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Know any fellow entrepreneurs looking for a great Downtown Allentown retail location?

 

shops at city center strata eastSince Velocity tenants and fans are some of the most well-connected entrepreneurs in the area, I thought I’d share some information that might be of interest to you, your colleagues and your friends regarding unique retail opportunities in our Downtown Allentown neighborhood, within The Shops at City Center community. We have eight retail spaces being built on the ground floor of STRATA East, our residential building due for completion in the summer of 2017. With prime locations along the ArtsWalk and on Sixth Street across from Miller Symphony Hall, the newest additions to The Shops at City Center will have some of the most sought-after foot traffic in the city.

City Center merchants and eateries serve more than 12,000 people who work downtown every week, along with neighborhood residents and the thousands of visitors who come out to enjoy PPL Center hockey matches, concerts and the many cultural and entertainment events and venues that make Downtown Allentown the place to be.

This is an active and burgeoning community of merchants. Just this past November, TDowntown Allentown shopping Cork & Cagehe Shops at City Center held a very successful Small Business Saturday, thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton District Main Street Program. It included the inaugural Jingle Bell Trail, an afternoon of cocktails, food pairings and shopping to show off some of the vibrant new places downtown. More than two dozen merchants participated and the crowds came out to shop and socialize. (For more on the Downtown Allentown neighborhood retail scene, check out Jarrett Laubach‘s recent blog post about the success of Small Business Saturday and the revival of the downtown shopping scene. )

Please contact me to find out more about the prime retail spaces coming to STRATA East this summer, or about future retail space available on the ground floor of the future STRATA Symphony, to be completed in the spring of 2018.

 

STRATA East retail spaces in Downtown Allentown opening in 2017

STRATA East Downtown Allentown retail spaces

STRATA East is truly “the place to be” in Downtown Allentown. With 67 luxury residences on the upper four floors, 170 more units next door at STRATA Flats and 60+ more apartments being built across the street at STRATA Symphony. These spaces:

  • OFFER COMPETITIVE LEASE RATES
  • ARE JUST STEPS AWAY FROM COVERED PARKING
  • HAVE THE OPTION TO JOIN THE PARK FREE PROGRAM
  • ARE LOCATED PROMINENTLY IN THE ARTS DISTRICT
  • HAVE ATTRACTIVE GREEN SPACES CLOSE BY
  • ARE PART OF A COLLABORATIVE & LIVELY RETAIL COMMUNITY
  • OFFER 15K GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
  • BORDER THE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY ARTSWALK
  • SIT JUST STEPS FROM THE 170-ROOM RENAISSANCE ALLENTOWN HOTEL

 

Interested in learning more about the prime retail space available in STRATA East?

For more information, contact:

Mitch Hanna
Leasing Representative
mitchh@citycenterlehighvalley.com
610.625.5538

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Prime office space and a limited number of Open-Range Memberships are currently available

Velocity Downtown Allentown office 2Office #2 is currently available at Velocity for immediate occupancy.  It’s a great 10′ x 15′ space for an entrepreneur or freelance professional, or someone with a small startup team. This premium office holds up to four people and offers views of Hamilton Street. It is fully enclosed space right off the main lobby, on the same floor as the Think Tank, huddle area and kitchen.

Our Downtown Allentown coworking building at 532 W. Hamilton Street provides these spaces as an excellent way to become an active member of the revitalized Downtown Allentown community. Velocity’s historic loft space was designed with creativity and collaboration in mind, and it offers flexible month-to-month leasing options.

Velocity office #5 Office #5 is also available. It has space for two to three people and is located behind the Think Tank on the second floor. It’s windows overlook CENTRO‘s patio on the corner of Hamilton and Fifth streets.

Amenities include:

  • 24/7 access to secure desk/office space
  • Secure Wi-Fi
  • Business mailing address
  • Shared workroom with fee-based copier, printer, scanner, etc.
  • Shared conference/presentation rooms with large-screen displays
  • Shared kitchen with coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, etc.
  • Shared living room-style lounge with large-screen TV
  • Furnished work and common spaces
  • Cleaning service

Velocity floorplans

Open-Range Memberships

Velocity.jan2017-4223Velocity also has available a limited number of Open-Range Memberships. For $125/month, open-range members enjoy these amenities:

  • 24/7 access to the open areas
  • Secure Wi-Fi
  • Business mailing address
  • Shared workroom with fee-based copier, printer, scanner, etc.
  • Shared conference/presentation rooms with large-screen displays
  • Shared kitchen with coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, etc.
  • Shared living room-style lounge with large-screen TV
  • Furnished common spaces

For more information, contact:

Mitch Hanna
Velocity
mitchh@citycenterlehighvalley.com
610.625.5538

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Blues Brews & Barbecue 2016 was awesome!

On Saturday, June 11, I attended the Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival here in Downtown Allentown, and it was a blast! I couldn’t get over how cool the music and vendor booths were. The food, musicians and local craft beers were nothing short of phenomenal this year. In my humble opinion, it’s the best street fair in the area.

But don’t just take my word for it. The Morning Call, also thought it was bigger, bolder and better than ever, too. Organizers were hoping to top last year’s estimated crowd of 10,000 people, and they will not be surprised at all if the final numbers say that they did. Downtown Allentown has become more than just a place of employment for over 12,000 people come to work during the workweek, it’s a place where people come to for entertainment and good times too.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce coordinates the festival through its Hamilton District Main Street program, and three blocks of Hamilton Street were closed to traffic to accommodate the crowds of festival-goers.

Check out these fun pictures from the day, courtesy of  City Center Lehigh Valley‘s talented designer Andrew Robertson.

Check out Andrew’s full album of BB&B pictures here.

The Social Station, a Velocity startup, featured in LVEDC business profile

Congratulations to The Social Station, for the great company profile on The Lehigh Valley Insider, a Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) blog. The article highlighted the company’s growth over the last two years providing outsourced social media services to local and national clients. The Social Station is one of the inaugural tenants here at Velocity. Their success highlights our mission of encouraging entrepreneurs and startups to establish innovative, forward-thinking businesses in the Allentown.

Social Station CEO Alex Kalogeropoulos started at Velocity with just two employees and has grown his team to eight since then. On being part of the burgeoning business community, Alex told the LVEDC:

“If you had a crystal ball when I started this company and told me I would’ve ended up establishing our headquarters in downtown Allentown, I probably would have laughed at you,” said Kalogeropoulos, 25, founder and CEO of The Social Station. “But now, I honestly can’t see myself being anywhere else.”

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Two office spaces now available at Velocity

Velocity currently has two office spaces available in our Downtown Allentown coworking building at 532 W. Hamilton Street. If you are a new entrepreneur or freelance professional, or if you have a small startup team, these spaces are an excellent way to become an active member of the revitalized Downtown Allentown community.  Velocity’s historic loft space was designed with creativity and collaboration in mind, and it offers flexible month-to-month leasing options.

We have one 273-square-foot office available on the lower level for immediate occupancy (Office # 3 on the floorplan below), and another 121-square-foot space on the upper level (Office #10) that will be available as of April 1, 2016.

 

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Amenities include:

  • 24/7 access to secure desk/office space
  • Secure Wi-Fi
  • Business mailing address
  • Shared workroom with fee-based copier, printer, scanner, etc.
  • Shared conference/presentation rooms with large-screen displays
  •  Shared kitchen with coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, etc.
  • Shared living room-style lounge with large-screen TV
  • Furnished work and common spaces
  •  Cleaning service

For more information, contact:

Robert DiLorenzo
Velocity
robertd@citycenterlehighvalley.com
610.674.4503

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Penn State Lehigh Valley students interview local entrepreneurs as part of Race and Ethic Relations fieldwork

Penn State Lehigh Valley students from the Race and Ethnic Relations class taught by Dr. Jennifer Parker Talwar spent February 24, 2016, at Velocity in Downtown Allentown interviewing Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs about global and local business practices, international trajectories, creative capital and work-family visions.  This project is a research-based initiative intended to reinvent the classroom in a real world environment, while bringing together students, business owners and community partners.

This semester, Dr. Parker’s class will be utilizing Penn State Lehigh Valley’s co-working space in Velocity for its business accelerator, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, which is a signature program powered by Invent Penn State.

 

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Penn State’s Lehigh Valley LaunchBox announces first grant recipients

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Velocity Downtown AllentownThe Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a Pennsylvania State University and community-sponsored business accelerator program, announced $50,000 in micro grants to 13 projects for the program’s initial award cycle this week. Recipients were given awards ranging from $1,000 to $8,000, and will be able to utilize the office and meeting spaces of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, which are located at Velocity, a coworking building in Downtown Allentown where space was donated to the program by City Center Lehigh Valley.

The recipient list consists of a diverse mix of Penn State students, faculty and Lehigh Valley community entrepreneurs. The companies and projects to receive LaunchBox funding include:

  • HatchLabs, software development of a “Virtual Incubator,” especially for higher education entrepreneurship programs, which will be a platform for Lehigh Valley LaunchBox projects to share knowledge, communicate and grow within an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    Team: Steve Boerner
  • Crowdplsr, app development to provide a crowdfunding platform that also provides real-time access to the demand from fans for concerts and events within specific markets.
    Team: George Richie, Jeff Minton, John Riener and David Moyer
  • MindMe Inc., a mobile application for small business owners to attract new leads, schedule customer visits and drive customer engagement.
    Team: Jeff Cohen and Alex Zhitomirsky
  • Josh Nichols, recording, producing, advertising and distribution of his music.
  • Kim’s Black Belt Academy, development of a new website for the tae kwon do school.
    Team: Anthony Toczek
  • Paige Lilly, development of a website targeting body-building enthusiasts with interactive capabilities to feature personal coaching, nutrition information and advice.
  • Get2Greater, app development that will allow nonprofit organizations to collect, organize, view and share data.
    Team: Aryaman Khandelwal
  • Eternally Art, development of a philanthropic organization to create personalized, high quality, artistic funeral urns.
    Team: Matthew Heintzelman
  • Voices Renewed, software program to enhance the life story collection method process, developed with guidance from Phoebe Ministries.
    Team: Mahdi Chaker, Marietta Scanlon, Michael Cimerola
  • Integrate Energy Solutions for Entrepreneurs, materials to continue developing and researching energy solutions to address real-world problems in the areas of green energy and LED light applications.
    Team: Tai-Yin Huang
  • Auxilium Medical Services, equipment for medical scribes to chart in real time alongside a physician.
    Team: Vinod Jeyaretnam
  • TeraDrones, LCC, professional cases for flight equipment and POV cameras.
    Team: Nicholas Miller
  • FenzTech, development of a station for drones (DronePort) to wirelessly charge its batteries.
    Team: Michael Yang

“We are thrilled and energized by the applications that came in to Lehigh Valley LaunchBox. I want to thank the Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Advisory Board, which is a diverse and dedicated group of local professionals, who will be mentoring awardees and assisting with our projects,” said Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley. “All of this is sparking an entrepreneurial spirit on our campus and motivating additional students and faculty to get involved.”

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox was created as part of the Invent Penn State initiative, a program focused on leveraging Penn State’s research, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to bring to market needed ideas, products and services. Partners of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox will link micro grant recipients to alumni, business leaders and academic partners to provide mentorship and to help launch their ideas and turn them into useful products. The Lehigh Valley LaunchBox program will continue to award these types of grants to proposals in future award cycles. All Lehigh Valley community members and Penn State faculty, staff and students who have a scalable business idea are welcome to apply for affiliation with the Lehigh Valley LaunchBox.

For more information about Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, visit their website.

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City Center Lehigh Valley holds grand opening for Velocity coworking space in Downtown Allentown

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Velocity Welcomes Four Companies, Graduates Additional Company,
Sarbari, to Larger Office Space

 

Allentown, PA, September 29, 2014 – City Center Lehigh Valley, a major mixed-use development in downtown Allentown, Pa., today held a grand opening ceremony for its coworking space Velocity and officially welcomed four companies, The Social Station, Rising Tide Therapeutics, Park Inc. and Eleven Eleven Social. In addition, City Center President J.B. Reilly announced that Velocity has already graduated the company Sarbari, which relocated from Boston last year, to larger office space downtown after the startup received funding and significantly increased its staff over the past year.

Velocity is located on the upper two floors of City Center’s renovated historic property at 532 Hamilton Street. It was designed to stimulate the establishment and growth of innovative businesses by providing office space below market rate to entrepreneurs and small startup teams who are passionate about helping build a vibrant downtown community. Velocity offers flexible leases on dedicated office space or desk space in an amenity-packed environment with built-in networking opportunities.

“Coworking spaces are enhancing the business culture and cool factor of every major innovative city in the country,” Reilly said. “City Center aims to empower entrepreneurs who are passionate about cultivating their ideas here as another strategy for transforming downtown Allentown into a vibrant urban core. Through Velocity, we also plan to network with the rich pool of colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley.”

Velocity’s four companies represent industries as diverse as social media marketing, biotechnology and parking services.

The Social Station is a three-person marketing technology company that specializes in social media management and analytics for small to medium-sized businesses nationwide. Led by founder and CEO Alex Kalogeropoulos, The Social Station more than doubled its client base in 2014 and aims to have 100 clients by the end of the year. The company is in the fundraising stage and plans to hire more employees in the near future.

Rising Tide Therapeutics is an emerging biotechnology company developing therapies to treat rare diseases. The company will identify promising drugs from researchers and position them for advanced development while also developing its own portfolio of therapies focused initially on the treatment of pulmonary diseases. CEO Andrew Curtis, a drug development and commercialization expert, is working to acquire three drugs in development, raise funds and hire staff, as he expects the company to grow quickly.

Park Inc. is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based, multistate provider of valet parking that recently opened its first Pennsylvania office in Velocity. Earlier this month, Park Inc. launched and began operating Allentown’s first downtown-wide valet parking program. The company plans to hire more than 40 employees, including valets, to staff its Allentown operation. Currently, its three Pennsylvania managers work from Velocity with plans to double that number in the first quarter of 2015.

Eleven Eleven Social is a full-service social media marketing agency, creating an online presence for companies by targeting current and potential customers. It integrates social media into the established goals of a business to capitalize on online social influence and create powerful, low-cost exposure to grow business in today’s attention-driven economy. Including founder Lauren Smith, Eleven Eleven Social employs two people with plans to increase staff as the business continues to grow.

A fifth company, Sarbari, has already outgrown the Velocity space and is relocating to the upper two floors of City Center’s renovated historic property at 806 Hamilton Street, where a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak restaurant will soon open on the first floor. Sarbari, which developed a Web-based solution to save restaurants money by simplifying the tedious and time-consuming tasks associated with food purchases, received its initial round of funding this year and quickly grew from having two full-time employees to 15. The company recently launched a nationwide marketing and sales effort and has plans to hire 10 more employees by the year’s end.

“Downtown Allentown has been a great place to substantially grow my business and our team in just one year,” said Sebastian Serra, founder and CEO of Sarbari. “The business community is welcoming, energetic and tech-friendly, and Allentown is near several major metropolitan areas where we are focusing our sales efforts. With our rapid growth, we’re thrilled to be able to relocate to another outstanding downtown office space within the City Center development.”

Velocity enables new and early-stage companies – especially those in web, mobile, design or other technical or creative fields – to conserve capital expenditures through rapid move-in to secure, fully furnished work space, access to shared conference space and immediate Internet connectivity. Velocity’s amenities include a living room-style lounge with a large-screen TV, a kitchen with coffee service and appliances, and a workroom furnished with office equipment. Velocity tenants must have less than 10 employees and commit to being active members of the downtown Allentown community.

“City Center is excited to welcome these four dynamic companies to Velocity and to keep Sarbari downtown as well,” Reilly said. “Not only are these tenants all doing leading work in their fields, they all have plans to grow and create jobs, and many of them have committed to living downtown as well. Their innovative thinking, passion for their businesses and commitment to the success of downtown Allentown will make a big impact here in the years to come.”

To learn more, visit velocityia.com, email info@velocityia.com or call 610-625-5519.

About City Center Lehigh Valley:
City Center Lehigh Valley is a major mixed-use development that is helping transform downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, into one of America’s most vibrant urban communities and a regional center of excellence for business, culture and metropolitan living. With Allentown’s new arena, PPL Center, at its core, City Center will include three Class A office buildings, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, Strata Luxury Flats, upscale retail and restaurant space, loft-style office space and parking – an investment of more than $400 million – by late 2015. Over the next five years, City Center will invest a total of $500 million in downtown Allentown. Visit citycenterlehighvalley.com to learn more.

Media Contact:
Jeff Vaughan, Vaughan Communications Group, 610.533.4264, jv@voncom.com

 

Photo by: PETER GOURNIAK

 

 

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Velocity is within one of the largest urban revitalization projects in the county and is based just steps away from PPL Center, Allentown's new hockey and events arena. Parking is available on the street and behind Velocity's main building, and the Lanta bus terminal is just a block away.