The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, is pleased to present the first ever Catasauqua StrEAT Fest on Small Business Saturday, November 28th from 11-3 PM. Partnering with the Borough of Catasauqua, this event is designed to support local businesses and restaurants, while providing a festive atmosphere with live music from Third Hand Acoustic and Common Bond, plus dozens of craft and business vendors and food trucks.
“The holidays this year are looking a little different,” said Kylie Adams, Manager of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “The Whitehall Area Chamber has been very pleased to be working with the Borough of Catasauqua on this event and to support our local businesses in Catty on Small Business Saturday! We know the holiday shopping season will be unconventional, so bringing people out into our community to support local businesses is important. That, paired with great craft vendors and food trucks, are a sure-fire way to kick off the holiday season big!”
According to American Express, 62% of U.S. businesses reported that they need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 to stay in business. “This number is staggering,” said Adams, “and it hits home far too much when our communities are so heavily comprised of small businesses. We’re hoping that by making Small Business Saturday a bit flashier, we’ll be bringing attention to the businesses who need it most. Shopping small and shopping local isn’t a ‘one-day’ event, but something we should be doing all year long to help our neighbors.”
The event will feature local businesses open with special deals. For example, Melvin’s Farm Stand will be have farm fresh produce, meats and cheeses, vegan treats, jams and jellies, and hot sauces, as well as Christmas Trees. The Gas House, nearby, will offer live music from the Chelsea Meyers Band, while the festival will also feature live music from Third Hand Acoustic and Common Bond, as well as dance performances from 3D Dance of Northampton.
Blondie’s will be open serving up delicious cupcakes and Slovakian food, and Taylor House Brewing and Triple Sun Spirits will be bringing the adult beverages, while other craft vendors and food trucks will also be participating. “This could ideally be a one-stop-shop for your holiday shopping,” said Adams. “Between the handmade craft items and different small business vendors, there’s something to find for everyone.”
The event will also feature 12 food trucks and over 30 craft and business vendors. Samantha Scavuzzo, of Remington & Vernick Engineers, Inc., said she was “honored to help small and local businesses in the Borough of Catasauqua.” Businesses outside of the Front Street festival location are participating too, such as Cathy’s Creative Catering and Tony Top Cat’s; they will have special coupons available with Small Business Saturday ‘swag’ to be picked up at the Whitehall Area Chamber’s booth at the event.
“Most importantly, we are looking to gather safely and make sure the holiday season is live and well,” said Adams. The Chamber has partnered with local security firm Omega Protective Services to help monitor and enforce the wearing of masks and social distancing protocols, as well as to check IDs where alcohol will be sold. “Omega has always been a great partner of the Chamber in years prior,” said Adams. “We’re grateful to have them here to ensure that we have a peaceful and enjoyable festival while being safe, too.”
For more information, follow the event page with Whitehall Area Chamber at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2731211613871599
Please note: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending a Chamber event or meeting, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce including partnerships; the event venue; or other parties such as caterer or production company; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.
When: Saturday, November 28th 2020
Pricing Information: FREE to attend
Participating Food Trucks: Grumpy’s BBQ, RK Mobile Foods, Pies to Die For/Pies in a Cone, Bob B Q Sliders and Sides, The Flying V Food Truck, Bodega Bistro, Couchpota Doh, The Nacho Depot, VanPelt Hotdog Co., Krazy Kernels Kettle Korn, Krazy Lil’ Food Kart
Presenting Sponsor: Columbia Care
Entertainment Sponsors: Remington & Vernick Engineers, SJ Thomas Commercial Contractors
Info Tent Sponsor: J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Security Sponsor: Omega Protective Services
Front Street Sponsor: Dun Twiggar Company
Supporting Sponsor: Vintage Barbershop
About the Chamber: The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area. We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises. With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.
Information provided to TVL by:
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Manager of Affiliated Chambers (WACC, GNLCC)