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 The information we have on file is out of date, so we can’t respond effectively in an emergency,” he said.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
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.
A total of 3,414 voters came out to vote in the special election, held Dec. 5, to fill the vacant 133rd Legislative District seat.
Democrat Jeanne McNeill won the election after receiving over 67 percent of the votes for a total of 2,302 votes.
Republican David E. Molony received 992 votes.
Libertarian Samantha X. Dorney received 120 votes.
These are unofficial results according to Lehigh County.
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.