Written by: Nicki Sanchirico Exsc/Kines ’18, DPT ’21
A wide variety of shops are available to students within walking distance or a short drive of campus!
Shopping in Downtown Scranton
In the downtown Scranton area, just a few blocks from campus, there are plenty of stores where you can find beauty supplies and cute clothes. Some stores even offer a student discount! Many of my friends enjoy getting beauty products from Lavish Body & Home as well as from Alexander’s Salon & Spa. Students are sure to find the latest styles at Freedlove and The Daisy Collective.
For students who are looking for unique or custom products, The Marketplace at Steamtown is a great place to explore. If you are a fan of the TV show “The Office”, be sure to stop by the store Phyl Your Bags. The store is filled with hand designed products made by local artisans, and you are sure to find something that references Dunder Mifflin. The Scranton Public Market is also located inside The Marketplace at Steamtown and features a wide variety of local venders on weekends from 11am – 4pm, who sell beautiful hand-crafted jewelry and delicious foods.
Shopping in Near-by Towns
Within a short drive from campus, there are a lot of other stores for students to explore. Ten minutes from campus is Dickson City, where students can find a larger mall with stores such as Ulta, Yankee Candle, Express, JCPenny, Macy’s and Forever 21. In that same area, you’ll also find a Wegmans, Walmart, Target and other large chain stores.
Even more stores can be found at The Shoppes at Montage, which is also just a 10-minute drive from campus. I would frequently shop at The Shoppes at Montage on my way back from snowboarding or after a trip to get my hair done at The Sapphire Salon & Spa (also located at The Shoppes). Some of my favorite stores in this shopping center include Loft, DSW, The Christmas Tree Shop and The Guitar Center. In both the Dickson City and The Shoppes at Montage shopping centers are restaurants such as Panera, Chipotle and Pancheros, where students often hold fundraisers for school clubs and trips.
For students who don’t mind driving a bit farther, great deals can be found on brand-named items at The Crossings Premium Outlets. The outlets are located just 35 minutes away from campus. On weekends, many of my friends would take day trips there as a fun escape from schoolwork.
Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for someone, just making a quick run to pick up a shirt for an upcoming interview, or want a day long adventure with friends, the greater Scranton area has something for you!