Eat. Shop. Play. Stay.
Referring to Scranton as the Electric City is a lovely way to pay homage to the city's historic past. The nickname dates back to 1886, when E.B. Sturges, president of the Suburban Street Railway in Scranton, invented the first electric trolley car in the country.
Such ingenuity. perseverance and progressive thinking served the city well in its early days, and these traits remain prevalent among today's business owners and community leaders.
"Downtown Scranton is very safe and it's manageable. There's great energy from local colleges and a lot of new businesses are opening up. It's a new downtown. It's electric. It's eclectic."
- Joshua Mast, Promotion Committee Chairperson
In conjunction with Scranton Tomorrow's Promotion Committee, boutique owners, restauranteurs and cultural ambassadors are creating a new downtown; one that honors the city's past as it progresses into a new era.
The Promotion Committee strives to position Scranton's downtown commercial district as the center of the community, and the hub of economic activity while creating a positive image that showcases Scranton's unique characteristics and diverse businesses.
The group meets quarterly to brainstorm, plan, and execute their vision to develop new traditions for a growing business district. Together they help create:
Cocktail Wars: A spring fundraiser for Scranton Tomorrow' s Downtown Scranton Business District, local pubs and restaurants compete for cash prizes in a bartender competition.
Drive-in Downtown: The Promotion Committee transforms historic Courthouse Square into an outdoor movie theater for families to enjoy free movies and popcorn. The summer movie series is a wonderful way to attract people of all ages to downtown shops and eateries.
Scranton Tomorrow's Annual Holiday Window Decorating Showcase: In the spirit of the grand window displays of downtown retailers of the past such as the Globe Store and Scranton Dry Goods, the Promotion Committee hosts a holiday window decorating showcase. An annual tradition, small businesses in downtown Scranton compete for prizes and accolades, adding to the charm in and around Courthouse Square. Here's a sample of their creativity.
Winter in the City: A fundraiser for Scranton Tomorrow, a $20 ticket includes beverages and appetizers at Posh @ the Scranton Club in January and February.
"Scranton Tomorrow has come such a long way since it started 25 years ago, and it's amazing how much the city has changed in that time, too. It's nice to see so much support from the community and see the economic development. We're all trying to make Scranton the best place it can be."
- Tony Patte, Promotion Committee Vice-Chairperson
As many as 40 businesses participate in the Promotion Committee quarterly meetings, and new businesses are always welcome. For the most up-to-date information on events and promotions, visit us on Facebook, send email, or call 570.963.5901.
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