I'm sure many remember the lessons their parents bestowed upon them, like the value of a hard-earned dollar.
I learned the value of money by the $7-per-week allowance my parents gave me, earned by doing chores like taking out the trash and walking my dog, Rambo. I thought I was rich with those few dollars, quickly spending every cent at candy and toy stores.
John and Keri Schaadt are taking a less traditional approach to teach their 6-year-old son, Eli, about the value of money. Eli is listed as one of the co-owners of The Cash Cow at the Black Rose Antiques & Collectibles market in South Mall in Allentown. The stall features a lot "Star Wars" memorabilia — I mean a whole lot — mixed with other items like classic milk bottles, old wooden sleighs, crates, and primitive fare.
John and Eli are big "Star Wars" fans. Their collection of action figures, games, T-shirts and other memorabilia was piling it up in their Emmaus home. And they couldn't escape a garage sale without buying something.
The piles of collectibles got out of hand earlier this year, leading the family to agree to the stall in Black Rose.
Eli, who was quick to spout revenue figures when I visited the stand a few days ago, seems poised to follow in his father's footsteps. John Schaadt, an EBay power seller, previously owned EBay selling stores in Bethlehem and Emmaus.
Black Rose is in the 49,000-square-foot space of the former Steve & Barry's. The market houses more than 100 vendors peddling furniture, glassware, jewelry, vintage records, lighting and clothing. Black Rose also has a location in the Hanover Mall in York County.
While I'm already talking about South Mall: The highly anticipated Ross Dress For Less store is slotted to open in October, according to mall general manager Brian Molchany.
Ross, known for a mosh of everything from clothing to glassware, also has locations in Whitehall Township and Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Molchany said the discount department store should start stocking shelves later this month.
Does this happen to you? Do you rummage through the drawer of take-out menus, but can't find the one for the restaurant you're looking for?
It always happens to me, then I'm forced to call friends for a menu or call the restaurant and hope I order the right thing.
A burgeoning online food ordering business may have solved that problem. Menu Genie, based in Allentown, provides a treasure trove of local restaurants at your fingertips.
The online group offers a search engine listing dozens of Lehigh Valley restaurants.
The service allows some smaller operations to go head to head with the ordering technology of big chains.
For example, Dave Bachinski, owner of the Burger Shack in Whitehall, knows a lot about stuffed burgers and french fries. But the online world hasn't been as easy for him to conquer due to the costly upkeep. So Bachinski tapped Menu Genie for his online ordering, allowing customers to view his restaurant's menu, place orders and schedule take-out or delivery.
Menu Genie is free for customers. The service makes its money from the fee charged to restaurateurs when a customer uses it for an order.
Menu Genie, also accessible on smart phones, allows customers to comment on restaurants.
This is new to the Valley, but such food search engines are popular in major cities like Washington D.C., and New York.
Menu Genie website: http://www.menugenie.com