Get a Taste of Victory You can now try an award-winning beer without leaving Downtown Allentown. Brü Daddy’s Brewing Co.recently won the Silver Award at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, and you have to try the winning brew next time you visit. One sip of Black Sheep Schwarzbier, a traditional German-style black lager, and you’ll taste for yourself why it won!
Picking the Best Beers Brü Daddy’s brought Head Brewer Todd Reinhardt onto the team in July 2020, and not long after he was already thinking of beers to submit to this international competition. “We took five of our beers, one of them being the Black Sheep, and shipped them to the judges,” says Kevin Ryan, owner of Brü Daddy’s. The Black Sheep was already a favorite of Todd’s, who perfected the recipe himself. “The Black Sheep is a beer that Todd is passionate about,” says Kevin. “It’s a German-style lager, and it’s really crisp. It’s a great beer to have on tap when it’s cold out and goes great with pizza and burgers.”
The Inspiration Behind the Name A great beer needs a great name to go with it, and Todd came up with a name that represented this beer perfectly. “I knew it was a unique beer that wouldn’t quite fit in, so it was the Black Sheep of the family,” says Todd. This time around, being a black sheep definitely has paid off. Let the Good Times Roll at Brü Daddy’s The team at Brü Daddy’s is already working on launching their next great creation, the Hamilton St. Helles, which is their new flagship lager on tap and available in 4-packs to go. Grab a pint next time you come out to one of their events.
Want to try the award-winning Black Sheep beer for yourself? Head over to Bru Daddy’s at 732 Hamilton St. to get a $10 growler or order it on tap before it sells out! Don’t forget, delicious fresh beer is always just steps away when you’re living downtown.
A space never truly feels complete until you add the most important piece – art. That can be said of the new residents-only dog park that opened on Hall Street next to Center Square Lofts East, which has a brand-new mural created by artist Matt Halm. Halm’s name may sound familiar to anyone who has lived in Downtown Allentown for the past few years. He’s the creative mastermind behind the staircase mural at 520 Lofts titled “Dare Mighty Things.” If you’ve seen that mural, you might be familiar with Halm’s style of bringing together art and history in one cohesive piece. Check out the top elements to look for when you visit his new mural, titled “Unleash,” at the dog park.
Incorporating the Old with the New “For the dog park mural, it was interesting because it was connected to the dog park and apartments, but we also wanted to keep the existing sign on the wall. So, I was given the challenge to keep the original sign ‘Lafayette Radio Electronics’ on the wall while incorporating the idea of a dog park,” says Halm. When you have those challenges, it makes for a more unique piece. Halm overcame those artistic obstacles with ease and incorporated the Lafayette Radio Electronics sign into the mural along with other images of the past, like of Lehigh Valley Dairy.
All Eyes on the Dogs It wouldn’t be a dog park mural if it didn’t feature its number-one visitors – dogs! Halm wanted to have big imagery of the dogs incorporated to give it a “city-park” aesthetic. “There’s a vibrant posterized half version of a dog on the one side, and on the other side is the dalmatian, which has a cool pattern too,” says Halm. You can also see an outline of a red dog playing in the middle of the mural, tying the two dogs together.
Bringing it All Together Halm wanted this mural to have that city-park feel by tying in some natural design elements. He brought in artist Casey Gordon to add pattern designs into the mural, which incorporate nature in the piece in an interesting way. “I made an abstract collage of a park while mixing in old advertising and Casey’s hand-painted patterns. It was a challenge but very fun,” says Halm. The end result is the perfect balance of art for four-legged friends and their owners to enjoy when they visit.
Name: Tara Anthony Title: Senior Residential Property Manager
How many years have you’ve been working for City Center Residential? I’ve been working downtown for two years, but I’ve been working in leasing for a total of 6 years between my time here & one of our suburban properties!
What’s your favorite part about working in Downtown Allentown? Downtown Allentown has the best Starbucks team in all the land. I go there every day & they have my drink ready as soon as I walk in!
Do you have a favorite lunch spot in Downtown Allentown? Tacos Y Tequila. Ramiro makes me feel at home and the chicken fajitas are the bomb. Pro tip: add the cheese sauce.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Getting to watch the downtown landscape transform year after year & working with the best team in the multifamily industry.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself! I have seen every episode of Law & Order SVU at least twice!
What’s your favorite resident event City Center Residential hosted? Annual Rooftop party! I think this is also our residents’ favorite event!
What’s the best memory you have since working at City Center Residential? Signing 54 leases during the month of July 2020! Talk about a month that flew by in the blink of an eye.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? I love spinning. Pre-COVID you could catch me every Saturday at Haddy’s spin class, however, I had to get creative during quarantine & got a Peloton. Catch me on the leaderboard. #7Bee
This month, Radish Republic shares a recipe for Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. Try this recipe at home for yourself! These ingredients can be purchased at Radish Republic. This recipe is gluten-free, keto, and vegetarian!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
1 large head of cauliflower
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
Once the water is boiling, add the cauliflower and cook until fork-tender.
While the cauliflower is cooking, make the cheese sauce by mixing the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream, ground mustard, and salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is combined.
Drain the cauliflower and mix with the cheese sauce. Serve immediately.
Center Square Lofts is an awesome place to live!! In general, I love the amenities of CSL and the location is perfect for me. The city is growing a lot with new bars and restaurants around. I would totally recommend CSL to all people. Great community!
I've lived at Center Square Lofts West for 3 and a half years and love it here! I downsized from a 3,000 plus SF home into a 1,200 plus SF apartment and was concerned about the transition, but the City Center crew made it easy. There are plenty of spacious closets and a storage facility for little-used items like decorations. As an avid baker, I accumulate a lot of kitchen items, including 8 kinds of flour, but the cupboards are quite roomy and everything fits. Restaurants, bars, swimming pool, all within walking distance. The few maintenance problems I've run into with my loft have been quickly remedied through Maintenance Mark and the office staff. I live in a quiet hallway with only seven units, so adjusting to apartment life has been mostly painless. I've just renewed my lease for the third time!
CSL is by far THE BEST apartment complex I have lived at! I lived at about 6 other luxury apartments in California prior to moving to PA and CSL really has left a positive impression on me. The leasing staff have been helpful from the start and continue to do so as well! A lot of leasing staff in my experience are only helpful in the beginning when they want you to move in and then you never hear from them again but that is definitely not my experience here! Love the leasing staff and maintenance staff is also super friendly and professional! I renewed my lease for the 2nd year and highly recommend this building or any of the other city center residential communities to anyone looking for a new complex to live at!
LOVE living downtown at Center Square Lofts. The instant Meagan showed me the apartment, I fell in love. The amenities are great and the new pool is awesome. The maintenance staff are always on the ball and courteous. I get quick responses from the leasing department and they also do a great job of hosting fun events downtown as well.
Love it here! Got a studio in the East building, and was immediately sold during my tour with Meagan. Some construction still underway during move in, but nothing too disruptive. The amenities themselves are totally worth it; from the gyms/yoga studio to the lounges and come spring/summer the salt water pool officially opens. Grilling stations, adult swing sets, fire pit, giant chess, pool table, shuffle board and fooseball in the courtyard and adjacent lounge. Brand new appliances, and the closet space is to die for. And washer/drier in every unit was a huge plus for me. Brand new building, super modern and classy. Security is on point too (sec cams and regular walkthroughs).
We love Center Square Lofts! We lived in Strata previously and they made the lease transfer seamless. The construction is moving so quickly. I swear there is something new or updated every single day. It speaks to how hard the staff is working to make this building beautiful and unique.
Center Square Lofts East has been great. Our apartment is beautiful; brand new appliances, a lot of storage space, great lighting, Juliet balcony, etc. A lot of great common spaces as well including a lounge over looking the square with a fire place, a courtyard with a pool on the way, a gym, a yoga room and a dog park right next to the building. The staff have been very accommodating and the security was well thought through.Once the Pandemic subsides you are also literally a minute walk to the PPL Center, Brü Daddy’s Brewery, Queen City BBQ and more. Highly recommend if you are moving to Allentown!
Brand new appliances, beautiful bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and top notch amenity spaces (And a pool coming for summer 2021)!Building staff are friendly and always happy to help. Kaitlynn, Meagan, Robert, and Sabrina made sure my move was seamless. Great place to call home!
I was one of the first people to move into CSL East back in October. There were a few issues involving construction early on. So the grand opening was definitely rushed.Now that the dust has settled, it is a 5 star building. It’s all brand new the units have stainless steel GE appliances, vinyl floors, and quarts countertops. The amenities are beyond impressive. You have access to 2 different gyms, multiple lounge areas and club rooms, a nice courtyard with grills and fire pits, a sky deck , coworking room, and a balcony overlooking the center square.If you’re going to live in Allentown, this is the best place to be. The Hamilton district is the business district with the PPL Center, artswalk, and all the best restaurants in the city.