Striving & Reviving

Sharon, PA is a small Rust Belt town being given a second chance at life. Our mission here at JCL Development is to lead the charge to restore and reenergize our town. Every day we are collaborating, creating, striving, and reviving to help polish this hidden gemstone.

CycleLife Studio street view

CycleLife Studio

Part one of the Independent Retailer's Month interview series featuring small businesses here in Sharon, PA.

By Lynn Dula | July 13, 2022

Photo Credit: Amy Javens/Brandon Baroni (CycleLife Studio) In celebration of Independent Retailers Month, JCL Development reached out to several small business owners here in downtown Sharon, PA in hopes of highlighting all the wonderful and unique things we have to offer. For my first interview, I met with Amy Javens. Amy is the owner of CycleLife Studio. I learned more about her business and her role in the revitalization of downtown Sharon, PA. Here’s what she had to say… Tell…

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Jerry Westacott

I was nineteen and nearly 1,000 miles from home in my second year at Arkansas State. By then, I knew that I should never have gone back to school; I was lost.

By Jim Landino | November 2, 2020

My summer job with the Wayland Street & Water Department was backbreaking, but even after days of mowing, ripping out broken sidewalks, and sweeping streets, I could enjoy the fruits of hard labor. I realized that I would never be an academic. I wrote my dad in desperation. We didn’t have much of a relationship until then, but the advice he sent back was sage. Learn to work with your hands. Get a skill. Think about trade school. It was…

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Thanks, Mr. Gunlocke!

My brothers and I ruled the newspaper delivery market in Wayland, New York.

By Jim Landino | October 26, 2020

The four of us, on a fleet of bright yellow, heavy-duty Schwinns with dual metal baskets, were the kings of the paper routes, making sure the Democrat and Chronicle Morning Edition arrived in front doors or newspaper boxes seven days a week. The Landino Boys delivered, and years later, our sister Lisa would carry on the tradition with routes of her own. In the 70s, our hamlet never topped 4,000 residents, but the economic and community health were tied to…

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