Kristina Gonzalez, Author at Center Square Lofts

Congrats to Brü Daddy’s!

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.

Upcoming Events:
Trivia Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Pizza ‘n Beer Night with live music every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Karaoke Night every Thursday at 7 p.m.
• Brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. beginning on Valentine’s Day

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.

Top 3 Must-See Elements in the New “Unleash” Mural

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Meet your leasing team: Tara Anthony

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 

Radish Republic: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the cauliflower and cook until fork-tender.
  4. 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.
  5. Drain the cauliflower and mix with the cheese sauce. Serve immediately.

Radish Republic: Whiskey Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Create this perfect Fall side dish, courtesy of Radish Republic! You can purchase all these ingredients next time you visit Radish Republic on the ArtsWalk.

Whiskey Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

16 ounces brussels sprouts, halved
4 slices bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons maple syrup or more to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a wide skillet over medium heat, sauté chopped bacon until cooked through or crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from skillet, drain some of the grease. Reserve some bacon grease to cook the brussels sprouts.
  3. Add the brussels sprouts to the skillet and cook until browned and easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add the maple syrup of your choice. We prefer Whiskey Hollow whiskey barrel aged maple syrup. Add chopped bacon back to the skillet before serving.

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