TAMAQUA, Pa. – Lovers of cats and low have a brand new vacation spot to get pleasure from each in Schuylkill County.
Coal Cats Cafe, a restaurant that includes native adoptable cats, held a grand opening Nov. 16 at 209 W. Broad St. in Tamaqua.
Husband and spouse house owners Ron and Kim Chamberlain established the enterprise to search out loving properties for as many cats as they may.
“We’re lifelong cat lovers,” Ron mentioned. “For a lot of, a few years, we would absorb rescues at our home. We presently have three cats [Myles, Mader and Lincoln] at dwelling together with 12 foster cats on the cafe.”
The Lehigh Township couple companions with native nonprofit Beginning Over Animal Rescue, or SOAR, which gives shelter to uncared for and deserted animals and facilitates high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter companies for feral, stray and home pets.
The cafe serves because the cats’ foster dwelling till their perpetually properties are discovered. Because of this not one of the cats are caged, and they’re able to roam across the cafe’s den throughout quiet hours.
Sometimes, they are often discovered sleeping within the cafe’s window or on a comfortable chair.
“Folks can are available, buy a cup of espresso and take it into our cat den for 45 minutes,” Ron mentioned. “There is not any stress to undertake a cat. They will merely hang around with them whereas sipping their favourite drink.”
The Chamberlains spent a number of months renovating the Broad Avenue house, including cat bushes, wall cabinets and different resting and climbing equipment, Ron mentioned.
Additionally they carried out a coal mining theme, full with a life-size mine cart, mine shaft wall mural and corrugated metallic ceiling.
“We did that theme as a result of within the outdated coal mining days, the miners had horses that may carry up the carts of coal,” Ron defined. “After all, they’d home the horses in barns, and within the barns, they’d have cats to attenuate the rodents and preserve the horses wholesome.”
The theme extends to the drinks’ names, which embrace anthracite (sizzling espresso), dynamite (iced espresso), canary (cappuccino) and driller (double espresso). A sizzling espresso begins at $1.75 for a 12-ounce cup.
Clients can also get pleasure from different specialty drinks comparable to lattes, macchiatto, sizzling chocolate and sizzling and iced teas, together with packaged snacks comparable to sweet, chips and cookies.
“The group has been extraordinarily supportive of us,” Ron mentioned. “We’re bringing smiles to individuals’s faces and perpetually properties to cats in want. In our first six weeks, we have already had six adoptions, and 4 extra are set to happen quickly.”
Coal Cafe Cafe, open 11 a.m. to six p.m. Wednesday via Sunday, additionally includes a reward store promoting cat treats; equipment comparable to beds, toys and collars; and cat-themed items comparable to drinkware, jewellery and magnets.
A “Images with Santa” occasion, the place clients can carry their furry buddy to go to Santa, will happen midday to three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. The fee is $5 for individuals solely, $10 for individuals and one pet and $20 for individuals and two or extra pets. Register: coalcatscafe.com.
From one animal-named enterprise to a different, family-friendly restaurant Flying Pig Tavern & Faucet is predicted to open in late December or early January at 1313 Middle St. (former Tocci’s Tailgaters Pub & Grill constructing) in Bethlehem, co-owner Billy Kounoupis mentioned.
Kounoupis, who owns and operates Billy’s Downtown Diner in Bethlehem and Easton, has partnered with two of his cousins, Tim Kalavruzos and Chris Kolovos, to renovate the house and open the brand new tavern.
It will likely be a second location of the enterprise, which Kalavruzos debuted earlier this 12 months in Bordentown, N.J.
Between the three cousins, they function round 20 eating places and banquet/catering services in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
The Bethlehem Flying Pig, with seating for round 100 clients, will provide a full bar with 15 draft beers together with made-to-order dishes, together with appetizers, 10-inch pizzas and entrees comparable to thick-cut pork chops and never-frozen seafood dishes.
Along with readying the Flying Pig’s Bethlehem outpost, Kounoupis is also engaged on a brand new location of Billy’s in Allentown’s West Finish.
Simply in time for Tremendous Bowl events and comfortable winter get-togethers, The Getting old Moon, a enterprise specializing in premium cheese boards, is predicted to open its first brick-and-mortar store in late January on Mechanic Avenue in south Bethlehem, close to Bonn Place Brewing Co., proprietor Abby Hudock mentioned.
Hudock established the enterprise (named after her canine, Luna) three years in the past as an internet enterprise, delivering cheese boards to Lehigh Valley properties, firms and personal occasions.
“I labored in a company grocery retailer’s cheese store for a number of years, and as soon as COVID hit, I made a decision I’d do it for myself,” Hudock mentioned.
From Bethlehem to Allentown, La Bicicleta Arepa Bar, a Venezuelan restaurant that debuted in September 2019 at 12 S. Eighth St. downtown, is planning to open a second location throughout the subsequent few weeks at 708 Union Blvd. (former Luna’s Bakery & Cafe constructing) on town’s East Facet, co-founder Humberto Canelon mentioned.
La Bicicleta makes a speciality of arepas — grilled cornmeal patties — which can be reduce open and filled with quite a lot of components.
Clients select from protein choices comparable to chorizo, shredded beef and avocado rooster, earlier than choosing different fillings comparable to candy plantains, gouda cheese, black beans and do-it-yourself sauces. Data: 610-871-0809. Read more here.
Extra meaty choices
From arepas to cheesesteaks, the newly opened Morty’s Steaks in Emmaus is serving up the recent sandwiches no matter approach you need.
First, you select your protein (beef or rooster), adopted by your dimension (8- or 11-inch), cheese (Cooper, American, provolone or Whiz) and onions (grilled or uncooked).
The final step – and arguably probably the most essential one – is choosing your type. The eatery gives just a few distinct choices, together with Philly, “The Morty” (Morty’s signature sauce and pickles), California (lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise) and pepper steak (candy peppers and sauce).
Different menu highlights embrace specialty sizzling canines, pierogies from Papa Sarge’s in Bathtub and desserts comparable to sugar cookies and brownies. Data: 267-416-6789. Read full story.
About 5 miles west of Morty’s, Wayback Burgers, a world burger chain billing itself as “America’s favourite hometown burger joint,” is planning to open its latest space location on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5585 Hamilton Blvd., Suite A, in Decrease Macungie Township, franchisee Shivang Shelat mentioned.
One other Wayback Burgers eatery is coming to 2185 W. Union Blvd. in Bethlehem (former Lengthy John’s Silver website), however an organization spokesperson didn’t instantly return a message looking for extra info on that location.
The 30-seat Decrease Macungie restaurant, within the Shepherd’s Nook purchasing middle, will complement different space outposts on Southmont Method in Bethlehem Township and Route 309 in Schnecksville. Read more.
Airport Procuring Middle
Vacation consumers will discover three new tenants within the Airport Procuring Middle’s lineup in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
First to hitch the combination was Trek Bicycle Allentown, which reopened in its new digs at 935-A Airport Middle Street (subsequent to Mattress Agency) in late October.
The enterprise, which beforehand operated at 1728 Tilghman St. within the metropolis, gives the most recent merchandise from Trek and Bontrager, service and tune-ups for bikes of any model and recommendation about driving within the Lehigh Valley.
Subsequent to debut was Buff Metropolis Cleaning soap, providing delightfully scented, plant-based soaps which can be handmade each day within the chain’s shops, which the corporate calls “makeries.”
The chain held its grand opening Friday, Nov. 25, at 942 Airport Middle Drive (former SneakerKing house), subsequent to Kay Jewelers.
Along with handmade cleaning soap bars, Buff Metropolis additionally sells foaming hand soaps, tub bombs, whipped physique butters, physique scrubs, bathe oils, beard balms, laundry cleaning soap and extra.
One other “makery” is coming quickly to 218 N. West Finish Blvd. in Quakertown.
Additionally opening within the purchasing middle is Wingstop, a fast-casual restaurant chain specializing in cooked-to-order rooster wings.
The eatery will maintain a grand opening with the Better Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 1824 Airport Street (former Firehouse Subs house).
Texas-based Wingstop gives conventional and boneless rooster wings together with rooster strips, obtainable in 11 flavors, rooster sandwiches and sides comparable to fresh-cut, seasoned fries. Read full story here.
Bucks, Monroe and Warren counties
Consumers in quest of reasonably priced clothes and niknaks have a brand new vacation spot in Quakertown.
Maimie’s Closet, a brand new consignment retailer and trend boutique promoting flippantly used, model identify attire, held a grand opening Nov. 18 at 308 W. Broad St.
The shop has jewellery and racks of coats, boots, and even domestically handmade objects.
“I like to buy. And I like garments. And I do know a lot of different individuals do too. And in these instances, everyone’s going again to thrifting and realizing how cool that’s once more. And we’re bringing that again to Quakertown,” mentioned store proprietor Maimie Asay. Data: 267-308-4347.
From clothes to espresso, a Dunkin’ restaurant held a grand opening celebration Nov. 19 at 174 Harvest Lane in Pocono Summit.
Based in 1950, the espresso and baked items chain has greater than 12,600 eating places in 40 nations. Data: dunkindonuts.com.
Lastly, as my colleague Jeff Ward just lately reported, the Sally Magnificence retailer at Pohatcong Plaza will shut subsequent month as a part of a company cutback that was introduced after a decline in earnings and a forecast for a web gross sales decline.
The corporate cited inflation and provide issues when saying the closing of 350 shops on Nov. 10.
The Pohatcong beauty-supply retailer will shut Dec. 9, an worker mentioned Tuesday.
One week after that, a Sally Magnificence distribution middle in East Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County, is because of reduce 57 jobs.
Seven different regional Sally Magnificence shops within the space will stay open, in accordance with staff. These shops are in Bethlehem, Whitehall Township, East Stroudsburg, Quakertown, Palmer Township, Studying and Stowe, Montgomery County. The standing of these shops was not confirmed by Sally Magnificence’s company workplace. Read more.