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Apgar Oil Energy & HVAC

Apgar Oil Energy & HVAC

Back in 1947, you could buy gas for around 15 cents a gallon. It was the year that Goodrich manufactured the first tubeless tire. Over at Bell Laboratories scientists discovered the transistor. Here in the Lehigh Valley, a hardworking family started a local home heating oil and comfort service company. Over 70 years later, Apgar Oil Energy & HVAC continues to be commit... »

Eagle Point Farm

Eagle Point Farm

There’s an often-used expression about how a marriage is like tending a garden. Keep it well-nourished with love, patience and warmth and it will produce a bountiful yield. For more than 30 years, Gayle and Steve Ganser have lived and embraced that metaphor by fulfilling a shared dream of owning and operating a farm. Friends since sixth grade and junior prom dates at Centr... »

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... »

Leiser’s Rentals

Leiser’s Rentals

Now a One-Stop Shop for Events In recent years, Leiser’s Rentals, the fixture on Linden Street in Bethlehem that rented everything from Halloween costumes to heavy construction equipment, has been shifting their focus exclusively to event rentals. Gone are the tillers, lawn mowers, chainsaws, and heavy machinery that the business was built upon. Another significant change ... »

Penn Windows & Doors

Penn Windows & Doors

Standing the Test of Time According to some sources, The Keiunkan Inn in Japan is known for being the oldest existing, operating business in the world. Perhaps most impressive is that the 1,300-year-old inn, located near Mount Fuji, has been owned by 52 generations of the same family. The oldest American company, Caswell-Massey, a perfume and soap company, has been serving... »

Kitchen Magic

Kitchen Magic

Everyone knows the legend of Apple’s humble garage-based origins. Full-service kitchen remodeler Kitchen Magic, headquartered in Nazareth, has a similar tale to tell—but this one’s actually true. The company began in a “mole hole!” Rewind to 1979. According to James Mayers, Assistant Vice President of Operations, company founders Jost (“Joe”) and Reine Fleck had been opera... »

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... »

American Bank

American Bank

On the surface, American Bank is just like most other financial institutions. It provides all of the usual services (savings accounts, checking accounts, loans). But if you look deeper, you’ll discover some interesting differences. For starters, although American Bank has customers in all 50 states, there’s no massive network of branch offices. Everything happens within it... »

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 ... »

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