Jennifer Mann has always had a keen eye for fashion. Pulling from her industry experience—which includes a role as senior advertising executive at Lehigh Valley Style magazine—Jennifer opened Shuze, packing its shelves with stylish accessories from both uncommon and renowned designers. Inside, colorful displays of shoes from San Miguel, Nicole, and Frye line up along tables amid racks of Tolani scarves and Silver jeans. Meanwhile, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from local artists glimmer beneath the boutique's soft lamps. Patrons can plop down on colorful, cushy couches, trying on Hunter wellies, resting their legs, or checking beneath the cushions to see if the couches have babies.
“Antique City” Fun Fair contrasts starkly with impersonal online auctions, providing a social hub where antiquers can mingle and share tales of favorite finds. The fair—Pennsylvania’s largest collectors’ exhibition—showcases wares from more than 500 vendors, whose roots lie in 32 of the U.S. states, Canada, and four European countries. Their vintage stock comprises everything from furniture and fine art to textiles and historical artifacts such as Abraham Lincoln's swear jar. To honor the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's deep-sea dive, emcees dole out prizes salvaged from the wreck site in hourly drawings throughout the weekend, pairing each treasure with a certificate of authenticity.
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
After growing frustrated with her film-industry career in New York City, Anne Kuronyi traveled out west, where she spent most of her time sifting through clothing racks in "buy, sell, trade" boutiques. Fueled by a love of vintage apparel and a modest amount of money, Anne returned to her hometown in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to open her own shop. What began in 2003 as a three-room boutique eventually expanded into a seven-room vintage haven stocked with gently used designer clothing, jewelry, and home décor. Now three locations strong, The Attic maintains a dialogue with its clientele through excellent customer service, social-networking sites, and retro carrier pigeons.
Just Action Figures buys and sells a huge variety of new and vintage figures, which fill the shelves and cases of the shop. In spite of the name, they are more than just action figures?racks dedicated to comics and books now stand amidst figures from movies, TV shows, and comic franchises.
You rise with the sun and gather eggs for breakfast. Then you head to the barn assist in milking cows and goats. Next, it’s to the paddocks to feed the horses, sheep, and pigs. This is a typical day during a family farm stay at Flint Hill Farm, a 28-acre learning farm. A farm stay is just one way the community experiences local agriculture. Flint also holds classes for school-age kids, teaches disabled teens and adults the vocational side of farming, and hosts events such as carriage-driving clinics and equestrian summer camps.