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Hanh Le, of Wilkes-Barre, decorates the hoa mai tree, symbolic of the Vietnamese New Year before Mass at the Franklin Township Fire Hall on Feb. 10.
Hanh Le, of Wilkes-Barre, decorates the hoa mai tree, symbolic of the Vietnamese New Year before Mass at the Franklin Township Fire Hall on Feb. 10.
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WILKES-BARRE – The old will become new again in the downtown when a long vacant building on South Main Street reopens as a jewelry store.
It should take about four weeks for Michael Taylor and his wife, Ilona, to have their Ocean Gold store open at the former Frank Clark Jeweler building.
The couple own the Ocean Gold store in Nanticoke and plan to keep that open too, Michael Taylor said Thursday.
His wife wanted the landmark building, and he’s been impressed with the development downtown. “I think I came in at the right time,” he said.
The jewelry store will occupy the first floor, and apartments are planned for the upper floors, Taylor said. He’s hoping the store will pay for the upstairs renovations at the building he bought.
He’s looking forward to seeing what the building’s brass front looks like after it gets polished.
Taylor said his wife’s family was in the jewelry business in Atlantic City, and the Ocean Gold name brought them “a lot of luck.”
The pending entrance of Taylor’s store to the city’s downtown retail mix follows the exit of Bartikowsky Jewelers, which closed last week. Taylor said he bought its tools and work benches.
Separately, two former employees of the shuttered jewelry business are opening RACO Watch and Jewelry on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, Taylor said.
Meanwhile, another new business will open downtown.
Prana Yoga Studio will start classes on March 1, said owner Kelly Corazzi.
“We suggest a donation of $10 per class, but people can pay what they can afford,” she said. The donation system works at her studio in Scranton, where her new landlord, Joe Amato, takes classes, she said.
Information about hours and classes can be found at .

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