December 12, 2016 / There’s a lot of holiday hustle and bustle in Downtown Allentown since Small Business Saturday on November 26. It was the seventh year for the national event, and the numbers show that it broke records. Across the country, there was an outpouring of support for local businesses, as a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express illustrates. First, a record-high 72 percent of U.S. consumers were aware that the Saturday after Thanksgiving was Small Business Saturday. In addition, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday—a 13 percent increase from 2015. And among those who shopped, 32 percent reported attending some form of community event, and 81 percent reported encouraging friends or family to shop or dine at small, independently-owned retailers and restaurants on the day.
Here at home, The Shops at City Center held a very successful Small Business Saturday this year, thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton District Main Street Program. It included the inaugural Jingle Bell Trail, an afternoon of cocktails, food pairings and shopping to show off some of the vibrant new places downtown. More than two dozen merchants participated and the crowds came out to shop and socialize. One of the organizers of the event, Ruby’s Floral Factory owner Keith Royal, says having a strong community of small businesses has helped revive the retail scene in Downtown Allentown.
“We had lots of new and familiar faces coming through our shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday. As a community, the retailers all work together to promote our neighborhood. I’m proud of how successful the event was. It was a great showcase for Downtown Allentown’s amazing shopping and dining district,” says Royal. “People come here looking for a kind of authenticity and a friendly, personal touch that just can’t be found online or in a big shopping mall full of national chain stores. Small businesses are run by people who really care about their customers and forge relationships with their communities. I see it here on Hamilton Street every day.”
I see it too. Here at City Center, we have a record number of merchants and eateries serving the residents, visitors and more than 12,000 people who work downtown every week. Demand is such that we have added eight retail spaces on the ground floor of STRATA East, our residential building due for completion in the summer of 2017. With prime locations along the ArtsWalk and on Sixth Street across from Miller Symphony Hall, the newest additions to The Shops at City Center will have some of the most sought-after foot traffic in the city.
STRATA East retail spaces in Downtown Allentown opening in 2017
STRATA East is truly “the place to be” in Downtown Allentown. With 67 luxury residences on the upper four floors and 170 more units next door at STRATA Flats, these spaces:
- OFFER COMPETITIVE LEASE RATES
- ARE JUST STEPS AWAY FROM COVERED PARKING
- HAVE THE OPTION TO JOIN THE PARK FREE PROGRAM
- ARE LOCATED PROMINENTLY IN THE ARTS DISTRICT
- HAVE ATTRACTIVE GREEN SPACES CLOSE BY
- ARE PART OF A COLLABORATIVE & LIVELY RETAIL COMMUNITY
- OFFER 15K GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
- BORDER THE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY ARTSWALK
- SIT JUST STEPS FROM THE 170-ROOM RENAISSANCE ALLENTOWN HOTEL
Interested in learning more about the prime retail space available in STRATA East?
Contact us today for more information about leasing opportunities in
the new Downtown Allentown.
City Center Leasing Manager