Fundraiser set for Downtown Easton business facing major building repairs
The Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House has been a staple to the downtown Easton footprint for more than 20 years, whether it’s providing a delicious breakfast, a cozy atmosphere to shop for rare books or a safe haven for anyone who needs to feel safe. The Quadrant, located at 20 N. 3rd Street, has been a consistent presence in Easton long before the recent revitalization. The “Quad” as everyone calls it, is owned and operated by Jo and Andy, two souls who love Easton as much as they love each other.
A group of small business owners & friends have rallied to raise funds so Jo can make the necessary repairs and the Quadrant can reopen. They are planning a fundraiser cocktail party for Friday, March 3rd from 5:30-9:00pm to be held at the newly opened Common Space, located at 154 Northampton Street, Easton. The event will feature live music performances from individuals (now adults) who remember spending their teen years playing at Open Mike nights at the Quadrant. Food will be donated by Easton’s best restaurants including: 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, Antonio’s Pizza, Pearly Baker’s Ale House, Two Rivers Brewing Co., Porters’ Pub, Stoke Coal Fire Pizza, Tierra De Fuego, More Than Q, Sweet Girlz Bakery, College Hill Cakes, Chocodiem, and many more! Donations have also been pouring in for a stellar silent auction and raffle including: a bicycle valued at over $700 from Genesis, a handmade Easton themed quilt, original fine artwork & photography, gift certificates to local businesses, jewelry, and a Pocono’s cabin getaway. One hundred percent of proceeds for this event will go towards Jo’s expenses in making the extensive repairs to her historic building.
Tickets are $30 or $40 at the door – available for purchase at Sweet Girlz Bakery, 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, 3rd & Ferry Fresh Fish at the Easton Public Market, and the Easton Main Street Initiative office.
Rebecca & Mike Pichetto, owners of 3rd & Ferry Fish Market recall first meeting Jo Moranville at one of her first Garlic Fests, when Mike competed with Pat Crisci, owner of Antonio’s Pizza in a Chopped-type cooking competition. They hit it off with Jo right away because of her warm, inclusive, “it’s all under control” charm. Now, twelve years down the road, Mike, Pat, and many of the other business owners in Easton are rallying to help get Jo’s business, The Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House, back up and running.
“The generosity has been overwhelming for Jo, who has been grappling with determining how she could move forward because the required repairs were much more extensive than she ever anticipated. As the news of her situation spread amongst her friends and local business owners, it ignited a desire to lift her up, as she has done for others so many times. Any expenses with hosting the event have been offset by cash donations from friends, and the remainder of the overhead has been donated from the restaurants, local printers, and supply stores. This is a true story of people organically coming together to help a neighbor in their time of need, and it reaffirms the idea that Easton is a grassroots community with a hard work ethic and heart,” stated Rebecca Pichetto, event committee member and owner, 3rd & Ferry Fish Market.