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The Most Romantic Spots in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

It's no secret that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is one of the prettiest cities that we know of. And, of course, we have a bit of a bias since our brick and mortar location is right on Main Street in "The Christmas City." In honor of Valentine's…

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It’s no secret that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is one of the prettiest cities that we know of. And, of course, we have a bit of a bias since our brick and mortar location is right on Main Street in “The Christmas City.”

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite romantic spots in the city we call home. Also, don’t be shy, last minute Valentine’s Day shopping is nothing to be ashamed of. Come in and we’ll help you out.

Now, onto some romantic spots!

Payrow Plaza (Behind the Bethlehem Public Library)

Payrow Plaza has a unique view of the Fahy Bridge leading toward the southside which makes it a wonderful spot to spend some time and watch the evening go by. The plaza area is also home to a garden in the summer, a Unicorn statue (for real) and a Japanese garden.

All of those are great spots to pop the question! Hint, hint.

The Hoover Mason Trestle


The Hoover Mason Trestle only opened last year and it’s already standing as one of the most breathtaking locations in the Lehigh Valley. There has already been at least one wedding on the structure, which allows visitors to walk along the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces while also learning about the history of the company.

it’s also probably a great place to pop the question. Hint. Hint.

Sand Island


It’s a bit cold to be down near the Lehigh River this weekend, however, this little spot on Sand Island Park is not only perfect for pictures year-round, but it’s also a great spot to ask your special someone for their hand in marriage.

Hint. Hint.

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There’s something about taking a walk through history. The Sun Inn is one of the oldest inns in the United States and is open for self-guided tours on the weekends. It’s also a great place to get married after you get down on one knee and, well, you know…

Sitting Outside at Tapas on Main

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There’s just something about eating al fresco in downtown Bethlehem that brings out the romance. One of our favorite spots to dine outside is at Tapas on Main at the corner of Main and Wall streets. Their sangria is delicious and the constant swirl of people walking by into the evening hours makes it a great place for conversation.

Oh, and it’s a great place to maybe ask someone to marry you. Hint. Hint.

Historic Hotel Bethlehem


There aren’t many more romantic locations than Historic Hotel Bethlehem (right next door to Artfully Elegant!)

Whether your getting married, out on a date, or just taking a stroll through the city, the hotel is one stop you need to make.

So, what did we miss? What are some of your favorite romantic spots in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?

 

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Use #LoveinBethlehem this Valentine’s Season to Share the Romance

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What better place to shop and experience Valentine's Day than downtown Bethlehem? Use the #LoveinBethlehem hashtag during this season of love and share your own romantic experiences in the Christmas City. Watch our short video to get you motivated to come in and visit us…

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What better place to shop and experience Valentine’s Day than downtown Bethlehem? Use the #LoveinBethlehem hashtag during this season of love and share your own romantic experiences in the Christmas City.

Watch our short video to get you motivated to come in and visit us on Main Street, or convince your loved one that they may want to stop in on their own to pick up a little something special.

What better place to shop and experience Valentine's Day than downtown Bethlehem? Use the #LoveinBethlehem hashtag…

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Artist Spotlight: Jerry Rhodes

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Jerry Rhodes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a ceramic artist who creates unique wares through a variety of techniques. His work has been featured in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico, South Carolina, New York, and of course here in Pennsylvania. Beyond that, his pieces belong…

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Jerry Rhodes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a ceramic artist who creates unique wares through a variety of techniques. His work has been featured in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico, South Carolina, New York, and of course here in Pennsylvania.

Beyond that, his pieces belong in many private collections throughout the world.

Jerry has never had formal training, and he attributes it to his unique ways that he acquires his craft.

“I’m not limited by what I’m supposed to know, nor do I feel obligated to follow any well-established procedures,” he said.

By using both traditional and nontraditional methods, such as using horse hair or steel wool during the firing process, and by finishing some pieces with African Porcupine Quills, a dramatic, elegant, and one-of-a-kind piece is created. The artist does admit, “Sometimes the results are dramatically bad, but you’ll never see the bad ones!”

Rhodes has an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State University, is a former Air Force officer, and currently serves as the Joint Staff Air and Missile Defense Liaison to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Seize your opportunity to own a piece from an amazing artist, exclusively in PA, at Artfully Elegant.

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Artfully Elegant Announces Proposal Contest Winner and Runners Up

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After reading through many fun entries and making what seemed to be an impossible decision, we are please to announce the winner of its inaugural Proposal Contest, which was held over the holiday season. Kathleen Matson, of Palmerton, won a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card for…

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After reading through many fun entries and making what seemed to be an impossible decision, we are please to announce the winner of its inaugural Proposal Contest, which was held over the holiday season.

Kathleen Matson, of Palmerton, won a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card for use in our store at 451 Main St., or online at www.artfullyelegant.com for her touching submission.

Matson and her husband, Gary, were married in 1996 after they mutually selected the same engagement ring at different times within the same store.

Matson’s story, listed in full detail below, was selected by Artfully Elegant President and CEO, Ranjeet Pawar, and Director of Operations, Erin Panner, as the best of a very poignant bunch.

“It was extremely difficult to choose,” said Panner. “We received so many great stories, it was tough to go through and pick just one, however, Kathleen’s stood out just a little bit more to us. We’re very happy to announce her as the winner.”

Stories were solicited on social media and submitted through Artfully Elegant’s website. Entries included stories that featured the Bethlehem Public Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem’s Rose Garden, the movie “Back to the Future” and many more.

A full listing of stories can be found at this link:

Runners’ up were Samantha Kleinrock of Bethlehem and Dan Maher of Bethlehem, respectively.

Below, we will list the top three submissions.

Kathleen Matson’s submission:

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“In January of 1996 Gary suddenly lost his wife of 30 years after a heart surgery. He spent a lot of his day mourning her loss. His daughter Nicole and I were friends and she invited me to go with her to cook meals, hang out, go out, etc.

“(Gary and I) became friends too. In April, we went on a date and began spending more time together. In June, Gary asked my father for permission to propose. In July, he learned he would need heart surgery

“He procured a beautiful ring and told me the line from “When Harry Met Sally” (my favorite movie) ‘When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want that to start as soon as possible.’

“It was no fancy location, his kitchen in Bucks County, but he got down on one knee and proposed. Of course, I said, ‘Yes.’ During his surgery recovery, we picked invitations, venues, caterers, and set the date for December 7. After he left the hospital we went to pick wedding bands.

“We each went to a different side of the store. We both met in the middle and said, ‘I found the perfect ring.’ He asked me to take him to my selection first. He looked and said it was nice.

“Then we were off to see his selection. He took my hand and led me across the store to another jewelry counter and pointed to his selection. It was the exact same ring. Just another sign we were meant to be.

“Along the way to our wedding we encountered the naysayers who thought he was too old or I was too young, he didn’t wait long enough, and other reasons why we shouldn’t marry. On December 7, 1996 we did marry and this Monday celebrated 19 happy years together. No fancy location but a genuine heart-felt proposal that led to a long and happy marriage.”

Dan Maher’s submission:

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October 2013. I pretended to be a German performer named Dieter Bieber. I helped run some of the games at Oktoberfest. In most of my downtime, I chatted up this nice girl named Elizabeth, who also worked the event. We both lived in very close social circles, but this was our first time actually talking to each other.

The entire time I stayed in character, pretending to be from Dusseldorf. A few days later, I talked to her on Facebook for the first time as Dan. I told her my friend Dieter said I should ask her out. For the next two years, I continued to insist Dan & Dieter were two separate people.

October 2015, as Dieter, I just finished hosting the Dachshund races at Oktoberfest. Elizabeth sat in the crowd. We were about fifty feet away from the exact spot where we had our first conversation. The sun was out. This was a happy moment. I planned to do this the following weekend, but the moment felt so right.

I asked the audience to stick around for one more thing. I told them I spent the past two years with Elizabeth and that I wanted more years with her. All the years with her. I stepped down from the faux-mountain from where I oversaw the adorable dog races. She stepped out from the stands. I asked her to be my wife. She let me know she was in a pretty committed relationship with Dan. I told her we were the same person. October 2016, we’re getting married. Fortunately, our friend Ben Hallman happened to video-record the dog races and just kept rolling.

Samantha Kleinrock’s submission:

 

Around this time last year I started to have a feeling that might now fiancé, Chuck, might propose! But winter came and went and in the spring, we spotted a house that we really loved (in walking distance to Artfully Elegant!) and decided to move forward with buying a house together.

In April, we closed on the home and started painting and making changes before finally moving in May. Our weekends were filled with family coming to help and projects and to-do lists.

And then, one random Saturday after breakfast at Blue Sky and a trip or three to Lowes, Chuck said “Hey, you should go get some pictures of the house printed for your grandparents anniversary party tomorrow.”

I said “yeah you’re probably right” and walked into the kitchen where he was standing looking through my camera.

I started to look through the before and after pictures until I came to a random picture of a bookshelf I knew I didn’t take, followed by another, and another…. and then a picture of Chuck holding a poster saying “Sam” and the next “will” and so on.

I truly blacked out and just remember ending up sitting on the kitchen floor wearing a ring he designed around a diamond from his mothers engagement ring.

We think he officially asked and we I think I officially said yes. After drinking some champagne, we called our families and not one single person answered the phone. We eventually got to share the good news and surprised my extended family in a toast to my grandparents marriage at their 65th anniversary party the next day. We’re getting married in Bethlehem at the Ice House in October!

Artfully Elegant would like to personally thank the dozens of submissions. We will continue to share them throughout the year to inspire others on their own proposal endeavors.

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Treat Yo Self at Artfully Elegant in the New Year

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The gifts have been distributed among friends and family, the countdown has been chanted, champagne has been popped, and resolutions have been made. Now every one is back to work on a cold January new year. Now what? Now it's time to think about yourself…

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The gifts have been distributed among friends and family, the countdown has been chanted, champagne has been popped, and resolutions have been made. Now every one is back to work on a cold January new year.

Now what?

Now it’s time to think about yourself for a change. You’ve worked hard picking out the perfect gifts for everyone, you’ve stuck to that new year’s resolution (kinda) and even acted like you were happy to see the boss that first Monday back to the old grind.

Good job! Now go pat yourself on the back with a little retail therapy with these fun suggestions.

ROXANNA NECKLACE by Laura Elizabeth

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What better way to break away from the chilly gloom of winter than a little sparkle. And bright colors?! Pair with your cutest slouchy sweater and a nice cold winter ale and you’re set for even the chilliest evenings. Bonus: You can dangle it in front of your friends and practice your hypnotist skills.

I LOVE MY CAT CUPPA THIS CUPPA THAT MUG by Ore Originals

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Don’t really feel like a beer? How about a cozy cup of your favorite herbal tea with your cat curled up in your lap. Let your inner crazy cat lady shine. Say it loud and say it proud with this ‘I heart my cat’ mug. No kitty can resist an owner with this mug who’s wearing a pair of comfy pants. (cat hair not included.)

KAPOW VASE MINT by Chive

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Make your space ‘da bomb’ with this teal grenade vase. What better way to say I’m comfortable with flowers AND explosives than with this practical home accessory. The subtle coloring matched with the to-scale size makes this ideal for all home styles.

LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE MEDIUM FRAMED PICTURE by East of India

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Personalize your space with art. ‘Live the Life You Love’ should be everyone’s mantra. Do you love to hang glide? Is lion taming your thing? How about knitting sweaters for telephone poles in your community. You do you, baby! Remind yourself everyday to do stuff that makes you happy!

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Four Great Last Minute Gifts For Him, Her, Mom, and Baby

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Still need to get a few gifts before Christmas morning? Join the club. Luckily, we have a few quick ideas that you can stop in and pick up at Artfully Elegant at 451 Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. But, don't wait! For Her Mini Bowls…

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Still need to get a few gifts before Christmas morning? Join the club.

Luckily, we have a few quick ideas that you can stop in and pick up at Artfully Elegant at 451 Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. But, don’t wait!

For Her

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Mini Bowls by Zpots are the perfect gift for the girl you have no idea what to buy for. She can use it as decoration or a place for some of her favorite pieces of jewelry.

For Him

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The Two Flying Fox Wallet Card from Zootility Tool will be the hit of Christmas dinner, especially when he’s using it to open all the bottles of beer for everyone. It’s definitely a conversation piece.

For Mom

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Mom’s love fun jewelry, right? Well look no further than these Spalted Tamarind Wind Pendants from Once Again Sam. They are unique, just like mom!

For Baby

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Do you know someone who is expecting? Sometimes the best presents are those that others may not think of, like this Octopus Clock from Modern Moose. It’s the last piece to a complete baby room.

Okay, we helped you out as much as we can. Now, you just have to get in here.

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Men

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It sometimes seems like finding the right item for the men in your life is more difficult that it should be. Do he want a new Xbox? Maybe a new smartphone? No, not this year. This year, he's are looking to take a step into sophistication. There's…

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It sometimes seems like finding the right item for the men in your life is more difficult that it should be.

Do he want a new Xbox? Maybe a new smartphone? No, not this year.

This year, he’s are looking to take a step into sophistication. There’s no place better to do that than at Artfully Elegant, at 451 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania or on our online shop: www.artfullyelegant.com.

Take a look at these three items to get your gift-giving juices flowing.

Citizen Watches

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Watches are making a comeback and Citizen is leading the charge. With models ranging from dress to sport to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive runs continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light for a lifetime of use. With the presentation of the Eco-Drive Satellite Wave at Baselworld 2011, Citizen has re-affirmed its position as a worldwide leader in timekeeping technology.

ZOOTILITY TOOLS

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We all have those hokey promotional bottle openers that get through about five beer bottles before they snap in half. It’s time he got serious about the way he opens his bottles, and Zootility Tools are the coolest way to have fun, while still being useful and long lasting. It’s time to take the cheap opener you got handed at a music festival and throw it out the window. Why would you choose a freebie as something you carry with you all day every day?

Boyce Studio Wood Planters

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Any man knows that surrounding himself with calm objects results in peace of mind. Boyce Studio is modern wood goods, handmade in Downtown LA. Their products are created from a belief that the things that we use every day should be functional, beautiful, and last a lifetime. Their gorgeous wooden vases are beautifully designed and well crafted and perfect for the home or office.

Treat your man to a new style of holiday gift this year at Artfully Elegant.

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Tell Us Your Engagement Story for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Certificate

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  How Did You Get Engaged? Every married couple has a proposal story. While some may include the Eiffel Tower or Grand Canyon, some simply include a special dinner and the final courage to pop the most important of questions. Artfully Elegant wants to hear…

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How Did You Get Engaged?

Every married couple has a proposal story. While some may include the Eiffel Tower or Grand Canyon, some simply include a special dinner and the final courage to pop the most important of questions. Artfully Elegant wants to hear your proposal stories, no matter how big or small, for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

We will share these stories with others through our blog, website, social media, and local media as a way to inspire others looking for a great engagement idea. Be sure to visit ArtfullyElegant.com for a full array of beautiful engagement ring ideas and wedding band options.

Fill out the form below in full. We’ll announce the winner of a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card in the beginning of January 2016.*

  • By submitting, you allow Artfully Elegant to share this story on their blog, Facebook, or other public forums.

 

*By submitting your story, you agree to allow Artfully Elegant to share it on their social media, website, and with third parties.

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Sign Up and Enter To Win a $50 Artfully Elegant Gift Card

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, we're giving away a $50 Artfully Elegant Gift Certificate for anything in our online store and in our 451 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania location. All you have to do to enter to win is sign up for…

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, we’re giving away a $50 Artfully Elegant Gift Certificate for anything in our online store and in our 451 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania location.

All you have to do to enter to win is sign up for our e-newsletter located at the bottom of our main page. That’s it!

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Everyone who signs up between today and November 30 will be eligible. We will notify the winner via email. Also, we only send out email blasts when we have fun new arrivals or special deals!

Artfully Elegant consistently strives to maintain a high level of quality and craftsmanship in each and every one of our works, whether it is a delicate necklace or hulking metal sculpture. Every piece of art we display has been hand-selected by our team of art consultants in conjunction with our various artists.

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Artist Spotlight: 3 Sprouts

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Nothing says, "fun and functional" quite like 3 Sprouts. The company was created by three friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. Having worked in design in New York and Toronto for such high profile companies such…

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Nothing says, “fun and functional” quite like 3 Sprouts.

The company was created by three friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. Having worked in design in New York and Toronto for such high profile companies such as Kate Spade, Barneys New York and Holt Renfrew, 3 Sprouts was inspired to create a collection that appealed to both parents and children.

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Look through 3 Sprouts’ products at Artfully Elegant and find great joy in designing products that fit seamlessly into your life and leave you with a smile!

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See more at Artfully Elegant

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