Chastity Krakosky has had her eye on Pittston’s Main Street for some time.
“I’ve always admired what Pittston has done for small businesses,” Krakosky, owner of Lolliposh Clothing & Gifts, said.
After Lolliposh closed at its current location in Wyoming for 97 days of quarantine and isolation, Krakosky was in the market for a new space when the former Boden storefront in downtown Pittston became available.
“We’re really excited to come to Pittston,” Krakosky said.
Despite the uncertainty of 2020, Pittston City Mayor Mike Lombardo said the downtown area has still seen significant growth. Lolliposh is on its way, and the former Cooper’s building has reopened as The Banks, a new wedding and event venue.
“I’m not surprised (because) I know we are a good location,” Lombardo said. “We’re confident that we’re going to get through this thing.”
Jamie Granko, one of the owners of The Banks, said the pandemic and accompanying shutdowns did delay construction and business for some time, but they are open and just had their first, small scale wedding event on Oct. 3.
“We lost three and a half months of construction,” Granko said. “We just felt as though with the vision we had for the business, we wanted to continue with it … we’re so invested in this city.”
Granko said the city has been supportive of their project from “day one,” as Lombardo has expressed a desire to make Pittston a wedding destination. While the guest lists for events have shrunk to accommodate social distancing and safety guidelines, Granko said business at The Banks is moving along at “full steam.”
“Everybody is just thrilled that it’s open,” Granko said. “There’s nothing like this place in the area.”
Carley’s Fairy Tail Dog Grooming and Deetz Embroidery have also opened on Main Street this year and Sports Page men’s salon has also opened in the city, Lombardo said.
Bartolai Winery also will be opening a location in downtown Pittston on North Main Street, Lombardo said, while work is currently underway for a soon to be announced project in the former Pittston Apparel Building next to The Banks.
Krakosky was nervous about moving during the ongoing pandemic, but after her business was able to reopen, moving to a larger space became possible.
“I wanted something that was on a main road,” Krakosky said. “I was always looking for a bigger space.”
Krakosky started looking at the former Boden store, a storefront she had always liked, in August of this year. Now, she is officially moving Lolliposh to Main Street with an eye toward opening within the next few weeks.
Krakosky said she has already moved most of Lolliposh’s furniture, fixtures and clothing items to the new location.
She pulled into Pittston with two moving trucks on a recent weekend and said she was immediately greeted by two people on the street who wanted to jump in and help however they could.
“Everybody is so sweet and enthusiastic,” she said. “It’s just a warm, welcoming feeling.”
Lombardo said the city remains committed to its small businesses and growth, and city leadership has used this time to “reposition” the city to allow more projects and goals to move forward.
“Now when we can click the real ‘open for business’ sign back on we will be in a good position,” Lombardo said.