The neighborhood hardware store had its day in the 20th century, but a vacant one will give Allentown a 21st century boost when it opens later this month as The Hardware Store, a co-working incubator of start-up media production and crowd-sourcing companies.

Bud’s Hardware at 744 E. Warrington Ave. had been closed for about five years when Josh Lucas went in search of a co-working space big enough for his nascent start-up, Crowdasaurus, and 30 others. Crowdasaurus helps clients find compatible host sites for fundraising.

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