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Mountain View Vineyard opens in new, larger location

PHOTO/NICOLE TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY Linda and Randy Rice celebrate the opening of the new Mountain View Vineyard in Monroe County.

The owners of the Poconos’ Mountain View Vineyard now have the winery of their dreams.

After planting their first vines in 2003 and opening a small tasting room in their house in 2009, Randy and Linda Rice now have a winery and bistro open about two miles up the road on 100 acres of farmland in Hamilton Township that is more than four times the size of the original location.

The Rices held a grand opening May 4 with Eric Noone and Lyman Winer, who will be operating Frogtown Bistro out of the winery.

The new building also has a 3,000-square-foot tasting room where customers can sample and buy wine and an area on the winemaking floor that can host events. There’s also a tent on-site for larger events.

In addition to private events, the winery looks to host public events and community fundraisers.

The winemaking floor also is larger. At 3,500 square feet, it will allow the winery to triple production.

“It’s really amazing,” said Laurie Monteforte, marketing director for the winery. “And we’re not done. Starting in September, we’ll be adding a brewery.”

It will be known as Mountain View Brewing Co.

The business also has a distillery that is being run out of the original winery space in Jackson Township.

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Harleysville gets new Wine & Good Spirits

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board held a grand opening May 4 at a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at The Court at Harleysville, 237 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville.

The 6,800-square-foot store features more than 2,800 wines and spirits. The store also carries the popular Chairman’s Selection and Chairman’s Advantage products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than nationally quoted prices.

The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials.

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the state. Also, the store sells Pennsylvania Lottery tickets.

The new store replaces the former store in the Shelly Square Shopping Center in Harleysville.

For more information, call 215-256-3084.

Burlington opens discount store on Dryland Way

Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer, is opening a new store May 19 in Lower Nazareth Commons at 3855 Dryland Way, Lower Nazareth Township.

Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing.

The store also will have an assortment of furniture and accessories for babies at Baby Depot, home décor and gifts and a large selection of coats.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Easton community,” said Tom Kingsbury, president, CEO and chairman of Burlington.

The 42,000-square-foot store will employ 75 people.

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Cellphone repair business opens in Lehighton

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. scheduled a grand opening and ribbon cutting May 12 at Latsch Cell Phones LLC in Lehighton.

Latsch Cell Phones is owned and operated by Frank Latsch and repairs screen damage, water damage and cosmetic damage and provides battery replacement for mobile phone and tablet devices.

The store also sells mobile phones, internet devices, prepaid phone cards and cell phone components.

Latch Cell Phones is at 8300 Interchange Road Lehighton.


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