Arts & Entertainment in Allentown

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LA Bronze Ultra Luxe Tanning Studios service tanners on the go and provides a respite for those looking to relax. Inside stand-up booths, clients remain on their feet while up to 60 bulbs create a 360-degree tan. Clients may also choose to stand up for a twelve-minute session inside a warm capsule or choose a bronze hue to have misted on their skin and settling into a sun-kissed glow in three hours. Those looking to enhance their tans can purchase power lotions, bronzers, accelerators, and cooling lotions from the salon’s collection of tanning products.

2254 MacArthur Rd
Whitehall,
PA
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Read Green Books is a used bookstore with an environmental agenda to save books, innocent trees, and the minds of bored readers in search of their next fulfilling page-turner. Bibliophiles can enjoy hardcover novels for $4.99 each or three for $12 at deeply discounted prices. If you've been known to crave a modicum of salacious dramas, then scintillate the senses with a scholarly selection of paperbacks ($2.99 each) or coffee-table books ($4.99 each). Parents can procure a bushel of children's paperbacks ($1.99 each) to pique and stoke the curiosity of a young one, inculcating a sense of earthly stewardship without relocating the family to the nearest hallowed-out topiary.

3300 Lehigh Street
Allentown,
PA
US

Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.

534 Main St
Bethlehem,
PA
US

New Street Book Shop offers an ever-changing collection of antique and rare books, preserving beautiful publishable artifacts and rare prints. The shop houses venerable volumes starting from $4.50, with examples from all genres of the written word, including novels, state-centric cookbooks, nonfiction about local lore, and autobiographies of famous circus animals. Traverse tomes such as Tell Me Something True, a dramatic epistolary novel ($7), or a leather-bound edition of the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ($45). More than mere pages, the books at New Street Book Shop are carefully collected readable works of art, like a passive-aggressive note from a master calligrapher.

513 N New St
Bethlehem,
PA
US

From a total of 12 shops on both sides of the Atlantic, Potomac Bead Company supplies the artistically inclined with everything they need to craft DIY accessories, ranging from the elegantly simple to the intricate and ornate. Beads, wiring, ribbons, and other materials are peddled wholesale, while regular jewelry-making classes educate first-timers, preventing them from accidentally crafting a magical Lasso of Truth instead of a necklace. Though the teachers recommend starting at the most basic level and working up, customers may attend any class, taking advantage of literally endless possibilities for personalized bangles, chokers, and earrings.

137 S Main St
Doylestown,
PA
US

A fused-glass peace sign dangles in a window, its iridescent blue-and-green hues catching glimmers of sunlight. Elsewhere, a shiny yellow-and-black dog formed from clay smiles from its painted-on mouth. These are just two of the many artistic projects students can tackle at The Mud Shack, an art studio brimming with classes in glass fusing, ceramics, and pottery painting. Working artists helm the sessions, guiding pupils toward creating their own magnum opuses in the form of a hand-thrown vase, a mosaic tile, or a mug for holding smaller mugs.

515 Stump Rd
North Wales,
PA
US