Friday, December 28, 2012
Business was big in Forks and Palmer townships in 2012.
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township was the main attraction in terms of business development in 2012 for Forks and Palmer townships. The plaza, converted from an old retail outlet, rose from the ashes to sparkle as a centerpiece of Forks' business district. But while the building sparkled, its space wasn't filled immediately by tenants. A branch of Easton Hospital, a hair salon and two recreational businesses geared to children -- GymTime and Bounce U -- are the only tenants so far. Plans to add a vineyard store fell through. For the Palmer Park Mall, there were many comings and goings. Four new stores opened and several closed during the year. The mall welcomed a new book store, a toy store and Spencer's while it lost one …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township is filling up with more tenants.
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township is beginning to fill up. With a branch of Easton Hospital and Bounce U and GymTime already on board, the plaza recently added a salon. And more tenants are in the works, according to a story by Lehigh Valley Business. One option that could be coming soon is a hoagie shop.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Deal to add Franklin Hill Vineyards falls through for Forks Township mecca.
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail now has four new businesses operating in the transformed shopping mecca. But one business won't be coming. Forks Township officials have confirmed that a deal to bring a Franklin Hill Vineyards shop to the center has fallen through. Township Zoning Officer Tim Weis said in an email that "the vineyard has pulled out of their commitment at this point" and therefore were not issued a building permit. Franklin Hill Vineyards has a shop on Route 248 on the Lower Nazareth/Palmer Township border. Trail Trimmers Salon opened in Park Plaza over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, Park Plaza also has added a Bounce U, GymTime and a branch of Easton Hospital. Alison Miers, vice president of Easton Initiatives for the …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail has added its fourth new business.
The Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township has a new addition. Trail Trimmers Salon relocated from its location in the township to the new retail mecca, which currently houses GymTime, Bounce U and a branch of Easton Hospital. Forks Township Zoning Officer Tim Weis said the business received a permit from the township to operate. Alison Miers, vice president of Easton Initiatives for the Great Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the business had a soft opening Tuesday. Miers did not know when a ribbon-cutting ceremony would take place. The salon offers haircuts, color and styling for men, women and children. Nails and manicures are also provided. Business hours are: Call 610-252-0430 to schedule an appointment.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Easton Hospital officials celebrate its new Forks Township branch with a grand opening Tuesday afternoon.
It's the anchor right now of the new Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail. And after being open since August, Easton Hospital's wellness and health center was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. "This is a major ambulatory hub serving Forks Township and surrounding communities," Easton Hospital CEO Brian Finestein said. "We were looking for a place along Sullivan Trail and this was good space. It's easy access and not too far away from the main hospital." The 16,000-square-foot wellness center offers everything from physician office hours, imaging services, a lab and walk-in care with no appointment necessary during certain hours. Finestein said that he hopes to add physical therapy service by the end of the year and …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Easton Hospital will hold a grand opening Tuesday afternoon for its new health and wellness center in Forks Township.
Easton Hospital will hold the grand opening of its new health and wellness center in Forks Township Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony for the site in the new Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail will take place between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. There will be free health screenings for blood pressure, balance testing, heel scans, glucose and cholesterol and pulmonary function testing. The hospital also has free community stations for information, Child ID, a children's activity station and a Meet the Doctor station. The hospital site is the third business at the center. There are also locations for BounceU and GymTime. To schedule an appointment with a physician, call 610-250-4242.
Friday, October 26, 2012
What should fill one of the empty storefronts in the Giant Shopping Center in Forks Township?
In this new feature, we ask readers for their opinion on what stores, restaurants or businesses they would like to see in vacant locations. It sits empty, a vacant storefront awaiting an opportunity. In the Giant Shopping Center off Sullivan Trail in Forks Township, this empty storefront sits on the far left of the Giant food store, right next to an H&R Block office that sees little traffic during the offseason and a pizza place and Chinese restaurant. On the other side, Something Different, a women's boutique, has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Nearby, the Just a Dream yogurt shop filled a vacancy six months ago. Nearby, the Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail is getting ready to blossom. But that center will focus on certain specialty …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Numerous discussions on what would be best for future of Forks Township.
There was a song back in the mid-'80s that was pretty catchy. It was one of those one-hit wonders and sung by a group called Timbuk 3. "The Future is So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades." Catchy tune and certainly one that you could sing in Forks Township. The future of Forks Township is a big topic these days throughout town. Seems like everyone is discussing it in some fashion. So what's the future for the "Cottage in the Woods?" What should be done with the building next door? What will happen to the Braden Airport? What's going into the Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail? The Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township will hold a roundtable Tuesday in which the township's business future will be discussed. And the Forks Township Board of…
Monday, October 1, 2012
New business marks third to open in Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.
GymTime (spelled GymtiME) made its mark in the Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail Sunday, becoming the third business to open in Forks Township's new center. "We're very hapy with the turnout so far," owner Meghan Ibach said. The business, which bills itself as "sports, recreation and fitness for a lifetime," held a grand opening open house that also featured the B-104 radio station. Ibach said she had hoped to have 60 children registered for fall classes to get going, but the number so far has exceeded 100. With such success, Ibach said she plans to offer classes for the winter like possibly Mommy/Baby Yoga, Parent/Child Zumba and Hip Hop and maybe Dodge Ball for high schoolers. In its brochure, GymtiME states that it will create opportunities …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
New Business Opening in Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail.
The third business in the new Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail will hold its grand opening Sunday. GymtiME joins BounceU and Easton Hospital's wellness center as the first spots in Forks Township's new shopping mecca jewel. Owner Meghan Ibach participated in the recent Forks Community Days, giving away water bottles and squeeze balls as prizes at her tent and passing out information about the business. GymtiME bills itself as "sports, recreation and fitness for a lifetime." Ibach said the business officially opened with classes on Monday, but that a grand opening will take place Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. The spelling of the business name is interesting too, with the M and E capitalized at the end. Ibach said there's a reason for …