WILKES-BARRE — A steady flow of patrons made their way to the Pour Coffee House on Saturday to grab a cup of coffee and sample the wares of artists, crafters and other vendors at a “Shop Local Market.”
The relatively new business at 53 N. Main St. is hoping to draw customers to the downtown area not only to enjoy its beverages and sweet treats, but to get to know each other and build a neighborhood feel.
Jim DeMichele and his daughter, Ava, 11, of Dallas, found the business by accident a few weeks ago and were enjoying the market, the atmosphere and the food as they sat at a table.
“It’s been a great surprise and I love supporting local businesses,” said DeMichele. “I enjoy the coffee. Ava loves the pastries.”
Cody Welgosh and Megan Stayer, Hunlock Creek, stopped by just after a “Yoga on the River” session on the River Common.
Welgosh said he enjoyed caramel honey available from Newkirk Honey, a vendor at the event.
“It was the first time I tasted it,” he said. “It’s great.”
It was the couple’s first time at the business and they are planning to return.
“It’s nice to see a local business supporting other local businesses,” Stayer said. “I’m hoping that more and more people will know they are here.”
Tammy Milia from “Boo’s Boards,” handmade pallet art, said she quickly made a sale.
Milia’s business started about two years ago with an idea of transforming pallets into artwork, embellishing them with slogans, faces and even flags.
Milia, of Luzerne, is committed to Pour because of its funky, trendy feel and its dog-friendly atmosphere.
“We come every few weeks for their dog walk — Paws on the Pavement,” she said. “Afterward, we get coffee and the dogs get puppuccino.”
Milia’s dog, Raijin, which she described as a mix, seemed to be having a good time Saturday, even greeting another dog as it came in the front door.
Elisha Capie and Will Ambros were offering “upcycled” pieces and other art.
“A priest left some papers in Elisha’s mom’s attic and now they’re part of her artwork, for example,” said Ambros.
“We’re simply traveling artists,” explained Capie.
Manager Mario Posocco said Pour organized the market to support small businesses and to attract customers to North Main Street, which has recently seen a surge in foot traffic.
“It’s a nice spot to meet interesting people every day,” he said.