With the recent COVID-19 restrictions mandated by Gov. Tom Wolf and the near-foot of snow dumped on a lot of the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, vacation purchasing this upcoming weekend took a giant blow. However Downtown Bethlehem’s small companies and eateries are discovering a means via it.
The Downtown Bethlehem Affiliation and Southside Arts District are instituting a “Merry Little Store & Stroll” all through the Christmas Metropolis on Saturday to carry some vacation treats and stocking stuffers on to prospects in a secure, open-air method. The “Store & Stroll” is an outside strolling meals honest and sidewalk sale going down on Saturday on either side of the Lehigh River.
In a launch despatched out by the DBA, DBA Supervisor Tammy Wendling mentioned, “We wished to create an occasion that balanced the enterprise group’s want for purchasers with the whole group’s want for security. This socially distanced out of doors occasion achieves that fantastically.” It’s a significant last-minute push earlier than the vacations for native companies that usually see a few of their greatest gross sales in the course of the vacation season — however on account of COVID-19, purchasing and eating out have grow to be a a lot much less frequent event.
That’s why the open-air purchasing will lend itself nicely to social distancing and avoidance of the shut quarters in a few of Bethlehem’s shops.
A lot of Bethlehem eating places can have specialty gadgets which might be straightforward to hold round as you stroll via the festive downtown amid your purchasing, together with six cream cheese wontons with ginger garlic sauce for $5 from the Southside’s Jenny’s Kuali.
Whilst you munch on these wontons or different fare out of your favourite Bethlehem eatery, you possibly can peruse what the small companies have to supply — lots of which can have the perfect stocking-stuffer: reward playing cards. Along with no matter’s on sale on the sidewalk, numerous locations will likely be having reward card flash gross sales, like $5 free with the acquisition of a $25 reward card. With transport speeds doubtless a no-go at this level, a present card is a last-minute go-to.
And as if the Lehigh Valley Well being Community isn’t doing sufficient to assist mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s sponsoring free two-hour downtown parking in the course of the day.
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