Early Saturday morning I bumped into a Hamilton Street merchant I know, there's not that many of them nowadays. He told me about the Blues, Brews & Barbeque*, and that he was hoping for a crowded Hamilton Street...He certainly got his wish. If the crowd was fortified from a pent up demand from the pandemic, regardless, people were there in force. People who enjoyed themselves are likely to return for the next event.
The diverse, middle class crowd resembled Hamilton Street of yesteryears. While Allentown cannot sponsor a festival everyday, I'm sure that J.B. Reilly had pleasant dreams Saturday night.
While people are not used to me writing something positive about downtown and the NIZ, I'm more than happy to report on good days there.
*kudos to event coordinators Miriam Huertas and Betsy Kohl