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If Santa dropped the ball and you’re in need of a new wardrobe in the new year, an urban street wear and footwear store has jazzed up the Palmer Park Mall and could do the same for your style.

The Lehigh Valley’s first Jimmy Jazz, which opened Dec.

“We have the freshest selection of styles from all the top designers,” said manager Cindy Santiago, who previously oversaw operations at a Jimmy Jazz store in Staten Island. “And whenever we get new sneakers, we’ll almost always display them with matching outfits to help people really look their best.”

Jimmy Jazz, named after founder and CEO James Khezrie’s favorite song by The Clash, debuted its first store more than 25 years ago in Manhattan.

Today, the company and its subsidiaries have over 170 stores throughout the country, including more than 30 in the New York metropolitan area.

The Palmer Township store, which held its grand opening celebration Saturday, is one of the first new stores to open at the shopping center since CityView Commercial LLC bought the mall from PREIT for $18 million last February.

Heather Crowell, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, said in an email that CityView Commercial LLC, the real estate arm for the.

(Jon Harris)

While a new Jimmy Jazz store was expected CityView is the retail arm to Jimmy Jazz, the owner is lining up several other upgrades, including new signage and seating areas, more exterior entrances, rebuilt main entrance structures and Wi Fi throughout the 457,981 square foot mall. Sunday.

As I reported in September, renovations are underway at the former 48 Hours Video space at Fourth Street and Brodhead Avenue in south Bethlehem to bring a fitness facility, barreform, to the building.

According to Nora Hendrycks, who will operate the business with her boyfriend, Brett Jones, the duo is holding instructor training at the end of this month and in early February and hoping for a mid Feburary opening.

The 3,000 square foot facility, featuring new supportive flooring,
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wall mirrors and more, will be divided into two spaces: a barre studio, able to hold 25 30 participants; and an open space with Megaformer machines.

“They’re similar to Pilates reformers, but a lot more efficient,” Jones said of the machines, featuring sliding carriages, adjustable cables, handlebars and more, aimed at making you leaner and stronger. “I’m not aware of any other places in the Lehigh Valley that has them. They could be your workout five days a week or you could take a class once a week to complement the other exercises you do. They help with cardio, strength and flexibility.”

Hendrycks, a certified barre instructor, has taken Megaformer classes in New York and plans to teach some classes on weekends.

Additional class offerings will include yoga, mat Pilates and TRX suspension training.

Other area barre studios include barre3 on Hamilton Boulevard in South Whitehall Township; and Pure Barre Bethlehem on Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township.

I have a few closures and upcoming closures to report:

First, the beloved Willows Family Restaurant in Lower Macungie Township will hold its last day of business Sunday.

According to a post on the company’s website, the 65 year old restaurant’s property at 1935 Willow Lane has been sold and the new owner “has other plans for it.”

“I speak for the staff and ourselves when I say that it has been a privilege to serve you,” the statement reads.

The restaurant, known for its Pennsylvania Dutch dishes such as scrapple, meatloaf and apple dumplings, was founded by brothers Russell and Lester Koch in 1951.

Second, thanks to a tip from Alice Schwenk, I learned that Gertrude Hawk Chocolates closed Jan. 8 at the South Mall on Lehigh Street in Salisbury Township.

“It will be sadly missed,” said Schwenk, who worked at the shop for seven years before retiring two years ago.

The company, which has over 60 retail stores across Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, originated in 1936 in the kitchen of Gertrude (Jones) Hawk’s home in Scranton.
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