HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY, PA – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, three new tenants are joining the lineup at the Airport Mall in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
First to join the mix was Trek Bicycle Allentown, which reopened in its new digs at 935-A Airport Center Road in late October. The store occupies a subdivided space that previously housed Mattress Firm, which continues to operate in a smaller footprint next door.
Trek Bicycle Allentown, which previously operated at 1728 Tilghman St. in the city, offers the latest products from Trek and Bontrager, service and tune-ups for bikes of all brands, and advice on riding in the Lehigh Valley.
The next launch will be Buff City Soap, which offers deliciously scented herbal soaps that are handcrafted daily in stores, which the company calls “makeries”.
The chain will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 25 at 942 Airport Center Drive (former SneakerKing space), next to Kay Jewelers, according to a sign in the window.
There are more than 260 Buff City Soap stores open or coming soon nationwide, according to the company’s website. Another regional location will soon be available at 218 N. West End Blvd. in Quakerville.
“We’re on a mission to create handmade products free of harsh ingredients and full of nourishing, plant-based goodness,” reads a message on Buff City Soap’s website. “We take immense pride in handcrafting each bar of soap in our soap factory. Each one is truly unique. 1 on 1. Just like you!”
Buff City Soaps sells handmade soap bars, bath bombs, bath truffles, foaming hand soaps, Epsom salt soaks, whipped body butters, body scrubs, shower, beard balms and oil, laundry soap and more.
To celebrate its grand opening, the new Lehigh Valley store is presenting the first 50 customers online Saturday and Sunday with free soap for a year (one per customer), according to the company’s Facebook page.
It also has weekend deals that include 20% off your entire purchase, 30% off a purchase of $100 or more, and buy one laundry soap, get one 50% off. .
Additionally, the store is offering a freebie worth $1,000, including a 55-liter BruTank rolling cooler and $500 worth of Buff products, according to the company’s Facebook page.
To enter, individuals must like the store’s Facebook post, follow it @buffcitysoap.allentown, tag four friends (the more tags, the more entries), and share their story.
The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 and the winner will be contacted by direct message. The winner must also be local to the Allentown area and be able to pick up the prize at the store.
Buff City Soap hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Wingstop, a fast-casual restaurant chain specializing in cooked-to-order chicken wings, is also opening in the mall.
The restaurant will hold a grand opening with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on November 30 at 1824 Airport Road, next to Red Wing Shoes.
The space previously housed Firehouse Subs, which closed in February 2019.
Texas-based Wingstop offers traditional, boneless chicken wings and chicken strips, available in 11 flavors, including popular selections such as Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked BBQ and Original Spicy.
In addition to wings, the chain also offers chicken sandwiches and sides such as fresh-cut, seasoned fries.
As of September 24, 2022, there were 1,898 Wingstop restaurants worldwide, according to the company’s website. This included 1,673 restaurants in the United States, of which 1,631 were franchise locations and 42 were company-owned, and 225 franchise restaurants in international markets.
Another new location opened in October on Chestnut Street in Emmaus, joining other regional outposts on Liberty Street in Allentown and Nazareth Road in Palmer Township. A fifth local restaurant is coming soon to Bethlehem Square Mall, 3926 Linden St.
A handful of vacancies remain in the airport mall, including former AC Moore, Roma Ristorante and Sprint spaces.