May 2015

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

The Lehigh Valley has long had a burgeoning music scene – from Lillian Briggs to Dooley Invention to Magnum to Taylor Swift – but, until 1999, there were only the usual ways of recognizing the players’ and singers’ accomplishments. Regular paying gigs are rewarding, and you can’t beat a devoted fan base… but there’s nothing quite like being called on-stage to receive a tan... »

May 2015 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, It’s been said that April showers bring May flowers. If only it were that easy. Every year around this time we find ourselves weeding, digging, planting, fertilizing, watering… and waiting. With every glance out the window and every stroll around the yard, we hope to see the first flower peeking through, bringing new color, life and energy to our homes. The g... »

JR Peters

JR Peters

The idiom “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” aptly describes the Upper Macungie Township plant food maker JR Peters, Inc.  The family-run fertilizer business began in the basement of an Allentown home and now sells to greenhouse growers around the globe. “We make water-soluble fertilizer for greenhouses and nurseries” from Kutztown to South Korea, said Dr. Cari Peters, ... »

May Flowers

May Flowers

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The Dime

The Dime

As we entered the front door of the Rennaissance Allentown Hotel, a friendly greeter led us to an elevator that would take us to the third floor. We were amazed at what we saw when the elevator doors opened. The Dime is one of the newest additions to the burgeoning Allentown restaurant scene and it is very impressive. Shiny dark floors and wooden wall accents lead to the h... »

Let Me Paint You a Picture

Let Me Paint You a Picture

In college I had to take an art class so I chose watercolor. It was there I discovered I am great at painting bananas. For real. Still life – a banana. Landscape – a banana tree. Abstract – dancing bananas. However, it was also there that I discovered that if it is NOT a banana, I stink at painting. So when I had the opportunity to take some painting classes for this artic... »

The Bushkill Stream Conservancy: Partnering for Conservation Success

The Bushkill Stream Conservancy: Partnering for Conservation Success

When busy people volunteer for time-consuming tasks, you can believe they care about what they are doing. One such collective of civic-minded volunteers run Northampton County’s Bushkill Stream Conservancy (BSC). By giving a platform to what is otherwise voiceless, this diverse group of about two dozen folks is shedding light upon the importance of this quiet stream. The B... »

In the Kitchen with SkillsUSA

In the Kitchen with SkillsUSA

Editor’s Note: The Holiday 2014 edition of Lehigh Valley Marketplace featured an article detailing the then upcoming SkillsUSA Culinary Challenge. Following is a recap of the Challenge which took place on March 30th. Please visit our archives at lehighvalleymarketplace.com to read more about the background of this event. Five popular local chefs combined their talents with... »

So Your Contractor Left You Stranded…

So Your Contractor Left You Stranded…

Everyone knows the feeling, whether it has happened to you personally or to a friend or relative, when a construction project on their home doesn’t go as planned. A person’s home is their castle, and we naturally want everything to be perfect. Most contractors do their jobs well and only want to please their customers and get paid. But sometimes trouble strikes: on occasio... »

Stroudsburg

Stroudsburg

Located in Monroe County in the picturesque Pocono Mountains, the borough of Stroudsburg offers a unique combination of beautiful, historical sites, newly emerging businesses and a vibrant social atmosphere. Although initially settled in the early 1730s, the area now considered Stroudsburg was abandoned in the mid-1750s after a series of violent conflicts with Native Ameri... »

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