Bryan Hay, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

H. Winter & Co. Tile

H. Winter & Co. Tile

Herman Winter says his business may look somewhat deceiving from the outside, but one step inside will reveal a blast of color, textures, and possibilities from one of the oldest forms of home decorating. H. Winter & Co. (890 N. Gilmore St., Allentown), a tile wholesaler that Winter’s father started in 1975, offers four showrooms dedicated to backsplashes, floors, and ... »

Eric Claypoole – Hex Sign Artist

Eric Claypoole – Hex Sign Artist

Eric Claypoole works aloft in the heavenly countryside of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties and sees constellations of stars all the time. Claypoole, a second-generation folk artist from Berks County, restores barn stars, bringing their distinct geometrical patterns back to life, and paints hex signs, both of them classic, colorful Pennsylvania German symbols that... »

Stephen Flowers

Stephen Flowers

1 2 3 As reggae plays softly in the background of his Easton salon, Stephen Flowers settles into a chair, crosses his legs, and begins to talk about why it’s important for him to give back to those in need. “I have a young son, and I want to teach him to make the world a better place,” he says. “It seems like people are very angry at each other, and we’re so divided. When ... »

Egypt Star Bakery

Egypt Star Bakery

It’s a bright fall morning and customers steadily come and go at Egypt Star Bakery. “It’s the best bakery around. Period,” says Frank Scharkozy of Bethlehem, who grew up a block and a half away from the bakery. “The chocolate eclairs are simply the best. Never had anything like them, and I’ve been all over the country.” He also picked up a dozen glazed donuts, all neatly p... »

Roseto

Roseto

If you know where to look or who to ask, you can still find traces of the Roseto Effect among the quiet streets of this borough tucked in the hills of northern Northampton County. “My plumber still makes prosciutto and still has the most beautiful stash of it in his garage. Prosciutto was served at every meal when you wanted to say thank you to those around the table,” say... »

Valley Volunteers

Valley Volunteers

The Lehigh Valley depends on motivated volunteers to sustain the mission of food pantries, shelters, festivals, performing arts organizations, fire companies, literacy centers, blood banks, animal rescue groups, and other nonprofits. Without the selfless dedication of volunteers, the world looks a little bleaker. But there are the super volunteers, the ones who never say n... »

Easton Public Market

Easton Public Market

A couple from Williams Township had just finished enjoying a wood-fired artisan pizza and craft beer at Scratch after they picked up pasture-raised beef tenderloin for the weekend grill from Dundore & Heister. Also tucked into their shopping bag was fresh shrimp from 3rd & Ferry Fresh Fish and locally grown vegetables from Highmark Farmstand. It was their first vis... »

South Side Arts District

South Side Arts District

Organized in 2015, Bethlehem’s South Side Arts District is building on a resurgent business and cultural district anchored by the SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus and the unique shops, pubs, and restaurants that are creating a sustained buzz in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The South Side Arts District, part of the nationally recognized Main Street program that seeks t... »

SouthSide Film Festival

SouthSide Film Festival

If Jeff Vaclavik had to recruit a cast, build a sound stage, and write a script for a movie about a film festival, he’d set it in South Bethlehem. “This is the perfect place for this festival, with all that’s going on here in this part of the city,” says Jeff, president of the Southside Film Institute, the organization that hosts the Southside Film Festival, which will ope... »

Cafe the Lodge

Cafe the Lodge

You’ll likely have a hard time removing your eyes from the breakfast menu—scrambled eggs with feta and sun-dried tomatoes, spiced brûlée oatmeal, and homemade granola—or the Cuban pulled pork panini, buffalo chicken wrap, and vegetable minestrone for lunch. But through the temptations and desire to eat well, you might miss the subtle reminders that Café the Lodge is much m... »

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