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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 Urban wineries have put the cork on that outdated vision of yesteryear.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... »

SangriaFest

SangriaFest

Dear Lehigh Valley, we’ve just about made it to summer. It’s a time of fireworks and grilling, of camping and fairs—a time when our biggest complaints are how much sand is stuck in our swimsuits and how the humidity is ruining our hair. How sweet it is, no? What’s even sweeter is fruit-filled wine, and ’tis the season. Known as sangria, this ubiquitous on-the-rocks libatio... »

Keeping Students Upward Bound

Keeping Students Upward Bound

Students at William Allen High School in Allentown have two fierce women behind them offering encouragement, support, and tough love. Rina Duggan and Eileen Snover are the kind of educators whose efforts may escape headlines, but they’re the ones who change lives by implementing confidence, compassion, and grace. Rina and Eileen are deeply committed to seeing the nearly 3,... »

Tapping into the Beer Scene: Local Brews to Sip This Season

Tapping into the Beer Scene: Local Brews to Sip This Season

Whether super-dark stouts, fruity brews, or hop-forward pints are your thing, the local craft beer scene has a bud for your taste. Check out what’s on draft at these Lehigh Valley breweries for the next time you’re feeling parched. Fegley’s Brew Works 559 Main St #101 • Bethlehem 812 W Hamilton St • Allentown 610.882.1300 • 610.433.777 thebrewworks.com Space Monkey Style: ... »

Memories of Moms

Memories of Moms

Moms: they always seemed to be around when we didn’t want them to be—and, later, when we needed them most. This Mother’s Day, Lehigh Valley residents share what they think of when they think of “Mom.” “When I was little, my dad traveled a lot with work, so during the week, it was just my mom, my two sisters, and me. We spent so much time outside in the summer just playing,... »

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