Fresh Faces: Deep Roots Hard Cider

Deep Roots Hard Cider
Sugar Run, PA
Member since 2019

HELLO OUR NAMES ARE: Tim and Lynda Wells

What inspired you to start your business?

We love making hard cider! It was America’s go-to drink for a long time and we wanted to keep the tradition going. We started Deep Roots for two reasons: first, we love hard cider and couldn’t find our style of it in the area. Secondly, we were tired of working for others and wanted to go into business for ourselves.

What do you like about doing business locally?

We enjoy getting to know other local businesses and creating a network of like-minded entrepreneurs. We all help each other by advertising our businesses. Local businesses keep money flowing in our area.

Why did you decide to join The Chamber?

We felt that joining The Chamber would help us be part of something bigger than ourselves. It also gives us the chance to further network with other local businesses.

Scranton Printing: Generations of Quality

Scranton Printing bases 113-year-old business on delivering high-end results

If you were to ask Barry Strauss of Scranton Printing Co. to describe his family’s business in a few words, he would most likely say “quality, innovation, and knowledge.”

Now located at 1225 Penn Avenue in Scranton, the 113-year-old business was founded in 1907 by Strauss’s great-grandfather, Nate Strauss, who moved to Scranton from New York City with the intention of starting a newspaper. The elder Strauss quickly realized that there was a need for quality printing locally and the rest is history.

“We work hard to produce great print materials for our clients, and work with a wide variety of businesses because of that passion,” Strauss said. “Our clients include health-care companies, advertising agencies, universities, and all sorts of businesses from smaller start-ups to large national companies.”

While Scranton Printing does produce marketing materials to fit every business need, they also help with other projects, such as direct mail campaigns, custom boxes, die cutting, and other jobs that other printers may not service.

“Evolving as a business is crucial, and it’s important to us to keep up with the times,” Strauss said. “Over the years, we have acquired an impressive amount of custom printing and binding equipment, which gives our clients many more options than we would have been able to provide a few decades ago while giving us the tools to create top-of-the-line products.”

One way in which Scranton Printing has evolved through offering direct mail services. It has also recently purchased a local label company, Garney Label. They also offer “green products,” which include recycled paper stocks, among other things, without sacrificing print quality.

“It is important to our business to be as clean as possible while setting a smaller footprint,” Strauss said. “We recycle as much as we can in our facility, whether it be paper, cardboard, plastics or metals. We are further developing our product capabilities so that Scranton Printing can continue to be environmentally conscious—the next step consists of green printed materials, such as biodegradable cups, paper straws, and other products.”

While expanding and growing their legacy business is something that the Strauss family strives to do every day, their main goal is to provide top-notch service to their customers.

“Our years of experience equal knowledge that benefits our clients,” Strauss said. “Our family has believed from day one that we are looking for partners and return customers. When sitting down with a client, I want to pitch an idea that will help his or her business grow and benefit. We aren’t a huge corporation, nor are we a small mom and pop operation. In my opinion, we are just the right size to make sure jobs go through with a detailed eye and personal service.”

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Women’s Network Luncheon Featuring Judith Price

The Chamber hosted a Women’s Network Luncheon featuring Judith Price, Esq., at The Space at Olive in Scranton. During the luncheon, more than $300 in monetary donations and more than $500 worth of personal care items were collected for the NEPA Youth Shelter.

Skills in Scranton Hosted Education Forum

Skills in Scranton recently hosted a Regional Higher Education Forum to establish a space for regional collaboration among higher education providers to ensure they are equipping students with both the skill sets and education needed to be successful in today’s workforce.

February 2020 President’s Message

My late father was a humble man who always taught his children that it wasn’t nice to brag. For example, if he saw our 2016-20 Scranton Plan report, he would see that your Chamber team has exceeded goals for the “Jobs Created and Retained” category by 112 percent (5,573 jobs); the “Projects Completed” category by 166 percent (83 projects); and the “Community Investment” category by a staggering 964 percent ($1.45 billion);  frankly, he might be a bit put off.

If my father knew I was telling you that our development and marketing of industrial property had attracted renowned national developer, NorthPoint, to the Valley View Business Park in Archbald, and that transaction drew an investment of $35 million for a new e-commerce fulfillment center by online pet products distributer Chewy, and that Chewy has committed to creating 1,000 new jobs at that site – well again, my father would think I was boasting!

I won’t say any of that because – the facts speak for themselves! (Sorry Dad!)

Speakers Announced for Sixth Annual Empower Conference

NASCAR Executive to Speak

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the sixth annual Empower Women’s Leadership Conference will be held Friday, April 17 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, sponsored by Peoples Security Bank & Trust.

“Peoples Security Bank & Trust strongly believes in contributing its resources to make our community a better place to live and work,” Thomas P. Tulaney, senior executive vice president, said. “As the presenting sponsor of the Empower conference, we are able to recognize and support the development of women in leadership roles throughout our local communities.”

Each year the conference is presented by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Greater Hazleton, Pittston, and Wilkes-Barre Chambers of Commerce, as well as Back Mountain, Northern Poconos, Schuylkill, and Wyoming County Chambers of Commerce, which are new supporters this year.

Mari Potis, director of membership and events for The Greater Scranton Chamber, is thrilled with the success and growth the conference has seen over the last five years. “It’s inspiring to have the community rally around this event each year and to see women encouraging women to create positive changes here in our own backyard.”

This year’s conference—themed Embrace Ambition—has 13 different speakers lined up, including two keynote speakers.

Jill Gregory, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for NASCAR, is the keynote speaker during lunch, sponsored by PNC Bank. In this role, Ms. Gregory leads the marketing, media and communications functions for NASCAR. This includes brand and consumer marketing, driver and team marketing, content strategy as well as analytics and insights. In her first year as chief marketing officer, Gregory launched an effort to refresh and modernize the NASCAR brand, and in 2016 unveiled its first new brand identity since 1976.

Erin Gargan King, chief executive officer of Socialite Agency and digital persuasion expert, is the keynote speaker during breakfast, sponsored by Prudential.

The eleven additional speakers who will present at this year’s conference are Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti; Susan Unvarsky, vice president of U.S. customer service operations at Prudential; Amy Brayford, executive vice president, chief human resource officer and chief of staff to the president and chief executive officer at Geisinger; Jessica Miraglia, Esq., criminal defense attorney and court-appointed counsel in Luzerne County; Gina Yarrish, founder and chief executive officer of Yarcort; Dr. Jill Murray, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Lackawanna College; Lisa Moher, north american head of distribution package engineering and graphics at Sanofi; Katie Beekman, president of Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders; Tara Mugford Williams, president at Power Engineering; Leslie Santasiero, store manager of Lowe’s; and Strother Gaines, business and personal coach at But I’m a Unicorn Dammit, LLC.

Since 2015, Empower has been the premier women’s leadership event of Northeast PA. It’s a daylong conference that highlights the ability all women have to create positive change in their communities and in their own lives – both professionally and personally – while recognizing the extraordinary power that exists when women come together to support each other.

For tickets and more information about this year’s Empower, Women’s Leadership Conference, visit