Kathryn M. Van Druff, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

For more than a century, Mother’s Day has served as an official holiday to honor moms and maternal figures across the country. The holiday became official under Woodrow Wilson in 1914 when he signed a proclamation to mark the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today’s moms tend to wear many hats as they attempt to do it all—from raising a family to handling the housewor... »

Mom to Mom

Mom to Mom

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that statement couldn’t be truer for Nikki Brezack. Brezack opened Hello Baby in the Lehigh Valley as a family business with her husband and two young children last May. Inspiration for the boutique struck as she and her husband were choosing baby furniture for their own kids but not finding anything special close to... »

Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage

Before you read this article, pause and think about something. Are you leaning forward, hunched over, head down, shoulders scrunched up? Are you feeling a little tense, and noticing yourself in this position more often than you’d like to admit? If so, you may be squarely in need of a massage! “The #1 complaint I hear is neck and shoulder pain or pain between the shoulder b... »

Good Ol’ Family Fun

Good Ol’ Family Fun

LIL’-LE-HI TROUT NURSERY Warmer weather reminds us to get outside and there’s nothing better than a little fresh spring air for the body, mind, and soul. If you haven’t been to the Lil’-Le-Hi Trout Nursery, you’ll find that you’re never too old to enjoy it. And if you have been there, well, you likely already know what a local gem this natural park and wildlife area truly ... »

Zest

Zest

WE LOVE Owner John Trapani and Chef/Owner John “JP” Pukanecz have teamed up to open this exciting new restaurant in South Side Bethlehem. ZEST brings a new twist on some of the award-winning flavors of its Lehigh Valley sister restaurant, Grille 3501, such as the crispy lobster risotto appetizer, sea scallops, and filet, along with a few carryovers like the crab and mango ... »

Giftable Experiences Around the LV

Giftable Experiences Around the LV

So often the approaching holidays ignite a spark that sends consumers everywhere into an almost robotic spending spree. All of the shiny new gadgets, sparkly jewelry, flashing toys, and warm, woolen clothes beckon with lofty promises, and often, equally lofty price tags. With cabinets, closets, and toy boxes in most homes already brimming with, well, more than enough stuff... »

5 Places to Volunteer & Give Back this Season

5 Places to Volunteer & Give Back this Season

It’s the most wonderful time of year—to give back! Take some time to share your efforts or donate to a worthy cause during this season of giving. Here are five places you can volunteer or give back in support of our Lehigh Valley communities. Second Harvest Food Bank Second Harvest accepts food donations from 7am to 2pm Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays before noon. ... »

Stravino’s Italian Market

Stravino’s Italian Market

We Love When it comes to Italian food, it’s often impossible to narrow down just a few favorites. Stravino’s makes it easy for guests to find exactly what they need to bring the flavors of Italy to their own kitchens or special events. The market offers fresh sausage and fresh pasta salad that are both made daily, along with fresh ravioli selections, fresh ricotta, prepare... »

6 Healthier Thanksgiving Swaps

6 Healthier Thanksgiving Swaps

The Thanksgiving feast remains a beloved holiday boasting hearty fare and decadent desserts as far as the eye can see. Research by the Calorie Control Council suggests that the average American may consume as many as 3,000 to 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone! Thankfully, a few healthy swaps can bring that calorie count way down without sacrificing taste. Doing all ... »

Best Group Fitness Classes in the LV

Best Group Fitness Classes in the LV

Exercise is vital to a healthy life, but sometimes the colder weather isn’t exactly inviting—and that’s exactly why you should join a local indoor group fitness class.  “Group exercise breeds motivation, excitement, and adherence to the program because people feel like they are part of something special,” says John Graham of St Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Cente... »

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