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So You Want to Be a Brewer

So You Want to Be a Brewer

Meet Chris Wilson Weyerbacher Brewmaster With a degree in physics, Chris was working on liquid crystal displays at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory until he and his wife headed to the West Coast for her to attend graduate school. A year of being unable to find work in California later, Chris announced that he was going to get a job in a brewery—two weeks later, he was br... »

Tips for Transforming Your Office Space

Tips for Transforming Your Office Space

We spend the majority of our waking hours at work, which means that most of us also spend the majority of our waking hours in stark gray fortresses with tangled wires at our feet, hand-me-down cabinets, scattered Post-It notes, and a miscellaneous melting pot of office supplies underneath a harsh fluorescent glare. It is within these dreary confines that we are expected to... »

Forever Spun: The Valley Vinyl Scene

Forever Spun: The Valley Vinyl Scene

There’s a particular reaction one might hear upon divulging to someone that they collect vinyl records. “Vinyl records?” the recipient of this information might say. “What on earth do you do with those old things?” If the record collector is at all savvy, they might offer that vinyl record sales reached a 25-year high in 2016 and it’s not so old-fashioned after all. “In fa... »

Meet Dusty Wathan: A Q&A with the New IronPigs Manager

Meet Dusty Wathan: A Q&A with the New IronPigs Manager

It’s time for a new season of baseball—and this year, there’s a new manager in town. To celebrate, the IronPigs are giving away four sets of family four-pack tickets. Visit the Lehigh Valley Marketplace Facebook and like and share the giveaway post pinned to the top for a chance to win. New giveaways will be posted four Mondays in a row: April 10, April 17, April 24, and M... »

A Weekend on the Bucks County Wine Trail

A Weekend on the Bucks County Wine Trail

Idyllic and pastoral, slipping away to Bucks County for the weekend is like entering an old-world fairytale. The only thing that could make the verdant backdrop brighter is a little vino—and here, it’s plentiful. The rolling hills, well-drained soils, and moderate climate marry to form one of the premier grape growing regions of the east coast. The Itinerary Whether it’s a... »

Local Speakeasies

Local Speakeasies

The years 1920-1933 spanned a peculiar time in American history. Thanks to the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages was strictly prohibited.  Of course, that didn’t mean people couldn’t get their hands on alcohol. Wealthy people stockpiled it before the 18th Amendment was ratified. “Bathtub gin” and other homem... »

Prose Woes: Grammar Tips

Prose Woes: Grammar Tips

Let me just say two things: I am not a pedantic grammarian, nor am I infallible. In fact, people who correct other people’s grammar in casual conversation are more of a personal pet peeve than people who can’t remember the difference between “your” and “you’re.” There is no reason for everything to read and sound like a terms of use agreement. I believe in liberally exerci... »

Lehigh University Grad Student Gina Gullo Stars on Chopped

Lehigh University Grad Student Gina Gullo Stars on Chopped

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and for Lehigh University graduate student Gina Gullo, that’s pretty much how her passion for cooking began. When she moved off campus in college, she no longer had a meal plan and had to start cooking for herself. It didn’t take her long to get started on a fruitful path.  “I got spoiled on meal plan food and wanted nicer thi... »

10 Places to Fill Up Your Cup Around Town

10 Places to Fill Up Your Cup Around Town

Jetting around the Lehigh Valley and still need to get your coffee fix? Support your caffeine addiction—and small businesses—by stopping in one of these mom-and-pop coffee shops. Backdoor Bakeshop 92 E Broad St, Bethlehem 610.625.0987 Try: the Mexi Hot Mocha, a cocoa coffee concoction with a kick from ancho chile and cayenne powder. BeanBath Cafe 2425 Plaza Ct, Bath 484.28... »

Good Reads: Staff Picks for All Moods and Interests

Good Reads: Staff Picks for All Moods and Interests

What’s your favorite book? It seems like an innocuous question. In essence, it’s no different than inquiring about a favorite movie or ice cream flavor. It’s interesting, then, that when I ask the average American adult in 2017 to name theirs, I’m often met with an expression that I can only describe as a deer in after-market high beams. It’s as if I’ve instead asked how m... »

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