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Allentown to highlight business district in response to Port Authority detour


While Port Authority of Allegheny County's temporary detour of all inbound bus and T routes through Allentown might be an inconvenience to passengers south of Pittsburgh, they can expect a unique experience during their commute through East Warrington Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 20.

At 7:00 a.m. that day, business owners, daytime employees and residents of Allentown will showcase the community's business district with a series of visuals to engage riders passing through the neighborhood. Organized by the Hilltop Alliance, the group plans to celebrate community spirit and excitement of the business district to catch the eye of morning commuters.

From Black Forge Coffee House, a cafe with a heavy-metal edge to Spool, an inviting, vibrant fabric and maker store, Allentown has welcomed 16 new small businesses to the district in the past two years.

"What we envision is the Allentown community coming together to draw the attention of the hundreds of commuters passing through our neighborhood in the morning," says Siena Kane, Allentown business district manger. "This is a great opportunity to promote the emerging businesses and encourage the commuters to come back and shop."

Business owners, like Michelle Lancet, co-owner of Spool, have seen the success of sandwich boards and blade signs for commuter traffic, especially when the T detours through the neighborhood:

"We always ask new customers how they've heard of us and we were surprised and delighted to recently hear that people came to the shop after seeing it during the trolley detour," Ms. Lancet said.

The closure is scheduled to continue through the end of service on Saturday, Oct. 22.


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