By Laura B. Teter

Richards Window Fashions
1518 Union Boulevard  |  Allentown, PA 18109  |  484-223-1818  |

“When we installed our new windows, customers would ask us where they could purchase new blinds and shades to replace the old dirty ones we had removed for them.”  According to Business Manager, Erin Duffield, that’s what led to the creation of Richards Window Fashions in 2001.  After purchasing Penn Windows in 1999 (which had been serving the Valley since 1948) window treatments seemed like a natural extension to the organization, so the family-owned business began selling the Hunter Douglas line.  Quickly realizing there was a lot more than vertical and mini blinds to offer their customers, Richards expanded their offerings to include remote control shades, shutters, window film and custom draperies.  In 2004, Richards Window Fashions became a Hunter Douglas Gallery, completely committing to their products, training and showroom displays.

The recently expanded showroom serves as a great tool for browsing and for learning about the variety of products available.  Says Duffield, “we explain what our products will do and sometimes, more importantly, what they won’t do.”  In addition to in-home fabric selection, measurement and installment, Richards provides free shade repairs for customers as well as a 5-year service warranty for free in-house repairs.  Hunter Douglas updates and introduces new products three times a year, so there is always something new and exciting to see at Richards.

Timothy C. Burke DMD
1620 Hamilton Street  |  Allentown, PA 18102  |  610-434-4901  |

Since joining his father’s practice in 1986, Dr. Timothy Burke has carried on his father’s tradition of preventative dentistry and incorporating new technologies when appropriate. The core mission of the practice is to provide excellent care in a gentle and comfortable environment with an emphasis on preventing dental emergencies. “Life is busy enough without a dental problem interfering with the regular routine; we do our best to help keep that from happening,” explains Burke.  In addition to traditional dental services,  Burke offers a variety of newer technologies including CEREC, an in office machine that enables him to make extremely well-fitting porcelain crowns in one visit; Diognodent, a laser unit used to find decay in teeth that isn’t obvious to the eye or conventional instruments and Invisalign, a form of orthodontics which uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth.  The practice maintains a friendly and relaxed atmosphere while providing treatment at a high level, ultimately resulting in fewer trips to the dentist.

For more than 10 years,  Burke has participated in the Donated Dental Services of Pennsylvania providing dental services to seniors and disabled patients who would otherwise not have access to dental care. He also provides dental work to victims of domestic violence through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s “Give Back a Smile” program.

Mr. Sandless NEPA
Pittston, PA 18640  |  570-587-4724  |

If you are considering refinishing your hardwood floors, you may want to consider Mr. Sandless for the job.  Mr. Sandless provides a quick, no sanding alternative to traditional refinishing.  Most jobs take between four and six hours and allow customers to have their furniture back and be walking on the floors the same day.

Wood floors, laminates, VCT and other tile floors can be refinished by Mr. Sandless, a certified green company.  The company uses a process similar to sanding but with a non-toxic solution.  The floor is then sealed with a unique finish which has the durability of urethane but without the odor and it also dries quickly.  Less expensive than traditional refinishing, each service also comes with a 5 year warranty.

Mr. Sandless was established in 1999 in the Philadelphia marketplace.  Today the organization has more than 130 locations in 8 countries.  Mr. Sandless has been featured on HGTV and is regularly covered in Entrepreneur Magazine.  Mr. Sandless NEPA, maintaining a five-star rating with ServiceMagic, is located in Pittston, Pennsylvania and services homes and businesses in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and the Lehigh Valley.  Mr. Sandless NEPA regularly donates to March of Dimes, Autism Speaks and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Lehigh Valley Diagnostic Imaging
1230 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard  |  Allentown, PA 18103  |  610-435-1600  |
2101 Emrick Boulevard  |  Bethlehem, PA 18020  |  610-865-5700
700 Hawk Ridge Drive  |  Hamburg, PA 19526  |  610-562-0170

Formed in 1988, Lehigh Valley Diagnostic Imaging (LVDI) is a physician-owned outpatient imaging radiology center associated with Lehigh Valley Health Network.  With three locations– Allentown, Bethlehem Township and Hamburg – LVDI provides the community with the latest, safest imaging technology. Diagnostic studies offered include x-ray, DEXA, CT scans, PET/CT and ultrasound.  The well trained technology staff is specialized in reading studies in the areas of mammography, interventional radiology, oncology, neurology, muscoskeletal and pediatrics.

Earlier this year, LVDI invested in CT scan software which reduces the radiation exposure to patients during their scan by 40%.  Laser varicose vein procedures have been offered since 2006 and last year LVDI introduced laser spider vein treatment.  And for those patients with medical reasons preventing them from completing a traditional colonoscopy, LVDI provides a virtual colonoscopy done with a CT scan. As a large subspecialty group, Lehigh Valley Diagnostic Imaging is able to meet the needs of the community with conveniently located offices, accommodating office hours (including Saturday mornings and walk-ins for those needing x-rays) and a well trained team of staff and physicians.

Distinctive Tile & Stone
3095 Tilghman Street  |  Allentown, PA 18104  |  610-841-5300

dis-tinc-tive:  Having a special quality, style, attractiveness; notable.  That’s the goal for each design, whether it’s a simple back splash, a detailed full bathroom or an entire outdoor project, at Distinctive Tile & Stone.

The family owned business offers a wide range of high quality domestic and imported porcelain tile including Emil Ceramica, Level USA and Cerdomus; natural stone, such as travertine, marble and granite; a large selection of glass tile in hundreds of color palettes and sizes along with mosaics, metal accent tiles and handmade tile. The collection has recently expanded to include eco friendly, recycled tile, glass, metals and more. All of these products are on display at the boutique-style showroom in the west end of Allentown.

In-house designer, Debra Ellstrom, is at the forefront of cutting edge tile design. She, along with her sons Nathan Breininger, a mosaic artist and stone mason, and Eirik Breininger, put a creative touch on every installation. “Our mission is to make every customer a lifetime customer,” states Ellstrom. Mindful of recycling and supporting the community, Distinctive Tile & Stone regularly donates tile to area senior centers for craft projects and to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute to assist with the training of future tile installers. Whether you use your own installer, one of theirs or you do it yourself, the integrated team of designers and installers is committed to offering the time and attention it takes to create a beautiful, and distinctive, end result.

East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates
2895 Hamilton Boulevard, Suite 101  |  Allentown, PA 18104  |  610-432-9593  |

“Make your next step pain free.”  That’s the mission at East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates (EPFAA).  Founded by Dr. Adam J. Teichman, EPFAA provides advanced, innovative and compassionate foot and ankle care for patients of all ages in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.  The team of highly educated and experienced physicians does everything from conservative treatments including diabetic foot care to complex surgical procedures involving the foot and ankle.  Specialized services include pediatric foot and ankle care, athletic foot and ankle care, endoscopic and arthroscopic procedures.  The practice incorporates the latest technology and procedures such as shockwave therapy, computerized gait analysis and ultrasound when treating patients.  Heel Pain 101 and Basics of Healthy Feet are the first two books in a series of free publications Teichman has written.  “This series is available to the public to educate and help people understand the causes of their foot pain, the treatments available and how to prevent pain in the future,” he says.

In addition to sponsoring the Lehigh Valley’s Women’s 5K Classic, participating with the Lehigh Valley Road Runners Kids Series and sponsoring the annual Docs & Jocks Charity Golf tournament, East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates is the team podiatrist for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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