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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.

Resident Feature: Janish Kothari

When Janish Kothari got accepted into the Cardiology Fellowship program at St. Luke’s University Hospital, he started to prepare for his move from Brooklyn, NY to the Lehigh Valley. Center Square Lofts had everything he was looking for: the ideal location, great amenities, and ample space at an affordable cost. Keep reading to learn more about how Downtown Allentown has been an upgrade from Brooklyn, NY!

Name: Janish Kothari
Location: Center Square Lofts
Years/Months Lived at Center Square Lofts: 4 Months
Instagram handle: @doctajayyy

  • Why make the Lehigh Valley home? I moved here from NYC. I am in Cardiology Fellowship training at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem so I will be in the area for a minimum of 3 to 5 years.
  • How did you hear about Downtown Allentown/Lehigh Valley? I did some research on popular places to live and Center Square Lofts came up.
  • Why did you choose Downtown Allentown as opposed to other communities in the Lehigh Valley? The combination of location, amenities, modern building style, space, and cost. It was the perfect balance for everything I needed.
  • What was the deciding factor that made you choose Center Square Lofts as your new home? We really lovely the décor in the apartments. The kitchens were something we were drawn to. I love the rooftop and other amenities.
  • What benefits have you seen since moving to a smaller city?
    More space is probably the biggest thing. Coming from NYC I was used to a shoebox-living style. My apartment has tons of light and I love waking up to it every morning.
  • How does your commute compare to how it was working in a bigger city?
    My commute is a bit longer here (12minutes driving) as opposed to 2 minutes walking in NYC (I used to live across the street from my hospital). But I actually prefer this! I use this time to clear my mind and listen to music.
  • How does your cost of living compare to living in a bigger city?
    My cost of living is about the same but the added space, amenities, and most importantly parking is the icing on the cake.
  • How does Downtown Allentown compare to other places you have lived?
    I like how people in this building are young and how its dog friendly (something my old building did not provide). The environment here is very welcoming and overall “cozy.”
  • What part of the Lehigh Valley surprised you the most since you moved here?
    Coming from a big city, we don’t really have access to a lot of greenery. Being able to access parks and put down a blanket, have a bottle of wine, and hang out there for a couple of hours is something that we didn’t know we liked as much as we did until we moved here, so we’ve been actually taking advantage of that opportunity quite of a bit.
  • What makes this residential community a unique place to live?
    The location is ideal. It’s easily accessible to major highways. And the fact that it’s around other buildings with similar living styles and age group of people is also something I appreciate.
  • What’s your favorite memory so far since you’ve moved to Downtown Allentown?
    I haven’t been here nearly long enough to make many memories. But one thing I can say is that this is the first home me and my wife have gotten together so it’s special to us.
  • Describe what the community is like at City Center Residential? The community is young and from what I can tell, hip. I enjoyed meeting neighbors on the rooftop and interacting with them in the lobby. I look forward to more encounters over my time here.
  • How did you make your apartment, home?
    It’s still in the process, but my wife and I look forward to decorating our space to make it familiar to us.
  • What’s your favorite amenity space? I really enjoy the rooftop and lounge space.
  • What do you want other people to know about living in Downtown Allentown? That if they want a change of pace, modern amenities, beautifully designed apartments, and great neighbors, Downtown Allentown is the ideal place.

Center Square Lofts & Brü Daddy’s Brewing Co. Collaboration

Center Square Lofts and Brü Daddy’s Brewing Co. have come together to create a special beer for the opening of our newest building, Center Square Lofts East. The “Center Square State of Mind” beer is a Double New England IPA that is finished off with a nice touch of Peach and Mango purée to help complement the beautiful notes of the Citra, Azacca, El Dorado and Wakatu hops. When you order your Center Square State of Mind beer make sure to take a photo of it, post the photo on your Instagram story or feed, tag and follow @CenterSquareLofts and use the hashtag #LIVECentered to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Brü Daddy’s!

Residents that are moving into Center Square Lofts East this Fall/Winter will receive a voucher to enjoy this beer for FREE after they move in! If you’re not moving into Center Square Lofts East, you can still visit Brü Daddy’s to try this smooth beer.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Center Square Lofts East is the perfect place to call home in Downtown Allentown. When you move to Center Square Lofts East, you’ll have access to an endless array of amenities like a rooftop terrace, a courtyard with a pool, three resident lounges, two gyms, co-working space, and much more. Plus, we’re only steps away from Brü Daddy’s!

Take a virtual tour now or schedule an in-person tour with our leasing team!

Center Square Lofts East is Now Preleasing

CITY CENTER RESIDENTIAL IS NOW PRELEASING CENTER SQUARE LOFTS EAST, OPENING OCTOBER 2020 IN DOWNTOWN ALLENTOWN

Premier amenities will include first pool and toddler playroom
in a downtown Allentown residential building

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 20, 2020 – City Center Residential announced today it is preleasing and accepting deposits for Center Square Lofts East, a 169-unit luxury residential building at 7th and Walnut streets in downtown Allentown. The 5-story building is scheduled to open in October 2020.
Designed by JDavis Architects, the pet-friendly building includes studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, with the first-floor apartments along 7th Street having walk-up access. Premier amenities will include the first elevated outdoor pool and toddler playroom in a downtown Allentown residential community, along with a clubroom with a fireplace and a courtyard with a grill and swings. The amenities will be shared by residents of the 95-unit Center Square Lofts West, which opened last year and is fully leased. The East and West communities will be connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge spanning Hall Street.

Center Square Lofts East will also feature a 6,000-square-foot public plaza that spills out onto Center Square at 7th and Hamilton streets.

“Center Square Lofts East will be City Center’s most impressive residential community to date, boasting premier amenities in the heart of downtown Allentown’s exciting revitalization,” said Zachary Sienicki, vice president of City Center Residential. “We’ve taken the style and amenities residents want most and elevated them to the next level.”

The apartments at Center Square Lofts East will feature oversized windows, open gourmet kitchens with stainless Energy Star® appliances, subway-tile backsplashes and quartz countertops, luxury bathrooms with soaking tubs, and full-sized stackable washers and dryers. The building will provide a locker system for delivered cold groceries and packages, bike and personal storage, connected parking, 24/7 monitored surveillance and controlled access. The property will also offer onsite professional management, maintenance and concierge services, including pet walking and pet sitting


Monthly rent for studio apartments will start at $1,200, one-bedroom apartments will start at $1,300 and two-bedroom apartments will start at $1,600. All Center Square Lofts East residents will receive a complimentary membership to the Allentown Art Museum and discounts at LVHN Fitness, The Baum School of Art, Miller Symphony Hall and downtown retailers and restaurants.
City Center Residential welcomed its first residents to Cityplace, site of the former Holiday Inn in downtown Allentown, during the first week of July 2020. The semi-luxury adaptive-reuse project offering attainable rents joins existing City Center Residential communities in downtown Allentown, STRATA West, STRATA East, STRATA Symphony, 520 Lofts, Walnut Street Commons and Center Square Lofts West. With a total of 652 apartments among those seven buildings, City Center Residential properties are 96-percent leased overall. Learn more about each of City Center’s residential communities in downtown Allentown at www.CityCenterAllentown.com/Residential.
For more information on preleasing an apartment at Center Square Lofts East, contact the team at 610-841-2489 or live@centersquarelofts.com, stop by the leasing office at 27 North 7th Street in Allentown or visit www.CenterSquareLofts.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram at @CenterSquareLofts #LIVECentered777

About City Center Allentown:
City Center Allentown is a major mixed-use development that is helping transform downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, into one of America’s most vibrant urban communities and a regional center of excellence for business, culture and metropolitan living. With Allentown’s new arena, PPL Center, at its core, City Center includes more than 1.5 million square feet among four Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, five residential communities, upscale retail and restaurant space and a coworking space called Velocity. City Center’s total investment in downtown Allentown is $455 million, with another $235 million under development and $300 million in the planning stages. In 2017, the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District was honored with a Global Award of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Media Contact:
Jeff Vaughan, Vaughan Communications Group, jv@voncom.com, 610-533-4264

City Center Residential Scavenger Hunt!

City Center Residential Scavenger Hunt! 

City Center Residential is hosting a Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July! Follow these simple steps and you can win a $100 gift card to a downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. 

  1. Complete the items on the checklist (see below). Post a photo of you completing the task on your Instagram story or feed, tag @CenterSquareLofts and use the hashtag #CCRScavengerHunt.
  2. Keep track of how many points you’ve earned by checking off each completed task. 
  3. Once you earn 10 points, you’ll win a free ice cream from Batch Microcreamery!
  4. The person with the most points by August 1 will win a $100 gift card to a downtown restaurant or retailer of their choice! Second place will win a $50 gift card, and third place will win a $25 gift card.

We can’t wait to see your photos! Good luck! 

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