Top of the Town: Best Of 2019

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By Carrie Havranek and Amy Unger with Kristen Rinaldi

In the sixth annual Best of the Lehigh Valley competition, the stakes were high—locals cast more than 20,000 votes across 93 different categories. Why were they crowned the best? Read on to find out!

Best Florist

Phoebe Floral Shop

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The staff at Allentown’s Phoebe Floral are interpreters, of sorts—they bring a feeling, emotion or sentiment to life in floral form. “We can help people express things like sympathy, affection or appreciation in a way that they might find difficult to express in words,” says Jack Robinson, who owns the shop with his wife, Missy. They bought the business in 2005, but Phoebe’s roots run much deeper than that. “Horace McCready was the founder almost 75 years ago, and after his retirement he sold it to his bookkeeper, Gary Wagner,” explains Robinson. Wagner moved the business from the Phoebe Home to its current location on West Hamilton Street in 1988. When the Robinsons took over, they say they were dedicated to maintaining Phoebe’s tradition of excellence, and that has included filling some tall orders over the years. “We have received many unusual requests in the past, often for funeral pieces that are unique to the individuals being honored,” Robinson says. “We have created easel sprays of horse heads, officer badges and slot machines. If you can imagine it, our team can create it.”
Photography by Marco Calderon

2102 W. Hamilton St., Allentown | 610.434.9587 |

Best Pet Groomer

One Stop Pet Shop

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Quality grooming, along with top-of-the-line food, toys, supplements and treats, One Stop Pet Shop is truly a one-stop shop for all your cat and dog needs. Their team of expert groomers work seven days a week by appointment only. Fun fact: They do fur coloring, too!

1375 Chestnut St., Emmaus | 610.967.0645 |

Best Pet Care

A Furry Tail Come True

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You don’t have to feel guilty about leaving your pup at home during work. Take advantage of A Furry Tail Come True’s doggie day care and let your four-legged friend play in a safe and fun environment. They also offer cage-free boarding—equipped with doggie suites—for when you’re away!

26 Main St., Hellertown | 610.838.6638 | 140 Bath-Nazareth Hwy., Nazareth | 610.365.2280 |

Best Caterer

29 Cooks

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Hand-select courses and create the perfect menu with 29 Cooks! Check out their summer 2019 offerings, which range from starters like charcuterie boards, beer cheese buffalo chicken dip and house-made guacamole, to wraps, sandwiches and pulled pork sliders, to crowd-friendly baked dishes like the seven cheese mac and cheese, pierogi casserole, veggie lasagna and more.
Photography by Alison Conklin

4030 Chestnut St., Emmaus | 484.951.0442 |

Best Party DJ

Rockin’ Ramaley

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Let Rockin’ Ramaley put the finishing touches on your event with their photo booth, LED dance floor or cigar bar. With the latter, guests can watch as the cigars are rolled and leave with one made especially for them!
Photography by Colin Coleman

610.393.3339 |

Best Event Specialist

Dream Events

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Dream Events is a full-service event planning and special occasion rental company. Their offerings range from tables and chairs to margarita machines to backdrops and more. They’ll help you transform any event space and will even assist with vendor selections and visits.
Photo courtesy of Dream Events

1001 Nor-Bath Blvd., Northampton | 610.261.3330 |

Best Photographer

Alison Conklin Photography

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Her warm approachability might make you forget that she’s an award-winning, national magazine-cover-gracing photographer that gets flown around the world for her unparalleled photography skills, but she is and she does! They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so go check out her work on Instagram @alisonconklin.
Photography by Alison Conklin

Best Tattoo Shop

Sick Ink Studios

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Owner Jesse Probus and his team are ready to make all your tat dreams a reality. What’s more, Sick Ink Studios is open daily.

1225 Schadt Ave., Whitehall | 610.443.1668 |