The much-anticipated Golden Corral buffet restaurant is now open at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township. Golden Corral joins Bonefish Grill, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Dunderbak's Market Cafe, Friendly's and Red Lobster as part of Lehigh Valley Mall's restaurant lineup. Golden Corral is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday. To learn more about Golden Corral, visit http://www.goldencorral.com/.
In Hanover Township, Northampton County, Liven Up Health and Fitness has opened. The center offers the latest in fitness technology and programs in a supportive atmosphere — good for anyone looking to keep a New Year's resolution. Liven Up Health and Fitness is at 57 S. Commerce Way, Suite 140. To find out more, call 610-625-4484 or check them out on Facebook.
Up in the Slate Belt, the newest location of Sue's Massage has opened at 447 Blue Valley Drive (Route 512), Bangor. The site offers lots of different types of massages, including lypossage, reflexology and aromatherapy. To find out more, call 610-703-2341 or visit http://www.suesmassage.us.
The former Quick Lane, owned by Haldeman Ford at 18th and Tilghman streets in Allentown, has been sold and will become the Pit Stop Auto & Tire Center. The same no-appointment-necessary auto service offered at Quick Lane will be offered by the Pit Stop Auto & Tire Center, according to Steve Cihylik of the Frederick Group, the real estate firm involved in the deal. Just pull in for tires, lube and all forms of automobile service.
Giant Food stores has completed major remodels of its stores at 801 S. 25th St., Palmer Township and 2100 W. Union Blvd. in Bethlehem. Customers of both stores will find updated decor and energy-efficient lighting in key departments such as produce, deli, meat and bakery, while other departments such as dairy and frozen foods have been expanded. Easton customers will also find additional seating in the Wifi Café. The Palmer Giant was built in 2005 and the Bethlehem store built in 2003. Both stores are open 24 hours daily.
Cafe the Lodge is now open at 427 E. Fourth St. on Bethlehem's South Side. The café serves gourmet coffee and a variety of breakfast and lunch items. What's really interesting is it's staffed by people who have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness. It's a division of Resources for Human Development Inc. Look for more on this in a future column. For more information, go to http://www.TheLodge-rhd.org.
Jennifer Sheehan is temporarily filling in for Retail Watch reporter Irene Kraft. Retail Watch keeps track of new store, restaurant and bank development in the Lehigh Valley. Have a question about a retail construction project, a store opening or a chain you'd like to see come to the area? Email email@example.com. And we're back on Twitter @callretailwatch. Retail Watch appears every Sunday. Follow breaking news on our new Lehigh Valley Restaurants blog, themorningcall.com/restaurants.
DONATIONS TO RESTORE
Among the items Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is looking for are:
• Appliances in working order and eight years old or newer
• Architectural Items
• Kitchen/bathroom cabinets and countertops
• Electrical supplies
• Flooring and masonry in usable quantities and undamaged
• Furniture in new or gently used condition
• Lighting fixtures and ceiling fans
• Unopened paint or stain and painting supplies