FLOW AT THE CCCP
me, the fascination with Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania comes from the
fact that there was so much more to it then what I expected when I
first visited. Even now, after I have traveled there many times,
there still seems to be something new and unexpected. Whether it
is an incredible St. Patrick’s Day celebration, inspirational mansions,
a haunted jail, or another bit of local lore told to me by a stranger
at a bar, it never ceases to surprise. Now, we can add another
Pennsylvania first to Jim Thorpe’s list.
THE MODERN AND STYLISH BAR
stroll up Broadway, away from the town’s epicenter, sits a
great new place called FLOW.
It is a sparkling tavern inside an
old stone factory that dates back to the first half of the 19th
century. The name comes from the creek the runs directly
underneath the building, and the owners have built a terrific view of
it right into the floor.
As you walk into the room, there is a gorgeous antique oak bar on the
far side of the room. It is well over 100 years old, but fits
seamlessly in to its new surroundings at FLOW.
The bar holds a
very special place in the history of this town, once called Mauch
Chunk. It began life as the bar at the West End Brewery.
After the brewery closed, it bounced around town for many years.
The good folks at Flow painstakingly restored it back to its former
glory and re-commissioned it to once again do the good work it was made
is located in the
beautiful, old building which is also headquarters to the CARBON
COUNTY CULTURAL PROJECT.
The CCCP is an organization
dedicated to the nurturance and promotion of the arts, culture,
folklore, fine dining, and fellowship in the historic coal region of
THE HOLE BUILT INTO THE
FLOOR THROUGH WHICH THE CREEK MAY BE VIEWED
if these things are not enough to entice you through the door, then
keep in mind that FLOW
is also the first bar in the state to combine
with an actual art gallery. It is a concept that now seems long
overdue, bringing together great art with the atmosphere of fine food,
drink, and conversation.
dazzling paintings and posters were created by the artist, Victor
Stabin who owns the gallery and pub with his partner, Joan Morykin.