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.
This funky boutique's gently used garments run the gamut from prepster wear to Goth garb to business casual, all stocked from girls' size 12 to women's plus sizes. Shoppers can select from stylishly assembled ensembles, including a frilly spaghetti-strap blouse by California Nights ($10) fashionably framed by a bronze South Pole sateen jacket ($15), and pair of gold-trimmed Bratz jeans ($10). Avenge outdated outfits with utmost elegance in a Jones NY black cocktail dress ($50) accented by black-leather BCBG heels ($18), a floral drop necklace ($10), and a black patent-leather clutch ($10), fitted with a chrome clasp to lock up feisty compliments. Or enhance your home with a sweeping selection of distinctive ornamentals, including Locker Pockets, made from denim-jean pockets outfitted with magnets, a perfect fridge refresher, or gift for a fashion-conscious metal scrapper ($3 each, or two for $5).
With an extensive and posh portfolio of designers, Sophistikate stocks a selection of stylish garb for men and women inside an environment that conjures up thoughts of a SoHo fashion emporium. Place a flower in the barrel of an Only Hearts tank ($55), or pair a Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise claw necklace ($45) with a belt by Via Spiga ($55) for a fierce frolic. In the men's department, tees by Sol Angeles ($55) and American Apparel ($28) keep torsos fashionably covered. The atelier aggregator customizes the shopping experience for outfit hunters with special ordering upon customer request.
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.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Aardvark Sports Shop has specialized in taking mankind’s oldest fitness activity for a 21st-century tune-up by outfitting runners with the latest in shoes, gear, and streamlined racing blindfolds. Aardvark athletes get comfort and performance from track-tested brands, such as Asics and Brooks, fitted by an expert panel of their friendly and experienced staff. Aardvark fills out its floor space with a full line of track suits and athletic outerwear perfect for runners and bikers, as well as a collection of sport watches, including the Forerunner 110 with built-in heart monitor. With affordable athletic strollers from B.O.B. rounding out its collection, Aardvark can equip any runner for a brisk jog through the neighborhood, a cross-country marathon, or participation in a local mom-and-baby relay race.
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.
Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a small group of Moravian settlers and christened “Christmas City, USA” in 1937, Bethlehem turns its gaze toward the past during the holiday season with guided tours and museum exhibits. The 10.9-mile Heritage Trail snakes through 80 historic stops, including two National Historic Landmarks, Victorian-era homes, and the nation’s oldest gift shop. On historic walks, guides lead tour groups through the now-defunct site of Bethlehem Steel, the city’s oldest cemeteries, and the 1762 Waterworks, known as the first municipally pumped water system in the country. Located inside the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem curates a collection of exhibits about the town’s settlers, including their missionary work, education system, and medical techniques.