Wednesday, June 02, 2010

First Friday... Reinvented!

Samantha Schwartz has been one busy lady since she joined the Downtown Bethlehem Association a few months back, and it's paid off. This First Friday (June 4) will feature almost four times as many businesses as before (40!), prizes, and live music outdoors from 6-10 p.m.

If you've never been to First Friday, the addition of live music venues like Godfrey Daniels (7 E. 4th Street) and Funhouse (5 E. 4th Street) may draw you in for the first time. Or if you're a "free stuff" fan, you can enjoy free cocktail samples at Tally Ho (205 W. 4th Street) and Sotto Santi Pizzeria (10 W. 4th Street), frozen yogurt samples at Euro Yogurt (129 E. 3rd Street), gelato samples at Dave’s Deli (3 W. Morton Street) and smoothie samples at Pacific Smoothie (333 S. New Street). The new web site, balloon trail and a revised map will help you find your way around.

If you've been to First Friday before, before, in addition to the galleries and shopping you're used to, you can also visit Home Base Skate Shop (14 W. 4th Street) for Andrew Kurtz & Jeff Wooler's "Hipsters and Hillbillys," a series of stencils, spray paint and suburban graffiti. Also, say hello to Helene and Laura at Loose Threads Boutique (9 W. 4th Street) and get a 10% discount on their beautiful men's and women's clothing and accessories. I have received so many compliments on the Gentlefawn dress and "found objects" necklace I purchased there.

It's not promoted on the schedule, but South Side Community Gardens is hosting a potluck dinner in the Maze Garden near the corner of W. Third Street at New Street from 6-9 p.m., featuring music by DJ Arm 18. Check out the SSCG blog for details. And there are two NEW South Side businesses that I'll be profiling tomorrow and Thursday - stay tuned!


  1. Anonymous6/03/2010

    This is REALLY cool! I will DEFINITELY be there! Thanks for Blogging this!

  2. Anonymous6/03/2010

    1st Friday is so much fun! It is a huge open house where you can meet people who share the same interests as you and see all the new merchandise at all of the shops!
    Please stop by the Banana Factory Gift Shoppe to see new glass that was made at the Glass Works studio at the Banana Factory! All $20.00 and under! Also register to win 2 VIP Selena Gomez tickets to her sold out Musikfest 2010 show!

  3. Anonymous6/03/2010

    I have been going to First Friday for years and this is the first time that I have seen this MANY businesses involved! Cant wait to check it out! I bring my family down and we eat ans shop and listen to the great music!

  4. Stop by Tallarico's for d-lectable chocolate and D-licious music!

  5. Brian Tallarico6/03/2010

    What Dina Failed to mention is SHE's the D-lightful musician that will be performing at the store 1st fri.
    So stop by for great acoustic music and some freshly dipped chocolate strawberries!
    Thanks to all of our patrons and the Southside family of merchants... it just keeps getting better!