A dazzling marquee and people lined up around the block.
Main Street, Pittston, hadn't seen the likes of this since The Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" opened at the American Theatre.
But that was the scene Saturday morning for the grand opening of the Boden outlet at Open Space on South Main Street.
The British company Boden, a manufacturer of high-end clothing with a distribution facility in Centre Pointe, operates an outlet at Open Space on Saturdays and Sundays. Business has been brisk since the soft opening in December but Saturday really put an exclamation point on the operation. People came from miles around.
Those who haven't been to downtown Pittston in some time, or perhaps have never visited the town, were surely surprised at what they found, and not just at Open Space. That entire section of Main Street is hopping with activity.
Close by are the Art Seen gallery, the Coffeetable coffee shop and lunchroom, a high traffic tanning facility and spa, Rooney's Irish Pub, the busy Knights of Columbus home, the Oddfellows building with the Meals on Wheels program on the first floor, the elegant Palazzo 54 restaurant, and the refurbished Dime Bank office building. Across the street are the newly renovated Napoli's Pizza and Italian Restaurant and Pizza LaCucina.
And city officials say this is just the beginning.
We say welcome, Boden. And thanks for showing faith in Main Street.