Allentown and the rest of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley are ideally located within a few hours of New York City and Philadelphia. However, if you want to do some Lehigh Valley shopping instead of heading to one of the larger cities, you have plenty of options. This fast-growing region has malls, outlets and specialty shops that will help you find whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s clothing, gifts or something for your home.
The Outlets at Sands
Bethlehem is one of the larger cities in Lehigh Valley, and it’s home to the Sands Casino Resort. Inside that casino you’ll find The Outlets at Sands, which is an indoor shopping mall that has been operational since 2011. The outlet shops are between the main casino and the hotel, making this one of the largest properties in Bethlehem. There are 31 stores covering 133,000 square feet of space. Shoppers can take advantage of factory outlet stores for a number of high end brands, including Coach, Guess, PUMA and Lenox. There are also bakeries, nail salons and a food court. Plenty of parking is available and anyone who prefers public transportation will find that the this shopping center is on a bus line.
Lehigh Valley Mall
For the largest shopping structure in Lehigh Valley, head to Lehigh Valley Mall (also known as LV Mall), which is in Whitehall Township. This mall attracts local residents from Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. There are over 150 shops inside this two-level shopping center, including major department stores such as J.C. Penney and Macy’s. Shoppers can also browse the selections at specialty shops that include women’s fashions such as Ann Taylor and Chico’s, men’s shops like J.Crew and Express Men and stores selling children’s apparel including Gap and Gymboree. There are also several home furnishing shops as well as restaurants and an Apple Store. The Lehigh Valley mall is located right off the Lehigh Valley Thruway.
The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
Located in Center Valley, residents and visitors can stroll through the boutiques and storefronts found at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. It’s near the Stabler Center and offers guests a number of specialty shopping and dining opportunities. It’s Lehigh Valley shopping that you can enjoy outdoor. This shopping center was created to give people a neighborhood feel, as though they are doing some local downtown shopping. You’ll find old fashioned street lamps, benches to sit on when you need a rest and a “town square” where there’s a fireplace, a fountain, a gazebo and patio seating that might make you feel like you’re in someone’s backyard. The picturesque Promenade Shops offer more than just retailers and restaurants; it also gives visitors a sense of community.
There is plenty of local Lehigh Valley shopping to be found in this growing part of Pennsylvania. Whether you’re looking for a department store, a place to buy furniture, some outlets where you can score great deals or a relaxed, Main Street type of environment, the options are diverse and appealing.