Marketplace Spotlight

By Kathleen Shannon

The Mill in Germansville

7130 Bake Oven Road  |  Germansville, PA  |  610.767.9650 The Mill in Germansville carries everything you need for your pets, livestock, farm, lawn and garden, and more. If you are looking to feed any animal from an alpaca to a zebra, the Mill can help. In addition to feeds, they stock wild bird food for your backyard buddies along with pet collars, toys, straw, seed and lawn care products. If you like to tend to deer and don’t consider them a pest, mineral licks and feed are available. You can also find everything you need for your equine friends. Rodney Schlauch and business partner Lori Wassell bought The Mill in Germansville from Schlauch’s mother in August of 2011. “We’re totally community oriented,” said Wassell.  “We want to be a Mom and Pop store.” The Mill offers community workshops and presentations by area veterinarians. Twice a year, it presents “Chick Chat,” an informational seminar for folks raising chickens. And, horse owner workshops are held annually. Check out the Mill’s on-line blog for tips on caring for pets and livestock at  The Mill is also on Facebook with a steady stream of information and listings of sale items.

Rodale Catering and Events

1134 Pennsylvania Avenue  |  Emmaus, PA   |  610.967.8515 Long known for organic gardening and healthy foods, Rodale Inc. is undertaking a new venture: Rodale Catering and Events. Rodale Catering and Events was established for one simple reason — to support its customers in living a healthy life on a healthy planet. “We want to be eco-friendly and environmentally sensitive,” says Erica Jantos, catering manager. Priding itself on relationships with local and organic farmers and Rodale Catering and Events believes in supporting local businesses, stressing that the most important thing you can do to improve your health and the environment is to buy, eat and grow organic food. Whether it be a cocktail party, birthday, anniversary celebration or corporate event, the versatile catering menus available will be real crowd pleasers. Hazelnut Crusted Pork Loin with Cran-Apple Raspberry Chutney and Rosemary Roasted Salmon are available for dinners, as are Sage and Ricotta Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Glazed Chicken. In addition to events at your site, Rodale has opened The Breakaway Café at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Brienigsville, which serves salads, sandwiches, and homemade treats. Also new to the Lehigh Valley is the Rodale Café at Capital Blue at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley. Check out all the tasty menu items by visiting

Hampton Inn and Suites

3723 Easton-Nazareth Highway  |  Easton, PA  |  610.250.6500 Whether it be a heated pool, exercise room or complimentary WiFi for your laptop, Hampton Inn and Suites in Easton has something for everyone. Take advantage of the daily free hot breakfast, enjoy the refrigerator and microwave in your room while relaxing with a movie on the 47- inch LCD television; or, if you’re looking for some entertainment, there’s karaoke at the on-site sports bar six nights a week. Located right off of I-78 and just 15 minutes from the Lehigh Valley Airport, Hampton Inn is a convenient spot for out of town guests of a wedding or other special event. The Lotus Ballroom, accommodating 200 people, is perfect for a wedding reception or a banquet. “Everyone here is committed to customer service,” says Manager Joe Yellak. The entire staff takes pride in their work and it has paid off. For the past six years his Inn has been rated in the top tenth percentile of annual Hampton Inn quality check-ups, earning Yellak and his staff a “Circle of Excellence” award. Room reservations can be made online at

Hursh’s Landscaping

PO Box 446  |  Emmaus, PA   |  610.965.7610 Brian and Shawn Marie Hursh started out in 1994 with a truck and a lawn mower and have grown their business into a thriving landscaping enterprise with 35 employees. The full service property maintenance company is a dream come true for both of them. Their success is based on cultivating clients – corporate and residential – that really need them.Hursh’s offers homeowners weekly lawn maintenance, spring and fall cleanup and edging and mulching garden beds. They also design and install shrubbed areas. A lot of their work is hardscaping:  designing and installing walkways, patios, steps and grills and fire pits. Their two designers work closely with clients to create functional outdoor areas and sustainable plantings. Hursh’s Landscaping also does complete property maintenance for homeowner’s associations in fifty plus communities. “We really wanted to work with a segment of the community that clearly needs a lot of our services,” says Shawn Hursh. “Seniors don’t want to cut the grass or rake leaves.” Check out their website,, for dozens of photos showcasing their work.

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