Holiday on the Square Spotlight: Check out our Tasty Food and Drink Vendors

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Do you get hungry when you shop? After you've checked everyone off your holiday list, don’t forget to grab a meal and some delicious sweets, treats and festive beverages.  Jim & Kim's Catering will be on hand with a full menu of delicious food like Butternut Squash Soup, Pulled Pork and Chicken Speedie Sandwiches in our café area.


The Sweet Lush Cupcakery Camper will be all set up and ready to serve all your gourmet cupcake and coffee needs (and who doesn't need a gourmet cupcake?).




III Ponds Winery is back with their delicious wines with fun names like Goodnight Irene, Foxy Lady and Blue Heron. Pick up a few bottles for gifts or as a treat for yourself.




Stadt House Bakery will be serving a tempting variety of cake slices, cookies, fudge brownies, coffee crumb cakes, scones, nut roll, German Stollen, chocolate pound cake, Irish soda bread and cinnamon buns.  Perfect to eat on the spot or take home for the holidays.



The adorable Freckle Face Fudge makes delicious fudge with crazy flavors like Girl Scout Cookie (Dark Chocolate Mint w/ Mint Oreos), Apple Bacon, and Pumpkin Pie.   With over 50 flavors, there is something for everyone.


If you've never tried mead, you are missing out on a wonderfully festive beverage.  Made from fermented honey, mead is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. The Colony Meadery from Allentown recently picked up the national “Commercial Mead Maker of the Year” award so we know you'll want to sample some of this delicious honey wine.



If you love to give the gift of food, there will be no shortage of local artisan food products. Newkirk Honey is back again with their local raw honey (our favorite is their Lavender Honey).  Spring Hills Farm will have their wonderful Maple Syrup and Organic Fruit Spreads.  Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes will have a variety of savory treats including dip and oil mixes like Buffalo Blue and Bacon Horseradish, spicy salsas, pumpkin butter, and pickles. 



Can’t wait to see you at Holiday on the Square!


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Take a Peek inside this year's HOLIDAY ON THE SQUARE Goodie Bags!!!

We spent our Saturday at the Trolley Museum assembling the most awesome Goodie Bags we’ve ever seen!!!  The artists and businesses we work with are so creative & generous!

Take a look at what’s inside the Free Goodie Bags we’re giving away to the FIRST 100 SHOPPERS ON SATURDAY DEC 6th at Holiday on the Square!!!






Lip Balm from Lavish Body + Home and Gourmet Dog Treat from Wilbur’s Barkery.



 A SURPRISE from Fly Me Home Décor and soap from Mount Pleasant Herbary.




$10 Luger Bucks from Carl von Luger Steak and Seafood and Lift Voucher for Montage Mountain



Clay ornament by Creative,Crafty Gifts, Mini Hat by A Daily Obsession, AnthraChic earrings by Subverse Aphrodesiaand hair pins by Boutique Libertina


 And soooo many more surprises!!!



See you at Holiday on the Square!!!

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Holiday on the Square Spotlight: Wilbur's Barkery

Friday, November 28, 2014
When it comes to your holiday shopping list, make sure not to forget your furry friends!  Wilbur’s Barkery makes healthy and wholesome treats for your four-legged pals including a gluten-free line for pups with allergies!  Make sure to stop by their booth at Holiday on the Square.

Tell us a little about the founding of Wilbur's Barkery? 
Wilbur's Barkery was started in Spring 2012. But the idea of the Barkery first started around Christmas 2010, the year Wilbur came into our lives! Homemade dog treats were made for all of Wilbur's friends that year for Christmas. After getting a lot of positive feedback about the treats, we began making other types of healthy, homemade treats for dogs. We found by making these treats for Wilbur, it helped him maintain a healthy diet without the fillers that are added to store-bought treats. We also learned that Wilbur also has colitis, which is agitated by the fillers and preservatives in store-bought treats. All of our treats Wilbur can eat without agitating his colitis. 



After doing a lot of research on what is healthy and unhealthy for dogs, recipes were formed and dog treats were made. As we continue to learn more about the health benefits of certain foods, recipes we create will incorporate these foods so your dog can reap the health benefits as well.

Our promise to you is we will bake our treats to order! We pride ourselves on healthy, wholesome treats with no fillers, animal by-products, chemicals, coloring, artificial additives, or preservatives. With this process, we can ensure that the treats are healthy and you can feel good feeding them to your pet!


What kinds of products will you be featuring at Holiday on the Square? 
We are looking forward to be a part of this year's Holiday on the Square! I have been busy baking a lot of delicious treats for our four-legged friends! We will have a variety of items available. There are 5 types of Woofer (bone) flavors to choose from: Oats and Honey, Sweet Potato and Apple, Banana Carrot, Wheat (topped with a Worcestershire sauce glaze), and of course Peanut Butter! Our bones come in a variety of sizes ranging from mini bones to x-large bones! We also have a line of soft treats for those dogs who prefer something softer to chew on. Those dogs who have allergies...we have a line of gluten free treats as well!

As for the holidays, we have some great stocking stuffers and ornaments filled with bones! We also have some bones cut in Christmas shapes and wrapped like presents! For those of you who like to bake your own bones or are looking for something fun to do this holiday season with your children or grandchildren, we have "Make Your Own Dog Treats" jars available! We give you all the dry ingredients, a cookie cutter, and the recipe. All you need to do is add the wet ingredients and have fun!  



Is there anywhere else our readers can find your products? 
We have an online store (wilbursbarkery.com) where orders can be placed. We also have our treats at The Post in Scranton and in Stately Pet Supply in Clarks Summit. We are also in the process talking with some other stores to get our treat in. 



Find out more about Wilbur’s Barkery:

Pictured above: Wilbur!




Holiday on the Square’s Local Love 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Are you searching for that perfect gift for your local-loving friend?  Well, look no further. Our Holiday on the Square vendors have created an abundance of creative locally-themed gifts to make your holiday shopping a snap!


Tig & Cooney’s Vintage Map Stone Coasters (pictured here Vintage Scranton Map) and Historic Scranton Buildings Coasters
etsy.com/shop/tigandcooneys



Valerie Kiser Design’s Electric City Print Onesies & Adult T’s and Hoodies, valeriekiser.com



Revival Letterpress prints of historic downtown Scranton buildings 
revivalletterpress.com



Scranton Steam’s Local School Spirit Pendants. Handmade using recycled watches. A Holiday on the Square exclusive!!! (Pictured here Scranton High, Scranton Prep & University of Scranton pendants) 
etsy.com/shop/scrantonsteam



Eclectic City upcycles local wood into art pieces sure to be welcome in any home in the Electric City!
facebook.com/eclectic-city





AnthraChic’s Vintage Map Tie Tacks, Cufflinks, and Pendants. Normally a made-to-order product, a limited number will be available exclusively at Holiday on the Square!, etsy.com/shop/AnthraChic




ScrantonMade will also have our exclusive line of mugs, bags, postcards, prints & some new surprises!  Stay tuned!  



See you at Holiday on the Square on Courthouse Square Dec 5th & 6th!!!

Holiday on the Square Spotlight: Vintage Meegan

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
We’re delighted to share another first time Holiday on the Square vendor, Vintage Meegan. They take vintage fabrics and turn them into the most gorgeous handbags and accessories. They are also debuting a new line of candles housed in cool vintage soda bottles!



Tell us about Vintage Meegan and the types of products you make? 
We're based in South Abington Twp and I've been in business since 2009.  I sew all sorts of products out of vintage and recycled materials - purses, bags, coasters, etc.  We've also started making soy wax candles in repurposed vintage bottles.



Have you always been interested in vintage fabrics and is collecting them an obsession?
I've always been interested in vintage stuff - it just seems to have so much more character.  The obsession (because if you saw my fabric stash you would understand that it is truly an obsession) started probably around 2008...  I started doing this so I would have something useful to do with all of this great material.



What types of items are you planning to feature at Holiday on the Square?
We're featuring a new career girl bag I just designed - I'm calling it that because I was looking for a little more structured bag that I could use in my professional day job.  This fits the bill.  I'm also debuting a new style wristlet and some coasters that I think are cool.  But the big new item we're featuring is our Wax Junky candle line.  These are really neat cut down soda bottles - many still have the old colorful artwork still on them.  We love them and we think our clients will too.  A lot of local really cool old bottles.





Follow Vintage Meegan:
Website: vintagemeegan.com  


Holiday on the Square Update: A Sneak Peak at what our vendors are crafting up!

Monday, November 24, 2014
We can't wait to get our holiday shopping on at Holiday on the Square. Our vendors are hard at work to make your holiday shopping more fun than ever! 


Solid Shave Soap by Alchemy Home Company



Necklace by Cole Hastings



Reclaimed wood Sign by Eclectic City




Mosaics by Fly Me Home




Jewelry by Laura Bee Studios



Wild Flower Honey by Newkirk Honey



Straight, No Chaser Traditional Mead by The Colony Meadery



Children's apparel by Valerie Kiser Design



Gourmet Dog Treats by Wilbur’s Barkery




HOTS Spotlight: Get to Know Mount Pleasant Herbary

Sunday, November 23, 2014
There is nothing quite like a luxurious handmade body product. They make the best holiday gifts! We're so excited to have Mount Pleasant Herbary vending at Holiday on the Square!

Tell us about Mount Pleasant Herbary and what you do…
My name is Gudrun, and I am the founder of Mount Pleasant Herbary. I learned a lot about growing herbs and their beneficial properties from my mother, who is an active gardener. After moving from Germany to the US in 2002, I desperately missed the wide selection of herbal tea blends I could choose from in my home country - so I started growing my own. My friends loved my teas and wanted more - that's how Mount Pleasant Herbary came to life in 2009. Shortly after I added botanical soaps, salves and Buckwheat pillows that can be heated up in the microwave. Creating natural, nourishing herbal products is truly what I love to do, and I believe your senses will notice the effort, creativity and love I put into my creations.

90% of all herbs used in my products are grown in the Mount Pleasant Herbary Garden without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Lavender buds for sachets and the Buckwheat pillows are purchased from organic suppliers.



What kinds of products do you create and sell?
My best seller is the botanical soap. It is a cold process soap that is vegan (the base is olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter & castor oil), and made with essential oils only (with the exception of coffee soap), and herbs from the Mount Pleasant Herbary Garden. All soaps are made with botanical "chunks": dried herbs are grinded to powder and added to triple milled soap. After hardening, the herb infused soap will be cut into stripes and added to a fresh batch of soap (while it is still liquid). This process is gentle on the herbs and keeps their beneficial properties intact.

One day I made a batch of soap that was not very nice looking, yet it was perfectly fine soap. I remembered a felting class I had taken years ago and turned the ugly looking soap into a batch of felted soap. My customers loved it, and so the felted soap became a part of my product line. (I am not waiting for any more for a batch of soap that looks ugly though - I purposely make soap that has the same high quality vegan ingredients but is slightly smaller).

As I mentioned before, I also sell Buckwheat pillows in different sizes: There are neck pillows (great for tense muscles in your shoulder and neck area), eye pillows (relaxing after the end of a yoga session) and BooBoo pillows (little pillows that can be stored in the freezer until a child needs this comforting and soothing touch in form of a little pillow).

Not too long ago I also started making herbal salves: Calendula salve, Plantain salve, Baby salve, Bug repellent and lip balms.



What will you be featuring at Arts on the Square?
I will bring some molded soaps with me that make great gifts for the holidays. There will be fairies, star and tree shaped soaps, soaps that say "joy" and teddy bear soaps for kids.
I also just created a new felted soap for men. It is made with a darker color and scented with essential bay rum, vetiver and cedar oil. Since felted soap is perfect for scrubbing off garden dirt, paint, grease, etc. from your hands, it will be a perfect gift for the handyman in your life.

There will also be gift packages available in all different price ranges, nicely decorated with ribbons pine cones.




Where else can our readers find your products during this holiday season?
I will be selling my items at local Farmer's Markets (Cooperage in Honesdale PA and Callicoon NY) and at Holiday Shows in the area (Scranton Cultural Center on November 30th and Cooperage in Honesdale on Dec. 14th). 



Are you products sold in stores?
There are a few local stores that carry my items, like Milkweed in Honesdale, Callicoon Trading Co. in Callicoon NY, Heirloom Acres in Narrowsburg NY. I am currently working on expanding my wholesale partnerships.


Tell us about the classes you teach.  What do you have coming up?
I am planning on hosting some classes after the holidays when everything calms down a bit. I am thinking of teaching several classes about making your own creams and moisturizers, deodorant, lip balms and other body products. Then I would like to teach a class about making your own herbal cleaning products. Time and Places still need to be confirmed, so make sure you like MPH on Facebook or sign up at my booth with your email address in order to receive updated information.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
What I love most about what I am doing is the contrast between a quiet day at home, harvesting herbs or making a fresh batch of soap in my kitchen, and then the hustle and bustle that comes with an event like "Art on the Square". Meeting my customers who appreciate the efforts and love I put into my products, is the reason why I keep reloading  my car over and over again.

Follow Mount Pleasant Herbary

HOTS Spotlight: Meet Cole of Cole Hastings Jewelry & Furnishings

The most exciting part of planning an event is discovering talented artists and artisans to bring into the fold. We could not be more excited to have Cole Hastings Jewelry & Furnishings as part of Holiday on the Square.  They create gorgeous functional pieces of jewelry and home décor with wood, metal and 3-D printing technology. Check out our interview with Cole of Cole Hastings and make sure to stop by and visit them at Holiday on the Square!  

Tell us a little about Cole Hastings and your jewelry and furnishing design. What types of pieces do you create?


I create contemporary objects that decorate the body and the home. Working with an idea of the home as an extension of the person who lives there, the objects they choose to surround themselves with are just as intimate a thought to the jewelry they wear. The pieces are all designed around some core beliefs of mine. The first being that everyone should have access to great design. I take inspiration from places like high-end designers to geometry and funnel a lot of time and research into crafting objects that are aesthetically pleasing, while trying hard to keep them affordable. The second core belief is one of full life cycle. I look at where my materials come from and the construction methods I use for them. An example would be my 3D printed furnishings. The plastic I use is called PLA and is made from corn and bio-degradable. I care about the environment and what happens at the end of the life of the pieces I make. The third and final core belief is that home furnishings are the jewelry of the home. 




Your work encompasses both old-school fine craft such as woodworking and blacksmithing as well as cutting edge 3-D modeling. When did you first become interested in fine craft & design and how has your craft developed?


Great question, I started as a blacksmith and armor reproduction maker when I was still in high school. After several years I decided to take my interest in Crafts further, so I enrolled at Kutztown University. They have an amazing Crafts department and I had two wonderful professors there that brought out the best in me, David Rogers and Jim Malenda. Rogers taught me everything I know about woodworking and sculpture. He was a constant push to get better at what I do and explore why I do it. I had already had about seven years of computer modelling experience before Rogers classes, but he refined my abilities to allow me to model and design in the computer far better now. Malenda taught me a lot about fine metal work and Craft history. He was a huge influence into my understanding the people that came before me. He also fostered a passion for technique and developing those skill sets. In the years since I had these amazing teachers I have worked to perfect and understand my Crafts. 3D modelling/printing is a cornerstone of my style and I am continuing to develop and educate about this brave new world. 




Can you tell our readers a little about 3D modeling and how you use the technology in your creations?


3D modelling is the beginning of any object I make. It is my way of sketching and explaining to others what I am thinking. I have been using a 3D printer more and more to make individual objects out of a bio-degradable plastic called PLA. It is a process I have been working on for the better part of 3-4 years. Lately I have been starting to make molds of my 3D printed objects to be able to produce in a higher quantity. This technology is the future of manufacturing and allows me to prototype designs in days that would normally take months if not longer. That allows me to bring my designs to market faster. Even with all the technology, the heart of a craftsman wanting everything to be as close to perfect as possible is still very much there.




Having studied and practiced so many different crafts, do you have a first love?


I have a good listing of crafts under my belt. Including pouring glass, woodworking, blacksmithing, fine metal work, a dabble of ceramics, and even candle making. My first love would have to be blacksmithing. There is a beautiful and noble history to this particular craft. It all started when my mom took me to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire when I was young. I became enthralled by Arthurian Legend and still am to this day. But, every time I pick up a hand tool and work wood or metal in the same way that has been done for thousands of years I feel a link back to every person who has done the same movements. There is something wonderful that fills my heart with fulfillment when I work with a chisel or file.

What will you have in store for our shoppers at Holiday on the Square?


All sorts of beautiful handmade stainless steel jewelry with accents of titanium and aluminum to start. There will be home furnishings made in wood and 3D printed. And, I will be showing off some of the newest designs I have, including a brand new bottle opener design that is completely original. 




Where else can people find your work?


Mostly on my website, shows, Instagram, and Facebook. I try and keep things local and original. I love meeting new customers and making people happy with new objects that can be cherished for years.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


Absolutely! I will be having a couple special sales that you will only be able to get by coming to Holiday on the Square, including a sale on earrings of "buy two get one free!" So come on out and get some wonderful jewelry and home furnishings.

Find out more about Cole Hastings:
Website: ColeHastings.com
Twitter: @cole_hastings
Instagram: @colehastings


We ♥ Voyager Video! Check out Super Fun Instamercial :)

Friday, November 21, 2014




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Learn more about Voyager Video in our interview with them from this past summer:  AOTS Spotlight: Meet Lindsay and David of Voyager Video. 

HOLIDAY ON THE SQUARE is almost here!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014
The countdown to Holiday on the Square has begun....just 20 DAYS until showtime!!!

 Don't forget to head on over to the 
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