Beer as far as the eye can see is what makes Plaza Beverage the best beer distributor in the Greater Pittston area for the fifth year, as voted by Sunday Dispatch readers. With a variety of 12 and 24 packs available for purchase, Plaza Beverage is the place to go to get that refreshing after-work-sitting-in-your-refrigerator beverage.
Highland Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Pam Sheeder, director of admissions, said the staff gets to know clients on a personal level, and that’s what sets Highland Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located in Exeter, apart from the rest. “We know the residents by their first names, and most times, the rest of the family members by their first names,” she said. “Our staff has been here a long time, and we think that’s a positive thing.” Sheeder also said the location of the facility and its natural beauty allows residents to feel more at home.
R & M Collision Auto Services
For simple things such as inspections, tire rotations or oil changes, R&M Collision Auto Services is the place to go, as voted for by Sunday Dispatch readers. The shop is located at 316 William St., Pittston, and can be reached at 570-655-4427.
Located at 34 Main St. in Dupont is Greater Pittston’s source for custom apparel of the highest quality at a reasonable price. With a wide variety of of high-end apparel such as uniforms, jerseys and custom shirts, Mad Tees can create a unique order in a few simple steps. A vast array of items offered can bear a logo or a message, promote a business, school, team or organization. The possibilities are endless when it comes to screen printing and embroidery at Mad Tees.
Founded in 1895 by William Gerrity, Gerrity’s has been known to make many of the items it sells from scratch such as bread, sausage and pasta salads. The store also supports local vendors, including Tomalis Provisions and Eastern Produce. Gerrity’s is now owned by the Fasula family, which partnered with William Gerrity’s son, Joe, but eventually purchased the company in 1974.
ReRuns Consignment opened on July 16 and in less than two months was voted Best Consignment Shop by Sunday Dispatch readers. Owner Courtney Brenner admitted she felt the award was a long shot.“It’s an incredibly humbling honor,” she said. Merchandise at ReRuns includes clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, hats and home decor. The idea for the name Reruns comes from Brenner’s love of classic television shows such as “Family Ties” and “Friends.” She explained that, like a television show, clothes can also be just as good the second time around.
It’s hard to think of Pittston without thinking of Sabatelle’s Market. With its wide variety of meats cut to perfection by Jason Sabatelle, it’s no wonder the market was voted Best Butcher once more by Sunday Dispatch readers. Also selling a wide variety of other deli products, Sabatelle’s will celebrate 39 years in business during October of this year.
HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER
Driscoll’s Home Center
Driscoll’s Home Center opened in the former CVS building on the corner of Boston Avenue and Fourth Street and is owned by Liz and Dennis Driscoll of Pittston. The store offers all home improvement needs, and if you can’t find it at Driscoll’s, they’ll get it for you. “We really focus on customer service,” Dennis said. “We’re absolutely thrilled for this honor. We owe all that to the community, and we take pride in our community.”
Owned by Karen Walsh-Emma and Joseph Emma, JK Holly in downtown Pittston offers specialty gifts and home decor in the Newrose Building. JK Holly also sells fresh loose leaf tea, fair trade organic coffee and snacks such as gourmet cookies, trail mix and pretzels. The tea offerings change monthly and seasonally. The store held its grand opening a year ago. Joseph said the store is honored to win. “We’re competing with a lot of great stores,” he said. “We’re more than just a gift shop.” JK Holly’s window seating right on Main Street is a big attraction.
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa
The Sapphire Salon and Destination Spa, located at 247 S. Main St. in Pittston, opened its doors in November 2001. Owners Angie and Larry Morgan, along with their staff, offer a wide range of services to their customers but admit the most popular are the Sapphire Facial, the Sapphire Couples Massage and Sapphire Customized Pedicure. Their most unique service is the Abyhanga Massage, a four-hands massage performed on one person and done simultaneously on each half of the body for maximum therapeutic and relaxation benefit, a technique they describe as totally blissful.
M & T Bank
Located at Pittston Bypass, M&T Bank in Pittston offers a wide range of financial solutions for personal, business or commercial banking needs and is committed to serving the way customers bank today, while helping to build financial security for the future. The team of skilled and experienced professionals can help find the best ways to protect customers and their finances.
Carmen’s Flowers & Gifts
For nearly 100 years, Carmen’s Flowers & Gifts has been serving the Greater Pittston area and was voted for the second straight year by Sunday Dispatch readers. Last year was Carmen’s first award. Carmen’s specializes in flowering events such as weddings and other special occasions. Carmen Mauriello runs the show these days. The store was founded by his great-grandfather in Pittston, and later moved to the Exeter location.
Village II Gold and Silversmith
In business since 1989, Village II Gold and Silversmith started out as a repair shop and has grown to a full-service jewelry store with an extensive line of everyday jewelry, religious jewelry, watches, sterling silver and custom made pieces at its location on Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. The business is currently run by Ron and Paula Sorick. One thing that might separate the Soricks’ store is the fact they do their own repairs. The business was started by Ron’s parents in 1989 and have won this award each year since 2010. “We have great, local customers,” Paula said. “We have a little bit of everything and we’re a second-generation business.”
Family Prescription Counter
Chris Hampel, owner of Family Prescription Counter in Duryea, said the win was quite a shock, but was grateful to be recognized in this year’s Best of Greater Pittston Awards. “…We try to treat everyone like family,” he said. “We provide excellent customer service. The staff we have is really top notch, and it shows.”
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa
The Sapphire Salon and Destination Spa, located at 247 S. Main St. in Pittston, opened its doors in November 2001. Owners Angie and Larry Morgan, along with their staff, offer a wide range of services to their customers. The salon offers hair cuts, coloring services, special event and wedding styling, even scalp massages.
Cross Valley Federal Credit Union
Cross Valley Federal Credit Union offers checking and savings accounts, loans, and other products and services. According to its website, its mission is “people helping people.” They can be reached at 570-823-6836.
Top Nails offers long, curved and short nail designs, as well as China silk wraps. The business can also provide manicures and pedicures, refills and nail tips, nail charms and air brushing.
Jeanne Zinkavich, owner, believes her staff and clients make Bronzed Bunz on Main Street in Duryea a great success. “We go that extra step to ensure the services our salon offers are above and beyond,” she said. “Our clients don’t go anywhere else.”
Sabatelle’s has been serving the finest Italian meat and cheeses in the Greater Pittston area for almost 40 years. The folks at Sabatelle’s pride themselves on customer service, operating an old-fashioned butcher shop in which they will make any cut of meat or cheese special for their customers. They also offer a vast menu of hot, home-style foods everyday, including an assortment of platters suitable for any occasion.
Borino Tire & Auto Center
Borino Tire & Auto Center has been providing auto care needs to residents in Greater Pittston for more than 60 years. The company website, borinotireandauto.com, provides an extensive guide for customers to find the perfect tires for their vehicles.
Carpinet Plumbing and Heating
It was a tie in this year’s Best Heating/AC Service between Carpinet Plumbing on Eighth Street in Wyoming, and Valley Refrigeration on the Pittston Bypass. Valley Refrigeration has been family-owned and operated by the Sutkowski family since 1972 and offers duct work, and provides installation services. This is the third straight year Valley has won this category. Carpinet, also-family owned, was founded more than 70 years ago, and offers a complete plumbing and heating service.
HEATING OIL COMPANY
Mitchell’s Lumber & Fuel Oil
A family-owned and operated business for 90 years, Mitchell’s Lumber & Fuel Oil serves the area when it comes to lumber, building materials, doors, windows and everything else you need from a home center. In 1972, the company started its oil business. Today, Jody and Pat Mitchell run the operations. Jody is the company’s only truck driver. “All the customers know him,” Pat said. He also said it’s the personal connection his customers feel that sets his business apart.
PRINTING & GRAPHICS COMPANY
Pittston Printery opened in the early 1990s and has been involved in the Greater Pittston community ever since. Sunday Dispatch readers have chosen the business as Best Printing & Graphics Company in Greater Pittston.
Spencer’s Construction and Painting
According to the company website, Spencer’s Construction and Painting was founded in 1995 by Judson Spencer Sr. Judson Spencer Jr. serves as the business’ manager. Located on Tunnel Street in Pittston, Spencer’s Construction and Painting offers many roofing services, including flat roof felting, traditional pitching roofs, strip and re-tile, renovation work, minor and major roof repairs and more.
Bovani’s Towing & Service Center
“It feels good,” said Dante Bovani, owner of Bovani’s Towing & Service Center, of winning the Best Towing Service award. “We’ve been in business for 65 years, and we have a good reputation with the community and the police departments.”
Lyons has been cutting hair for over 20 years and can be found as the general manager of the family business, Lyons Barbershop, located at 611 Main St. in Avoca, which has been in business since 1970. The business offers haircuts for men, kids, beard trims, shaves and seniors over the age of 60 get 33 percent off on Thursdays. Lyons Barbershop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Appointments can be made by calling 570-457-3319. When walking, Lyons asks for one thing: “Don’t be shy, ask for Bri.”
Five years ago in September, Perennial Point on North River Street was devastated by the flood of 2011. Now the garden center has reestablished itself as a fixture in Greater Pittston. The center offers everything from perennials to tropical plants. They even offer herbs. The center is open from around Easter to around Halloween.