Bicycle shop rolls into Allentown Fairgrounds

Maxatawny Village Industrial Bicycles sets up shop at Allentown Fairgrounds.

Michael Moyer saw Worksman Cycles for the first time during a trip to New York City last year.

The brand and its "Made in USA" status was enough to convince the former Marine to buy a Worksman bicycle.

But Moyer didn't stop there. He thought it would be a good idea to peddle Worksman bikes, and planned to open a store near Premise Maid Candies on Hamilton Boulevard in Breinigsville.

That idea eventually shifted to Allentown, where Moyer opened Maxatawny Village Industrial Bicycles days ago in the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market at 17th and Chew streets.

Moyer, who has a full-time job in human services, believes the bikes are a good fit for some with disabilities. They're also an alternative to fossil-fuel-burning vehicles and high gas prices. And, he hopes, they are part of a growing movement to add bike paths in the Lehigh Valley.

Maxatawny Village Industrial Bicycles showcases more than a dozen Worksman bikes that cost between $200 and $1,400. Moyer also services the bikes.

Worksman Cycles is headquartered in Ozone Park, N.Y., and were made popular years ago by the Good Humor Ice Cream man.

The bicycles and tricycles can be purchased with attachments for ice cream peddling and pizza deliveries.

These bikes are quite popular with food delivery people in New York City. Perhaps merchants in Bethlehem, Allentown and Easton may find them useful?

Moyer hopes to eventually open Maxatawny Village Industrial Bicycles stores in Bethlehem and Kutztown.

Website: http://www.maxatawnyvillageindustrialbicycles.com

Another Allentown retail addition is Continental Restaurant, serving Latin, Italian and American dishes. It has opened in the former 4 Aces Grill at 1301 Hamilton St.

Fashion Bug is closing its Trexlertown store at the end of April, according to a store worker who answered the phone days ago.

In late March 2011, Bensalem-based Charming Shoppes Inc., which owns Fashion Bug, Lane Bryant and Catherine's Plus Size, announced plans to close 240 unprofitable stores — including more than 120 Fashion Bugs. The company has not identified all store closures.

Calls to Fashion Bug's corporate headquarters were not returned.

Locally, the company has six Fashion Bug stores, in addition to Lane Bryant stores in Whitehall and Richland townships, and Catherine Plus Size locations in Whitehall and Lower Nazareth townships.

Fashion's Bug's exit comes as the Macungie area was finally experiencing some much-needed retail momentum thanks to the new Giant Foods store and a Marshall's moving in Giant's former space on Hamilton Boulevard.

In recent years, the Macungie area has seen a lot of ups and downs in its retail world. For an area with growing population, it seems that retail is lagging.

The area lost all its Starbucks stores years ago. Home Depot nixed plans for a store on Hamilton Boulevard and we're still waiting for an update on the Promenade Shops-like project that could bring a Target, BJ's Wholesale Club, ShopRite and other stores to Krocks Road between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 Bypass.

Residents in the area have been clamoring for merchants such as A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, a movie multiplex and a big-box-hardware store.

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