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The Get Up & Go Issue An enthusiast’s guide to local dining, shopping, arts, and community ISSUE N o 38 | SPRING 2023 Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley Hospital—Hecktown Oaks

Exceptional care from the region’s most trusted health partner is now closer than ever in Northampton County. Our brand-new hospital offers services for your entire family, including a 24/7 emergency room, health center and access to specialty care with Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence.

To make an appointment, call 888-402-LVHN or visit LVHN.org/hecktownoaks.

Route 33 and Hecktown Road

3780 Hecktown Road | Easton, Pa.

IN THIS ISSUE

This spring, take a look at all the Lehigh Valley has to offer as you live and love local in our colorful community.

Fig Authentic: Afa Anoa’i, Jr.

Afa embodies the word “authentic.” This former football star, pro wrestler, award-winning choreographer, and father of two shares his namesake legacy with readers.

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Published Authors

Need a great book? Check out some of the Lehigh Valley’s published authors, and you’ll be sure to find your next great read.

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Get Up & Go!

Fun for the whole family this spring, find plenty of things to see and places to go.

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2023 Social

Mission Partner: Rising Tide Community Loan Fund

A subsidiary of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley providing business counseling, startup resources, and marketing assistance to help small businesses thrive.

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Fig Giving Back: Boys & Girls Club

The Club is continually providing a safe space for mentorship and a place for many children to call home.

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And of course, great shopping, dining, arts, events, and community—as always. Keep Reading

ON THE COVER
JoJo from MVP Cleaning Services (pg. 19) holds an expertly curated Mosaic & Co. (pg. 52) spring bouquet in Easton’s Center Square.
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WE ALL KNOW THE LEHIGH VALLEY IS SPECIAL— not just because of the historical architecture or the nationally acclaimed restaurant scene, but because of the people collaborating and investing in the continued success of this community we love.

Kicking off 2023 by showcasing the entrepreneurs who are making things happen, we’re calling this the Get Up and Go issue, and we hope these pages will inspire you to join in. You’ll find milestone celebrations of familiar local businesses, meet several incredible authors who walk amongst us, discover a first-ever sports section to wet the athletic whistle, and explore exciting destinations where you can plan your next adventure.

Our local Lehigh Valley team of passionate creatives would like to thank you, our readers, for the passion you have for everything local and the enthusiasm you bring to supporting the Lehigh Valley. We hope this issue of Fig energizes you to start that business

you’ve been thinking about, spark a new idea, or support an important initiative. There’s no better time than now.

New ideas are coming to life at Fig Industries too. The small seed of an idea called Fig, planted nearly 18 years ago, has taken root in a new way. We’ve packaged the power of Fig so other passionate local creatives in small cities across the country can start Fig in their community and spread the love-local message. We could not be more excited to see where this simple idea turned joyful celebration of community is headed. If you love Fig and know a creative team or individual who may want to grow Fig in their community, please reach out and plant the seed. The QR code on the facing page tells the story. Here’s to exciting new ideas, existing concepts that are finding new life, and a purposeful new year.

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6 610.882.9848 MYAMERICANHAIRLINES.COM
28 EAST 3RD STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.332.2400 FOXOPTICAL.COM 7

these people know hospitality The OG of the AG...

THERE ARE A THOUSAND DETAILS THAT GO INTO MAKING EVERY DINING EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE. This crew is well versed in accomplishing just that. From their knowledge and passion for their craft to their dedication and devotion to their guests, it is no surprise that after 24 years, the Apollo Grill continues to thrive.

“I remember joining this team thinking I knew everything there was to know about the restaurant business. I was 21...so clearly, I knew everything!” owner Rachel Griffith jokes. “Working every day, year after year, with this group of talented people was how I actually learned the true meaning of and the hard work behind hospitality.”

From left to right:

Michele Valence 19 years

Sofia Howard 24 years

Taylor Morano 13 years

Jansen Howard 18 years

Adrienne Vassa 14 years

Miguel Mendoza 24 years

Alison Lance 18 years

Not Pictured: Owner Rachel Griffith 17 years

8 85 WEST BROAD STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.865.9600 APOLLOGRILL.COM

PUBLISHED

authors

FLIP THROUGH TO DISCOVER a few of the incredible published authors we have right here in the Lehigh Valley! On the following pages you’ll discover interesting stories and inspiring ideas created by hometown writers. Be sure to pick up one of these locally made books for yourself or a loved one.

SPONSORED BY:

Community Action Lehigh Valley is a local anti-poverty nonprofit that improves the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

Offering programs and services in Advocacy, Business Start-Up and Development, Food Access and Nutrition, Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Youth. Learn more about their programs or how to get involved by visiting communityactionlv.org or find them on social media @communityactionlv.

PUBLISHED authors

tells his story

GODFREY’S FIRST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ON MARCH 19, 1976, GODFREY DANIELS OPENED ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME. Forty-seven years later, founder Dave Fry shares musical history, photographs, event posters, artwork, and fascinating stories of Southside Bethlehem’s beloved Godfrey’s stage in his book, Welcome to Godfrey Daniels: How a Small Folk Club Became a Legendary Venue for Musicians from Around The World .

Buy your copy today!

10 7 EAST 4TH STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.867.2390 GODFREYDANIELS.ORG INFO@GODFREYDANIELS.ORG
“Godfrey’s is a surprising place...Something appeared on stage that made my heart skip a beat.”
Dave Fry Author

“RAW, COMPELLING, AND UNAPOLOGETIC...A MUST-READ!”

— CALVIN SINGH, EMMY-NOMINATED TV PRODUCER

“GRIPPING AND GUT-WRENCHING, THIS IS AN UNFORGETTABLE MEMOIR...”

— LY TRAN, AUTHOR OF HOUSE OF STICKS

SPIRIT OF A HUMMINGBIRD

MEMORIES FROM A CHILDHOOD ON THE RUN

“HER STORY WILL GRIP YOU FROM THE FIRST PAGE...OUTSTANDING DEBUT.”

— LYN LIAO BUTLER, AUTHOR OF RED THREAD OF FATE

“IT MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST MEMOIRS RELEASED THIS YEAR...WORTHY OF A HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER...”

— A.H. NAZARENO, GOODREADS REVIEWER

MIXEDFEELINGSMAMA.COM @LATINFORHAPPINESS_MD FELICIAHEATH@MIXEDFEELINGSMAMA.COM 11

SHIFTING

Time

AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS 2020-2021

CO-EDITORS: BERRISFORD BOOTHE AND KLARE SCARBOROUGH

THIS WORK OFFERS A GLIMPSE into the lives of 70 contemporary African American artists exploring their response to the emotional and cultural challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice movements, and political upheaval.

The Lehigh Valley artists featured in this book: Berrisford Boothe, Curlee Raven Holton, Femi Johnson, Anthony Smith, Jr., Charles Stonewall

Published by:

12 SHOP LOCAL PURCHASE THIS BOOK AT THE ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
PUBLISHED authors
Mario Moore, American Windows, 2021. Oil on linen, 40 x 64 in. Private Collection.

immersion! EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF

MEET AMIGO THE ELEPHANT and learn a second language with him as he goes on adventures with his friends.

The Magic of Amigo is a bilingual book series to be read only in Spanish. These immersive books include English notes for parents, teachers, and educators to help engage children in the story.

“Our mission is to help provide quality education for every child and build a future where all kids have the same opportunities for success,” said author Núria Camahort Abia.

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All proceeds donated to local

Núria Camahort Abia Author

FIND JOY IN TREASURINGyourself

HAVE YOU MET THE “JOY LADIES?” Kim Howie and Nancy Werteen are the co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition, a global mindset and wellness company based in the science of positive psychology. They work with companies and individuals to teach them how to propel their mindset, be more positive, and live a more joyful life.

Let them show YOU how to have more joy every day and create a thriving future.

DISCOVER HOW TO PROPEL YOUR MINDSET WITH THEIR:

ɟ Books

ɟ Online Programs

ɟ Meditations and Affirmations

ɟ Podcast Episodes

ɟ Newsletters

ɟ Workshops

ɟ Retreats for Women

to activate the joy that’s

14 THEWISDOMCOALITION.COM 610.462.1691 FINDYOURJOY@THEWISDOMCOALITION.COM @THEWISDOMCOALITION
Left to right: Co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition Kim Howie and Nancy Werteen

THE JOURNEY OF transformation

“IT’S TIME TO BREAK FROM LIMITING BELIEFS, FEARS, OR STORIES,” says Think Good Company President Deb Cummins Stellato. “Release the beautiful inner butterfly that lives inside you.”

Whether through one-on-one coaching, membership in the Think Courageously Community, or one of their unique group coaching programs, Deb will be your guide on the most important journey of your life. Think Good Coaching and Consulting is where your journey to transformation begins.

THETHINKGOODCOMPANY.COM 610.349.8403 DEB@THINKGOODCOMPANY.COM /THETHINKGOODCOMPANY 15
“TRANSFORMATION IS MUCH LIKE THE JOURNEY OF A CATERPILLAR TO A BUTTERFLY...” – DEB
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Lara Bly Originals Teal Top $89 Skirt $199 Fuchsia Dress $329 Lavender Dress $279 Multicolor Top $69 Multicolor Skirt $259
Lara Bly: 16 202 EAST 3RD STREET, BETHLEHEM 484.935.1025 LARABLY.COM @LARABLYDESIGNS
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The Bly Girls go to

WITH A LITTLE SASS AND A LOT OF SPARKLE, jaw-dropping prom attire is gorgeously attainable at Lara Bly Designs. In addition to classic prom dresses, explore the stunning separates and twirlable gowns that Lara Bly Designs is best known for. Make this prom one you will never forget in unforgettable style. Fly Bly and see what everyone’s been shopping about!

Be sure to celebrate Bethlehem’s SouthSide First Fridays at Lara Bly Designs

Attend Ladies Nights on the third Thursday of every month

Spring Fashion show April 2023

Curated Collection Black Dress $139

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EXCEPTIONAL OFFICE SPACE & EVENTS TO SUPPORT YOUR GROWING BUSINESS

VENTURE X provides world-class office space, amenities, and services—meticulously designed for your productivity and growth. Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, a small business, or a global company with a local presence, Venture X is the ultimate productivity-booster—with the freedom of flexible, all-inclusive pricing.

40 private office suites staffed reception fully stocked cafe event space multiple conference rooms collaboration spaces 24/7 access

18 306 SOUTH NEW STREET, BETHLEHEM 484.403.0077 VENTUREX.COM @VENTUREXBETHLEHEM
Roasted, Big Dog Bourbon, and Lara Bly Doggie Fashion Show

Making it all

sparkle

MEET PARTHENIA “PEACHES” MUNGIN— THE OWNER AND FOUNDER OF MVP CLEANING—AND HER THREE DAUGHTERS.

“I want my daughters to grow as strong, confident, and successful black women. Having a bird’s eye view of my determination and drive has set my children up for success. I work hard every day so my girls will have a better life,” Peaches said.

For a sparkling clean environment and peace of mind, contact Mungin’s Victorious Professional (MVP) Cleaning Services for all your cleaning needs. Offering residential and commercial cleaning services at competitive prices.

2222 VILLAGE ROAD, OREFIELD 484.350.6055 MUNGINS-VICTORIOUS-PROFESSIONAL.BUSINESS.SITE 19

Start today

to grow your business for tomorrow

A.I.M.E (APPRENTICESHIP, INTERNSHIP, MENTORSHIP, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP) is a career development organization that pairs young adults (ages 15 to 25) with both new and established local businesses. This twofold plan affords local businesses young talent in an ever-changing and developing world, while affording on-the-job training in the apprentice’s and intern’s fields of study. A.I.M.E. welcomes high school, college, and vocational students to receive counsel on developing a strong resume to secure a prosperous future, as well as local businesses who are looking for dedicated staff. To get started, visit aimecareers.com

20 1349 LYNN AVENUE, BETHLEHEM 484.330.9241 AIMECAREERS.COM @AIMECAREERS
Brandon Kelly Owner & Founder

Rising Tide strives to support the dreams of entrepreneurs

RISING TIDE COMMUNITY

LOAN FUND, a subsidiary of antipoverty nonprofit Community Action Lehigh Valley, helps the local economy thrive by helping small businesses thrive.

Established in 2001, Rising Tide is a nonprofit financial institution offering accessible loan products up to $150,000, as well as providing business counseling, start-up resources, and marketing assistance.

Rising Tide participants may not qualify for traditional banking products, but Rising Tide sees beyond the spreadsheet to the many other factors that can make a small business successful. Have a small business idea or looking for resources to help your business reach the next level? Contact Rising Tide today!

> Rising Tide has provided more than $10.9 million in loans

> More than 250 small businesses have received one-on-one assistance

> More than half of Rising Tide’s participants qualify as low-income and/or minority-owned

Social Mission

Transforming

1337 EAST 5TH STREET, BETHLEHEM 484.893.1039 THERISINGTIDE.ORG 21 @RISINGTIDECLF /RISINGTIDELOAN
the Community Together
Stephen Planisky Business Advisor Yajahira Rodriguez Associate Lender Chris Hudock Associate Executive Director of Business Development Tom Stine Business Advisor Rachel Batchelor Marketing & Communications Coordinator Kelsey Miller Marketing & Administrative Associate

Celebrating STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math

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COMING IN 2024/PRÓXIMAMENTE EN 2024
T H A NK YOUFOR YOURSUPP O R T
Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion will open in the spring of 2024 in Allentown. The LVHN My Body/Mi Cuerpo exhibit features interactive installations that will celebrate the human body, explore how it works, and explain how to keep it healthy. DA VINCI SCIENCE CENTER SEES THE SCIENTIST IN EACH OF US . Your donation today will inspire curiosity in the scientists of tomorrow!
Caroline (she/her) Director of Communications & Community Relations Amanda (she/her) STEAM Educator & Program Coordinator Megan (she/her) STEAM Education Manager Carlos (he/him) Curator of Living Collections Lindsay (she/her) STEAM Educator & Program Coordinator Rory (they/them) Outreach STEAM Educator & Trainer Jenn (she/her) STEAM Education Manager
This is what a scientist looks like when they get up and go!

Get Up & GO

THE LEHIGH VALLEY is a collection of walkable, shoppable towns. With so much to discover, we invite you to use the following pages as a guide for what to do and where to go. No matter what city you find yourself in, there’s plenty to see. So this spring, get up and go explore the Valley!

“Our Valley

Our HOME”

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. Experience hockey in the Valley with the Phantoms. Tickets can be purchased at phantomshockey.com

701 HAMILTON STREET, ALLENTOWN 610.224.4625 PPLCENTER.COM 25

Meet The Sports Law

THIS TEAM IS DEDICATED to providing topnotch legal services to athletes and the sports industry. Experienced Business Services and Litigation attorneys, they have come together to form the premier Sports Law Group in the Lehigh Valley, utilizing their combined understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the sports world.

One of the key areas that Gross McGinley focuses on is name, image, and likeness (NIL). Recent changes in state laws and NCAA regulations have made NIL a hot topic. Athletes are now allowed to monetize their NIL rights, which means they can endorse products, appear

Attorneys of Gross McGinley

in commercials, and use their image to promote businesses. This new landscape presents a number of legal challenges, from contract negotiations to trademark protection, and the Sports Law team is well-equipped to help athletes navigate these complex issues to ensure their eligibility is protected—giving them peace of mind and the ability to capitalize on their likeness and success.

Beyond NIL, Gross McGinley also offers a wide range of legal services to athletes and sports organizations. They handle everything from contract formations and negotiations and compliance issues to injury litigation and general counsel.

26 33 SOUTH 7TH STREET, ALLENTOWN 610.820.5450 GROSSMCGINLEY.COM Visit their website:
From left to right: Mike Horvath , Attorney; Bob Campbell , Attorney; Jake Oldaker, Attorney; Loren Speziale , Deputy Managing Partner

ELECTRIFY it!

DO YOU REMEMBER THAT FIRST BIKE RIDE AS A KID, when you got to meet up with your friends and take off on your own? The wind in your hair, adventure before you!

“You get that same feeling on these bikes,” says owner and e-bike builder, Chris Briggs. “All you need to do is find the bike that works for you, electrify it, and then just take off!” Get a Bethlehem e-bike today so you can feel like a kid tomorrow!

610.704.7083 @BETHLEHEMEBIKE 27
Find the bike that works for you, then
Scan here to get started:
Chris Briggs Owner Adventure Seeker

BE

LEGENDARY Build Legacy

Get the 2023 Lehigh Valley Legends Basketball Team home game schedule Amber Stewart Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Operations James Stewart, Jr. Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Game Day Operations
I am very proud that my children have taken on active roles and are contributing greatly to the building of the Legacy that is meant for them.”
— JAMES STEWART, SR. MAJORITY TEAM MARKET OWNER/PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Meet some of the FIERCE femaleS

who are helping to build the Legends Legacy of tomorrow

THESE WOMEN WANT YOU TO KNOW

IT’S GAME TIME! March Madness kicks off Lehigh Valley Legends’ second season. Come out and witness how Legends are made during their home games at Kirby Sports Center at Lafayette College. Be sure to catch Legends away games too— subscribe to tbltv.tv/legends.

KIRBY SPORTS CENTER, LAFAYETTE COLLEGE 700 WEST PIERCE STREET, EASTON LEHIGHVALLEYLEGENDS.COM 29
Danielle Bynum Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Marketing Sheri Weber Director of Community Outreach Amber Stewart Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Operations From left to right: Hazel Swaid, In-house Life Coach; Jess Johnson, Assistant Director; Tiffany Sondergaard, PR Agency of Record; Vlema Beck, Executive Director
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Get Up & GO

on the South Bethlehem Greenway this spring!

WALK, RUN, OR BIKE through two miles of greenery, flowerful gardens, and art. And while you’re out, take a break to explore some of the fitness-focused SouthSide Arts District businesses.

Experience the difference with Master Instructor Lee, a Kukkiwon-certified 5 th degree black belt at Lehigh Valley Taekwondo . Founded in 1984, it is the oldest World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style school in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area.

The Yoga Loft has something for everyone. Join them in a gorgeous, plantfilled loft space for yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. Let stress melt away in their welcoming and inclusive community. Beginners are welcome!

Cutters Bike Shop is family-owned and centrally located on East 3rd Street in historic Southside Bethlehem. Whether a novice or an expert cyclist, Cutters offers a wide range of bicycles and accessories to fit every road, recreational, mountain, and e-bike riders’ needs.

JOIN IN FOR SPRING ON THE SOUTHSIDE: Health & Wellness on the Greenway, Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 PM . Bring the family for an afternoon of health-focused fun, food, and much more. Visit the SouthSide Arts District website to learn more!

324 SOUTH NEW STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.360.5778 SOUTHSIDEARTSDISTRICT.COM @SOUTHSIDEARTSDISTRICT 31
CUTTERS BIKE SHOP 418 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem cuttersbikeshop.com

Authentic | Leading the way through innovation and example

What’s in a name?

Fig Authentic: Afa Anoa’i, Jr.

WHILE HE MAY BE THE NAMESAKE of a man who helped spawn professional wrestling’s Samoan dynasty—as well as cousin of pro wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—Afa Anoa’i, Jr. has certainly made a name for himself.

WRESTLING PRODIGY

During the summer before eighth grade, Afa was inspired to officially begin his wrestling career while in Austria with his father, who was running an international tour there. “Not without proper training” was his dad’s requirement for joining the tour. So after a three-day immersive training on a hotel room floor with his WWE star older brothers, he officially stepped into the ring.

FOOTBALL STAR

While he never stopped wrestling, his “freakishly large” size got him recruited to Freedom High School’s varsity football team. After three years as an allconference defensive tackle, he accepted a spot on the UConn Huskies college team. Poised to be a first-round NFL draft pick after his freshman season, he blew out his knee and his career came to a premature end.

TRAINER AND ENTERTAINER

After continuing his pro wrestling career as WWE superstar Manu, Afa also discovered his passion for training other wrestlers.

Amidst the pandemic, he opened The Battlefield Pro Wrestling Center in Brodheadsville, where he’s already helped over 16 hopefuls make their WWE debuts. His moves were also sought out on a different stage —the theater. Afa took on the role of choreographer for an off-Broadway production of The Last Match , and was recently recognized with a Broadway World Regionals 2023 award for “Best Choreography of a Play or Musical.”

HIS FAVORITE NAME

Despite all his career success, “Dad” is truly the name Afa loves most. “Having kids put my life into focus,” says Afa. “I do it all for them.”

Afa’s son and daughter have already started wrestling training. “You can’t keep them out of the ring,” says the proud dad. Sounds familiar.

484.350.1881 SAMOANSTORMAFAJR@GMAIL.COM 33

FOR OVER 15 YEARS, Wind Creek Bethlehem has been a strong supporter of one of the area’s most notable nonprofits, Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley—an organization that seeks to “connect kids and community through literacy.” Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley works to unite the community— including police officers, municipal leaders, and retired teachers—and schools with literacy-focused events and enrichment activities.

One of the organization’s most revered initiatives includes their ongoing collection and distribution of new or gently used books throughout the Lehigh Valley. To date, Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley has distributed over 1.1 million books.

“Our success has been possible because we have been joined by

organizations that have embraced our mission wholeheartedly, again and again,” said Beverly Bradley, President, Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley Inc. “Without a doubt, one of those organizations is Wind Creek Bethlehem.”

Every year, Wind Creek Bethlehem engages in volunteer efforts, organizing book drives and providing other means of support.

“We simply could not do all that we do without the support and encouragement of thoughtful community partners like Wind Creek Bethlehem,” said Beverly.

Wind Creek Bethlehem Team Members have collected and donated over 4,000 books to Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley.

34 77 WIND CREEK BOULEVARD, BETHLEHEM 877.726.3777 WINDCREEK.COM/BETHLEHEM
“We fully believe in Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley’s mission. Their efforts continuously yield a positive impact that extends throughout our entire community.”
— Kathy McCracken
Executive Vice President and General Manager at Wind Creek Bethlehem
Wind Creek Bethlehem understands the importance of literacy programs in the Lehigh Valley.

hair and life advice

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE OR “MUST HAVE” HAIR PRODUCTS?

Everyone should have a leave-in treatment—can’t say enough about that! If you like to be outside, at the beach, or in the pool, make sure it has a UV filter. This will add softness and shine to your hair. Every on-the-go woman also needs a dry shampoo!

SPEAKING OF BUSY WOMEN, HOW DO YOU BALANCE IT ALL?

By practicing what I preach and making sure to schedule time for myself just like I recommend for my clients. Practicing yoga, getting facials, and making room for friends all contribute to my well-being. I also never skip my hair appointments! The time I spend in the chair is just as valuable as the time I spend behind it.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD CLIENTS BOOK HAIR APPOINTMENTS?

I love spending time with my guests, so I invite them my back every six weeks. It’s good for the mind, body, soul, and of course, the hair!

IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET INTO COSMETOLOGY, WHERE DO YOU START?

There are a few ways to get started. You can attend a beauty school, a vocational school, or an apprenticeship program. If you like a more personalized experience, you can apply to our apprentice program offered at A-List Salon.

WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING IN BETHLEHEM’S SOUTHSIDE ARTS DISTRICT?

The Southside is near and dear to my heart. I am grateful to be positioned in the community where I grew up. This part of town is lively and filled with creativity. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. If I can inspire one person from our community to pursue their passions, I will feel successful.

WHAT IS ONE “FUN FACT” YOU’VE DISCOVERED FROM BEING IN THIS FIELD?

The one thing that seems to be surprisingly consistent is how rough we are with our hair. I see it all the time—clients brushing through their hair aggressively. The ripping and pulling, usually with the wrong brush, causes breakage and frizz. In this fastpaced society, cutting corners has become normal. I always say, “Slow down, be kind to your hair, and your hair will be kind to you. Kindness is always fashionable.”

128 WEST 4TH STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.849.2011 ALISTSALONSPA.COM 35 A-Lister
Andrea’s
Book an A-List appointment today!
Derek Wallen Owner Tim Bream Owner

You can do it all... locally!

DEREK AND TIM ARE THE DYNAMIC DUO BEHIND LEHIGH VALLEY PRINTING (LVP). Their work can be seen all across the Lehigh Valley and beyond. For over 12 years, LVP has been providing businesses, nonprofits, and local-loving folks with swag. Need matching t-shirts for the family vacation, embroidered polos for a team golf outing, printing for a 5k or other special event? LVP is ready to take on any design that can be dreamed up!

Derek and Tim love the Valley—get to know their other businesses below.

SINCE OPENING IN 2017, ROASTED has become one of the Lehigh Valley’s breakfast hot spots with their creative sweet and savory options, locally-sourced foods, mindfulness of dietary restrictions, and vast amounts of vegan and vegetarian options. From the decadent Oreo French Toast or Pancake of The Month, to a scramble with broccoli, beets, and brussel sprouts, or an egg white omelet, there truly is something for everyone!

22 West 4th Street, Bethlehem 610.849.2673

roastedbethlehem.com @roastedbethlehem

Wednesday-Friday: 7:30aM-2PM Saturday & Sunday: 8aM-2PM

Closed Monday & Tuesday

GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS IS A FAMILY-OWNED, award-winning travel agency run by industry leading experts. Dreaming of dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower? A sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the African Savannah? How about indulging in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti? All of it is possible at Global Expeditions. What better way to support local than booking with the Lehigh Valley’s top travel agency? Let the adventures begin!

1420 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem 610.905.4577 travelglobex.com @travelglobex

vacations@travelglobex.com By appointment only Find

4140 AIRPORT ROAD, ALLENTOWN LEHIGHVALLEYPRINTING.COM 610.443.0257 37
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Shelli Adams & Derek Wallen Owners of ROASTED Tim & Jessica Bream Owners of Global Expeditions

Check out the new GraphAxe Lane!

PLANNING A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OR GROUP OUTING? Got a groom- or brideto-be anticipating a kick-axe bachelor/bachelorette party? Perhaps you want to prepare for the zombie apocalypse or go duck hunting? Whatever the occasion, Split Pine has the solution! The brand new, state-of-the-art GraphAxe Lane holds from

four to 12 people. Bring your closest friends for a round of tic-tac-toe or “throw” an appreciation party for your employees. Fun photos projected on to a target are specially crafted to maximize fun and axe-citement. Each game brings a new challenge, from a classic dart game to throwing your way through an alluring forest.

38 627 HAMILTON STREET, ALLENTOWN 484.274.6527 GOSPLITPINE.COM @SPLITPINEAXETHROWING
BOOK NOW using the QR code to axe-perience the GraphAxe Lane, only at Split Pine Axe Throwing in Allentown. Dan & Val Owners

For all things

Blended:

See what’s new at Blended

ALL NEW MENU ITEMS— from delicious house-ground burgers and hearty salads to small bites and shareables! Sit inside and enjoy the laidback atmosphere or enjoy a nice craft cocktail outside at a fire pit, outside bar, or patio seating areas. Offering

many different styles of beers on tap, hand-crafted cocktails, daily happy hour specials, and a wonderful Sunday brunch, the team at Blended looks forward to giving their guests and community a fun and energetic place to eat, drink, and socialize. Cheers!

27 NORTH 7TH STREET, SUITE 130, ALLENTOWN 610.674.0602 BLENDEDRESTAURANT.COM 39
Gil DeGruccio Owner/Executive Chef Eric Cutting Owner/General Manager
40 PEOPLE FIRST
TENANT SPOTLIGHT
HEADQUARTERS, FIVE CITY CENTER, DOWNTOWN ALLENTOWN
Howard Meller President and CEO

Life in the

City’s Center!

Why did People First choose Downtown Allentown for its new headquarters?

[Howard]: We looked for an area of the Lehigh Valley where we could increase our brand awareness. We kept coming back to Allentown. We wanted to be part of the community we serve every day and part of the city’s revitalization.

What are the benefits of having Class A office space?

[Howard]: We can present People First in the best possible light, and it allows our employees to work in a premium space that reflects our premium brand.

How has your office space increased productivity?

[Howard]: Our employees have been invigorated and energized by our clean, fresh environment. It has definitely helped us attract and retain talent. The open floor plan allows for collaboration between team members, which has led to increased productivity and engagement.

What do your employees love about being in Downtown Allentown?

[Howard]: Our employees love the convenience. The office is close to everything they need, from lunch meeting locations, to public transportation, to our branch on 6th Street. And there’s always something going on downtown, so employees can go out together and that helps bond our team.

What advantages have you received as a tenant of City Center?

[Howard]: City Center lets us market our credit union to the professionals in their other office buildings. We are doing it now to publicize that our 6th Street branch is within walking distance. As a tenant, we are also a Preferred Employer for City Center’s apartments. City Center has been generous with tickets to PPL Center events and reduced fees for our employees to join LVHN Fitness. And our employee parking is right next door to our building.

See available office space at citycenterallentown.com

A Little Bit of Local with a lot of heart

A LITTLE BIT OF LOCAL LLC brings together high-quality, locally handcrafted items perfect for gifting to others or yourself—all in one beautifully curated location. Newly located on the Allentown Artswalk, shopping for the perfect gift has just gotten easier. Find one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to delight those with exceptional taste.

Craft workshop registrations now available online!

42 21 NORTH 7TH STREET, SUITE 2, ALLENTOWN 484.274.6823 INFO@ALITTLEBITOFLOCAL.COM ALITTLEBITOFLOCAL.COM
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LeeAnn Bower Owner and Founder

Feels like home

GETTING TO SETTLEMENT can be one of the most exciting and stressful times in a person’s life. The Settlement Company makes everyone feel right at home during the settlement process. Want to work with a team well versed (and bilingual) in all things related to the home buying process? Choosing The Settlement Company holds the key for a stress-free and relaxing home-buying experience!

To learn more or get a quote:

2150 WEST WASHINGTON STREET, ALLENTOWN 484.892.6200 THESETCO.COM 43
Jayme Zick and Eileen Aguilera Co-Owners

Marry me!

NOELLE IS AN UNLIKELY OFFICIANT who is wedding uniquely special people. Admired by friends for her pragmatic outlook and ability to have a sense of humor about the obstacles life presents, Noelle possesses the insight and levity to create a ceremony unique to the couple’s desires. She will take the time to get to know every couple she unites and what makes them special to each other, ultimately performing something more extraordinary than a traditional ceremony. Noelle understands that life and love can unfold in crazy ways, and convention doesn’t always apply.

How did this begin for Noelle? One day a friend asked her to, “marry me!” She encouraged Noelle to bring her unique perspective and humor to personalize the couple’s wedding. Her funny and audacious ceremony delighted the newlyweds’ family and friends, which led to another officiant request, and then another...

Getting married? Noelle will guide you through planning the wedding ceremony. Whether writing vows, selecting readings, or adding a creative flair to make the ceremony of your dreams come true, Noelle will be by your side to help you share your love story with your guests.

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Moravian University names first Dean of the School of Behavioral and Community Health

THE NEWLY FORMED SCHOOL WILL BE LED BY DR. FREDA GINSBERG, MBA

ADDRESS ###.###.#### WEBSITE 45 1200 MAIN STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.861.1400 MORAVIAN.EDU

LIKE THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, THE MORAVIAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH WAS FORMED AS A RESULT OF THE 2021 TRANSITION TO UNIVERSITY STATUS and allows deanlevel faculty to lead newly formed schools within the university structure. Dr. Ginsberg joins Moravian after serving as a Full Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2016.

“President Grigsby has been talking about the school of behavioral and community health for a few years, and we are very much aware of the mental health crisis facing our nation. I am thrilled to see his vision of supporting this need come to fruition with the hire of

Dr. Ginsberg, and I am confident in her ability to move us forward quickly,” said Carol Traupman-Carr, provost of Moravian University. “Dr. Ginsberg’s background and education mirror our liberal arts educational mission with the global focus of our Elevate experience, and she has a genuine interest in helping people. I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for us.”

Dr. Ginsberg has taught at well-regarded institutions around the United States and Canada and is an expert in working with diverse populations in academia and counseling. Her scholarship focuses on the intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma. She also investigates the topics of Jewish issues more broadly (for example Jewish women in counseling) as well as counseling topics that directly pertain to underserved and marginalized populations.

46 1200 MAIN STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.861.1400 MORAVIAN.EDU
From left to right: Tyler Hein, Connor Byrnes, Paulina Rivas, Tim King, and Sage Shelly; Class of 2024
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Dr. Freda Ginsberg, MBA Dean, School of Behavioral & Community Health

DR. GINSBERG EARNED HER BACHELOR OF ARTS in Jewish Studies/ Comparative Religion at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, her Master of Arts in Human Services Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan

State University in Lansing, Michigan, and her Master of Business Administration from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Ginsberg began her tenure as the Dean of the School of Behavioral and Community Health on August 15, 2022.

48 1200 MAIN STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.861.1400 MORAVIAN.EDU

This was my home.

Fig Giving Back: Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Program Director Scott Perry was an elementary school aged boy dealing with his parents’ separation when he walked into the Club for the first time. And he never left. At age 19, Scott was offered full-time employment with the nonprofit. Soon after, he was joined by Unit Director Lisa Ramos, who began her career building out programs for girls at the Club and throughout the years took on many programmatic and administrative roles.

For decades, countless youth in Bethlehem have found a safe space for mentorship, development, and sports at the Boys & Girls Club, thanks largely to Scott and Lisa.

From the likes of professional basketball player Darrun Hilliard who played rec basketball in the Club, to troubled teens turned successful military professionals, to today’s doctors, lawyers, financiers, teachers, and everyday moms and dads living in the Lehigh Valley—so many have been impacted by this dynamic duo.

Then and now, within the walls of the Club, kids are seen, heard, loved and cared for. Connections made here shape futures and last a lifetime. For most, it’ll always be a place to call home.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIG GIVING BACK AT FIGLEHIGHVALLEY.COM 49 Giving Back | Making a difference in the lives of others
Lisa Ramos Unit Director Both Scott and Lisa celebrate 33 years of service at Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem Scott Perry Program Director

A photographer’splayground

Endless props, endless backgrounds, and endless possibilities!

Book all of your photoshoots at Fox & Finch!

50 502 SOUTH CLEWELL STREET 2ND FLOOR, FOUNTAIN HILL 610.653.7850 THEFOXANDTHEFINCH.COM THEFOXANDTHEFINCH@GMAIL.COM @FOXANDFINCHVINTAGERENTALS
Abby Ogden Owner

Adventure awaits!

THE LEHIGH VALLEY’S PREMIER OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE CENTER,

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, features a unique blend of more than 50 national retailers, one-of-a-kind boutiques, top-notch eateries, and entertainment destinations all located in a beautiful, mountainside setting. Get up and go this spring by visiting Athleta, Capital Blue Cross Connect, L.L. Bean, and Playa Bowls!

Capital Blue Cross Connect

2845 CENTER VALLEY PARKWAY, CENTER VALLEY 610.791.9707 THEPROMENADESHOPSATSAUCONVALLEY.COM 51
L.L. Bean Phillip Tade Customer Experience Supervisor Athleta Krista Berardelli Marketing Director & Business Development Manager for the Promenade Shops Playa Bowls Amanda Santiago Assistant Manager L.L. Bean Pamela Gifford Sales Guide
FOLLOW THEM! @ThePromenadeSV
Alex Knauss Sales & Account Executive Commercial Group Sales

Say it with flowers... or a bubble gum machine terrarium

SINCE 2012 MOSAIC & CO. has been making weddings and celebrations beautiful by incorporating their clients’ style, their own creative expertise, and the team’s combined 50 years of event experience.

“Our goal is always to make a memorable and enjoyable experience for our clients, to enjoy the creative process, and make their vision a flawless and stress-free reality,” said Joe Moussa, owner and founder.

Mosaic & Co. has grown and now operates a Home & Garden Center in Catasauqua, offering beautiful houseplants from around the world, unique gifts, and everything you would expect from a full-service nursery. They also offer seasonal workshops and events hosted in the greenhouse.

52 1096 MILTON STREET, CATASAUQUA (HOME & GARDEN) 2947 NORTH CEDAR CREST BOULEVARD, ALLENTOWN (DESIGN STUDIO) 610.657.5703 MOSAICANDCOMPANY.COM HELLO@MOSAICANDCOMPANY.COM
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Joe Moussa Owner & Founder

Enhance beauty

and nurture the soul

WHY CHOOSE TRICIA VERMILYA AESTHETICS MEDICAL SPA?

Besides offering a wide variety of aesthetic services, they also understand there may be a learning curve for many new clients. The Tricia Vermilya Aesthetics team’s utmost concern is educating their guests on services, products, and maintenance. The ultimate goal is for clients to leave feeling confident, informed, and ready to take the next step.

Schedule an appointment today at their brand new location!

601 STONES CROSSING ROAD, EASTON TRICIAVAESTHETICS.COM 484.788.3491 @TRICIAVERMILYA_AESTHETICS 53
From left to right: Christy Rose, Office Manager; Fernandez Rodgriguez, RN; Tricia Vermilya, Nurse Practitioner; Sydni Jordan, Marketing; Katie Byrnes, RN; Dr. Monfared, Supervising Physician

DIY

for life

IN 2006, ALISON LEIGH WAS WORKING AT A HIGH END SALON THAT MADE HER FEEL LIKE SHE COULDN’T BE HERSELF, and the clientele she wanted to attract wasn’t interested in the “stuffy” environment. Alison knew she had to do something quick to ensure finding fulfillment in her career. She decided to scout locations to open her own space. “I found the beautiful building at 12-14 West Fourth Street on Bethlehem’s Southside, and the rest is history!” she said.

From the vintage chairs and collection of rock posters and artwork to the uniquely designed counters and desks, the entire space is a window into the term DIY for Alison.

Learn more about Eskandalo! and their time-based pricing at eskandalohair.com.

54 12 WEST 4TH STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.625.9100 ESKANDALOHAIR.COM @ESKANDALO.THEOTHERSIDE
“When you create something from the bottom of your heart and soul, it becomes a piece of who you really are.”
— Alison
Alison Leigh Owner & Founder

From left to right: Charise Edwards, LPC (she/her); Kayla Schubert-Wirth, LCSW (she/her); Ashlee Hess, LSW (she/her); Cassidy Flynn, MA (she/her); Dakota Barrow, LSW (they/them); Josie Villamar, LPC (she/her)

Not Pictured: Jacqueline Boyle, MA (she/her); Josh Keher, LSW (he/him); Michelle Varra-White, LSW (they/she)

THEIR TEAM IS READY TO HELP YOU IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Find out more about Grit & Grace

or schedule an appointment:

60 WEST BROAD STREET, SUITE 305, BETHLEHEM 610.216.9598 55 INTAKE@GRITANDGRACEPSYCHOTHERAPY.COM GRITANDGRACEPSYCHOTHERAPY.COM All are welcome here Anxiety | Building Self-Worth | Concussions | Communication | Depression | EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) | Family of Origin | Highly Sensitive Persons | Life Transitions | LGBTQ+ | Multigenerational Trauma | Neurodiversity | PTSD | Self-Esteem | Sexual Trauma | Stress Management | Transitional Issues | Traumatic Brain Injuries | Work and Career Concerns
Psychotherapy
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
— Pema Chodron

It all starts with a smile

“PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK HOW I’M ALWAYS SO HAPPY AND UPBEAT. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, I JUST LOVE WHAT I DO!”

You can’t help but wear a smile when Amy Keats, consultant for J. Hilburn, takes care of your wardrobe, ensuring a great fit!

With countless patterns, textures, and colors to choose from, each garment is made to your measurements and reflects your personality.

J. Hilburn offers a carefully curated collection of custom menswear quite literally from t-shirts to tuxedos. With their personal service and easy process, you’ll be well dressed for all your lifestyle needs.

The personal service and easy process will leave you with a smile as big as hers.

56 AMYKEATS.J.HILBURN.COM 610.462.3246 AMY.KEATS@JHILBURNPARTNER.COM
MENSWEAR
CUSTOM
NACS T O STARTSMILING INANEW W A R EBORD
Amy Keats J. Hilburn consultant

Experience it all

ENTERING THE DECADE with a radically new way of life, people around the world grew accustomed to living remotely and staying inside. With a new year, it’s time to jump back into the world and experience everything life has to offer.

Start the new year right by committing to an active life—whether it’s starting the day off with a morning walk, exploring new hiking trails, getting back in the gym, or taking up something new. Sure, things have been gradually getting back to normal for a while now, but it can be challenging to shake old habits, especially after the holidays. Go all in for 2023 and make it a year to remember.

As the weather warms up, many patients are reminded of what holds them back from enjoying activities. Visit Bloc for customized product recommendations. Let them help you find something that works for you. They carry a variety of products tailored to different needs, and their expert staff will help you find the perfect product to bring freedom to your life. They want you to ring in the new year with energy and enthusiasm!

“With sincerity and gratitude, we wish you a happy, healthy, blazingly good New Year!”

— Bloc Dispensary

3650 NAZARETH PIKE, BETHLEHEM 484.214.5400 BLOCDISPENSARY.COM HELLO@BLOCDISPENSARY.COM 57

Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America

Awarded in 2016 at the Institute of Culinary Education

58 325 NORTHAMPTON STREET, EASTON 973.518.2789 CHOCODIEM-US.COM @CHOCODIEM

Springtime warms up in Easton

NICE TEMPERATURES AND LONGER DAYS MEAN THERE’S EVEN MORE TO EXPERIENCE IN EASTON. Explore the eateries, shops, and boutiques in walkable neighborhoods and Simon Silk Mill. Enjoy a stroll or roll on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail or the D&L Trail. Go ahead, work up an appetite: the Easton Farmers’ Market returns for its 271 st consecutive year on Saturdays starting May 6 and the West Ward Market is open on Wednesdays starting May 3. The indoor Easton Public Market is open Wednesday through Sunday with plenty of parking.

There’s more! Sip, snack, and shop downtown during “Spring Into Easton” on April 15. Families can meet movie royalty at a Princess Tea on April 16. Explore Easton on the fourth Friday of each month with Easton Out Loud restarting April 28. The Easton House Tour returns on May 6, as does the excitement of bicycle racing with the Easton Twilight Criterium over Memorial Day weekend. Visit shopdowntowneaston.com to plan your weekend—or your entire spring!

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Five & Dime

WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR SHRED ON, SHARE THE STOKE, OR HAVE A GAME OF SKATE!

140 C Northampton Street, Easton | 484.544.4719

fiveanddimeeaston.com

@fiveanddimeeaston

Book & Puppet

LET A NEW BOOK TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD. FIND WHAT YOU NEED AT BOOK & PUPPET.

22 Centre Square, Easton | 484.544.4738

bookandpuppet.com

@bookandpuppet

Punch Out Games

ENJOY SNACKS, FUN & GOOD COMPANY AT PUNCH OUT GAMES. PLAY AN OLD FAVORITE OR LEARN SOMETHING NEW FROM EXPERT BOARD GAME SOMMELIERS.

161 Northampton Street, Easton | 908.312.5069

punchoutgameseaston.com

@punchoutgames

Andy Laties & Rebecca Migdal Owners Mikus Matiss & Barbara Vásconez Owners Logan Truesdell Employee Chip Black Owner Corey Brunetti Owner

SmARTivities

TAP IN TO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE WITH A CLASS AT SMARTIVITIES SHOWCASE OR PICK UP ART SUPPLIES TO TAKE HOME.

60 Centre Square, Easton | 484.544.3954 smartivities.net

@smartivities /akasmartivities

Skeggy’s

TRY AXE-THROWING (IT’S GREAT FUN!) AND ENJOY A UNIQUE EVENT WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY. FULL BAR AND FOOD, TOO!

42 Centre Square, Easton | 484.544.3003 skeggys.com

@skeggys_axe_house /skeggys

Green Vida Co.

REFUEL YOUR BODY AND SOUL WITH SOMETHING HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS AT GREEN VIDA CO.

325 Northampton Street, Easton In the Easton Public Market

484.541.5309 | greenvidacompany.com

@greenvidaco

Trek Bicycle

FIND YOUR NEXT GREAT RIDE HERE. STOP BY TO SEE TREK’S VAST SELECTION OF BICYCLES TODAY!

126 Bushkill Street, Easton | 610.253.1140 /trekbicycleeaston

Joshua Dess Owner
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Wilson & Jackie Rueda Owners From left to right: Kara & Bob Shupp Kate & Chuck Makatura Ryan Savage Owners April & Amro Khalil Owners

Making a Paws-itive difference

VOLUNTEERING AT A LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER IS A GREAT WAY TO BRING JOY AND LOVE INTO THE LIVES OF HOMELESS PETS. The Center for Animal Health & Welfare rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes animals throughout the Lehigh Valley. For those who want companionship without the responsibility of being a pet parent, volunteering is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have.

CAHW’s new Executive Director, Sarah Wees, encourages Fig readers to visit the cats at Project Paw or the cats and dogs at The Center. Spend a little time with one of their furry residents, and you might just find a new best friend!

To find out more about volunteering, adopting, or donating, visit CAHW online.

62 1165 ISLAND PARK ROAD, EASTON PROJECT PAW: 452 NORTHAMPTON STREET, EASTON 610.252.7722 HEALTHYANIMALCENTER.ORG
Sarah Wees Executive Director

Kat’s World is a Work of Art

KAT COLLINS’ EXPRESSIVE, IMPRESSIONISTIC PAINTINGS convey experiences of light, space, terrain, and atmospheres “that evoke the emotional weather of being present in that moment in time.”

After running her own successful art business, Kat was inspired to begin her own website design business, building beautiful and strategic websites for artists and authors. “Being a creative myself, I saw a need for a web design business catered to other creatives. My motto is, ‘If you don’t have time for what matters, stop doing the things that don’t.’ I’m here to help artists and writers follow their dreams and achieve success,” Kat said.

KATCOLLINSDESIGN.COM KAT@KATCOLLINSDESIGN.COM @KATCOLLINSSTUDIO 63
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Smiles are dog’s best friend

FACT: People smile more when they are happy.

FACT: Dogs make people smile.

FACT: The team at Hellertown Dental Group want

MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR SMILE HAPPY AND HEALTHY. Let the canine-friendly (get it?) team at HDG keep you smiling all spring. Be sure to book your appointment and smile at a dog today!

64 1213 MAIN STREET, HELLERTOWN 610.838.0131 HELLERTOWNDENTALGROUP.COM @HELLERTOWNDENTALGROUP
Dr. Sandy Vu DMD Dr. Kali Brong DMD Dr. Ann Hunsicker-Morrissey DMD, MAGD

Life Maid Easy makes life easier

LIFE MAID EASY IS A LOCAL WOMAN-OWNED PREMIUM CLEANING COMPANY that specializes in giving people back their free time. With over 20 years of cleaning experience, Marina Lawrence founded Life Maid Easy in Philadelphia in 2018. In 2021, after expanding Philadelphia’s favorite cleaning company to the Lehigh Valley, Marina decided to move here herself! Life Maid Easy was founded on the principle of treating their employees with love and respect, and in turn, they will love and respect you, the client, and of course, your furry friends. Fully trained, insured, and ready to tackle any cleaning job!

Scan the QR code to visit the website and inquire about services!

541 OAK HILL ROAD, EMMAUS 215.654.3110 LIFEMAIDEASY.NET INFO@LIFEMAIDEASY.NET 65
Ashlee Keller Customer Experience Manager with Pusha the office dog Marina Lawrence Founder & Owner of Life Maid Easy

Changing lives one zap at a time

WHY CHOOSE PRECISION LASER?

With a family-owned and operated business, clients receive a more personalized experience and a higher level of care. The team at Precision Laser are experts in the field of laser aesthetics. They are committed to delivering superior results with the best machines on the market! “Our deep understanding of patient care matched with cutting-edge technology, knowledgeable staff, and dedication to great service makes us the best choice for

laser treatments throughout Easton and its surrounding cities,” Jessica said.

Precision Laser was founded in hopes of helping individuals regain confidence and comfort in their own skin. If you no longer identify with a tattoo, have unwanted hair, some inches to shed, or skin concerns, they have the laser for you! The Easton clinic provides tattoo removal, hair removal, Emerald Laser body contouring, laser facials, and more. Book a free consultation today!

• TATTOO REMOVAL

• HAIR REMOVAL

• EMERALD LASER BODY CONTOURING

• LASER FACIALS

• SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL

• SKIN REJUVENATION

• TOENAIL FUNGUS REMOVAL

• SUNSPOT REMOVAL

66 42 SOUTH 3RD STREET, EASTON 484.306.0089 PRECISIONLASERSPECIALISTS.COM
Begin your transformation today! From left to right: Jessica Talley, Rachel Aversa, Lindsay Aversa, Lauren Aversa

Investing in

Family

“GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE FITS US PERFECTLY,” Karen Stambovsky says. She and her husband, David, moved to Garden Spot Village in March 2022. They travel frequently, splitting their time between New Holland, Massachusetts, and Florida. Their independent living apartment at Meadow View connects to a memory support suite where Karen’s mom, Kathryn Horst, lives.

This unique arrangement allows them to support Kathryn while they are in New Holland. Learn more about David and Karen at gardenspotvillage.org

433 SOUTH KINZER AVENUE, NEW HOLLAND 717.355.6000 GARDENSPOTVILLAGE.ORG 67
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This was my home.

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City’s Center!

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