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NaNoWriMo: A Truly Novel Experience

NaNoWriMo: A Truly Novel Experience

This month, NaNoWriMo—the shorthand moniker for National Novel Writing Month—can put you in touch with your inner novelist. Some half-million people around the world will be working toward a goal of writing 50,000 words in November as part of the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit organization’s 19th annual flagship project. Participants who do achieve this high-speed wr... »

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

Here’s a helping of Turkey Day trivia to bestow upon your tablemates this holiday season alongside second servings of mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Whether you need to fill an awkward pause, defuse a squabble, or you just want to flex your knowledge, there’s at least one thing on this list that’ll get the conversation flowing. Pilgrims weren’t the first. It sou... »

Is It Time to Consider an Electric or Hybrid Car?

Is It Time to Consider an Electric or Hybrid Car?

You’ve heard about the great gas mileage. You probably know someone who owns a Prius. You are certainly intrigued by the idea of never having to pay for gas again if you go full electric. But you wonder about reliability. How will it drive? And what is this term ‘range anxiety’ (fear of running the battery down and being left stranded somewhere) you’ve read about? Well, be... »

The Grind: Local Coffee Roasters

The Grind: Local Coffee Roasters

Just as craft beer is having its own (long, wonderful) moment, specialty coffee has officially moved into the spotlight as well. Much like craft beer, coffee can be as simple or as complex as the producer would like to make it. There are light roasts, dark roasts, single-origins, and blends—all from beans found around the world—and so many ways to serve and enjoy it. Gone ... »

100 Reasons Why We Love the Lehigh Valley

100 Reasons Why We Love the Lehigh Valley

To celebrate our 100th issue of Lehigh Valley Marketplace, we’ve rounded up 100 of our favorite things about the Lehigh Valley. In no particular order, here are some of the reasons why we love calling this corner of the world our home: 1. If you like seasons, this is the place to be. We get all four, meaning part of the year is spent walking around in an oven and part of i... »

A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking Trips

A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking Trips

Pretty soon, the colors of the Lehigh Valley will assume their brilliant autumnal mélange of orange, yellow, and red. It’s the most beautiful time of the year to get outside. As luck would have it, there are trails right in our backyard just waiting to be used. While you could just clear your schedule next Saturday afternoon for a two-mile trek, there are countless reasons... »

Where to Munch on Mondays

Where to Munch on Mondays

One thing that makes the inevitability of a Monday an easier pill to swallow is when it’s accompanied by a meal that isn’t your Saturday night leftovers (or found at a drive-thru or in a freezer aisle). The only problem? Mondays are typically a day of rest for the restaurant industry in the aftermath of the weekend. How many times have you trekked across town, thinking tha... »

The 6 Month Fitness Challenge

The 6 Month Fitness Challenge

It has been a little more than 6 months since Melissa Lascala, our graphic designer, began her fitness journey. We talked to her in the March issue of Marketplace, when she was just starting out. Since then, she has lost a whopping 27 pounds. Melissa followed an exercise and nutrition plan given to her by WorkoutEngine Allentown’s Coach Joe Arangio, a certified strength an... »

Urban Wineries

Urban Wineries

Wine and wineries were once tethered to stereotypes of majestic châteaus with tongue twister names, sprawling vines, manicured lawns, and labyrinthine cellars. Urban wineries have put the cork on that outdated vision of yesteryear. We’ve known for a while that wine can be for everyone, whether sangria and frosé or bone-dry Bordeaux are more your speed. Now, wineries can al... »

Leading Ladies: Pursuing Their Passions

Leading Ladies: Pursuing Their Passions

Melanie Smith Old Job: Social worker Today: Yoga instructor and owner of Miss Melanie Yoga Most Rewarding Part of Her Job: “Watching the body language of a student change as they challenge their personal belief system that has kept them feeling small and showing a person what’s possible.” Most Difficult Part of Her Job: “Time management. I have so many things that I want t... »

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