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Ribbon cut on ArtsWalk extension in Allentown

Ribbon cut on ArtsWalk extension in Allentown

For many, it may be too hot to take a walk, but Allentown said it's well worth your while to do so. The city's new ArtsWalk is now officially open.

"Just a wonderful time to be downtown, and this a great new component to the city," said Betsy Kohl Hamilton district Main Street manager, who's Hamilton area has several new stores, as well.

The pedestrian-only extension links the PPL Center arena to the existing Allentown ArtsWalk. Along the way, people pass a variety of new restaurants and stores, like greenmouth juice bar and cafe.

It's the health's bar second location. Opened only recently, business appears to be as healthy as the food.

"We have a growing audience of people who were hungry for local organic food they could trust," said owner Sarah Hinsch.

Businessmen Kostas Kalogeropoulos was hungry for a location he could trust after relocating his Shula's Steakhouse from Saucon Valley's Promenade in July.

With new bordering apartment complex Strata 80 percent sold out and a host of new stores already moved in, Kostas said it's the perfect place for his business to stay, despite what he calls a negative stigma still looming over Allentown.

"It took a lot of years to develop and in short amount of time people are saying, 'It's not what I thought it was.' Once people start coming in, they will come back," he said.

Three more stores are opening at the ArtsWalk, taking the total number of stores and restaurants to eight.


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