Bryan Hay, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Cetronia

Cetronia

Lehigh Valley residents of a certain age may remember entering Dorney Park on Haines Mill Road via Cetronia, a village on the southern tip of South Whitehall Township bordering Allentown’s West End. Like most places in the area, the village of 2,115 people has experienced change since it was settled centuries ago. But Cetronia still reflects a rugged, agrarian Pennsylvania... »

Hager Furniture

Hager Furniture

Jeff Hager often hears from first-time customers that his family-operated furniture store in Palmerton is a lot bigger than it looks from the street level. But once you’re inside, every inch of the 12,000-square-foot building is loaded with living room, family room and bedroom furniture, mattresses, floor coverings, and window treatments. Everything but curtains and a high... »

Creative Landscapes

Creative Landscapes

Making the Lehigh Valley more beautiful, one outdoor space at a time. From an early age, Tom Schray enjoyed planting trees, shrubs, and flowers; he still remembers getting his hands dirty helping his dad tend to a small nursery and landscaping business in west Bethlehem. “By day, my dad worked in sales in the cement industry, and on evenings and weekends he ran the nursery... »

Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club

Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club

Tennis is a fiercely competitive sport, requiring both physical and mental agility. But with the exception of some famous rivalries — think Connors and McEnroe — where moments at the net were sometimes less than cordial, the sport is highly social, bringing together people of all ages and abilities. That’s the love point the owners of Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club s... »

Let’s Co-Work Together!

Let’s Co-Work Together!

The rise of shared work spaces is great news for local entrepreneurs   It’s a bright summer morning, and Lorenzo Marinelli and his laptop are bathed in sunlight pouring through the large windows at Easton coWorks at the Karl Stirner Arts Building. “I was looking for a local coworking space because working from home is not what everyone thinks,” he says. “It’s very lon... »

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... »

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