SECRETS REVEALED! I am so happy to share with you one of my big secrets! I think I’ve built suspense long enough, so let’s get right to it:
I’m honored to have become a contributing writer for Laini’s Little Pocket Guide website! If you live in the Lehigh Valley, you’re likely familiar with the printed books. If you’re not familair, let me explain: Laini and her team have assembled handy pocket-size guidebooks for the three big Lehigh Valley cities – Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
These books are full of town history, quirky facts (like the proper way to drive around the Easton Circle) and list many of the businesses, shops, galleries and restaurants in the area. Everything mentioned is an independent or family-owned business. The books can be picked up at said businesses all over the Lehigh Valley, and sell for $4.99.
I met with Laini last week and within seconds of knowing her, her vibrant personality and passion about this part of Pennsylvania came through. Her wild red hair suits her perfectly, and her excitement for all the incredible things happening in the Valley stirs up a contagious thrill.
The print guides now have a corresponding website that just launched about a month ago, and I have jumped eagerly on board to write for it! This project is so exciting because it’s about promoting and supporting the community. It’s about getting people excited to live here, and revealing all the little places tucked away that even us natives aren’t familiar with. (Thanks to the Easton guide, last night I tried a new thai vegetarian restaurant I’ve never been to! It’s only been about eight miles away all this time!)
Please keep an eye out for the pocket guides at independent business everywhere (and Wegmans, too). They make great references for people that seek to fall in love with the Valley all over again.
(STAY TUNED later today for the unveiling of a brand new project!!!)