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Jim Thorpe has been Shelley Roberts’ home for more than half of her life. She and co-owner Amy Levinson have been involved in massage, wellness and healing since 1989 and founded Mountain Massage, Inc. at Split Rock Resort.

Now they’ve just re-opened in Jim Thorpe! Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio is located at 69 Broadway and open 7 days a week. Their grand opening is on April 23rd, Earth Day, from 10 am to 5 pm. It will include drawings, discount coupons, snacks and beverages.

Shelley’s passions include herbal medicine and natural cooking. Some of her children were born at home- one in a birthing tub, and one at the hospital. Inside of her right wrist a tattoo done by her oldest daughter says, “Anyone can have boring.” Shelley is currently working on her first book.

Shelley met Amy Levinson, her new business partner at Amy’s “pick your own” A & B Blueberry Farm in Forest Inn during the summer of 2014. Amy, a licensed massage therapist from New York, had relocated to the area several years earlier.

Over the next years not only a friendship developed, but partnership was born. Amy has been practicing massage in the Tri-State area since 2001. Amy’s interests include growing, cooking, and preserving food, she is also a KCBS bar-b-que judge. Amy has two daughters, a dog, chickens and turkeys.

When they met, Shelley was working as a cyber-school elementary teacher, and Amy was tending her farm. They decided to join forces, secure a location and share their healing arts. Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio is located at 69 Broadway and open 7 days a week. Stop in and meet us. 570-995-3025.


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As you walk up Broadway you will feel you have traveled to a wonderful far away place. Your shopping venture in beautiful Jim Thorpe will start as you step through the door of the first shop and enter the peaceful atmosphere inside – no pushing, no shoving, no distracting music blaring in your ears. After hearing “welcome to my shop” and receiving a smile from the shop’s owner, you will know you are on your way to an enjoyable and friendly shopping experience.

With more than 36 unique shops offering gifts, clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, antiques, homemade foodstuffs, imported items and general merchandise, you are sure to find that something special! The fine quality of merchandise personally selected by the owners will amaze you. And the unbelievably low prices offered to residents and visitors alike will please your wallet. Because our shops are located close together you won’t have to walk a long distance to check out each and every shop.

Let’s go shopping . . . starting at the traffic light by the Josiah White Park and stroll up Broadway, crossing back and forth across the street visiting each wonderful stop. Cross at the traffic light to your first shop.

Pocono Biking (7 Hazard Square) Rental bikes available for all ages, equipment to keep you safe and comfortable as you ride, plus clothing and tee shirts.

For your next shop, cross at the light to the south side of Broadway.

Nature’s Trail (5 Broadway) Large selection of musical clocks and collectible figurines and ornaments. If you want personalized Christmas ornaments, shop owner Anne Marie will be happy to assist you.

Mauch Chunk 5 & 10 ( 9 Broadway) Everything from toys to treats to clothing. Be sure to notice the original wood floor and tin ceiling. This is one of Jim Thorpe’s multi-generation shops. If you meet Tom, the owner, he’ll be happy to introduce you to his son who may be at the register.

IMG_6151Gem Shop (37 Broadway) Extensive collection of beautiful earrings, necklaces, watches and clothing. Be sure to ask owner, Liz, for her guidance when you try on one of the luxurious wraps or shawls.

Flights of Fancy (39 Broadway) specializes in unusual statues and items carved from wonderful woods from Bali, Thailand and Mexico.

Wear It Again (41 Broadway) A consignment shop for women, children and men with an unexpected basement display. Check out the many, gently used toys.

Now cross to the north side of Broadway. There’s no crosswalk, so be sure to watch for traffic. We are a small town, but we still have traffic dashing up the street.

Mulligan’s Toys (38-1/2 Broadway) Od style toys that bring back memories or something more modern. Be sure to ask owner Marge to take you into the dark room – so you can see the latest in light up toys.

Treasure Shop (44 Broadway) General gifts; specializes in Irish imports including Claddagh Jewelry, Aran knit sweaters, perfume and wool caps. Made in USA items and gifts for everyone fill the shop. Be sure to say hello to Peggy, the shop’s second generation owner and maybe you’ll get to meet the next generation, her young sons. Don’t forget to check out the Molly Maguire books by Peggy’s parents, the owners of the Old Jail Museum.

Rainbow’s End (46 Broadway) Nice that they have candy and ice cream that you can enjoy while checking out the quaint gifts and friendly conversation with owners Mike and Sandy.

IMG_8881Somersault Letterpress (60 Broadway) A vintage letterpress shoppe for the modern times – specializing in unique letterpress ephemera and paper goods, including offbeat greeting cards, prints, stationery, postcards, notebooks, journals and more.

Dreisbach House (62 Broadway) Antique clothing, jewelry and accessories from many time periods. Lisa and her mother, Laura, will be delighted to find that something special to please you.

Venus & the Moon (92 Broadway) Antiques and occult curiosities for your selection.

Now cross back to the south side of Broadway to the former YMCA building and continue your shopping.

Vinteragerie (69 Broadway) Vintage treasures including clothing and accessories from the past will delight you and fit into your budget Ask owner Sue for her help if you can’t decide.

Chatelaine (81 Broadway) Jewelry of all types, including earrings, anklets, rings and beautiful necklaces from a wide range of deisgners. Look in the second room for more gifts.

Grammy Bea’s (4 Acorn Court) Country decore, including American custom made pottery, and lovely dolls.

Naturally Yours (103 Broadway) Owner, June, will gladly explain the natural fiber clothing and environmentally friendly fair-trade items stocking her shelves.

Sellers Books and Art

Sellers Used Books (101 Broadway) Books, books, books! Search a bit and your’ll find something to take home. If not, just ask owner, Randy, and he’ll find something to please you.

Time to cross back to the other side of Broadway. But, be careful! It’s a tricky corner for pedestrians.

Rosemary Remembrances II (10 Hill Rd.) Unique, personally designed memory boxes made from trinkets with each box telling a tale. Owner and treasure maker, Marj, will be thrilled to explain her memory boxes and find one just for you.

Now it’s time to walk down Race Street, aptly named because many years ago water from the mill race ran in this area on its way to the Lehigh River. Cross carefully and begin your walk down Race Street.

As you walk down Race Street, look to your right to see the fountain known as Kennedy Springs. The water spout is connected to a natural spring up in the mountain. Until just a few years ago the spring was continually running with wonderful, clear spring water. When we wanted delicious water, we took jugs to the spring and brought the water home. Sadly, the spring has been closed off for a few years. While you walk the next few feet, be aware that the garages and patios on your left are built over the running water of Mauch Chunk Creek. If you listen closely you may be able to hear the water rushing down below ground. Also be sure to look up the mountainside on your right and you’ll see the homes hidden above on a street aptly named High Street.

You are now at the first shop on Race Street.

Horizons (105 Race Street) Head shop with a wide selection of incense to fragrance your home. Ask Shelli, the owner, for a demonstration of a fun hoola hoop.

Serendipity (67 Race St.) Large selection of antiques and books, including rare books. Be sure to check out the custom-made jewelry and silver and goldsmithing.

Country Cottage (37 Race St. Homemade foodstuffs including delicious pickles, salsa and jams all made by Lori herself. Try a sample of her pickles.

13th Moon (31 Race St.) Custom blended facial and hair products. Owner, Selena, will be delighted to explain her custom blended fragrances.

Big Creek Vineyard (27 Race St.) Wide selection of delectible wines for every educated palate. You can even sample your selection before you complete your purchase.

Homespun (12 Race St.) Country crafts for your table and walls. Discover the wonderful homemade soups and gourmet packaged foods to fit all tastes.

You are now at the bottom of Race Street with one more shop to investigte. Be careful as you cross Rt. 209 to the Josiah White Park.

Everything Nice – (41 Susquehanna St.) Candles of all types, including large, decorative candles and small tee lights, general gifts and children’s puzzles, Ask the owners, Judy and Larry, about the wonderful little items made from real coal.

We know you enjoyed your tour of the shops and boutiques of Jim Thorpe. Thanks for shopping small business – the backbone of our wonderful country.

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Treat yourselves to an exhilarating “soft adventure” vintage motorcycle sidecar ride around our beautiful historic town and it’s surrounding splendor. Enjoy a sightseeing experience that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the Poconos.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz  Each season in the Poconos brings its own unique beauty. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz helps you enjoy it with a vintage BMW motorcycle sidecar rig that can accomcodate two additional riders on the bike to take in the sights.

Experienced vintage motorcycle enthusiast Barbara Timberz will pick you up at your location and take you on an unforgettable road trip through the beautiful town of historic Jim Thorpe and the surrounding foothills of the scenic Pocono Mountains.Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

Sanitary goggles and helmets are provided. Inquire about additional options, such as a picnic lunch, local vineyard wine tasting, and indoor antique markets.

Sidecar ride bucket list – check – your chariot awaits you. Visit them at www.jimthorpesidecartourz.com or call 570-249-1570.

Price is only $75 per hour for two. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz is a member of the United Sidecar Association.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

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She’s tall and thin and from her looks you wouldn’t know that Carmella Heard brings so much Epicurean cheer to the Mauch Chunk Opera House refreshment booth.

But that’s what she does, night after night. She comes in before a show, and everyone else comes over to check out what the featured goodies are that she’s brought for that evening.

Mauch Chunk Opera House Refreshment Coming“Believe me, we know our good fortune,” says Opera House co-proprietor Dan Hugos. On this particular night, there was something new: an orange, blueberry coffee cake. Not too sweet, not too tart, neither heavy nor light – just right.

All venues have friendly volunteers, but at the Opera House, they seem to do them all one better.

“We can boast about it legitimately,” says Hugos. “Name me one other place with homemade goodies, and really, really friendly people to serve it to you? And a slice of cake or a gigantic cookie will only set you back three bucks.”

That’s a nice way to enjoy a show.

Carmella hadn’t brought us (or I should say, the audience) coffee cake before.

“I never actually eat what I make,” says Carmella. “I just love the process of baking and creating it. ”

OK, fair enough I guess, though most would find it mighty tempting.

“Did it come out OK?”

“Yes, real, real good,” Hugos says nodding emphatically, in between bites.

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The Mauch Chunk Opera House (14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe,) will host a very unique Halloween show on November 3, 2012. “BOOLESQUE,” a glamorous and slightly spooky production, pays homage to the classic art of the striptease.

Headlined by Jim Thorpe native Bunny Bedford and featuring local favorite Venus Mantrapp, this show also includes known Burlesque performers Sizzle Dizzle and Beelzebabe (NYC,) Eyrie Twilight and Bianca Dupree (Baltimore,) and among others, Bambi La Fleur (Ft. Lauderdale.)

Boolesque Mauch Chunk Opera HouseBunny Bedford, now living in Palmerton, holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from DeSalesUniversity. Ironically and unbeknownst to her at the time, she made her Burlesque debut in a high school production of “Gypsy,” a Broadway musical loosely based on the memoirs of legendary stripteaser Gyspy Rose Lee.

Bunny applied to the 2011 Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival, where she was accepted and appeared in the “Burlesque Gala” and “The Big Reveal” at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. After delivering two solid performances there, she became a founding member of Jim Thorpe’s Dragontown Burlesque.

Most recently, she appeared at the 2012 PA Burlesque Festival in Philadelphia, where she was named First Runner Up for the Crystal Corset Award and took home $750 in prize money.

She’ll be gracing the stage of the Mauch Chunk Opera House for “BOOLESQUE” with two numbers. She will close the show with her award-winning act, a grand, electrifying samba dance with an elaborate Carnivale-style costume. Tickets are available at www.PABurlesque.com.

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The Jim Thorpe Yoga Studio, located at 434 Center street in Jim Thorpe, hosts a grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 29, beginning at 8:00 AM with  free yoga classes for all levels, scheduled fun activities throughout the day, and concluding with an evening meditation from 7:30  to 8:30 PM.

 “Yoga has been an important part of my life since 1997, and my passion has grown to the extent that I wanted to share its many  physical and mental benefits with the local community,”  says owner and entrepreneur Maya Kowalcyk.  “ I am excited about the opportunity to teach people of all physical capabilities ways to lessen the pain and stress in their everyday lives.”

Yoga Instructor and Entrepreneur Maya Kowlacyk

Maya Kowalcyk

The schedule of the day’s events is posted at JimThorpeYoga, and includes an interactive juggling show, hula hooping, crafts, music, yoga sessions and a drawing to win a free month of unlimited yoga classes or a free yoga mat.

Maya, a certified instructor through Yoga Alliance, has been practicing yoga since 1997 and has been teaching in Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Valley since 2008. She is also certified in Child Play Yoga.

Her previous career  as an 11th  grade English teacher, woven with her passion for yoga, inspired her to open her own yoga studio on Center Street.

Jim Thorpe Yoga offers meditation, yoga classes for kids and adults, private and semi-private yoga, belly dance,  workshops, and getaways for groups of all sizes.

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Written By Tara Banninger

It is estimated that 1 out of 10 U.S weddings are destination weddings.  Most of us think of Hawaii , Jamaica, or a European villa when we hear those words.  But, what if a unique, romantic, and truly memorable location could be found closer to home?

Weddings in Jim Thorpe PA

Jim Thorpe, PA – a town tucked away on the western edge of the Poconos, offers a unique backdrop.  The town’s Victorian architecture and rich history creates an air of romance not easily found or duplicated.

If a traditional church ceremony is not your thing, you can exchanged vows at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House, among the art at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery, at the Train Station, on the train itself as it rides into Lehigh Gorge State Park and back, or in one of many local parks including Kemmerer Park on Front Hill.

The possibilities for a unique wedding here are endless.  The beauty of nature that surrounds it adds a rustic elegance and sense of outdoor adventure, while the many art galleries and unique local shops give just the right touch of sophistication.

Weddings in Jim Thorpe PAThere is no shortage of wedding photo opportunities with historic landmarks like the Old Jailhouse Museum that once held the Molly Maguires, the Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions, the Kemmerer Carriage House, and the train station all within walking distance.

And, who can forget the Inn at Jim Thorpe, the restored historical gem of Broadway that once played host to dignitaries like Ulysses S. Grant, US presidents William Taft and Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison. For an elegant and intimate reception, there is the meticulously restored Mauch Chunk Ballroom that features a wedding planner to assist with the many details involved in a destination wedding.

Whether you are looking for a unique, rustic, elegant, adventurous, or sophisticated affair, Jim Thorpe has it all. It’s your premiere destination wedding location close to home.

Tara Banninger is a local wedding planner and owner of Jim Thorpe Weddings & Events (www.jimthorpeweddings.net), the exclusive manager of the Mauch Chunk Ballroom space (www.mauchchunkballroom.com) and producer of the Jim Thorpe Wedding Expo (www.jtweddingexpo.com). For more information about weddings in Jim Thorpe & The Ballroom, you can contact her at info@jimthorpeweddings.net or by calling 484-629-5070. 

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