Peeps & a Pair of Projects Top This Week’s News

By LVEDC Staff on April 1, 2014

LVEDC logo smallA trio of Lehigh Valley companies released outstanding news during the final days of March.

It’s time to make the donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with Just Born Quality Confections to unveil its first-ever donut topped with a real PEEPS Marshmallow Chick.

Perfect for celebrations of spring and Easter, Dunkin’ Donuts’ PEEPS Donuts are, according to a release by the donut company, “shaped like flowers, decorated with pastel pink or green icing and topped with a pink or yellow PEEPS Marshmallow Chick.”

“PEEPS and Dunkin’ Donuts have both built passionate and active communities of fans and have been creating smiles for more than 60 years, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with this unique and fun donut,” said Brian Bachrach, senior marketing manager at Just Born.

Check out the full release here.

Rising from the ashes

Meanwhile, Ondra-Huyett, an Allentown firm that manages the entire construction process, realizes that sometimes even a business that suffers a devastating loss can be reborn anew.

When Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown was destroyed by a ferocious fire on January 22, 2013, owner Chris Filipos, his family and many patrons throughout Allentown and the Lehigh Valley were disappointed. Filipos was committed to not only rebuilding his restaurant, but rebuilding on the exact same site.

And that vision and goal has now been realized through the bricks and mortar provided by Ondra-Huyett. The firm carried out the reconstruction during what has been called one of the worst winters in recent history.

So Farr, so good

The Allentown Parking Authority recently OK’d the sale of the Farr lot property at Eighth and Hamilton streets to 8th Street LLC, which is a partnership of Think Loud Development, LLC and GSE Realty.

The proposed project will include a six-level, 60,000 square foot office/retail facility with a 6,200-square-foot restaurant projected for the first level, a 7,800 square foot private VIP lounge projected for the second level, and 7,800 square feet of Class-A office space projected for each of the third through sixth levels.

The venue will also include a three-level, 35,000-square-foot club.

Find out the connection to Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and the Butz Family of Companies here.

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