Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes, or you just might get it. Those of us that spent weeks complaining about the relatively cool spring, take a bow, because it is thanks to us that the weather has turned tropical. And now, those of us without central air or swimming pools are getting creative to try and beat the heat.
Coupert wasn't the only one impressed with the new corner shop. Amy Younes, another early customer, said that the wait was well worth it.
"It's hot out, but at least here I get a nice cool breeze sometimes and I can sit and enjoy my ice. I feel like it's hotter in my apartment than it is outside," laughed Younes.
At the Bethlehem Brewworks, Alyssa Franzosa and Jeffrey Harrison were enjoying lunch, chased with cool margaritas. How were they beating the heat?
"We went swimming at Mauch Chunk Lake," explained Franzosa, who told TseTse that the lake was a favorite childhood haunt. "It hasn't changed a bit, it was like deja vu being back."
Harrison, a visitor from Brooklyn, was experiencing the area for the first time, and said that he enjoyed Bethlehem area and downtown Jim Thorpe.
Thursday night, Jeremy Frey was celebrating his 21st birthday by bar-hopping with some friends, including Brian Wetzel, who posed with Frey for a birthday photo.
"We're out having a few drinks," said Frey. "We've hit a few different bars, but I really like this place. It's cool." Frey, who is new to the Lehigh Valley bar scene, said that the Steelgaarden had a hip atmosphere and a good selection of brews.
Wetzel, a Temple student, admitted that the trio was new to the bar scene in the Valley, but he got advice from two of the Steelgaarden's lovely lady guests, Erica and Rory.
These boys were drowning the heat with an assortment of the Steelgaarden's brews.
It's getting hot out here! Many Valley residents are suffering through the heat spell without the benefit of air conditioning to ease the pain.
"I swear the stores upped their prices when the heat started," says Allentown's Angela Gutierrez. "I can't afford to pay $400 for a window unit that's not going to even cool my apartment. The units they have are so small that I'd need to get one for every room."
Looking for an alternative to mall prices on appliances, many turned to stores like Ollie's or Big Lots to hunt for an air conditioner, and were disappointed to find signs on display units that announced, "AC Units will not be available for purchase until June 15."
Samuel Schweiss, one of the many Ollie's Shoppers over the weekend, shared in the frustration of many relief-seekers who were turned away from the discount stores, thanks to sell-outs and late shipments.
"It's to the point where I really think it's hotter in my apartment than it is outside," explained an exasperated Schweiss. "But I don't have the money to go out and spend on a unit from Sears." Schweiss thought he'd found the deal of the century when he bought a window unit through a classified ad.
"It was used and pretty beat up, but I thought, hey, for what it costs, it's worth it," he explained. "That was until I brought it home. It worked for about an hour, and then it just seized."
For those without the cool relief of AC, many took to shopping as a way to cool off.
"The mall is a great place to enjoy some free AC," said Jessica Arbel, a student at Moravian College. Unfortunately, vendors and shop owners don't like window shoppers and the malls -- especially now that school is out -- are full of a much younger demographic.
The Merge crew was out and about at Steelgaarden, enjoying some microbrews and mingling with the crowd. Why did so much talent converge on one place? We were out to celebrate our 11th issue.
Southern Lehigh high grad, and up-and-coming singer Erin Jividen -- known as EJ on the stage -- heated up the stage at Bethlehem's Wired gallery on Saturday as she kicked off her summer performances with soulful rock tunes. With fans surrounding her following the performance EJ remained a gratious presence and took time with each person.
Jakob Dylan was out and about in Philadelphia prior to The Wallflowers concert at the TLA on Saturday night, taking in the local scenery. At the show, excited fans like Nancy Kirkman shouted girlishly from the moment Dylan took the stage, thrilled to see the band back on tour.
One happy audience member was so excited that she lost her shirt -- literally, throwing it on stage and catching it on the signer's mic stand. "Before you get too excited," laughed Dylan, "it was like a Banana Republic extra large."
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