DeSales opening Allentown education hub

932 Hamilton St.
DeSales is opening a location at 932 Hamilton St. in Allentown. PHOTO/COURTESY DESALES UNIVERSITY –

DeSales University is opening a new location in downtown Allentown. 

The Center Valley university is cutting the ribbon on the new space on March 23 at 932 Hamilton St. 

is cutting the ribbon on a new location in downtown Allentown.  

“This is a mission-forward endeavor for DeSales University,” says Father James Greenfield, president of the school. “DeSales Allentown is about improving access to quality educational services and cutting-edge skills training. This partnership has the power to transform individuals, families, communities, and businesses.” 

According to Greenfield the new location will serve as a hub for educational partnerships between DeSales and Allentown residents and business leaders.  

Features of the Allentown location include flexible lounge, office, and conference spaces for meetings and classes, events and networking, and presentations and training.  

The building is also equipped with modern technology, including Wi-Fi, large visual displays, projection, and multi-function printing and scanning. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome DeSales to downtown Allentown,” says Jarrett Laubach, City Center’s director of leasing. “To have one of the region’s best universities come to Allentown will provide convenient access for people pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, many of whom already live and work in downtown Allentown.” 


Microcreamery opening in Promenade Shops

Batch Microcreamery is opening at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. –

A new sweet treat is coming to the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. 

The Center Valley shopping center in Center Valley has announced that Batch Microcreamery, a hand-crafted ice cream store modeled after the specialty environment in the microbrewery industry will be opening a 1,000-square-foot shop in the first quarter of 2023 near Lashes by Gab. 

The new ice cream shop will be owned by local entrepreneurs Manny Rodriguez and Rick Pongracz. 

“Batch Microcreamery is yet another fabulous addition to our retail lineup, and one we are sure our shoppers will heartily embrace,” said Natalia Stezenko, general manager for The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. “Since Centennial took over the management and leasing of The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley earlier this year, we have been attracting a number of enticing new tenants, including ELITE Salons & Suites, Squishable, and for the holiday season, a number of local entrepreneurs who are showcasing their wares in our Multi-Vendor Holiday Pop-Up Market. We enthusiastically embrace this kind of growth and change, and we are particularly gratified to welcome the new Batch Microcreamery store to our lineup.”

“Having grown up just 20 minutes away from The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, we couldn’t be more excited to provide our friends and neighbors in the Center Valley area with our distinctive brand of ice cream and the fun-filled experience they will have in our store,” says Pongracz, co-owner of Batch Microcreamery. “We selected The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley for our newest location because of the center’s upbeat atmosphere and exciting events and activities that include everything from holiday tree lightings to wine and craft beer pop-ups, each engaging the community and complementing the talents and offerings of the very successful retailers and restaurants throughout the center.”

Batch Microcreamery aims to capture the atmosphere of a microbrewery and combine it with the family-friendly atmosphere of an ice cream shop. 

The Batch menu is filled with freshly made ice creams in cups or cones as well as a variety of shakes and floats, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream nachos.  

In addition to serving customers directly, Batch Microcreamery also offers wholesale ice cream to restaurants and event venues.

Good Shepherd hosts beam signing on new rehabilitation hospital

Good Sheperd supporters attended a beam signing ceremony for the network’s new rehabilitation hospital in Center Valley. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network put Sharpie to steel on Wednesday afternoon, signing the final steel beam that will “top off” Good Shepherd’s under-construction rehabilitation hospital. 

At 23 feet long, it is the final beam to be added to the rehabilitation hospital, which is slated to open in Center Valley in June 2023.  

As part of the beam-signing festivities, which were held at the Hyland Center for Health & Technology on Good Shepherd’s South Allentown campus, Good Shepherd Chaplain Kelly Brooks blessed the beam. 

In addition to employees, members of Good Shepherd’s Hope Starts Here capital campaign committee, board of trustees, elected officials, community partners and others also participated in the signing. 

“I want to thank each and every associate who is here today, as well as our colleagues working at sites throughout the Network,” Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network President & CEO Michael Spigel said. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Good Shepherd has a very large, very passionate base of supporters, who will do everything in their power to ensure Good Shepherd is here to serve the community for another 100-plus years. We cannot do what we do without all of you.” 

Located in Center Valley across from The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, the four-story, 76-private-room rehabilitation hospital will focus on providing highly specialized, complex care and serve as the anchor of an all-encompassing destination campus.  

Good Shepherd’s new hospital will provide advanced inpatient rehabilitation services to people seeking care for stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other complex conditions. 

DeSales names Fainor Center after local banker

Chris Cocozza, chair of the division of business; Scott Fainor; Cathy Fainor and Father James Greenfield, president of DeSales University. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

DeSales University in Center Valley has honored alumnus Scott Fainor with the dedication of the new Fainor Center for Financial Services.  

 Formerly known as the Talen Energy Trading Room, the newly renamed Fainor Center is located on the second floor of the Gambet Center for Business and Health Care.  

It is a specialized business classroom that has the look and feel of a trading floor, with a digital ticker tape, flat screen monitors, and computers with specialized financial software. 

 Fainor is a 1994 graduate of DeSales University’s adult evening program and a former member of the university’s board of trustees. 

 “DeSales was the place for me to be,” Fainor said during the ceremony. “There’s no place I’m more proud to have attended.” 

 He is currently chairman of Fainor Holdings LLC. He was formerly president and CEO of National Penn Bank.