Pride of Place

Parkland Nurseries

Parkland Nurseries

Since its founding in 1953, Parkland Nurseries has naturally grown and evolved—much like the sustainable landscapes its employees design and build. Agronomist William Ziogas and his wife Birute, who moved from Lithuania to the Lehigh Valley shortly after World War II, started the nursery in Allentown. Six years later, in 1959, they moved to its current six-acre site in Ore... »

Green Acres Outdoor Living

Green Acres Outdoor Living

Hard Work, Family Values & Honesty The Lehigh Valley continues to be a hub for small businesses to grow and flourish. Amazingly, Green Acres Outdoor Living went from a hobby-like business selling wooden sheds in an open lot by the roadside to a super-efficient, multi-faceted organization selling the highest quality, most comprehensive outdoor and recreational living pr... »

Schuler Service

Schuler Service

It all began in 1923 when George Schuler opened a small retail parts store on North Eighth Street in Allentown and outfitted a push-cart with tools and equipment so he could service his customers’ plumbing needs. Ninety-five years later, Schuler Service, Inc. still offers plumbing fixtures—along with numerous other products to meet customers’ remodeling needs—but from a ne... »

Carol C. Dorey Real Estate, Inc.

Carol C. Dorey Real Estate, Inc.

For the woman behind the eponymous firm Carol C. Dorey Real Estate, Inc., “pride of place” defines the very essence of her successful realty company, which specializes in high-value property. Carol is quick to credit the wealth of desirable properties in Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley for making it possible to focus on the top 5 percent of the marketplace—an exclusive ... »

Egypt Star Bakery

Egypt Star Bakery

It’s a bright fall morning and customers steadily come and go at Egypt Star Bakery. “It’s the best bakery around. Period,” says Frank Scharkozy of Bethlehem, who grew up a block and a half away from the bakery. “The chocolate eclairs are simply the best. Never had anything like them, and I’ve been all over the country.” He also picked up a dozen glazed donuts, all neatly p... »

QNB Bank

QNB Bank

If you got in the car and drove into any town on any given day, it’s likely that you would pass by several banks. PNC, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America—the list goes on. They are all over, and what we are used to seeing while on the road. But, if you live in Bucks, Lehigh, or Montgomery County, you’d likely see a sign with a little blue cupola topped with a weather va... »

Fred Saracino

Fred Saracino

After 44 years as a State Farm agent in Emmaus, Fred Saracino’s clients often tell him to take time off and enjoy himself—and he does. But he’s in no hurry to retire. While Fred loves to have fun, he loves his work as well. “I don’t want to retire,” Fred says. “My clients are my friends and no longer just my clients. It’s a pleasure for me to worth with them. They come in ... »

The Brass Rail

The Brass Rail

A cornerstone of Allentown’s edible heritage, The Brass Rail has welcomed guests for 86 years and counting. While comfy fare—with a delectable Italian-American accent—remains a hallmark of this Lehigh Street restaurant, the foundation of its fame was built on a 6-inch roll: Phil’s Original Steak Sandwich. And the story behind this icon of Lehigh Valley cuisine comes straig... »

Bethlehem Gallery of Floors

Bethlehem Gallery of Floors

When you’re decorating your home, there truly is one element that brings everything together for a cohesive, designed look: the flooring. Whether it’s hardwood or carpeting for your foyer, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, these decisions impact the value of your home, which is typically the single largest purchase you’ll ever make. Sometimes you want to change your flooring ... »

First Northern Bank & Trust

First Northern Bank & Trust

If you’re a typical bank customer, you’ve probably experienced merger after merger after merger. Take the former First National Bank of Allentown. After it joined with American Bank and Trust Co., it was known as Meridian Bank. That is,  of course, until Meridian was swallowed by Corestates, which First Union bought. A little while later, it merged with Wachovia, and, fina... »

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