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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILAt left, Joni Elekes, with Catasauqua Main Streets, the borough’s business association, and Melissa Jacobs, owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons, get together for a photo during the event at the Catasauqua location. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILAt left, Joni Elekes, with Catasauqua Main Streets, the borough’s business association, and Melissa Jacobs, owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons, get together for a photo during the event at the Catasauqua location.
Abby Massey, from Faodail Workshops, brings some of her crafts to a Feb. 23 open house at Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St. Abby Massey, from Faodail Workshops, brings some of her crafts to a Feb. 23 open house at Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St.
Mary Teixeira, with Violet’s Closet, a consignment store at 517 Front St., Catasauqua, visits Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St., Catasauqua, during a final open house Feb. 23. Mary Teixeira, with Violet’s Closet, a consignment store at 517 Front St., Catasauqua, visits Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St., Catasauqua, during a final open house Feb. 23.
Kelly Baer, who modeled clothes for the shop, and Renee Cimerol, from Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, Mulberry Street and Howertown Road, Catasauqua, stop by the shop to support owner Melissa Jacobs. Kelly Baer, who modeled clothes for the shop, and Renee Cimerol, from Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, Mulberry Street and Howertown Road, Catasauqua, stop by the shop to support owner Melissa Jacobs.

Catasauqua business closing its doors

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons says she’s looking at options for new location

Melissa Jacobs, owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St., Catasauqua, has announced her consignment store would close at the end of March.

“We have no plans on where to move next, but we are looking for options,” she said.

According to Jacobs, she was unable to negotiate an acceptable lease arrangement with her landlord.

“This was a tribute store. I named it in honor of my mother and a dear friend whose name was also Julia,” Jacobs said.

The business had a seven-year run on Front Street. Julia’s won Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Best of the Valley four years in a row. The store was recognized on the Lehigh Valley Happening list.

“I’ve worked with the local business community to promote the Catasauqua business district and particularly the potential future of business on Front Street,” she said.

Jacobs has been keen to share her experiences and develop other women into business.

“I was able to help put six other women in entrepreneurial businesses. At most of our open houses, we promoted local crafters who created networks for other women. It has been a highly successful and rewarding business,” she said.

“One of the things I really liked about this store was that I could get nice clothes at reasonable prices. And I could consign clothes that I no longer needed,” Kelly Baer said.

According to Jacobs, it is a very viable business model.

“You need to work hard at building a good clientele, but there is a need for women to wear affordable high fashion,” she said.

Jacobs held a final open house Feb. 23 where customers and friends gathered.