Electric City Sips: Citywide Happy Hours through October 20

To help boost our local economy, Scranton Tomorrow has partnered with the City of Scranton to develop Electric City Sips as part of our Fall Into Downtown campaign.

Electric City Sips is a series of Happy Hours on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at participating restaurants throughout Scranton. The promotion kicks off on September 15 and runs through October 20. Gather your friends and enjoy $3 beers, $5 wine, and $7 cocktails at these fine establishments:

Scranton Tomorrow: Downtown Scranton Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt Continues

As part of Scranton Tomorrow’s Fall into Downtown Campaign, businesses in Downtown Scranton, and beyond, are displaying scarecrows in planters and storefronts to Scare Up Some Business, through October 31.

As a seasonal twist to this year’s Scranton Scarecrow Display, we’ve added a Scavenger Hunt to the promotion, making it even more fun to shop, dine — and spot scarecrows — in the Electric City!
How to play:

  1. Click on the image of our trusty detective above, and you’ll find the weekly Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt clue on our Facebook page. New clues will be posted every Friday.
  2. Find the featured scarecrow at a participating business in Scranton. (Hint: for a list of participating businesses, click here).
  3. Snap a selfie with the scarecrow, and post it to your Facebook page. Tag Scranton Tomorrow and use #scrantonscarecrows. (One post per scarecrow, please).

That’s it! When you complete steps 1-3, your name will automatically be registered to win a prize pack. The scavenger hunt runs through October 31, giving you multiple chances to spot a scarecrow and enter!

To maximize your chance to win, play every week. The winner will be drawn at random on November 1.

Scranton Tomorrow Dedication Ceremony & Meet the Artist Reception

Scranton Tomorrow and Members of the Mural Arts Program Committee cordially invite you to a Dedication Ceremony for the Danseur de Corde (Rope Dancer) Mural by Joel Carson Jones.

Friday, September 3 at Danseur de Corde Mural
328 Penn Avenue

5:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Music by the Marko Marcinko Swing Band

6 to 6:15 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony

6:15 p.m.
Meet and Greet & Poster Signing with Artist Joel Carson Jones

Autographed Posters
Purchase a commemorative edition Danseur de Corde poster. Designed by Tara Tomasetti-Smith, these lovely keepsakes feature the work of Julie Jordan Photography. Be sure to request an autograph from Joel Carson Jones, the artist who brought our Rope Dancer to life!

Video Tours
Guests will also have the opportunity to be among the first to embark on a brief video tour of the project, produced by KP Productions, simply by scanning the QR posted at the mural site with their smartphones.

Masks Encouraged
As an added precaution for the health and safety of our community, and our children, we encourage all guests to wear a mask while enjoying this special event. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Scranton Tomorrow Downtown Business Scarecrow Display

The Scranton Scarecrow Display is part of Scranton Tomorrow’s Fall Into Downtown Scranton campaign, designed to encourage everyone in the community to support local.

Participating businesses create scarecrows in keeping with the theme of their business, and use them as promotional tools to attract visitors to the Downtown.

This year, we’re adding a scavenger hunt (with prizes!). The activity will be designed to encourage people to visit as many participating businesses as possible. The more scarecrows they find, the greater their chances will be to win.

  • Register by Wednesday, August 11, and we’ll deliver a 6′ by 3′ wooden frame to your business on Monday, August 23. Click here to register. There is no fee to participate!
  • Let the creative juices flow! Design your scarecrow in keeping with the theme of your business.
  • Choose the best way to display your scarecrow in time for opening day (September 13). Scarecrows may be placed in a nearby planter during business hours, and in display windows after hours, or as temporary fixtures in window décors, day and night.
  • Encourage your customers to snap selfies and pics for social media using #scrantontomorrow #fallintodowntownscranton #scareupsomebusiness.
  • On November 1, your buddy goes into storage to make way for our big holiday campaign. (Details on that are coming soon!)

For more information email lizbaldi@scrantontomorrow.org or call 570-963-5901

The Electric City Classic Hill Climb

Scranton Tomorrow will host the Electric City Classic Hill Climb on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m., on Olive Street (between Prescott and Taylor Avenues) in the Hill Section of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The race is open to bicyclists of all skill levels. Its unique location poses the ultimate test for professional and amateur athletes as Olive Street is a very steep hill. Its upper section is still covered in brick, adding both charm and challenge to the race

.The ECC Hill Climb debuted in Scranton in 2019 as part of the Electric City Classic, a 2-day event that included international criterium racing in Downtown Scranton on Saturday, followed by the ECC Hill Climb on Olive Street on Sunday. Due to COVID-19, the event was canceled in 2020. It wasn’t feasible to host the criterium in Downtown Scranton in 2021, but organizers are excited to bring back the ECC Hill Climb for people of all ages to enjoy.

Several new elements will be added to this year’s event, including a Kids Race, wheel barrow races, food trucks, music, and more!

The ECC Hill Climb is open to the public, welcoming riders of all skill levels. Registration details will be announced soon!

Click here for registration information.

Rally for Restaurants: E-commerce Workshop

Lackawanna College has been awarded a $150,000 CARES Technology Assistance Grant to support an initiative that will create e-commerce solutions for struggling Scranton restaurants. This funding will be used to support 36 restaurants in the Lackawanna College Rally for Restaurants: E-commerce Edition presented by the Venture Lab. Participants in the program will be able to:

Launch websites
Create online ordering systems
Receive training on how to use digital media to boost sales

Restaurants who complete the program will receive one year of ongoing and cost-free tech support through the Lackawanna College Venture Lab for marketing, online ordering, social media, and the restaurant’s website.

How to participate:

RSVP to the e-commerce workshop hosted locally at the Venture Lab inside Lackawanna College. Can’t attend the workshop? Send an email to venturelab@lackawanna.edu with your first and last name, business name and state your interest in the Lackawanna College Rally for Restaurants: E-commerce Edition.

Marywood University Alumnus to Reveal Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural

Marywood University alumnus, Emmanuel Wisdom Adjei, bachelor of fine arts in graphic design graduate, and Eric Bussart, bachelor of fine arts in illustration graduate, will reveal their mural, “The Dream,” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the City of Scranton’s First Friday event on July 2, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The mural is located at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton, Pa.

Scranton Tomorrow sponsored the grant that funded the mural project and is also organizing the unveiling. The mural, which will occupy the entire side of a building, as well as the imagery and messaging, is aesthetically outstanding and powerful.

Inspired by Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr., “The Dream” pays tribute to the American civil rights leader who changed the world. Artist Eric Bussart incorporated morning glory flowers into the design because they are resilient, just as his hero, MLK, was. With lettering by artist Emmanuel Wisdom Adjei, the mural encompasses a wide array of interests, including diversity, positive messaging, inclusion, urban gentrification, and art. The messaging and art work conveys a timeless message for the greater community, enhances the aesthetic appeal of the city, and showcases how graduates of Marywood University’s art programs are applying their talent and creativity to elevate humanity, a universal, as well as a Marywood, core value.

For additional information about Marywood University’s art department, please visit marywood.edu/art, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. For additional information about Scranton Tomorrow’s mural projects, please visit scrantontomorrow.org/thedream.

Downtown Scranton Dining Guide by Scranton Tomorrow

We’re updating, and improving, our Downtown Scranton Dining Guide, and we want to be sure we haven’t missed anything.

Please take a moment to review your free listing and let us know if you’re dining options and delivery services are still accurate:

Downtown Scranton Dining Guide

Your listing in the Downtown Scranton Dining Guide is provided free of charge as a service to our business community during COVID-19.

Please Send Updates to:
Liz Baldi, Project Coordinator