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Some of those products will include Behind the Seam designer jeans, handmade soaps by The Fanciful Fox, Pin Up Girl Cosmetics, Wicked Ice Wear jewelry and House of Minerva handmade wares.

Until they reopen in Easton, the owners will operate a mobile unit offering spray tanning, teeth whitening and pin-up photo shoot parties. Info: 484-634-6722 or

Staying on the topic of clothing, a new consignment shop, T's Green Boutique, is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks at 456 Northampton St. in downtown Easton. The name stems from the first letter of both owners' names, Tegan Lingbeck and Tiffany Brouillet (both Emmaus residents), as well as the store's focus on being green and repurposing items.

"Our shop is going to be more than just a consignment of clothes, but also small furniture," Lingbeck said. "We will also be selling handcrafted items and pushing local artists' items as well."

OK. Enough about clothes. Let's switch to what we all really care about — food!

Many Retail Watchers have recently inquired about the status of Youell's Oyster House, which was destroyed by a fire in January. Well, I have good news.

Owner Christian Filipos will break ground at the site of his fire-ravaged seafood restaurant at 11 a.m. Thursday. The new facility, expected to be complete in early January, will be expanded approximately 20 percent, resulting in a new 150-person seating capacity and mezzanine level for private functions.

The restaurant at 2249 W. Walnut St. in Allentown will complement its original core menu of seafood entrees with American bistro fare and an enhanced selection of wine and craft brews. The bar will feature a variety of oysters on display, which will be shucked to order. The staff will remain largely intact.

"The Youell's family is very grateful for the support of patrons and advocates too numerous to mention, as well as Mayor [Ed] Pawlowski, his staff and the great city of Allentown," Filipos said.


As I reported in May, owners of The Gyro Company at 1852 Airport Road (in the Airport Center shopping plaza) in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, shuttered the eatery's doors and began looking for another site following a bad business deal. Now, the fast casual Greek restaurant is preparing to serve its tzatziki-filled sandwiches again — and not far away from its original location.

Husband and wife co-owners Chris and Deb Colitas signed a lease Sept. 6 for The Gyro Company's new location in the Shopper's Village shopping center on Catasauqua Road in Bethlehem (former Dad's Pizza and Dogs spot). They are already working on the space and plan to announce an opening date soon.

"We are very excited to be joining Party City, Primo Hoagies and Carvel within the center," Deb Colitas said.

The Colitas' also operate a stand at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Info:

Finally, The Green Pepper, an "authentic burrito joint" that debuted at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley in March 2012, is expanding.

According to Katie Berger, line manager at the Center Valley eatery, husband and wife co-owners Agron and Kerry Dika will open their second location at the Palmer Park Mall (former American Gyro Café space) in about a month.

The fast casual restaurant's menu includes eight signature burritos, build-your-own burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and salads. Info:

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 Retail Watch appears every Sunday.





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