Shangy’s second location set to open this spring in Macungie

A planned new Shangy’s beer distributorship is currently under construction in Macungie in a building that previously housed a Rite Aid drugstore. PHOTO/COURTESY JERDON CONSTRUCTION –

After 42 years in Emmaus, Shangy’s the Beer Authority is expanding into a new, second location in nearby Macungie. 

Owner Nima Hadian, said that while Emmaus and Macungie are neighbors, traffic makes it a good 20-to-30-minute ride between his popular flagship location along Lehigh Street and the new location going up at 6480 Alburtis Road in Macungie. 

He said with all the development going on in the borough, both residential and commercial, he saw a strong market there and decided it was time to expand. 

“Because of the success of the first store and the growth in the beer segment, we were ready to grow,” he said. 

The 14,000-square-foot store is being constructed in an old Rite Aid building, that has been gutted and is being rebuilt by Jerdon Construction of Allentown. 

With construction set to be complete by the end of February, Hadian hopes to have the store up and running by spring. 

Ron Jerdon, who’s overseeing construction of the building, which will be comparable in size to the existing Shangy’s, said work on converting the old Rite Aid began in October. 

“The whole interior of the building was gutted. It’s going to be a real nice location for them there,” he said. 

Like the original Shangy’s, Hadian said the new location will be a destination for beer lovers. 

The Macungie Shangy’s will have what Hadian said is the largest selection of beer in the country with over 4,000 different beers in stock. 

Of course, like the original, the new store will have more than just cases of beer. He said the store will also have a wide selection of alcoholic seltzers and hard teas, which are very popular right now. 

Because there are no limits on how much beer a distributorship, like Shangy’s, can sell, customers can also take advantage of choosing their own Mix Six variety, creating their own customized six-packs in a number of different price points. Individual bottles of beer can also be purchased. 

There will also be a slushy bar, which will serve to-go malt beverage slushy in between 30 and 40 flavors at any given time. 

Customers can come in and tap their own slushy or take out one of the pre-packaged slushies in the cooler. 

One of the highlights of the new location will be a Gruber-brand growler/crowler station where customers can choose from a selection of around 20 different rotating local, craft and imported beers and tap them either into a growler container, which come in 64 and 128 ounces, or into a pressure-sealed can, which can be filled in volumes ranging from 16 ounces on up. 

Other highlights include drive through service for to-go slushies and growler service and curbside pickup for cases of beer. 

While beer is the main focus, it isn’t the only offering at Shangy’s. The store is also well known for its selection of nuts and other snack foods, glassware, cigars and Shangy’s brand gear such as hats and sweatshirts will also be for sale. 

Dog food manufacturer to bring 100 jobs to the Lehigh Valley

Breuer Premium Pet Food will be locating manufacturing operations at 7520 Morris Court in Upper Macungie Township to make its Spot & Tango line of dog food. PHOTO/FILE –

More than 100 manufacturing jobs are heading to the Lehigh Valley starting this summer. 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that pet health and wellness company Spot & Tango has selected Pennsylvania as the location of a manufacturing facility  

Landmark Commercial Realty announced in February that it had leased a 66,700-square-foot facility to Breuer Premium Pet Food, a Bedford, New York-based premium pet food company, but few details were released on the plans for the building at 7520 Morris Court in Upper Macungie Township. 

Breuer is the company that makes the Spot & Tango line of pet food. 

This project, which will allow the company to insource a portion of its product manufacturing, includes leasehold improvements, equipment acquisition, and training. Spot & Tango anticipates the facility being operational this summer. 

 “We explored a variety of locations throughout the Northeast and selected the Lehigh valley due to its close proximity to major metropolitan centers, infrastructure and talent pool. We are looking forward to working with the governor’s office, local leaders and building a long-term relationship with the community” said Russell Breuer, CEO and founder of the company. 

 The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $288,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $150,000 workforce development grant to help the company train workers and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. Spot & Tango has committed to investing approximately $20 million into the project and creating at least 96 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. 

 “Spot & Tango is the latest entry to the fast-growing food, beverage and pet food production market in the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, president & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “Animal and people food, along with beverages, is one of the fastest growing sectors of Lehigh Valley manufacturing. We are thrilled about this exciting new brand of pet food finding a home here in Lehigh Valley.” 

Founded in 2018, Spot & Tango is a personalized pet health and wellness company that is focused on providing dogs with the highest quality, human-grade meals excluding artificial additives, fillers, and inexpensive preservatives. The company delivers its products to 48 states within the U.S. 


LVIA sees higher than expected passenger traffic in 2021

Lehigh Valley International Airport ended 2021 on a high note, with higher than expected passenger traffic. 

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, expectations for a quick return to normal air travel routines at Lehigh Valley International Airport seemed unlikely in 2021, said Thomas Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.   

 “We’ve said it all along, the aviation industry pointed to 2023 or 2024 as the recovery period. Passenger traffic numbers in January and February supported that case.  Fortunately, this timetable was expedited throughout the year as vaccinations increased and the level of comfort for air travel certainly improved,” said Stoudt.   

 A total of 752,111 passengers traveled through the airport in 2021, which is a 92.4 percent increase from 2020, and nearly reaching the 2018 total of 792,974.   

“Would we have optimistically predicted over ¼ million passengers during the summer and over 700,000 passengers choosing your neighborhood airport for the year?  I don’t think so.  This resurgence was a welcome sight and certainly created positive momentum at the Airport,” said Stoudt.   

Following a steady flow of Thanksgiving fliers, a strong holiday travel season continued in December with 68,034 passengers taking off and landing at the airport, a 146.2% increase from the same month the previous year.   

United reported a massive passenger traffic increase of 220%, Delta jumped 161%, Allegiant moved up 147%, and American finished 104% ahead of December 2020.   

Corporate Environments moving to LVIP VI

CEO Patrick McMahon, left, and Adam McMahon, market president, of Corporate Environments at their new office at 2601 Baglyos Circle in Bethlehem. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

After more than 20 years, Corporate Environments is moving to a new home. 

The office furniture retailer has been leasing space at 605 E. Broad Street in a building that had formerly been a silk mill. Under new ownership, the building was to be transformed into an apartment complex. 

With the need to move, the management of Corporate Environments decided to purchase a building and chose a spot at 2601 Baglyos Circle in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI. 

“It’s a long-term investment in the Lehigh Valley,” said Adam McMahon, market president. 

He said the new building will allow corporate environments to upgrade its showroom space and will give it additional warehouse capacity. 

He said that while the COVID-19 pandemic has made changes to the office landscape across the country, there is still a demand for office furniture and office environments and the company is adapting and changing to the new market and he looks forward to how the new space will help the company meet the needs of its customers into the future.