Pride of Place

Butter Valley Golf Port

John Gehman is one of a long line of family who have lived on and cared for their land in the “butter valley” (so called for its history of dairy farming) lying between Hereford and Boyertown. The Gehmans have owned the property since 1788. But the mooing of cows is a distant memory in this corner of the valley. Today you’re more likely to hear the thwack of golf balls and... »

Culligan Water Conditioning

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio Water is an essential part of everyday life. From drinking to bathing, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and more, we use water in our homes and businesses more than we might realize. Lehigh Valley’s Culligan Water Conditioning franchise, Reynolds H20 Plus, Inc., ensures that residential customers and businesses have top quality water and water tre... »

Dan's Camera City

By Kathryn D’Imperio Cameras and photography equipment allow people to capture incredible moments while photographs preserve those memories for a lifetime. Photography is a business of true emotion, and Dan’s Camera City in Allentown has known this all along. The key focus of the business has always been delivering exactly what the customer needs through knowledgeabl... »

St. Luke's School of Nursing

By Jill Spotz In the spring of 2009, Stephanie Sathmary Decker, a 1981 graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, attended a taping of the television show Jeopardy. Imagine her surprise when Alex Trebec asked “Which hospital has the oldest operating nursing school in the U.S.?” None of the contestants responded correctly but Stephanie knew the answer. As one of 4,000 alumni... »

The Hillside School

By Susan Stets “I’m graduating from Hillside and am ready for any challenges middle school can throw at me,” wrote recent graduate David Aitchison in a paper he read at an assembly on the last day of school. David will enter seventh grade at Moravian Academy this fall.  He attributes his success to the strategies he learned at The Hillside School, nestled among fields of c... »

Allentown Farmer's Market

By Melanie Gold If you ask locals which institutions make the Lehigh Valley a great place to live and do business, they’ll tell you the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market is a regional jewel in the crown. Located at the Allentown Fairgrounds at 17th and Chew streets, the Farmers Market is open Thursday through Saturday with hours varying from roughly 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The... »

Wright Veterinary Medical Center, PC

By Frederick Jerant Dorothy Gale would be relieved. You won’t find lions…or tigers…or bears (oh my!) at Wright Veterinary Medical Center, PC in Bethlehem. But many years ago, you could have found…an elephant? “Yes, an elephant,” chuckles hospital director Geoffrey H. Wright, VMD. “My late father, Clifford F. Wright Jr., VMD, started the business in 1949 by turning a barn i... »

Joanne Kostecky's Garden Design Inc.

By Kathryn Finegan Clark When Joanne Kostecky made her first dry flower picture years ago she had no idea she was planting the seeds for a booming, blooming company. But there it is, Joanne Kostecky’s Garden Design on Allentown’s Hamilton Boulevard at Brookside Road. Its design studio and showroom is housed in the old Wescosville General Store, which was built as a hotel j... »

Tru-Comfort

By Nancy Moffett~ Tom Grello and William Lilly met more than 20 years ago when they worked together at a local HVAC company. “I had a dream,” says Grello, “of starting my own business. Bill and I had often said, ‘We ought to be doing this ourselves.’” On December 2, 1988 they made that dream a reality when they started Tru-Comfort working out of Grello’s living room. Since... »

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