I used to love this paper, because it's full of interesting news from around the Lehigh Valley. Lots of real estate info helped us find where we wanted to live, and where we didn't. They run special stories about local businesses all the time, and the sports section is huge. Lately the advertising and inserts have gotten out of hand, and combined with a delivery person who always delivered soaking-wet papers when it rained, even with the plastic bag on it, the last straw was broken. We've cancelled our subscription and go online now for the latest.
If you want to sell something quickly, the Penny Power will get the job done. No matter how many times I've found something in there that I need, a phone call to the owner reveals that it sold in one day. The Penny Power is POWERFUL! Everything from food to houses to land in the poconos can be found inside. And they have a feature where you can sound off about local issues, called Thumbs Up Thumbs down, where you can anonymously vent your frustrations with, or heap praise upon, someone or some situation that you've encountered. Not too much advertising, and it has the feel of the old time news rags.
The best thing about the Intel is it's coverage of all the little things in the area. They seem to be on top of all the local stories without hypeing them. Just plain old news, the way it should be.
As opposed to the mega store in Quakertown, this Faulkner Ford is a pleasure to deal with. The sales guys are the no-pressure type, and the boss is a great guy. Thye even let me borrow a convertible for the day to see if I liked it on long rides and around town! Nice! Service people are great, too, and the shuttle service is a plus. Selection could be bigger, but that's because they just don't have the room. They'll find the car you want and deliver it pronto.
Doremus was the only choice we had when we had our house built, but it was not a bad thing. They make a quality cabinet, and installed it correctly. We have gone back to visit them to get estimates and ideas for more work, and they are more than willing to sit down and get creative with you. They are way back in the sticks, hard to get to, but worth it. Very friendly folks, with a great attitude towards keeping their cutomers happy..and coming back for more.
When we had some electric done to upgrade our house, the electrician that we hired to do the work made note of how neat the wiring in the load center was...I had never really paid much attention to who did the work, because we bought our house in a development, and I thought the same guy did all the work. Not so, Mininger apparently didn't do all of it. I'm glad they did mine, because I've heard stories of shoddy work in other parts of the neighborhood. Very clean wiring, all properly labeled, stapled, and bend properly. I will definitely call them when I do any more work.
This establishment seems to cater to the contractor more than the do-it-yourselfer, but that's OK. They have, or can get, anything you need. Try that at the big box stores. Special order? They love to do it. Hard to find part? They can find it, or recommend an alternate. I love to go in there, because it reminds me of the old days going to the parts store with my dad....
I was looking for some old style oil-based paints for a cupboard I made, and Countryside came through. They pointed me in the right direction, as far as quality of paint, durability, gloss, even what kind of brush would work best with my choices. This place is miles apart form Home Depot or Lowes, because they actually care about the finished product, not serving the next person in line before lunchbreak. Try this place out if you want the kind of service you used to get in the old days. It's truly a treasure.
My wife got me to try Pat's a long time ago, and I've never gone anywhere else since. In fact our whole family of five goes there, and we are happy wth the quality and prices of the services there. Pat and the rest of the staff always have a smile on their faces, and the kids have toys and coloring books to play with. A snack table helps keep them happy, too.
Pat is very helpful in getting the style you want. She also offers up new ideas, and lets you know if you've asked for something that she doesn't think will look right. Some of the newer places will just do what you say and expect their money when they're done.
One more thing...Alcamo's pizza is in the other half of the building, and if you're a little early for your appontment you can walk no more than 15 feet and order up a slice.
We were directed to Unique by a carpet installer, who said it would be easier for us to go there first and pick out what we wanted. The people at Unique couldn't have been more helpful, and let us take a bunch of samples home to try out. The place is a little chaotic, but I'll takee the prices and selction instead.
One nice touch is the interesting decor inside...they ahve some items for sale, too, and they also have an annual yard sale that consumes the entire yard. All of the stuff is reasonably priced.
Bottom line? You can't go wrong.