‘Love your selfie’ at new Allentown picture studio, that includes greater than a dozen interactive themed cubicles

On the flip of the twenty first century, most People have been growing their movie…

On the flip of the twenty first century, most People have been growing their movie at native digicam outlets and pharmacy chains’ picture facilities, solely to be finally disenchanted by at the very least a couple of photos of closed eyes, blurry photos and fingers blocking the lens.

Quick ahead 20 years, quickly advancing cellphone expertise permits people to seize numerous crisp images with a mess of filters, settings and modifying capabilities, leading to desired outcomes instantaneously.

On the Lehigh Valley’s latest picture studio, The Selfie Expertise, which opened in late April at 1115 Union Blvd. on Allentown’s East Facet, you’ll be able to take these expertise to the subsequent stage with greater than a dozen interactive themed cubicles.

Selfies, that are images that an individual takes of oneself, could be perfected in units that embrace colourful synthetic flowers, large enjoying playing cards with inflatable cube and a clawfoot bathtub with clear plastic balls made to appear to be bubbles.

There are even cubicles made to appear to be you’re touring on a flight, preparing in entrance of a light-up make-up vainness and getting caught in a storm with lightning behind clouds.

Props corresponding to chairs, plush doughnuts and light-up hula hoops can be utilized in any sales space, and clients can customise their lighting with dimmers and LED ring lights that connect with telephones by way of Bluetooth.

Company merely dock their telephone on the sunshine stand and maintain a wi-fi clicker to “take the right selfie,” proprietor Lashonda Howard stated.

“We already know that we take our personal finest photos,” Howard stated. “So, on this case, your telephone’s display is dealing with you so you recognize precisely what the pic goes to appear to be earlier than you even snap it. You can also take movies for TikTok.”

Classes are $30 for a hour or $15 for half-hour, however Howard usually runs flash gross sales corresponding to this weekend’s promotion of $5 for half-hour. Skilled and newbie photographers are free with a paid consumer.

Howard plans to vary the cubicles’ themes each few months to maintain clients coming again for brand new experiences. Potential future themes embrace a marshmallow room, banana room, phone room, New Yr’s Eve get together room, snow globe, kissing sales space and ball pit.

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“Whether or not you’re trying to market your clothes line, have a date evening or simply have enjoyable with family and friends, this facility will encourage you and let you create no matter you need,” Howard stated.

The Selfie Expertise, which additionally could be reserved for bachelorette events and different personal occasions, is open 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3-8 p.m. Saturdays and 3-6 p.m. Sundays. Information: TheSelfieExperiencePA.com.

Not removed from The Selfie Expertise, HIT Health Boxing, a boxing facility providing 10-round bag and core coaching courses, held a comfortable opening Monday at 1247 Airport Highway, in Allentown’s Airport Plaza.

Proprietor Joe Grisafi spent the previous a number of months renovating a former Nice Wine & Good Spirits retailer, which moved to the close by Airport Heart in January 2021.

The power affords one-hour courses, the place instructors lead individuals by way of 10 rounds of high-intensity bag, power and core conditioning.

“Whether or not you’re trying to get ripped and match, launch day by day stress, construct confidence/self worth, burn energy, or simply trying to have a good time whereas burning fats, we’re right here that can assist you obtain your objectives,” a message on the enterprise’ web site reads. Information: hitfitnessboxing.com.

From boxing to burritos, La Cocina del Abuelo, a family-owned eatery providing genuine Mexican delicacies corresponding to tacos, tostadas and quesadillas, opened about two months in the past at 621 W. Hamilton St. in downtown Allentown.

The house beforehand housed different eateries, together with Blondie’s Cupcakes & Sizzling Canine and Manhattan Pizza & Deli.

La Cocina del Abuelo, which imply’s “grandpa’s kitchen” in Spanish, is owned by Easton’s Greenberg H. Lemus.

The restaurant, with seating for round 25 clients, affords breakfast dishes corresponding to pancakes, French toast, breakfast quesadillas, huevos rancheros, veggie omelets and chilaquiles (crispy tortilla chips smothered in a spicy inexperienced sauce topped with beans, cotija cheese and crema).

Lunch and dinner highlights embrace nachos, tortas, tacos, tostadas, chicharron and burritos and burrito bowls. Clients can also take pleasure in snacks corresponding to shrimp ceviche and guacamole and chips, together with do-it-yourself desserts corresponding to flan and churros with Nutella. Information: 484-274-6325.

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About 4 miles west of The Selfie Expertise, the Lehigh Valley Mall in latest weeks welcomed two new eateries — NYC Gyros and Indian Chunk — on the Whitehall Township mall’s decrease stage close to the primary entrance.

Coming quickly are 4 different companies: And Pose Selfie Salon, Higher Life With Bry, Hamsa Exoticz and Rivals Indoor Battlefield.

NYC Gyros, providing a fusion of American and worldwide cuisines, opened about three weeks in the past between within the former Frites house, between Asian Dynasty and Chick-fil-A.

Proprietor Veronica Santana, who grew up within the Bronx earlier than transferring to New York’s Orange County as a teen, stated that she is aiming to serve “quite a lot of meals from quite a lot of cultures.”

Menu highlights embrace American staples corresponding to burgers, sizzling canine, rooster tenders and boardwalk fries; Latin American favorites corresponding to rice and beans, pernil (roast pork) and tostones (fried plantains); and Greek choices corresponding to NYC Gyros’ namesake dish, obtainable in lamb or beef.

Indian Chunk, providing genuine Indian delicacies, opened Could 4 within the former Wetzel’s Pretzels house subsequent to Verizon Wi-fi.

The takeout eatery, operated by Tejas Mary, affords common platters (served with basmati rice/naan) corresponding to rooster biryani, rooster tikka masala and paneer butter masala.

Different menu highlights embrace snacks corresponding to vegetable samosa and vegetable pakora; desserts corresponding to gulab jamun and malai matka kulfi (conventional Indian ice cream); and drinks corresponding to mango lassi and Indian-style tea.

Throughout from Indian Chunk, Higher Life With Bry, providing pure and handmade physique, house and cleansing merchandise, is tentatively set to open its first storefront in late August, proprietor Bryanna Tomkins stated.

The enterprise, which has been working through a mall kiosk for the previous a number of months, affords regionally made merchandise corresponding to physique scrubs and washes, lotions, important oils, soy candles and melts, foaming hand cleaning soap and all-purpose cleaner.

“All of our merchandise are fully pure, and all of our scents come from our important oils,” Tomkins stated. “Our high musk scent is black sea, and our high gentle scent is mango coconut.”

Round two dozen scents can be found, together with different musk picks corresponding to sandalwood and oakmoss and amber; different gentle choices corresponding to citrus agave and cactus flower and jade; and seasonal picks corresponding to recent grass and pineapple sage.

Different companies coming quickly to the mall embrace Hamsa Exoticz, providing uncommon, unique and retro snacks from around the globe, which is opening on the decrease stage close to Barnes & Noble; And Pose Selfie Salon, that includes selfie backdrops and themed rooms, which is opening on the higher stage close to Macy’s; and Rivals Indoor Battlefield, a family-friendly leisure facility the place company use Nerf Rival weapons to shoot their opponents.

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Lower than a mile south of the Lehigh Valley Mall, Jordan Parkway Diner, a Nineteen Fifties-themed diner providing breakfast, lunch and dinner day by day, is anticipated to open in a couple of month at 1162 MacArthur Highway, proprietor Ledo Wally stated.

The constructing, subsequent to a newly reworked Dunkin’, beforehand housed different eating institutions, together with Lehigh Valley Diner, Salt & Pepper Household Restaurant and, most not too long ago, Mayuri Indian Delicacies.

“It’s going to be like the nice previous days,” Wally stated. “We’ll offer basic American delicacies and luxury meals, together with an old-school really feel with basic vehicles on the partitions and plenty of vibrant colours.”

Wally, who not too long ago leased an house in downtown Allentown, has operated eating places since 2003, most not too long ago opening Dad’s Storage Grill & Burger Home in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, seven years in the past.

At Jordan Parkway Diner, he’s planning to supply an assortment of made-to-order dishes, together with hand-held objects corresponding to burgers, sandwiches and wraps, together with entrees corresponding to meatloaf, pork chops, prime rib, turkey over stuffing, haddock and crab desserts.

He enlisted a longtime chef of the not too long ago closed Nick’s Diner in Allentown to steer the culinary staff, which additionally will likely be getting ready all-day breakfast choices corresponding to egg platters, omelettes, pancakes and French toast. Clients additionally will take pleasure in desserts, together with desserts, pies and chilled treats corresponding to sundaes, milkshakes and floats (made with Hershey’s ice cream), Wally stated.

As my colleague Evan Jones not too long ago reported, Wind Creek Bethlehem introduced Wednesday that it has rebranded two of its signature eating places.

Emeril’s Chop Home and Burgers and Extra by Emeril have modified their names to Chop Home at Wind Creek and City Desk, respectively.

In a information launch, Wind Creek stated, “the rebrand will present company a possibility to expertise two, brand-new menu units that have been curated by the property’s in-house culinary staff.”

Chop Home at Wind Creek’s new menu will boast “a contemporary, upscale twist on the basic American Steakhouse,” serving steaks, seafood, signature creations, and handcrafted cocktails, the discharge stated.

City Desk’s new menu will embrace prime beef burgers, cauliflower steak, gumbo, truffle-honey glazed fried rooster, premium chops and extra.

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Lastly, J. Morgan Salon Firm, which has been providing hair and facial waxing companies in Easton for greater than a decade, is anticipated to open its third space outpost inside the subsequent few weeks at 3770 Dryland Means, Suite 600, in Decrease Nazareth Township, co-owner Jamie Thomas stated.

The brand new salon, dubbed J. Morgan Salon North, will likely be between Jersey Mike’s Subs and Kay Jewelers within the Decrease Nazareth Commons.

Thomas, who handles the enterprise aspect of the corporate, and his accomplice, Jayson Morgan, a stylist with practically 30 years of expertise within the area, initially opened J. Morgan on Easton’s Faculty Hill in 2010 earlier than transferring the salon to its present downtown Easton spot at 252 Spring Backyard St. in 2013.

The duo then expanded the corporate in February 2020 once they opened a second location, J. Morgan Salon West, on the Madison Farms complicated in Bethlehem Township.

The Decrease Nazareth salon will provide hair companies, together with reducing, balayage, blowouts, highlights, colour correction and extensions, together with facial waxing.

Retail Watch, showing each weekend, retains observe of retail and restaurant information within the Lehigh Valley. Contact Ryan Kneller at 610-820-6597 or [email protected].