Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018
Madison Harth is in the wreath-making room designing her holiday creation. All the supplies were locally foraged. Madison Harth is in the wreath-making room designing her holiday creation. All the supplies were locally foraged.
Aleda Kurczewski looks over the hand-knitted collection from His Grace & Design during a pop-up shop on Small Business Saturday, held Nov. 24 at 417 Front St., Catasauqua.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Aleda Kurczewski looks over the hand-knitted collection from His Grace & Design during a pop-up shop on Small Business Saturday, held Nov. 24 at 417 Front St., Catasauqua.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL
Justin Schwendemann and Abril Hammer- stone check out wool scarves available for purchase at the annual event. Justin Schwendemann and Abril Hammer- stone check out wool scarves available for purchase at the annual event.

Small-business shopping in Catasauqua

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Where did local residents turn to find unique gifts for this holiday season?

Each year on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Main Streets President Kimberly Brubaker hosts a pop-up shop for local handmade products. Main Streets is Catasauqua’s business association.

This year, the pop-up shop was held at 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The property is owned by Jackie and David Harth, who provided the space at no cost.

The shop has a limited display of handmade art from a variety of craftsmen. Some of the vendors are repeats.

Local vendors included Valerie Dietzel’s It’s All Cozy, a collection of quality knitted crafts; Kelsie Underkofler with a collection of string art and window projects; Pam Mosely’s His Grace & Design, custom-crafted woolen products; Nicole Miller selling banners and wood letters; Nelle Bush displaying her collection of zippered, clutch purses; Rachel Birch with Rachelink cards on display; Typothecary business of a letter press collection; Amber James with Hook, Loop and Chain “coozies”; Deb Mellish displaying pottery and jewelry; Chris Neyen selling paintings and photography; and David Joachim with his collection of cookbooks and specialty salts.

At the event, food gifts were also available. Meadow View Beekeeping, a repeat vendor, had an assortment of local honeys. Shelly Nolter had her Pie Babies available for purchase. There were also Blockers Coffeehouse gift-wrapped premium coffees.

Jean Decker ran the wreath-making project in the back room, creating some unique designs from locally foraged greens and accoutrements.