This Schuylkill County community has seen its share of hard times. But rather than surrender, local organizations have banded together to revive downtown through entrepreneurship, historical preservation and the arts -- and female business owners are leading the way.
This evolving neighborhood has been drawing in young professionals, artists and historic preservation fanatics since at least the 1970s. In recent years, the number of entertainment and culinary options -- from breweries to art galleries to coffee shops -- has boomed, while the boundaries of the neighborhood have pushed ever outwards.
Whether you're looking to bike, hike, paddle, antique or sip local brews, this Poconos hamlet has you covered. And if you're also excited by dramatic stories of history and revitalization, Jim Thorpe has that, too.
This Mon River Valley town is going all out to lure businesses to its historic downtown, offering incentives, support, services and architectural charm. The community is also boosting its existing entrepreneurs via a pop-up resource center.
South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses.
This historic town along the Monongahela River is on the comeback trail, and some of its youngest citizens are leading the charge. New parks, exciting development projects and rehabs of iconic buildings are all part of the area's rebirth.