It’s the perfect marriage of two ideas.
On the one hand, it is a central location where engaged couples can get in touch with professionals capable of performing the wedding ceremony of their dreams. And on the other hand, it is a hub for vendors looking to network and share what they can offer those planning their special day.
The Lehigh Valley Wedding Café – 1403 Center St. Suite 100, Bethlehem – held a grand opening earlier this week, opening its doors to show off all it has to offer.
Owner Dan Mayock, who has worked in wedding entertainment for 17 years, recognized the need for a centralized wedding center in the Lehigh Valley. Vendors can partner with the café and through this partnership gain access to the network of other wedding professionals as well as the use of office space to meet potential clients.
“I knew we could offer more,” Mayock said. “I wanted to build something that could help other wedding professionals.”
For those who are engaged, it’s a place to connect with vendors, by appointment, who can provide all aspects of wedding planning: from fireworks to wedding cakes and photography.
LU Taqueriaa Mexican food-focused food trailer that operates adjacent to Saucon Valley Auto Spa in Lower Saucon Township, is looking to open its first physical restaurant.
They are set to move into the former Marlo’s Pizza on the Main Street Commons complex in downtown Bethlehem. The owners say they hope to open it by the end of the year.
Their food trailer has gained popularity for its fresh menu offering specialties such as sweet corn tacos with your choice of cauliflower, chicken, carne asada (steak), carnitas (pork) or al pastor (pork and pineapple). The menu is made up of meat marinades, salsa, guacamole, corn chips and mini churros. They also offer “gringas,” which are crispier versions of quesadillas.
The Lehigh Valley Sports Factory is open at 6616 Ruppsville Road and is billed as a multi-sport indoor practice facility. It is on the site of what was GameChangerWorld PA, an entertainment complex.
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You can tour the facility during a grand opening, from noon to 6 p.m. on November 12, with games, activities and food by the WizKidz.
The Lehigh Valley Sports Factory offers many options for athletes and sports clubs. There is an indoor grass rink suitable for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse and available for hire by the hour. There is also an open flexible grass area with a retractable net. The facility also offers personalized training for baseball, softball and football athletes and an upper deck lounge where you can take a break and watch all the action.
Thanks to a tip from a reader, we learned that Saladworks at 3812 Nazareth Road, Lower Nazareth Township closed.
Saladworks is best known for its fresh, customizable and make-your-own salads. It also offers wraps, paninis and soups. Founded in 1986, Saladworks has 165 locations in 25 states and two countries. Saladworks is part of WOWorks, a parent company family of restaurant brands that also includes Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, The Simple Greek, Barberito’s Southwestern Cantina and Grille and Zoup! Restaurant.
The remaining Saladworks locations in the Lehigh Valley are 7150 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown (inside the Giant); 1403 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown; 2419 MacArthur Road, Whitehall Township; and 3215 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem.
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