Couples planning to tie the knot now have a much easier route to take thanks to a new all-in-one business in Nazareth.
Your One & Only Wedding Boutique, which held a grand opening Nov. 14, bills itself as Lehigh Valley's "premier one-stop shop specializing in all services you might need for your event."
Located at 139 S. Main St. (former All Gussied Up location), the boutique offers event planning for all occasions, not just weddings.
"Weddings are really just the beginning," said owner Paula Galante, of Whitehall Township. "We assist with any and all events — proms, sweet 16s, bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties. You name it, we'll help you every step of the way. You simply choose what services you want."
The services available are plentiful. Need a tuxedo? Done. Need a limo or DJ? Done. What about a photographer, videographer or photo booth? Done.
Clients can book musicians and officiants while shopping for jewelry, handbags and cigars. They can also take advantage of hair, makeup, spray tanning and personal training services.
Galante, who has worked in photography for the past 20 years, was inspired to open the business by a large amount of "burnt-out brides to be" who approached her about photography but ended up requesting suggestions for other services.
"That's when the light bulb went off," she said. "Why not offer it all under one roof?"
The only services the company does not offer are cakes, flowers and gowns — amenities that are offered within close proximity to the business.
"When the space opened up, I jumped at the chance because it's really an ideal location," said Galante, a graduate of Antonelli Institute of Graphic Design and Photography in Erdenheim, Montgomery County. "Cozze Cakes is directly next door. Bridals By Sandra is up the road. And Nazareth Floral Designs is just a little further up the road."
Galante and a team of helpers extensively remodeled the 1,000-square-foot space, adding a tuxedo changing room as well rooms for spray tanning, photo shoots and consultations. The ceiling was painted white, and decorative black and white wallpaper was added to the walls, which feature framed photos by Galante.
Hours, which are likely to expand, are 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Info: 484-264-6379 or youronenonly.com.
Not far from Your One & Only Wedding Boutique, an existing business recently underwent a transformation of its own.
Barbara's Treasures at 69 S. Broad St. turned its patio furniture showroom into a Christmas merchandise showroom in September.
According to owner Barbara Saslo, who lives above the store, the designated 16- by 40-foot Christmas space features everything from advent calendars and outdoor decorations to ceramic lighted Christmas trees (made locally) and more than 700 ornaments.
The festive display, which runs through the end of December, is the latest change at the business, which underwent extensive remodeling in the past year. Some of that work included new wall shelving that allows for an expanded selection of flags, banners, table cloths, place mats and runners. Info: 610-759-8367 or barbarastreasures.com.
Many Retail Watchers, including John Herman, have requested an update on the renovations at Spring Valley Inn (soon to be renamed Spring Valley Tavern) in Upper Saucon Township.
I reported in May that the establishment was expected to reopen in August or September after being closed since 2008.
According to co-owner Kim McCartney of Sewell, N.J., a few hiccups were encountered during the remodeling, but the building's upgrades are 80 percent or more complete.
"We are in the process of designing the menu, outfitting the kitchen and bar area, obtaining signage, etc.," she said. "We are ever hopeful to have all renovations, licensing, etc. in place within the next three months for an early spring/late winter opening."
In west Bethlehem, The Bethlehem Parlour opened about two weeks ago at 1114 W. Broad St., next to the former Straub car dealership.
The 60-seat restaurant specializing in pizza and ice cream is owned by Stefano Lombardo, whose namesake establishment, Stefano's Restaurant, has been serving "traditional Italian taste" with a "modern Italian flair" on Linden Street in Bethlehem for more than 29 years.
Lombardo's new restaurant is a return to his roots as he got his start operating Stefano's Pizzeria on Second Avenue in west Bethlehem from 1980-84.
"He's always wanted to come back," said Lombardo's son and business partner, Domenic. "We both saw an ice cream void in the area and thought, 'What's better than pizza and ice cream?'"
Brick-oven pizza selections include traditional, margherita, gluten-free and a wide variety of "pizza ideas," including the upside down (cheese first and sauce on top). Customers may also build their own pie by choosing from 25 toppings.
Dessert selections include 12 flavors of hard ice cream, 11 flavors of soft ice cream and 12 flavors of the same homemade gelato served at Stefano's.
Other items on the menu include burgers, cheesesteaks, pasta, salads, wings, wraps and rosticceria (Sicilian-style hand-held treats).
"We wanted to give people a nice variety of delicious foods to choose from," said Stefano, who labels the restaurant's cheese steaks a personal favorite. "Everything on the menu is something I will eat. That's always been my philosophy when making a menu."
Domenic and Stefano, as well as Stefano's other son, Tony, began work on the space in February. Improvements included new ceiling, flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring and kitchen equipment.
"The three of us work together well, and it's a beautiful thing," said Stefano, who also credits his wife and the business' bookkeeper, Patricia, as a major asset. "We're all cross-trained and can jump into any role. Whether I'm cooking, doing dishes or helping customers, I'm doing something."
The Bethlehem Parlour marks the Lombardos' fourth dining destination in the Lehigh Valley. The family also operates The Mint Gastropub a block away on West Broad Street, as well as Stefano's Sicilian Grille on Nor Bath Boulevard in East Allen Township.
The new restaurant offers takeout, but not delivery. Info: 610-882-0700 or bethlehemparlour.com.
In Whitehall Township, I have two fitness-related items to report.
First, Curves at 2006 Eberhart Road (near Aikido Masters Self-Defense Academy) has closed its doors. The business was part of an international chain of fitness and weight-loss facilities designed especially for women.
Other area Curves are in Allentown, Brodheadsville, Lehighton, Lower Nazareth Township, Phillipsburg, Slatington, Stroudsburg and Upper Mount Bethel Township.
Second, Todd's Martial Arts and Fitness recently signed a lease for a 1,200-square-foot space in the MacArthur Convenience Center at 3690 Lehigh St. (near Subway).
According to a NAI Summit news release announcing the transaction, the facility will offer martial arts, self defense and fitness classes for ages 6 and older.
I'll finish with two businesses that will keep you looking your best this holiday season.
First, Ruby Red Salon at 1514 Union Blvd. in Allentown held a grand opening Nov. 15. The full-service salon is owned by the same family that operates Sports Cuts Barbershop.
"We greatly appreciate how our community has supported us over the past five years as Sports Cuts has grown to become a well-known spot for a quality cut in a clean environment," co-owner Ruben Rodriguez said. "Our salon is born from the same seed."
The salon, in the back of the Sports Cuts building with its own entrance, features a full organic color line and hair-care products, as well as an alternate ammonia-free line. Info: 484-294-9213.
Another full-service establishment, Absolutely You Salon, has been offering its own brand of beautification at 417 State Ave. in Emmaus since July 17.
Co-owners Mary Logsdon of Lenhartsville and Sherry Martin of Barto lead the staff, which includes a licensed massage therapist and a nail tech with 12 years' experience.
In addition to massages, nail care and all forms of hair care, including body waxing, the salon also offers derma file facials and ear candling (removal of wax from the ear canal). Info: 610-966-1890.
Retail Watch keeps track of new store, restaurant and bank development in the Lehigh Valley. Have a question about a retail construction project, a store opening or a chain you'd like to see come to the area? Call features reporter Ryan Kneller at 610-820-6597 or email email@example.com. Retail Watch appears every Sunday.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun