Apr 1, 2009
Rainy Day Blues
The current owner of the New York Floral Company, in the current Holiday Inn at Ninth and Hamilton, after 22 years, is closing the shop. Scott Kraus, mincing no words, tells the depressing story at Mcall this evening. The owner candidly states that the "downtown business environment foundered" and that "Downtown has become a place to avoid." Despite this man's experience, Pawlowski insists that downtown is coming back and cites a new eatery on 9th St., the Cave, which is taking over the Loop, which took over the Hoop, which took over the Boop. Here's what Pawlowski doesn't know. The New York Floral Company was at Ninth and Hamilton before the Hotel, which started as a Hilton. It was the premiere florist in Allentown, although the crowds of shoppers on Hamilton Street made it difficult to access. Husbands and boyfriends would park where they could, and there wasn't even a Parking Authority. Denial is a river in Egypt.