A wellness store for your four-legged friend

EarthWise Pets is not a pet store – at least not in the traditional sense.

It is a pet wellness, spa and training center dedicated to the health of your favorite four-legged friend, from nose to tail.

Kelley Spellman and her husband, Robert, opened the store several weeks ago in the Madison Farms shopping center on Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township. This was a perfect opportunity for Kelley Spellman because it combined her holistic approach and experience with her love of pets.

Good nutrition is at the heart of what the Spellmans do through EarthWise Pets. They offer the highest quality food for dogs and cats, all free of wheat, soy, corn and by-products.

“Our goal is to help you with better nutrition,” she said.

The store’s staff, certified in pet nutrition, can all recommend the best food for your pet, regardless of age, breed or health issue.

Dog-friendly baked goods are seen Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Earthwise Pets, a new store dedicated to pet wellness, in Palmer Township.  (April Gamiz/The Morning Call)
Dog-friendly baked goods are seen Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Earthwise Pets, a new store dedicated to pet wellness, in Palmer Township. (April Gamiz/The Morning Call)

EarthWise has a wide selection of frozen raw foods, which is what Spillman recommends. Raw diets are minimally processed and are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which is believed to improve the pet’s energy, coat and overall well-being. The store also offers a wide selection of high-quality dry foods, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods as well as wet foods.

If you enjoy caring for your pet, the quality and approach is the same. You’ll find a wide assortment of healthy, human-grade snacks and treats. If you want to celebrate your dog’s birthday or adopt a dog, you can order cupcakes, bone cakes, a 6″ round cake, and personalized human cakes with a dog cupcake topper.

In addition to all the nutritional advice and premium food, EarthWise also offers a self-service spa for bathing your dog as well as grooming (cats and dogs). Everything used is completely natural.

Grooming services are more than just washing and shaving the coat. She said groomers will discuss what you think your dog or cat needs and will assess your pet’s coat and skin. It’s also a cage-free grooming area to alleviate some of the stress for four-legged friends.

EarthWise also offers dog day camp and training services. The store is located at 4727 Freemansburg Ave., Easton (Bethlehem Township).

Info: 610-829-9809; easton.earthwisepet.com/products/shop/

Quakertown Area News

A new location Habitat ReStore arrives at Trainers Corner shopping center on North West End Boulevard near Quakertown. The store will be adjacent to Crumbl, a national chain specializing in a mind-boggling array of cookie flavors.

This will be the third Habitat ReStore location in the Valley, with the others in Whitehall Township and the South Mall in Allentown.

Habitat ReStores are independent reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. They accept donations and these are then sold to buyers at a fraction of the original cost.

What you’ll find varies from week to week, but in general, Habitat ReStores offer a wide selection of new and gently used home improvement items, appliances, furniture and home decor.

All profits go back to the organization, which works to build and secure affordable housing around the world.

Allentown’s new restaurant

Amigos Mexican Grill will open at 932 Hamilton St. Allentown, as part of The Gallery at Cityspace, one of City Center Investment Corp.’s newest development projects.

Kevin Rodriguez and Angel Ramirez, who both live in downtown Allentown, aim to open their new restaurant by mid-September. They have extensive business experience and own Champion Hand Wash, with locations in Whitehall Township and Easton, as well as Mr. Green Cleaning Services in Whitehall.

Their restaurant will seek to fill a void for downtown diners: fresh food served late at night. They will eat tacos, burritos and bowls daily.

Info: instagram.com/amigosmexican/

More changes to the Downtown Allentown Market

The four-year-old Downtown Allentown Market has seen a flurry of ins and outs since April.

Tavola, an original vendor at the Downtown Allentown Market, is closing its doors.  (File photo by April Gamiz/Morning Call)

Avril Gamiz/The morning call

Tavola, an original vendor at the Downtown Allentown Market, is closing its doors. (File photo by April Gamiz/Morning Call)

New this week: Tavola, specializing in artisanal pizzas and pastas made with local ingredients, is closing its doors. The last day of opening will be May 26. Tavola is among the founding vendors of the market, which opened in 2019 on the city’s ArtsWalk at 27 N. Seventh St.

La Kang will open its doors on June 1st. La Kang currently has two locations: La Kang Thai-French Cuisine in Easton and La Kang Thai Noodles Bar in Hellertown. The Downtown Allentown Market location will feature traditional and modern Thai options as well as special deals and items. La Kang takes the place in the market left vacant by The Loaded Plantain, which closed in April.

Coming to the market later this month will be Casa Criolla, which will occupy the space vacated by the former Zachary’s BBQ, which closed in July.

Speaking of changes….

The Lehigh Valley Mall also has a new tenant. One stop shop has moved into the former Williams-Sonoma space in the outdoor lifestyle center portion of the mall. Williams-Sonoma, one of the lifestyle center’s original tenants, closed in January. It was the only Lehigh Valley location for the national chain of high-end kitchenware, appliances and home furnishings.

Unique Boutique is a collection of small, local businesses housed under one roof, offering handcrafted gifts, home decor, upcycled products, personal care products and other items. It was inaugurated on May 6.

Unique Boutique is the evolution of what was Small Business Gallery, which was inside the mall on the first floor.

And more changes…

Leaf, the convenience store giant, wants to demolish its store at 3201 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem to make way for a new store with a drive-thru and car wash. The chain has submitted plans to the city to demolish existing buildings and remove underground storage tanks in order to build a nearly 6,100-square-foot Sheetz with a drive-thru as well as a car wash with 12 gas stations .

Food is, of course, one of Sheetz’s biggest draws, and like its biggest Valley competitor, Wawa, it must continually up the ante to stay ahead. Like Wawa, Sheetz offers “made-to-order” menu items that can be customized using a touchscreen or through an app for easy ordering. Plans include indoor and outdoor seating for busy customers, said Nick Ruffner, the chain’s public relations manager.

The store will also feature a drive-thru, another convenience feature for customers. Wawa is set to begin construction on its first standalone drive-thru location in the Lehigh Valley in Lower Macungie Township. (It will also be the second in Pennsylvania.)

Keep giving me these tips

Contact us if you see new retail or restaurant openings and closings in the Valley. Email: jsheehan@mcall.com and include “Retail Watch” in the subject line.


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