Shop Local in Lehigh Valley for Small Business Saturday on November 29

November 26th, 2014 posted by

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Down on Main Street

Well for better or worse, the holiday buying season is upon us. Please check out the Discover Lehigh Valley web site to see our partner’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals that offer some pretty good savings for those looking to save a buck or two. Sorry for the shameless plug, but it’s my blog so I can do what I want.

Now onto the “meat” of this blog. Saturday, November 29th is “Small Business Saturday.” This day was founded back in 2010 by American Express as a way to celebrate and support small business across the country, including those wonderful establishments that make their home here in Lehigh Valley.

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Hockey Night in Allentown is really something to See!

November 20th, 2014 posted by

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Not One Bad Seat in the House

I’ll admit that I am not the biggest hockey fan, but I’m also not a bandwagon Johnny come lately, either. I watch the NHL playoffs every year. I don’t have a team, but I really do enjoy the sport. What does this all mean? It means that TV hockey, even if it’s the NHL playoffs, can’t hold a candle to the real thing!

Being there you get to see the line changes, all of the movement and setup for offensive and defensive plays that you don’t see on TV, because the camera is just following the puck. And then there is the noise, when a shot misses the net and hits the plexiglass it’s louder than you’re expecting if you’ve never seen it in person.

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The Best in Lehigh Valley Holiday Light Displays

November 18th, 2014 posted by

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With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the prime time to get out and see some of the spectacular displays throughout Lehigh Valley.

New this year, be sure to make your way to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for their Winter Lights Spectacular. With paid admission, visitors will be able to stroll at their leisure through a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and animated displays. While on your walk, you’ll enjoy holiday music, family-friendly activities, hot cocoa,  and other festive food and beverages.

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7 Things To Do at The Great Allentown Comic Con This Weekend

November 13th, 2014 posted by

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Don't Keep The Joker waiting...

The Great Allentown Comic Con returns to Merchants Square Mall this weekend November 15th and 16th.

Show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For the first time attendee or a con regular, here is a list of seven things to do at the con this weekend.

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Nine Lehigh Valley Holiday Activities To Try This Season

November 7th, 2014 posted by

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Festive Carriage Rides

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Christmas will be here before you can finish your pumpkin latte. I figured why not take the time to share some of the great holiday happenings Lehigh Valley has to offer?

1. Let’s start in Bethlehem since it’s affectionately known as “Christmas City.” Since 1993 ArtsQuest has held Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem®, recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top holiday markets in the world there is no slowing down in sight for this yearly festival.

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Fall Highlights from the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail

November 6th, 2014 posted by

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Fall might be my favorite time for beers- I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin! While the days may be getting shorter, there is definitely no shortage of excitement surround the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. Check out a few of our highlights from the last few months.

Local favorites Fegley’s Brew Works and Weyerbacher Brewing Company have both had wonderful seasons with their respective pumpkin beers. If you haven’t had a chance to sample these brews yet, I highly recommend that you do so before it’s too late. Both breweries offer tours on weekends; Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works on Saturdays (, free but by reservation only), and Weyerbacher on Fridays & Saturdays (free). Be sure to enjoy a sampling of beers after you hear about what goes into the process.

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Allentown Restaurant Week, November 9 – 15

November 4th, 2014 posted by

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Roar Social House

Allentown’s revitalization has been in the news for weeks now, with the PPL Center taking center stage.

However, many new restaurants have come to the fore, making for pre or post game dinners that rival most other restaurants in Lehigh Valley.

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Allentown, a Downtown Back from the Past

October 30th, 2014 posted by

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PPL Center at 7th and Hamilton

I was not born and raised in Lehigh Valley but I’ve made it my home since 1981. I know local natives love their hometowns but I think transplants to the region (and visitors) have a special appreciation of Lehigh Valley.

My first introduction to the area was opening what is now the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown. The full service hotel at 9th & Hamilton Streets was the “Allentown Hilton” back then. We shared the intersection with the famous Hess’s department store which was still going strong, the iconic PPL tower and a really cool bar and restaurant, The Good Spirit on the fourth corner. As a young 20 something I was excited to be working in a real city.

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Nine Reasons Why Lehigh Valley is a Great Place to Work, Live, and Visit

October 28th, 2014 posted by

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Lehigh Valley's right there!

The Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is steeped in history yet has quickly become an area known for its nightlife, entertainment, arts, and outdoor activities.

Highlighted by its three cities, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Lehigh Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and only 90 minutes from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia.

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Five Seasonal Lehigh Valley Traditions for Fall, or is it Autumn?

October 24th, 2014 posted by

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Whatever you call it, it is Beautiful.

Exactly, one month and one day ago, on September 23rd, the autumnal equinox occurred, ushering in the first day of fall. And, there are only 58 days remaining in fall before the winter solstice ushers in winter on December 21st. Without discussing the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Hanukkah or the last shopping weekend before Christmas, let’s look at a few Lehigh Valley seasonal musts!

Wait … is it autumn or fall? It doesn’t matter anymore, and the know-it-all would say, that it is harvest, because that’s what it was called before it was called autumn or fall. So for this post, let’s just agree to disagree, because I don’t consistently call it the same thing in my own speech!

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