Dunmore Candy Kitchen Temporarily Closed

Candy Kitchen Closing (Temporarily)As of Sunday, July 30, the Dunmore Candy’s Kitchen’s location along Drinker Street in Dunmore is now closed for the time being. Owners announced on Facebook the building that has housed the business for more than 100 years will be undergoing some renovations. 

The property on Drinker Street will get new siding and new windows. The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

In the meantime, the Candy Kitchen’s Davis Street location in Scranton will continue to operate under normal business hours. 

 

Dunmoreans honored with 2016 Sage Awards

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Various Dunmore businesses and organizations were honored when the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2016 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. The winner of each award category was publicly announced at The Chamber Gala in November at The Theater at North.

More than 100 applications were received. A group of community leaders and professionals teamed up to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life.  

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This year’s winner from the borough of Dunmore included:

  • DePietro’s Pharmacy – Best Practices in Community Involvement
  • The Greater Scranton YMCA – Non-Profit Organization of the Year
  • Marywood University’s Learning Commons, Pride & Progress – New Construction.

Dempsey’s Fashionable Laundry bounces back after fire

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Bobby Dempsey, a fourth generation member of the laundry and dry cleaning family business, has described the horrific fire at the building last year, and the efforts to begin anew within the Dunmore community.

This community is defined by the families who live and work in it. For decades, the Dempsey family has been a large part of the community fabric of Dunmore. Some are doctors, some are lawyers, many are teachers, but perhaps the most recognizable aspect of the Dempsey family is know for something else: Laundry and dry cleaning.

In 1960, Thomas A. Dempsey left Mother’s Laundry on Blakely Street in Dunmore, and moved a few blocks north to build Fashionable Laundry. For many years, Dempsey’s Fashionable Laundry has provided laundry and dry cleaning services to thousands of people and hundreds of businesses in and around Northeast Pennsylvania. Now, in its fourth generation of ownership, the business continues to serve its community in a unique way.

Tom and Jack Dempsey took over the operation from their grandfather, and now work alongside Bobby Dempsey, Jack’s son, who represents the family’s fourth generation.

“It’s important to us. We take pride in our business, and try to convey that to our customers,” Bobby says. “We try to create an atmosphere in our storefront of family. We love to see customers interacting with each other while picking up their dry cleaning.

“Doing laundry and dry cleaning isn’t glamorous work,” young Dempsey notes. “It’s hard, it’s hot, and it takes a certain type of work ethic that we have followed our whole lives.  We feel that iIf you get up early every day, and go to work, you’re ahead of the game”, and good things often find you.”

On a cold night in November of 2015, Bobby Dempsey was awoken to some of the worst news he could have ever imagined. A terrible fire struck the family business, and the damage was catastrophic. “I remember the knock on the door at 3 a.m., I remember putting my shoes on and saying to my wife, Jennifer,’ I am about to have the worst night of my life.’

“My first concern was for my customers. I wondered how would we be able to continue to serve them while we rebuilt the plant,”

The answer to that question came in the form of family. PJ and Kristen Dempsey, the owners of Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply and Bobby’s cousins, called to find out how they could help. “We asked if they would be willing to do some work for us while we rebuilt. We operated our business out of their plant in Jessup for almost 5 months.

“If it werent for PJ and Kristen opening up their doors to us during this difficult time, who knows what we would have done?  I’m gratetful I don’t have to think about that.”

Full of gratitude, Bobby also says, “We also owe a great deal to the Dunmore police and fire departments. Without their diligent work, this building might not be standing here today. I can recall pulling in on Thanksgiving morning and the police department had parked a cruiser in our parking lot. I recall the countless texts, emails, and phone calls from hundreds of people in the community. I remember thinking ‘Wow, this is a special place we live in.’”

While working at Dempsey Uniform, it was not uncommon for a dozen Dempsey cousins and friends to be there working side by side with the Fashionable staff.

“Our extended family really rose to the challenge,” explains Bobby. “We have an extremely tight- knit family, and they were there every night folding towels and feeding sheets and pillow cases. When one of us was down, we rallied behind them.”

Billy Nicholas from Spotless Cleaners also lent a helpful hand. “Billy was one of the first people here that next morning to see what he could do to help,” Bobby points out. “They processed our shirts for several months until we got over the hump, and kept our dry cleaning customers rolling. It’s unusual for a competitor to help out, but he didn’t hesitate, and we won’t forget his generosity. ”

The Mazza family in Carbondale also stepped in to ease some of the burden placed on the business. “The Mazza family are proud, loyal people, and we are grateful for all of their help,” Dempsey adds.

Since the fire, Fashionable Laundry has virtually overhauled their entire plant, which processes roughly 4 million pounds of laundry annually. “We had to replace everything. From washing and drying equipment to paper clips and everything in between. Tom, Dad, and I worked seven days a week, 10 hour days, to make sure we were able to put this place back together,” says Dempsey.

“There were times when I didn’t see my children for days at a time. It was certainly a grueling several months, but that hard work and dedication that I talked about showed up again. I kept saying to myself, just keep grinding. It will all work out. Today, the plant is back up in full operation.”

The Dempseys managed to retain all of their industrial laundry customers and most all of their nearly 4,000 dry cleaning customers. “Our customers’ loyalty means the world to us. They could have easily found another plant to do their work or clean their clothing, but they decided to stick with us, and that loyalty is deeply appreciated,” Bobby says.

Through a combination of hard work, community support, and of course a little luck, the Dempsey family was able to overcome a tragedy that may have shattered another business. Looking back on the last several months they have realized a few things: “There is nothing more important in life than family. When the chips are down, you realize who cares, and who is willing to go to bat for you.

“We live in an phenomenal community filled with people who are eager to give of themselves. Finally, it’s important every once in a while to take a step back from your daily routine, and smell the roses. Time flies, and you have to keep an eye on what’s really important.”

 

BlackOut Design celebrates relocation

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Guests mingle and enjoy live music by the Coal Town Rounders at BlackOut Design’s grand opening on April 25.

BlackOut Design recently celebrated the relocation of its headquarters with an open house during which more than 100 of the firm’s clients and friends came  together to tour the 1,800 square foot facility located at 527 South Blakely Street, Dunmore. Jack Reager is president of BlackOut.

Spread across three stories, the office space was gutted and renovated to provide efficient, modern work space designed to accelerate decision making and improve communication. While these kinds of offices are the norm for large marketing agencies in metropolitan areas, they are rare in smaller markets like here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As part of its commitment to supporting the community, BlackOut Design sourced local talent for both the design and construction of the new space as well as for the grand opening. “From carpenters and painters to musicians and caterers, everyone who helped us through this process has been amazing,” said Reager.

Recently there have been dozens of studies linking the success or failure of personal interactions, performance, and innovation in the workplace to physical space. By combining emerging data with organizational metrics such as total sales or number of new product launches, scientists can demonstrate a workspace’s effect on the bottom line. For businesses like BlackOut, this means no cubicles, beige walls and florescent lighting. Instead, highly networked, shared, multipurpose spaces are the offices of not only the future, but of today.

The new headquarters houses separate areas for both design and development work as well as for strategic planning and business development activities. Each of these designated areas looks and feels differently through the use of varying pieces of furniture (swivel chairs and standing desks versus café tables and benches) but also through the incorporation of different colors, textures and lighting. A client sitting area feels less like a doctor’s waiting room and more like the foyer of a home. And the second floor holds a convertible conference room, designed to ensure when we get around a table with our clients, it feels like home.

“We came to BlackOut with a website that needed to be completely rebuilt from the ground up. Their team’s expertise, innovation, hard work, and patience resulted in modern site that is client-focused and highlights our full-service solutions. We know it wasn’t easy, but they came through in a big way, ” said Borton Lawson Engineering Marketing Manager, Lucy Boardwine.

BlackOut Design is a full service marketing agency with deep experience integrating online marketing with traditional concepts. The agency develops campaigns that span multiple media, all from under one roof.