Awning business to leave riverfront, Optima Durant Development in progress

For nearly 100 years, Kaplan’s has been a Downtown Easton staple.

The flag and awning makers won’t be downtown next year, but they’ll remain in Easton.

They’re making final preparations to leave their home of 34 years at 100 Northampton St. Their new location will be 1298 Spruce St., the former Ealer Electric supply house in Easton’s West Ward.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Randi Kaplan, a co-owner of the family business.

They’re downsizing from 24,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. And the new site offers bigger doors to move awnings in and out of the business. The current site is in the historic downtown, which limits the business’s ability to modify the size of the doorways.

Kaplan said negotiations over the move are nearly complete.

“We’re just dotting all the i’s and crossing the t’s,” she said.

She hopes to move by December or January, weather permitting.

Kaplan said her family sold the building to Garett Vassel of the Optima Durant group. Vassel was on vacation during the week of Thanksgiving. He said he’d be available soon to discuss his plans for the prime riverfront spot. It’s across Northampton Street from Separatist Beer Project‘s taproom.

Northampton County tax records say the building was transferred on July 23 for $590,000 from Sidney and Helene Kaplan to ODG 100-116 Northampton LLC. Sidney Kaplan is the father of Randi and David Kaplan, who run the flag and awning business, according to their website.

Ealer Realty Corp sold 1298 Spruce St. to GLCJ Holdings LLC for $335,000 on Oct. 16, according to online tax records.

At one time that site was pegged for a grocery store but financing didn’t materialize, Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. confirmed.

Kaplan’s has been in business in Easton since 1923.

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