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Roba Family Farms Small Business Spotlight

Roba Family Farms was the small business spotlighted at the December 5 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. John Roba started his business in 1984 with the purchase of a 52-acre farm in North Abington Township. He began to harvest trees there in 1990 and the operation took off and diversified from that point. Along with his wife and children, Mr. Roba began to expand, selling pumpkins. The family also purchased two other farms for growing Christmas, flowering and shade trees and apples. The orchard featured a variety of family fun games and rides.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, John and Sue Roba, owners; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Paradise Sweets & Soulful Eats Café

Paradise Sweets & Soulful Eats Café was the small business spotlighted at the November 21 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. Opened in Scranton’s Marketplace At Steamtown this past June, owner Asia Wallace has combined her love for culinary art with down-home family recipes. That combination has produced a variety of cobblers, pies and cakes with a tropical theme. Ms. Wallace will be expanding her menu to include cupcakes, smoothies and traditional soul food favorites that her grandmother used to make. The café is open on Thursday from 1 – 4 PM; and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 – 6 PM.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Ms. Wallace, owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Adoption Day Program Honored

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the Human Services and Office of Youth & Family Services (OYFS) Departments for their efforts in coordinating the annual Adoption Day ceremony. The November 2 event included basket raffles, refreshments, court proceedings and other activities.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Lisa Sohara, (OYFS), William Browning, the County’s Human Services Director; Rebecca Brojack, (OYFS); Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon & Spa

Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon & Spa was the small business spotlighted at the November 7 Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting. Established in Dunmore in 2018, Bellissmo’s goal is to take the “nightmare” out of children’s haircuts. Owner LeeAnn Perry created an atmosphere where youngsters can dress up in costumes, sit in car or fly a helicopter while getting “spruced” up. The salon has a boutique that is stocked with clothes and accessories and also sells a line of bath products. Bellissimo also offers a wide array of grooming and manicure services.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Mia Viera, Bellissimo manager and LeeAnn Perry, Bellissimo owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.