Former diner gets a new life [The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. :: ]
(Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 08--WILKES-BARRE -- The one time Adam Kamor ate at the Hart restaurant was years ago when he was working for someone else.
Kamor, a certified public account, is his own boss these days. He's renovated the building to fit his needs and that of his clients at Decker Accounting LLC at 444 Hazle St.
The stools and counter are gone. The booths have been taken out along with the glass case that was a fixture near the front doors. It's laid out with a lobby and office and storage space.
Kamor, 38, and Linda Joseph, his administrative assistant, started moving into the place last year from a house on Cummiskey Street that had been the office of his late father-in-law, Victor A. Decker. They shuttled back and forth during the construction that was completed a few weeks ago.
"I've been looking and looking and looking," Kamor said of his search for a property that took him throughout the city.
The restaurant, that dates back to the 1930s had been closed for a number of years before it was purchased in 2009 at a Sheriff's sale by Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, was available. Kamor gave it a look and bought it in August 2012.
The Rolling Mill Hill section had plenty of "Hart" over the years as businesses took on the name of the city's former Mayor Daniel L. Hart who died in 1933. The restaurant, a theater, a service station, cleaners, photo service, shoe repair and a garage all bore his name and are all gone.
Sticking with the tradition is The Hart Medical Center of Dr. Patrick Kerrigan who converted the former Hart Antiques property to house his medical practice.
Decker Accounting is convenient for many of Kamor's clients who date back to the days of Victor A. Decker, CPA.
It joins longtime neighborhood businesses, Angelo's Pizza, Bedwick's Pharmacy and Dunay Jewelers on the busy street dotted with residences and new arrivals such as barber shops and other stores.
The city welcomed Kamor, saying it's pleased he chose that neighborhood for relocation. "We wish them continued success in their new location," a city statement said.
Kamor has been a CPA since 1999 and received a master's in taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
He worked with the firm of Kronick Kalada Berdy & Co. in Kingston and Blue Cross before joining his father-in-law who fell ill in 2007. He took over with Decker's passing in 2009.
Decker began preparing taxes in house in 1994 and converted a nearby house on Cummiskey Street to an office.
Most of Decker Accounting's clients are individuals, and about 30 percent are businesses.
"We're at our busiest this time of year because we do individuals," Kamor said.
The staff is expected to grow with the addition of his wife, Amy Decker, who's also an accountant, Kamor said.
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