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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Mike and Luis did a fantastic job with my maintenance request. They were prompt, thorough, and communicated every step of the way. They helped me so much. Very much appreciated!
Michael Angney and Luis Jordan are so helpful with maintenance! They are super professional and keep you in the loop if anything changes. The management and maintenance team have made living here great!
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They run a really good rental operation. The buildings are clean, amenities are excellent and the maintenance and administrative staff are friendly and helpful. It also feels safe.
Here 2 years and the staff from the leasing agents, the maintenance and even security are always quick with responses and truly care about your experience. My favorites to name a few are Bri, Meghan, Sabrina, Ashley, in leasing and Mike in maintenance. #movedowntown
Great amenity space— love the gym, yoga/barre room and pool. Spacious layouts with a lot of storage/closet space. My apartment has a great covered balcony. Modern appliances. Still feels new. Feels very safe and secure living here. Location is central and walkable to Starbucks, PPl center, festivals, art museum, and restaurants.
Great place to live at! They are very accommodating, they put their tenants needs first and do what they can to go above and beyond! Freebies, giveaways, networking events etc! Great place for content creators and entrepreneurs. I was worried it was going to be too loud but it’s not at all!
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!
I love living here. So much to do and I am so happy I decided to give it a try living here. I feel very safe and I am very comfortable here. I highly recommend
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!
All 5 stars are for Mark. He deserves 10 but google only allows 5.Also, if you ever have an issue with the apartment, Meagan and Tara will be on that in lightning speed.
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.
I have been extremely satisfied with leasing at Center Square lofts. Full experience of a Luxury building . And great amenities.
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.