Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reading and Reigelsville = Lehigh Valley, PA?

I'm continually amused by organizations or publications that claim that "The Greater Lehigh Valley" includes the Pocono Mountains, Bucks or Berks County, when it's convenient, or good news.

One example was this past week's media excitement over "locals" featured on national reality TV shows Project Runway and American Idol. That Norberto Guerrero of Reading got nixed by the AI judges isn't local news; it's national pop culture babble. Just because we may have "heard of" Reading or shopped its outlets does not make the plight of its residents of local interest to people in the Lehigh Valley. That Pamela Ptak of Reigelsville didn't get aufweidersehened by Heidi Klum on PR is is good news for her and her family, but again, not local news. Marla Duran actually has a studio in the Lehigh Valley (109 E. Third St., Bethlehem) if you want to meet a local Project Runway alum.

I was going to cite Lehigh Valley Magazine as one publication that stretches the borders a bit, but its web site is having some technical difficulties, and features no editorial content from 2009.

Now I'm going to contradict myself by saying that I've seen one Reading businesswoman's work on the web for the past few years and might make an exception to extend the LV boundaries for her. I just spotted her goods at Comfort & Joy (105 E. Third St., Bethlehem - yes, two doors down from Marla Duran's studio): Bento Box Gifts by Mimi Kolb.

A perfect baby shower gift for any expecting mom or proud new parents. This Baby Bento Box Gift is full of sweet things for baby: a one-of-a-kind onesie, MomSpit (the best cleanser ever), soft sushi roll washcloths and more. Shower the new mom with what she wants; we’ll deliver it to her door or yours. Let someone else bring the diaper genie to the next baby shower; gifts from Bento Box Gifts are far more fun.
Box size: 8.25 x 8.25 x 3” $65.00 (pictured above)
I love the originality and compact design of the boxes. Another bento box I liked was "with a cherry on top," a $16.95 box with birthday candles, a towel "cake," chocolate covered pretzels, and more - a suitable birthday gift for someone at the office or a friend with a fun sensibility. You can check out a variety of box options at Comfort & Joy or online at Bento Box Gifts, and decide for yourself whether you want Reading to be included in "the Greater" Lehigh Valley.

1 comment:

  1. I do have to take exception to your characterization of Pam Ptak, only because she teaches at the Baum School in Allentown. Otherwise, I tend to agree. In fact, I was just mulling a post on my own blog about where the Valley's boundaries are. For instance, do you consider Phillipsburg, NJ, part of the Valley?