Max Hess Jr. Puts Allentown on the Map

When Diane Stoneback, food editor of The Morning Call, the daily newspaper published in the Lehigh County seat of Allentown, challenged readers to a concoct a strawberry pie as scrumptious as the trademark dessert once served at the popular Patio Restaurant in Hess Brothers, a beloved department store, she found more than a flood of recipes overflowing her inbox. Hopeful contestants who...
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Letters to the Editor

Pure Escapism Hess’s was more than a department store [“Max Hess Jr. Puts Allentown on the Map” by Liz Armstrong Hall, Fall 2004]. It was part magic, part fantasy, part enchantment – pure escapism! When you were young, you didn’t need more than a dollar (for the candy counter) to feel like a million dollars. I’ll always remem­ber the women who tended the...
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Current and Coming

New Heritage Center Founded in 1904, the Lehigh County Historical Society, head­quartered in Allentown, has grown through the past century to administer several historic sites and museums representing the area’s industrial, cultural, agricultural, and political his­tory. On Monday, April 11, the so­ciety will formally open the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center, an advanced, seven-million...
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Letters to the Editor

Here’s Hess’s! When my sisters and I were growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, it was a treat for us to be taken into the city on shopping trips. We had Gimbel’s, Strawbridge & Gothier, Lit Brothers, and John Wanamaker’s, but it was Hess’s in Allentown that really thrilled us. Once a year, on a Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’d make...
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