Friday, April 23, 2010

Valley 610

One of the blogs I monitor on Google Reader is Valley 610, which is written by reporters from seemingly every desk at The Morning Call.

I had to share this story, since it likely won't make the print edition and I liked it a lot. Neville is a Lehigh Valley transplant, having moved to the US from Ireland in 1979. Since he made Bethlehem his home, he opened a business you might have heard about, and has been one of the most successful business owners and active voices for merchants on Main Street.

A volcanic idea
Posted by Matt Assad at 02:19:13 PM on April 22, 2010

Her room reservations expired and her flight hopelessly delayed by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, Celine Cummins was near tears last Thursday when she ran into Neville Gardner, owner of Donegal Square in Bethlehem.

The two were at the same Celtic merchandise trade show in Secaucus, N.J. – Gardner was buying for his shop and Cummins had flown in from Dublin, Ireland to help design displays for the show.

“I had no hotel room, no flight out and nowhere to go,” said Cummins, who owns the Dublin-based companyPropShop. “I was truly stranded.”

Turns out Gardner had heard of Cummins before and planned to fly her in to Bethlehem to redesign his store. He just never got around to doing it.

Cummins has spent the last week at Gardner’s Bethlehem home, while she redesigns his Main Street shop.

Meanwhile, the cloud over Europe apparently shifted enough to allow flights to take off for the first time today.

Cummins flight leaves tonight.
“Who would have thought,” Gardner said, “there was a silver lining in that massive cloud over Europe?”

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