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Authentic: Danielle Konya
In 2000, when Danielle Konya suggested to a Philadelphia restaurant owner who was offering the then-radical option of a vegan cheesesteak that he also offer vegan desserts, she was “practically laughed out of the restaurant.” She’d been baking cruelty-free, zero animal- byproducts desserts, and to prove him wrong, she baked him a vegan chocolate cake.
Thinking Bigger: Timothy Fox, Fox Optical
It didn’t start out as a promotional idea. Fox Optical began hanging a rotating gallery of local art in their South Side office because “we love art, and we knew so many artists looking for a place to be seen.” To Dr. Tim Fox and his husband (and optician) Mike Belletti—a fiber artist—it seemed a natural extension of their community spirit.
Giving Back: Hector Lopez
In 2014, when Hector Lopez was interviewing to manage the SouthSide Ambassadors—a national program facilitated by downtown improvement company Block By Block, and engaged locally by the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation—he took a walk around the south side of Bethlehem. He asked himself: what would I do, to take care of this place?
#WomensWork Feature: Abby Ogden and Meg Fox
“We own lots of power tools,” say Abby Ogden and Meg Fox, co- owners and managers of Fox and Finch. “And we use them often!” That wasn’t necessarily the case when they started their business, a specialty furniture rental company that runs a photography studio out of its warehouse. They taught themselves to build, upholster, paint and stain..."
Authentic: Greg Funfgeld
To the musicians, scholars, colleagues, and friends who’ve had the pleasure of knowing him, Greg Funfgeld may seem like one in a million (and he is!). But more accurately, he’s one in six: since the Bach Choir of Bethlehem was founded in 1898, he is only its sixth artistic director and conductor. Greg, celebrating his 36th year with the Choir, is humbled and grateful...
Giving Back: Jill Dunn Jones
For Jill Dunn Jones, Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), and for the kids, young adults, and audiences who are a part of its mission, it’s all about connection. Connecting with a story, or yourself. Connecting to different people and experiences. Connecting to the community of Bethlehem, as a vibrant part of its arts scene and heritage.