| Jan 11, 2014
| 2:57 PM
A slew of Lehigh Valley retailers, including the Moravian Book Shop and Boscov's department store, are reporting holiday sales ranging from slightly down to slightly up compared with the same period in 2012. The figures fall in line with national...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Retailers taking on an army of seasonal workers in December helped push overall holiday hiring levels to a 14-year peak this year, according to a new report.
But the better-than-expected increase of 801,100 jobs over the final three months of the year...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Pick up a ceramic pot by Mt. Washington designer Tracy Wilkinson, and there is no doubt the tactile vessels are built by hand.
Edges are jagged and glazes are uneven. Bottoms feel scratchy, stamped with her initials. On some stoneware pieces, Wilkinson'...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 8:05 AM
Prior to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006, Koch played in his native Nebraska at University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Westminster with their three sons, Ryan, 15,...
| Nov 7, 2013
When I was growing up, my family put an Italian or a French spin on every holiday. On Christmas Eve, we'd eat fish -- the feast of the seven fishes. On Easter, the Batalis would have lamb but also gnocchi alla primavera. But Thanksgiving was another story...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 3:47 PM
It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music?
As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:11 AM
At this rate, shoppers hoping to get in on "Black Friday" deals will have to eat their turkey for lunch, as both Target and Toys R Us announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening.
In its earliest opening ever, Target said it will welcome bargain hunters...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
The annual retail arms race is invading Thanksgiving with a vengeance. Instead of a Norman Rockwell tableau of family gathered round the turkey, a more fitting image this year might be Americans rushing out to bag bargains.
On Monday, Wal-Mart, Target...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 11:05 AM
Winterfest of Lights
Sure, you've been to Ocean City. But have you been in the winter? Enjoy the offseason with one last beach trip before next summer. Head to Ocean City for the inaugural weekend of the 21st annual Winterfest of Lights....
| Nov 3, 2013
| 7:30 PM
They do call it a "wish list," after all. We recently found Regina Vorgang's rugs and tapestries, all woven by hand on her loom in Camarillo, in the Ova Arts gallery in Ojai. Although the prices are far higher than your typical gift, when putting together...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
As a service to readers, I have posted annually since 2006 a compendium of dreary but apparently irresistible holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect should shun. As Tom Lehrer sings in his Christmas carol, "Brother, here we go...