Pride of Place

Ross Plants & Flowers

Ross Plants & Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, as the popular poem goes. It is also the time when folks flock to Ross Plants & Flowers, the long-time experts know. Ross Plants & Flowers is a well-known, yet hidden treasure, located on Route 309, directly across from Orefield Middle School. Ross is one of the busiest businesses of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, its owners surmise... »

Hartzell’s Pharmacy

Hartzell’s Pharmacy

Located on American Street in Catasauqua, Hartzell’s Pharmacy has been providing a wide range of health and wellness services to the people of the Lehigh Valley for nearly fifty years. Family-owned and operated since 1968, Robert E. Hartzell, Jr. – or “Bob” as he’s known by his customers – purchased the pharmacy from its previous owners just a few years after graduating fr... »

Enhancements: Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Specialists

Enhancements: Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Specialists

Every day, patients ask Dr. Scott Sackman to lift their tired faces, give them more hair and less belly fat. Then, they implore, please don’t let it hurt, and, oh, can you get me back to work by Monday? “Everybody wants magic: a younger you with no pain, no bruises,” said Sackman, adding that although magic wands have yet to be invented in the 30+ years he’s been in practi... »

Extraordinary Smiles

Extraordinary Smiles

By Nancy Moffett “A smile is the universal welcome.” ~ Max Eastman Doctor Chuck Harding, owner of Extraordinary Smiles, agrees. “Your smile is how you communicate. It’s part of your self-esteem. That’s why caring for your smile is one of the most important factors in promoting good health.” After four years in general dentistry, Harding felt the need to develop a more comp... »

Susan Bella Jewelry

Susan Bella Jewelry

By Nancy Moffett To Susan Linski buying a fine piece of jewelry isn’t just a financial or aesthetic decision. It’s a celebration of love, new beginnings or “whatever life dishes out.” She thinks of her store at 1746 West Allen Street in Allentown as “our happy place.” Susan Bella Jewelry had its beginnings as Lehigh Jewelers when Linski’s mom, Carol Kiser, bought the busin... »

J&J Affordable Luxury Transportation

J&J Affordable Luxury Transportation

by Nancy Moffett I’m sure you’ve seen the TV and print ads for J&J Affordable Luxury Transportation with the logo of a uniformed chauffer patiently waiting by the side of a luxury car. The logo was well chosen to symbolize a company that has always made customer service its highest priority. If you call J&J in the middle of the night or on a holiday, you won’t get ... »

Stravino’s Italian Store

Stravino’s Italian Store

by Frederick Jerant Early in the 20th century, many immigrants from southern Italy worked at the nearby Whitehall Portland Cement Company. Homeowners commonly furnished room and board to the workers… and you can imagine their Mediterranean palates clashing with the heavy Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine! The foods they loved were in short supply locally – and a trip to New York ... »

Friendly Tree Service

Friendly Tree Service

By Nancy Moffett Photo by Sabotta Imagery Photography Advice from a Tree Stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty. Enjoy the view. This poem, posted on the Friendly Tree Service’s Facebook page, expresses the respect owner Tighe Nostrand has for the trees his company cares for. “Every tree is un... »

Moyer Lumber & Hardware, Inc.

Moyer Lumber & Hardware, Inc.

By Nancy Moffett Moyer Lumber & Hardware’s motto is “We serve you better!” and they have been doing just that at their Easton Avenue facility in Bethlehem for 30 years. Perhaps best known as a source for Trex® wood-alternative composite decking, Moyer also sells porch materials, doors, windows, closet systems, ceiling planks and tiles and, of course, lumber. The Moyer ... »

Missing Piece

Missing Piece

By Nancy Moffett This is the story of a business and a building. Without the building, the business would never have been born. It is also a story about a woman’s dream and how timing and intuition made her dream come true. North of Nazareth on Bushkill Center Road you’ll find Missing Piece owned by Karen Sampson. It’s a fashion accessory and home décor gift shop that carr... »

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