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Outside the Bubble

Outside the Bubble
Miranda Philbin, co-owner of the Peculiar Slurp Shop

Professor Kim Pavlick's journalism students partner with the Scranton Chamber of Commerce to write about local businesses for the Community-Based Learning course. 

Peculiar Slurp Shop: A First for Scranton

By Kyle Bravin

Peculiar Slurp Shop throws its own twist on dishes to make them unique, according to co-owner Miranda Philbin.

“We don’t call ourselves authentic,” she said. “We take well-known dishes and throw our own twist on them, hence the ‘peculiar’ name. This is what we’ve done with any food we’ve served in the past.”

A family-owned restaurant in downtown Scranton, Peculiar Slurp Shop is the first ramen shop in Northeast Pennsylvania. Their nearest competitor is located in Easton, although they don’t focus on their competitors. The staff’s goal is to have fun creating their own dishes and putting their heart into their business.

“We put our heart and soul into it, so it really is a privilege and a blessing to be able to open our doors and offer what we enjoy doing by putting it all out there for people,” Ms. Philbin said. “When we see that people are really enjoying what we are offering it makes us very happy.”

Continue reading on the Chamber website, here.


Electric City Escape: A Bright Future

By Ralph Rezza

It all started in Prague.

Electric City Escape founders Ryan and Amy Hnat were in that city and stumbled upon an escape room. Eager to bring the idea home to Scranton, they approached the Marywood University Entrepreneurial Launchpad for help.

“We thought it would be really cool to have something in our community that was both exciting and theatrical,” Ryan said.

Electric City Escape has expanded numerous times since it opened to the public in 2017. Originally comprised of two rooms, Ryan and Amy’s hard work has resulted in multiple expansions of the business, which now has four unique escape rooms: the “Art Heist,” the “Coal Mine,” the “Final Act: the Houdini Experience,” and the “Doctor’s Study.” Ryan Hnat built and created all of the puzzles. A school teacher by trade, Ryan credits his success to his professional background.

Continue reading on the Chamber website, here.

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