Pride of Place

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... »

Feldman Design Fine Jewelry

Feldman Design Fine Jewelry

By Ann Wlazelek The quality of the custom-designed gold, silver, platinum, pearl and gem stone jewelry you find at Feldman Design Fine Jewelry is like that you would find at high-end malls and big cities. Yet, Feldman’s is located in a strip mall in the East Penn Plaza in Emmaus. “It’s where I started and where we’ve stayed,” Karen Feldman said of the family business that ... »

Famous Smoke Shop…Since 1939

Famous Smoke Shop…Since 1939

By Nancy Moffett Photo by Ryan Hulvat Famous Smoke Shop (FSS) moved to Forks Township in 2000 after existing in Manhattan for 61 years. What began as a 350-square-foot retail shop at 1433 Broadway has grown into a large internet/mail order business that also includes a restaurant and a retail store. Arthur Zaretsky, president of FSS, grew up in his parents’ store where the... »

The Shoppes of Premise Maid

The Shoppes of Premise Maid

by Nancy Moffett Driving past the Premise Maid complex on Rt. 222 west of Allentown always makes me smile. The beautiful buildings with their Old World charm and the delicious treats that wait inside urge me to pull in, then wander through the shops, to ooh and aah at the candy, the ice cream, the unique gift items and the baked goods. How did this fairyland of indulgence ... »

Murphy Jewelers

Murphy Jewelers

By Nancy Moffett Photos Provided By Murphy Jewelers Pottsville, Pa. was a thriving city of about 20,000 when Frank J. Murphy opened a jewelry and optometry store in 1913. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia Optical College. Then, it was commonplace for optometry, timepiece and jewelry repair and sales to be practiced together. From that small beginning 100 years ago, Mur... »

Morris Black & Sons, Inc.

Morris Black & Sons, Inc.

By Nancy Moffett What can you say about a company that is 105 years old? What can you say about a family-run company that has thrived through four generations? The most important elements aren’t just age and longevity. They are the ideas and determination of the people at the helm and those they employ that have allowed Morris Black to evolve, survive and meet many demands... »

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