By Carrie Havranek, Amy Unger and Christopher Hippensteel | Photography by Marco Calderon and Alison Conklin

This year, we are more inspired than ever by the unshakeable, tireless, spirited businesses in our community. Despite a pandemic temporarily closing so many of their doors, we saw pivoting and persistence like never before. We are so proud to celebrate these businesses that garnered more than 26,000 votes from Style readers!

Best Florist

Phoebe Floral and Home Decor

Flowers are an art form at Phoebe Floral. This Allentown-based florist offers intricate, expertly-designed floral arrangements with friendly staff and outstanding customer service. They’re committed to going above and beyond to create the perfect floral gift, and to convey powerful messages through the language of flowers.

2102 W. Hamilton St., Allentown | 610.434.9587 |

Best Pet Groomer

One Stop Pet Shop

It’s no surprise that a woman who owns an animal grooming business is passionate about pets, but Dawn Lichtenwalner really takes it to the extreme. Her brood includes eight dogs, horses, birds, chickens and a pig. “It’s really a zoo at my home,” she says. Lichtenwalner, the owner of One Stop Pet Shop in Emmaus, worked at a veterinary office for 10 years before going out on her own as a small-business owner. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to close her doors, she considered not coming back. Luckily for all those pet owners who depend on her to care for their furry friends, she had a change of heart. “It has pushed us harder to make sure we stay where we are and keep helping these people in our community,” says Lichtenwalner. It’s obvious that her clientele is grateful she made that call. In the days after grooming operations were allowed to reopen in the state, Lichtenwalner was scrambling to reschedule hundreds of appointments. It would be nearly two weeks before she was able to take a day off. “We really do love the animals like they’re our own,” she says.

1375 Chestnut St., Emmaus | 610.967.0645 |

Best Pet Care

Leader of the Pack

Pamper your pup with Leader of the Pack’s dog grooming services, or keep them in good company while you’re at work or on vacation with their doggie daycare and dog boarding services. And, if your furry friend needs to brush up on their manners, sign them up for obedience training. Regardless, Leader of the Pack can manage all your canine needs.

6346 Farm Bureau Rd., Allentown | 610.366.8282 |

Best Caterer

Cathy’s Creative Catering

Whether you’re looking for black-tie hors d'oeuvres, like canapés filled with salmon mousse, or simple backyard barbecue fare, Cathy’s Creative Catering can deliver. With a wide-ranging, versatile menu, they can cater for any situation, from laid-back brunches to weddings to corporate events.

752 Front St., Catasauqua | 610.443.0670

Best Party DJ

Rockin’ Ramaley

Rockin’ Ramaley knows how to turn an ordinary party into a night you’ll never forget—and their services go beyond the DJ booth. In addition to top-tier music, they also provide personalized event coordination, decorations and visual effects to make sure your event runs smoothly from start to finish.
Photography by Colin Coleman

610.393.3339 |

Best Event Specialist

Dream Events

Chocolate fountains, margarita machines, candy buffets—whatever event you’re looking to host, Dream Events has the finishing touch that will set it apart. And they’ll work with you step by step to prepare your event so it goes off without a hitch.
Photo courtesy of Dream Events

1001 Nor-Bath Blvd., Northampton | 610.261.3330 |

Best Photographer

Alison Conklin Photography

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, but when Alison Conklin is behind the lens, they might be worth even more. Alison’s photography stems from her obsession with food, fashion, design and interesting people, and she strives to capture emotion in each of her images. Whether she’s shooting weddings, portraits or editorial content, she incorporates unique angles and design elements to make each frame a masterpiece.