Check out these sure-to-please ideas from alumni-owned businesses and members of the Lafayette community
By Shannon Sigafoos
’Twas just weeks before Christmas, and all through the College, the Lafayette community was looking for some gift-giving knowledge. But your holiday list shouldn’t really be hard. Just wrap up a present that came from a Pard!
As this challenging year draws to a close, alumni-owned and Lafayette community-linked local businesses that have been affected by the pandemic have plenty to offer in the way of products, food, drink, and gift cards sure to please anyone on your list. From delectable bites to savory sips, here’s a quick rundown of where to get thoughtful gifts for your nearest and dearest:
Easton Public Market
Overseen by Jared Mast ’04, executive director of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, Easton Public Market is a food lover’s paradise and offers gift cards in a variety of denominations. Vendors include everything from a distillery to a farm stand. Check the website for holiday hours.
You also can give the gift of a Downtown Easton Gift Card, featuring the most loved restaurants, shops, and attractions in downtown Easton.
If you want to enjoy high-quality craft beer in a friendly, comfortable environment, then Intraverse Brewing is the perfect place. Operated by Steve Zolnay Jr. ’15 and family, Phillipsburg-based Intraverse offers e-gift cards, online ordering, and takeout of their alcoholic and nonalcoholic brews.
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Who doesn’t love visiting Historic Hotel Bethlehem during the holiday season? The building, which is partly owned by Jeff Feather ’65 and David Bloys ’61, has quite a history. The original structure dates back to 1794, and along with rooms and suites boasts an on-site shoppe, ice cream parlor, and taproom. You can purchase gift cards for a stay or for dining, valued up to $1,000.
Holy Cow Farm
Jenn Bell McAtee ’11, flower farmer and LaFarm co-founder, brings beauty to Easton Farmers’ Market with sustainably grown blooms. Jen and her husband, Bryan, run Holy Cow Farm full time, and their variety of flowers and products changes throughout the season, so there’s always something new.
Pearly Baker’s Alehouse
Pearly Baker’s, co-owned by Jonathan Davis ’93, is a favorite Centre Square restaurant that strives to be a better neighbor to the community. Its chef works with local farmers to bring fresh and local ingredients to the table. Throughout the pandemic, the restaurant has still been serving Easton locals with a smile, and offers gift cards and to-go orders.
Porter’s Pub is a relaxed, casual, and intimate space that will satisfy your craving for the cozy comfort of the quintessential “Old World Pub.” Owned by Jeff Porter, father of Jacob Porter ’23, the restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Lunch, dinner, late night snacks, and Sunday brunch are always made fresh and prepared to order. Call 610-250-6561 to inquire about gift cards as well as to place an order to go.
R&R Provision Co.
Buy steaks, scrapple, and quality meats online at RR Provisions. All steaks and chops are hand cut, and scrapple is house made. Now conveniently open 24 hours a day from your phone, tablet, or PC.
Stargazer Cast Iron Skillets
Convinced people should have access to high-quality, well-designed cast iron at a reasonable price, Peter Huntley ’08 set out to build something totally new to cast iron. Co-founded with Luke Trovato ’10 and Dan Stefan ’10, Stargazer offers skillets in two sizes, as well as gift cards.