Shopping local is the latest adventure in the holiday season. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, holiday shoppers are urged to get out, shop locally and meet business owners on Small Business Saturday, this year held Nov. 25.
Catasauqua is looking to highlight its local businesses with hopes to attract more artisans to a business district that looks forward to a revitalized future with Iron Works.
Borough Councilwoman Debra Mellish has been a strong proponent of legislation that requires all businesses in Catasauqua to register. The registration process is necessary for safety reasons, according to its proponents, and provides the borough with data on businesses.
During the Dec. 4 council meeting, Police Chief Douglas Kish spoke in favor of the ordinance.
“Businesses move out, and we don’t get alerted to the change. The information we have on file is out of date, so we can’t respond effectively in an emergency,” he said.
Michael Preston, of Liberty Engineering, presented a plan to Hanover Township Council Dec. 6 with a request to revamp parking at the business complex at 200 Cascade Drive. The goal of the modification is to allow more parking for tractor-trailers.
In Preston’s plan, 34 additional tractor-trailer spaces would be added, while 20 vehicle spaces would be removed. Chairman Bruce Paulus asked if sufficient vehicular parking would remain. According to Preston, sufficient parking remains for private vehicles, based on the current tenant makeup.
Bridge Street Studio & Gallery, 121 Bridge St., Catasauqua, hosted its annual pop-up shop Nov. 17 to kick off the holiday buying season.
“We try to hold something every year that features local artists and their crafts,” said Kimberly Brubaker, the gallery’s owner.
A wine and cheese gala was the start of the night’s activities.
The local gallery shares the same philosophy as its sister store in Dundack, Ireland.
“We both want to support local crafts and artists,” Brubaker said.
Catasauqua had high hopes for developers for the Iron Works site. Zoning was revamped to make it convenient, and a bevy of requests from interested companies was received. The deadline for submissions was 4 p.m. Nov. 30.
At 3:58 p.m., the fax machine began to stutter, spitting out a proposal one agonizing page at a time. One of the office staff said there were two men outside the municipal building trying to get in. The borough office closed 4 p.m.
Main Streets, Catasauqua’s business owners association, held its quarterly breakfast meeting Oct. 25 at Pie’s On Pizzeria. John Landi opened a new business, an Italian bistro and market, at his old location. For early risers, the bistro opens its doors 6 a.m. with a bevy of breakfast offerings. Caprese egg sandwich on a bagel was one of several different dishes on the breakfast menu board.
The meeting was sponsored by Beck Packaging Corporation.
The slight chill in the air made it feel like Christmas was only moments away, despite it being only Dec. 3 — the night of the George Taylor House’s Christmas tree-lighting event. Before the ceremonies began, Bishop James McIver invited children to come to Revolution Church for a round of arts and crafts in a warm space.
Catasauqua has a unique Christmas experience because the George Taylor House setting adds a different dimension to the borough’s celebration. This year’s tree lighting had an encampment by Revolutionary War re-enactors.
On Nov. 30, Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach sentenced David Borghesani, a former Whitehall High School music teacher, to three to 23 months in the community corrections center, to be followed by three years of probation, for corruption of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor. He will also be evaluated to determine if he is considered a sexual predator, Banach said.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 27, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder announced proposals for the Iron Works project are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 30.
Goldfeder said he has been actively responding to questions and clarifications.
“What we want to find out is who is interested, who can meet the requirements we have in the zoning ordinance and who has the financial capability. We are not asking for pricing in this go-around,” he said after the meeting.
Republican David Molony held a news conference Nov. 16 to get the word out on some of his campaign commitments. A special election is scheduled Dec. 5 to fill the seat vacated by Dan McNeill for the 133rd Legislative District.
“I’ve talked to more than 25,000 people in the district over the past years,” Molony said. “They want to participate more in how decisions in Harrisburg are made.”
To meet that demand, Molony said he is going to use his constituent contact mail to show voters important pending legislation and solicit feedback on how he should vote.