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2014 Best of the Valley Winners



Overall (Lehigh Valley) Restaurant:

Apollo Grill

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Historic Bethlehem, this casual yet upscale bistro has been voted Best Bethlehem Restaurant 15 years in a row. Whether you dine on one of their more than 30 appetizers, a great burger or the fresh catch or enjoy a signature martini and a fine bottle of wine, the Apollo is a great choice!  apollogrill.com


Overall (Allentown) Restaurant and Best Martini:

Grille 3501

Grille 3501 stands alone with its “sophisticated yet unpretentious” atmosphere and menu. Their unique blend of Asian, French and Mediterranean cuisine, combined with warm hospitality and attentive service will make your every visit to Grille 3501 an event to remember.  Owners John Trapani and Chef John “J.P.” Pukanecz invite you to join them for your next truly remarkable meal or private party.  grille3501.com


Overall (Bethlehem) Restaurant:

Stefano’s Restaurant

Promising “Traditional Italian Taste, Modern Italian Flare,” Stefano’s – a family-owned and -operated business since 1983 – is a well-established community favorite.  They strive to serve extremely good Italian/American cuisine.  Combined with a warm family-friendly atmosphere and a great service staff, it is no wonder why Stefano’s continues to be a favorite eatery destination amongst many people.  stefanosrest.com


Overall (Easton) Restaurant:

Sette Luna Tuscan Trattoria

A rustic Tuscan trattoria that offers an experience for all senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.  Whether you’re stopping in for pizza made in the wood-burning oven or an Italian classic like Agnolotti Con Zucca and Osso Bucco, you won’t be disappointed.  Be sure to consult the experienced staff about pairing a fine wine with your meal.  setteluna.com


Best BBQ:

Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que Roadhouse

Look no further for the most deliciously authentic, Cajun-style food in the Lehigh Valley. Tantalize your taste buds with the distinct, hickory-smoked flavor famous to Southern cooking.  You can always expect a fun, relaxed, sit-down atmosphere.  Come here for their savory menu, and stay for the amazing import and craft beer selection and live entertainment.  Whether you want to unwind with adult beverages or enjoy a night out with the family, they have both a liquor license and a children’s menu.  grumpysbbqallentown.com

Best Breakfast and Best Coffee Shop:


Jumbars, located in Bethlehem, serves first-class cuisine for breakfast and lunch.  Enjoy local favorites like the Greenwich St. Special, grilled sticky buns or Jumble Berry Pie in their charming and cozy dining room.  Chef Paul Hoffert’s house-made breads, jams and baked goods combined with Jumbars’ warm and inviting atmosphere will have you saying, “There really is no place quite like Jumbars.”  jumbars.com


Best Buffet:

Golden Corral

Golden Corral’s legendary, endless buffet features an abundant variety of delicious, familiar favorites and continuous new menu offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Golden Corral’s dinner buffet features an enormous variety with 15 proteins including USDA, grilled-to-order sirloin steaks, pork, seafood, shrimp and chicken.  Golden Corral is especially proud to serve USDA sirloin, aged and hand-cut daily by their in-restaurant butchers.  goldencorralpa.com


Best Chinese Restaurant:

Hunan Springs

Conveniently located off several major interstates in the Lehigh Valley, Hunan Springs restaurant is the premier Asian restaurant in the Northeast, offering a mix of Chinese and Thai cuisine from the Pacific Asian Rim.  What makes them different?  From the moment you step in the door, you’ll be pleased with their widely varied menu, but what really sets them apart is their authentic Asian menu featuring steamed whole duck, steamed whole fish, pork taro root and dried bean curd dishes.  hunansprings.com


Best Cupcakes:

Sugar Babe Cupcakes

In August 2010, Angela Malpedo began an exciting journey fulfilling her childhood dream.  Born and raised in Bethlehem, she always imagined having a bakery of her own one day.  Using the finest and freshest ingredients, Angela’s vision is now a reality.  Angela also incorporates her passion of giving back into her business.  sugarbabecupcakes.com


Best Deli and Best Bagels:

Johnny’s Bagels & Deli

Johnny’s Bagels is proud to be Best Bagels of the Valley yet another year and even prouder to have added the title of Best Deli of the Valley.  Their hand-rolled, kettle-boiled, hearth-baked bagels have been a favorite of Bethlehem residents for over 14 years.  With an ever-expanding menu of omelettes, paninis, salads, wraps, coffees and more, they decided to share the deliciousness with Bethlehem’s neighbor – Allentown.  They are excited to be introducing their Allentown store at 640 Hamilton St., across from the new hockey arena.  johnnysbagelsanddeli.com


Best Diner:

Billy’s Downtown Diner

Billy’s Downtown Diner is not just your local eatery; it’s the place where you catch up with friends, meet new ones and grab a great meal.  They invite you to experience the atmosphere, the food and the people who call this their place.  Experience why everyone eats here.  Billy’s Downtown Diner is not your ordinary diner.  billysdiner.com


Best Indian Restaurant:

Spice of India

Indian cuisine is varied, diverse and distinct.  In India, recipes are handed down from mother to daughter, from generation to generation.  Many ages and several dynastic rulers later, cooking in India has been honed into a fine art.  One of the oldest civilizations known to man, India also proudly boasts a culinary repertoire that is electric at the least.  At Spice of India, they strive to adhere to the same rich tradition of great taste, ambience and customer service that is second to none.  (610) 365-7400


Best Italian Restaurant:


Molinari’s boasts authentic Italian food, premise-made pasta, neapolitan-style pizza and hospitality that only Italy can provide.  molinarimangia.com


Best Japanese Restaurant and Best Sushi:


Komé is a groundbreaking, modern Asian restaurant set in the rolling hills of the Valley, nestled in the upscale Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  They offer a “no soy sushi” – seven pieces of custom-designed, hand-dressed sushi.  komerestaurant.com    


Best Kids’ Menu and Best Hamburger:

Red Robin

Kids are probably the hardest demographic to please, but Red Robin has their number.  Meals that include a wide variety of side-dish options – mandarin oranges, carrots, veggies and fries – are sure to please the pickiest kids.  The menu is updated quarterly to keep it fresh and appealing.  Kids also love the milkshakes and arcade.  rrobinpa.com


Best Lunch Spot:

Sweet Memories

Take a charming old building, and add cheerful, whimsical decor, delicious homemade food and old-fashioned desserts made fresh everyday.  Stir in a unique gift shop filled with treasures, gourmet foods and amazing candy, and you have the Smith family’s recipe for success.  Visit them soon – you’ll leave with “sweet memories.”  (610) 967-0296


Best Mexican Restaurant:

Cactus Blue Mexican Restaurant

Cactus Blue Mexican Restaurant creates authentic dishes native to Puebla and select localized dishes to suit every taste.  They take pride in the fact that not one of their guests ever goes home hungry – guests that are more like family and friends than actual customers.  So stop in and try some delicious Mexican cuisine from a family-friendly staff that cares about serving great food to great people.  cactusblue.biz


Best New Restaurant and Best Wine Selection:

Corked Wine Bar & Steak House

Newly opened in October 2013, Corked Wine Bar & Steak House features an upbeat, sleek, sexy, metropolitan-style atmosphere.  Temperature-controlled wine systems preserve over 40 wines by the glass.  Corked also offers 24 draft beers and a great martini and cocktail menu.  The cuisine menu offers something for almost anyone – shareable, fresh salads, brick-oven pizza, steaks, chops and even some pasta entrées.  Located in Downtown Historic Bethlehem.  corkedwinebar.com


Best Outdoor Dining:

Florence Italian Grille

Experience affordable, contemporary cuisine in a warm family-friendly atmosphere.  Florence Italian Grille is not just about food, not just a restaurant. It is the synergy of relationships with customers, good food and honesty. Florence Italian Grille is the harmony between patrons and is not a chain restaurant – they are a privately owned, independently operated, local Italian grille.  florencegrille.com


Best Tea Room:

Jessica’s Tea Room at the Weaversville Inn

Step back in time to an atmosphere set in elegant Victorian style.  Damask table linens, lace accessories and a table set in fine china makes it the perfect atmosphere to celebrate that special occasion, such as bridal and baby showers, wedding luncheons, children’s tea parties and social events.  Whether you’re in the mood for scones served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and jam or a fine dinner or Sunday breakfast, Jessica’s Tea Room fits the bill.  jessicastearoom.com and weaversvilleinn.com


Best Wait Service and Best Steak:

Shula’s Steak House

The Shula Cut® sits on top of the beef quality pyramid, taking only the most desired custom center cuts of the premium Black Angus Beef® brand make The Shula Cut® the best beef money can buy.  donshula.com





Best Appetizer:

Apollo Grill

Long before small plates became all the rage, the Apollo Grill was changing the way the Lehigh Valley dined.  The 30-plus appetizer list is the foundation of their menu.  Make a meal out of these diverse, creative offerings, and skip the main course – you won’t be disappointed.  apollogrill.com

Best Bakery:

Easton Baking Company

Original, homemade baking at its finest, the Easton Baking Company provides a family-friendly atmosphere that caters to anyone who enjoys the highest quality of baked goods at the best price available.  Easton Baking Company makes éclairs, cream-puffs, doughnuts, pastries, tomato pies and Italian bread and rolls – just to name a few.  They also make specific pies for each season.  (610) 252-6343


Best Bread:

Panera Bread

With the skill of an artisan, the heat of the oven and a few fine ingredients, Panera’s bakers make bread that is simply delicious and baked fresh every day.  Whether you are catering a meeting, dining in or any other occasion, large or small, Panera Bread believes you will enjoy what they make as much as they enjoy making it for you.  panerabread.com


Best Cheese:

Calandra’s Cheese

If you love cheese and all its creamy goodness, then Calandra’s Cheese is the place for you.  A small family operation, Calandra’s makes more of the basic Italian cheeses, like fresh mozzarella, provolone and smoked provolone – just to name a few.  They also make their own butter and curd.  Milk is also locally picked up and delivered there.  calandracheesesofnazareth.com


Best Cheesesteak:

The Brass Rail Restaurant

The Brass Rail Restaurant has been an Allentown tradition for over 84 years.  Offering award-winning cheesesteaks to complete meals, the Brass Rail has something for everyone.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with two private banquet rooms.  brassrailrestaurant.com


Best Chocolates:

Josh Early Candies

Using batch recipes developed in the early 1900s, Josh Early Candies is a fifth-generation family business that uses the finest ingredients to make their rich chocolates.  Always handmade in small batches, Josh Early Candies creates a sublime chocolate experience.  joshearlycandies.com


Best Dessert and Best Happy Hour:

Two Rivers Brewing Company



Best French Fries:

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Did you know there are more than 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys?  Choose from 15 free toppings to create your favorite.  Made from fresh, never-frozen, ground beef, these burgers consistently garner rave reviews across the country.  There are three area locations in the Valley.  fiveguys.com


Best Hot Dogs:

Yocco’s – The Hot Dog King

A staple of the Valley for almost 90 years, the famous Yocco’s hot dog topped with an even-more-famous secret chili sauce is the ultimate fast-food experience.  Yocco’s is a family-owned and -operated business with six locations throughout the Valley.  yoccos.com


Best Ice Cream:

Ice Cream World

Since 1977, Ice Cream World has been family-owned and -operated.  All of their products are hand-made fresh on the premises.  There is something for everyone with 88 different flavors of hard and soft ice cream, sherbet, water ice and frozen yogurt.  Ice cream cakes and novelties for any occasion are always available and can be custom ordered.  Ice Cream World is open year round.  icecreamworld.com


Best Pizza:

Penn Pizza

Penn Pizza Restaurant offers three convenient Lehigh Valley locations (Cedar Crest across from Lehigh Valley Hospital; 19th St., Allentown; and Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem).  Their pizza is made with the highest quality ingredients available.  In addition to their famous pizza, they also serve favorite Italian dishes, made fresh every day.  Penn Pizza is not your ordinary pizza shop.  Coming soon is Penn Pizza in Macungie.  pennpizzarestaurant.com


Best Produce:

Produce Junction

In 1977, Produce Junction was founded and is still owned and operated by a local Philadelphia family.  It has since been serving the Delaware Valley, striving every day to bring customers the best quality produce and fresh flowers available.  They provide a wide variety of products that serve customers of every ethnicity.  Be sure to stop by your local store to see the freshest produce at great prices.  If you are looking for wholesale, Produce Junction offers great pricing on case lots and half-case lots.  The only thing that beats their quality is their prices.  producejuction.com


Best Salad:


No more prepackaged salads with a bunch of toppings you don’t really want.  At Saladworks, you can create your very own masterpiece with all of your favorites.  It’s a no-brainer when you’re in the mood for a great salad.  There are four area locations.  saladworks.com

Best Seafood:

Beck’s Land and Sea House

Just north of Nazareth is an innovative seafood restaurant and winner of Best Seafood four years in a row. A relaxed, yet romantic, dining experience accompanied by the freshest seafood – including their award-winning crab cakes, South-African cold water lobster tails and hand-cut steaks – make Beck’s a “shore” thing.  beckslandseahouse.com


Best Sunday Brunch:

Hotel Bethlehem

Musical Sunday Brunch combines live music with a splendid buffet array.  A holiday tradition for many has become a weekly habit for others.  Whether you desire made-to-order omelettes or waffles, the carving station of roasted meats, fresh seafood or fresh-made desserts, there is something for everyone at Hotel Bethlehem’s Musical Sunday Brunch.  hotelbethlehem.com


Best Vegetarian:

Vegan Treats

Vegan Treats goes the cruelty-free route and satisfies both the palate and the conscience, inextricably linking the business of dessert with the ethics of caring about animals.  With each bite, Vegan Treats helps create a more compassionate world.  Luckily, compassion has never tasted so delicious.  vegantreats.com


Best Wings:

P.J. Whelihan’s Pub

P.J. Whelihan’s is synonymous with good wings.  They are so big and meaty, they will make you wonder where the farm with the huge chickens is.  The hot and honey sauce is their most popular, but favorites like buffalo sauce are also available.  Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner every day, there are five locations in the Valley.  pjspub.com





Best Bar:

Big Woody’s

Big Woody’s offers great food and drink specials every day.  Visit one of their five Lehigh Valley locations.  bigwoodysbar.com


Best Bartender:

the MINT Gastropub’s Craig Cressman

Craig “Vegas” Cressman was one of the first team members hired at theMINT Gastropub.  A former corporal in the Marines and a seasoned veteran bartender from Las Vegas, coupled with being a local boy returned from his adventures abroad, was the perfect fit for theMINT.  Humor, sass and charm are the ingredients in this cocktail of a bartender.  Shake all of those things up with a splash of handsome, and you have got yourself the bartender of the year: Craig “Vegas” Cressman.  Come to theMINT, and saddle up to the bar to see for yourself.  bethlehemmint.com


Microbrew Selection:

Bethlehem Brew Works

Fegley’s Brew Works are family run restaurants and breweries located in the Valley.  The breweries operate from 100 percent renewable energy sources, including solar and wind.  Fegley’s production brewery is located at the Allentown Brew Works – a five-floor brewpub in the heart of downtown Allentown.  Their second location is housed inside the Bethlehem Brew Works with beers being crafted to enjoy inside the 270 seat brewpub.  thebrewworks.com


Best Sports Bar:

Roosevelt’s 21st

Eat.  Drink.  Socialize.  Both the Allentown and Bethlehem spots cater to the hungry and thirsty sports fan.  Roosevelt’s 21st has become highly regarded for its amazing social scene.  roosevelts21st.com





Best Accountant:

Buckno Lisicky & Company

A full-service accounting firm that develops and maintains strong ties in the Lehigh Valley while giving back to the community.  They assist clients with traditional tax/accounting services and other specialized areas, including cost segregation, employee benefit plan auditing, fraud investigation/forensic accounting, management advisory services, QuickBooks consulting and valuation services.  bucknolisicky.com


Best Architect:

Howard Kulp Architects, PC

Howard Kulp Architects, PC was established in 1978 by sole proprietor, Howard L. Kulp, AIA, for the purpose of providing architectural and interior design services.  Howard Kulp Architects is a recognized leader in the architecture industry with notable projects that include works at Penn State Lehigh Valley, St. Luke’s University Health Network, MELT and Blue restaurants and the Sands Casino Event Center. Fourteen talented employees support this dynamic firm, located on the Lehigh Parkway.  hkulparchitects.com


Best Overall Attorney:

Norris McLaughlin and Marcus

Norris McLaughlin is proud to be named Best of the Valley. It is the breadth of legal services that they provide to their clients that sets them apart, ranging from comprehensive business services, including intellectual property and employee benefits, to sophisticated personal services, such as estate planning and family law.  They truly appreciate being recognized by their clients and community.  nmmlaw.com


Best Business Law Attorney:

Zator Law Offices, LLC

Zator Law Offices, LLC has been a regional law firm for more than 15 years.  They provide professional legal services to individuals and to local, regional and national business clients.  Their key practice areas are business and commercial, real estate, estate and trusts and litigation and municipal law.  They pride themselves on approaching each day and every project with integrity, enthusiasm and sensitivity to individual clients and their needs.  zatorlaw.com

Best Criminal Attorney:

Attorney Angelo Almonti

Attorney Angelo Almonti entered into the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1989.  With an education from University of Pittsburgh and Dickinson School of Law, Attorney Almonti holds membership in the following: Lehigh County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. His areas of practice include personal injury, DUI, criminal law, real estate transactions, family law, support and custody and litigation.  corkeryalmonti.com


Best Divorce Attorney:

Attorney Lance Gordon

Since 1994, Lance M. Gordon, Esq. has been a partner with the law firm of Saltzman & Gordon, LLC and limits his practice solely to the areas of divorce, custody, support and protection from abuse.  Clients of Saltzman & Gordon are afforded the unique opportunity to be represented and counseled by both Attorney Gordon as well as his partner, Amy L. Kruzel, Esq. throughout their pending domestic matters at no additional fee.  Both Attorney Gordon and Attorney Kruzel provide aggressive, compassionate and personalized service to each and every client.  saltzmangordonlaw.com


Best Family Law Attorney:

Knafo Law Offices

Knafo Law Offices works exclusively as plaintiff’s counsel in personal-injury litigation.  They take pride in being a source of legal advice, counsel and service with their small-firm atmosphere but large-firm capabilities.  With an extraordinarily high success rate, due to their dedication, perseverance and uncompromising determination to obtain justice, Knafo Law Offices will do everything in their power to get you what you deserve.  Located at six different places in the Valley.  knafo.com


Best Auto Repair Shop:

Jack Williams Tire and Auto Service



Best Auto Supply Shop:


For more than 30 years, AutoZone has been committed to providing the best parts, prices and customer service in the automotive aftermarket industry.  They have a rich culture and history of going the extra mile for their customers and community. Today, AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the U.S.  autozone.com


Best Bank:

National Penn Bank

Banking should be simple – it’s about people, it’s about service. It’s about getting customers to the core of their dreams.  At National Penn, they accomplish this by bringing together the service you expect from a small, local bank with technology often found only in big banks.  nationalpenn.com


Best Bed & Breakfast:

Sayre Mansion

Step out of the ordinary and into the gracious hospitality and distinctive lodging of the Sayre Mansion, circa 1858.  A favorite among hotels in Bethlehem, they are known for offering luxurious accommodations, historic charm and refined services for individual travelers and select groups.  Escape to Sayre Mansion.  sayremansion.com


Best Place to work (1-50 employees):

Spark Orthodontics

Spark Orthodontics provides braces and Invisalign for all ages.  Dr. Jason Hartman is board-certified, dual-Ivy League trained and in the top 5 percent of Invisalign providers worldwide.  Look for Spark’s brand-new, state-of-the-art facility located on Schoenersville Road.  Schedule your complimentary consultation today.  sparkorthodontics.com


Best Builder:

Omega Homes

Omega Homes is the Valley’s leader in affordable luxury and value-priced new construction homes.  Simply put, Omega Homes gives you more for your money.  Since 1984, they have been the new home builder of choice for more than 2,000 homeowners in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and surrounding areas throughout the Valley.  The communities, neighborhoods and new homes they’ve built all become a real home to their customers because of the systems and processes they’ve instituted.  Their commitment to quality is built into every Omega Home.  omegahomes.com


Best Cable Company:

Service Electric

Family-owned, locally operated and the founder of cable television, Service Electric has been committed to bringing every subscriber the latest products and services for more than 60 years.  sectv.com

Best Car Wash Tunnel & Touchless Automatic:

Kuhnsville Car Wash

Kuhnsville Car Wash is a family-owned, small-business success story.  Since 1988, their goal has been first-class service from excellent employees, many of whom are local students.  They are members of the Better Business Bureau and International Carwash Association and a certified Watersavers facility.  kcwash.com


Best Cell Phone Provider:

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is proud to support the Lehigh Valley with high-speed wireless network coverage.  Their 4G LTE network offers the fastest speeds and covers more than 94 percent of the Philadelphia Tri-State area, including the Lehigh Valley.  verizonwireless.com


Best Child-Care Center:

Active Learning Center

A progressive child-care facility dedicated to providing an environment that is safe, encouraging physical activity and acting as an education for the children they serve.  alcchildcare.com


Best Computer Repair Shop:

Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters works hard every day to earn and maintain your trust.  They are a full-service computer repair and information technology services provider.  In other words, if you have computers, servers, networks, etc., they can assist you.  ctbethlehem.com


Best Credit Union:

People First FCU

People First Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution.  They are locally owned and operated, serving the Lehigh Valley for over 60 years.  With over $450 million in assets and over 54,000 members, People First serves more members than any other credit union in the Lehigh Valley.  peoplefirstcu.org


Best Day Spa:

Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa

The Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa team devotes their talent and passion to making Oliver’s guests not only look beautiful, but feel beautiful, too.  Their inviting, friendly atmosphere welcomes guests to leave the stresses of life behinf, so their mind and body can relax, rejuvenate and restore.  Looking your best begins with feeling your best.  oliverssalonanddayspa.com


Best Dog Trainer:

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack Canine Institute offers all levels of group obedience classes, private training sessions at their facility and in-home training.  Their certified trainers specialize in all levels of dog and human aggression and behavior modification programs – creating happy and balanced dogs, one leader at a time.  lopci.com


Best Electrician:

Westside Hammer Electric Inc.

West Side Hammer Electric has been family-owned and -operated since 1935, with a rich history and dedication to customer service and a commitment to excellence.  Today, West Side Hammer Electric performs high-quality residential, industrial, institutional and commercial electrical installations as well as various data, telecommunications and solar solutions.  westsidehammer.com


Best Employment Agency:

Allied Personnel Services

For 30 years, Allied Personnel Services has been providing staffing solutions to excellent companies throughout the Lehigh Valley.  They staff for a variety of positions in the professional, clerical, light industrial and technical fields.  They serve their customers and employees with the care and attention only a local service can provide.  alliedps.com


Best Financial Planner:

Valley National Financial Advisors

At Valley National, you will learn to navigate your personal financial roadmap.  Advisors evaluate financial positions, identify concerns and objectives and design a custom financial blueprint.  They offer full-service brokerage services, retirement planning, elder planning, tax preparation, estate planning and more.  valleynationalgroup.com


Best Fitness Center:

LA Fitness



Best Floor Covering:

Craft Rug Mills

The Lehigh Valley’s floor experts since 1938.  craftrugmills.biz


Best Funeral Home:

Heintzelman Funeral Home

Funeral and crematory services centered on individual family needs, helping to create positive choices that will last a lifetime of the one you honor and celebrate.  There is a difference – ask the families they’ve served.  heintzelmancares.com


Best Hair Styling (Women):

Lawrence Roth Salon and Day Spa

At Lawrence Roth Salon and Day Spa, there exists a family of experienced stylists and staff members all sharing the same goal of providing a quality product and service in a comfortable, relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.  Each individual client is encouraged to seek consultation on how to best achieve his or her desired results.  lawrencerothsalonanddayspa.com


Best Hair Styling (Men):

American Hairlines



Best Health Insurance Provider:

Highmark Blue Shield

Highmark Blue Shield serves the 21 counties of Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley as a full-service health plan.  They also provide services in conjunction with Blue Cross plans in northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania.  highmarkblueshield.com


Best Hotel:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center is nestled on over 330 wooded acres in scenic Berks County.  The resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the winter, and hiking, biking, boating, disc golf, tennis and nearby golf during the spring, summer and fall.  Guests can plan an event in the spacious banquet and meeting facilities with mountain views, dine at The Grille at Bear Creek or the Trail’s End Café, relax at The Spa at Bear Creek or vacation at their beautiful resort hotel, with indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs.  bcmountainresort.com


Best Insurance Agent:

Vincent Gerbasio

Located on the corner of Route 309 and Walbert Avenue in Allentown, Vincent Gerbasio, State Farm Insurance Agent, has been serving the Lehigh Valley for more than half of his 20-year career.  Their agency takes pride in getting to know customers and assisting in getting them the best value for their insurance needs.  Their mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.  gerbasioagency.com


Best Interior Designer and Best Event Planner:

Scott Rothenberger’s~ PLACE

With more than 20 years of experience in the design industry, Scott Rothenberger created PLACE, a one-stop design firm offering landscape design and installation, interior and exterior architectural design, event and holiday decorating and more.  With Scott’s experience and education in architecture, combined with 17-plus years of practicing landscape and garden design, PLACE serves as a one-stop source of design from concept to project management to completion.  Additionally, Scott has teamed up with some of the Valley’s most respected contractors.  Together they offer quality landscape installations, garden maintenance, swimming pool design and installations, additions and renovations or an entire new home from the ground up.  In addition to being internationally recognized and multiple award-wining, PLACE is a nine-time “Best of the Valley” winner.  A member of the Garden Writers Association, Scott also lectures on garden design, often donating his talents to community projects.  One of Scott’s most inspirational efforts is a multiple award-winning cancer memorial garden in his hometown, Boyertown, which he designed and implemented in memory and in honor of the lives touched by cancer.  designbyplace.com


Best Internet Service Provider:


RCN is the technology and entertainment provider committed to providing you with the digital entertainment, communications and information services that matter most – delivered reliably, responsively and affordably every day.  rcn.com


Best Landscaping:

Pappas Landcare and Construction

At Pappas Landcare and Construction, their goal is to build a reputation based on high-quality workmanship, value and completing projects on time.  Their mission is to serve Lehigh Valley homeowners and commercial contractors.  Their high-quality trained and certified employees are committed to delivering the finest possible workmanship, together with cost-effective landscaping and construction solutions.  pappaslandcare.com


Best Local Band:




Best Manicure/Pedicure:

Allure Salon & Spa

Allure Salon & Spa celebrates 25 years in the beauty industry.  Their full-service salon and spa offers guests the very best in customer service.  They are distinctively different.  alluresalonspa.com

Best Massage:

Healing Hands

Healing Hands is a facility dedicated to their clients’ needs.  Their No. 1 goal is to make sure clients enjoy the serenity-filled mini-vacation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  They are pleased to announce their center has recently expanded. With six treatment rooms and 18 massage therapists, they offer a stress-free and relaxing environment in the middle of Historic Downtown Bethlehem.  healhands.com


Best Personal Trainer:

Revolution Personal Training

The trainers of Revolution Personal Training, Brian Hill and Margie Mott, provide personal training to clients starting at any fitness level and working toward any goal.  Both are certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and have experience in medically based fitness.  revolutionpersonaltrainingllc.com


Best Pet Groomer and Best Pet Kennel:

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack Canine Institute, with over 20,300 square feet, offers premium all-day play in three indoor/outdoor areas, live web cams, cage-free supervised boarding or private overnight stays and a full grooming salon.  They are open seven days a week.  lopci.com


Best Plumber:

S. Agentis Plumbing

S. Agentis/Mr. Rooter Plumbing is a family-owned and -operated full-service plumbing company, proudly providing the Lehigh Valley with 24-hour emergency service with no extra charge on nights, weekends or holidays.  They specialize in everything from general plumbing repairs/replacement, drain cleaning and water heater and softener repair/installation to bathroom and kitchen remodels.  It’s safe to say when plumbing is at its worst, they’re at their best.  agentisplumbing.com


Best Pool/Spa:

Fronheiser Pools

Fronheiser Pools has been building and installing custom-designed Gunite pools, fiberglass and vinyl-lined swimming pools since 1965.  Fronheiser has two locations, one in Bally and another in Sinking Spring, both of which provide swimming pool construction, pool supplies, Jacuzzi hot tubs, renovations and pool maintenance and repair services.  fronheiser.com


Best Real Estate Office (Residential and Commercial) and Best Place to Work (50+ Employees):

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Dominance meets prominence, (formerly Patt, White) Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is the market share leader in the Lehigh Valley and all markets they serve.  Together with their Trident Group offering comprehensive mortgage, insurance and title insurance services, they deliver an unparalleled real estate experience.  They have been voted Best of the Valley nine years in a row.  berkshirehathawayhs.com


Best Tanning Salon:

Organic Tans



Best Tattoo Artist:

The Quillian Tattoo

The Lehigh Valley’s premiere tattoo and piercing shop.  thequillian.com


Best Tire Repair:

F & L Tire and Service

F & L Tire and Service is family-owned and -operated.  Stocking a full line of Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly and many other name-brand tires, they have seven full-service garage bays.  They strive to develop long-term relationships with customers and believe honesty is the best policy.  They want their customers to feel they have a friend in the business.  fandltire.com


Best Tire Store:

Firestone Tires



Best Travel Agency:

VIP Vacations

VIP Vacations is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! Located in Bethlehem, VIP has won Best of the Valley for the past 7 years.  VIP specializes in customized planning, zero fees and expert guidance. Check out VIP’s site for details on their 20th anniversary bash. vacationsbyvip.com


Best Veterinarian:

Macungie Animal Hospital

Combining cutting-edge diagnostic technology with a team of personal, compassionate employees, Macungie Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing pets with quality, affordable, medical and surgical health care.  Their professional and experienced staff brings integrity, ethics and compassion to the clients and patients they serve.  macungieanimalhospital.com





Best Antique Shop:

Black Rose Antiques and Collectibles

With over 135 dealers located in 45,000 square feet inside the South Mall, Black Rose Antiques and Collectibles offers quality antiques and collectibles, featuring a wide range of country rural antiques in a commercial setting.  antiquetheusa.com


Best Auto Dealer (Domestic):

Scott Dealerships

The Scott Family of Dealerships represents Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda and Volvo along with their Scott Lot Pre-Owned Center.  In business for 45 years, owners Andy Scott and Richard Salezze are among the most respected automobile dealers in Pennsylvania.  Their philosophy is to provide world-class service at the lowest possible price.  They are centrally located on Lehigh Street in Allentown.


Best Auto Dealer (Foreign):

Lehigh Valley Honda

With over two decades of experience, Lehigh Valley Honda strives to make your car-buying experience an enjoyable one.  Their No. 1 priority is your complete, 100 percent satisfaction.  lehighvalleyhonda.com


Best Bath and Body:

Foo Foo Shoppe

Located in Historic Bethlehem, The Foo Foo Shoppe sells luxurious bath and body products.  Featuring Primal Elements and candles in addition to funny, fanciful gift items.  Come check out their rubber duckie collection – there is one for almost any occasion.  (610) 814-2656

Best Beer Distributor:

Shangy’s the beer Authority

Located in Emmaus, Shangy’s is the beer authority.  Since 1980, Shangy’s has been Pa.’s leading specialty beer wholesaler and retailer with wholesale distribution across all of Eastern Pa.  As a retailer, Shangy’s beer superstore remains the nation’s leader in specialty beer selection with over 4,000 brands.  (610) 967-6793


Best Bicycle Shop:

Saucon Valley Bikes

Saucon Valley Bikes was opened to offer a rider-based atmosphere that was not previously available in the Lehigh Valley.  Their experience as riders will benefit you the most in meeting your cycling aspirations.  sauconvalleybikes.com


Best Book Store:

Moravian Book Shop & Gift Gallery

With over 14,000 square feet of retail space, anything you could possibly want is here.  The Moravian Book Shop & Gift Gallery sells everything from American Crafters, unique pieces, fine giftware, home accents and more.  Just stop in, and you’ll be amazed at what can be found here.  moravianbookshop.com


Best Camera Shop:

Dan’s Camera City

Dan’s Camera City is one of the largest camera stores in the nation, serving more than 400 customers every day.  All staff members are qualified, enthusiastic and Certified Photographic Consultants, trained and tested by the Photo Marketing Association International to help you choose and teach you how to use your camera equipment – even if you bought it elsewhere.  It is a store like none other, and you should see for yourself why it is consistently the reader’s favorite.  danscamera.com


Best Consignment and Best Women’s Boutique:

Julia’s 4 Seasons Consignment Boutique

Julia’s 4 Seasons Consignment Boutique is a women’s boutique located in Catasauqua and set in a charming historic building along Catasauqua’s business district.  They offer all seasons merchandise all year long, featuring trendy and timeless fashions for all sizes and all budgets.  At Julia’s, you will find clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, formal wear, costumes, vintage and much more.  julias4seasons.com


Best Furniture Store:

Raymour & Flanigan

Established in Upstate N.Y. in 1947, the family-owned furniture and mattress retailer has over 100 locations throughout the Northeast.  Raymour & Flanigan has built its identity not only by offering quality furnishings and fast delivery, but by also embracing its social responsibility through community outreach efforts and extensive in-house recycling operations. raymourflanigan.com


Best Garden Center:

Lehigh Valley Home & Garden Center

Lehigh Valley Home & Garden Center and its knowledgeable staff have been supplying the Lehigh Valley with the highest quality nursery flowers, patio furniture and garden supplies for over 30 years.  Additionally, all of their annual flowers are grown in their Lehigh Valley greenhouses, and a large portion of their nursery stock is grown on their local farms.  With their comprehensive selection, they have everything to create your personal oasis.  lvhgc.com

Best Hardware:

Albright’s Hardware & Garden Center, Inc.

Albright’s Hardware & Garden Center is a family-owned business bought by Ken and Tanya Ringer in 1992.  Albright’s is a private, independent store that carries a high-quality, brand-name products at affordable prices.  They are your hardware store for all your needs, from nuts and bolts to power equipment.  albrightshardwarestore.com


Best Health Food:

Queen’s Nutritional Products

Helping people live a healthful life in a healthful world is what Queen’s Nutritional Products is all about.  As a retail health food store, they carry full lines of vitamins, herbs, dried foods, nuts and organic foods in order to satisfy the needs of anyone who wants to live a healthful life.  queensnutrition.net


Best Jeweler:

Freeman Jewelers

Freeman Jewelers is a locally owned family business that has served the jewelry needs of Lehigh Valley residents for more than 100 years.  They specialize in diamonds and bridal jewelry, and they are the area’s largest buyers and sellers of previously owned contemporary and vintage estate jewelry.  Shop one of three convenient locations or online.  freemanjewelerspa.com


Best Mall:

Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

It’s where fashion, food and fun drive you.  The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is the Lehigh Valley’s premier outdoor lifestyle center with 65 shops, 14 restaurants and Carmike Cinemas and IMAX Movie Theater.  Shop L.L.Bean, Barnes & Noble, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, Gap, GapKids, Chico’s, J.Jill and many more.  thepromenadeshopsatsauconvalley.com


Best Men’s Clothier:

Brooks Brothers

As America’s oldest retailer, Brooks Brothers is synonymous with premium quality, classic style and steady innovation.  These values endure in their current offerings for men, women and boys.  brooksbrothers.com


Best Motorcycle Dealer:

Blackman’s Cycle Center

Blackman’s Cycle Center has been serving customers in and around the Lehigh Valley and Poconos for over five decades, and they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.  In all of the Greater Lehigh Valley, there isn’t a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff.  Their sales department has over 70 years of combined motorcycle-industry experience, not to mention over a century of riding experience.  They’re happy to help you find either the perfect recreational vehicle or the parts you’ve been looking for – always ready to help, six days a week.  blackmanscycle.com


Best Pet Store:



Best Shoe Store:

Aardvark Sports Shop

Aardvark Sports Shop is an independently owned specialty retailer focusing on products for runners or walkers.  In addition to an outstanding selection of running footwear, Aardvark has the widest selection of running-specific apparel in the Lehigh Valley and accessories from Garmin, Superfeet, Balega, Zensah and many more.  aardvarksportsshop.com


Best Sporting Goods Store:


Cabela’s Hamburg, Pennsylvania Retail Store is located just off I-78.  In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the massive 250,000-square-foot showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a decor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.  cabelas.com


Best Supermarket:

GIANT Food Stores

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pa., GIANT/MARTIN’S operates over 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates and has a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually.  giantfoodstores.com


Best Tobacco Shop:

Cigars International

Cigars International is the biggest cigar retailer on the planet.  Whether you’re new to cigars or a certified cigar lover, sleep peacefully knowing you’ve found your ultimate one-stop-shop for all things cigars.  Cigars International is also home to the nation’s largest cigar humidor, which supplies their catalog business and feeds their three local retail outlets.  cigarsinternational.com


Best Unique Gift Shop:

Something Different Boutique

At Something Different Boutique, the staff prides themselves on offering superior customer service. They showcase their appreciation for their customers by providing an unparalleled and individualized buying experience.  Their customers enjoy the specialized attention they receive from the staff, making their shopping experience as unique as Something Different Boutique.  (610) 515-8006


Best Winery:

Clover Hill Winery

A second-generation, family-owned and -operated business located in the Lehigh Valley, Clover Hill Winery produces more than 75,000 gallons of wine annually.  They’ve worked hard over the past two decades to build a reputation for producing premium Pennsylvania wines.  cloverhillwinery.com





Best Birthday Party Location and Best Day Trip Destination:

Dorney Park



Best Dance Studio:

Accent School of Dance

Accent School of Dance provides professional dance instruction in a creative high-quality studio environment.  Students of all ages are encouraged to excel to their fullest potential while having fun.  Accent dancers gain confidence and self-esteem and find fulfillment and joy through the art of dance.  accentschoolofdance.com


Best Festival:


The music festival of the Lehigh Valley is scheduled for August 3 through 12 with an all new performance venue and more free music than ever.  Celebrating its 30th year, with more than 500 performances on 15 stages, this is the music event to attend.  Come join them for some crazy, wild, great performances from all types of bands, which will have you wishing this were year-round.  musikfest.org

Best Golf Course (Private):

Brookside Country Club

Brookside Country Club is a thriving family-oriented club with championship golf, year-round tennis, swimming, fitness, exceptional wedding and meeting facilities and both casual and gourmet dining.  Their environment is one of relaxed elegance and outstanding service with a focus on friendly, active and involved membership.  They have a wide variety of membership classes for all ages and lifestyles.  They are a family place, a friendly place, a perfect place.  brooksidecountryclub.org


Best Golf Course (Public):

Allentown Municipal Golf Course

Opened in 1952, Allentown Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course with greens that challenge even the most serious golfer.  Major renovations over the years have kept this course up to par with private clubs.  allentowngolf.com


Best Independent Movie Theater:

The Roxy Theater

This historic theater, built in 1921, is completely renovated and a great place to see a movie or a live show.  At $3 a ticket for movies, the price can’t be beat.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the refurbished pipe organ.  roxytheater.com


Best Independent Art Gallery:

Connexions Gallery

Connexions Gallery is home to a varied selection of local and regional artists and artisans whose work and mode of expression encompasses all media and style.  From paintings and sculpture to functional and decorative pottery and handcrafted jewelry, it has been the mission of Connexions since 1990 to showcase the best of what the arts community within the Lehigh Valley has to offer.  connexionsgallery.net


Best Live Music Venue:

Sands Event Center



Best Live Theatre and Best Performing Arts Center:

The State Theatre Center for the Arts

Originally a Vaudeville theater, the State Theatre continues tradition by offering a diverse schedule of shows and events.  From family programming and comedy to Broadway musicals and ballet, there is something for everyone.  A night at the historic State Theatre is a night to remember.  statetheatre.org


Best Martial Arts Studio:

Leading Edge

Leading Edge Martial Arts teaches just that – the leading edge in self defense.  The focus is in the most advanced means of self protection available.  The systems taught at Leading Edge Martial Arts leap beyond a stylistic focus of particular concepts or techniques.  Leading Edge Martial Arts head instructor Sensei Rob Wetmore, through his broad experience, has prepared a curriculum that allows a student to defend him or herself in any situation.  leadingedgemartialarts.com


Best Mini Golf Course:

Putt U Miniature Golf

The highest degree of miniature golf, Putt U offers two world-class miniature golf courses, featuring water, sand traps and a real golf challenge.  Kids love the action; adults love the test of skill.  Located on Route 309, just south of Allentown.  puttu.com

Best Museum:

Allentown Art Museum

Today, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley embraces the broadest possible audiences, offering tremendous variety and quality in their collections and exhibitions, educational and popular programs and a busy calendar of public events.  They serve over 100,000 participants annually, of whom more than 14,000 are children in school programs.  The museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works of art offers the community the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage in an accessible and visitor-friendly environment.  allentownartmuseum.org


Best  Local News:


WFMZ-TV strives to be a positive and responsible community citizen.  There are 74 live newscasts a week, including five prime-time newscasts each weeknight.  This is the station to watch for local and regional election coverage, school closings and live reports.  News is also updated throughout the day on their website and mobile apps.  wfmz.com


Best Morning Show Host:

Bobby Gunther Walsh

As host of the morning news show at News Radio 790 WAEB, Bobby Gunther Walsh covers local and national news and discusses politics and how they affect the Valley.  He is also active in several charitable ventures and racing dirt-modified race cars.  You can watch Bobby live as he broadcasts his radio show Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Channel 50 on Service Electric Cable TV and Digital Channel 113 on Blue Ridge Cable.  790waeb.com


Best Radio Station:


B104 is the No. 1 radio station in the Lehigh Valley with over 191,000 weekly listeners.  Mike and Steph start the day with fun and all of the Valley’s hit music.  Don’t forget to listen to B104 on your smartphone with the iHeartradio app.  B104.com


Best Weekend Getaway:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center

The Hotel at Bear Creek is a distinctive union of rustic and modern design, blending luxury with a cozy atmosphere.  Located at the base of the mountain, the hotel offers wonderful panoramic resort views and easy access to amenities.  Guests can choose from a variety of well-appointed rooms and suites, each designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.  bcmountainresort.com or skibearcreek.com





Best Aesthetic Physician:

Lisa S. Bunin, MD

The talent of an artist, the training of a surgeon – Dr. Lisa Bunin trained at Johns Hopkins Medical School and has more than 20 years specialized training in the face, eyes and eyelids.  She pioneered the use of Botox®, fillers and cosmetic laser and teaches other doctors nationally and internationally.  Her commitment to quality and attention to detail, combined with her gentle, artistic touch, has attracted a world-wide patient base.  Patients return to her, even many years later, because they know they will get honest answers, old-fashioned care and excellent results.  lisasbuninmd.com


Alternative Medical Specialist:

Advent Speech and Feeding Therapy

Advent Speech and Feeding Therapy was established in 2000.  The core purpose has always been to be a real solution for families struggling with challenges associated with having children with mild to severe developmental delays.  This includes, but is not limited to, speech, occupational, physical, feeding, lactation, psychological and audiological therapy.  They treat children ages birth to 18.  Infants discharged from the NICU or toddlers with feeding delays enroll in the feeding clinic with specialized licensed professionals.  Older children enroll in the enrichment classes with teachers and therapists.  Programs that motivate children to want to grow and learn include equine, aqua, karate, music, “Jam Packed” cooking classes, summer camps, reading and writing clinics, enrichment social classes and “Reach for the Stars” vision therapy class.  Advent also commits to community outreaches, like their annual Harvest Carnival and the Choose Your Charity Event that raises over 10k in funds for Lehigh Valley charities.  More than 30 employees with a common purpose bring talents, research and perspective to the team approach to pediatric therapy.  adventtherapy.com


Best Independent/Assisted Living Facility:

Country Meadows

From independent living and personal care to specialized memory support and restorative care (with 24-hour skilled nursing care at their Bethlehem campus), they have a range of advice and solutions to help your family – all on two vibrant campuses with activities, social events and individualized services.  countrymeadows.com


Best Chiropractor:

First Choice Chiropractic

Servicing the Lehigh Valley for over 22 years in Emmaus, Dr. Kurt Schichtl and Dr. Karen Carpenter are board-certified chiropractic neurologists who are dedicated to chiropractic solutions that target your unique needs.  Whether suffering from back pain, neck pain, headache, arm/ leg pain or even just muscular tension and tightness, their office provides the most up-to-date forms of treatment in a caring environment where every patient is evaluated thoroughly prior to the initiation of treatment.  fcemmauschiro.com


Best Cosmetic Dentistry:

Dr. Chuck Harding

Helping you achieve optimal oral health to live life at your best.  Dr. Harding’s guiding values are service, integrity and comprehensive health.  His team begins by listening to your needs and focusing on building relationships.  They also just happen to do great dentistry.  extraordinarysmiles.net


Best Eye Care:

Lisa S. Bunin, MD

Lisa S. Bunin, MD is an eye physician and surgeon (ophthalmologist) dedicated to the latest techniques to diagnose and treat eye disease, perform eye surgery and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses.  She is known for custom cataract surgery, including multifocal and astigmatism-correcting (toric) intraocular lenses to correct vision without glasses, expert glaucoma care, eyelid, skin and dry-eye problems, diabetic eye exams and full eye care.  Her motto is “modern techniques, old-fashioned care.”  lisasbuninmd.com


Best Family Medical Center:

Trexlertown Medical Center

Trexlertown Family Medicine cares for patients of all ages.  They have seven doctors and a Licensed Social Worker available to care for your needs.  They also offer extended hours and accept most insurance plans.  lvhn.org


Best General Dentistry:


SmileKrafters multi-specialty dental office offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family.  Their team of general dentists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, endodontics, periodontists and oral surgeons work together to help you get the smile you deserve.  All ages, all insurances, all under one roof.  smilekrafters.com 


Best Hospital:

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lehigh Valley Hospital’s mission is to heal, comfort and care for the people in our community.  Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has four hospital campuses in Allentown, Bethlehem and Hazleton and many health centers, ExpressCare locations and doctor’s offices throughout the Valley.  It has the only children’s hospital and the only children’s emergency room in our region.  LVHN is also home to Pennsylvania’s first and one of the largest trauma centers.  lvhn.org


Best Orthodontist:

FreySmiles Orthodontics

FreySmiles Orthodontics, Best of the Valley five-time winner, is the Valley’s only Elite provider of Invisalign.  Dr. Gregg and Dr. Scott create beautiful smiles with incredible service using Invisalign or Damon System Braces, including all advanced aesthetic techniques.  All ages are invited to join their family of patients to experience the FreySmiles “difference.”  freysmiles.com


Best Pediatrician:

Dr. Scott Rice

Dr. Scott Rice has been in practice for 20 years, the last 16 with LVPG here in the Lehigh Valley.  Together with his incredible office staff, he feels blessed to be entrusted by parents with the care of their children – striving to keep them healthy in all areas.  lvhn.org


Best Pharmacy:

Hartzell’s Pharmacy

Hartzell’s Pharmacy, family-owned and -operated for 45 years, is staffed by clinical pharmacists and provides a wide range of pharmacy, home medical equipment and wellness services.  Specialized services and staff include compounding and long-term care pharmacies as well as a respiratory therapist and certified mastectomy and diabetic shoe fitters.  hartzells.com


Best Podiatrist:

PA Foot and Ankle Associates

PA Foot and Ankle Associates are the leading experts in foot and ankle care, specializing in injuries, diabetic wound care and pediatric foot deformities.  Four offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton and Lansford.  They are also the official team podiatrists of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and Steel Hawks.  pafootdoctors.com


Best Wellness Center:

Vitality Natural Healthcare Center

Dr. Darin Mazepa and the staff at Vitality provide holistic health care that enhances the body’s natural ability to heal from trauma and lack of wellness.  They acknowledge that many factors can influence one’s state of health (emotional, social, spiritual, environmental), and by addressing all factors, optimum results can be achieved.  thevitalitycenter.com





Best Bridal Boutique:

Bridals by Sandra

Bridals by Sandra has everything you need – gowns, tuxedos, hairpieces and jewelry.  Since 1965, Bridals by Sandra has been a family-owned business dedicated to making your wedding day special.  A staff of trained consultants will ensure your experience goes smoothly from start to finish.  bridalsbysandra.com


Best Caterer:

Culinary Experience

Culinary Experience is celebrating its third year in business servicing the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas with catering services for large or small parties, including intimate dinners for two.  They strive to provide the freshest local ingredients when available.  They make everything in house from scratch, from mozzarella cheese and stocks to sauces and pastries.  They have an incredible team and can provide on-site services at many premier Lehigh Valley venues.  culinaryexperiencecatering.com


Best DJ:

Freddie Frederick, Jr.

They have been entertaining audiences for over 40 years.  They feature top DJ personalities, Freddie Frederick, Jr.; L.V Legend (Frantic Freddie) Freddie Frederick, Sr.; Mike Foxx; and more.  All of their DJ personalities are radio personalities who spin in the hottest night clubs.  Their DJs do a lot more than just play music though; they pride themselves on creating high-energy entertainment along with personality, which will keep your guests dancing and having fun.  They can handle any size and type of event, and when you book them, they will promise you a guaranteed fun and worry-free event that your guests will talk about for years to come.  ffjentertainment.com


Best Florist:      

Elysian Fields Specialty Florals

Elysian Fields Specialty Florals is a premier flower shop unlike any other in the Lehigh Valley.  elysianfieldsflorals.com


Best Invitations:

The Paperbag

A frequent reader favorite and now celebrating more than 30 years in business, The Paperbag offers a dazzling array of invitations.  The store has specialized in stationery since 1982, and owner Liz Richmond has the answers to any questions and advice for any occasion.  thepaperbagonline.com

Best Limo Service:

J&J Private Car, Limousine and Coach Service

J & J has 95 vehicles in its fleet: 25 long-door sedans, 10 passenger and executive vans, 14 passenger and stretched SUV-Hummers and hybrids, one Mercedes limo van, 20 luxury stretch limos, 10 limo coaches and 15 small and large passenger buses.  A professional, background-checked chauffeur equipped with GPS, cell phones and briefcases full of necessities will make sure your travel is stress-free and your arrival is on time.   jjtransportation.com


Best Photographer:

Scott Lapp Photography

Photography has become Scott Lapp’s passion in life.  He tries to capture the essence of life, through different settings, in each of his photographs.  He wants to be able to show the beauty in all things, and he hopes to open the hearts and minds of others, so they may appreciate the subject as something more.  scottlappphotography.tumblr.com


Best Reception Facility:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center

The facilities at Bear Creek have over 26,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a spacious lodge, two beautiful ballrooms, two executive boardrooms and a fireside suite.  Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate meeting or a big party, Bear Creek will help you cater to your guests with beautiful mountain scenery.  bcmountainresort.com or skibearcreek.com 


Best Tuxedo Store:

C.E. Roth Formal Wear

With three generations as formal wear consultants behind them, C.E. Roth knows they will give you all the tuxedo fashions you demand, which include Christian Dior, After Six, Lord West and many more.  They take pride in getting you to look the best in the highest quality tuxedos imaginable.  ceroth.com


Best Videographer:

Abominable Productions

A wedding and event film company focusing on creating films that tell stories, Abominable Productions’ background in video and art enable them to create a modern and cutting-edge film of your event.  They believe that a great wedding film not only looks great, but also weaves together real, authentic moments.  abominableproductions.com

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