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Lehigh Valley

The Gifting & Giving Issue An enthusiast’s guide to local dining, shopping, arts, and community ISSUE N o 37 | WINTER 2022

Live life fully again.

Getting to the finish line starts with Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. The region’s leader in bone and joint care, our specialists get you back stronger than ever using the most advanced technology, for faster, better results. So you can return to the things that matter most to you.

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ON THE COVER Dressed in a Lara Bly Design, Latoya Hutchinson—owner of Wicksquisite Candles—holds one of her handmade candles.

IN THIS ISSUE Find gifting & giving galore! We’re raising a toast to small businesses, impactful nonprofits, and the wonderful people that make the Lehigh Valley sparkle even brighter this time of year.

Fig Authentic: Avanté Kendall

Breaking through gender roles, this young Fig Authentic paves the way for others to do the same.

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Easton Holiday Fun, Food & Shopping sponsored by LVHN

This holiday season, check out all that the festive city of Easton has to offer. 51-61

Holiday Gifting & Giving Guide

‘Tis the season to gift and give local. Find Lehigh Valley retailers and nonprofits to support in our annual Gifting & Giving Guide. 19-44

Giving Back: Elias Makhoul 45

Moravian University names first dean of the School of Business and Economics 46-49

Learn more about our 2022 Social Mission Partner: Shanthi@Work 74

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

Contents ISSUE 37 // WINTER 2022 // LEHIGH VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA // THE GIFTING & GIVING ISSUE 3

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Kate Hughes

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Greater Easton Development Partnership Moravian University SouthSide Arts District Wind Creek Bethlehem

SOCIAL MISSION PARTNER

Shanthi@Work

ISSUE SPONSORS

Lehigh Valley Health Network Manderbach Ford Roasted

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4 Credits THE GIFTING & GIVING ISSUE

A note from Fig

Share the

Joy

HERE AT FIG, WE BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS BETTER WHEN YOU SHARE IT. A fleeting moment can become a lasting memory when you choose to share it with a loved one. When our team was planning this issue, we took inspiration from the festivities the winter season holds and how we are more than ready to celebrate again. Sometimes the best experiences happen in the most unexpected moments, like wrapping gifts by the fireplace, lighting holiday candles, or grabbing a drink with a friend while shopping. This year’s Gifting & Giving Issue celebrates the anticipation and excitement of all those little moments that lead up to great celebrations, shared experiences, and lifelong memories of shared joy.

If you’re looking for even more ways to invest in the Lehigh Valley community, in this issue you’ll also find our annual Fig Giving Back Guide featuring nonprofits who are caring for the Valley. We encourage you to find your passion, connect with one (or several), and work

alongside your neighbors to make good things happen.

After nine years of spreading the love local message, we could not be more passionate or committed to the Lehigh Valley. And we know you are too. We’ve heard from many of you personally, and we’ve seen the growth of the Valley over the years. It’s because of you that the Lehigh Valley has come so far. You are awesome and appreciated. Let’s keep the momentum going by keeping it local. No matter how much you have to give or spend, this season is all about this incredible community.

This holiday season share your time, your laughter, and your love for the Lehigh Valley.

JOYFULLY, KATE HUGHES

Become a subscriber and have Fig sent to your home while giving back—10% of all subscriptions go to our Fig Social Mission Partner, Shanthi@Work. Go to figlehighvalley.com/subscribe. Gift subscriptions available.

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THE OTHER SIDE IS A BOUTIQUE AND SPA

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They sell a curated selection of sustainable fashion, handmade vegan candles, jewelry from local designers, vintage finds, neon LED lights, vinyl records, and an array of other unique items.

“Our cozy little spa area is so sweet! There, we offer body waxing, facials, lash services such as tinting, lifting, and extensions, and we also do nails!” said owner Alison Leigh. “We even offer private shopping appointments so anyone can come in to shop and have the whole place to themselves. Bring a friend or a group! Take over the place!”

One thing The Other Side does not do is gender any of the clothing or services. They have created a safe space for anyone to experience what they do, regardless of their gender. They pride themselves on being inclusive and opening their doors to the LGBTQIA+ community.

This is also a space for art. They host art openings on First Fridays to showcase local artists with music, food, and beverages. They also have a photography studio where Alison takes photos and videos of their amazing customers in front of various backdrops and poster collage walls. They invite you to come see for yourself!

Each of the models is wearing items from The Other Side.

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From surviving to thriving

A CERTIFIED EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING)

THERAPIST, Kayla Schubert-Wirth, MSW, LCSW (she/her) is one of only five EMDR Therapists in the Lehigh Valley. Grit & Grace provides the very best trauma therapy for individuals, families, and couples living in and around the Lehigh Valley.

“My goal is to get you from surviving to thriving— a sort of personal theme of my life. I grew up with dysfunction in the home, bullying throughout middle school, and teachers in high school told me to look at other ‘options’ as they didn’t think college was for me. If it weren’t for my therapist and a few incredible people in my life, I wouldn’t be here as a psychotherapist. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to listen to both my gut and my therapist and open a practice where staff and clients can feel safe, supported, and can begin to thrive,” Kayla said.

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WAS NEVER INTENDED TO ACTUALLY BE A THING But through the unnatural influence of the internet, one vegan’s search to fulfill his wildest pizza desires turned into a brick-and-mortar storefront—the first all-vegan pizza shop in Lehigh Valley.

“It’s nice to have those comfort foods like pizza and wings to bring back memories and flavors you’re used to but in a completely crueltyfree way,” Marc Kubushefski said.

(To go orders only)

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KYLE EDWARDS BELIEVES WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE. That is, a calling to contribute. As he puts it, “We were all created by a creator to create, to contribute, and leave our individual worlds just a bit better than how we found them.” More than that, he feels there is a moral obligation to pursue, attain, and live out our purpose. Through art, apparel, and entertainment, his goal is to inspire others to first learn to love themselves and in doing so, be inspired to follow their dreams and ultimately contribute to the greater good. “Life, for many, can be brutal. My deepest desire is to aid others in their efforts to fall in love with themselves and dream again. As long as I am here, through art, apparel, and entertainment, I will continue to do just that. Dreams provide strength and hope. Dreams inspire visions of what is possible. As the great James Allen put it, ‘The dreamers are the saviors of the world.’ My contributions are my dreams materialized,” he said.

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Be“Women can do the unimaginable no matter what industry it is. We may have to work harder than men, but it’s not impossible.”

— Jackie Mitchell

First woman to own a sports team franchise

MEET DANIELLE BYNUM, the first woman to own a pro-team in the Lehigh Valley!

Announcing their newly established home court

THE LEHIGH VALLEY LEGENDS ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW HOME VENUE FOR THE 2023 AND 2024 SEASONS—KIRBY SPORTS CENTER AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE.

Here, the Legends will continue to proudly represent the Lehigh Valley as a community to nurture and grow the skill set and dreams of the area’s budding basketball talent. As a member of The Basketball League (TBL), this team is dedicated to supporting the Lehigh Valley community, fans, and businesses.

“Our mission is to be a part of the community, to support the causes we hold dear, and to participate in the success of our region’s reputation as a family entertainment destination.” — James Stewart, President and COO

Legends Foundation

The foundation mentors and educates youth for their future. The foundation also helps other nonprofits that are designed to help the community grow.

Proceeds from the Lehigh Valley Legends Basketball Foundation will benefit the children of the Lehigh Valley.

Legends will be holding tryouts in the beginning of December 2022. Check social media or their website for details!

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KIRBY SPORTS CENTER, LAFAYETTE COLLEGE 700 WEST PIERCE STREET, EASTON
Danielle Bynum Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Marketing Joshua Williams Power Forward (PF) & Center (C) Bethlehem Resident Terrance Roderick Shooting Guard (SG) & Small Forward (SF) Allentown Native Michael Johnson Co-Team Market Owner & Director of Business Relations James Stewart Majority Team Market Owner & President & Chief Operating Officer

Picture perfect & delicious holiday dining

WITH AN EVER-CHANGING MENU OF HOUSE-MADE INFUSIONS, FRESH-SQUEEZED JUICES, AND FINE LIQUORS, the bar at Twisted Olive presents endless options for creative cocktails.

Chef Steve Kershner and his team use the freshest fruits (including figs from Chef’s own garden!), herbs, and spices to concoct a

unique palette of flavor profiles to chose from. Mix and match, make up your own, or let the bartender take care of it. Pair mouthwatering drinks with a little something from the worldbistro-style menu, and the evening is set!

Whatever the occasion, Twisted Olive has just the thing.

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OPEN MONDAY: 4–10 pm TUESDAY–SATURDAY: 11:30 am –10 pm /TWISTEDOLIVEBETHLEHEM @TWISTED_OLIVE
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Giving Back this holiday season

WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, and Wind Creek Bethlehem is working to keep the Lehigh Valley warm with its annual Winter Coat Drive . The drive was founded in 2021 after the organization sought to provide additional community support during the colder months.

Team Members at Wind Creek Bethlehem are encouraged to donate new or gently used winter apparel throughout the months of October and November. Donations are not limited to coats—in fact, Team Members

are encouraged to offload a wide variety of winter items, including jackets, pants, hats, scarves, and other cold-weather wear.

Currently, Team Members at Wind Creek Bethlehem have donated over 100 pieces of clothing. This year, Wind Creek Bethlehem will send the donations to two recipients, the Third Street Shelter and Lehigh Conference of Churches —both nonprofit organizations seeking to aid homeless men, women, and children in the Lehigh Valley.

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“This is just another way that Wind Creek Bethlehem can offer support, especially as the temperatures begin to drop.”
— Kathy McCracken Executive Vice Presi dent and General Manager at Wind Creek Bethlehem

THIS SEASON

SHOP SMALL holiday

THE HOLIDAYS ARE FULL OF CELEBRATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES to show our appreciation to the ones we love. It may be through a simple note, a homemade baked good, or a thoughtfully selected gift. This year, as you hunt for the perfect present, the ultimate party dress, and the quintessential hostess gift, we ask you to make every choice deliberate and every dollar count. How can you do that? Make your holiday shopping list and hit the streets of the Lehigh Valley. We guarantee that not only will you find the most unique gifts, shopping for your friends and family will go from being an annual routine to an unforgettable experience.

On the following pages, you’ll discover a curated collection of gifts sourced from local retailers. You’ll also see some of the smiling faces of the small business owners who make up our community. Turn the page and be inspired!

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4. Café The Lodge 427 East 4 th Street // 610.849.2100 // cafethelodge.org

Treat yourself to a hot Cuban panini at Café the Lodge this holiday season! This delicious delight is made with fresh pork, ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, and a yummy garlic aioli served on a Portuguese roll. Product: Cuban Panini 5. Hummus House 518 East 3 rd Street // 610.434.8800 // hummushouse.com Hummus House has amazing food for all —including vegans and vegetarians! Their smoothie bar is sure to satisfy your taste buds. From the falafel to the fries, it’s all baked and never fried. Top quality ingredients created to give you amazing flavors. Product: Fattoush Salad 6. Hair by Eskandalo! 12-14 West 4 th Street // 610.625.9100 // eskandalohair.com

This detergent & sulfate-free, creamy hair wash formula is a shampoo alternative that cleans and conditions hair, restoring your scalp’s natural balance without stripping it of its good oils or protective barrier. Made with gentle essential oils and naturally-derived ingredients that won’t damage your hair or the environment. Product: New Wash Cleanser

From some of the best foods in the Lehigh Valley, to artisan wares, to historically inspired decor, the shops and restaurants of Bethlehem have only the best to offer for the 2022 holiday season! Shop small in the community, and discover the perfect gifts for family and friends. And make sure to treat yourself to treasures found only in the SouthSide Arts District. Take a trip downtown and be ready to check off your gift list one by one until you’re done! 1

Cheerful delights

found in the SouthSide Arts District

1. National Museum of Industrial History 602 East 2 nd Street // 610.694.6644 // nmih.org

Show your Bethlehem Steel pride with this unique clock made from an I-Beam. Handcrafted in the Lehigh Valley by Frank Sattler. Product: I Beam Clock 2. Couchpota.doh! Kitchen 306 Broadhead Avenue // 718.406.3126 couchpota-doh.square.site The ultimate snacks are deep fried, hot, and filled with fresh mozzarella Cheese. Sprinkled with sugar to create the perfect sweet and cheesy combination, Couchpota.Doh! Kitchen’s cheese empanadas are the ultimate comfort food for wintertime. Product: Gooey Cheese Empanadas

3. Rise Above Hair Studio 333 South New Street // 610.419.4262 // riseabovehair.com

Created by stylists in California with the best intentions for long-term wear, the Pulp Riot hair care line is a vegan, PPD, and paraben-free brand. Focused on environmental sustainability, every piece of packaging can be recycled! Products: Pulp Riot Bangkok Color Safe Shampoo & Tokyo Color Protecting Conditioner

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Keep on the lookout for Jenny’s new Volume 3 cookbook coming soon! Products: Vegan Cookbook and Sauces

11. Apotheca Salon 101 East 3 rd Street // 484.821.1497 apothecasalon.com Apotheca offers a full array of hair, beauty, spa, and style services—all in a unique, cozy setting that feels more like home than a salon. With a meticulous staff of experts, a shared passion for creativity, an eye for what’s new in the industry, and an obsession with getting the details just right, they’re here to work with you one-on-one to achieve exactly the look you’re after. Products: Virtue Shampoo, Conditioner, and Stylers

12. Social Still 530 East 3 rd Street // 610.625.4585 socialstill.com A premium bourbon infused with Pennsylvania maple syrup and vanilla beans. With a sweet, woody, and smooth taste, whether you like bourbon or not, this will be your new favorite! Product: Sasquatch Vanilla Maple Bourbon 10 12

9. Color Me Mine 25 East 3 lehighvalley.colormemine.com Come down to Color Me Mine to paint one of their traditional ceramic Christmas trees! People of all ages enjoy decorating these in a variety of green glazes, or one of many other colors to celebrate other holidays. They go fast, so you’ll want to paint yours as soon as you can! Each tree includes a base, an electric light bulb with a cord, and multi-color lighting inserts with a star topper. Add this darling decoration to your home for the holidays! Product: Light-up Ceramic Christmas Tree 10. Jenny’s Kuali 215.709.5598 // jennyskuali.com You may be home for the holidays, but you can still bring home a taste of Malaysia. Jenny’s Kuali ginger-garlic, chili, and satay peanut sauces are the perfect gifts to give a loved one who loves cooking. To complete the gift set, add Jenny’s Kuali vegan cookbooks to simply delight the culinary adventurers in your life.

7. Five Maidens Cider Co. 327 Polk Street // 5mcider.com ‘Tis the season for a Cranberry Cider! Five Maidens Cider Company specializes in high quality craft beverages including their own award-winning ciders. Give the gift of their cheerful Cranberry Cider for the holidays. Product: Five Maidens Cranberry Cider 8. Roasted Bethlehem 22 West 4 th Street // 610.849.2673 roastedbethlehem.com With notes of cinnamon, graham cracker, and nuts, this Bucks County-based, hand roasted coffee is perfect for sweater weather. Be the one to get the coffee lover in your life their favorite new brew! Product: Homestead Coffee Roasters Whole Bean Frosty Winter Morning Coffee

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This spread is sponsored by Wind Creek Bethlehem

One stop shopping for every holiday need

THE PROMENADE SHOPS AT SAUCON VALLEY offers a unique blend of fashion retailers, one-of-akind boutiques, and an exceptional selection of restaurants in a beautiful mountainside setting. The Lifestyle Center’s Main Street is reminiscent of downtown-style shopping with an impressive lineup of over 50 tenants, a state-of-the-art 16 screen movie theatre, water fountains, fire pits, gathering areas, a stone

gazebo, grand platform event stage, and a Town Square surrounded by amphitheater-style seating! Visitors will undoubtedly enjoy the ambiance, convenience, and unparalleled experience of shopping, dining, and entertainment options at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

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Sustainable Soy Wax Candles

Each candle is hand poured and ethically produced with sustainable materials, using candle safe fragrance oils and stored in reusable jars. There’s something for everyone— perfect for the holidays.

WICKSQUISITE CANDLES HAS BEEN SPREADING LIGHT IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS SINCE 2018

“The journey began when I came across the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, which initially inspired me to start this business. Chris Gardner (the main character) and I share a very similar background. The way he combated his way back into life gave me a direction to start my life-changing journey. I wanted to find a purpose and something to bring me ‘happYness’. Creating whimsical designs that bring others joy is what brings me joy.”

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Meet Latoya, the light behind flame

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE OF BOTH?

With their 10 th holiday season, the creative team at Chocodiem knows how to celebrate! Using authentic Belgian recipes to make truffles, vegan pralines, customized hand painted chocolates, and exquisite chocolate sculptures —Chocodiem has something for everyone on the holiday list!

Custom orders upon request.

FEATURED: Hand painted truffle ornaments

Dark chocolate filled mushroom Macarons also available

IS IT BETTER TO give
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RECEIVE?
THAN

holiday cheer !

MEET VANESSA

This founder’s rare path through the military, corporate world, motherhood, and entrepreneurship formulates Taylor Made’s foundational understanding that in a hectic world, the simplest moments can create the most cherished memories. Taylor Made exists to curate those moments. Each nail polish kits has an artistic guide and all the tools you need. Whether a nail polish novice or a mixing master, love is what is felt when the perfect shade is made.

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FINDING THE PERFECT SHADE OF
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SEASON Gifting

SAMPLE A FEW of the world’s freshest and healthiest award-winning olive oils and vinegars from renowned producer and importer, Seasons. They take everyday cooking to a new level. Seasons’ custom gift sets feature their best-selling oil and vinegar options at the taproom and make holiday shopping easy.

Can’t make it to the store? Shop the Seasons website for sets that will wow the home chef with healthy, extraordinary flavors.

FIND

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DECK THE HALLS

WHEN YOU VISIT THE CHRISTMAS CITY, BE SURE TO VISIT BETHLEHEM HOUSE GALLERY. You’re always welcome in their vibrant, art-filled, Main Street home because there, you are family. At Bethlehem House Gallery, original, innovative works are displayed in a beautifully furnished “living space” where you can engage and have a great time interacting with art. The Team at Bethlehem House Gallery is a family—and they want you to feel as if you are visiting the home of a friend. Stop by, say hello, and bring home a beautiful piece of locally made art, for yourself or as a gift. 'Tis the season.

28 ADDRESS ###.###.#### WEBSITE 28 459 Main Street, Bethlehem 610.419.6262 @bhousegallery
Ward Van Haute Director & Curator with his family Rachel Bell Assistant Director & Gallery Manager Photo by Jessica Rasich Wall art by Jeffrey Ludwig-Dicus Jerold R. Forsyth Lighting Designer “Big Boi” By Christine McHugh “Green Steel” By Ward Van Haute
WITH art

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ALL ABOUT INDULGING IN LUXURY and there’s no better way to do that than by shopping at Designer Consigner. Find all the top brands like Luis Vuitton, Hermes, and Prada —all at a fraction of the cost— perfect gifts for every fashionista on your list! With great deals on unique finds, Designer Consigner savvy shoppers are sure to turn heads this holiday season.

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GET IN THE holiday spirit with Bloc Dispensary’s Cannabis Products

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YOU FEEL THAT CHILL IN THE AIR?

That wonderful feeling that tells you the holidays are coming? Is there anything that lifts the spirits faster than the holiday season?

As a matter of fact, there is. And it happens to involve the very holiday season that’s quickly approaching.

Getting gifts is great. But as many in the cannabis community know, giving gifts is even greater. And what better way to spread the love than by giving someone a present that brings wellness to the mind, body, and spirit?

For all the medical marijuana cardholders in your circle, Bloc Dispensary is a one-stop shop that makes your holiday to-do list easier. With products in the form of flower, edibles, concentrates, vaporizers, and tinctures, they have a little something for everyone. Carrying trusted brands like Grassroots Cannabis, Calypso, Revel, Prime Wellness, and more, you know you’re getting the highest quality. And as always, they make your shopping experience even easier with online purchasing, in-shop kiosks, and curbside pickup. They're thrilled to be part of your gift-giving experience. Let one of the knowledgeable budtenders help you find the perfect products for everyone on your list with a medical card. You’ll be sure to bring a lot of joy to your loved ones this year.

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revved up

COME SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MIDNIGHT GALLERY —a place to experience something unique, exciting, and deeply rooted in community. With a strong belief in the power of art to bring people together and inspire creativity, Midnight Gallery is committed to supporting the arts community in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

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Artists included from left right: Evan Stutts , Andi Grunberg , Cody Abrachinsky, Anthony Smith Jr. , and Emily Strong
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“My biggest joy is working with others and watching them bloom from a small seed into a
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GIVE SPARKLE THIS SEASON

with a unique gift from Susan Bella Jewelry! They have something for everyone from classic and elegant, to edgy and cool. Who wouldn’t love one of these featured items?

While you are shopping, be sure to make your own wish list to drop a hint this holiday (in-store and online). If you struggle with layering but love the look*, they have expert stylists to help build the perfect jewelry wardrobe that suits your lifestyle and budget. Their brick and mortar is small but mighty—they offer the best curated selection in the Lehigh Valley! Stop in (or shop online) to find the perfect gift for your favorite person or yourself, and see why they have a national following.

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Whether you’re hosting a Girl’s Night Out, Shop and Support event in-store, or shopping for your next gala or holiday party—Lara Bly Designs has everything you need to look and feel your best at your next event.

From hostess gifts to sparking accessories to the perfect outfit that you will shine in—Lara Bly is your one-stop-shop for all of your event essentials. For more, go to her website at larably.com/events.

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

Monthly Ladies Night Last Thursday of every month

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Changing lives since 1900

FOUNDED IN 1900, the Allentown Rescue Mission is the largest homeless shelter for men in the Lehigh Valley. The Allentown Rescue Mission helps homeless men 18 years and older reintegrate back into society with its three distinct programs: Emergency Shelter, Transformation Program, and Clean Team Workforce Re-Employment Program. In addition to providing the men with the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care, the programs identify

the individual needs of the guests and gives them the confidence and tools needed to succeed. The men receive one-on-one coaching, faith-based education, life skills classes, and paid transitional employment. By the time the men leave the Allentown Rescue Mission, they’ve typically saved enough money for an apartment, secured permanent employment, and have been restored as productive members of the community.

Get Involved

The Allentown Rescue Mission is almost exclusively non-government funded, relying on the support of individuals and local businesses. To make a monetary or in-kind donation, or to learn more about ways to help, visit their website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Meet the man who decided to “flip it”

ALLENTONIAN TOM CARSON SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FROM 2003–2011. After struggling with his transition from the military back to living in Allentown, Tom was very close to becoming homeless. So he did one of the hardest things he has ever had to do—he asked for help. According to Tom, he shortly moved into his mother’s basement and spent months feeling self-pity and sorrow before he made the decision to flip his life around. He enrolled in college and started selling sports memorabilia at flea markets, antique malls, and online Facebook groups.

Tom now holds degrees in Criminal Justice from Northampton Community College and a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State University.

He has been working in Human Service for the last

seven years and has a passion for helping others. Tom started as an intern, then became a Case Manager, then the Program Director, then Associate Executive Director, and is now the Executive Director of Victory House of Lehigh Valley.

He also owns his own business and coaching platform, Flip It Collectibles, where he sells collectibles, vintage clothing, and sports memorabilia, and coaches other people on how to do the same.

He’s spoken at various events and trainings, including The Department of Veterans Affairs VA CHALLENGE meeting, Northampton County Resource Fair, Northampton County Crisis Intervention Training, and Penn State University.

Tom has been featured on multiple podcasts and in multiple publications like: Lehigh Valley Business, Salisbury Press, and Yahoo Finance.

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Pictured are The Kennedys performing at Godfrey’s in 2019. They’re back on December 16 at 8 PM for their Holiday Show. The Kennedys are an American folk-rock band, consisting of husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy and are recognized for their harmonies and instrumental prowess, blending elements of country music, bluegrass, Western swing, and jangle pop.

Tickets: GodfreyDaniels.org

Where every ticket is a backstage pass

FOR 47 YEARS, GODFREY DANIELS HAS PRESENTED LIVE MUSIC in an iconic club tucked away at 7 East Fourth Street in Southside Bethlehem. As one of the oldest listening rooms on the East Coast, Godfrey’s has an extraordinarily rich history of presenting many legendary performers.

Godfrey Daniels is a nonprofit and depends on membership support to operate and present approximately 130 events annually for audiences of all ages.

This holiday season is a perfect time to consider becoming a member. Many levels and benefits are available. Simply click on the membership link on their home page or make an endof-the-year donation by clicking the green donate button.

JUST RELEASED IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFTING! A new book about the club’s history by co-founder Dave Fry. Purchase on Godfrey’s website.

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Get to know The Junior League

WHO THEY ARE

Women powered. Mission driven. The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

WHAT THEY DO

The Junior League has played an integral part of the development, improvement, and support of the Lehigh Vally for the last century. Currently, they are working with community partners throughout the Lehigh Valley to address and solve pressing issues like educational disparity, food insecurity, and literacy.

Through partnerships, signature programs like the backpack giveback, scholarship program, and fundraising initiatives, members make a difference in the community while developing as leaders and building friendships.

JOIN THEM

If you are a woman in the Lehigh Valley interested in developing your leadership skills, helping your community, and/or building lifelong friendships, they invite you to begin your journey with The Junior League.

SUPPORT THEM

Donating to The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley ensures that the organization can continue to thrive

in its mission to prepare women to improve their communities with the gift of lifelong leadership. Your donation will make a local impact by funding community programs and training opportunities for members. To make a donation, visit jllvpa.org

LEARN MORE

Please join one of our upcoming information sessions.

VIRTUAL SESSION IN-PERSON SESSION & SOCIAL

February 2, 2023 @ 7PM

February 8, 2023

Venture X Bethlehem @ 7PM

Scan the QR code to register

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We’re moving in a fresh direction!

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA believes all people deserve access to fresh, nutritious, and delicious foods. Their team is on the front lines working to end food insecurity by serving 80,000 people at 200+ partner agencies across six counties each month. The Second Harvest Food Bank’s Fresh Forward initiative is prioritizing:

• More fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, and protein

• Increased access points and improved food pantry infrastructure

• Community gardens and local farms

• Education on finding and utilizing healthy ingredients

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to Second Harvest Food Bank. For every $1 donated, they are able to provide 6 meals to neighbors in need.

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STATE THEATRE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 96 SEASONS AND COUNTING! They are YOUR center for the arts, and are so proud to serve the community. The box office is the heart of their operations, and the women who work here are truly the best in the business.

This holiday season, State Theatre would like to celebrate their amazing box office staff who make this beautiful, historic Easton theatre the best it can be!

For tickets and info, visit statetheatre.org or call 610.252.3132 to talk directly to the Box Office.

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doors to the community with a festive celebration of the arts. Since then, the center has infused the arts into the life of Lehigh University and the greater Lehigh Valley.

Performance in Honor of the Zoellner Family Legacy

zoellnerartscenter.org

Gala2023 marks our 25th anniversary milestone with a special evening featuring one of the world’s preeminent orchestras, a Broadway star, and a unique vertical performance troupe.

On April 15, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Brian Stokes Mitchell share the transformative power of music in Baker Hall, with a pre-concert performance by dance innovators Bandaloop.

Join us for a memorable evening! Tickets on sale NOW!

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Build tomorrow today

FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has served the people in the community by investing in lasting solutions in education, healthy aging, and community stability. Community-wide change is at the heart of what they do, but they can’t do it alone.

They believe UNITED we can give our children the education they deserve, our aging adults the benefits they’ve earned, and our community the support it needs to thrive. Together, we can build tomorrow today.

Every gift counts no matter how small. Learn how you can create lasting change at unitedwayglv.org/donate.

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Cats, rare treasures, and holiday cheer —all

under one roof!

PAW IS THE BRAINCHILD

PROJECT

OF KELLY BAUER, Executive Director of the Center for Animal Health & Welfare. A true labor of love five years in the making, Bauer wanted a place that was entrenched in the community to serve not only the four legged, but also their two legged friends.

Project Paw also features Betty’s Corner, the Lehigh Valley’s first and only cat café, and Resale to the Rescue, which upcycles donated items and offers them at bargain prices. With the help of Project Paw’s Director, Dan Higgins, Bauer’s dream is coming true. All proceeds from Betty’s Corner and Resale to the

Rescue are used to fund programs for the residents of Easton. With Higgin’s dry humor and Bauer’s over the top ideas, Project Paw is a community meeting place. Whether you are shopping or cuddling cats, your support helps Project Paw bring kindness and smiles to Easton’s downtown and beyond.

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Giving Back: Thomas Makhoul Scholarship Fund

“YOU GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH” is a motto of Elias Makhoul, Assistant Director of Information Services in Development and Alumni Relations at Lehigh University. He would know—he has grown through a lot over the past several years.

In July 2018, just hours after a cousin’s birthday party, Elias’ brother, Thomas, died of cardiac arrest. Known as Thunder Tom and The East Side Legend, Thomas was as outgoing as Elias was introverted. He was beloved throughout the East Allentown community for his visits on his bicycle and his schedule of phone calls to keep up with family and friends. Thomas could not go on to college after William Allen High School but always cheered on those who did.

To celebrate that support and to honor Thomas, Elias and his family founded the Thomas Makhoul Scholarship Fund—and Elias helped complete the IRS nonprofit paperwork from a hospital bed.

Like Thomas, his mother, and sisters, Elias has inherited a life-threatening heart condition. In May 2019, he learned that his heart was functioning at only five percent capacity and that he would require a transplant. He gave himself one day to absorb the emotional impact, then began looking forward. A heart became available nine days later, and after cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, Elias went back to work both at his job and fundraising for the scholarship with his family.

A senior at William Allen received the first scholarship in 2020, and by 2022, the family has expanded it to include Dieruff High School. Given that Thomas loved to bowl, Elias and his sisters have hosted ThunderBowl and a basket raffle as an annual fundraiser. Elias, who also writes a food blog, received the support of restaurants and local businesses with gift cards and donations. Looking ahead, he hopes that he and his sisters can explore other avenues to raise funds.

Elias has found joy in his niece, Bowie Thomae, who was born seven weeks after Thomas’ death. He’s also become more outgoing, like Thomas. His motto for making connections the way his brother did: “Open your mind and open your heart.”

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The Moravian University School of Business and Economics was formed as a result of the 2021 transition to university status and allows dean-level faculty to lead newly formed colleges and schools within the university structure.

Prior to joining Moravian, Dr. Blockson was the Founding Faculty Director of Social Innovation and an Associate Professor of Business Management at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

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C. BLOCKSON, PH.D. AS THE FIRST DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, WHILE ALSO SERVING AS A PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT.

Dr. Blockson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and her Master of Business Administration (MBA). Before earning her Doctor of Philosophy in Strategy, Environment, and Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Blockson worked for Taco Bell Corporation, AT&T, and LG&E Energy Corporation.

Once she entered higher education, Dr. Blockson served on the faculties of well-regarded institutions around the country, including Florida International University, the University of Northern Iowa, and most recently Agnes Scott College. Dr. Blockson began her tenure as the Dean of the Moravian University School of Business and Economics and as Professor of Management in August 2022.

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“Adding such an innovative thinker and leader with extensive experience in academic program development, launch, stewardship, entrepreneurship, and assessment is a huge win for Moravian, and more importantly for our students.

I am excited that Dr. Blockson will be the first Dean of the new School of Business and Economics, and we can’t wait to see the impact she has.”

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Give the gift of a bright future

HELPING PEOPLE MOTIVATES DYLAN STROUP AND HIS TEAM AT EDUCATED WEALTH STRATEGIES

to serve clients and the greater Lehigh Valley community every day. People hire them when they would like a financial professional to provide financial strategies to better manage their retirement, investment, and insurance planning. Through a network of industry professionals, the teams’ capabilities are diverse and extensive. The first conversation is a great time to ask questions, build a relationship, and narrow down how the team can be of service to you.

In this winter season, they say thank you to their clients for trusting them. They hope to continue to make a difference in the lives of others by taking on new clients. If you are wondering how they may be able to help you, schedule an introductory appointment using the QR code or by sending Dylan an email.

Examples of services: Life insurance, 401(k) plan design, Public School 403(b) and PSERS retirement planning, investment strategies, estate planning, and tax efficient retirement strategies

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EASTON: YOUR DESTINATION FOR

holiday

holiday

FUN, FOOD & SHOPPING

Browse and find gifts at more than 50 independent boutiques, stores, and galleries. Take in the Easton Winter Village for shopping, skating, food, and entertainment. Warm up with a hot cocoa or libation. Grab a bite at one of the acclaimed eateries. Take in a show at State Theatre. Reflect on the Peace Candle and embrace its timeless message.

This season, find authentic comfort and joy throughout the City of Easton. And create holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Plan your visit (and buy Easton gift cards) at shopdowntowneaston.com

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AT EASTON WINTER VILLAGE

From November 18 to December 18, Centre Square becomes the festive Easton Winter Village. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can visit 40 holiday huts offering unique gifts and food trucks with tasty treats. Skate with your family or a special someone on the rink. And enjoy seasonal entertainment including live holiday music, ice carving, a warming station, performances, and much more—including the Peace Candle lighting and Small Business Saturday on November 26. Best of all, you’re only seconds from the rest of the food, arts, and shopping that make Easton special.

Free admission. Fridays 4-8PM, Saturdays 12-8PM, Sundays 12–6PM. eastonwintervillage.com

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Whether you make traditional holiday meals at home or seek the warmth of a cozy restaurant, Easton has you covered. Shop for the freshest and highest quality produce, meats, seafood, and ingredients at Saylors & Co., Silvershell, and Highmark Farmstand at the Easton Public Market—along with finding prepared foods, charcuterie boards, gift baskets, and meals at

other merchants. Need a gift for your foodie? Try an Easton Public Market gift card! And don’t forget: the Easton Farmers’ Market runs through December 17 (Saturday 9AM–1PM at Scott Park). You can also relax and recharge with food and drinks from over 70 restaurants citywide. Easton is the perfect place to indulge and celebrate the season.

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you to Lehigh Valley Health Network for sponsoring this holiday focus on Easton. We are fortunate to have you as a partner in the health of our Lehigh Valley community and everyone who calls it home.
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From its very beginning, Connexions Gallery has connected lovers of contemporary arts and crafts with a group of local and regional artists. Connexions features a variety of art, from paintings and jewelry to pottery, glass, and sculptures. The gallery is divided into two spaces: the featured artist space for one to two artists and the group showcase. Over the years, Connexions Gallery has played a continuing and key role in Easton’s artistic and retail renaissance, becoming a cultural hub that offers music, poetry, performance art, workshops and classes, and a place for the community to gather. Be sure to stop by for the creatives on your holiday shopping list.

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LEARKE (PRONOUNCED LARK)

A PLACE OF HAPPINESS, ACCEPTANCE AND

things all

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Find unique, one-of-a-kind, and eco-friendly goods in downtown Easton’s Learke —a beautifully curated gift shop that has something for everyone. Owner Molly Godfrey is passionate about carrying brands that give back to a variety of causes ranging from education and mental health to ending domestic violence and sexual assault and empowering LGBTQ+ communities. Find items that are whimsical, laugh-out-loud funny, and everything in between.

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“Our goal is to give everyone the best shopping experience with products we stand behind. Stop in our cozy shop or check us out online and see what we’re all about.” — Molly THIS PAGE IS SPONSORED BY LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK

FD Market is a sustainable goods shop and zero-waste refillery on a mission to make sustainable living obtainable for everyone.

“We think there is something really beautiful about taking it back to the basics. Less waste, more intentionality. Less packaging, more beauty,” owner Jackie Bassett said. Shop the thoughtfully curated collection of low waste goods to help reduce waste and create a beautiful space.

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Easton Outdoor Company is located in historic downtown Easton and is the Lehigh Valley’s premier destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Stop by and check out the wide selection of quality outdoor apparel, equipment, and footwear. “Unlike the big box stores, we have more specific styles and colors to choose from. Our expert and friendly staff are always happy to assist you and answer any questions,” owner Adam Fairchild said.

Find the best in high-end brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Royal Robbins, United By Blue, Osprey, Deuter, Big Agnes, JetBoil, Katadyn, Hydro Flask, Princeton Tec, Mammut, Exofficio, Salomon, Vasque, Oboz, Darn Tough, Wigwam, Smartwool, and many more.

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THEY’LL STYLE WHILE yousmile

Tracy Baker has been a hairstylist for 35 years. Both her love of helping others feel good about themselves and her admiration of small businesses inspired Tracy to open Bloom Beauty Bar—a hair salon and boutique in Easton.

Bloom Beauty Bar offers a relaxing and welcoming environment. “I want my clients and shoppers to feel right at home so we serve coffee and have a wine bar!” Tracy said.

They provide a large range of items for everyone’s style and budget. “We are always working toward bigger and better things! And we just love giving back to our Easton community!” she said.

This holiday season, stop by to shop, have a glass of wine, and pamper yourself at Bloom Beauty Bar.

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Tracy Baker Owner

Polliwogs & Petunias features unique, eco-friendly, sustainably made children’s clothing, toys, games, jewelry, and much more. In addition to the downtown Easton store, they also offer convenient online shopping. Many items are organic, fair trade, eco-conscious, or created by local artisans. Polliwogs and Petunias is the perfect place to find a gift for a baby, toddler, or small child! Check out their thoughtfully curated collection.

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Educational Games and Puzzles
Diverse Dolls
Building Blocks
Arts and Crafts
Organic Onesies
Baby Girl’s Dresses
Genuine Baltic Amber Teething Jewelry
Natural and Wooden Teethers
Baby Sleepers
Blankets
Swaddles and Crib Sheets
And Much More GIVE SUSTAINABLE THIS YEAR children's gifts
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Michele Maher Owner

CAN taste Quality

Located in The Easton Public Market, Saylor’s & Co. is committed to sharing food and enriching local neighborhoods by providing the best quality food and top-notch customer service. This family-owned business offers local, antibiotic-free pork and chicken, prime cuts of beef, fresh lamb, veal, bison, smoked meats, and more than 40 flavors of homemade sausages. Be sure to try their delicious homemade salads, weekly lunch specials, and mouth-watering Italian grocery items. “

YOU

“If you want food with integrity, you come here. If you want ordinary—there are big name grocery stores down the street. In today’s scary food industry, we specialize in our mission to bring you wonderful customer service and food you can trust and love.”

60 EASTON PUBLIC MARKET 325 NORTHAMPTON STREET, EASTON 484.544.4810 WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 9AM–5PM FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: 9AM–6PM SUNDAYS: 9AM–4PM
Eleni Garzon
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Easton Manager & Creative Director

bloom full

Known for their high-end floral designs, Love Blossoms Flowers & Gifts strives to exceed expectations. Their promise to customers is quality, care, and patience with every flower order and delivery.

Love Blossoms guarantees 100% satisfaction with bouquets, add-ons, and service —turning a symbol of appreciation, sympathy, love, and remembrance into something tangible, expressive, and real.

Order one-of-a-kind flowers this holiday season!

Accepting online orders 24/7. Or call to place an order during normal business hours.

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All dressed up and never looking back

“AT THE BEGINNING, I HAD NOTHING, but I knew I wanted to build an empire,” Parthenia Mungin said. Driven by the need to provide for her family, Parthenia (also known as Peaches) decided she needed to become her own boss, so she started MVP Cleaning Services What began as a residential house cleaning service has blossomed into something that dreams are made of. “My cleaning business has grown because I work very hard at being the very best at what I do,” Peaches said.

For reasonable prices, remarkable service, and peace of mind—contact Mungin’s Victorious Professional Cleaning Services for all your cleaning needs. Now accepting new clients!

62 2222 VILLAGE ROAD, OREFIELD 484.350.6055 MUNGINS-VICTORIOUS-PROFESSIONAL.BUSINESS.SITE

ASTOUND BROADBAND BRINGS YOU THE FASTEST INTERNET IN THE VALLEY, UP TO 1.2 GIG!

Choose your speed and power more devices, giving everyone in your home a better experience for working, streaming, gaming, shopping, and connecting.

Join Astound Broadband for the 37th Annual Dream Come True Telethon and Auction on Astound TV Network (channel 4 and 1004) on Monday, December 5, 2022. Visit the online auction at biddingowl.com/dreamcometrue now through December 5 or donate directly at dreamcometrue.org

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Fig Authentic: Avanté Kendall

FOR AVANT É KENDALL, BREAKING NEW GROUND IS BORN OUT OF A DESIRE to try new things and perform. As a young male competing for the roles traditionally assigned to women, he puts self-doubt aside, leaning into his goals and talent born out of practice, practice, practice. “I learned from my family to go after what you want, to be unstoppable,” Avanté said. “They have always supported me.” As a result, Avanté is a young adult with an authentic sense of self-forging new ground for himself and others.

URSULA

Avanté’s confidence comes with a disarming sense of ease, despite the fact this young man has been paving new paths since middle school. In eighth grade, he played the lead part of Ursula in The Little Mermaid , a character typically played by a woman. How did he do it? He really wanted a lead role. “It started jokingly, like, I am going to play Ursula,” he laughs. “Then I got serious, thinking I can really do this!” Avanté admits that his director was skeptical at first. “If you can pull it off...,” she said. He too had his doubts; could he play Ursula in drag? But pull it off he did. “I think it was the way I embodied Ursula. She is sassy, she’s not afraid, she’s powerful, even scary!” Once cast, everyone was supportive. “They saw I was right for the part,” he said. Even the opening night worries about the audience reaction faded quickly. “The first night, opening the show was a hit, and the audience was happy and clapping,” Avanté said. “I didn’t give it another thought.”

MAJORETTES

Avanté was not done breaking ground. Moving into high school, he had his sights on becoming a majorette. Twirling since eighth grade, Avanté put his mind on practice, not on barriers. “I practiced all the time, all night, I practiced constantly,” he said. Not only did he make the squad, becoming only the second male to do so, Avanté will also go down in history as Liberty High School’s first head male majorette.

THE PATH AHEAD

Avanté’s aware that he’s broken through gendered roles, making space for others to follow. His advice is to focus on

DETERMINED, CONFIDENT & HARDWORKING

being authentic, true to yourself, and to push forward.

“My generation, we tend to not try new things, stick with what we know, we need to be more outgoing,” he said.

Avanté’s undaunted determination shows how interests met with persistence can have surprising results. Others, it seems, will be able to see what we see in ourselves.

Avanté is not sure what exaclty the future holds but says, “I know performing will be part of it!”

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curated rentals

FOX & FINCH RENTALS PROVIDES MORE THAN

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FURNISHINGS —they provide hospitality, on the go. Give Fox & Finch a corner of an alley, and they’ll make it welcoming. Fox & Finch rentals make it easy to celebrate any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just a special gathering. Their wide selection of furniture (some handmade) and accessories means you can find perfect pieces for holiday parties—whether at home or in the office. Be sure to use Fox & Finch Rentals when planning any event!

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Owner Abby Ogden hard at work building some of her signature furniture pieces

Laser-focused

FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED, Precision Laser is the premium provider for laser aesthetics throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area and beyond! They focus solely on laser services—including hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, and weight loss. In fact, Precision Laser is the only place in Northeast Pennsylvania where you will find the most advanced fat-loss laser in the world—The Emerald Laser. The Emerald Laser is not your average weight loss treatment, it is the only FDA-approved non-invasive fat-loss laser on the

market for clients with up to 40 BMI. With Emerald Laser treatments, most patients lose an average of six inches with no pain or downtime!

“We provide our clients with the highest quality laser services in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We are proud to be the leading provider of laser aesthetics in the Lehigh Valley and we look forward to helping you reach your goals!”

Jessica Talley said. Call to book an appointment.

66 42 SOUTH 3 RD STREET, EASTON 484.306.0089 PRECISIONLASERSPECIALISTS.COM
Lindsay Aversa The Emerald Laser Jessica Talley

Event planning done right

-- ts PR & EVENT

PLANNING

focuses on entertainment, fashion, sports & nonprofit media relations and event marketing with invaluable ingenuity for corporate brand, product launch & industry symposium strategic planning plus special event and talent management.

Founder Tiffany Sondergaard is a highly motivated public relations and event planning specialist with extensive experience in the design and execution of national publicity campaigns, strategic marketing communication programs, and special events for a wide variety of clients including Proctor & Gamble, TOMY, Reebok International, Bath and Body Works, and Bioré.

Sondergaard and her local team of service and catering industry experts have designed, executed, and contributed to the US Senior Open, NASCAR Infinity Series, Vans Warped Tour, Musikfest, Annual BW NICE™ Red Shoe Luncheon & Fashion Show, and many private social events in Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, and the New York metro area.

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PR & EVENT PLANNING
68 812 HAMILTON STREET 4 TH FLOOR, ALLENTOWN 610.233.1959 LEHIGHVALLEYLUXURYPICNIC.COM Make memories that last forever Lehigh Valley Luxury Picnic & Creative Selfie Studio has everything needed for the perfect holiday celebration. Decorations, food, drink, music, 360 camera, and photographer are all included! Choose a theme, date, and time—that’s it. BOOK TODAY FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT! Proposals Baby Showers Bridal Showers Birthdays Anniversaries Date Nights Business Meetings Brunches Graduations Welcoming Parties Simple Day at the Park Picnics Bridesmaids Proposals Children’s Birthdays Bachelorette Parties Corporate Parties
Luxxure Owner
Shionna

Have your cake and eat it too

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, Jessica Clark from Valley Nutrition & Wellness, LLC is giving ways to have your cake and eat it too. For 10 weeks, Jess is showcasing ways to make simple substitutions in holiday dessert recipes to make this wonderful season a little healthier. Be sure to follow along on Jess’s website and social media for weekly recipes, tips, tricks, and small changes for a healthier holiday.

And Jess wants everyone to know to be realistic—sometimes, classic recipes like Grandma’s Strudel can’t be changed. And that’s just fine. Have a smaller piece and pick up on healthy habits at the next meal.

With over 15 years of experience, Jess is Board Certified and a PA State Licensed Dietitian. Follow along at valleynutritionpa.com and @valleynutritionandwellnessllc.

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VISIT THE WEBSITE WEEKLY FOR NEW RECIPES Healthy Cooking & Meal Planning Weight Management Maternal Nutrition Heart Health Kidney Disease Support Gastrointestinal Disorder Support Recipes for Food Allergies & Intolerances
Jessica Clark Owner

Come have a seat at the table!

PAT’S PIZZA IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY EVENT OR PARTY. Their partysized table is now available for booking larger groups! Committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality products to their customers, their experienced staff will work with you to create a custom menu that fits your needs. Whether looking for a casual dining experience or a more formal affair, Pat’s Pizza is the ideal place to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

Check out their catering menu

70 1426 WEST BROAD STREET, BETHLEHEM 610.419.8100 PATSBETHLEHEM.COM

It’s time to capture the miracle of life

LUSH BUMP BOUTIQUE & PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDIO is a family-owned and operated photography studio specializing in maternity, family, and baby portraits. Why maternity, family, and baby portraits? “My love for photography grew from the most beautiful, yet one of the darkest times in my life, after the birth of our first born when I was suffering from postpartum depression. Starting this company was a way for me to find myself again, to renew my sense of hope and passion for life again. It has been through the celebration of other mothers and families that I have found my own healing,” said owner Erica Thomas. Lush Bump strives to provide mothers and mothers-to-be with the complete photo shoot experience. Their team of licensed cosmetologists provide professional hairstyling and makeup application. Their studio provides dress, jewelry, newborn costumes, prop rentals, and photography services all in one location! They make the experience more relaxed and memorable for each and every client.

Call or visit online to book appointments.

930 NORTH 4 TH STREET, ALLENTOWN 484.243.0438 LUSHBUMPBOUTIQUE.COM 71

Experience something NEW this holiday season & beyond

BUTTERHEAD KITCHEN provides a variety of unique offerings including intimate dinner party-style vegan cooking events, made-from-scratch small batch products, off-site experiences in homes and businesses, and online cooking classes. Host Jason Sizemore’s goal is to provide a space that’s welcoming to all: whether you’re vegan, vegan-curious, or just hungry, you’ll have a great time! For bookings, gift cards, and events, head to butterheadkitchen.com.

72 4200 WILLIAM PENN HIGHWAY, EASTON 610.686.3000 BUTTERHEADKITCHEN.COM @BUTTERHEADKITCHEN
Jason Sizemore Owner

Your adventure to an inspired life starts today

LOOKING FOR A SAFE PLACE TO LAND? A supportive space where you can reclaim your joy? The Think Good Company specializes in creating unique coaching experiences that guide you in reigniting your mindset. Your adventure to an inspired life starts today. Visit thethinkgoodcompany.com to learn more.

DEB@THINKGOODCOMPANY.COM 610.349.8403 THETHINKGOODCOMPANY.COM 73

Workplace wellness is closer than you think

SHANTHI@WORK IS PROOF that you don’t have to settle for a stressful workplace environment. Learn mindfulness skills that are proven to reduce burnout and stress while increasing productivity, well-being, and team climate. Shanthi@Work mindfulness experts work with companies and organizations of all types to customize a mindfulness program that works for you.

Shanthi@Work helps reduce stress and improve productivity so your team can return to work each day with a genuine focus on the organization’s goals while achieving individual peak job performance.

Proceeds from Shanthi@Work help support the Calm+Kind+Focused programs, which provide kids with social-emotional learning skills and resiliency for an increasingly complex 21 st century world.

Social Mission

Transforming the Community Together

As our 2022 Social Mission Partner, 10% of every Fig Lehigh Valley subscription in 2022 goes directly to Shanthi@Work. Go to figlehighvalleycom/figmagazine to subscribe.

74 P.O. BOX 91423, ALLENTOWN SHANTHIPROJECT.ORG INFO@SHANTHIPROJECT.ORG
Melanie Smith Senior Teacher & Trainer

Investing in the

EVIE HERSHEY'S GRANDCHILDREN enjoy making memories with her—especially during the holidays. They wrap gifts and make special Christmas treats in her home at Garden Spot Village. Evie, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2019, appreciates the freedom she has to invest in the lives of her grandchildren and make special Christmas memories with them. Learn more at gardenspotvillage.org.

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