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This colorful building is intended to become a store for fltbys products.

Harrisburg will soon have a new friend in town.

Brooklyn, NY-based hip hop artist KOTA The Friend plans to travel to Harrisburg next month to open a streetwear and skate store in Midtown, as well as to give a concert.

In early 2020, KOTA announced that it had purchased the Reily Street building that once housed the restaurant, Right on Reily, among other things over the years. He said he plans to open a store to sell products from fltbys (Flight Boys) Music and Entertainment, his streetwear brand. It had planned to open in April 2020 but the project was delayed.

“Midtown Harrisburg is one of my favorite low-key places to hang out. It’s like this secretly cool place, ”KOTA said in a statement.

In addition to fltbys clothing, the store will sell skateboards, vinyl albums and local artwork. Last year, he also discussed plans for a recording studio on the second floor of the building.

Ahead of the store opening later this month, KOTA will be the star of the “Flight Night Global Hip Hop Festival” at H * MAC on November 12th. He will be joined by artist Drew Tyrell of Harrisburg, as well as Philadelphia artists Brianna Castro, J Radiant, Derrick Juwan, 10D4YS and Neptune the Poet.

KOTA the friend

“It actually means everything to me that I can open for Kota,” Tyrell said in a statement. “The opportunity is priceless, and I’m more than grateful that he wants to share his fan base. It’s a blessing, especially here in Harrisburg, where I’m from.

KOTA has said it hopes the Harrisburg festival eventually becomes a tour, making stops in the county and overseas.

KOTA released their debut album, “Anything”. In 2018. He has since released four more albums, including his most recent, “To Kill a Sunrise,” in collaboration with Statik Selektah.

The “Flight Night Global Hip Hop Festival” will be held on November 12 at HMAC, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the fltbys website. The fltbys store is slated to open at 263 Reily St., Harrisburg.

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