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Does anyone know if the yeshiva co-op store is open tomorrow (friday 10th)? What are the challot and baked goods like? IS there a take out section?
also lookong for info on national bread/ pastry shops and if they sell challa there? Does the yeshiva coop sell cheeses etc?

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  1. There's kosher food in Scranton?

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    1. re: helou

      Scranton has a yeshiva, and yeshiva boys need to eat too. ;)

      It also has a sizable yeshivish community. So yes, there's nothing else there, but there is a kosher store. It's a relatively small room (or two) in a yeshiva that gets most of its food from NY.

    2. Very likely, and if there's a woman working there, she's my mother in law! (but I just found out she is on vacation...)

      Most of the food is brought in from elsewhere, so you'll get stuff that you come to expect in NY. Yes, cheese, yes, challah, etc.

      1. There is a supermarket in Dunmore (near Scranton) called Ricardo's that has a sepertate kosher deli under the local Vaad of Scranton.

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        1. re: Beaconstreet

          So if we wanted to spend Shabbos in a motel in Scranton (to have a short ride Sunday morning to visiting day in the Lake Como area) would there be a place where we could pick up food on a Friday? Any place to go eat lunch before the motel?

          1. re: helou

            The guy at the Yeshiva Coop was AMAZING. He had take out stuff from Gourmet on J in Brooklyn (schnitzel, little tins of kugel- potato, salt n pepper, yerushalmi, sweet lokshen), tons of nosh, beigels baked goods, challot etc. You need to call in advance and have him set stuff aside- we called first thing in the morning and he set aside 2 pull apart challot for us- if he hadnt it would have been all gone by the time we arrived (although there were a few loaves of other challot left). Also, he had just got a delivery of 5 or 6 pies from Mendelsohns Pizza in Brooklyn which I brought back and we ate cold- still good :) There are a couple other places he told me- Riccardos Supermarket, and 2 bakery shops- national bread and national pastry. I got everything in Yeshiva Coop so didnt visit those stores. Be warned- Yeshiva Coop is more expensive than NY/NJ area.

            1. re: marissaj

              That guy is my uncle - love the store.

              1. re: marissaj

                So here we are getting ready for visiting day again this year.
                Is the Yeshiva Coop still there? Would anyone have the address, contact info? How about the other places mentioned, Ricardo's and the bakeries? Any new places?

                Right now I'm planning to bring food in coolers that we can eat cold over Shabbos, but it would be nice to get some fresh food.

                1. re: helou

                  The coop is at 930 Hickory St, Scranton, PA 18505

                  They don't make any (much?) prepared food though. There's nothing cooked, as far as I know. Maybe salads...

                  If you see a woman there with a shoulder length brownish sheitl, say hi to her from her daughter in law. (Yes, she's still there.)

                  Some of the Rita's Ices in Scranton are Kosher. Grab a custard :) Yum!

                  1. re: helou

                    Do you know where the shul is , and if there are any hotels within walking distance? Staying in Scranton for Shabbos to avoid getting up at 6 for a three hour ride to Lake Como on visiting day is a nice day. thanks

                      1. re: kosherfoodie1226

                        I've done a little of my own research. We will stay at the Four Points Sheraton which is just 3 or 4 blocks from the Co-op, which is also on the campus of the Kollel, where the guys will daven. It's not within the eruv, but we won't really need the eruv. We're planning to do some tourist-y things on Friday (we have a 9 year old with us), and Shabbos we'll hang out at the hotel and see if it's possible to walk over to the park.
                        I called the Co-op and the guy was very nice and helpful. He told me about other kosher places (mostly excited to hear about Krispy Kreme). It's only for one day - we'll be fine with cold cuts. The hotel has a fridge, which is all we'll need.

                        1. re: helou

                          Good stuff. But just a note, the Co-op/Yeshiva is not really close to the rest of the community. It's completely on the outskirts of town.

                          1. re: tamarw

                            Thanks, I realize it's on the outskirts, but we're there for a long-weekend/mini-vacation, and to hang out with each other. :-)

                            1. re: helou

                              Enjoy. You're not missing much ;)

                              1. re: tamarw

                                Is there a marriot in the eruv,please?

                                1. re: kosherfoodie1226

                                  My husband doesn't think so. You can check their website and see what is at 18510. Best to check with the shul. Bear in mind that there is really nothing in Scranton, save for yeshivish people and college students and neither is conducive to regular tourism :)

                                      1. re: queenscook

                                        looks like a possibility, thanks. It does not seem like there any in that zip code, but thanks.

                                      2. re: kosherfoodie1226

                                        Correct, 18510 is the zip code for Scranton. Given the lack of any type of fun in the neighborhood, I'd be very surprised to find any type of hotel in the area.

                                        1. re: tamarw

                                          But they do have Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas...

                                          With thanks to Harry Chapin 1974....
                                          Way befioe your time Tamar

                                          1. re: bagelman01

                                            I guess so ;)

                                            I assure you that had no influence on who is living there now, though! Ha :)

                                            (Even The Office has nothing on Scranton.)

                        2. re: helou

                          Why don't you do what we do, bring a hot plate? This way you can put it on a timer, have your own food for Shabbos.

                      2. re: helou

                        Why don't you ask the rabbi of the shul to be put up for a Shabbos?

                        But yes, you can. And no, there are no restaurants.