Take a look at some of the openings and closings in our area.
Downtown Dawgs at 77 N. Fourth St., Easton, is now under new ownership and management. The hot dog joint uses fresh ingredients and buns, and it sells way more than tube steaks. The menu features burgers, breaded chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks, pork rolls, and Italian sausages. Sides include fries, pierogies, mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders.
Benevolent DAM Hearts opened in a new location, 7935 Route 873 in Slatington. The non-profit organization serves homeless people, veterans and others in the Lehigh Valley. The organization operates through “random acts of kindness” and events. The Lehigh Far North Chamber of Commerce helped with the group’s grand opening at the new site this week. The DAM in the name represents the initials of founder Denise Martinez. The organization collects clothing and other items to donate to people in need.
The person who has nowhere to go now has somewhere: Nowhere Coffee Co. opened at 3127 West Tilghman St. in South Whitehall Township, just west of Allentown. Nowhere serves coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Parkland High School graduate Andre Williams, who played running back in the National Football League, now runs All-weather selvedge denim at the Center Valley Promenade Shops. Williams got into the high-quality jeans business because he struggled to find jeans that fitted well. Selvedge, or “self edge,” denim is a great fit for athletic types like Williams and others who want premium jeans.
IEH Corp. opened its 29,000 square foot extension at 200 Cascade Drive, Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The Brooklyn-based designer and manufacturer of printed circuit boards and connectors said in a statement that it serves the defense, aerospace and industrial markets. Local expansion increases IEH’s production capacity and reduces unit costs.
Easton is on the move, with small businesses opening as the downtown population grows. Over 1,000 apartments are under construction and these residents will be looking for goods and services close to home.
Among the Easton stores open or soon to open: Gregory Oro Jewelry106 S. Third St.; Easton Bougie Co.producing and selling candles at 117 N. Third St., and Issumaselling handbags and accessories made in a small community in Columbia County.
Close, Bella’s Bistro Boutique sells organic pet food at 123 N. Second St.; the Market DF at 158 Northampton St. offers environmentally friendly products, and the Trading Post Depot401 Northampton St., will sell handcrafted furniture.
Additionally, at 358 Northampton St., the hair salon school is preparing to open, to train budding barbers.
With the interest of the city center, real estate prices have increased. the old Wells Fargo Bank Building on Center Square recently sold for $7.45 million. The building has apartments and commercial space on the first floor. Other buildings in and near the plaza sold for more than $1 million last year.
Consignor Designer of Bethlehem has moved to 77 W. Broad St., Unit 19. The store accepts high-end bags, shoes, clothing jewelry and accessories on consignment: “We sell your items so you don’t have to!” Designer Consigner deals with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Fendi, Tory Burch, Bottega Veneta and others.
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance celebrated the grand opening of the Great American creamery at 645 Penn Street, Reading. The store sells Penn State’s Berkey Creamery ice cream.