A business enterprise providing handcrafted household decor and fashions with a nod to nearby record has identified a new residence in Northampton County.
The metal beam, carrying compact batch and 1-of-a-type wares, attractive parts, attire and equipment along with reliable historical pieces from Bethlehem Steel, Mack Vans and a lot more, reopened Dec. 8 in its new space at 4210 Fritch Drive in Bethlehem Township.
The enterprise, which earlier operated from November 2013 to January 2020 at 521 Principal St. in downtown Bethlehem, was pressured to find a new area just after the building’s new house owners declared redevelopment options.
“The new house owners of this creating have huge ideas for this historic house,” shop operator Fay Fitch told customers on the business’ Fb web page early previous 12 months. “Unfortunately, they never consist of us.”
Fitch, a style designer with extra than 25 a long time of encounter in the business, opened the metal beam 7 years ago as a place to discover an now edited collection of designer dresses and add-ons for males and women of all ages.
At the business’ new storefront, buyers can store handcrafted merchandise these as jewelry and clay art built by local artisans as nicely as the metal beam’s very own layouts manufactured in-home.
Its mission of “honoring and celebrating America’s exceptional industrial history” continues.
“We incorporate a large amount of major community background — Bethlehem Steel, the silk industry and so on — into extremely exceptional pieces,” Fay said. “For instance, we’ll get a Mack Trucks bulldog and flip it into a touch light-weight. We really don’t carry replications.”
The company, which also sells objects online at thesteelbeam.com, carries distinctive parts this kind of as authentic wooden primitives, greeting cards with area historic pictures, a Bethlehem Metal Company stock certificate, “Bethlehem United states B” I-beam, Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotive oil can, Mack Trucks bulldog hood ornament, classic silverware flower vases, trench art vases built from Bethlehem Steel artillery casings and vintage railroad track and spikes turned into bookends, coat racks, hooks, bottle openers and wine racks.
The business enterprise also presents particular care items this sort of as Himalayan salt soaps and shave bars and tailor made marriage ceremony pieces these as rings and boutonnieres.
“At our new site, we also have extra square footage that we’re likely to convert into workshop room for hand-mades,” Fay explained. “We have lots of area for parking and may also have some lessons outside.”
The steel beam is open up noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday as a result of Saturday and midday to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Mondays are reserved for custom made jewellery structure, alterations and workshops (by appointment only). Customers could be in a position to shop on specific Mondays, but they ought to get in touch with in advance ahead of stopping by. Facts: 610-837-6194.