Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bethlehem's Loss Is Hanover's Weight Gain

Sticky buns. Whoopie pies. Chocolate peanut butter mousse bombs.

Believe it or not, that's what you'll find at Vegan Treats, currently located at 1444 Linden Street in Bethlehem. But sadly for Bethlehem sweet tooths, this popular vegan baker is moving to a larger, 16,557 sq. ft., shop at 310 Stoke Park Road in Hanover Township.

Representing owner Danielle Konya before Hanover Township supervisors on January 25 in a "conditional use" hearing, Bethlehem Attorney Joe Piperato gave the most compelling argument for giving Danielle whatever she wants.

"Has anyone here ever been to Danielle's location?" asked Piperato.

"No, we don't eat sticky buns," lied Township Manager Jay Finnigan.

"It's right by the, the ... "

"... the Cup," answered several Hanover Supervisors.

Konya, who expects to employ 10 bakers in the back of her store and 2 out front, told Supervisors her business is "bursting at the seams" in Bethlehem, and needs the larger location available in Hanover Township. In addition to her retail operation, she ships cakes to restaurants in New York City and Philadelphia.

Her vegan products avoid heavy cream, butter and eggs, containing about 30% less fat than in other products. "You wouldn't know the difference in the taste buds," she promised.

Hanover Supervisors will decide whether to grant Vegan Treats' conditional use application at their February 8 meeting.

In other business, Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of two 1-ton Chevy trucks at a price of $31,699.56, from Penske Buick GMC. Both rucks will be upgraded with a snow plow, dump body and hydraulics at a cost of $26,200 for one truck and $22,98 for the other. These trucks are part of the budget approved last year.

At the end of the meeting, Township Manager Jay Finnigan announced he has been re-elected Chair of the Northampton County Gaming Authority. "Our condolences," wisecraked Solicitor James Broughal.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

There has to be more to this story. What is the real reason for her leaving Bethlehem?

There are large enough buildings that could have accommodated the growth of her business in Bethlehem.

Anonymous said...

30% less fat and 4X as much sugar.

Anonymous said...

Is that her? I'm often shocked at how the public dresses when they dress local govt. bodies, and church for that matter.

Anonymous said...

If that is Danielle, that is the most unflattering picture ever taken of her.

not so casual observer said...

THAT IS NOT DANIELLE !!!
She is a healthy slender young woman,

Her baked goods are wonderful

I have known her since she was a teen and we should be encouraging people like her. They are the future of our country.

Bernie O'Hare said...

That is Danielle. She is a very attractive woman, and I apologize bc I am not a very good photograher.

Anonymous said...

her place in bethlehem is way too small for what it's growing into. i hope this place in hanover let's her run her shop more how she wants it -- although, she's not going to get much foot traffic in hanover. seems like a slightly strange decision to not wait for an opening on southside, or something around there.

Anonymous said...

A better question- "Is that her? Does she eat what she bakes?"

Julie Z said...

NOOOOOO! I am upset that Vegan Treats will be moving to Hanover Township. I think that foot traffic is a good portion of her business. I don't know how many times I have stopped at CVS for something and couldn't resist the urge to stop and get something from there. Im not a vegan, but those desserts are to die for! I wish her all the best and will try to stop by when on that side of town.

not so casual observer said...

She will be benefitting from the traffic for Wegmans and will do just fine.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I never have stopped there. For some reason, I thought it was a dog treats shop. I'll be stopping there now.

The Battle Cry of Freedom said...

O'Hare
Boy you really know how to make friends and influence people. First you admit to doing a lousy job of photographing this lady and then you call her food dog treats. One more strike and you are on your way to the pound

Bernie O'Hare said...

You know, I'm digging deeper and deeper. I have a friend who makes all natural dog treats and thought this was his shop. I will make a point to visit Vegan Treats, and can only hope and pray I will be forgiven.

Anonymous said...

beware bernie her stuff is addictive!

Bernie O'Hare said...

She apparently has quite a following. Good for her.

Anonymous said...

Her store rocks!

Anonymous said...
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Bernie O'Hare said...

Hey troll, there is no reason for your cowardly anonymous attack against some woman you obviously don't know.

Anonymous said...

After the picture you took you should delete yourself. Another example of your underlying hatred of women. No wonder you and Angle get along so well together. You both share the same hatred.

The Man in The Black Hat said...

Another example of Bethlehem not doing the job in city hall-how many businesses do we need to lose to the township,lifestyle centers and the mall before JC (HE thinks it stands for Jesus Christ) ruins our city-it's pretty bad when we lose businesses to Alllentown!