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NEW VENTURES: New Bethlehem child care center focuses on education

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The Learning Experience is on Linden Street in Bethlehem.
PHOTO/CONTRIBUTED The Learning Experience is on Linden Street in Bethlehem.

A new The Learning Experience early childhood education center is open in Bethlehem.

The center, at 2955 Linden St., serves children from six weeks until kindergarten. Licensed to care for up to 157, so far it has more than 30 children enrolled.

It is the third The Learning Experience franchise owned by Sanjay and Sonia Malhotra. The Learning Experience is a rapidly growing franchise with around 300 locations nationally.

The closest Learning Center to the new location is in Nazareth, which is under different franchise ownership. There are eight The Learning Centers in Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Heffner, who runs the Linden Street location, said the site was chosen because of its easy access from Route 22 and Interstate 78, as well as it being close to a large residential development.

“We pride ourselves in our educational programming at the center,” Heffner said.

She said children don’t just learn letters and numbers, but sign language, manners and philanthropy.

For more information, call 610-419-4530.

First Commonwealth

opens eighth location

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union of Bethlehem has opened its newest location in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The new First Commonwealth FCU Northwood Financial Center is near Route 248 at 3515 Nazareth Road in Palmer Township. It is the second location to open in the last year.

With this location, First Commonwealth members now have eight locations, as well as 24/7 access to mobile and online banking.

The branch includes a financial wellness center, social spaces for conversation, financial specialists, extended hours, a café with free coffee and two drive-up lanes with ITMs, or interactive transaction machines, which offer live remote help with the convenience of an ATM.

First Commonwealth has 170 employees and $700 million in assets.

For more information, visit www.firstcomcu.org.

Women’s collaborative

workspace opens in Hellertown

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for a newly opened business space, 410 Collaborative, in Hellertown. 

The space is occupied by several woman-owned businesses and female solopreneurs, including ASR Media Productions, owned by Ashley Russo; Sarott Design, owned by Sarah Dams; Social T Marketing & PR, owned by Tina Hasselbusch; and web and interior design consultant Natasha Gourzis-Benzing.

“I was very excited about the opportunity to hang a shingle on Main Street,” Russo said. “The ability to share this beautiful space with other female business owners, collaborate on projects, and even simply contribute advice and resources made perfect sense to me.”

410 Collaborative’s space is in a repurposed home with plenty of common space. 

Among the plans is to host bimonthly seminars on topics such as work-life balance, managing stress, brand building, easy marketing strategies and more. 

410 Collaborative is at 410 Main St., Hellertown. 

Jerky outlet opens at Sands

The Beef Jerky Outlet has opened in the Outlets in the Sands Bethlehem at 77 Sands Blvd.

Locally owned and operated, the Beef Jerky Outlet specializes in more than 100 varieties of jerky, including exotic meats such as kangaroo and alligator. The jerky also comes in a variety of flavors from moonshine to Cajun.

In addition to jerky, the shop carries gourmet snacks, including popcorn, nuts, candy, jellies, jams, sauces, spices and rubs.

For more information, visit www.bethlehem.beefjerkyoutlet.com.

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