week’s edition of Strength & Focus. During my college years, I heard a few professors reference NEPA as “the armpit of America,” and I’m sure you’ve heard that frequent complaint: “There’s nothing to do in NEPA.” Perhaps you’ve even heard that certain streets maintain records for the abundance of […]

 Mark Uricheck

Talking bands, business, venues, and life on the road with the merch guy

Talking bands, business, venues, and life on the road with the merch guy

Full disclosure, Bob Russamano and I go back a ways. I first met Bob in 1994, when we were both incoming freshmen at King’s College. The Lehigh Valley native/current Philadelphia resident and I shared a deep love of music – something we’re still both pursuing today. As a couple of Mass Communications majors, we had […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: The gals behind the sights and scents of Alchemy Home Company in Scranton

Japhy Creative, a new Scranton media company, just released a video about another business located in the Electric City – Alchemy Home Company, a “natural potions, perfumes, and oddities” shop. Interviewing founder/owner Stacy Giovannucci throughout, the video has the feel of a short film, artistically portraying the atmosphere of the shop, which she operates with […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Do your holiday shopping with local businesses at Holiday on the Square in Scranton

Do your holiday shopping with local businesses at Holiday on the Square in Scranton

From a press release: Lackawanna County and ScrantonMade have partnered up to present the second annual Holiday on the Square, taking place Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, with over 50 participating artists and artisan vendors. Holiday on the Square […]